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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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    Jerry Ludlow
    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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    Julian Banks
    United States
    Posted on December 04, 2019
    Maggie was very helpful and patient with us throughout the trip. The trip was great and we were able to see both the Summer Palace and Great Wall to our satisfaction!
    Clive Bueno
    Posted on December 03, 2019
    I traveled to Beijing with my friends last month. Our guide Sara was very responsible and warmhearted. She took good care of us on the whole journey, just liked our sister. We got along well with her and her intimate service made us feel at home. Our 7 days Beijing tour had a reasonable and full itinerary. On the first day, we had free time to relax from the jet lag. On later days, we visited some must-visit spots including Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Capital Museum, Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Bird's Nest, Ruins of the Old Summer Palace, and Summer Palace. We also visited the Beijing Zoo to see the lovely giant pandas. Dayuan Temple and Lama Temple were also included in our schedule, where we prayed for our families. Hutong tour and 798 Art Zone gave us a different experience. We felt the traditional culture and modern artistic atmosphere. Thanks for the excellent interpretation of our guide, we benefited a lot. Also, thank our driver, he was skillful and courteous. This trip was unforgettable and meaningful. ... More
    Posted on December 01, 2019
    The 6 days Beijing tour was very wonderful. It was one of the best holidays that we had spent. Our guide Selina gave us careful and thoughtful service. She was outgoing, enthusiastic and responsible. With professional knowledge, she introduced every spot in detail and helped us to learn Chinese history and culture. We visited many famous spots these days, tired but happy. Beijing was really a charming city combining unique architecture into the urban building. I would explore it next time!
    Glen George
    Posted on November 27, 2019
    This 4 days Beijing tour was well arranged and saved time. We were so lucky to meet a nice tour guide, Gloria. She was warmhearted, responsible and knowledgeable. She could handle some emergency issues with calmness. At the end of the trip, she sent us some small souvenirs. A pleasant trip! We would choose her for our next tour!
    Julia Lee
    Posted on November 24, 2019
    1. We spent three happy days under the guidance of our guide Sara. We became good friends on this trip. She was enthusiastic, considerate and professional. Her English was very good and we could talk with each other without barrier. She introduced every spot with interesting stories and helped us to know about them. The whole trip was very excellent. I believed this trip was desirable for every tourist. So, TCG was worth choosing. Strongly recommend!
    Karen Madore
    United Kingdom
    Posted on November 20, 2019
    Our guide Tina was the best guide I had met. She was very warmhearted, positive, responsible and professional. She helped me to solve problems with great patience when I was in trouble. She also took good care of us in the whole journey. Our 7 days Beijing tour was full and we visited many famous attractions and some places with Beijing features. We learned o lot form Tina’s careful explanation. Although we were tired, we were very satisfied with this trip. I would recommend TravelChinaGuide and guide Tina to my friends. ... More
    Posted on November 20, 2019
    perfekt and wonderful day :-)

    thanks a lot to our tour guide John!

    Michael T Barnes
    United States
    Posted on November 19, 2019
    We had a three day Beijing tour. Tina, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and willing to share her insights and information on China. The car picked us up at our hotel on time each morning and delivered us to all of the pre designated historical sights as promised. Great overall experience which took the fear out of traveling as it was our first time in China.
    Vishwanathan and Rajakumar
    Posted on November 17, 2019
    Our booking experience with TCG was as usual excellent. The train tickets were at the hotel reception as promised.

    The next day our guide Selina was on time at our hotel to pick us up. Our one day Beijing including the Great Wall was MEMORABLE in spite of a bit crowded. In particular our walk over the Great Wall is something we will cherish for a very long time. Though I have visited China many times earlier, this was the first time I could make it to The Great Wall. Thanks to TCG for making it happen. The whole arrangement was excellent. We also enjoyed the Forbidden palace and the Tiananmen Square. The driver and the guide were very courteous and helpful. THANKS TCG. ... More
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