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1 Day Tour: Great Wall, Summer Palace
Average Rating: 4.19 of 5 (Base on 74 travellers reviews)      Write a Review

I was happy to visit The Great Wall with the CinaTour.Net, In spite of heavy rains and crowded Badaling place they and had flexibly reorganized the trip and we visited Mutianyu... Thanks Jiri..

  
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Thank you for the tour. The best is really to go very early to the Great Wall, before the crowd is coming...

  
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Hey! China tour.net Thank you very much! Sue is very amazing!Im so gold t met you and i was very luckly to have you as my tour guide...

  
5 of 5 Star

I was extremely happy with the service provided on this tour.Having a guide for the two of us meant that the guide could be flexible and responsive to our needs. The tour was on time, clean,and very professional...

  
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Hi China tour, the tour guide spoke English well. Edward was very knowledgeable of the history, and was accommodating. I have rated his service as 5/5. Thanks..

  
5 of 5 Star

Thank you Serena for making our China experience so amazing! We tried touring various sites by ourselves before reaching out to China Tours. It made such a difference to have someone that spoke English describe the history of the Summer Palace and the Great Wall. It is obvious that you love what you do. Your personality along with your knowledge made this trip memorable. It was great to be picked up, driven around, taken to lunch, and dropped right at our door, without a care in the world. If I had to do it all over again, I would request you for my entire stay. After all, what good is it to visit the sites and not know what you're looking at. Thank you to your driver too, who always got out and ran around to open our door. I loved the way he was always wiping down his car. It was nice to get into a car that did not smell like smoke and that was so clean. Please be our guest should you ever come to the USA!..

  
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This is the 3rd trip I've booked using Chinatour - we took this tour to take my husband's mother to the Great Wall. We also visited the Summer Palace as we have not visited there before. As always the tour guide, Patrick this time, had very good English. He was entertaining and told history and stories of China and the area we were visiting. The company has always provided good tours and good guides. They verify the pick up time the night before the tour and are always timely. I will continue to use Chinatour...

  
5 of 5 Star

I went on this tour with a colleague the first part of June and it was more than expected. It was mid week so we were the only two on the tour. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and funny. The places we visited where great. I would recommend the tour. We also included the acrobatic show which was also really good and worth booking as part of the tour...

  
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I went to Beijing last June. Beijing is one of my most wanted place, bcoz it has rich royal history, and many nice places to be seen. in a short visit, i need to have Great Wall & Summer Place in 1 day. and Chinatour has it! it was cool! plus the charge is affordable! After trying to find a tour which i hope safe enough, i book chinatour (at almost at midnite) -- for picking me up at the following morning! and chinatour reply in about 15' (so it was around 12AM) .. and confirm me back! wow... Sarah, my tour guide, pick me up at hotel on time. i paid the tour by cash. then me and other tourists went to Great Wall, Jade Factory, Lunch, Summer Palace & Tea House. Came back to downtown right before traffic jam. Sarah was nice and having good English. Chinatour was a trusted one (i went alone, that's why it was important). So thank you... it was a nice experience!..

  
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Hey everyone! I had a one day tour of Great wall and Summer palace... I have to say that I had an amazing time. First to start with booking of the tour. I was in constant correspondence with the tour company for weeks before I came to China. My time was limited, so it was very important for me to be picked up and dropped off after the tour. They let me choose what part of the wall I wanted to visit and if I was gonna see summer palace or any other place of my liking. I've read some complaints here on visiting the teahouse and silk factory, but I have to say that I had a wonderful time there, I bought some gifts for my family (which no one's making you do it) and learned new stuff about how silk is made or how tea should be drank in chinese traditional way... It was both educational and interesting for me. My tourguide was extremely patient and was waiting for me at the airport for a longer time even though I had no way of letting anyone know that I got stuck in the line at the airport. So I was almost an hour late, yet they were still waiting for me with a name-board. My tour was private, so we drove in a big car where I was able to leave all my belongings with driver, and tour guide (Kathy) was going with me mostly everywhere (even to the wall), and she was kind enough to take pictures of me every now and then, without me even asking her to. THat is really nice of her because now I have memories which I normaly wouldn't have because I don't like bothering people with taking my photos... We've climbed to the wall by cable-car and after spending almost 2 hours there (which was enough for me), we came down on a slide. That was super fun! :D After that I was taken to a restourant where I had a really good lunch. I couldn't eat it all so they packed me leftovers which I was able to eat for dinner later in the day... I was taken to the silk factory after that, then summer palace, then teahouse... All in all, it was a great day. I've seen everything I was planing to. There was no rushing or pressure. We made it everywhere on time despite the heavy trafic (it was a holiday the same day we had the tour). Kathy spoke really good english and she told me a lot of interesting things about Chinese history, as well as the places we visited. If you plan on doing any tour in Beijing, I recomend you ask for her as a guide. At the end of the tour I was dropped off at my hotel and all in all, it was a perfect day. Next time I go to China, I am planning to repeat similar tour, hopefully with the same guide. Money well spent. :D..

