STAY WITH LOCAL ENGLISH SPEAKING FAMILY (18MEALS,CAR&GUIDE INCLUDED)

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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STAY WITH LOCAL ENGLISH SPEAKING FAMILY (18MEALS,CAR&GUIDE INCLUDED)

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Townhome, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 1-6)

We are a local Beijing family of 3 who have been renting our modern 4-level house to guests. We have observed what most of our guests need when visiting Beijing, and have tried to include the most commeon needs in our package for your convenience and enjoyment.

This is a PACKAGE offers: 18 meals including everyday breakfast, 6 lunches & 6 dinners of local delicacy such as Dumplings,traditional Beijing style noodles,Peking Duck, Hot Pot, etc., up to 10 hours/per day car(with driver) service, broadband and WiFi internet service, one time laundry service and airport pick-up on arrival, and drop-off on departure.

Why STAY with a LOCAL family? Because you can observe and experience modern Chinese lifestyle, learn our Chinese history, culture, customs. The wife has been an interpreter and speaks excellent English, she can drive you around, be your guide, visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City,the Bird Nest, the markets... Your stay will be a memorable experience.

This is a 4-story town house located in a gated deluxe community in the southwest of Beijing downtown 20 minutes drive from the Tian'anmen square without traffic jam. The entire 2nd floor is totally for the guests(2 bedrooms, one private bathroom, one computer room). So your privacy won't be disturbed. The owners ( one couple with an 12-year-old son) occupy the 3rd floor. The basement has a Ping-Pong table & a home movie theatre. the ground floor has the shared kitchen, dinning and living room.

Beijing is a huge city with an area of 6500 square miles, the popular tourist sites are scattered in all different directions of this vast area. The Great Wall is in the northern suburb(2 hours away). The Summer Palace is in the west. The Temple of Heaven is in the south. The Forbidden City is in the centre... and very few Chinese can speak English. So if you want to have an enjoyable and comfortable visit to Beijing, you definitely should have access to a guide & a car wherever you choose to stay.

This package is unique & convenient for you with a guide & a car included. That means wherever you want to go, the owner will drive you there.You can experience life like a real Chinese so that you are not isolated as a tourist, and you can know China better-- not only the surface, but the essence of local life here. The wife(that is me, Joy!)speaks fluent English and can take you around with a luxury Honda minivan(7 seats). Shopping, visiting supermarkets, sightseeing, etc. She can converse with you on any topics that you are interested in, and share with you the real Chinese perspective towards everything.

The husband is a professional chef who can cook delicious Chinese food, or even teach you some Chinese cooking recipes & skills.

We also have connections with guides and hotels in many other cities such as Xian, Yantzi River Cruise, Shanghai, Guilin...and could help you to tailor and arrange tours there. Please contact us for more details.

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  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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Speaks english
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Stay with local English Speaking Family (18meals,Car&Guide Included)
average rating of 5.0 based on 62 reviews
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Stay with local English Speaking Family (18meals,Car&Guide Included)
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Beijing area China
Toronto
5

A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE

  • 5 of 5
We cannot say enough good things about our stay with Joy, Michael and Daniel. We have travelled the world and our stay with Joy is definitely in the top 10. Her years as a professional tour guide shone through. At the same time, she was easy going and adjusted the plans to our desires. I can't imagine not getting along with Joy and her family as I can see that they would adjust their interaction based on your style and needs. For example, we liked an early start and a midday siesta and Joy (and Michael for those early breakfasts) took that in stride without a second thought.

The end of our 2.5 week trip to China was four nights at the Ritz Carlton in Shanghai on the club floor overlooking the Bund. I preferred our time with Joy and her family.
  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
Stay with local English Speaking Family (18meals,Car&Guide Included)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p135255vb
+86 13901388525 (China)
Beijing area China
Shanghai, China
5

EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR FAMILIES TO SEE, TASTE AND LEARN ABOUT BEIJING

  • 5 of 5
It was our first trip to Beijing and decided to take a chance on this vacation rental/tour package recommended by friends. We normally prefer to stay at hotels and don't like to join tours for the sake of doing things at our own pace since we have a six year-old. Boy, were we pleasantly surprised! We can't say enough about what Joy and Michael offer in their home. In addition to what previous reviewers have said, Joy and Michael and their son made our stay in Beijing very special and comfortable. Having a private car in Beijing is a must if you are not familiar with the city. Joy is a wonderful driver and we felt very safe with her. She really knows the city of Beijing in and out, and her knowledge of the history is a delightful treat! Michael, her husband was also a gracious host. His culinary skills are amazing. We loved every one of his dish prepared for us with a personal touch. If are thinking of traveling to Beijing, you would be lucky to stay at this wonderful home. After our five-stay, we feel like this was the best choice we made :)
  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
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Beijing area China
Oxford, UK
5

A WONDERFUL START IN ASIA

  • 5 of 5
I travelled to Asia with my wife and three children (aged 6, 7, 9) in July 2013. We decided to stay with Joy and her family at the start of our trip as a gentle introduction to Asia.

This was a good decision! We spent a fantastic 5 days with Joy and Michael (sadly we didn't meet Daniel as he was away on a summer camp) who couldn't do enough for us.

