Traveler Ratings of Private Tours In Beijing-China by Tour Guide Sonia C.

Sonia C.
  Beijing-China
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Seng Hai Lee

Singapore, STATE/PROVINCE, Singapore
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Tour: #48980, 4-Day Beijing Essence & Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Nov 24/19

Arlene Reed

United States
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Tour: #48988, 2-Day Beijing Essence & Real Unspoiled Great Wall Private Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Sep 19/19

This was an amazing 2 day tour. Sonia is a fantastic guide. She has a delightful personality, is highly knowledgable and made the tour interesting and fun. There were 4 of us on a private tour and she made us fall in love with Beijing.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Arlene: Thank you very much for your hight comment. It is a great encouragement to me! Your group have powerful positive energy and your life attitude had such a good influence on me! Every one in your group is so warm and bright. And all of you made the 2-day tour full of sunshine all the time! I learned a lot from you and your group! Good luck with everything! Best wishes to you and your family! Hope to see you again! Sonia

Stephanie Schaeffer

United States
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Tour: Stephanie's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Date: May 29/19

Sonia was a fabulous guide. She was very knowledge and easy to be with. I would absolutely book her again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Stephanie: Thank you very much for your high comment. You traveled so much, so open-minded and knowledge. I really enjoyed our time and learned a lot from you! Best wishes to you and your family! Welcome to Beijing again and I wish to meet you again! :) Sonia

John McGrath

Belgium
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Tour: #48990, One Day Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Apr 21/19

Took a wall tour. Very knowledgeable guide and adjusted the tour to our needs. We were pressed for time but saw everything we wanted.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, John: Thank you very much for your high comment. I also had a wonderful time with you and your family! Your family are so sporty and energetic. Best wishes to you and your family! Welcome to Beijing again and hope to see you again! Sonia

Rashmi Hejeebu

United States
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Tour: #42753, One day Beijing Highlights Private Tour A, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Apr 17/19

I have taken multiple tours with this company and we were very disappointed. Positives: She was punctual and delivered as promised Negatives: Did not give us nearly the amount of information we wanted. Seemed to rush us along at the Great Wall. In addition, stopped at a street corner to bargain for strawberries for HERSELF; did not even ask if we wanted any to purchase for ourselves. Very rude, in my mind

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Dale Frederick

United States
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Tour: #42767, Most Popular Trip for Folk Culture and Old Parts, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Apr 2/19

Great day with Sonia. She shared information and engaged us in interesting conversation. We really enjoyed our time with her

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Dale: Thank you very much for your high comment. You are very practical people and very experienced travelers. I really enjoyed our conversation. Good luck with everything! Welcome to China again and hope to see you again! Sonia

Paul Decker

United States
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Tour: #42471, One Day Beijing Highlights Private Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Mar 8/19

Could not have done it without Sonia. Amazing tour and much less lines to wait in. Sonia took us to all the best spots including great lunch. Highly recommend this tour. Paul. Montana USA.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Paul: Thank you very much for your high comment! Your family are so nice and kind. I also spent one nice day with you and your family! I am glad that you liked the restaurant which I recommended. Best wishes to you and your family! Sonia

Paul Decker

United States
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Tour: #48990, One Day Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Mar 7/19

Highly recommend this tour. Sonia made it very easy and took us to the best spots. Would Not have been nearly as enjoyable with out the great tour guide. Thanks Sonia Paul. Montana USA.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Paul: Thanks for your high comment. I also had one wonderful day with your family at the Mutianyu Great Wall. You were very lucky to have nice weather and blue sky that day. Your family were so energetic! Hope you had a wonderful time in Europe and welcome to China again. Best wishes to you and your family! Sonia

Pat Chiasson

St-Lambert, QC, Canada
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Tour: #48648, 2-Day Beijing Essence & Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Mar 5/19

Sonia was excellent!!!

Dan L.

