We had a very good time in Beijing. Lily our Guide was excellent and pitched the level about right so that the children were engaged. My daughter loved trying to learn mandarin with her (4 words is not bad). The driver was good and we felt safe being driven around by him. By coordinating between the two of them meant we were never kept waiting (even in very congested bits of Beijing).
The tour of the Forbidden Palace was fabulous particularly as we got to the quieter bits at the rear of the site. The begging and hawkers at the rear of the site were a bit distressing for the kids but I think they need to be aware of this; perhaps a quick warning of what was to come might have been useful.
The meal in the old streets was good. I think in retrospect we should have had more time to wander in that area but we did ask for a shorter day.
The next day the trip to the great wall was fascinating, even though it is quite a long drive. The van felt comfortable clean and safe. I was surprised how commercialised the wall was and if I had the chance would love to visit another bit of the wall away from the crowds and see a less restored bit. The meal afterwards was fine-the surrounding didn't look too promising but the food was good and the facilities were clean.
Looking around the Birdcage / Olympic site was a nice end to the day.
"We recommend that you customize a private Beijing Tour based on your interests and requests!"
The transfers to and from the airport worked well. The new terminal is worth a trip itself, we were whisked off in the shuttle train before we had much chance to gawp at such an impressive building.
Overall we had an excellent Beijing trip, made very easy and enjoyable by your services and the excellent on the ground support of Lily and her driver.
I know we didn't book the hotel through you but I would recommend it for clients with kids; the staff, the pool and the restaurant made for good down time for the children to recharge between trips.
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