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How long should I stay for a basic private Beijing tour package?

In addition to the arrival day and departure day, two or three full days are necessary for first-time travelers to arrange a vacation package to the city. Here is the most popular way of exploring the city. Have one full day to visit the Great Wall and Sacred Way. Another full day is needed to visit the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven. If you have ample time, you can schedule one more day to visit the Summer Palace, old Hutong alleys, Lama Temple and the lovely giant pandas in the zoo.

I have heard the Great Wall has several sections, which one do you recommend?

The Badaling section is the most famous and should be first choice for China Great Wall vacation. It was the first section opened to the public and the wall here is more grand and amazing, especially for taking photos. However, if your trip is during peak seasons or Chinese holidays, you may consider visiting the less-crowded but equally majestic Mutianyu section.

Are sightseeing spots in the city physically demanding? Will there be too much walking involved?

Yes. Most of sightseeing spots such as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace are very large, and demand a fair amount of walking. However, you can ask your private guide to slow down the travel pace. Although there are many stairs on the Great Wall, you can take the cable car should you prefer. A pair of comfortable shoes is always highly recommended when traveling.

When is the best time to visit the Great Wall?

The amazing scenery of the Great Wall changes throughout the seasons. From March to early April, the wall is dotted with apricot flowers and peach blossom along the mountain range. You can view the luxurious green plants surrounding the wall when climbing it between May and September. Then from mid October to early November, it is beautifully decorated by red leaves. Although the weather is cold and challenging from late November to February, visitors get to see the snow-covered Great Wall set in a tranquil landscape.

In comparison, it is more enjoyable to visit the Great Wall in April, May, September and October when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold.

Is it possible to visit two parts of the Great Wall within one day?

Yes, we can arrange for clients to visit two different sections of the Great Wall within one day. Both Badaling and Mutianyu are very popular, so these two are the most exhilarating combination for a full day private Great Wall excursion. Alternatively, visitors may choose to visit Juyuongguan Great Wall together with Badaling instead of Mutianyu.

How and where do I apply for a 144 hours visa-free transit permit in Beijing?

First of all, you need to make sure that you are qualified to take advantage of the 144 hours visa-free transit policy. You can click China 144-hour visa free trainsit to read the relevant details.

With all the necessary documents, you can apply for the 144-hour visa-free transit permit on arriving at the Capital International Airport or Beijing West Railway Station. There is a special counter/lane for the 144-hour free transit at the immigration, so passengers can go there directly by following the signs.

Do we need to wait in line to buy the admission tickets at tourist attractions?

No. Your guide will handle all the admission tickets for you. She/ He will buy tickets in the group ticket window very quickly. Some of the very popular sightseeing spots have online ticketing system, and we will reserve the tickets for you in advance.

If I want to visit somewhere else for one or two days during China Tours from Beijing, what's your recommendation?

Many travelers have the Terracotta Warriors on their holiday bucket lists, so one or two days trip to Xian is recommended. It is very easy to make it as flights and high-speed trains between the two cities operate frequently every day. Besides, you may also consider visiting Luoyang Longmen Grottoes and Shaolin Temple by high-speed train.

We are a family of two adults and two children under 10 years old. Can we be accommodated in one hotel room?

Yes. Two adults and two little children can be accommodated in one room, but it is not recommended for a comfortable stay. Most of hotels have a king size bed with 1.8 meters wide in a double room and two single beds each with 1.2 meters wide in a twin room. One of your children could take an additional 0.9 meter wide bed. The other one needs to share a bed with parent. The bed size may vary a little in different hotels.
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    4.915 Reivews
    Dale, Chelsea & Thelma
    United States
    Posted on January 14, 2019
    My family and I were very impressed with all aspects of the tours your company provided for us during our visit to Beijing. The hotel and restaurants were great. All the meals were good but our favorite was the Duck. Our driver was prompt, courteous, and his driving was very good. I have to tell you that we were especially happy with our guide Tina. Her English and knowledge of the different places we visited was very good. She was friendly and was able to accommodate a few small changes we made to our itinerary. We were very pleased that she was the guide we had. We will gladly recommend your company to others that we know will be traveling to China, and also tell them to ask for Tina as a guide.

