Beijing Tour Guide
Beijing Tour Guide
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Beijing tour guide offers tour guide service and driver service for one day tour and multi-day tour. Founded by several experienced tour guides who have done this more than 12 years. We are able to provide the best hand-picked tour packages and travel solutions to overseas travelers. We also have expertise to tailor-make private tours with the best value to meet our customers' needs. If you want to know more, come with us. We offer: Beijing tour guide, Beijing tours, Great Wall tours, transportations, etc.
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DaveNZ7
Auckland Central, New Zealand10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kevin was a fantastic host, driving me out to the Wall from my Beijing hotel.

He was punctual, polite, knowledgeable, and friendly. We chatted as he drove and I enjoyed his unique insights into his life and culture.

It’s worth noting that Kevin does not come up onto the Wall with you. So this is not a guided tour. You are left to your own devices up there while he waits down by the car park for you to return.
Written March 18, 2018
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LaurJoy
Waikanae, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mr Wu was a fantastic guide who smoothed every step of our journey. He picked us up at the hotel and drove us to the Mutianyu site. He made good suggestions and clearly had a system and good relationships with those working there. He had interesting knowledge to share about the wall. Mr Wu guided us to the best quality and price souvenirs and took us only where we wanted to go, including a stop to by fresh-picked peaches and plums from an orchard! He made sure we had the best experience possible and I recommend him highly.
Written July 28, 2019
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Peter H
Beijing, China15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked the trip off of the reviews I saw and I have to say I’m so glad we did, we had a fabulous day. Our driver, Fred, showed up on time and we had good communication through the app. He took such great care of us and went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable the entire time. Being a photographer myself, I’m usually never in the family photos, but Fred had a keen eye and took a bunch of shots for us and video too. He also took us to a great restaurant on the way back from the wall. I highly recommend this trip, just make sure you leave early to avoid the crowds the best you can.
Written June 30, 2019
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Barbara K
Tokyo, Japan11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
The only reason I gave three stars is for the pre planning aspect of it. If it were based on the tour alone, it would be significantly less. Kong was very helpful in arranging the tour and speaks great English. He even arranged to pick me up from a remote location. However, the "tour" itself was nothing more than if I had hired a driver. We drove, in silence, to the Wall. Most of the time, tour guides provide history, and insight. We were not given any information, beyond what we asked. He purchased our tickets and dropped us off at the entrance. There are a few ways to get to the Wall, but he didn't give us any options and, instead purchased our tickets without asking. I certainly would have chosen a different option. After we came down, we went to lunch while he stayed outside the restaurant hanging with friends. From there we drove, again in silence, to the Summer Palace. I asked for a bit of background about it, and was given a rehearsed small statement. When we got there, he bought us tickets and then dropped us off. I can understand not having a guide at the Wall but the experience at the Summer Palace would have greatly been improved had there been one. Plus, I had paid for a tour guide, not just a driver. Or so I thought. From there, he drove us home. It was a good day because of the places went to but, I think it would have been better had we had a proper tour guide.
Written May 5, 2015
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I just found my response rejected,so have to response again. Dear Barbara, Thank you for your feedback. Your review will make us improve our service better even your review is not true. It is funny that you removed your review from Kong's and leave it in mine. 1,You said it is a driver not a guide I have checked your email again.This is the message you left in our website: "Hello Is there availability on this tour on Monday May 4, and how much would it be? I would like to do the group tour, not private." Kong`s reply:"Hi Barbara,The other two people like to do the tour with you on Monday,4th May.But only 3 of you,the tour will cost USD68 for an English speaking driver.You will pay your entrance tickets and meals.If you can confirm,let me know your hotel please." Your reply:"Thanks for the information, that sounds wonderful. I will be out all day and won't have access to this account so can you please send the details to my friend who lives here? her email is **********@yahoo.com or call/text *********" thanks again,Barbara " Is that true? You agreed a tour with a driver,not a guide. Before the tour,you sent 3 reservations via Viator at USD78 per person for a bus tour to the Mutianyu Great Wall and the Summer Palace.It includes tour guide service.while I didn't confirm the tour with you because we didn`t have more reservations for bus tour on 4th May. Then you left message on my website and I asked my clients if they mind you join the tour with them,they don`t like a stranger to join in. Then Kong asked his clients and gave them a lower price.They said no problem.But in the email he stated that it is only an English speaking driver,he never mentioned it includes a tour guide service. I think you knew that when you book the tour. 2,You said' the "tour" itself was nothing more than if I had hired a driver,he didn't explain history to you.' The truth is that you just hired a driver, not a tour guide. Kong was out of his way to the Great Wall and pick you up from your friend apartment in the morning.Didn`t he explain the Great Wall history to you on the way to the Wall? He did, which is not a part of his job as a driver. An English speaking driver can make your trip easier,you can have conversation,ask questions,help you to buy the tickets.But which not means it is his obligation to explain the history to you. 3,You said 'he didn't give you any options about the cable car or toboggan, instead purchased our tickets without asking.' Didn`t he ask you about the toboggan? He did. But you didn't tell him you are scared of height in the entire trip ?(which you said in the email after you went back home). As I know, Kong always asks customers that they prefer the cable car or toboggan and help them to buy the tickets. He did that for you as well. Do you think he should just leave you at the ticket office and let you make your decision? We realized that no matter which way we recommend you to take,you would not be happy. Because the cable car even takes you to higher point. 4,You said 'After we came down, we went to lunch while he stayed outside the restaurant hanging with friends.' About lunch,did you invite him to have lunch with you?If not,what do you want him to do? Sit inside and watch you eating? Nothing wrong that he sit outside and wait for you there. 5,You said 'when drove to the Summer Palace,he was in silence.' While after the climbing the Wall,most people like to have a break and keep walking a long distance at the Summer Palace.You had a nap in the car as well,right? 6,You said 'When we got to the Summer Palace, he bought us tickets and then dropped us off.' He dropped you in one gate and wait for you at another one and pointed to you how to visit the Summer Palace,right? If you go with a Chinese speaking driver,even some English speaking drivers,they will just park where you were dropped off and you have to go all the way back. 7,You said 'I had paid for a tour guide, not just a driver.' While in the email,it is quite clear that he said it is with an English speaking driver,did he mention that he will offer tour guide service? If you paid for a tour guide, there would be an independent guide for the whole trip. He/she will explain the history,stories, go up to the Great Wall with you, accompany you in the Summer Palace or the other sights. But you didn't pay for a tour guide. After dropping off the couple in the hotel,on the way to your friend apartment,you told me that you thought the price included tickets,he showed the email to you,again you said no problem. What's more,he tried to invite you and your friend to have dinner together.Because your friend work for the American Embassy in Beijing. The funny thing is that you said you will ask your friend and didn`t refuse his invitation at that moment though you didn't go. He was so stupid that he cannot tell you were not satisfied with his service.
Written December 19, 2016
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Nichola F
Edinburgh, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This day tour is fabulous! We were picked up at our hotel by Coco, she had great local knowledge and her English was very good. We visited the Ming tombs first due to the wet weather, we enjoyed learning all about the different dynasties. We then went on to the Mutianyu part of the Great Wall, wow what a place absolutely stunning and so interesting listening about the history. We took the cable car to the top and walked along the wall taking pictures and admiring the stunning scenery. We would highly recommend this tour with Coco, she was so friendly and made us feel like she was our friend rather than our guide.
Written April 13, 2019
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Barry B
Brentwood, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fred was brilliant. Great driver with good English he got tickets for Great Wall, cable car and toboggan. Highly recommend