United States
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Tour: Two and a Half Day Beijing Highlights & Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Date: Jul 13/18

Sonia was great. She is very knowledgeable and help us arrange our visit efficiently. She help us bought tickets to the forbidden city ahead of time otherwise we wouldn't be able to get in because tickets were sold out when we get there that particular day. We visited the Great Wall early in the morning which was great. It didn't take us much time getting up the wall. It was early so no crowd and we were able to enjoy and took a lot of pictures.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Dan Le: Thank you very much for your high comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the tour in Beijing. I am always flexible with the clients' reasonable requests and try to offer the best experiences for them depending on the concrete situations. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Sonia

Christopher Mattock

Jersey
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Tour: #48990, One Day Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Apr 9/18

Great start. Left Beijing at 1030 on a Monday and arrived at a deserted Wall just after 12 midday, ie between the standard morning and afternoon half day bus tours - excellent. Took cable car up to Tower 14 then walked down to Tower 6 for the toboggan ride down. Sonia well organised, but seemed quite shy. The old battered hired car was not the best we have had with TbL guides. No rear seatbelts at first until we got out and dismantled the bench seat to find the anchor points. Overall good day, no crowds.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: First of all I want to say that the car is not old at all. It is a big comfortable car. I used this car for many clients from Toursbylocals and nobody complained about it. I can not understand why it became an old car for you. There is a mat on the seats and the anchor points are just under the mat. I have been a guide for seven years It is also the first time that the clients said I was quite shy. I really can not understand what your meaning of "shy" is. Sonia

Kirk Benedix

United States
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Tour: Kirk's Private Tour, Beijing, China
Date: Mar 31/18

Hi we had a great time with Sonia. Her English was very good, and she could understand our sense of humor. We visited a quiet section of the Great Wall on a Beautiful Sunny Day when the Apricot Trees were in blossom. She was very flexible with our itinerary which was nice.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Kirk: Thank you very much for your high comment. It was very nice meeting you and your son. I am glad to know that you enjoyed the tour in Beijing. You are very kind, open-minded and humorous. It was a great pleasure showing you and your son around my city. Best wishes to you and your family! Welcome to China again and hope to see you again. Kindly Regards! Sonia

Gary Ozaki

United States
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Tour: Gary's Private Tour, Beijing, China
Date: Mar 29/18

A great tour again. Sonia is a knowledgeable guide who knows all the history of China. If she does not know the answer she will say so and not make something up. Had a great time visiting all the attractions. You can't go wrong using Sonia as a guide. She can also customize your tour for you. She is very flexible. Thank you Sonia for a great time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Gary: Thank you very much for your high comment. Your comment gives me a lot of encouragement. It was so nice meeting you and your big family. I really hope I will have another chance to show more places to you and your family. Welcome to Beijing again and hope to see you again. Please keep in touch! All the Best! Sonia

Gary Ozaki

United States
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Tour: #42471, One Day Beijing Highlights Private Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Mar 28/18

Sonia is a great tour guide. She is very knowledgeable in the history of China. Everyone in my family was very happy with her. No problems understanding her english speaking skills. I highly recommend using her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Gary: Thank you every much for your high comment. It was a great pleasure for me showing you and your lovely family around my city. I had wonderful three days with you and your family as well. All of you are so kind and friendly. Best wishes to you and your family! Welcome to Beijing again and hope to see you again. Sonia

Jennifer Blood

United States
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Tour: Jennifer's Private Tour, Beijing, China
Date: Mar 22/18

Sonia was great! She was on time each day of your 2 day tour. She was kind and had plenty of water for us. She was helpful and made great suggestions on where to go and what to eat! She answered our questions and we feel we learned a lot. Thank you Sonia!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jennifer: Thank you very much for your high comment. It was a great pleasure showing you and your happy family around my city. You are so energetic and adventurous. I learned a lot from you as well. Hope all of you have a wonderful time in China. Welcome to Beijing again and hope to see you again. Best wishes to you and your family! Sonia

