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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 the traditional Hutong alleys. Another full day is for city highlights sightseeing including 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, Lama Temple, Panda House and other sites.

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

There are 8 sections of the Great Wall near Beijing, among which Badaling and Mutianyu are the two best preserved and most visited. Badaling is the first section that opened to the public and the most famous one, thus it is always packed with visitors and domestic tour groups, especially on holidays. Mutianyu is equally splendid in sceneries, but less crowded. It is more favored by foreign travelers and more child-friendly with cable car and slide way equipped. 

Besides the above two restored sections, Jinshanling is also popular for its primitive features. Travelers who like challenges may choose to take the most popular Great Wall hiking route from Jinshanling to Simatai. Simatai is the only section opened for a night tour and the Gubei Water Town at the foot of the wall deserves a visit as well.

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 Mutianyu or Badaling.

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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    4.8554 Reviews
    Jerry Ludlow
    Posted on November 19, 2019
    I was slightly nervous about using TCG as I hadn't heard of them before and couldn't find many reviews on line to validate others' experiences of them. Add to that the fact that they were cheaper than other companies i also got quotes from, with better and fuller itineraries, i was a bit sceptical about whether they were genuine!
    However, we took the plunge and went with them and were so glad we did.

    From the start the pre-tour communications from them were excellent, with all email queries sent fully answered the next working day.

    As to the tour itself we did a two city tour which was superb. We were concerned about arriving in China but, as promised, we were met at every city outside arrivals by a guide and driver. The tour in each city were extremely well organised and informative with great guides in each. Special highlights were the lunches that they arranged and were included in the price, which without exception were excellent. I would also mention that we changed our itinerary at late notice to do two cities instead of three, which meant that we split from the original tour group and went to Shanghai on our own. We expected to join another group here but ended up having a private tour with just the two of us as there were no other groups doing Shanghai at the same time.

    Top marks to TCG as fas as I am concerned and i cannot recommend them highly enough.
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    Karen Madore
    United Kingdom
    Posted on November 20, 2019
    Our guide Tina was the best guide I had met. She was very warmhearted, positive, responsible and professional. She helped me to solve problems with great patience when I was in trouble. She also took good care of us in the whole journey. Our 7 days Beijing tour was full and we visited many famous attractions and some places with Beijing features. We learned o lot form Tina’s careful explanation. Although we were tired, we were very satisfied with this trip. I would recommend TravelChinaGuide and guide Tina to my friends. ... More
    Posted on November 20, 2019
    perfekt and wonderful day :-)

    thanks a lot to our tour guide John!

    Michael T Barnes
    United States
    Posted on November 19, 2019
    We had a three day Beijing tour. Tina, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and willing to share her insights and information on China. The car picked us up at our hotel on time each morning and delivered us to all of the pre designated historical sights as promised. Great overall experience which took the fear out of traveling as it was our first time in China.
    Vishwanathan and Rajakumar
    Posted on November 17, 2019
    Our booking experience with TCG was as usual excellent. The train tickets were at the hotel reception as promised.

    The next day our guide Selina was on time at our hotel to pick us up. Our one day Beijing including the Great Wall was MEMORABLE in spite of a bit crowded. In particular our walk over the Great Wall is something we will cherish for a very long time. Though I have visited China many times earlier, this was the first time I could make it to The Great Wall. Thanks to TCG for making it happen. The whole arrangement was excellent. We also enjoyed the Forbidden palace and the Tiananmen Square. The driver and the guide were very courteous and helpful. THANKS TCG. ... More
    United Kingdom
    Posted on November 17, 2019
    I accompanied my children to travel to Beijing and we spent 6 happy days. We went to Tiananmen Square, and then visited the National Museum of China and Forbidden City. Hearing from our tour guide Selina, the National Museum was built in 1912 and owned over 1.3 million exhibition pieces. These items witnessed and reflected China’s development and changes in history, culture, art, and society. We had a profound understanding of Chinese history and culture. We also went to the Beijing Zoo to see the giant pandas with chubby bodies, so cute! Other attractions were also had distinctive Chinese features. Very thankful for Selina’s hard work, we had a perfect and satisfying tour. Very recommended! ... More
    Posted on November 15, 2019
    Good organization is the only good part for me ...
    overall this tour was not what I expected. The forbidden city covered only the outside buildings and courts (no museum or clock visit) and for the Great Wall as I was the only one in the group of 10 people who chose the télé cabin due to my back issues I was left alone and all by myself up there. This tour for me worked only as a transportation way to get to the Great Wall. In fact this tour made me change my mind about taking other tours so ended up taking one private tour to Terra cotta Warriors through hotel when in Xian and the rest for Shanghai, Xian and Beijing on my own which happened to be much more enjoyable and very cheap. ... More
    Cristina Standard
    United Kingdom
    Posted on November 13, 2019
    This 4 days Beijing tour had a tight itinerary. We visited Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Simatai Great Wall, Gubei Water Town and so on. What most impressed us was the Gubei Water Town, which was situated at the foot of Simatai Great Wall. In the evening, we took a cable car to the top of the Great Wall and saw the night scenery of the town, so luring and beautiful. This trip realized my mom’s dream to Beijing. An unforgettable experience!
    Posted on November 10, 2019
    The 5 days Beijing trip was pleasant. I would like to thank our guide Tina for her careful explanations and high-quality service. A great tour!
    Posted on November 06, 2019
    First, Yori was an absolute delight to deal with! - as well as Jessica! I have ordered high valued tickets and my primary concern was: are the names on the tickets are spelled correctly, will it arrived to my hotel safely? Jessica did check (by asking passport details), this gave me peace of mind, and she updated me constantly as well. Thank you! After that, I asked her if I could book some tours, she then referred me to Yori, who was an absolute delight to deal with. He ensured all my needs were met!

    I booked two tours, one to go to Great Wall and the other one to Terracotta Army. The vehicles were clean and comfortable. The drivers were always polite. Jonathan was eager to help, he was the tour guide to the Great Wall, while Lily - or i called her auntie Lily because of her warm approach and her command of information - so confident. I have exchanged WeChat (download it, it is helpful) with them. Until the day we are living Xi’an, Lily was messaging us to ensure all in order! As I said, like an Aunt.

    Over all the money you paid is worth it.
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