Beijing Tours & Tours to China
China Organized Tours
Organized tours are often the best way for groups and sponsored parties to organize their visits to China.
Many people used organized tours to see such events as the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.
Organized tours take the anxiety out of travel by dispensing with transport and language problems at a stroke. Although tours tend to have rigid itineraries and may include an obligatory trip to the souvenir shop, for people on a tight schedule tours can be a good way to see the country quickly and meet some new friends along the way.
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For those of you who want to see Beijing at your own pace, then joining an organised tour is not for you. Travelling around by yourself in Beijing is possible and is getting easier by the day, as evidenced by the increasing number of backpackers and budget hostels. However, if you really want to get the most out of your visit, and especially if your time (and knowledge of Chinese) is limited, then hiring the services of a good private tour guide is the most efficient way. Not only do you get to see a lot of what interests you personally, but you get to see places off the tourist path. You will get a fuller appreciation of the local history and culture, as well as having an interpreter/assistant at your side all the time for whatever occasion, be it for haggling at the local markets, choosing local delicacies from a Chinese menu (i.e. you know what you're eating) at the guide's favourite restaurant, or chatting to friendly locals as you stroll along the 'hutongs' (traditional alleyways). Furthermore, apart from the service you get, a professional private tour guide's knowledge of the city is up-to-date, not like some guidebooks or websites!
Of course, the cost will be slightly higher than if you join an organised tour, but you will get a lot more out of your trip, and may even recoup your costs when you pick up a bargain at the antiques or clothing markets. Make sure you choose a licenced English-speaking guide with experience. For trips within the city, transport by taxi and/or subway is cheap and convenient. For trips to the Great Wall and Ming Tombs, hiring a car or taxi for the day will be necessary. Discuss with the guide beforehand what is the scope of services provided within his/her daily rate, and any overtime charges. Any shopping trips or factory visits on the side will enable the guide to earn some commission, but could be considered as timewasting if you are not interested.
Tipping is entirely at your discretion - because guides are poorly paid, they rely on good service (and tips) to supplement their income.
The above information has been supplied by ChinaMango, a specialized gay and lesbian friendly travel service based in Beijing, offering quality private tour guide services for the discerning traveler.