Beijing: Old Beijing e-Bike Adventure
- Small group
- Duration: 2.5 hours
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Our tour guide Jackson was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip; informative, good time scale for all elements and perfect for our layover. We got to see Tiananmen Square as the flag was hoisted, army marching through, the Forbidden City, lunch on the way and the Great Wall. We had 2 hours at the wall, which was plenty of time with our 8 year old son. Yes we did visit a Jade carving shop and tea house and see the demonstrations but felt no obligation to buy anything. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel. The bus was small but comfortable and there were just 7 people on our tour. Jackson’s English wS excellent and he talked us through all historical detail of each site.
The meeting point was a handicap. Since I've seen reviews regarding how difficult it was to mark a meeting I sent emails and called before to be sure I would be in the right place... the result I have been at 7:00 am (super cold) waiting for them for 20 minutes, and at the end had to walk to another hotel - it doesn't make sense event after all the care I had to prevent this to happen. I felt the tour rushed in the wall and forbidden city, the jade factory and the tea ceremony could be removed from the program. The lunch wasn't that great, we couldn't serve from the buffet - only some dishes they gave us, and wasn't that much food.
We really enjoyed this tour! The forbidden city was very interesting and we were given just enough time to see the important parts. We were also taken to tea presentation that was impressive to watch and we liked it. The Great Wall at the end of the day was amazing. We went up on the cable car and down the toobogan. So much fun, will definitely recommend. If I'm being picky, I just wished we had stayed less time at the Jade store (45min) and more time at the Great Wall (1.30hr). Lunch was great too though!
It was a great day to visit both places but it would have been better to have more hours on the Great Wall rather than only 2 hours. Moreover prepare 120¥ to take the cable car (round trip) to the Great Wall because it wasn’t included in the final price of the trip ! Then, Jade industry visit and the tea time was a surprise because none of them was included in the description, but it was very interesting activities. Otherwise it was a very good experience !
Our Great Wall experience was amazing. The Forbidden City, whilst interesting felt dragged out and if we had explored alone we would have done it in half the time. They flipped the tour around and we did the Forbidden City first so We could see the military raising the flag in the square which was nice. They stop off at a Jade Factory and Tea shop to try and sell you their wares, it was educational but unnecessary.