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13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Beijing, to a Westener can be a big culture shock! Everytthing is built on a grand scale such as the Forbidden City, the National museum and Tiananmen Square.Again, like Shanghai, the Metro is very easy to use with it's colour coding. ... Read More
Beijing, to a Westener can be a big culture shock! Everytthing is built on a grand scale such as the Forbidden City, the National museum and Tiananmen Square.Again, like Shanghai, the Metro is very easy to use with it's colour coding. The only problem is actually getting there as it's 3 hours by road from where the ship docks at Tianjin. We shared a minibus with 6 other Cruise Criticers which was certainly the cheapest and most convinient way of getting into Beijing. However, also like Shanghai, China is in no way set up for disabled access and only the most modern buildings have elevators - everywhere else you can expect a LOT of steps. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We didn't go all the way in to Beijing as it is very far. We met with friends and toured around Tianjin which we very much enjoyed. The Ancient Cultural Street in Beijing was especially enjoyable.
We didn't go all the way in to Beijing as it is very far. We met with friends and toured around Tianjin which we very much enjoyed. The Ancient Cultural Street in Beijing was especially enjoyable. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
on the to see list. Just non stop crowds and very rushed unfortunately ( after a 3+ hr bus trip)
on the to see list. Just non stop crowds and very rushed unfortunately ( after a 3+ hr bus trip) Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
The Great Wall of China was worth the 1.5 hour drive. There were trinket sales everywhere, and it all falls apart within first use.
The Great Wall of China was worth the 1.5 hour drive. There were trinket sales everywhere, and it all falls apart within first use. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We stayed at Tianjin. Some interesting sites. Taxi from port to town was expensive as it is very far away.
We stayed at Tianjin. Some interesting sites. Taxi from port to town was expensive as it is very far away. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Avoid Beijing the first week of October every year. Unfortunately Silversea did not and we had huge crowds. Very poor planning on the part of the cruise line. We toured Beijing on our own with a private tour guide, not with Silversea. ... Read More
Avoid Beijing the first week of October every year. Unfortunately Silversea did not and we had huge crowds. Very poor planning on the part of the cruise line. We toured Beijing on our own with a private tour guide, not with Silversea. Silversea did not offer an overnight into Beijing until at the last minute after we had already purchased our private tour. Very poor planning. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Besides the horrendous air pollution the area was amazing and on way back to the ship had a fabulous banquet dinner.
Besides the horrendous air pollution the area was amazing and on way back to the ship had a fabulous banquet dinner. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
we boarded here so spent a couple of days in Beijing. we found it quiet good to get around and some interesting sites to see, Great Wall, Lost city, Etc
we boarded here so spent a couple of days in Beijing. we found it quiet good to get around and some interesting sites to see, Great Wall, Lost city, Etc Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Worth noting Beijing itself is actually very far from Tianjin, where the actual port is located. They are separate cities.
Worth noting Beijing itself is actually very far from Tianjin, where the actual port is located. They are separate cities. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We did Beijing on our own. Book bullet train and day trip to the Great Wall. Stayed 2 nights in a hotel. Fabulous place so much to see!
We did Beijing on our own. Book bullet train and day trip to the Great Wall. Stayed 2 nights in a hotel. Fabulous place so much to see! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We arrived one day late in Beijing. We arranged for a tour company to drops us off at a hotel. Our friends took a tour of the area. We took a bus from the hotel to the main shopping center near the hotel. The shops and restaurants are ... Read More
We arrived one day late in Beijing. We arranged for a tour company to drops us off at a hotel. Our friends took a tour of the area. We took a bus from the hotel to the main shopping center near the hotel. The shops and restaurants are all in new buildings and there are no street vendors. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Ride to the Hutong by rickshaw, escorted tour walking through with the tour guide explaining everything as we went, then lunch in a locals house. Ride back to the coach by rickshaw. Interesting & fascinating history, good to see the ... Read More
Ride to the Hutong by rickshaw, escorted tour walking through with the tour guide explaining everything as we went, then lunch in a locals house. Ride back to the coach by rickshaw. Interesting & fascinating history, good to see the Chinese recognising the importance of the history of this area of the modern city. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Long drive from Bangkok to cruise terminal. Would have been nice to have the guide provide some sort of narrative or history along the way,
Long drive from Bangkok to cruise terminal. Would have been nice to have the guide provide some sort of narrative or history along the way, Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Crystal provided a 3 day, 2 night off ship excursion to Beijing. Very nice hotel, good food, dinner at the Great Hall of the People, The Great Wall, Imperial Palace. Temple of Heaven, Sacred Way. All very good.
Crystal provided a 3 day, 2 night off ship excursion to Beijing. Very nice hotel, good food, dinner at the Great Hall of the People, The Great Wall, Imperial Palace. Temple of Heaven, Sacred Way. All very good. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We got of the ship in Beijing for 2 nights as the ship was docked too far away from Beijing to make it practical to do daily tours as too much time would be spent going from the ship to the destination. The fact that the ship docked in ... Read More
We got of the ship in Beijing for 2 nights as the ship was docked too far away from Beijing to make it practical to do daily tours as too much time would be spent going from the ship to the destination. The fact that the ship docked in Beijing for 2 nights gave us the ideal opportunity to do an independent tour and stay in a hotel in the centre of Beijing to allow us to see as much as possible while we were there. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
Organised a private 3 day tour which was fantastic and stayed two nights in Beijing
Organised a private 3 day tour which was fantastic and stayed two nights in Beijing Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
Overall the 3 day tour the guides were really good with walking us around & telling us the history. At the summer palace, they let everyone go off on their own, so if you hadn't already read up on this sight you would miss a lot. ... Read More
Overall the 3 day tour the guides were really good with walking us around & telling us the history. At the summer palace, they let everyone go off on their own, so if you hadn't already read up on this sight you would miss a lot. Luckily I had been here before, so I could give my husband the tour. The summer palace is quite big, so could have used more time here Read Less

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