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Travllr Feb 12th, 2007 01:01 PM

First visit to Beijing
My family & I will travel to Beijing August 2007. We would like to experience "real" China, not just the "American tourist" version. A friend suggested a private tour guide to take us around the city. Any thoughts, suggestions & names/contact info would be greatly appreciated!

gard Feb 12th, 2007 09:15 PM


My wife and I did Beijing on our own a couple of years back. Here is the trip report with pictures that I have posted on my homepage . Maybe you can find some useful info there.

Gard - trip reports and pictures

ekscrunchy Feb 13th, 2007 08:07 AM

Jane Yeo is a name that comes up often here in discussions about private guides in Beijing. I have not used her but am thinking about doing so when I visit China in early April.

Shanghainese Feb 13th, 2007 09:14 AM

tourday: have you taken a trip with Kung? Is there a website?

LadyVol Feb 13th, 2007 05:29 PM

I visited Beijing twice in 2000 for vacation and never used a private tour guide. Read my guide and maybe you'll find some tips. Enjoy your trip - I LOVE Beijing!!

albaaust Feb 13th, 2007 10:56 PM

I might offer a different view - what do you mean the "real China"? Even if you hire a guide there will be places in China that you will want to see that all tourists visit American or otherwise.
You can certainly visit parts of China without a guide and simply do what the Chinese do and catch buses, trains etc like they do.That is part of the "real China".

Shanghainese Feb 14th, 2007 07:16 AM

Are you spending all your time in Beijing?

Travllr Feb 15th, 2007 11:02 AM

Thanks to all who replied - I have looked @ the info. Will post questions as i digest it. Does anyone have further info on Kung?

withkids Feb 15th, 2007 05:49 PM

LadyVol, this is great. Do you have anything like this on other cities in China? What about Japan? Very detail oriented, prices, all great. Thanks!

aussiedreamer Feb 19th, 2007 01:10 PM

topping with thanks

guenovnd Mar 8th, 2007 04:58 AM

With regard to spending time in Beijing, you are OK to do it on your own -- I mean without any significant tour guides etc. Most of the major tourist attractions in Beijing are well documented in guidebooks and on-line material. With regard to visiting the so-called off the beaten track places, you can prepare by reading many expats blogs and message boards. Living in Beijing you learn to appreciate several publications (now you can get them on-line from the States as well) like (That's Beijing) or You can also check my blog and send us a note (we can give you more tips if you would like)

ekscrunchy Mar 8th, 2007 12:09 PM

Great idea to check the expat sites; thanks for the links.

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