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BEIJING PRIVATE TOUR GUIDE AND BEIJING 3 DAY TOUR ITINERARY

Last year, my friends and I decided to book our flight towards Beijing not only to see the sights but to experience winter and snow for the first time. My friend’s parents decided to join us, so my plan on “backpacking” Beijing—meaning no tour guides, with only the 4 of us wandering around with a map in our hand- went down the drain. 🙂

Nevertheless, I loved the idea that we will have a tour guide, a van and a very knowledgeable tour. 🙂 Knowing that I won’t stress about where to go, or to speak in Mandarin just to get to our destination.

I chose Rain. Rain was very accommodating,  very knowledgeable about the history of Beijing, as well as very trustworthy. We paid her after the tour, and she even offered us a discount. 🙂  Moreover, her rate is cheaper compared to other tourguides, upon searching for the cheapest PRIVATE TOUR in Beijing. I found Rain in synotrip.

Rain is a certified tour guide, as seen in her website. She is very smart, and very kind. She is patient enough for us while we take pictures in the very cold winter day/night. Our driver is none other than her husband, who is really “handsome” haha, and very accommodating.  However, unlike Rain, her husband, rarely talks to us since he only knows basic English. Rain on the other hand, is very knowledgeable in English. Rain is good in conversational english. She doesn’t eat her words unlike other Chinese tour guides, so you don’t need to worry in asking again and again “pardon” “please repeat that” what’s that? “sorry”  since you don’t need to. You can easily understand her. 🙂

 Her rate is: 

600RMB or Chinese Yuan per day (for 9 hours) with van and tour guide.

300RMB one way airport transfers

400RMB tour guide and van within the city

If you exceeded the 9 hours per day tour, these are the charges: 60RMB per hour

Here’s my 3 DAY ITINERARY WITH RAIN 

December 21 : Airport Pick Up Service (12:05 am)

6:30/7:00am Pick up from hotel, go to Juyongguan Pass (2hours), then Badaling Great wall(4 hours) Then we are going to tour the following: Olympic Green andWangfujing St., Houhai Area, Qianmen Street. Payment is 600RMB with 60RMB/hour overtime charge.

Our first day is so tiring, but we really wanna see all the highlights in Beijing. So, please understand. and mind you, it is doable. 🙂 not that tiring especially since it was cold and you won’t sweat.

the great wall in the juyongguan pass
the great wall in the juyongguan pass
Sorry, no other pics than this. Me in the birds nest during my 2nd visit in Beijing
Sorry, no other pics than this. Me in the birds nest during my 2nd visit in Beijing
food to eat in wangfujing, define exotic.
food to eat in wangfujing, define exotic.

December 22,: Tian’an Men Square, Forbidden City (please take note that we want to tour every inch of Forbidden City, like going to the museums etc.), Jingshan Park, Behai Park and Ghost Street (if time permits) 400RMB fixed rate with additional 50RMB/hour for overtime (just tour guide with no transportation anymore, since they are near each other)

at the tian an men monument. my friend and I
at the tian an men monument. my friend and I
one of the buildings in forbidden city
one of the buildings in forbidden city
the view of the forbidden city in jingshan park
the view of the forbidden city in jingshan park

December 23: Summer Palace (3 hours), Temple of Heaven, Lama Temple, Silk Market . 600RMB with 60RMB/hour overtime payment then transfer going to the airport (300RMB)

summer palace
summer palace, my friends and I

RAIN’S CONTACT DETAILS:

EMAIL: 13775847555@139.com

WEBSITE: http://www.synotrip.com/kungfu-panda

Rain and the group, I was the one taking the photo, so I'm not there
Rain and the group, I was the one taking the photo, so I’m not there
Me, Rain, and my friends in Behai Park in Beijing
Me, Rain, and my friends in Behai Park in Beijing
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Beijing to Xian: Train Experience Part 1: Buying the Tickets

