I scheduled a private tour with Catherine Lu Tour service and was completely satisfied with everything! They held true to their word. As they promised, there were no hidden fees or ploys to bring you to any jade market at all. Although Catherine was not available on the day I selected, she sent one of her other team members along, Linda, who was absolutely amazing. She was so sweet and nice. I couldn’t have imagined spending the day with anyone else! The driver was also very nice and was always available to pick us up whenever we needed to be shuttled over to the next place.
Linda knew Chinese history in and out. She was great at explaining the history of everything we were looking at. She even brought her iPad along which she used to pull up relevant photos of things she was explaining and gave me mini history lessons during the car ride, which was a really nice touch.
Have her take you to Bei Ping Ju restaurant. It is a local restaurant that is delicious and very reasonable in price. The menu is like a novel so you will surely find something that suits your palette. Linda is also great at suggesting things that Westerners would like and helps you select items off of the menu to make sure you will like them.
Linda is truly wonderful company! I would absolutely recommend Catherine Lu Tour service. She is very quick in responding to inquiries and she is super helpful in giving you suggestions and is willing to accommodate your every request. I also like this tour service because though they have pre-determined itineraries, you can actually design your own itinerary.Because this isn’t my first time to Beijing, I had already seen the main tourist attractions. Therefore, I wanted to check out some of the other areas of Beijing I didn’t get to see. I enjoy packing things in, so it wasn’t exactly leisurely but everything I wanted to see in a day was completely possible. During my 8 hour day with Linda, we were able to hit the following spots:
-QianMen street (famous pedestrian street that dates back to the Ming/Qing dynasties)
-National Center of Performing Arts (cool dome building surrounded by water, really neat architecture)
-Walked by Forbidden City/parks nearby (so scenic with little lakes where people can rent paddleboats)
-Checked out various hutongs. which are the traditional Chinese alleys and courtyard homes.
-Nanlouguxiang area – a hutong area and cute pedestrian street lined with fun shops
-Climbed up the Drum Tower and was able to catch a drum show
-Art District 798, a really unique part of town that has all these old factories that were converted into art galleries.
I highly recommend the above spots as I had a truly wonderful time visiting each of them.
Sign up for Catherine Lu Tour Service whether it’s for yourself or for a group. You will absolutely love it!