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Beijing Transit Layover Tour

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    What to Expect
    Pick up from the Beijing airport by guide and driver.

    Tiananmen Square- the largest city center public square in the world.Most people visit Tiananmen Square on their way to the Forbidden City, both can be done together. Chinese citizens go there to paticipate in the national flag-raising ceremony and take photos in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong. When there is a breeze you can buy a kite and fly it on the square.  

    Then proceed to The Forbidden City-The home to twenty-four Chinese emperors over 600 years.The Forbidden City was the former imperial palace which was the home to 24 Chinese emperors over 491 years. Wearing comfortable walking shoes as the palace is 960 metres long and 750 metres wide. It has 9,999 rooms. Walking through the wide open courtyards along its central axis, the sides offer some museum exhibits and small courtyards worth exploring. 

    After the Forbidden city, you will go to Jingshan Park and get Bird view of the Forbidden City from Coal Hill. An excellent view of the Forbidden City from the north is seen atop Coal Hill in Jingshan Park. The hill is made from the dirt excavated from the moat surrounding the Forbidden City, and according to Feng Shui, keeps the evil spirits from the north from entering.

    Jingshan Park was a part of the Forbidden City until the early 1900's when the walls were pulled down and a road cut through it destroying several gates and buildings between the park and the rear entrance of the palace. It is well worth the climb on a clear day for spectacular views of the Forbidden City and Beijing. 

    Lunch in a local hutong family home: Food in Beijing is quite good quality and you will be taken to nice local restaurants, not tourist ones. Let your guide know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and so the food can be done according to your request.

    In the afternoon,Enjoy Hutong Tour with local family visit cycle rickshaw ride, tea in family home. Hutongs are the old traditional alleyways and courtyard homes which once covered all Beijing. Many still survive today and are pleasant to walk or bike through. Not much has changed and you can see how people lived in the past. Nanluoguxiang is one of famous Hu Tong in Beijing.

    Visit Nanluoguxiang  Hutong alley-an old lane with funky shops & cafes, exotic Chinese food.

    Drop-off at the Beijing airport. 