For our 2nd night in Beijing, instead of sleeping in a hotel, we opted to ride the sleeper train going to Xian, China. Anyway, I wasn’t able to get pictures of the Beijing west station, so I grabbed some of them from the net–so, forgive me once again! 😦

BUYING THE TICKETS

Anyway, after a whole day touring the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, our tour guide drop-us off the Beijing West train station. But before that I asked her to write the Chinese words “Please let us buy ticket going to Xian, a soft-sleeper for 4 persons”. If you are going to D-I-Y in buying train tickets, I really suggest you to put those words in Chinese…

We were dropped off in the 2nd level of the train station, which I later realized is the departure area. And take note, we still don’t have tickets since all the netizens out there says that the tickets can easily be bought in the train station, and reserving it online will cost much more money.

Beijing West Railway Station (photo from Baycrest Photos in Panoramio)

So, I don’t have the freaking idea where to buy tickets! I was so stressed because my family looks very tired already and I want them to rest. And since I was the coordinator of this trip, I should be held responsible. So, I tried asking the counters, which seems to be the ones where a lot of Chinese are lining up and buying tickets (take note, I’m still in the 2nd floor, I don’t know that there was a ground floor yet!); so, I also lined up and then I showed them the piece of paper and they waved their hands and said “Mei-yo” (forgive how I spell it) which I learned from some Taiwanese movies… that it means “No” or “None”. I was so shocked that I frowned out them and said “Wei Shi Ma” which means Why?.. Then they talked to me in Chinese and I don’t understand it anymore… the other one pointed her hands to her right which signaled that I should go there… and I’m like “where?” instead of going where she pointed me at,  I just went to my family, and I just tried to figure out the situation.

I also asked the policeman or security guard or whatever that is wearing blue there, but he also can’t speak English! For God’s sake, I was really appalled and just can’t believe what is happening.

My Phone which is searching for “How to Buy Tickets in Beijing west train station” was taking too long to load… and I know I’m already spending a lot of money for that. There is no wifi there, only my phone and my postpaid subscription in the Philippines. Anyway, since the internet is my friend when it comes to travel, I searched for an internet shop nearby and thank God I saw one! The internet shop is located near the stairs, and then I realized that there is somehow a “ground floor”. When I’m almost got inside the internet cafe, a Chinese man who looks so curious, made me think maybe he can help (although it can be dangerous at times); I then showed him what is written in the note, and he said “Ah! Ticket?!” and I said “Yes! Yes!” then he pointed me to go downstairs and I’m like hesitant to do so…. So, he escorted me down…. and pointing to the “Vast Ticket Station” and he also assisted me to go to the right line. I was really happy and thankful to him.

For the random man, who helped me… I’m really thankful for you! Whoever you are.. God Bless you!

Well, now I learned that the ticket buying counters of the train station is downstairs; so if ever the taxi dropped you off at the second floor or like a “departure hall” already, just go down, you can use the stairs at either side of the building (it is outside the building, no need to go in, and you will also not be able to go inside if you don’t have tickets). You will notice it is the ticket-buying counters if you see a large sign (just like in the airport where flights are written), and you can go inside without anyone asking for your ticket 🙂

Remember, no one speak clear english there, so foreigners like me, it will really be hard… but hope this few tips above will help you. Just let me repeat it:

  1.  The ticket counters are on the ground floor of the train station
  2. The departure halls are in the second floor of the station

Anyway, if you wanna reserve your tickets weeks before your trip, you can reserve in this website, but it will be much costlier than buying it on the station itself:

How to Get to the Railway Station *from Beijing-Travels
  • By subway: the under construction of subway line 9 will be connected with the station by 2012.
  • By Bus: No.9, 21, 40, 47, 50, 52, 54, 65, 67, 205, 209, 212, 301, 319, 320, 373, 374, 387, 414, 437, 609, 616, 661, 663, 673, 694, 695, 741, 802, 823, 937 (branch), 937 (expert), Te 2 to Beijing West Railway Station.
  • By taxi: The cost from midtown Beijing to Beijing west Railway Station is normally around 40CNY P280.00 or $7 USD depending on the type of taxis