Steven Eshenaur

United States
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Tour: #42374, Huanghuacheng Lakeside Great Wall Tour and Chinese Family Cooking Style Lunch (Recommended), Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Mar 16/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Steven: Thanks for your high comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the Huanghuacheng Natural Park visit. I would like very much to show more Great Walls to you if you have another chance to visit Beijing. Best wishes to you and your big family! Kindly Regards! Sonia

Steven Eshenaur

United States
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Tour: #48980, 4-Day Beijing Essence & Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Mar 12/18

Sonia is an excellent guide, highly knowledgeable and very friendly. Provided great tours and access to the all of the best sites in Beijing. Excellent english speaker. Highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Steven: Thanks for your high comment. It was my pleasure showing you around my city. You are so happy family and I also spent wonderful five days with all of you. Best wishes to you and your big family. Welcome to Beijing again and hope to see you again. Kindly Regards! Sonia

John Ross

United States
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Tour: #48990, One Day Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Feb 21/18

It was a my dream to visit the Great Wall of China. Sonia made the history come alive for us and shared many of her personal experiences touring and hiking in the area. Sonia coordinated the travel and the tickets that made the entire experience problem free. Great job!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, John: Thank you very much for your high comment. It was a great pleaure for me showing you around my city. You were very lucky to have nice weather. I am very glad that you realized your dream. Welcome to Beijing again and I really hope to see you again! Best wishes to you, your friends and your family! Sonia

John Ross

United States
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Tour: #42471, One Day Beijing Highlights Private Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Feb 20/18

Sonia was a fantastic host and provided us with an exceptional tour. She is very personable, and her command of the English language was very welcomed. She selected some very nice (and affordable) Chinese restaurants to eat in. We had a great experience. Thank you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,John: Thank you very much for your high comment. It was a great pleasure for me being the guide for you and Mary Jo. Both Mary Jo and you are very friendly open-minded and kindly people. I also had woderful two days with you. Welcome to Beijing again and hope to see both you and Mary Jo again! Good luck with everything and have a successful 2018! Sonia

Dale Schwartz

United States
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Tour: #48979, Ancient Villages Visit: Chuandixia Village-Double Stone Village-Baiyu Village, Mentougou, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Dec 28/17

Lovely tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. We had her two full days and enjoyed them both.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dale: Thank you for your high comment. I also spent two wonderful days with you and your wife. You are so nice and kind people. Spring is coming now in Beijing and hope you will have another chance to visit Beijing and I would definitely like to show you more interesting places. Best wishes to you and your family! Sonia

Dale Schwartz

United States
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Tour: #42767, Most Popular Trip for Folk Culture and Old Parts, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Dec 27/17

Sonia is a wonderful tour guide! Her English is very good and she is a university educated person who is quite knowledgeable about the history and current events in China. Great sense of humor and very flexible. We are using her again tomorrow.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dale and Susan: Thank you very much for your high comment. It was a great pleasure for me to show you around my city. You are so friendly and kind. I spent very nice time with you and learned a lot new knowledge from you. Hope you will have a wonderful trip in Asia. Best wishes to you and your big family! Kindly Regards! Sonia

Christine Kimlin

Australia
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Tour: #42077, Gubeikou Great Wall Tour and Chinese Family Cooking Style Lunch (Recommended), Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Dec 2/17

I would definitely recommend Sonia and her tour. Her knowledge and experience walking the Wall was evident and we thoroughly enjoyed the day. Although there were a few other groups walking this section it didn't detract from our experience and we enjoyed the natural beauty of the area. Our lunch provided by a local family was also delicious. Thank you Sonia.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Christine: Thank you very much for your high comment. It was my pleasure showing you and your husband to the Great Wall. And I am glad that you enjoyed the tour and the food. I spent a nice day with you as well. Best wishes to you and your family! Kindly Regards! Sonia

Darius Liu

Singapore
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Tour: #48979, Ancient Villages Visit: Chuandixia Village-Double Stone Village-Baiyu Village, Mentougou, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Nov 4/17