Written March 22, 2019
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Debbie B
Las Vegas, Nevada14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
Our trip to the Great Wall at Mutianyu with our driver Kevin was amazing! Like you, I had read reviews about this company ahead of time, so when we found out our guide was going to be Kevin, we already knew that he was highly rated. Let me assure you - the 5-star ratings for this company are well deserved!

We arrived at the Beijing airport for a 10-hour layover on Christmas day, 12/25/2017. However, our experience with Beijing Tour Guide began several days before that when we called to inquire about the tour. We spoke to Kong who was not only helpful with information, but who responded to all of our emails and calls immediately. He also offered helpful solutions about downloading WhatsApp and WeChat on our phones, since we had no cell service on our trip. (I recommend you take these steps prior to your trip. I could not download WeChat due to the lack of wi-fi; save yourself some drama and have these apps ready to go before you start your trip.) Kong speaks perfect English, and will be a huge help to you when you call.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT GETTING THROUGH CHINA IMMIGRATION: Kong warned me when we spoke on the phone that it has been taking people longer to get through immigration than normal. I appreciated his candor. He sent us a confirmation letter for our tour, which might be the reason we got our 24-hour visa in the first place. We were originally told by the Chinese officials at the airport, “No; you do not have enough time!!” Once we showed them the letter, they relented a little. (They still told us we didn’t have enough time, but we pushed back and let them know our tour guide was waiting for us at the airport, and that our guide assured us he would get us back in time for our next flight.)

