our tour guide Joyce met us at our hotel, sweet lady and very knowledgeable about her Chinese culture and history. beware, the first week of October is a national holiday and all tourist attractions are packed with people, traffic jams going to the great wall and long lines to get into attractions. Amazingly, Joyce found us short cuts to get into the forbidden palace. Lunch was delicious, our driver Mr Wu negotiated every obstacle with precision, both of them were very patient with us.
Sherry did a phenomenal job throughout the day! We were only in Beijing for one day so we needed to make the most of it and this tour was perfect. We joked that having Sherry taking photos of us throughout was money well spent right there since we never get photos together. She was much more than that - kind, funny, and knowledgeable. It's so much better to have a tour guide explain the significance of a site, picture, or even positioning. There were so many things would have gone unnoticed had we not had someone to guide us. The Great Wall was obviously a highlight of the trip. There were so few people there! Tip: download the app Retouch and you can remove people/objects from your photo and make it really look like you're alone on the wall. A great tour, thank you!
I have nothing but excellent marks for this Tour and the Tour guide. The sites were awesome and my tour guide Lily was fantastic! I couldn't have asked for a more knowledgeable person. Lily was on time and she guided me through the crowds with ease. I had already gone to another section of the Great Wall and this section is by far the better of the 2. Lily's english was perfect and I had tons of questions and she answered them all. I was traveling with a group and this was the "free day" but after spending time with Lily, I wanted to tour with her for the rest of the visit. :-) This tour will not disappoint and she even took me to a locals restaurant for lunch and the food was. . . . you guessed it, EXCELLENT! Thanks Lily for making Beijing a memorable experience for me!
If you have just one day to take a tour in Beijing, this is the one. You will hit all the big highlights. Make sure to get SHERRY! She is extremely knowledgeable. You will learn a lot about these sites, as well as the culture of China. I really appreciated that Sherry was so flexible with the schedule and was also willing to go the extra mile to help me with some additional questions I had. Make time for this tour -- you will be glad you did it!
This was the best tour ever! Linda was our tour guide. She was so knowledgeable, friendly and very professional. We loved the Mutianyu Great Wall less crowded, especially taking the ride down the Mutianyu Toboggan was a great bonus! Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, so beautiful and with so much history. Linda took us for lunch, and it was the best Chinese food we have ever had. We highly recommend this tour and Linda as your tour guide.
Everything about this day tour was amazing! Our tour guide Ray was on time, he was highly informative and very patient with us. The pace was relaxed, the coaster was comfortable and Mutianyu was awesome. Probably the best thing about it was our lunch. Most tour meals are only sub-par but we had an excellent meal at an authentic local restaurant and the food was more than enough for our group. Viator reviews definitely got this one right.
Initially we were a bit worried about getting all of this done in one day, but our fears were put at ease from the onset of the day. Lilly, our tour guide called early in the morning to re-confirm pick up time and location and greeted us on time. Our driver was excellent and the vehicle was very comfortable. Along the way Lilly kept us engaged by providing a general history of the areas that we drove through on the way to the great wall. The great wall is simply spectacular and once again Lilly did a great job explaining everything to us. The lunch was probably one of the best meals we had during our entire stay in China.
Even though it was very cold, this was also a blessing in that the lines to the forbidden city and Tiananmen square were very short and also us to take our time and fully enjoy the day.
All in all this was one of the best tours we have taken on Viator and would highly recommend taking the tour with Lilly.