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“Catherine Lu Tours is well worth it!!”
Review of Catherine Lu Tours

Catherine Lu Tours
Ranked #2 of 468 Tours in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Catherine Lu Tours offers Beijing private Tour Guide Service for one day, two day, three day city and great wall tours. We focus only on private tours comprising of solo traveler, friends & families. We specialize in personalized, custom designed private Beijing tours with your complete satisfaction in mind. We guarantee your delight as we go with you on unforgettable adventures through the wonders of China!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We spent 3 days with Catherine in Beijing this summer. I would highly recommend her to anyone travelling to Beijing. To start with, when I initially emailed her to inquire about her services, she was very quick to reply. She arranged drivers to pick us up from the airport and bring us to our hotel, and did the same for our friends who arrived at a different time than we did. When our group changed from 2 to 4 people, she was very accommodating and arranged for a van (instead of a car) to drive us around. She is intelligent, well spoken, and was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the sites we visited. She was very well organized, and the car and driver that she arranged were always waiting for us at the end of our site seeing. We never had to wait a minute for our driver - he was always waiting for us. Catherine's choice of restaurants were always good, and the food was delicious. She was extremely accommodating then entire time, and even came to the markets with us to ensure we were not taken advantage of. Catherine is kind hearted, has a great sense of humor. Even though she is slightly more expensive than other tour companies, she is well worth it!! I am thrilled that we used her, and would recommend her to anyone

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We contacted Catherine about 2 weeks from our arrival in Beijing in the middle of summer (July 2013) and she was luckily available for us. She responded very quickly via email (tip: send an email directly to her, don't use the website form).

She provided great details on the tour itinerary and costs for our family including discount for kids, type of food we prefer, cost of entrance fees for each site/activity. She is very transparent and open about these details so don't hesitate to ask, it really made us feel comfortable.

As many reviews have already said Catherine is very knowledgeable and provides excellent information on China and the site you are visiting. She also is great in casual conversations and we loved getting to understand the Chinese culture and little aspects of way of life there from her.

We have two young boys (ages 6 and 9) and they both loved Catherine and she got along with all of us just great. They asked her questions and she was very patient and provided appropriate answers every time.

As mentioned we went during July which is sweltering hot with humidity so having a tour guide who knows exactly where to go and a private driver who is always dropping you off and picking you up to minimize your walking time in the sun is worth every penny of the tour. Especially in areas in Beijing where it can get very crowded with people, traffic and tourist groups.

The highlights of the tour was obviously the Great Wall of China. We had a great day there with clear skies and Catherine knew the best picture taking spots and shot ideas. We also totally recommend spending the extra fee to do the toboggan ride down, especially if you have kids, it was such a blast and soooo much fun. Our kids wanted to go back up and do the toboggan again!

Other great things about Catherine's tours are:
- she knows the great local and upscale restaurants to eat
- she knows where the best toilets (western and 3 star) are located
- she has great recommendations for after tour eats or things to do
- she knows the tricks to get great seating at shows
- she manages time and pace of the tour to your needs, really great
- she is flexible in the tour itinerary based on your needs/schedule

Our stay in Beijing was so memorable and having Catherine as our private tour guide is without a doubt the reason for it. There is so much to see in Beijing, spend the money to book Catherine to get the most of your time there and not waste it on group tours or doing it yourself.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

My wife and I were recently traveling in China as part of a mid-sized tour group where you could add on optional tours in each location. However, rather than taking part in a tour with 25 other people and following the group around all day (with tacky shopping stops at "factory tours" and tourist trap restaurants), we decided to contact Catherine Lu for two private tours based on her excellent TA reviews. While Catherine was not available for our dates in Beijing, she arranged Steven for our guide in Beijing and Michael for our guide in Xi'an. Both guides (and tours) were absolutely perfect and highlights of our first trip to China. Since this is under the Beijing activities, I will touch primarily on our tour in Beijing. We did the one day tour which included the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. The tour also included a stop at a delicious local restaurant en-route to the Great Wall. Steven picked us promptly at our hotel in Beijing and we were on our way! He did an excellent job navigating our route through the huge Sunday crowds at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Steven was informative, friendly, humorous and had the perfect personality to be a guide. I would highly recommend requesting him if Catherine is not available. Although the tour may be a bit more expensive than some others, you get what you paid for - there is a reason this company is #1 on tripadvisor. I also liked the fact that Catherine's company goes to the Mutianyu section of the wall rather than the much more crowded (and touristy) Badaling section. Also, what fun to take a chairlift to the top of the wall and enjoy a toboggan ride down (built by Germany's Wiegand company). After our delightful day in Beijing, I was not sure that our guide in Xi'an could match up to the guide services in Beijing. However, Michael in Xi'an was just as wonderful! Another absolutely excellent guide and again I HIGHLY recommend requesting Michael (Chang) if traveling to Xi'an. Two thumbs way up for this company!!!!

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I came to Beijing with my husband who had to work. I booked a two day private tour thru CatherinLu tours and I was greatly relieved that everything was perfect! I had Sophie for a tour guide- she is now a new friend! Very knowledgeable and a joy to be around. She made my trip feel very safe and enjoyable. The driver was was wonderful too!

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