We visited Beijing on 09 Feb - 15 Feb 2013 and we had Yee Lee as our tour guide for those 5 days. We found her through the Trip Advisor and well, that was the greatest bless for us. She was such a wonderful guide with great knowledge of all the places that we visited from Forbidden City, Great Wall Mutianyu, Beijing Blue Zoo, Tiananmen Square, Beijing Aquarium, Summer Palace. She narrated the history well with very well spoken English. She was far more a friend rather than a tour guide. Both Yee and our wonderful driver, Leo was good with our boys (7 & 5 years old).
From the first day of email, she was prompt in answering. She helped to custom make our itinerary from the list of places that we suggested to visit.One of the places was the Hanging Temple of Mt Heng Shen at Datong which was 5 hours drive from Beijing. For us, safe journey was very important ....we owe that to Yee and Leo.
Apart from that, she brought us to all the shows - kung fu, acrobatic and peking opera with such good timing.
She also managed to include Longqin Gorge ice lanterns show on our last day visit. Our boys loved it very much, my mom was in awe with the ice sculptures. She was very patient with our slow pace & relaxed touring and made sure that all our request was fulfilled. She even brought us to souvenier shops and bargained for us. That was a great help.....got gifts for a very reasonable price.-:)
Overall, we are glad that we made the right choice in choosing Yee Lee as our tour guide. The 5 days passed by so fast and we enjoyed Beijing very much. The winter was forgotten, thanx to the warmth experience given by Yee Lee. Beijing is great to be visited during CNY, it was not crowded, we even went to the Temple Fair...it was a good experience to see the performances at this temple...including the fast act of the Dragon Dancers.
One more point to address here is that she took us to normal restaurants with local foods which is not tourist based and that is the plus with having her as tour guide. We loved those delicious food, in fact some dishes were different compared to Malaysia and we even asked her to name it in Chinese as to try requesting it when we are back to Malaysia.-:) We also had the famous hot pot lamb....Yee assisted in ordering the foods since we do not take beef and pork. Must say she did a terrific work with ordering good tasty food for all of us.
There is so many good things to mention about Yee:
1) first day meeting, she brought for all of us gifts- with meaning for each. Such a pleasant greeting it was.
2) she was so friendly with our 2 boys. She gets well with kids.
3) she brought her own camera too and snapped pictures - family photos as well as sceneries/views. At the end of the tour, she downloaded all to our laptop. Such a generous act.
4) she was so good with my mom - fulfilling request....toilet stops, relax walk, no rush.
5) buying candies, cookies for our kids.
Way to Beijing was indeed wonderful...thank you Yee Lee. My boys misses you so much and they still talks about her.....
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