We just returned from the 8-day Beijing tour with China Spree. We cannot express what a great tour it was- the Winter Special price was $800.00, plus $170.00 for the China vise, and taxes of about $56.00. The tour included a flight on Air China (bland food, but comfortable), our hotel was the Traders in Beijing (can't say enough how nice it was), 2 free days- where they provided information on other sights to see, including Chinese directions, and 3 days of tours- Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Hutong and rick-shaw ride, Temple of Heave, Sacred Walk of Ming Tombs (but not the tombs themselves) and Summer Palace. Very few shopping stops- silk market and Jade store- were perfect. Our guide (Ming Li) was excellent- the best of all tour guides we have ever had! Her knowledge of history, architecture, politics, and culture was amazing! She was our one real contact with the Chinese people. The tour was well-paced and comprehensive. They were clear that you had to be able to walk and there would be long days (and since it was winter, it would be cold) so they prepared us very well. We obtained all our documents in a timely manner, as they said they would. They did have optional tours- Chinese Acrobat show and dinner- we recommend the acrobats- they were wonderful to watch. Their choice of restaurants was excellent- they were all Chinese. We would completely recommend them as a tour company.