Here are the train Schedule and Fares from (Beijing Travel), I also converted the price, so the price you see is in this following order CNY, PHP, USD)

Train No. Departs Arrives Seat Fares Hard Sleeper Fares Soft Sleeper
T151 1:59pm 3:42am
  • Y150,
  • P1050,
  • $24.50
  • Y256/265/274
  • P1792/1855/1918
  • $41.67/43.13/44.6
  • Y400/417
  • P2800/2919
  • $65.11/$67.88
T41* 3:52pm 5:37am
  • Y158
  • P1106
  • $25.72
  • Y270/281/290
  • P1890/1967/2030
  •  $44/46/47
  • Y 424/442
  • P2968/3094
  • $69/ $72
T55 4:43pm 6:12am
  • Y150
  • P1050
  • $25
  •  Y 256/265/274
  • P1792/1855/1918
  • $42/43.13/44.6
  • Y400/417
  • P2800/2919
  • $65.11/$67.88
T231 4:59pm 6:47am
  •  Y150
  • P1050
  • $25
  •    Y  256/265/274
  • P1792/1855/1918
  •    $42/43.13/44.6
  • Y400/417
  • P2800/2919
  • $65.11/$67.88
T75* 5:50pm 7:14am
  • Y150
  • P1050
  • $25
  • Y256/265/274
  • P1792/1855/1918
  •  $42/43.13/44.6
  • Y400/417
  • P2800/2919
  • $65.11/$67.88
T7 6:29pm 7:44am
  • Y158
  • P1106
  • $25.72
  • Y270/281/290
  • P1890/1967/2030
  • $44/46/47
  • Y 424/442
  • P2968/3094
  • $69/ $72
Z19* 7:57pm 7:58am -/-
  • Y270/281/290
  • P1890/1967/2030
  • $44/46/47
  •  Y 424/442
  • P2968/3094
  • $69/ $72
Z53* 8:03pm 8:12am
  • Y158
  • P1106
  • $25.72
  •  Y270/281/290
  • P1890/1967/2030
  • $44/46/47
  • Y 424/442
  • P2968/3094
  • $69/ $72
T43/T46* 8:30pm 9:00am
  • Y158
  • P1106
  • $25.72
  •  Y270/281/290
  • P1890/1967/2030
  • $44/46/47
  • Y 424/442
  • P2968/3094
  • $69/ $72
K1363 9:52pm Xi’an South

12:43pm

  • Y150
  • P1050
  • $25
  • Y256/265/274
  • P1792/1855/1918
  •  $42/43.13/44.6
  • Y400/417
  • P2800/2919
  • $65.11/$67.88

May 2011: Beijing and Xian, China: An Introduction…

One of my dreams is to visit the Great Wall and last May… my dream came true!!!!

Beijing is indeed a big city with a rich history and culture that surpasses most of Asian countries. It has a 2000 or more years of history embedded on its streets and its palaces. Even though this city has a very historical past, it is also starting to be one of the best technologically advanced city in the world. Beijing, or China as a whole has a skyrocketing record on the creation of electronics (just like Japan some years ago)….

However, for this trip, I visited this city not because it is the 2nd highest economy, second to US. But because of its rich historical past… the time when everyone is still living within the arms of their Emperors and Empresses —when their world is still for the service of their “Royal Highness”.

My trip going to this city was scheduled last May 12-18, 2011. My family and I also used Cebu Pacific for this particular trip. We didn’t get the sale so, we actually paid P11,ooo.oo PHP for a roundtrip ticket. Anyway, this is an introduction for my Beijing and Xian series. Hope you will like it! 🙂 Tune in!