I am thinking of doing a guided tour around Beijing for 4 days and Xi'an for 2
Is it easy enough to tour around or would you benefit from a tour guide?
The tour is about £500 but it includes all the main attractions entrance fees and transport and bullet train!
Hi, we toured China independently 18 months ago including Beijing and Xian. We bought train tickets from a website, and then we were fine - definitely no need for a guide and certainly much cheaper than 500GBP.
We wanted the tour guide to maybe tell is a bit about everything though. And we thought it was easier transport wise in our small time frame? How long did you have to explore? Did you learn much about the city?
We had four days in Beijing, two days in Xian and two days in Chengdu, a boat down the Yangtze a night in Yiching and a couple of nights in Shanghai. Armed with a Lonely
Planet guide to Beijing or China, you can read enough about the history of the places you visit and it's also easy to find out how to get around either on-line or by asking hostel reception or other travelers. In Beijing we went to the Summer Palace, Tianenmen Square, the Forbidden Palace, temple of Heaven and the Wall for a whole day. In Xian we went to the Terracota Army and walked the plank walk at Hua Shan. And we used a sleeper train between most cities to save on the cost of accommodation.