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


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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Beatrice Santell

United Kingdom
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Tour: Beatrice's Private Tour, Shunyi, Beijing, China
Date: Apr 5/19

great tour. everything you need

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