We were the only Caucasians in the room, and felt very uncomfortable. The house was packed with the Chinese. Somehow we thought that there would be more people like us tourist in attendance. The show started with an act in Chinese, which we didn't understand at all, and in fact left to find out why we were not getting the Acrobatic show. They explained it was a beginning act, and that we would eventually see the act we paid to see. When we returned to our seats, they were taken. Fortunately a person behind us Chinese, who could speak no English got the person to move. Also we thought this was an evening event but it was in the afternoon. Again we thought it started with a Peking Duck dinner, but dinner was after the show. We assumed the dinner would be served in the same venue, it was not. We were taken to a restaurant, on the lower level, by ourselves with no one else present, which again made us feel very uncomfortable. The dinner was acceptable, but when we had a Peking Duck dinner later on our trip, this dinner was far less palatable. I would not recommend this event to a Westerner. None of the audience went to this dinner. The show was fine, but everything that led up to it, made us concerned.
Prise en charge à l'hôtel à 15h00. J'étais seul pour cet excursion. Arrivée à la salle de spectacle. Ne soyez pas surpris, il y a 2 représentations par jour et c'est archi plein. Beau spectacle notamment le final de très belle qualité et effet visuel 3D projeté. Par contre, salle très bruyante du fait des spectateurs qui parlent pendant tout le spectacle. A la fin, tout le monde est parti avant même la conclusion du show, ce qui assez bizarre peut être une habitude locale donc les artistes sur scène n'étaient pas remerciés !
Dîner traditionnel sans plus car à la chaîne. Il n'y avait que des européens dans l'hôtel et cela défilé à vitesse grand V pour servir canard laqué très bon, débarrasser, remettre le couvert et recommencé.
Guide super sympa et top !
We have only put this tour as only 4 recommended. The Acrobatic show was superb and for an hour or so you are 'mesmerized' with what feats the boys and girls provide as part of the show.
However the Peking Duck Banquet is not a 'banquet' and no where close to it. The tour and organizing companies really need to serious review this part of the tour. The DaDong Peking Duck chain of restaurants do really know how to serve you up a 'Peking Duck Banquet' to remember.
Their chosen restaurant was clearly a well establish venue for similar tours, catering of up 140 dinners with at least 10 x round tables seating 10 x diners each at the front end.
The Resturant looked clean, but has been well used and had 'passed its sell by date'. We were the last ones to arrive and had to 'walk the gauntlet' through all of the 10-seater tables and their dinners. After the last two round tables departed it was almost empty and had no atmosphere.
While the food that was served to us was plentiful and tasty, comprising of plain boiled rice Chicken and Vegetable mix Sliced Beef and Vegetables Sweet and sour chicken and finally one plate of sad looking sliced Duck with pancakes. It was no more than what almost every restaurant in Beijing could serve up.
The show was AMAZING - truly spectacular. The theater isn't much to look at, and our audience had lots of typical Asian tourists who spoke loudly during the performances, didn't care about intruding in your personal space, and the host only spoke in Mandarin, but the show and performers were wonderful! Breathtaking, and I spent much of the show with my mouth open and my hands on my cheek, shocked. However, I would suggest looking for the acrobatic show as a stand alone excursion, without the peking duck dinner. The dinner was TERRIBLE!!! The duck was not good, and the other dishes were extremely Westernized and not authentic. We went into the restaurant and saw many many tables full of tourists. You could explore on your own and find MUCH better food after seeing this wonderful show. Not worth the extremely pricy package, considering how cheap Chinese food is.
SOOOOOO Good! The show was amazing! Absolutely amazing. For how much the tour cost, the seats could have been much better though. We were off to the side so the view for everything wasn't the best. As I said, for how much the tour cost, they should have purchased VIP seats. The dinner was good. There wasn't much duck to go around. Luckily, the rest of the group didn't actually like duck. They take you to a very touristy place that obviously caters towards white people so the food wasn't the greatest. They do provide more than just the duck though. So there is plenty of food. There were only five people in our group and they bought out enough to feed an army.
As a single traveler, I didn't want to go to a Peking Duck restaurant on my ownwho orders a whole or even half duck? And I'd read good things about the Acrobatic Show, so I went for it. The restaurant that we were taken to clearly catered to international tourists but the chef did actually carve our duck at the table, even though our guide had warned us that he might not be able to b/c it was 'high season.' The server demonstrated the appropriate way to fold the duck and condiments into the sleeve, and we were offered wine with dinner and checked on often. We were given fruit, a salad, soup, and four entrées kung pao, orange chicken, an egg and chicken dish and broccoli beef for the four persons in the party. The acrobatic show was incredible. One of the highlights of my trip-- it made me want to bring my kids to Beijingif they like the Cirque de Soleil show that passes through every year, they'll love this! If other reviews stated that the theater and costumes were tired and run-down, things have been overhauled since. Just amazing! Our tour guide was William Kuang, who was also the guide on my tour of the Summer Palace, Panda Garden and Lama Temple. A former accountant who is thrilled to be working as a tour guide and sharing the culture of Beijing with foreigners, William is highly recommended, as is this tour package!
This tour is not value for money. Guides role is just to pick up you at the hotel, bring to the circus hall, then to the dinner and back to hotel. The show was acceptable but I saw much more impressive things even in Bulgaria last summer. Beijing duck served during dinner was already sliced, cold and not tasty. I think it was cooked in advance and may be not the same day. The cafe itself was empty, it was cold and smelled chlorine - bon appetite. I assess that costs for this tour by the agency are more than twice as less than we paid including tickets, taxi, guide and dinner. I dont recommend this activitiy.