Everything I read online had prepared me for about an hour and a half wait time in the immigration lines. It took my family over four hours to get through. When you break down the time, you need to be back at the airport two hours prior to your connecting flight (trust me, you'll need it - we thought we had plenty of time when we got back to our gate only to find that we had to board a bus and drive a long way out to actually board the plane. Do not cut yourself short on time getting back to the airport)! A 10-hour layover quickly gets eaten up with the long immigration lines. At the end of this review, I will give specific instructions for anyone interested in getting through immigration.

I had received a message from Kevin telling me that he would be waiting for us at the airport by 7:30am. Our plane landed at 4:50am, so I thought we would be ok. I think we finally got out to meet Kevin between 9:30 and 10am. (Our connecting flight was leaving at 3pm, which meant we had to be back to the airport by 1:00pm.) Because I had no way to communicate with Kevin, I was very worried he would leave since it took so long for us to get out. He was amazing... he never left. When we came racing out of the doors, there he was holding a sign with our family name on it. We were so happy to see him, and to know he hadn't left us (which he would have had every right to do since he had been waiting for hours). He got the biggest smile on his face, gave me a fist-bump, and told us how happy he was that we had made it through.

Since we had just arrived from a family holiday in Sydney, Australia (where it was hot and humid), we were not dressed for cold Beijing. He gave us time to go into the bathrooms to change our clothes, and then let us know we had to hurry if we were going to make it. We literally ran through the airport to his vehicle. Do not complain if your guide makes you hurry – consider it a personal favor that they are even willing to work within your strict time constraints to get you where you want to go. They understand that, if they do not keep you on schedule, you will miss your next flight (if that is applicable to you). Kevin gave each of us a water bottle when we got to his car, which was very much appreciated.

We traveled in a beautiful van with leather seats, and let me tell you what a great driver Kevin is. He knows how to navigate through traffic, bicycles and other small vehicles, and both city and country roads. We asked lots of questions along the way, and Kevin answered every one of them. We were curious about Beijing, the buildings and sights we were passing, frozen waterfalls, children in a school – you name it, we asked and he answered. I had read about needing tickets for a shuttle bus to get up to the wall once you arrive, and tickets to actually get into the wall. Kevin drove us right up to the parking lot - no shuttle required. What this means: You don’t have the hassle of having to get out of your driver’s car and load up into a bus at the bottom of the hill (taking more time that you may not have), but you still have to pay the fee. It was amazing that we were able to bypass all of that hassle!

Kong had told me on the phone that our driver would help us buy tickets for the cable car or toboggan once we got there. We hadn’t exchanged any of our American dollars for the local currency, and that was not a good idea. Do this before you go. Kevin bought the tickets for us, and let us pay him back. Just another thing that makes this company and this driver amazing! A note about the toboggan: The four people in our group really wanted to take the toboggan, but we were sort of afraid since it was winter and we weren’t sure how slippery and cold it was going to be. Kevin let us know that it would be fine, and that they close the toboggan in inclement weather. We opted not to take it, which we all agreed afterwards was a mistake. The cable car is great though. In the winter time, bring gloves and something with which to cover your ears.

Kevin was sensitive to the fact that we had been flying all night to get to Beijing, standing in line for five hours to get our 24-hour visa, racing to use what precious little time we had left just to see the Great Wall and take a family photo there, so he made sure we had enough time to stop by a Subway located at the wall to get a sandwich to go, and which he invited us to eat in his vehicle as we returned to the airport. Eating at Subway when visiting China may seem like a boring option, but believe me – you’ll be glad for it when it is the only thing you have time for! (You can use your Visa credit card there. I have read that some people worry about eating uncooked food/raw vegetables outside of their own country – four of us ate fresh sandwiches at Subway and did not get sick.)

Our family will never forget this tour! Kong and Kevin made it all possible from beginning to end. I cannot recommend this company highly enough. I know there are many tour companies to choose from, but I can tell you from personal experience that Beijing Tour Guide has earned every great review written here, and so has Kevin!

GETTING A 24-HOUR VISA AT THE BEIJING AIRPORT:

The customs officials in Beijing seem to be cracking down on 24-hour visas. When they say “24 hours,” they mean “24 hours.” If you have less time than 24 hours, they might refuse you a visa. My family had 10 hours from arriving (4:50am) to departing (3:00pm). The best advice I can give you is: Do not stand in the wrong lines – you will waste time you do not have! Also, they will probably (in a very stern voice) tell you that you do not have enough time to leave the airport. They said this to me, and I heard them say it to many other people. Do not be afraid to push back a little – we ended up getting our visa, but we held our breath until the last one in our group got it!