Had a lovely day with Sonia visiting the traditional Chinese villages. Very knowledgeable and accommodative, and pleasant too. Learnt something about Chinese history and society. Will definitely recommend her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Darius: Thank you very much for your high comment! I am very glad that you enjoyed this tour and I also learnt some interesting things about your country from you. Hope to see you again and show more interesting places to you! Regards! Sonia

Jeanna Matthews

United States
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Tour: #48990, One Day Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Nov 2/17

My daughter and I loved our morning at the Great Wall. Sonia is a hiker and very knowledgable. We appreciated the photos she took and sent to us! In her profile she offered to help arrange tickets to a show and drop us off for it. We swapped the Olympic Park for the Drum and Bell Towers, but when we got to the towers, Sonia mentioned that we were running out of time - not before the show but in the allowed time for the tour. Knowing that ahead would have been helpful to plan something before the show

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Jeanna: Thanks for your high comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the tour. When you booked the tour, you could see clearly how long the tour would last. Your tour was seven hours. But you enjoyed that you so much and it seemed that you forgot there was time limitation. So I just reminded you of the time limitation. But I still left one hour for you to visit the Drum Tower and it was completely enough. Acturally your tour had lasted more than eight hours after I helped you get the show tickets. Sonia

Christopher Bradford

United States
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Tour: Christopher's Private Tour, Beijing, China
Date: Oct 26/17

Sonia was fun and very knowledgeable about Beijing. We highly recommend her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Christopher: Thank you very much for your high comment. I also spent a nice day and learned a lot from you! Hope you enjoy every day of your tour! Welcome to come to Beijing again and hope to see you again! Best wishes for you and your family! Sonia

Sharan S.

United States
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Tour: Sharan's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Date: Oct 24/17

Wonderful day with Sonia touring in Beijing. We had spent considerable time in Beijing previously and we were looking to do something different from the typical tourist tour. Sonia listened to our request and devised an itinerary to show us a more local side of Beijing. My husband is not a good walker and Sonia willingly adjusted the schedule to work for us. Sonia knows Beijing well and enthusiastically shares her information. Our day with Sonia was exactly what we wanted.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Sharan: Thank you for your high comment. It was my pleasure showing you and your husband around my city. I am glad that you had a day what you wanted. Happy New Year! Best wishes to you and your family! Sonia

Suzie Cornish

Australia
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Tour: Suzie's Private Tour, Beijing, China
Date: Oct 5/17

I really enjoyed my tour with Sonia. I know I'm not the fittest person but Sonia was very patient and encouraging and took me only as far as I could go. The tour was exactly what I had wanted, ie to see and walk some of the unrestored Wall. The lunch was also very good. Sonia and the driver went out of their way to ensure my timely pick up and drop off despite the extra Golden Week traffic. I will be using Tours By Locals again if the circumstances are right.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Suzie: Thank you very much for your high comment! I am very glad that you enjoyed the tour. I also had a nice day with you! Welcome to come to Beijing again and I hope to see you again! Best wishes and good luck with everything! Sonia

James Johnson

Canada
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Tour: #105818, 3-Day Beijing Essence & Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Sep 19/17

Had a great 3 days traveling around Beijing with Sonia. Visiting the Great Wall was the highlight of our trip. It was very interesting to navigate through the streets in air conditioned comfort and experience the "crazy" traffic as we went to each site. Although the subway system is clean and efficient I think you miss something of the energy that goes on up on the surface. It was so nice to have Sonia guide us through the madness. I think we would have been overwhelmed without her calm & pleasant help.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, James: Thank you very much for your high comment. It was very nice meeting you and your happy family. It was my pleasure being your guide and showing you around my city for three days. I had a pleasant three days with all of you! Best wishes to you and your family! Sonia

Karen Suominen

United Kingdom
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Tour: #42374, Huanghuacheng Lakeside Great Wall Tour and Chinese Family Cooking Style Lunch (Recommended), Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Aug 13/17

