Matthew Palviainen's Feedback on 11-day Best of China Tour

Customer: Matthew Palviainen ( USA )      Tour Dates: 2012-08-03

Tour Itinerary: 11-day Best of China Tour

Hi Andy -

The tour is the best but perhaps slightly more "local" experience and slightly less 'big tourist attractions'.

The memorable attractions for us are the scooter ride from Guilin out to the countryside, visit farm house, spontaneous try our hand (spontaneous - the best!) helping farmers thresh rice, the 'Impression show' in Yangshuo, the Great Wall (on our own) and Tiananmen Square for its significance. We will suggest that scooter in the countryside outside of Yangshuo and Tai Chi in Beijing for other travelers.

The guides are all good. Steven in Beijing (very personable, sharing of experiences, knowledgeable, energetic) and his driver (Mr. Cai), and Kathy in Guilin (very personable, went above and beyond what we expected - very knowledgeable, very thoughtful, on top of everything, very much wanting to please). All drivers are very safe, very courteous. Guilin driver a bit slow - please note that I am a fast driver. Mr. Cai in Beijing is fantastic! Great driver, parked near every drop-off/pick-up, interacted with us, etc.

We stayed in China highlight-selected hotels in some of the cities - Guilin Bravo Hotel was the best of the 3 for room, service, common areas, amenities, location, etc. Xian hotel was 'fine' to 'good' but not as good as Guilin - our room was in a back corner with a poor view- not the best location. Meal 1st day of tour in Xian (enroute back from Terra Cotta Warriors) was excellent. Yangshuo hotel made great initial impression, but details were not as good as you might expect for the setting, but location was great. We would rate it 'fine' to 'good' overall. Meals at hotel were 'ok', meal on Li River Boat terrible (thanks for the advanced warning!) meal in Longsheng good.

As per the shopping, we went a number of places on our own but didn't focus on shopping- probably Pearl Market Beijing, Tianzifang Shanghai. The extra WOW factors to our tours are the guides, Steven (Beijing) and Kathy (Guilin), and driver Mr. Cai (Beijing), the Yangshuo Impression Show and the spontaneous moments that these two guides took to enrich our experience.

We will absolutely recommend your company for its value, very trustworthy, dependable, etc.


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