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  1. We had an 11-hour layover in Beijing from the United States to Thailand and wanted to see the Great Wall. We hired Simon to pick us up and drive us to the Great Wall and he was fantastic! He had a sign for us when we arrived at the airport, so it was easy to find him. He drove us to the Great Wall, waited while we explored, and then took us back to the airport. He even parked his vehicle and walked us in to make sure we knew were to go. 🙂 He was so friendly and knowledgeable and made our layover in Beijing wonderful.

    When our returning flight from Thailand to the United States changed and we had another long layover in Beijing, we emailed Simon to see if he would take us out in Beijing again. He was already booked for that day but set us up with his friend, Terrance, who was equally fantastic.

    If you’d like an English speaking driver to take you from the airport to the Great Wall at Mutianyu and back, Simon is your guy!

  2. Simon was amazing! First, he was prompt in picking me up at my hotel and friendly and informative on the drive to the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall and in guiding me to the right spot to begin my hike and offering me bottled water. On the way back to Beijing, he was an enjoyable companion who made the trip feel much shorter than it was. Once he dropped me back at my hotel, Simon went WAY beyond normal expectations. Here’s what happened: I had inadvertently paid Simon only half the fare for his services. I was very embarrassed when Simon called me in my hotel room a few minutes later to tell me so. By the time I met him in the lobby to give him the rest of his fare, Simon and I realized that my cellphone had died and that I needed a new SIM card. Simon waved me back into his car and proceeded to drive me to a half-dozen shops over the next 20-30 minutes in search of a new SIM card that would work with my phone. We finally found one, and Simon himself installed the card, then drove me BACK to the hotel. All of this just to be a nice guy! Simon even seemed surprised when I offered him some extra money as gratitude for his generosity and kindness…. What a guy! I cannot recommend him enough. He’s a real treasure.

  3. During golden week in october we went with simon to visit great wall and ming graves. Simon picked us up in the hotel very early to avoid the crowd, and we had our stay on the gr wall very peacefull and in a quiet atmosphere; perfect. Ming graves were not that spectacular ( in our opinion) so asked him to pass via sacred alley nearby the graves- no problem to drop us there and pick us up again after 40 min.
    Finally we asked Simon to advise a good peking duck restaurant near the hotel. Simon made our reservation and drove to the restaurant where we said goodbye to Simon having in mind that he offers value for money.
    Best regards and succes to you Simon!

  4. Hello Simon,

    Thanks for an excellent day out to see and walk the Great Wall at Jinshanling. You navigated your way through the traffic and stayed calm and safe. If only the other drivers drove like you, Beijing and the rest of China would be a much safer place!
    Our walk at Jinshanling had stunning scenery and was just so good by just walking and scrambling up and down the wall: something we have both wanted to do since our school days, and now we have finally done it, Tick! What a joy it was getting to the end of the long walk on a beautiful clear summers day and being driven back to Beijing. Thank you for your attentive service!

  5. Simon was excellent in all ways – courteous, on time, a very safe & competent driver, knowledgeable about sightseeing, plus easy to be around. I felt like I was in “very good hands” seeing and moving around Beijing, which can feel overwhelming.

    At one point I left my debit card in a bank machine overnight. Simon went right to work early the next morning, calling people, driving me there even before the mall opened, talked to a security guard and promptly got it returned to me – miraculous! He also negotiated an amazing price for silk scarves that I bought.

    On return trips to Beijing, Simon will be my first call. He allowed me to do all I wanted in the city – as an excellent guide, driver and new friend. I cannot recommend his services more highly. Book time with him and consider yourself lucky if he is free to accompany you when you travel in China.

    Sincerely,
    MR

  6. We were really happy using Simon as our driver for one day in Beijing.
    We booked Simon as driver to take us to the Mutiyanu Great Wall after reading some reviews on Trip Advisor. We arranged it by email and he always responded promptly. He picked us up at hotel on time at 7.30, it was a very pleasant drive to the wall and we got there nice and early. Simon was helpful and friendly and the day went really well. He went out of his way the next day to arrange tickets for the Acrobatic show and take us there even though we had let him know at short notice. We are really happy with the service he offered. Thanks Simon.

  7. I must admit I was a bit dubious of selecting a guide in China (for my first time) off a web site and a few recommendations off Trip,Advisor. But boy was I super pleased when I got Simon!
    He replied quickly to my emails and showed up to my hotel pick up as promised. I made him meet the concierge so at least someone knew where and with whom we were with! Simeon’s car was seemingly new and spotless. He provided water and cheerful information on the Great Wall. He helped us navigate thou the sellers and purchased our tickets for us. He even came up the Great Wall and kindly snapped photos of us! He then left us to explore the Wall for several hours.
    After taking the toboggan down from the Mutianyu portion of the wall ( highly recommended fun even for this 52 yr old) he took us to lunch and then on to the Summer Palace. Again, full of info and easy laughs between us. We even got to hear some of his favorite Chinese rock music…kinda fun! He was with us for a long day and made it all very safe and fun. I would HIGHLY reccomend Simon as a guide/driver to anyone visiting Beijing!
    Thanks for the fun Simon!
    Susie in California

  8. Recently Simon took my family and I to Mutianyu and the Summer Palace. From the start with the initial contact Simon was prompt to reply to emails and his price is very reasonable. The day of our trip he arrived on schedule. His English is excellent and his car is clean. In addition, he helped directly with ticket purchases when we arrived at the Wall, he recommended a good lunch option, and he provided helpful tips for our travels for upcoming days.

    In summary Simon’s service was excellent. He went well beyond the minimum of driving us to our destinations. I highly recommend him.