Sonia's tour was superb! She's has gone the extra mile and really helped us. The trip was went smoothly, and as described. The area we went to was amazing and we felt almost like we were the only ones! Sonia has great English, and excellent knowledge, nothing too much trouble. I can't recommend enough, any doubts one may have were gone once I met our lovely guide Sonia! Wish I could go on my other tours round china with her. Thank you 10*

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Karen and Neil: Thank you so much for your high comment. I am very glad that I was able to offer the help! It was my pleasure. I am also glad that you enjoyed the Great Wall hike. Have a wonderful time in China! Best wishes to you and your family! Kindly Regards! Sonia

Roger Wright

United States
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Tour: #48988, 2-Day Beijing Essence & Real Unspoiled Great Wall Private Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Jul 13/17

There were 4 of us in or group and we all really enjoyed Sonia. She was very knowledgeable about the area and took us to some unexpected places. Her english was good and for the most part she was easily understandable. We would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Roger: Thank you very much for your high comment. I am very glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. You are very open-minded, and friendly people. I also spent very nice two days. Best wishes to you, your family and your friends. Good luck with everything! Sonia

Charles Saffer

United States
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Tour: #48648, 2-Day Beijing Essence & Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Apr 27/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Charles: Thanks for your high comment. I have spent nice two days with all of you. Best wishes and good luck with everything! Regards! Sonia

Mark Lauria

New York, NEW YORK, United States
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Tour: Jinshanling Great Wall Tour and Chinese Family Cooking Style Lunch, Beijing, China
Date: Mar 20/17

Sonia arrived at our hotel on time and took us to an excellent section of the Great Wall. She came equipped with walking poles for everyone in our group and she was very knowledgeable about the Great Wall. Here communication prior to our arriving in Beijing was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Mark: Thanks for your high comment. You are a very positive and energetic group. I enjoyed the time being together with your group. I wish you and your wife will spend a wonderful time in Spain this year. Best wishes to you, your family and your friends. Regards! Sonia

Paula Escher

United States
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Tour: Paula's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Date: Nov 7/16

I was delighted with my 3 days of touring in Beijing with Sonia ! She was prompt, knowledgeable and sensitive to my requests! We saw the sights I requested along with off the beaten track ones I had hoped for. We even had delicious, local meals - and at reasonable prices. I highly recommend Sonia as a guide. Paula

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paula: Thank you very much for your high comment. I am glad to know that you enjoyed the three-day tour. I had very nice three days with you and learned a lot of good things from you during the three days. Best wishes to you and your big family! Sonia

William Donald

Canada
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Tour: Bill and Leslie's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Date: Oct 18/16

Sonia took us to the Great Wall, Summer Palace and Forbidden City. The latter tour was exceptional. During the first two we spent much time travelling to the locations and there was little to no interaction during this time. The tours would be greatly improved if she spoke about the tours and the sights along the way. While on tour we would suggest she devote her time to her clients and avoid using her cell phone and texting.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear William, Thank you for your rating and feedback. Feedbacks are great because they help me learn and focus on my weak areas. I will definitely work on my interaction with my clients. The only reason I used my phone sometimes, was to find a nice restaurant for you to have lunch and check out the terminal for your flight. I also completed the tour 3 hours past tour schedule to meet your needs. All the best, Sonia

Deno Barroga

United States
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Tour: #42471, One Day Classic Beijing Private Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Oct 8/16

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Deno: Thanks for your high comment. Best wishes and good luck with everything! Sonia

Deno Barroga

United States
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Tour: #48990, One Day Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Oct 7/16

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Deno: Thanks for your high comments. Best wishes and good luck with everything! Sonia

Jeff Bogdan

United States
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Tour: Jeff's Private Tour, Beijing, China
Date: Jul 1/16

Sonia, thanks for taking care of everything and for the airport pick up/drop off, it made everything easy. Thanks again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Jeff: It was my pleasure showing you and your family around my city. I am glad that my service made your visit to Beijing easy. Best wishes and good luck with everyting :-) Sonia

