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Friendly Tips: Due to preparations for China's 70th National Day, the Forbidden City will not be open to public from Sep 21st to Oct 1st. During the period, we will replace Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City visit with other highlights of Beijing. Thanks for your kind understanding.

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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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    Kathryn Ambrose
    Posted on September 17, 2019
    Our guide gave us ardent and considerate service in this 7 days Beijing trip. We went to many historical rites and magnificent buildings and appreciated China’s national treasure, giant pandas. They were so lovely and my children liked them very much! We also visited some spots with a cultural ambience like 798 Art Zone. It was very funny and full of creative guys! The whole journey had a reasonable itinerary. A worthwhile trip!
    Gerald Christoforou
    Posted on September 16, 2019
    Our families enjoyed this 3 days Beijing tour very much! We visited some must-visit attractions such as Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Badaling Great Wall. On our trip to Summer Palace, our guide arranged a boat ride on Kunming Lake for us, which was so funny and cozy. Later, we had a Hutong tour with rickshaw riding and felt the charm of old Beijing. We also enjoyed Chinese food on our own, so delicious! There was no shopping detour. Thanks to our guide’s reasonable arrangement and enthusiastic service, we had a good time on this trip. ... More
    Gabriele Silva
    United States
    Posted on September 16, 2019
    Our guide introduced every spot in detail and with patience. We learned a lot from her explanation and knew about Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Prince Kung’s Mansion and other spots, no matter large or small. A good guide was an excellent Chinese cultural disseminator. Thanks to Selina’s dedicated service, our Beijing trip was meaningful and gave us a profound impression. I would choose her for my next trip!
    Anne Lek
    Posted on September 16, 2019
    On this 4 days Beijing trip, our itinerary was tight but reasonable. The first-day trip was relaxing. We rode a special rickshaw to visit old Hutong. The charm of Hutong was not only shown in its history and name but also lied in the happiness which is brought to the local people. We could feel its special charm. Later days, we visited famous classic spots such as Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall and so on. These spots all had a long history and owned different Chinese features. The whole journey was arranged well and we spent a pleasant 4 days. An unforgettable tour! ... More
    Arzu Mah
    Posted on September 15, 2019
    We were very pleased and satisfied with this Beijing trip! The routes arrangement was ideal and full. With air-conditioned cars, comfortable hotels and delicious meals, this tour was very cheerful! We had a nice guide Tina who patiently helped us and gave rich explanations of Beijing’s spots. In general, it was a meaningful tour and TCG was truly a reliable company. I would have no hesitation to recommend it to you!
    Klaus Shields
    Posted on September 15, 2019
    A pretty satisfactory Beijing 2 days tour! Many thanks to our guide Tina! She worked very hard to meet our needs and was knowledgeable about all the places we visited. There were too many tourists in the Forbidden City...
    William Gasson
    Posted on September 14, 2019
    My first trip to Beijing was extremely wonderful! The luring city owns many beautiful historical buildings and we appreciated its profound cultural deposits. The guide Lily was helpful and enthusiastic. A good travel experience! TCG was reliable!
    Posted on September 13, 2019
    We had a nice 2-day Great Wall trip to Mutianyu & Simatai. On the first day, we went up to the Mutianyu Great Wall by cable car and appreciated the luring scenery. Then, we arrived at Gubei Water Town, a charming antique town located at the foot of the Simatai Great Wall. The night sightseeing was very beautiful. On the next day, we visited some traditional craft workshops in the town such as the brewery and cloth dyeing workshop. We also learned Chinese paper-cutting and the Spring Festival pictures painting, feeling the charm of Chinese traditional culture. There were no shopping stops. It was a worthy trip! ... More
    Richard Hall
    Posted on September 13, 2019
    This 4 days Beijing trip was fruitful. Although we were tired, we had a good time in a limited time. We visited some famous spots such as Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, which were magnificent and splendid. We also visit Gubei Water Town, a luring town situated at the foot of the Simatai Great Wall. We took a cable car to the top of the Great Wall, where we enjoyed the sunset view and appreciated the whole town. The tour guide service was very good. The whole way’s explanation made us learn a lot about Beijing. So wonderful a trip! ... More
    Posted on September 12, 2019
    This 7 days Beijing tour was very pleasant. Our itinerary was arranged reasonably and the spots of every day were organized well according to its distance to our hotel. Our hotel rooms were spacious and comfortable. The guide Selina was enthusiastic, considerate and responsible!
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