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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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    4.8574 Reviews
    Jerry Ludlow
    UK
    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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    Manmeet
    United States
    Posted on January 18, 2020
    The guide offered us enthusiastic and sweet service. Clean and comfortable hotels ensured our good rest. A perfect trip! I would strongly recommend TCG to anyone who wants a delighted and cost-effective tour!
    Harold Maisel
    USA
    Posted on January 13, 2020
    Although the 6 days Beijing trip was tired, we visited so many famous attractions and appreciated beautiful landscapes. The guide was responsible and we all had a good time! A worth trip!
    Rafal
    USA
    Posted on January 12, 2020
    A good 5 days Beijing tour! All the spots in our itinerary were beautiful and worth visiting. Nice hotel environment.
    Jennifer Hurt
    United Kingdom
    Posted on January 09, 2020
    Linda Jing has been very efficient and professional in her communication with me.
    Our email discussions have been answered promptly; she was able to add an additional request for us to visit Panjiayuan Market to Day One of our Tour, which will enable us to experience local culture. We are very much looking forward to our forthcoming visit to Beijing
    Joylene Leng
    United Kingdom
    Posted on January 07, 2020
    We arrived in Beijing on May 1, the holiday with so many tourists. Our 7 days Beijing tour was well arranged and included lots of famous classic spots and distinctive attractions. We paid a visit to Beijing Hutong and felt the charm of old alleys. The 798 Art Zone was a special spot, where we visited some galleries and fashionable creative shops, full of artistic atmosphere. We also felt a huge charm and were shocked by the splendid architecture of the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall... It was truly a worth tour, tired but cheerful. 5 stars!! ... More
    George
    Canada
    Posted on January 05, 2020
    The daily schedule in this 4 days Beijing trip was good in general. Climbing the Mutianyu Great Wall may be tired, but the beautiful landscape on the top would be worth the hard hiking. The guide was knowledgeable and witty. She explained some allusions of those spots and we were surprised by the Great Wall history and culture. No shopping detour. Our compliments on the well-run service!
    Sandy
    Canada
    Posted on January 02, 2020
    The whole journey was well organized and relaxing. We visited the top attractions in 4 days. The highlight spot was the Mutianyu Great Wall, with majestic architecture and luring landscape. Our guide was very dedicated and responsible!
    Jim Agnew
    USA
    Posted on January 01, 2020
    Had a great private tour with Maggie in Beijing. Very knowledgable and English was perfect. Car was clean and driver professional. Provided helpful insight and recommendations. Would definitely use this service again.
    Mariana
    Canada
    Posted on December 29, 2019
    Thanks for the great service of our guide Sara! She was accommodating and easy to understand. Our first Beijing trip was out of our expectation. Three days’ tour made us experience Beijing customs and culture. We would explore it again in the future!
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