Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Beijing-China by Tour Guide Sonia C. (Guide #5474)


Dan L.

United States
Rating

Tour: #105810, Two and a Half Day Beijing Highlights & Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

Tour: #105817, Sharan's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

Tour: #48984, Paula's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
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
Rating

Tour: #105817, Bill and Leslie's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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: #48984, Ernesto's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
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
Rating

Tour: #48984, Thomas Lanfermann's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
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
Rating

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
Rating

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 Foster

United States
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Tour: #48984, Barbara Foster's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
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 Foster

United States
Rating

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 Foster

United States
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

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: #105816, Two Day Beijing Highlights City Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
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
Rating

Tour: #48977, 2-day Great Wall Camping Private Tour --- Sleep on the Chinese Ancient Wall, Beijing, China    view tour
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
Rating

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
Rating

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
Rating

Tour: #48642, One and a hafl Day Beijing Essence Private Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
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

Scott Schwind

United States
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Tour: #105810, Two and half days Beijing Essence & Real Unspoiled Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Feb 28/15

My wife and I loved our tour with Sonia. She is knowledgeable, attentive, kind and considerate. She is also a lot of fun to talk to. We enjoyed a delightful visit to Beijing, and much of that is because our tour with Sonia was so great!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Scott: Thanks for your high comment. You and your wife are so nice and open-minded. Your viewpoints about things are so wide. I also learned a lot from you. Good luck with everything. Welcome to Beijing again and hope to see both of you again. Sonia

John Macchi

United States
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Tour: #48990, One Day Mutianyu Great Wall private tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Feb 20/15

There was a tremendous amount of walking before we were able to get to the cable car that takes you to the entrance to the wall. Then there is more walking and some step climbing. Once on the wall, the view is incredible and you realize that it was worth the long walk. Going down was a lot easier but still required much stamina. Wear good sensible walking shoes...you will need them!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, John: I was glad that finally you made the walking to the cable car. Though it took us much longer time .I knew the walking was hard for you who are above 70. I already chose the shortest and the easiest way to the cable car. That walking to the cable car is necessary if you want to visit the Great Wall. And different people with different fitness have different feelings. That walk actually isn't that hard. It only takes a few minutes if you walk at a normal pace. Best Wishes! Sonia

John Macchi

United States
Rating

Tour: One Day Classic Beijing Private Tour, Beijing, China
Date: Feb 19/15

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,John: I understand that it was a bit hard to visit the Forbidden City on a snowy day. But some of your requests were beyond my ability. Firstly I couldn't control the weather or the number of travelers. Also the south gate is for people to enter the Forbidden City and the north gate is for people to leave. I tried to meet your requests during your tour whenever possible

Kathy M.

United States
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Tour: Kathleen's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Date: Dec 27/14

Sonia provided an amazing tour of Beijing! She was knowledgeable and energetic and provided my son and friend with an amazing memory. Thank you!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Kathleen: It was my pleasure to show your son and his friend around my city. They are outgoing, friendly and very energetic. I also had a wonderful time with them. Best wishes to you and your family. Good luck with everything. Sonia

Janice Dunlop

Canada
Rating

Tour: Janice's One and a Half Days' Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Date: Nov 8/14

Sonia was wonderful! We highly recommend her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Janice: Thanks for your comment. You are so nice and friendly. Hope you enjoy the tours in other cities and countries. Sonia

Karen Bell

United States
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Tour: #105810, Two and half days Beijing Essence & Real Unspoiled Great Wall Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Jun 27/14

We really appreciated the knowledge and friendliness of our guide. The most special and spectacular part of our tour was being taken on a very remote part of The Great Wall. Our guide was attentive to all our needs and made sure we stayed together at all times. We had an outstanding experience. I would use this company again and refer to my friends. Special thanks to Sonia and her driver.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Karen: Thanks for your high comment. It was my pleasure to show you and your family around my city. You are such a charming women and gave positive influence to all the people around you. I really enjoyed the three days being together with you. Good luck with everything! Best wishes to you and your family. Welcome to Beijing again and hope to see you again. Sonia

Ruben Melo

United States
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Tour: #48986, Amazing Beijing Night Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: May 23/14

