Forbidden City: Private Guided Walking Tour + Photo Option
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- Duration options: 4 - 4.5 hours
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Olivia and her driver picked us up at our hotel and on the drive to The Great Wall Olivia gave us a comprehensive history of The Great Wall - how/why it was built, etc. We stopped for lunch and sampled some delicious local cuisine (Olivia recommended her favourite dishes). Then on to The Great Wall. We watched an immersive 4D production detailing more of the history of The Great Wall. We then took the chair lift to Tower 4, taking in the beautiful vista of the Wall and all who live in its shadow. We walked to Tower 2 and touched the stones previously touched by others centuries ago. Then after our walk we raced down to our starting point on our own toboggans. We had the best fun, made even more enjoyable and memorable by our experienced, knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly tour guide, Olivia. If you want to experience the majesty of The Great Wall, be well looked after, and have loads of fun, I recommend engaging Olivia as your tour guide!!
Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City are amazing places to see, there is no doubt. We were lucky that our Sunday morning tour on September 1st was not so busy as it was at the end of the Chinese holiday period - even so there were a LOT of visitors, and it was very hot, even at 8.30am!! An umbrella for shade (supplied by our guide) was useful and much appreciated. We were a little surprised that very few of the rooms in The Forbidden City are open to see. Most of the tour involved looking at the buildings from the outside, plus some museum areas displaying ceramics and brass. We enjoyed the small garden area towards the North gate, but our guide didn’t seem at all interested in this and did not stop here really. I think this was the most frustrating thing for us. We booked a 4.5 hour tour and finished about 45 minutes early, but at the same time we felt very rushed in some areas.
We absolutely loved our guide, Rico. I went with my husband and his parents on a Saturday and he made sure to meet us at a location that was extremely easy to locate him. Rico gave us so much historical information throughout the tour and every time I would point out even something that looked small (such as a small statue sitting on building that was barely visible) he was able to explain the significance, history, and even the exact number of them that were in the City. The crowds are hard not to get stuck in but he always seemed to be able to find a path that would allow us to avoid them as much as possible. He told us some really interesting stories about the royal family histories at each location in a way that made you feel like it was happening right in front of you. I've taken a lot of guided tours but this was easily one of my favorites.
great day and tour except bob was 50 min late and did not make time up at the end of tour. As he was the local we would of expected him to know about rail closers and crowed control check points at Tiananmen Square that made access hard but he did not know anything about them, hard to accept as we had found this all out ourself and had adjusted our plans to make it on time to meet him
Tom advice on the correct location and inform a lot of information. it give a correct prdiction of time if we are in a rush. Awesome experience with limited time.