We are an American family of five (three boys, ages 7,5, and 1) who live in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. We have spent the last week in Beijing. We just completed day three of our touring of Beijing with Catherine Lu. She was an excellent and very efficient tour guide.
I initially contacted her about 2 months ago to see if she was available. She responded very quickly to email messages sent to her. She came up with several itineraries for our family. At the time we were unsure if we wanted to use her services for 3 or 4 days. She came up with different plans for us depending on how many days we hired her. In the end we decided on three days. She took us to most of the big sights in Beijing. She offered so much insight into each place we toured and made things so much more interesting than if we had been by ourselves. In addition to her extensive knowledge of the city and Chinese history, she is also very friendly and helpful. We are not exactly easy to tour with considering all of our kids, but she was very patient and kind with our family. The boys asked her many silly questions and she was always willing to answer and our baby had so much fun with her.
In addition to the touring, she also arranged airport pickup and dropoff, tickets to the kung fu show and acrobat show, and transportation with a van and driver for each day of our touring. The driver was very good and did not mind our very noisy boys in the car. The days we were not with her, she offered suggestions for other things we could do in town. Overall, she made our trip so much easier and much more interesting. We would definitely recommend her services to anyone visiting Beijing. She can be contacted at email@example.com