Get a confirmation letter from Beijing Tour Guide! This saved us; we would not have been permitted the visa without it. I cannot overstate this – have a hard copy of the letter with you – do not try to show it to immigration on your phone. Even with the letter they told us we did not have enough time, but with a little pleading they let us through. Don’t be proud – beg if you have to. I heard many other people doing this, and they finally relented to most of them.

When you enter the immigration area, you’ll immediately see many lines for either foreigners or Chinese citizens. If you need a 24-hour visa – do NOT get in these lines! Take a few minutes to look around. Your first inclination is to beat the crowds and get in line, but this will cost you in the end. To the left of this area (which you may have to walk a little bit to actually see) is an area for people who have connecting flights. It’s kind of hidden because you have to go through a glass door to get to it. Again, if it is your intention to get the 24-hour visa, do not get in this line either.

Continue to the left – you’ll see a set of turnstiles/metal gates. It feels a little intimidating to go through them at first, because you don’t see signs that tell you to. The counter for 24-hour and 72-hour visas is just beyond these turnstiles on your left.

Just beyond the visa counter are two other counters where they issue boarding passes for continuing flights (each counter serves a number of different airlines – find your airline on the sign and choose that line). If you are in a group, try what we did: Leave one person and all of your carry-on luggage in line for the 24-hour visa (it doesn’t move very quickly… meaning, we were about 20 people back in line and it took over four hours to get to the front), and have someone else in your party (in our case, the other three people) stand in line at the next desk over to get your boarding pass for your connecting flight. Many people in line for the 24-hour visas did not know that they must get their boarding pass first, or they would not be given the visa. When your group gets to the front of the boarding pass line, have someone in your group trade places with the person in the visa line. If your group stands in the boarding pass line together, you will end up so far back in the visa line that you will never get your visa in time to leave the airport. If you are traveling alone, I would suggest you establish your presence in the visa line first, meet the people in front of and behind you, then ask them to watch your stuff so you can grab your boarding pass in the next line over (that line moves much quicker).

Pay attention in the visa line. In our case, an official came out and was handing out a document that everyone needed to fill out. (They do not announce what they are doing. Suddenly, you’ll just see someone official appear, and people gathering around. When you see this, you must inquire what is going on.) If you do not get this document, you cannot get the visa. If you wait until you get to the front of the line to get it, they will make you leave to fill it out and you will have to go to the end of the line.

Do not be afraid to ask questions. Always leave someone in your group (if you have one) in line, while another person goes off to talk to officials, etc. Otherwise, you will lose your place in line. If you’re traveling alone, ask the people you are standing next to in line to hold your place for you. People in this line are your fellow travelers, and some of them have been through this process before. Befriend them – you will be in line with them for hours. Also, rude people will cut in line in front of you. By the time we made it to the front five people had cut directly in front of us. This nearly caused a riot (I am not overstating this fact) because the line moves so slowly that those five people cost everyone in line behind them another hour of waiting time. Do not be a jerk and do this… the five people in front of us (not in a group) kept trying to justify to everyone that they had been in the wrong lines, blah, blah, blah, and that this somehow justified them cutting in front of everyone else. Everyone wants to get through the lines and leave the airport for a little while – don’t be a rotten human being and cut the queue because you think you are more deserving than other people!

After you’ve acquired your boarding passes and gotten your 24-hour visa, you have to go back to the immigration lines for foreigners. They move fairly quickly and have far fewer people in them. Once you get through this line, you have to put your carry-on bags through a scanner, and then you’re finally finished. It is a long walk to where you actually get to the front of the airport where the guides are waiting, but there are several people movers, which help a lot. I hope this helps; safe travels!
Written December 29, 2017
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Merve S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
Kevin was a great guide during my trip to Mutianyu section of the Great Wall! I was alone, so it was a private trip and he was so kind to take great pictures with this talent and patience :) He speaks fluent english and helps you a lot also for other tips in Beijing. I will definitely visit the other sections with him.
Written May 25, 2021
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Brendan
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
What a fantastic trip. Bruce our driver did a fantastic job and spoke pretty good english that allowed the journey to quicker and also obtain a better understanding about the surrounds on the way up. A driver was the most efficient way, pick up from hotel on time and flexible with timing on the way home. You got to choose how long you wanted to explore the Wall for. Great experience. Highly recommended.
Written December 19, 2019
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john p
Scottsdale, AZ2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
My husband and I were in Beijing during their holiday week and took a wonderful tour with Rico as our guide. This young man was very knowledgeable and was able to explain the history of all the sites we visited which made the tour very enjoyable, informative and fun. He also guided us though the crowded areas which was much appreciated on our part. This was definitely a first class tour with Rico leading us through the sites and having a driver drop us off
Written October 9, 2019
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