The highlight of our Beijing experience was definitely having our stellar English-speaking tour guide, Fiona, passionately show us why Beijing is not-to-be-missed. Her love for the city’s history and culture is palpable and contagious. Not only was she incredibly knowledgeable, but she is also warm, funny, charming, and attentive to her clients. We were able to expertly fit in so many highlights on our two short days in Beijing - including the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jin Shan Park, the Temple Heaven on Day 1 and The Great Wall & Olympic Stadium on Day 2 - because she had the inside track on all-things-Beijing due to her 10+ years of experience as a tour guide. She was part-historian, part-translator and part-photographer during our whirlwind two days of tours. Both days we were treated to a delicious lunch at local restaurants where we were the only tourists there. Both of these authentic culinary experiences made us feel like we were Beijing locals for a bit! We were able to accomplish so much - yet we never felt rushed or hurried.
Beijing can be a bit overwhelming for Western visitors. But, not with Fiona! She really set us at ease and made us fall in love with this city. We will surely be back for another visit. Having a guide like Fiona made our Beijing experience so special and unforgettable, and we are so grateful she was able to share her passion for this city with us.