    As you can tell, we were happy with everything that was provided by your company. That includes the restaurants, driver, vehicle, hotel and especially our guide Tina. If we ever happen to get a chance to return we will definitely book our trip through your company.
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    Aswin K
    Posted on January 09, 2019
    Excellent service. Quick email responses.

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    Posted on January 08, 2019
    Sean was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, personal and fine sense of humor.
    Posted on January 07, 2019
    This agency is great. Even though everything is just arranged via web and email, they pulled it off. At first I was hesitant because there was no phonecall whatsover (only during my train trip to Beijing) but everything was very much in order and ensured by their staff.

    Doreen is very accommodating. She also has a good command of English language and also very knowledgeable about the history of the sights we have been. The trip became very interesting because of all the stories and history and culture that she discussed during our travel.

    The meals were perfect. I had a nice time in both our restaurant visits in Beijing central, and also in Great Wall. They were very nice restaurants and food is good.

    Probably on the flexibility of the itinerary according to desire of the customer without sacrificing the time or resources of the company.

    TravelChinaGuide made my visit in Beijing complete. Their staff is very accommodating to the customer needs, they are not just friendly during the tour, they are very much knowledgeable of the sights that we have been as well. Securing this tour was all done via email and web, and now I am 100% they are for real and way beyond what I expected to ensure I go to the places I desired. Thanks very very much.
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    Posted on January 02, 2019
    I had 3 days in Beijing and wanted to fit in as much sightseeing as possible. The team at Travel China Guide (Emily) were very helpful and customized a 3 day itinerary for me over, multiple iterations.

    I was lucky to have an excellent guide (Candy), who was extremely knowledgeable and allowed me to move at my preferred pace and to customize the itinerary on the fly. She handled all the logistics perfectly and that ensured a stress free 3 days.

    I was initially skeptical of their very high TripAdvisor rating but after experiencing their service, I would recommend booking with Travel China Guide and asking for Candy as your guide.
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    Posted on December 29, 2018
    Extremely satisfied. Timely support and answers to questions. Friendly and personable service.
    Posted on December 27, 2018
    The tour was very good, we would have never been able to see all the things on our own. Kitty was very knowlegable about the various sites. It was also very nice to have the driver, that way we did not have to waist valuable time.
    Franklin Mitchell
    Posted on December 27, 2018
    We thought the service provided by TRAVEL CHINA GUIDE was truly exceptional, we really felt like VIPs. The Hotel actually was 5 star quality and conveniently located for shopping or just people watching. All the restaurants selected by the company were excellent and the Peking Duck meal was especially memorable. As a previous guide myself, I was very impressed with our guide "Tina." Her English was excellent and subject matter knowledge was outstanding. Both she and the driver were very helpful and professional. The transportation provided was clean & very comfortable. ... More
    K. Marfleet
    Posted on December 24, 2018
    In Beijing, the guide was on time, patient, considerate to personal needs. Answered questions on future and future was informative and had a good dispositions. We found the driver well able negotiate traffic although little English was spoken. The car was clean and safe. The hotel is very good and the staff very comprehensive, all excellent!
    United States
    Posted on December 22, 2018
    The organization of the trip was amazing. Everything worked out fine and there was no confusion. Kitty, our guide, did a wonderful job. She gave us great information regarding history, travel, shopping and the sites visited. She was friendly and considerate. The vehicle and driver were great! The water was very nice. Lunch was great and the restaurant was very nice. Kitty was kind and helped us with getting our lunch. Everything was great! No suggestions.

    TCG did an amazing job helping us set-up our tour and providing a pleasant experience for us. The private arrangements made all of our visits in Beijing much more relaxing and enjoyable. Our driver and guide were very pleasant and provided much insight during our trip and beyond. We will definitely travel with TCG on our next trip to China!!
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