  
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Tour guide Rosaline (Beibei) had call us 1 day before, and confirmed schdule to pick us up at 7.30 am from hotel. She was quite on time with a good car for our 4 persons team. The necessary info she had given us in different places continuously was really good, and well understood in English. We all agreed that was professional. Tour guide should be more attentive on what places/attractions they are committing to the travellers. The lunch was good, she arranged muslim food for us. we really enjoyed the beauty of summer palace and great wall. We think it is fair to give our feedback for future improvements. Overall we enjoyed the day very much specially semmer palace and the Great wall...

  
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This was a very memorable trip. I've choosed the group tour. Although only my husband and I joined the tour, they still picked us up exactly on time at the hotel by luxury car. Our tour guide Emmene and our driver were very friendly .We went to Summer Palace First before went to the Jade factory. After we've had lunch we went to the Great Wall We went not to Badaling site because we've heard from our tour guide that at Badaling site was very crowded and the weather didn't well that time.( Juyongguan site). I'll definitely come back and recommend this website to my other friends and relatives. Thank you to find your website...

  
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I really enjoyed this tour for the most part. Although the section of the Great Wall we visited was EXTREMELY crowded, it was still beautiful. The summer palace was also very grand and very beautiful. Lunch was good, very safe for those who don't necessarily have an iron stomach when it comes to travelling. The one thing I would have to complain about is that we went to the wrong location for the entrance to the gondola at the Great Wall in the morning, which consequently cut our time short there and made the rest of the day feel extremely rushed. I did not like almost running through the Summer Palace. Our tour guide Tony was very knowledgeable and spoke English very well though. All in all I would recommend this tour for people perhaps wanting to spend only a little time at each place, because for that it has very good value...

  
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An exhilarating experience that broadens the mind by its many picturesque views. Measly pictures do not live up to the beauty and wonder of what you see with your own eyes. The great wall and the summer palace are both places you'd want to see before you die. Of course a great factor of enjoyment in a foreign land would be the assistance of a tour guide to describe to us the history of these spots and give us a review on its present conditions. Due to the aid of one very capable tour guide, we had very much enjoyed our stay in Beijing, eating at the best places and learning a history we had somewhat learned but forgotten from our high school textbooks. All in all, it was an unforgettable experience. Coupled with scenic spots and an amiable tour guide, our trip was filled with laughter and wonder; two of the things that make a real trip remembered...

  
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This is a very nice trip! Specially to our tour guide Tony! \"Go to the East, Go to the West, Tony truly is the Best!!\" I will definitely recommend this trip to my friends and families. Tony (From Xian) is a kind of a typical chinese we expected (dedicated to his job, cares for his guests, and funny person). This is what i call value for your money! Tony is very good tour guide, he made our trip very memorable... All i can say is that i\'m very lucky to have search for your website for our trip! Thank you... I will definitely come back and recommend this website to my other friends and of course recommend Tony as their tour guide.....

  
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This was a very memorable trip. The shuttle arrived exactly on time at the hotel. Everything was well coordinated. Our tour guide (Jenny) was excellent, and talked about many interesting facts related to the historical sights. She was also very considerate in accommodating our dietary requirements. Only thing negative I found was food quantity :(. Otherwise it was great experience. The vehicle quality was good, guide had good command on English and with friendly behavior. Also both the sites (Great Wall and Summer Palace are worth visiting especially for nature lovers)...

