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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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    Posted on June 24, 2019
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    Posted on June 22, 2019
    We are writing our feedback regarding our 3 day Beijing travel experience we just completed.

    Despite being jet legged from our 11 hour flight, we were warmly greeted by our guide, Bryan, who made us feel right at home with his kind greeting. We were satisfied with the landmarks Bryan took us to in the itinerary and found that he was not too slow or not too fast with his pace throughout the day. He always made sure we were comfortable and asked us if we needed anything all the time. Not only was he a knowledgeable guide but also kind and friendly. He was open with not only me and my wife but my kids as well which made them really enjoy the tour even more. Our guide Bryan was one of the major reasons why we enjoyed going with TCG and would recommend this company with a personal acknowledgement to Bryan to all our friends. Mr. Lee, our driver, was also fantastic as he made my family feel safe going from one point to another. He always offered kind service to us, opening the doors and offering us water when we needed it. Thanks so much! ... More
    Posted on June 21, 2019
    Thank you for the wonderful tour.
    Mummy Goh
    Posted on June 20, 2019
    We enjoyed our trip. John Lin, our guide, was very helpful. He made sure that we are comfortable and well-taken care of throughout the trip. Since we were a group of fast walkers, we finished the trip well ahead of time. John and Mr Zhang, our driver, were gracious to our request and took us to a supermarket for a spot of shopping. We even went for a theatre show for a performance. On the way back, John also tried to help us to book a table for the renowned Peking duck. However the restaurant said not full, so we can walk in. He also pointed out the restaurant which is walking distance from our hotel.
    Overall, it’s an enjoyable and fruitful trip. Thank you to both our driver and guide.
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