Sonia, charming and entertaining, Friday evening beijing traffic was a problem that affected the tour, otherwise it was a good intro to some of beijing's sights.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Ruben: Thanks for your comment. The traffic is pretty heavy in Beijing on Friday evening. Unfornately you only had time then. Next time hope you will have enough time to visit Beijing. Sonia

Steven Cook

Atlanta, GA, United States
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Tour: #42470, Jiankou Great Wall to Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking (Recommended to keen hikers), Beijing, China    view tour
Date: May 3/14

Sonia is a wonderful guide. She took the three of us on a 10km hike on the Great Wall. Her knowledge of the area was terrific, her English was wonderful, and she was very personable--we all talked throughout our 5 hour hike. She also arranged all of the transportation and a wonderful meal following the hike. My daughter, her friend, and I had a very enjoyable time. We highly recommend her to anyone who wants to get outside and explore the Great Wall.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Steven: It was my pleasure to show all of you around the Great Wall. I also had a great day and learned a lot from you. All of you are so outgoing, energetic and kind. Thanks for your understanding of the heavy traffic during the holidays and agreeing to starting the hike in the very early morning. Good luck with everything! Best wishes to you, your family and friends! Sonia

Maria Davis

rancho viejo, TX, United States
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Tour: #105818, 2-Day Historical & Cultural & World Heritage Sites Private Tour with Tianjin Cruise Port Transfer, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Mar 24/14

First of all our experience with ToursByLocals has been outstanding. Now as for the tour guide, Sonia, my husband and I strongly recommend her. She went above and beyond . I got ill on the first day of our tour and Sonia made sure that i got the proper medical attention i needed. She was an angel. I wish we could have spent more days but we were limited to time. If you are looking for one of the best guides, try to book with Sonia, she is truly an amazing person.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maria: Thank you very much for your high comment. It really encourages me. Actually I feel you are an angel. Both you and your husband are so kind, generous, outgoing and spiritual. You left a lot of beautiful memories with me: the lunch in the Brickyard, the talk on the way and during lunch. It is great that both of us like Joyce Meyer's books. Good luck with everything! Best wishes to you, your family and friends! Welcome to Beijing again and hope to see you again. Sonia

Carl Ljungquist

United States
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Tour: #42753, One day Beijing Highlights Private Tour A, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Mar 20/14

Sonia C is an excellent tour guide. We were treated like family from the start. She is well informed on the history of the City and was able to answer all questions. We very much enjoyed our time with Sonia! We could never had seen so much in so little time (one day) and learned so much if we'd toured Beijing on our own. What a pleasure to have her with us along with a clean automobile and alert driver. Even our lunch was a pleasure just below the Great Wall. You won't be disappointed. Thank you, Sonia

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Carl: Thank you for your high comment. It was my pleasure to show you and your friend around my city. And I am glad to know that you enjoyed my company. I also enjoyed that day very much. You and your friend are so interesting, brave, open-minded, humorous and energetic. I learned a lot of positive ideas from you. Best wishes to you, your family and friends! Sonia

Steven M.

Northfield, MN, United States
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Tour: #48987, 4-day Private Tour in Beijing, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Mar 12/14

We were so lucky to have picked Sonia from among all the Beijing guides. Her English is good, we had no problems communicating clearly with her. Sonia's main passion in life is the out of doors, so our days in the Beijing countryside, including an almost deserted Great Wall, were very special. Sonia, also very knowledgeable about urban Beijing, took us to the usual Beijing sites and helped us with train tickets. She's very flexible. Not enough space to fully convey our tremendous enthusiasm for Sonia.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Steven and Barb: Thank you so much for your high comment. It was my pleasure to show you around my city and the countryside. I enjoyed the days very much. And I learned a lot from you. You are so nice, open-minded and outgoing. And I am very glad to know that you really liked the deserted Great Wall and the countryside of Beijing. Hope you will have a chance to visit Beijing and other places in China in the future and I hope to see you again. Good luck with everything! Sonia

Linda J.

