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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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    4.9537 Reviews
    Ruffner
    Canada
    Posted on October 17, 2019
    Our 2 days Beijing tour to Mutianyu and Simatai Great Wall was wonderful. We viewed the magnificence of Mutianyu Great Wall and appreciated the beautiful night scenery of Simatai Great Wall! Thanks to our guide’s excellent introduction, we had a deep understanding of the Great Wall. It was meaningful. The guide Selina was enthusiastic, thoughtful and patient. She arranged a considerate service for our trip. The spacious air-conditional car, comfortable hotel rooms, and delicious food also add some joy to my journey. There was no shopping detour. A satisfying trip! Strongly recommend! ... More
    Maureen Brown
    Australia
    Posted on October 13, 2019
    I traveled to Beijing with my parents and children and we had fun. We visited Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Badaling Great Wall and Summer palace and other distinctive spots. Many spots were magnificent and their architecture showed Chinese characteristics, majesty and splendid. We learned a lot from the excellent explanation of our guide. She was patient, enthusiastic and professional. Our driver was skillful and courteous. Our 4 days Beijing trip was arranged well. We were all satisfied with the tour! ... More
    Cristina
    United Kingdom
    Posted on October 10, 2019
    We visited many classic spots in this 2 days Beijing trip. Magnificent Forbidden City, splendid Mutianyu Great Wall, fantastic Temple of Heaven and beautiful Summer Palace all showed us the charm of traditional Chinese culture and architecture! Our guide Tina was very dedicated and enthusiastic. We had fun on this trip. We would choose her for our next Beijing trip!
    Thomas
    United States
    Posted on October 07, 2019
    Our guide Tina was very responsible. The itinerary arrangement was reasonable and we visited some iconic spots like Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall and so on. It was a little pity that the day we went to the Great Wall was rainy. Other days were warm. The hotel was clean and comfortable. My parents were very satisfied with this 6 days Beijing trip!
    Mark and Beth
    Hong Kong
    Posted on October 04, 2019
    Personal guide was exceptional! Booking and exchange of monies efficient and easy, even with a change that resulted in a partial refund! Highly recommend and will use them again!
    Jack
    USA
    Posted on September 28, 2019
    nice trip experience in CHIna .
    Lynn Earle
    Australia
    Posted on September 28, 2019
    We booked the 3 days Beijing trip in TravelChinaGuide. We were extremely pleased with this trip. The guide was enthusiastic, considerate and responsible. Her English was fluent and easily-understood. We visited several famous attractions and felt the charm of Beijing. A wonderful trip!
    Joseph Neves
    Singapore
    Posted on September 28, 2019
    Our guide was amiable, considerate and warmhearted. Our 2 days Beijing trip was relaxing and pleasant. We visited the Mutianyu Great Wall on the first day, one of the best-preserved sections of China’s Great Wall! We went up to the top by taking a cable car and appreciated the beautiful scenery. After lunch, we went to the Gubei Water Town, located at the foot of the Simatai Great Wall. We had a rest and later explored the ancient town. In the evening, we took a cable car to the top of Simatai to appreciate the night scenery. It was amazing! We also viewed the sunset, which was so luring and charming.

    On the second day, we visited many traditional craft workshops in the town, we also tried to learn Chinese paper-cutting, a funny Chinese traditional craft! The two days’ itinerary was full and interesting. Our guide Linda was enthusiastic and professional. The hotel was comfortable and clean. It was a worthwhile trip. I really recommend TravelChinaGuide and guide Linda!
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    Ali
    Spain
    Posted on September 25, 2019
    We were satisfied with this 2 days Beijing day trip! We were so lucky to meet an excellent tour guide Gloria. She was meticulous, easy-going, and responsible. She offered us professional explanations and took good care of us on the whole journey. We had a good time under the guidance of her. I recommend you to choose her if you want to travel to Beijing!
    Ricardu
    Brazil
    Posted on September 23, 2019
    The 2 days Beijing tour was full and tight. On the first day, we went to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and Jingshan Park. When we climbed the top of Jingshan Park, we got a panoramic view of the Forbidden City from Wanchun Pavilion, which was so magnificent. Then we went to the Temple of Heaven, where the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests was splendid. It was a magnificent palace with a round roof and three layers of eaves, and the blue glazed tiles roof were very beautiful. On the second day, we climbed the Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the world’s wonders. The scenery on the top was fantastic and luring. After that, we visited the Summer Palace, a well-preserved royal garden. We rode a boat on Kunming Lake to have a rest, so cozy. We really appreciated our guide Sara for her thoughtful arrangement and thoughtful service. It was a perfect trip. Very recommended! ... More
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