Meet a Local in Beijing - Private Tour
- Learn where you are in Beijing: Depending on where you're staying in the city, your private guide will show what attractions are close by, and tell you how to find other places you'd like to visit.
- Learn how to get around Beijing: Taxis are hard to find in Beijing, so knowledge of the subway system will make your stay more exciting and fulfilling. Your guide will also leave you with maps detailing how to go where you'd like to go.
- Learn how to function in Beijing: It won't hurt to learn how to order food at a local restaurant, ask for directions, know how to act when visiting a temple, and such. Your guide will share all that information with you.
- Small group = more personal: Share your experience with only the people you know; enjoy the luxury of deeper interaction with your guide and a more flexible itinerary.
About This Beijing Tour
Beijing is 386 square miles of monuments, temples, hutongs, plazas, and history. Some 22 million people live in Beijing, most of whom don't speak your language. So this tour will teach you and your group how to get around Beijing on your own, if you wanted to.
The first part of this tour is a meeting with your guide to learn some of the basics of getting around the city. Beijing has a large subway system that'll get you where you want to go. Your guide will explain the system's color-coding and numbering.
You'll also learn a few basic phrases so you can communicate with the locals; important things about the local culture – even how to buy produce at the local market, and how to get to attractions you're interested in.
The second part of your tour is to actually go out into the streets and practice some of what you've learned, while the guide shows you interesting landmarks that are within walking distance of where you're staying.
In Beijing, you'll always be able to find a private guide or tour to show you what you want to see. Knowing a little about the language and culture will only make it better.
And if you decide to venture out on your own, the things you'll learn on this introduction will help make your Beijing adventure easier, and more enjoyable.
Not made in China
Some travelers to China will be disappointed to find that some of their favorite "Chinese" dishes are not exactly Chinese. While there was a General Tso in the Qing Dynasty of the 1800s, don't be looking for the general's chicken dish in a restaurant. They never heard of it. Also, don't order Chop Suey, Egg Foo Young, or Sweet and Sour Pork. And if you'd like a fortune cookie, try asking for a "genuine American fortune cookie."
Please meet in the lobby reception area of your hotel - your guide will be holding a sign with your name on it. You must confirm the name of your hotel at checkout, so we know where to pick you up. Your tour begins there.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. This itinerary can be modified for your private group to accommodate wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. Let us know ahead of time at Hello@GoBe.com.
Cultural, Private Tour, Scenic, Walking Tour
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Any charges such as entry fees, public transpiration, food/drink and souvenirs are your responsibility.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
If you use a folding wheelchair, we'll do our best to accommodate you with at least 7 days' advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. Email us at Hello@GoBe.com. Accessibility at all venues cannot be guaranteed.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
You cannot participate in this tour if you have not sent your passport number and name beforehand. Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide. No shows are treated as last-minute cancelations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.
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