Australia
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Tour: #48642, 2-Day Beijing Essence & Real Unspoiled Great Wall Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Mar 2/14

Unfortunately some of our party of five people did not think the tour was as good as it should have been as they expected more information to be given on the places we visited. We had to continually ask questions in order to learn of the history etc of each place and some of these were not answered. The places visited were exquisite though and we loved seeing an unspoilt section of the Wall. Lunch was exceptional and one of the best meals we had whilst visiting China. Thanks for tailoring it to our needs.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Linda: I am sorry to hear that some of your party did not think the tour was as good as they expected. Because sometimes it was hard for me to understand the Australian accent so our communication wasn't always very clearly. But I am glad to know that your loved seeing the unspoilt secton of the wall and the food. Good luck with everything. Sonia

Linda Lee Visscher

Canada
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Tour: #48972, 3-Day Beijing Essence & Real Unspoiled Great Wall Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Feb 14/14

We spent 3 days with Sonia and would absolutely recommend this tour to others. There is no way we could have seen and done what we did on our own without a lot of complications. Everything went very smooth. We enjoyed learning about the history and also the current Chinese culture. Trying out new foods was easy as Sonia was happy to explain what it was. The driver was excellent - we felt safe and well looked after. All and all, a wonderful trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Linda Lee: Thanks for your hight comment. It was my pleasure to show you and your husband around my city. Both of you are so outgoing and open-minded. I also enjoyed the three days that we spent together. Best wishes to you and your family! Hope we will have another chance to meet again. Sonia

George S.

United States
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Tour: #42374, Huanghuacheng Great Wall Tour and Seeing the "Waterside Wall" (Recommended), Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Jan 19/14

On the morning of a layover flight Sonia met us before the 6 am time and we had a Once-in-a-Lifetime experience. We drove out into the county side 2 hours before rush hour and hiked a section of The Wall that few tourists ever see. We hiked for 2 1/2 hours in one direction and were met by the driver. WE NEVER SAW A SINGLE OTHER PERSON ON THE HIKE. The wall here is clearly something not to miss. Sonia was a delight to be with and made it all very special, as only a Proffesional Private Guide can do.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, George: Thanks for your high comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the hike at Huanghuacheng Great Wall. I also had a great time with you and your family. I could feel all of you are so passionate about outdoors, sports and hiking. Good luck with eveything! Sonia

George S.

United States
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Tour: #48986, Amazing Beijing Night Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Jan 18/14

We did two tours with Sonia while on a long layover. On the evening tour Sonia arranged for us to eat at a restaurant that was recommended to us from friends, and fit that into her circuit. We really enjoyed our time walking about the "old town" section and the timing of the driver for various pickups along the way was perfect. Having a great guide like Sonia makes all the difference of making special memories when you discover new countries.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,George: Thanks for your nice comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the "old town" tour and your family could get some nice gifts for your friend and relative there. Welcome to Beijing again. Hope you can have more time to know about this city next time and I would like very much to show you around some other interesting places in my city. Sonia

Steven Shocket

United States
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Tour: #48990, One Day Mutianyu Great Wall private tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Dec 6/13

Sonia is an excellent tour guide. She is well prepared, very knowledgeable and pleasant company. She does everything she can to please and accommodate. I recommend her to anyone researching a tour. I think you will be quite satisfied. And her English is perfect.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Steven: Thank you very much for your high comment. It was my pleasure to show you, your wife and your friend the Great Wall. All of you are so nice. And your wife is pretty fit. She is a good example for me. Good luck with everything! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Sonia

Stephen Fairs-Hall

Cayman Islands
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Tour: #48988, 2-Day Beijing Essence & Mutianyu Great Wall Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Nov 13/13

Sonia was all we could ask for as a guide. She tailored the tours to suit our needs and managed to take us to so many interesting places and answer all our questions that I doubt anyone could have done more / seen more and learn more in the time we had. If you want to learn about Beijing and a lot more besides definitely use Sonia as a guide. We intend to return to Beijing someday and meet Sonia again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Stephen: Thanks for your kindly comment. You and your wife are so nice and outgoing. I really enjoyed the two days that I guided you and your wife around Beijing. I also learned a lot from you. Just this Thursday I had clients from UK and we talked about your island. Good luck with everything in the new year. Welcome to Beijing again and I hope I will have chances to meet you and your wife again. Best Wishes! Sonia

Steven Kovens

United States
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Tour: #42753, One day Beijing Highlights Private Tour A, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Nov 9/13

