If you’re planning a visit to Beijing or China in general, a tourist visa would normally run you about $140.  However, a few years back, the Chinese government created a 72 hour Visa-Free Transit policy.  The 72 hour Visa is essentially a short tourist visa and it’s absolutely FREE.  If you meet all of the requirements, you can obtain the free 72 hour visa.  (1) You must hold a valid passport from one of the approved countries (2) Have valid international travel documents (3) Qualify for entry into the next country you are traveling to (4) Have a confirmed airline ticket leaving the country within the 72 hour window.  You can find out more information HERE or by visiting the Chinese embassy website.

The Tour Company:

Beijing Tours Guide was the company we used for this tour.   I booked it via the internet a few months before our trips and the cost was $290 USD (for two people).  The tour lasted 10 hours and included stops at the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square:

Some of the times on the itinerary were changed due to more/less time at each attraction or traffic.  However, we did NOT feel rushed at any point during the tour. This company has excellent ratings on Tripadvisor so be sure to check them out if you’ll be passing through Beijing!  Here are a few highlights from our tour!  See more HERE.

Have you taken an airport layover tour? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!