We hired Mr. Ping after reading Tripadvisor reviews via e mail because he spoke English, which was very good. He responded within 24 hours to our original e mail. He was well worth it, he was on time, had bottled water and clean van for the three of us. we modified the itinerary because of the environment that day, we went to the Summer Palace in time to watch the traditional exercise by many people including dancing and rhythmic Tibetan singing and drumming. Mr Ping spoke about many of the details of the Summer palace and made certain we saw all the highlights, the Marble and Dragon boats, we took the long 700 meter walk to the actual summer home of the Empress. Saw many of the painting on the long corridors. We also saw the drum and bell towers as well on the way and he provide us with an overview of China's history. He took us to a traditional Chinese lunch and he order more than enough food for the four of us, My friend and I had Chinese beer while my wife and Mr. Ping had hot tea. After that we headed to the Great Wall, which was up hill all the way, he lined up both the entrance and cable cars fees, which was great. While my of the vendors appear to speak English, I am certain it does not go much beyond 2 tee shirts for $1.
After the 11/2 hours at the Great Wall we headed back to Beijing and a great time at the Chinese acrobats, that was fantastic and world class. The seats in the entire theater no matter what the cost are all very good.
The only negative was the Beijing traffic which Mr. Ping navigated skillfully.
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