Sonia was a very knowledgable tour guide. She showed me and my son a great day and we really enjoyed the tour of Beijing and the Great Wall. Something we will remember for many years. Thanks Sonia.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Steven: Thanks for your high comment. It was my pleasure to show you and your smart son around my city. I also learned a lot of knowledge from you. Good luck with everything and hope your buinsess with China grows bigger and bigger. Sonia

Corey McNamee

United States
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Tour: Jinshanling Great Wall Tour and Chinese Family Cooking Style Meal, Beijing, China
Date: Oct 30/13

Highlight of 9 nights in China but do note we did a customized tour to a different part of the wall than Jinshanling that Sonia put together that filled me requests of non-touristy , some original wall, included a small "normal" town. Sonia was very professional, friendly, easy to communicate with, provided one of our best meals in China. If you want someone to talk endlessly about the history of the wall you might want someone else, but Sonia perfect for everyone else.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Corey: Thanks for your high comment. It was my pleasure to show you, your beautiful wife and your kindly friends around my city. I also had a wonderful day with all of you. Good luck with everything. Welcome to Beijing again and hope to see all of you again. Sonia

Nestor Rivera

Mount Prospect, IL, United States
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Tour: 4-day Great Wall Tour and City Visit, Beijing, China
Date: Oct 21/13

Sonia was a fantastic guide during our four-day journey through Beijing and The Great Wall. She was very flexible and accommodating (even mid-tour!) of our preferences and interests. She and her driver were incredibly prompt and efficient, and we are still talking about the four excellent lunches of various types of Chinese cuisine that we enjoyed thanks to her spot-on selections. By the end of the four days, we felt like we had gained a new friend. We highly recommend her services without hesitation!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Nestor: Thank you very much for your high comment. It was my pleasure to show you and your friend around my city and the Great Wall. You are very understanding people and knew very clearly about what you wanted to do. By the end of the four days I also had the feeling that I had made good friends with you. Good luck with everything! Hope you can find chances in business to come to Beijing in the future and hope to see you again. Sonia

Todd Alexander

United States
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Tour: 3-Day Beijing Classic Private Tour in Beijing, Beijing, China
Date: Sep 1/13

Sonia is a good guide and a very nice person. I enjoyed spending 3 days with her. The unspoiled Great Wall was a highlight. I saw many things that would have been very difficult to see on my own. My only criticism is that her English is not great and so I had difficulty asking questions that were detailed. We resorted to her smart phone as a translator on some occasions.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: In order to answer your very detailed questions accurately, like the word “purslane”(the name of a plant which grows in the mountains), I did use my smart phone on some occasions. You are the first client who criticized about my English. You are also my first client who traveled empty-handed, even traveled to the Great Wall. So I had to carry bottles of water for you in my backpack every day and gave them to you when you needed. Anyway your comment will encourage me to improve my English!

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We're surprised by Mr. Alexander's comment regarding Sonia's English skills as others have commented on how good it is. We've asked Sonia to post a movie on her profile so that travelers can assess fluency level.

Peter Fuller

United States
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Tour: Jinshanling Great Wall Tour and Chinese Family Cooking Style Meal, Beijing, China
Date: Apr 26/13

I liked this tour so much I decided to do it again, this time I brought my spouse along. Sonia loves the outdoors and makes this hike extremely enjoyable. The peach blossoms were in full bloom and the Wall had a completely different look than that of early summer. Sonia was very patient with us as we hiked rather slowly taking numerous pictures along the way. Lunch was again the best meal I had in my 3 weeks I spent in China. If you love the outdoors and you are in Beijing then you need to contact Sonia.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Peter: Thanks for your kindly comment. You are my first client from Toursbylocals. And the hike with you the first time gave me a good start of my work for Toursbylocals. Thank you so much! It was my pleasure to be your guide again. You are lucky to meet the best time of the blossom. I am glad that you enjoyed the lunch. Good luck with everything! It will be my pleasure to show you around my city anytime in the future. Sonia

Kenneth McCroary

Australia
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Tour: #48988, 2-Day Beijing Essence & Mutianyu Great Wall Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Apr 15/13

enjoyed learning about tourist attractiona and personal culture. Sonya was knowledgable, friendly and made the tours very enjoyable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Ken: Thanks for the comments. Have a great time in the following days in Beijing.

