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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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    4.8590 Reviews
    Posted on May 12, 2020
    I would especially praise our two guides Linda (Beijing) and Rebecca (shanghai). Their sweet and thoughtful service made us enjoy a perfect 6 days Beijing-Shanghai tour. The highlight spot in Beijing was Mutianyu Great Wall, a popular and majestic architecture. The scenery on the top was really luring and splendid.

    We took a high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai and felt its amazing speed. The following Shanghai tour also went smoothly and happily. Taking a cruise on the Huangpujiang River, we could see brilliant Oriental Pearl and took beautiful pictures. The Shanghai Museum and ancient water town Zhujiajiao gave us a different experience. We benefited a lot from our knowledgeable guide.

    A worth trip! I would recommend this tour and Travel China Guide to anyone who wants to see China!
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    Posted on May 05, 2020
    This 6-day Beijing tour package TCG arranged for us was a little tiring (for my kids) but quite enriched. My kids loved visiting Beijing Zoo most where we saw many rare giant pandas including panda babies, so cute! The guide’s introductions of pandas also attracted my kids so much. We also had a great time at other famous attractions with a long history such as the Great Wall of Mutianyu and Forbidden City. 5-star praise for your whole team’s service!
    Posted on April 26, 2020
    At first, great appreciation to our guide Candy (a lovely, thoughtful and competent leader) for providing us such an excellent experience of this 5 days Beijing tour! Secondly, sincere thanks to Travel China Guide for arranging comfortable hotels and recommending an appropriate itinerary. Finally, the attractions we visited in Beijing were all worth seeing and we also learn so much about the interesting historical stories about the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. The only drawback of this trip was that it was too cold in Beijing in January. April would be a better time to visit Beijing. ... More
    Rafal Brown
    Posted on April 20, 2020
    All the activities of this Beijing tour planned by TCG were very interesting, except for a few outdoor activities we couldn’t try because of the rainy day. The guide’s remarkable explanations made up for some of our regrets. The scenic spots we visited were all fantastic and I also sincerely appreciated the hard work of the driver.
    Rick S
    Posted on April 12, 2020
    The well-organized itinerary made good use of every moment in Beijing. We visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City,and Mutianyu Great Wall. They were excellent and we definitely had a good time. Our guide accompanied us all the time and gave us professional explanations of all scenic spots. A great Beijing day tour!
    Daniel Campbell
    Posted on April 06, 2020
    Beijing had numerous cultural and historical sites like the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Great Wall and Old Hutong Alleys. The 3-day Beijing tour form Xi’an included all of them and we did have a pleasing time on this short but full trip.

    Our guide Tina was wonderful who showed us a charming lifestyle of Beijing’s Hutong alleys. She was professional and enthusiastic, giving us quite a considerate service all the way. Good job!
    Posted on March 29, 2020
    I was on a business trip in Beijing and ordered a two-day Beijing tour on TCG in my spare time. The places of interest in Beijing really lived up to their reputation! I enjoyed taking a rickshaw to explore the special Hutong culture. The guide was very patient to share with us the Old Beijing’s facts through the visits to Nanluoguxiang and the ancient Alleys. Her vivid explanations left me a deep impression of Beijing!
    Posted on March 21, 2020
    Our guide was considerate, informative and responsible. His detailed introductions about the winding Great Wall and the resplendent Forbidden City helped me have a better understanding of the charming city! I’ll definitely come back to Beijing when I have a holiday!
    Posted on March 19, 2020
    The 1-day Beijing tour to Great Wall of Mutianyu & Forbidden City was reasonably organized by Travel China Guide and they indeed made my Beijing trip wonderful!
    Posted on March 05, 2020
    The 4 days Beijing tour itinerary was richly arranged and Candy was very patient to every member of our mini group! Her explanations of the Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City and Mutianyu Great Wall were all amazing, from which I learned more about Chinese splendid historical culture. A very well-pleasing journey!
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