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Historic Beijing II: Full Day Private Sightseeing Tour with Panda Garden Visit

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3.503.50 / 5

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Tour Guide was exceptional but everything else was a waste of money.

Reviewed by: Joana, 2018/04/24

The tour guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable and I would have gladly spent the day listening to the History behind the Summer Palace.

However for a full day tour, I have to say, 70% of the time was spent in traffic and in stores to get money from the tourists (something that is not on the website, and not in your schedule when you book the tour)
- 7h30 pick up from Hotel. On time, very pleasant first meeting. Comfortable car and polite driver
- 8h00-8h45 Panda Garden. It was not my main interest but it was really nice to see the pandas having breakfast and wondering around.
- 9h00-10h15 Summer Palace. Such a beautiful and big place to visit and only a bit more than an hour was spent there, when it has the potential to last at least 4 hours and discover so much more!!
- 10h15-11:45:Driving to get to a Pearl Market that is nothing more than a big store, in a shaddy building, with a lot of employees waiting to sell you jewelry. You can of course say no. But there is a lot of pressure for you to purchase something and you will always have a sales person close to you.
11h45-12h20: Lunch. Satisfying but not the best chinese meal I ever had. Water is served from an opened half filled bottle (probably left over from previous guests) and the food is nice but frugal. The tour is not allowed to eat with you.
12h20-13h15: More driving and now to a Silk Market shop. Same as for the previous shop. Very interesting but all they want is for you to buy and you lose your time.
13h15-14h15: Lama Temple. Visit to the temple. A very beautiful place, filled with History
14h15-14h30: Drive back to hotel

So all in all, a 7 hour Historic tour that only spent 2 hours in Historic sites and 45 mins in the Zoo.It was my third time in Beijing but my first ordering a Tour and it won't happen again, since I don't get what I am interested in.

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Attended as:Solo Travelers
Activity Date:2018/04/22
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Reviewed by: Flavio, 2012/08/23

james is the best guide tour ever!!

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Reviewed by: Todd, 2008/08/16

Wonderful tour! The guide was very friendly and helpful. I don't feel we were rushed during the tour. Excellent!

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Reviewed by: Athena, 2007/11/06

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