Rosario Paguntalan

Philippines
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Tour: #42755, One day Beijing Highlights Private Tour B, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Apr 10/13

We accomplished a lot within a day due to Sonia's efficient planning. Our family was able to visit the Mutianyu portion of the Great Wall, Drum Tower, Lama Temple, Summer Palace, and the Olympic site. She brought us as well to a bakery to sample their products, a shopping mall frequented by the locals for great bargains, a famous dimsum place and a store that sells candies which taste like red iced tea. Sonia and our van driver definitely made our Beijing tour truly informative and enjoyable-Thanks a lot!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Rosario: You are welcome! Thanks for your comment and kindness. It is my pleasure to show you and your children around my city. I also had a lovely day with all of you. You are so outgoing, understanding and open-minded, I learned a lot from you. Best wishes to you and your family! Hope to see you again! Sonia

Myron Koenig

United States
Rating

Tour: Tianjin International Cruise Port Transfer: Tianjin Cruise Port -Beijing or Beijing-Tianjin Cruise Port, Tanggu, Tianjin, China
Date: Mar 16/13

We Could not have been satisfied more with Sonia as our guide. She picked us up at the airport, expertly guided us for three days and took us to our cruise ship the fifth day. Absolutely five star. Go to tour number 48972 for elaboration. Myron and Helen Koenig

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Myron and Helen: Thank you very much for your high comments. I really appreciate that. It is my great pleasure to leave you a pleasant trip. I also had a great time with you. Hope you had a great time in the other cities in Asia. Good luck with everything and hope to see you again! Sonia

Myron Koenig

United States
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Tour: #48972, 3-Day Beijing Essence & Unspoiled Great Wall Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Mar 13/13

Sonia was our guide for three days in Beijing and hiring her was the smartest thing that we did on our entire trip. She took us to an unrestored part of the great wall and we hiked with no one around. It was fantastic. She is enthusiastic, her english is excellent and she customized our tour perfectly. She took us to authentic restaurants with excellent food and not another tourist in sight. Our first experience with Tours by Locals could not have been better. Thank you so much Sonia.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Myron and Helen: You are very welcome! Thank you very much for your high comments. You are so kind, humorous and adventurous. The time being together with you is relaxing, interesting and memorable for me. I miss you. Sometimes I was thinking of you and wondering whether Myron had made all the wooden puzzles successfully. Thank you very much for bringing me a lot of laughter and positive energy during the three days. Best wishes to you, your family and friends! Hope to see you again! Sonia

Myron Koenig

United States
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Tour: Airport Transfer: Airport-hotel or Hotel-airport, Beijing, China
Date: Mar 12/13

Sonia is great!!!! She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and customised our tour to our specifications. Go to tour number 48972 for an elaboration. Sonia and her guidance was the highlight of our three and one half week tour of Asia. My wife and I would highly recommend Sonia to enhance your trip to Beijing. Myron and Helen Koenig

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Myron and Helen: Thank you very much for your high comments! I really appreciate that. It is my pleasure to leave you a pleasant trip. I also had a great time with you. I hope one day you can come back to Beijing again.

James E. Walden

United States
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Tour: One day + One evening + One morning Beijing Essence Tour, Beijing, China
Date: Mar 9/13

We were with Sonia and she is definitely 5 out of5! Sonia is a lovely person, very warm and knowledgeable, flexible and empathetic. We had a great time with her. It was very cold and windy, so we elected to cut short some of our walking, but we still feel we saw everything that we wanted to see. We spent an enjoyable and fun evening with Sonia and she also helped us the next day to get the bullet train to our cruise ship in Tianjin. We recommend Sonia highly to other TBL clients.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Jean: Thanks for your nice comment. Your comment really encourages me. You are a very charming, energetic and smart woman. Your beautiful smile is very impressive. I enjoyed the time being together with you very much. Good luck with everything. And I hope to see you again.