Thierry Giorno

France
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Tour: #48990, One Day Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Jun 20/16

Above average experience. Sometimes a bit difficult to understand the accent, but way above the average in Beijing!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Thierry: Thanks for your comment! Because you are French, English is not your native language. And it is not mine, either. Yet we did well together. Best wishes and good luck with everything! Sonia

Wolf Hk

Germany
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Tour: #48990, One Day Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Jun 19/16

Well organized and I got to do exactly what I wanted to do. No complaints whatsoever. :)

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Wolf: Thank you very much for your high comment. You are so outgoing and friendly. Welcome to visit China again! Best wishes and good luck with everything! Sonia

Ernesto Reyes Diaz

Mexico
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Tour: Ernesto's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Date: Apr 6/16

Excelent privat tour....flexible and very nice ...great local chinesse food and also good recommendation for tea stores.... great time!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Ernesto:Thanks for your high comments! I am glad that you enjoyed the tour. I also had a great time with you! Best wishes and good luck with everything! Sonia

Thomas Lanfermann

Germany
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Tour: Thomas Lanfermann's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Date: Mar 8/16

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Thomas: Thanks for your comment. It was my pleasure to meet your wife and guide her around my city. I spent a very nice day with her! Best wishes and good luck with everything! Sonia

Steven Rand

Thailand
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Tour: #48988, 2-Day Beijing Essence & Real Unspoiled Great Wall Private Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Feb 14/16

Sonia was great - very easy going and friendly with very good English. Did exactly what we wanted to and didn't try to take us to any places we didn't want to go. Really enjoyed the walk on the wall - well away from other tourists - we didn't see anyone else at all as we walked! Thanks Sonia - absolutely recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Steven: Thanks for your high comment and it was my pleasure showing you around my city. I am glad that you had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the authentic Great Wall tour. You are so kind and outgoing. I also had a wonderful time with you! Best wishes and good luck with everything! Sonia

Amber Warner

United States
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Tour: #42753, One day Beijing Highlights Private Tour A, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Feb 1/16

Very friendly, informative and kind. She was on time and always keep us updated. The driver was very safe as well. It was a much better experience then being on a large tour bus. We were able to do what we wanted when we wanted. Thank you Sonia!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Amber: Thanks for your high comment. It was my pleasure showing you around my city. I am glad to know that you enjoy the tour. Hope you have a wonderful trip in China and have a great Chinese New Year with your Chinese friends! Best Wishes and good luck with everything! Sonia

Travis Lowe

United States
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Tour: Travis' Private Tour, Beijing, China
Date: Dec 14/15

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Travis: Thanks for your high comment. Best wishes and good luck with everything! Sonia

Geoffrey Dailey

United Kingdom
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Tour: #42767, Most Popular Trip for Folk Culture and Old Parts, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Oct 11/15

An interesting mix of the classic sights and the bustle of a shopping street. The Touch Woman cafe was a great find and a welcome break in the middle of the day. Good coffee, snacks and a very clean toilet. All together a very enjoyable day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Geoffrey: Thanks for your comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the tour and you liked the cafe that I recommended. You are so happy and outgoing people. I also had a wonderful day with you. Best wishes to you and your family. Sonia

Barbara F.

United States
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Tour: Barbara Foster's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Date: Sep 6/15

It was a misty day but going around Beijing. She took us to places that I had seen before being I have been to Beijing 3 other times. We had her for 2 days and she switched our days around so that the Great Wall would be on the nice day. No getting around the rain but did inside things also. She is a really great tour guide and made sure w seen things of interest to us. I would book her again when go back to Beijing!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Barbara: Thanks for your high comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the tour. It was my pleasure showing you around my city and introducing the places which you are interested in. Best wishes to your business. Welcome to come to Beijing again and hope to see you again. Greetings! Sonia

Barbara F.