  
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This was a very memorable trip. The shuttle arrived exactly on time at the hotel. Everything was well coordinated. Our tour guide (Jenny) was excellent, and talked about many interesting facts related to the historical sights. She was also very considerate in accomodating our dietary requirements. The great wall and summer palace are quite far from Beijing with many toll stations along the way, so this is an excellent value. I would definitely recommend this trip and our guide...

  
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Everything worked out great, I was called the night before as planned and was colected at 8.30am. Although I had booked a group tour I had a private car and guide. They were excellent. We had to visit a pearl factory which was OK but I guess that is part of the deal. I also visited a tea ceremony where the girl was very pleasant. The Great Wall and the Summer Palace are both awesome, be ready for quite a climb at the wall...

  
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It was okay, We visit the places in the chinese national holiday, so there were many many people.....so please never visit this great places under the chinese holidays ;O) the guide spoke very good english and had a great knowledge. but because there were so many people the traffic was bad and it took long time to come to the great wall, and it was terrible crowded every where. If there not have been so many people I am sure it would have been a good trip, but because of the many people it only was OK!..

  
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Perfect take care

  
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great tour... lots of FUN! very flexible... thankyou

  
5 of 5 Star

Very good, pick up from hotel, good travel guide...

  
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Very good, pick up from hotel, good travel guide...

  
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Sadly we have nothing good to say about our day with Henry, in fact we believe China Tour's should not use this guide ever again. 1) Henry forced us to go to a different part of the Wall from the part we had booked. He forced his opinion onto us of why we should change despite me saying no we want to stck with what we booked for 2 reasons: _ We had been to the further away area when we lived in China 19 yrs ago so were keen to visit a different part. _ We come from a very small island ( Norfolk Island - 3 miles x 5 miles) and therefore our 10 yr old son is not used to long drives. As it happened we had to pull off the road because my son was feeling very car sick. Although we didn't actually agree he continued to take us to the more distant spot and once there charged us a further 200 yuan! I now wonder if you received this money - I doubt it. 2) Nest we were coerced into taking the Gondola despite telling him we wanted to walk/climb. We are a fit family and had intended to walk. In the end it enabled us to walk further on the Wall however once again we felt forced into something other than what we had planned. 3) During the drive to the Wall Henry made a phone call and then told us the Acrobatic show was booked out so we couldn't do it. ( We were supposed to be doing the show and then the Peking Duck Dinner. He told us he'd made alternative arrangements for us to have dinner first and then attend a different show - A kung Fu show. This show was very good however we know believe he made these changes so that he could leave us and go home early. 4) He then told us that it would be best for us to take the subway home from the show (on our own at night with a 10 yr old in a city where we can't speak the language and don't know our way around) because he said it would be faster due to heavy traffic. We refused this idea. He said it would take 45 mins to drive however in fact it took 15 mins. 5) We believe we were taken to an inferior restaurant for our Peking Duck dinner. We had done this tour with you 19 years before and although we don't remember the actual restaurant we do remember the level of service and food as being very good. Unfortunately we didn't think to get a business card from this inferior restaurant but we do not think it is the famous Quanjude as advertised by China.net. We believe he has a deal with a cheaper restaurant and some-how pockets the difference! 6) I did book the slightly cheaper tour that takes you to 1 place to shop. We were happy with this as we wanted to buy a couple of souvenirs, however he took us to 3 places even though we told him we wouldn't be buying anything more - and then he had the audacity to seem annoyed that we didn't purchase. All in all we believe that Henry is a con-man and should be dismissed from his job with you. With hind-sight we believe the whole story about the acrobatic show being booked out was made up by him so that he could change things around so that he could have his free dinner and then go home early. When we refused to take the subway after the show he had the driver wait for us and he went home. The Kung Fu show was a fantastic show but that is not the point. We had done the acrobatic show years earlier and had wanted our boy to experience it too. Of course he loved the Kung Fu show, as did we, but our whole day was changed to suit Henry rather than sticking to what we had booked and to suit us. Also when he offered these changes and we didn't want to go along with them he was very argumentative and forceful and really just refused to listen to us. I think the only reason we didn't end up taking the subway home is because I threatened to call you. By this time we were sick of the way he treated us. Our whole day was one of disappointment and bad feelings because of his actions. The rest of our time in China was amazing but sadly we do not have fond memories of Beijing due to Henry's actions and also that of a Taxi driver that ripped us off...

  
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