- The food has been mentioned in other reviews and it is fantastic and plentiful. Some of the best chinese food that we have eaten.
- Good children's activities - making dumplings, Chinese calligraphy and so on.
- Good facilities - table tennis in the basement. Ask Michael (or Daniel) to play the drums for you!
- Well planned tours, dropped to the door by Joy who acted as a very knowledgeable and efficient guide and host.

It's a shame that Michael doesn't speak more English - we would have loved to chat with him more, but Joy made up for this as her English is superb.

All in all a great experience.
  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Families with Young Children
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Stay with local English Speaking Family (18meals,Car&Guide Included)
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Beijing area China
Boston, MA, USA
5

EXTRAORDINARY FAMILY EXPERIENCE!

  • 5 of 5
My husband, six-year-old daughter and I had the tremendous fortune to stay with Joy and Michael this past June, 2013. We could not have made a better choice for our visit to Beijing! Joy and Michael are a spectacular team. Friendly, thoughtful and deeply gracious, they made us feel like honored guests in their home. Equally, they operate with the professionalism, organization, and efficiency of a five-star hotel. From the moment you are met at the airport to the day you are driven back (and escorted inside the terminal to ensure all is well with check-in), Joy and Michael take care of everything. Joy’s English is excellent. She is deeply knowledgeable about Beijing’s sites as well as Chinese history. She is also really fun, so you will enjoy all the time you spend together. In addition to expert guiding, Joy can book tickets to shows, fantastic foot massages, take you shopping and advise about how and when to bargain. If you travel with children, be sure to ask about taking the alpine slide down the mountain after climbing the Great Wall! Michael’s cooking is outstanding. I was unsure how our six-year-old would do with Chinese cuisine for a whole week. There was no need to worry. Every meal that Michael prepares includes several delicious, varied dishes. Our daughter always found more than one that she liked, and my husband and I appreciated the chance to try many new foods. Joy and Michael are completely accommodating. Joy helped us make plans for site-seeing each day. Equally, she easily revised the plan when our daughter needed a break. Two of our treasured memories of Beijing are playing hacky-sack with locals at the Peoples’ Park and playing with neighborhood children at the playground. Joy and Michael’s house is full of comforts. Two bedrooms as well as the comfort of a living room and the fun of table tennis in the basement are all fantastic, particularly for a family. Joy, Michael and their son, Daniel, made us feel so at home. This was particularly wonderful for our daughter, who was nervous about not knowing the language and being so far away from home. She felt so at home at Joy and Michael’s that she said she sometimes forgot she was in China when in their home! We went on to stay at two fancy hotels in other Chinese cities. Neither one will be as memorable as Joy and Michael’s house, and neither one had comparable wi-fi or anywhere near the storage space for unpacking. We recommend Joy and Michael’s with the greatest confidence and enthusiasm.
  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Stay with local English Speaking Family (18meals,Car&Guide Included)
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+86 13901388525 (China)
Beijing area China
Ontario, Canada
5

GREAT INTRODUCTION TO BEIJING

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed with Joy and Michael in March,2013 on our first visit to China. Beijing was the first stop on a month long trip. We don't usually do the B&B type thing and were not sure how it would work out. It was the best thing we could have done. We discussed daily itineraries and Joy took over. Our accommodations were spacious, comfortable and clean. Our meals, prepared by Michael, were excellent. Plan to overeat! The real gift of this experience was the opportunity to live with a family. We felt like we were visiting old friends. Joy is insightful, interested and interesting. I would suggest really thinking about what you want to get out of Beijing, and Joy will help you meet your goals.
  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
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Stay with local English Speaking Family (18meals,Car&Guide Included)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p135255vb
+86 13901388525 (China)
Beijing area China
Shanghai
5

AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE

  • 5 of 5
When we decided to visit Beijing, staying with Joy and her family was by far the best decision we made. I travelled with my husband, two young daughters and my husband's parents and nothing was too much trouble for her (even though my mother-in-law had broken her foot a couple of days before we arrived and was on crutches!).

As we had not been to Beijing before, I trusted Joy to compile an itinerary that would suit us all and she did not fail to provide exactly that and gave us various options for each day. As a tour guide, Joy was excellent. She was very knowledgable and never tired of all our questions! She got us the best prices possible for any entrance fees and took us to local restaurants away from tourist crowds.

The accommodation was clean and comfortable and the personal touches, ie robes, slippers, toothbrushes etc, were unexpected. Apart from the usual sightseeing, a definite highlight was the fabulous food prepared by Michael, her husband. Without a doubt his cooking was better than any restaurant and we were spoilt daily with the best home-cooked breakfast of various stir-fries, rice, eggs, toast and cake! Michael, you should write a cookery book for your guests to take home!! It was also interesting to learn how Chinese dumplings were made and my daughters had great 'floury' fun joining in.

I would highly recommend Joy's services to anybody visiting Beijing. She is so accommodating and flexible in her approach that you would be guaranteed the best experience ever.
  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Beijing area Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Included in Price
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet
  • Computer Available
  • Mobile Phone
  • Broadband Access
  • Garage
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Catering Available
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • western toilet shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Books
  • VCR
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Deck / Patio
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • library
  • playground
  • health/beauty spa
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • theme parks
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • fitness center
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