    Drop-off at the Beijing airport. Tour Finish.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    PEK Airport or the appointed place
    Departure Time
    Flexible. Please advise your flight No. and the arrival, departure time. The tour itinerary can be tailor-made according to your request upon booking
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    PEK AIRPORT or the appointed place
    Inclusions
    • Lunch - Buffet lunch
    • Round-trip private transfer
    • Bottled water
    Exclusions
    • Tips to guide and driver (optional)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • If you require a Russian, Italian or Spanish-speaking guide, please advise the local operator at least 7 days before your tour date
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    By: China Travel Compass
    7 Reviews
    Roving762972
    10
    Bought tickets in the morning. There was no show when we arrived
    Bought tickets in the morning. No show when we arrived in the evening. No refund available. We missed other events and, therefore, money that evening as a result.We will ultimately receive a refund through TripAdvisor although actually received it yet. It became a costly and frustrating evening as a result.
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    mnguy48Sartell_Mn
    Sartell, Minnesota
    225141
    Poor choice
    Compass travel is like a milking machine to drain you of your money. They will run you as much as fifteen hours a day taking you to sales presentations. They are dishonest about what they tell you. Read the fine print of their contract.
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    IrmaDivera
    16
    Review of 10 day China Tour trip by Compass Holidays
    Having very recently returned from this trip, I offer this as a review and series of tips if you are considering going. First of all, be aware that the reason this trip is so inexpensive is because the Chinese government and its companies are subsidizing it. This means that the itinerary (particularly some of the optional tours) includes stops at various places so you have the opportunity to hear their sales pitches and buy something. No high pressure sales tactics, which was good. The Chinese are excellent salespeople and their products and prices tend to be good. My mother, my sisters and I purchased all the tours and some of these consisted of specific shopping excursions during our tour. They hit the highlights of Chinese culture, such as teapots and tea making, fresh water pearls, and silk making. Truly beautiful as well as educational. The deals were often excellent although you might have to be willing to drop hundreds of dollars at a time. For example, I bought a pearl necklace, earrings, ring and bracelet for just under $200 Cdn while my sisters bought silk bedding for just over $500. They take charge cards in those official stops but usually not elsewhere so you should to carry cash yuan. If members of the tour group did not purchase the optional tour, they needed to either remain on the bus or walk around the area while the tour was going on; no going to the hotel as the hotels tended to be far away. Even if you came along the tour, much waiting could still be involved while people bought items. At the the tea making farm, they tried to sell us some Red Dragon tea concentrated into pills that they claimed would detox your system and which the saleswoman claimed would help with a host of ailments. She also said that they are working with the University of Maryland to research this product. However, as none of us had heard of it before, no one bought any so the poor girl wasted her time. Either it is equivalent to snake oil, in which case it would be a waste of $360, or the U of M may have found it really works, in which case it would be cheap. So do your research first. I would want to know if the studies are published in a peer-reviewed and reputable journal and if the studies have been replicated elsewhere. Not all tours are shopping ones, and we enjoyed a kung fu show as well as an acrobatic one. The tours are over-priced for what you get, as the Chinese tack on some pretty hefty service charges; they kind of have you over a barrel if you don't know the country and if you don't know where you are going next which would have been most of us. For example, one of our group bought his own ticket to the acrobatic show which cost him $31; he was informed that he would have to pay the extra $50 service fee to take our bus or take a taxi on his own to the hotel. If you want to go, it is advised that you book ahead of time. For example, the acrobatic show cost us $60 in Canada but $80 U.S. in China. However, I highly recommend booking the acrobatic show, it's amazing. Rumour has it that if you want to cancel one of the shopping tours you booked, it will cost you $100 so check your fine print. Be prepared to spend long days on the bus; the cities are so large that often the sights are an hour or more from the hotel. The tour guide did not always provide us with enough information and we felt like we were being treated like children sometimes. For example, we were told we had an hour and a half at the Bird's Nest which we did not need. We asked to leave after a half-hour but the tour guide was adamant. It transpired later that we were waiting for another group to come to board our bus. She could have told us that earlier. When we were in Shanghai, several people wanted to go to the knock-off market and the tour guide said that if we wanted to go, it would cost us another $10 U.S. It turns out that we could have walked to it from where we already were (the Bund, which is the area around the Shanghai skyline) but we were not told that. I didn't find her to be so helpful with respect to accessing an ATM. We found out later that she works very long days for weeks on end so now I don't blame her, she needs rest. So bring enough yuan, at least $300 Cdn worth per person. Word to the wise: bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Don't bother bringing dress shoes, you won't have time or the occasion to change. Wear good walking shoes or boots, depending on the time of year you go. We stayed in several hotels, some of which were first class, others not so much. We had a 3rd person in our group, and two of the cots in 2 different hotels were hard as a board. With a couple of extra quilts from housekeeping, I was able to sleep on it. Some people arrived on our tour with a cold and shared it with several of us. My mother suggested that the tour guide keep some masks on hand for purchase, or perhaps we could have brought our own. The Chinese are not exactly paragons of efficiency; our group flew from Beijing to Shanghai in two different groups, arriving at two different airports in the city, which took us 2 hours to get to to pick them up. The Chinese government block several websites we commonly use to communicate with each other (e.g., Facebook, Messenger) but they do use Wechat. If you are going to use it, you should download it and add your contacts while in Canada as you will be unable to add contacts from China since they block the websites that you would use to add your contacts from. Better still, download a free VPN such as Turbo so use you can use your usual websites. My sister did this and she was able to use Messenger to contact her family. We found this to be an interesting trip for us, but I would have liked to have known all of this beforehand. Hope this is helpful if you are considering going. (I listed this activity below as family with teens because there is no other option, but we didn't have teens, we are all adults.)
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    Eileen S
    10
    N/A
    My husband and I had a wonderful time. The tour guides were awesome, Michael in Shanghai and Tina in Beijing! I will definitely recommend this company. But it was very tiring too so be ready to tour whole day no rest. Hotels were great!
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    heidis899
    Nanaimo, Canada
    33
    8 Day "Shopping Tour" Dishonesty was an issue!
    We just got back from the "awesome deal" 8 day trip to China. It was an awesome deal for flights and accommodation in beautiful hotels. Highly recommended if you like staying in lovely hotels, sitting on a bus with 42 strangers for 8-12 hours per day with only stops being at government shopping outlets , listening to the tour guide tell you how wonderful and progressive the Chinese government is.....(little to no cultural or historical information), and shopping at 1-3/day Government outlets for "guaranteed" factory seconds, with only 1-2 cultural stops per day. You pay for all extras! We had very minimal free time to explore independently What ruined it for us was the dishonesty ;of the tour guide, multiple inconsistencies in what he said.......both of the Shanghai hotels in itinerary were downtown but we were put into a Hoiday Inn 70km away in an industrial park, so very difficult transportation in to Shanghai for our only real "free day", unless you are very brave and adventurous. The "ERA" optional tour advertised, paid for and confirmed was swapped out for a different acrobatic show in a different location!! The blatant lies ended the trip with a very bad taste. Don't buy jewelry at the Jade Factory in Beijing as similar jewelry available at jewelry outlet in Shanghai for 1/2 price. Check your purchases VERY carefully before buying as some found to have defaults despite 'certificates' of quality and authenticity. Despite great deal for flights and hotels, I am not sure I know anyone who I would recommend trip to, unless....... you like shopping tours by bus!!
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    jennywilla
    Melbourne, Australia
    4815
    Jennyw
    It’s a long way from Tianjin port to Beijing airport. A lady who spoke English met us at the port and introduced us to the driver who only spoke Chinese He was a good driver but the car wasn’t clean
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    OliviaT1192
    11
    Enjoyed a lot Badaling Great Wall Tour
    We enjoyed a lot at Badaling China tour, which couldn't be possible without China Travel Compass they are very friendly and is a very good Travel agency in China. We were very excited for our tour and at the same time were tensed too due to not having enough knowledge about culture and region of China, but China Travel Compass made our tour so exciting and mind blowing.
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