Kerry Malloy

United States
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Tour: #48648, 2-Day Beijing Essence & Standard Private Tour, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Dec 30/12

Sonia was very efficient and flexible regarding our tour. I would highly recommend her. My suggestion to make the experience more educational would be that Sonia address the entire group in the tour at each site giving an overview of the history and relevance of the site. She was welcome to questions but never gave specific information to all of us at each place. Her English was very good.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Kerry: I guess you are in warm Thailand now. Enjoy your first trip in Asia. You are a very energetic and understanding woman. I enjoyed the two days' tour with you and your family.

Tod Loofbourrow

United States
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Tour: 2-Day Great Wall Tour: From Gubeikou to Jinshanling, Beijing, China
Date: Oct 21/12

Sonia was fabulous in all areas, in particular with accommodating our desire for a schedule different than normal. Her pre-trip communication was particularly stellar to ensure that we got the kind of tour we wanted.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Tod: Thanks for your nice comment and encouragement. You and your daughter are so positive, energetic and adventurous. The tour for the two days was also a very nice experience for me. Enjoy your trip in other countries. Good luck with everything! Sonia

Erica Boyd

Australia
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Tour: Jinshanling Great Wall Tour and Chinese Family Cooking Style Meal, Beijing, China
Date: Oct 13/12

Sonia was fantastic the scenery was fantastic the weather was great. Sonia is very knowledgable about the history of the wall and Chinese culture and environment. She is a very experienced hiker so we felt like we were hiking with a friend. Sonia spoke and understood English very well. The hike on the great wall at Jingshaling proved to be our most enjoyable memory of China.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Erica: Thanks for the feedback and encouragement. You and Rob are so nice people: energetic, understanding and adventurous. Both of you have very young hearts. And thanks for the picture book of Australia. It is so beautiful and lovely. Good luck with everything! Hope to see you and Rob again.

Andrea McDonnell

Australia
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Tour: #42767, Most Popular Beijing Day Trip for Folk Culture and Old Parts, Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Sep 23/12

We enjoyed the whole day with Sonia who was flexible in making sure we made the most of our short time in Beijing. We saw everything we expected and more Sonia kept checking with us on timing and what we would like to do so we could spend as long as we liked at each attraction.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi,Andrea: It was so nice meeting you and your son in Beijing. I enjoyed the time showing you and your son around my city. You are so energetic, understanding and elegant. Good luck with everything and hope you have a wonderful time with the relatives and friends in England.

Andrea McDonnell

Australia
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Tour: #42374, Huanghuacheng Great Wall Tour and See the "Waterside Wall", Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Sep 21/12

This was a perfect section of wall to visit with great views and hardly any other visitors. Sonia gave us the choice of two sections to walk and also gave us helpful information for our stay in Beijing.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Andrew: I was really impresssed by your fitness . Hope you got nice pictures of the wall. Good luck with everything! Have a nice time in England.

Cynthia K Elliott

United States
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Tour: #42077, Gubeikou Winding Dragon Great Wall Tour and Chinese Family Cooking Style Meal (Recommended), Beijing, China    view tour
Date: Aug 18/12

The tour was fantastic. The give was vert attentive and helpful during the tour. She was knowledgeable. I truly enjoyed the opportunity to meet locals and partake of lunch. The driver was polite and very courteous with his driving skills I would use this guide on any further trips to Beijing and will indeed forward her contact information to friends visiting Beijing.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Cindy: I am really enjoy being your tour guide. You are a smart, kind and elengent woman who are full of positive energy. No wonder you have friends all over the world. Welcome to Beijing again and I really hope to see you again. Good luck with everything :-)

Peter Fuller

United States
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Tour: Jinshanling Great Wall Tour and Chinese Family Cooking Style Meal, Beijing, China
Date: Jun 14/12

Sonia was great, the hike was perfect. I will hire her again when I am in Beijing, she was very responsive to my email questions and made us feel very comfortable. The included meal at the local farm house was the best meal we had in our two weeks in China. If you like to hike and want a lasting memory I recommend checking out Sonia's offerings.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Peter: Thanks you very much for your feedback and encouragement. You are my first guest from toursbylocals. You are so nice people and I really enjoyed the time to be with you and your colleague. Welcome to Beijing again and I hope that I can show you more interesting hiking places around my city.Good luck with everything and hope you have great hikes in America this summer.