United States
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Tour: #42077, Gubeikou Great Wall Tour and Chinese Family Cooking Style Lunch (Recommended), Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Sep 5/15

I had been to 3 different parts of the great wall. So when booking was wanting something different and NOT so Touristy! Sonia was great and the farm meal was really good. Nice that there were only 3 other people at the part of the wall. We had her booked for 2 different days. The day that was planned to the great wall was going to be rainy, so she switched the days around for us. We had a great time and NO rain, nice and sunny!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Barbara: Thanks for your high comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the Wall, the food and the nice weather. I also very enjoyed the time being guide for you and I learned a lot from you. Good luck with everything! Best wished to you and your family. Sonia

Barbara F.

United States
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Tour: Airport Transfer: Airport-hotel or hotel-airport for up to 3 guests, Beijing, China
Date: Sep 4/15

She had a great driver come and get us very professional! Thank you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are welcome. It was my pleasure being the guide for you.

Marcia Ortner

United States
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Tour: #48979, Ancient Villages Visit: Chuandixia Village-Double Stone Village-Baiyu Village, Mentougou, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Jun 3/15

My granddaughter and I took three different tours with Sonia and had a wonderful time with her. The tour to the Ancient Villages was a real treat and we got to see a part of China not often visited by tourists. Had a great day and a good lunch at one of the villages. Sonia was always helpful and informative and we couldn't have had a better traveling companion!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Marcia: Thanks for your high comment. It was my pleasure showing you to the ancient village. I could see you are very interested in the Chinese traditional culture and I am glad that you enjoyed the tour and the food. Good luck with everything. Sonia

Marcia Ortner

United States
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Tour: #42767, Most Popular Trip for Folk Culture and Old Parts, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Jun 1/15

This was a "must see" excursion. Had a great day with Sonia our guide. Wouldn't have made it up the "Great Wall" without Sonia's help. She is a treasure!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Marcia: Thanks for your high comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the trip. You are so energetic and experienced in traveling. l also learned a lot from you. Best wishes to you and your family. Sonia

Marcia Ortner

United States
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Tour: #42753, One day Beijing Highlights Private Tour A, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: May 31/15

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Marcia: Thanks for your high comment. Good luck with everything. Best wishes to you and your family. Sonia

John Bates

United States
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Tour: #42471, One-day Beijing Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: May 7/15

This was the first day of a two week tour of China and it was clearly the best. Our guide Sonia stayed with us whenever we needed her as we toured the Great Wall and the Summer Palace. She was informative but not overly preachy and used great judgement in leaving us to explore on our own in spots. I would absolutely recommend Sonia and will likely use Tours by Locals again in other cities.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, John: Thanks for your great comment. It was my pleasure to show you around the Great Wall and the Summer Palace. You are so nice and outgoing people. I also had a wonderful time with both of you. Best wishes to you and your family. Good luck with everything. Sonia

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We look forward to welcoming you back on your future travels!

Antoine Blondeau

Hong Kong
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Tour: #42374, Huanghuacheng Lakeside Great Wall Tour and Chinese Family Cooking Style Lunch (Recommended), Beijing, China    view tour
Date: May 4/15

Sonia was flexible and tailored the tour to our needs, including taking us to the airport on the way back. She also got along very well with our 9-year old boy, and spent some fun time with him while we were going a little further up the Wall. Sonia is friendly, helpful, provides information when needed without being overbearing. A great experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Antoine: Thanks for your high comment. It was my pleasure to show you and your family to the Great Wall. All of you are very outgoing and friendly. Your son is so energetic and smart. Best wishes to you and your family. Welcome you to come to Beijing again and hope you see you again. Sonia

Sergei Usichenko

Russia
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Tour: Two Day Beijing Highlights City Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Date: May 2/15

I had fantastic 4 days in Beijing. ( 2 days hiking on the Great Chinese Wall and 2 days City Tour). A lot of new experience in a different areas: hiking, nature, history, cultural life, food, entertainment. Thanks Sonia for that. She is excellent guide and amazing person.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Sergei: Thanks for your high comment. It was my pleasure showing you around my city. I am glad that that you really enjoyed the four days in Beijing. Hope you had a wonderful time in Shanghai, too. Welcome to come back to Beijing again and hope you see you again. Best Wishes! Sonia

