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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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    4.923 Reviews
    Christine Barthas
    Posted on February 19, 2019
    Every detail and aspect of our package was magnificent. It was perfect. Our guide Maggie was the absolute best. She was very punctual, had excellent knowledge of all the sites, was very thoughtful to our needs. Extremely friendly and spoke perfect English. She did an excellent job. I will never travel Beijing without her. Our driver was most helpful, safe, careful, practical and courteous. The limo was clean, and always shiny and ready waiting for us. Always on time. Every meal was delicious, enjoyable and entertaining. We love each dining experience. Each place was very clean and delicious. The hotel and breakfasts were the best, very accommodating, clean and helpful. We loved it all. TCG is the best travel agency I have ever dealt with. I have shared this with all my friends coming to China. I travel extensively all year long. Our recent trip was fantastic. The best ever.

    Thanks for the EXCELLENT service. I highly recommend this agency.
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    Nicola R
    New Zealand
    Posted on February 18, 2019
    We had a fantastic tour in Beijing, thanks for organizing it for us, we found this company to be very helpful and easy to deal with.

    Our local guide John was very good; he helped us out several times during our tour and was very good with the 2 kids we had traveling with us. We found his knowledge and English to a very high standard. Mr. Lee was our driver and we also found him very good. His driving was excellent and we all felt very safe with him. The van was always clean and we enjoyed the water that was on board the van. Our hotel was fantastic and we had a great time there, one problem we did find was the pool. It was very nice and inviting but very cold, so much so after the first time we did not use it again. The restaurant was very good and we really enjoyed our breakfasts each morning and the dinners at night were also to a very high standard. The meals were very good and enjoyable. It was nice to experience some local food, even the kids enjoyed them. We also had a great time at the Kung-fu show, it was amazing and we all enjoyed it greatly (my 3 year old was transfixed for the whole show). Thanks very much for this enjoyable trip, we would use the agency again for our next tour. ... More
    Posted on February 15, 2019
    Easy, quikly. More and clear information. Good website. Very kind staff. Not expensive price.
    Cecile Wodon
    Posted on February 13, 2019
    Nice and pleasant transaction. Thank you.
    Posted on February 06, 2019
    WOW!!! Tom was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable and friendly. Tom's information about the sights we visited were solid. His knowledge of Chinese history impressed me. He let our group of 6 set the pace and took care of the details. We had 4 college aged young men and 2 over 50's, yet the pace worked for all. I really loved the section of the Great Wall that we visited. There was no wait in line, we took a ski lift to the wall, hiked to the third observation tower and then slid down the hill on a toboggan. The ride down was a great way to end the Wall experience. Tom's English was great. His skills as a guide were the best I have ever seen. The one day tour I was on included The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square. We had lunch at a beautiful restaurant that was a giant green-house with a large variety of food. The atmosphere was very serene and beautiful. I don't usually like any guided tour, but this one is worth taking. ... More
    Posted on January 30, 2019
    We had a great time in China and our consultant Wendy was very accommodating. We enjoyed the meals that were arranged for us, however we found that after eating eastern food every day we would have really appreciated the option of having something Western every now and then, and found that when we were able to purchase our own meals later it was always western food, as we'd had enough eastern food already. Also we don't eat a great deal and one plate of food each would have been more than sufficient, there was a large amount of food that went to waste at every meal as we just couldn't finish it. Our favourite meal was at a local restaurant in Beijing that we walked to one night with our guide, a few blocks from our hotel and we knew what food we were eating as we were told the ingredients. Apart from the questions, our trip in Beijing was great. ... More
    Laura B
    Posted on January 20, 2019
    Both of the agents have been very helpful and quick to respond with answers to my questions. I am looking forward to my tour in Beijing and other tours in the future.
    Posted on January 17, 2019
    Excellent. We had one day in Beijing on a layover. TravelChinaGuide Tours put together a great one day tour of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Starting with the airport pickup through to dropping us back off the next the tour was exceptional. The car provide was a luxury Chinese model and our Guide (Kevin) and driver were excellent. Kevin immediately started to give us a guided tour and discussion during our drive to the hotel and the next day kept us engaged by describing everything and explaining the history of China. Kevin is also a great photographer and many of our pictures of us, especially the Great Wall are Keepers. Thank you TravelChinaGuide and all the people involved for making our layover an unforgettable experience. Wishing all the very best. J&C from Canada ... More
    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.

    Waiting to take the one day tour.
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