I have come back from my holiday and found that my sightseeing was very good and I really enjoyed spending time exploring Beijing with my sister and tour guide. I found that my tour guide Hannah was excellent, easy to talk to and spoke great English. She always explained the tour in a lot of detail and went out of her way to help us. The driver was also fantastic.
I found that the lunch meals were also good, but the buffet at Golden palace restaurant was very poor.
The only problem I had with my holiday was the hotel location. The hotel was located in a very quiet, remote and isolated area. Once we were back at our hotel (roughly 5PM ) we had nothing to do and no-where to go. We only had the same restaurants to go to for dinner every day which was a shame as we did not get to explore the night life of Beijing. The hotel was also located in an area where no-body could speak English, both in the hotel and the restaurant next to the hotel. This we also found very difficult. Lastly, the breakfast at the hotel was very very poor. We always skipped breakfast because of this.
In future, I would love to book with IslamiChina again, but the location of the hotel has put me off. I would prefer for my hotel to be located in a busy, central area.
Thank you for arranging my travels for me.
Answers to Maria from ICT
Thanks for the feedback and for your kind suggestion. The Great Wall of China is located 85km away from Beijing. So far the Golden Palace restaurant is the only Halal restaurant in that area. This restaurant also offers a prayer room with the help of Yusof Ma, the founder of IslamiChina Travel. Anyway we have talked to the boss of this restaurant to make their lunch more dilicious.
As for the hotel in Beijing, we will remove the hotel from our hotel list for FIT travelers and we will not use this hotel in the future for other FIT travelers. We will use more conveniently located 3-star hotels for future private travelers.
We are looking forward to your next China trip.