We planned our trip to Beijing and Xian on our own. Booked flights and hotels on our own. We chose to book our own hotels so that we had control on which hotels to stay in.
In Xian we went through China Xian tours for private day trips.
After reading about sightseeing places , we picked the day trip that fit with our plan from amongst the various trips they offered. They also accommodated some extra added things we requested- like train station pick up and drop off.
We had a different , local tour company in Beijing and there was a huge difference between the two.
The van was clean and had no smell of cigarette smoke ( unlike the one in Beijing) The driver was professional and knew his way. ( The driver in Beijing did not know how to get to Beijing West train station to take the train to Xian. We were watching google maps simultaneously and had to call the agency to redirect him because he would not listen to us and did not understand us)
Our guide in Xi’an was Wendy and she was smart, educated, spoke good english and gave reasonably good information about the various places she took us to. ( I usually study the places on the internet before going to any country and so knew that she knew her stuff ) .
She was professional looking and knew when to talk and when to give us space and time to think and process the information.
Lunch was included in the day trip and the places she took us to were clean and sanitary and food was delicious , unlike the one in Beijing. In Beijing we declined to have lunch because of where they took us to.
We came to know that they have branches in other cities including Beijing and that they can also book train tickets for us.
We found out after we came here that May 1 is labor day and a 3 day holiday – so crowds and traffic jams are to be expected. 80 % of tourists are Chinese.
Having a guide ( unlike doing it on your own ) helps when it comes to buying entrance tickets.
We would highly recommend and that you can safely use China Xi’an tours for Xi’an trip and based on that experience , you probably can use them for day trips in other cities. If you get Wendy as your tour guide then I am sure you will enjoy your trip as much as we did.