Sergei Usichenko

Russia
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Tour: 2-day Great Wall Camping Private Tour --- Sleep on the Chinese Ancient Wall, Beijing, China
Date: Apr 30/15

I had fantastic 4 days in Beijing. ( 2 days hiking on the Great Chinese Wall and 2 days City Tour). A lot of new experience in a different areas: hiking, nature, history, cultural life, food, entertainment. Thanks Sonia for that. She is excellent guide and amazing person.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Sergei: Thanks for your high comment. It was my pleasure to show you around my city. I also had wonderful 4 days. I learned a lot from you, especially your positive and confident attitude about life. Best wishes to you and your family. Good luck with everything. Welcome you to come back to Beijing again and hope to see you again. Sonia

Clas Bergstrom

Sweden
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Tour: #48972, 3-Day Beijing Essence & Real Unspoiled Great Wall Private Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Apr 17/15

Alwzays in time. Well organized, No stress. Good service of the driver. Never misunderstandings. Thank you for a memorial 3-days sightseeing!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Clas: Thanks for your comment. It was my pleasure showing you and your wife around my city. I am glad to know that you enjoyed my serice. Best wishes to you and your family. Good luck with everything! Sonia

Heather Hendershot

United States
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Tour: #48988, 2-Day Beijing Essence & Real Unspoiled Great Wall Private Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Mar 21/15

Had a wonderful time visiting Beijing and the Great Wall with Sonia. It was like spending the weekend with close friend! I especially loved that she took me to a part of the Great Wall that was not crowded with tourists. I highly recommend Sonia as a guide for anyone visiting Beijing. I hope to use Sonia again in the future! Thank you Sonia!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Healther: Thanks for your high comment. It was my pleasure showing you around my city. You are so charing, fit and smart. I also had a wonderful time with you. Hope you will have another chance to visit Beijing in the future and hope to see you again. Good luck with everything. Best Wishes! Sonia

James Wagoner

United States
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Tour: #48988, 2-Day Beijing Essence & Real Unspoiled Great Wall Private Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Mar 18/15

I took the two day Beijing and Great Wall tour with Sonia on 18/19 March 2015. It was a delightful experience. Sonia is so accommodating and pleasant to be with. As has been said touring with her is like being with a friend. Our city tour was delightful and we covered many of the cities cultural sites. The day on the Wall was outstanding. 2 hours out of Beijing we only saw 3 other people on the wall during our 2 hour hike. Spectacular views. I think Sonia from taking me away from the crowds. *****

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, James: Thanks for your high comment. You are so fit, energetic and friendly. I also had a two wonderful days by showing you around my city. And I am really happy that you enjoyed the Great Wall so much. Yes, you saw the Real Wall. Thanks for the gift. Good luck with everything. Enjoy your upcoming tours. Best Wishes! Sonia

Roger Elliott

United States
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Tour: #48990, One Day Mutianyu Great Wall private tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Mar 12/15

Sonia was the best of all worlds: knowledgeable, easy to get to know, flexible, and always on time. She picked out some excellent restaurants for us to enjoy Chinese cuisine. Her knowledge of Chinese history helped us considerably when we toured Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Great Wall to name a few. Roger and Nancy Elliott U. S. A.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Roger and Nancy: Thanks for your high comment. It was my pleaure showing you around my city. You are so kind, open-minded and outgoing. I also had a wonderful time with you. I felt that three days were not enough for me to spend the time together. And thanks for your encouragement. China is an interesting country. I really hope that you will come to China again and hope to see you again. Best wishes to your family. Sonia

Roger Elliott

United States
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Tour: One and a hafl Day Beijing Essence Private Tour, Beijing, China
Date: Mar 10/15

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Roger and Nancy: Thanks for your high comment. Welcome to come to Beijing again. Good luck with everything. Sonia