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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 Beijing local tour. 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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    Michael F
    the United Kingdom
    Posted on August 02, 2020
    I booked 5 days of Beijing trip with TCG for our families. Although we came across some trouble at first, the guide helped us to solve them quickly. The following trip went smoothly and cheerfully. We were especially satisfied with our guide Selina. She was knowledgeable, professional, and accommodating. Her excellent explanations and fluent English highlighted this tour. Also, thank the travel consultant Wendy, she gave us a response and solution quickly, so professional and highly effective! I would recommend TCG to my friends and support them as in the past! ... More
    Aaron
    United Kingdom
    Posted on July 28, 2020
    In those days, we visited the top Beijing attractions and had a deep understanding of Chinese history and culture. The interesting spot was 798 Art Zone, full of galleries, coffee shops, and fashion shops. We felt the deep artistic atmosphere there. Very thankful for all the perfect arrangement provided by TCG! Very recommended!
    Adrienne
    Canada
    Posted on July 19, 2020
    It was my first trip to Beijing and I had a 3 days tour with my friends. Thanks to the extraordinary arrangement of our guide, we visited many main spots of Beijing from the Forbidden City on the first day to the Mutianyu Great Wall on the last day.

    The itinerary: The arrangement was tight but reasonable. We did not have to waste valuable time.

    The guide: Selina was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Her explanation was witty and vivid, which made us feel the pleasure of the tour...

    This trip was worth the value and totally out of our expectation. We would choose TCG and the guide Tina for our next Beijing trip!
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    Jones
    USA
    Posted on July 14, 2020
    The driver picked up us on time at the airport. The 4 and 5 hotels were clean and comfortable, which met the need of our families. The following 5 days trip was tight and full, and we felt a little tired. But our itinerary was flexibly adjusted and customized to our preference. The spots in the itinerary were visited. The meals were good and out of my expectation. It was a pity that we came across the rainy and gale weather on the fourth day, but most days were warm.

    Tips: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Prepare thick clothes when you climb the Great Wall on cold weather.
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    Shilpa
    USA
    Posted on July 07, 2020
    Thanks to our responsible guide Selina, she accompanied us to enjoy a wonderful 3 days Beijing tour. Although we were a little tired, the highlights of Beijing were appreciated. We had viewed many historical and cultural heritages and splendid scenery. A worthwhile trip!
    Jana Graves
    USA
    Posted on June 28, 2020
    We booked a 4 days Beijing trip with TCG. Our families all had an amazing time! The guide gave us special care and made our trip relaxing and funny. The accommodation and meals were superb. No compelled shopping on the whole journey. Overall, it was a satisfactory tour!
    Satnam
    USA
    Posted on June 22, 2020
    The 2 days Beijing tour was well planned. We paid a visit to Gubei Water Town, a charming ancient town at the foot of Simatai Great Wall. In the evening, we took a cable car to top of the Great Wall and appreciated the sunset and beautiful night scenery. The tour was cozy and delightful. Our guide provided considerate care and professional interpretation. We were very satisfied! We will choose TCG again for our next trip.
    Starr
    USA
    Posted on June 16, 2020
    We enjoyed ourselves on this 6 days Beijing-Shanghai trip. With everything well arranged, we appreciated some famous attractions in Beijing and Shanghai. The splendid buildings and luring scenery in these two cities attracted us. Very grateful to our guides Sara (Beijing) and Sissi (Shanghai) for their thoughtful and considerate service. The hotels were also good. On our way from Beijing to Shanghai, we took the high-speed railway and felt its amazing speed! Overall, this trip was very worthwhile. TCG did a good job! I would explore other cities in China with this company! ... More
    Alison
    USA
    Posted on June 08, 2020
    The 6 days Beijing-shanghai tour was full and satisfactory. We went to Beijing on May 1st, so our guide appropriately adjusted our itinerary to avoid the crowd. The whole journey went happily. We appreciated the ancient architectural style and deep cultural deposits from some Beijing spots. Our following tour in Shanghai was also interesting. In this magic city, we saw many modern buildings, especially the Oriental Pearl Tower, with unique design and grand architecture. Zhujiajiao, an ancient town, showed the old aspect of Shanghai. We appreciated the beautiful landscape and enjoyed some local food, so cozy and cheerful! Thanks for all service at TCG! It never let me down. ... More
    Tenis
    USA
    Posted on June 01, 2020
    It was my first time to book a group tour with TravelChinaGuide. I was a little worried about it, but the 4 days Beijing trip was beyond our expectations. Our itinerary was rich and funny. We appreciated Beijing with its rich cultural heritage, incredibly dramatic landscapes, and fascinating history. Thanks to our knowledgeable guide Lily, we learned a lot about Beijing. She also gave us considerate care on the whole journey. TCG was reliable! I would recommend TCG and the guide Lily to my friends! ... More
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