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What people are saying about Summer Palace

Overall rating
4.2 / 5
based on 494 reviews

Great overview and guide (Emily) but two shopping stops are horrible

The guide (Emily) is great. She has an awesome attitude and her English is pretty good. The tour is as advertised with two big exceptions. First, the shopping stops at pearly factory. Waste of time and very overpriced. Should have spent the time at Summer Palace instead. We only had 45 minutes there and should be at least 90 minutes. The second is a stop at Chinese medicine institute. You can get a 20Y foot message, which is nice, but they got these Chinese medicine"professors" giving you free checkups and then telling you so many things wrong with you and prescribing 6 months worth of medication. In my case, they tried to make me pay for $4,500 worth of Chinese herb medication. Its so ridiculous that it's an accidentally entertaining show of local ways of scamming tourists.

A lovely place to visit that is well worth the money.

If you only choose one activity in central Beijing, it should definitely be this one! Easy to get there with the subway and not far to walk to get to the entrance. The area is well maintained and if you pay for the extra entrances (which I think you should) you can easily enjoy yourself in a relaxing way the entire day. The boat rides are very nice and there are a lot of things to buy, both to eat and to bring back home as souvenirs. You can buy a "passport" to collect stamps along the way inside, something that can make the walk more enjoyable for anyone into "Pokémon go - Gotta catch'em all" mode. There is a lot of written information in English and even though the staff don't speak so much, you will meet a lot of smiling faces trying to get you what you need.

If you are short on time in Beijing this is ideal

This tour covered most of the main places to visit in Beijing in one day. Tour guide Jackson was very informative and helpful. There are two stops at a medical centre and perl shop which were made mentioned previously and in reviews. Even though I was expecting them it was not for me and I had no interest in either. I understand its possibly a way to make money, but I would rather pay extra on my ticket to not have these stops and use this time at the sites we were visiting. Other than that the tour was very good and I enjoy it along with the other members of our tour group.

Great tour, a bit chilly, but very informative!

Yoyo was a great tour guide and we learned everything we wanted to know about these Beijing sites! We stayed on track the whole time (even despite how cold it was), and Yoyo was very conscientious of what we wanted to do and see. We found the Pearl Factory a bit useless and time-consuming, but this is probably why the tour is so cheap. The lunch food was a great Chinese experience. The Chinese medicine stop seemed like a bit of a scam because the medicine they recommended was extremely overpriced.

Fantastic tour guide Paul kept us on schedule, no laziness allowed

Tour guide picked me up from hotel, on time, Paul was friendly and knowledgeable about your places, helped purchasing entrance tickrts, clear on instructions & did a great job, many thanks to you & your driver Paul, you made my dream of visiting Beijing a happy and enjoyable experience.

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