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October in China
My friend and I travelled from Guangzhou to visit friends, then on to Chongqing to cruise on the Yangtze River on the President 8 cruise ship--a great ship. From there we flew to Shanghai and then on to Beijing. The Chinese people we met were so kind to us--from helping with bags to helping us find our way. We travel independently but used China Discovery to connect all of our flights and hotels and our cruise. Jack Li was very patient with us even though we changed our itinerary more than once. He also arranged a couple of special days for us in Chongqing and our day on the Great Wall at Jinshanling which fulfilled my bucket list gloriously!
The drivers and guides were always prompt, courteous and went out of their way to help us in every way. Every guide spoke English. I also was impressed that Jack offered to refund our money after a hotel reservation fell through--even though I had not asked him yet. He always responded within 24 hours and sometimes responded, which, for him, was in the middle of night. I highly recommend Jack and China Discovery!
6 day private tour of Shanghai and Huangshan Mountain
We found this tour over the internet and organised it with our travel consultant, Wonder Wang, completely by email. The tour was organised very well by Wonder, and we were looked after by 3 very pleasant and competent tour guides. Our sincere thanks to all of them.
All the hotels provided for us on the tour were generally good quality and the meals provided were delicious. Our only disappointment was with the very hard bed at the Huangshan Mountain hotel. We endured that one.
We were picked up at Shanghai Airport, enjoyed the Maglev and were taken to our first hotel. The best part of the 1st day was later exploring downtown Shanghai in the evening.
Next morning we were put on high speed train to Huangshan City (1st class) and met at the other end by the guide who would take us up the Mountain. I must say everything was made very easy for us. That was the tone for the rest of the trip which eventually took us back to Shanghai.
The highlight of the tour was without doubt our time on the Mountain. I cannot overstate the beauty of that place. It was cold, it was windy, it rained and the fog rolled in to cover the place. But all that was exhilarating. Then on the last morning, the sun came out and it was exquisite. Be aware that there are steps after steps after steps up and down the trails, so commitment is needed to get the best from time on the Mountain. Also, as we learnt, the sun doesn't shine that often on the Mountain, so come prepared with wet and cold weather gear.
Other highlights included the ink stick factory and ancient street in Huangshan and Yu Garden in Shanghai.
The last day of the tour was a city sights tour of Shanghai before our guide delivered us to our train station to allow us to start the next leg of our China holiday.
Last thing to note - we could not find a comparable tour through our Australian travel agency. That is why we looked to a Chinese tour company. We were at first hesitant, but I am very glad we put our trust in Wonder and his team. The service was excellent and the price very reasonable. And they exceeded our expectations. Well done.
We had an amazing day Tour working with the Panda. Learned a lot of how the animal lives and eating behaviors. Had fun with carrying out old bamboss, picking up droppings, cleaning up pandas enclosures and making panda cakes. And finally making new friends.
Would love to do the trip again. Thanks to China Discovery tours and special Stephanie who helped us.
Thanks to Lyn Wang of China Discovery Tours, Chengdu for making our dream itinerary a reality. A high standard was maintained throughout an amazing 4 weeks, from fantastic and knowledgeable English-speaking local guides to the centrally located hotels. It was a pleasure dealing with Lyn, and she was always prompt in following up and responding to our enquiries. Excellent attention to detail and organisation from China Discovery Tours meant we had smooth transfers and travels across China. I look forward to returning to China in the future and will definitely contact Lyn to organise my Chengdu panda experience. I highly recommend China Discovery Tours if you'd like an unforgettable experience in amazing China.
Our two weeks in China
This was our first trip to China and Wendy Dan from China Discovery was a tremendous help to us in choosing what to do and where to go. We loved the whole package. With an English speaking guide and a driver in each location, we were treated royally. Just the 2 of us. All the locations were interesting and we were amazed with what we saw. The package was economical and we stayed in 4 star hotels with great food. The lunch with a local family in old Beijing after a rickshaw ride was the best meal we have had!
Back to China, for a three weeks tour
This was our third trip to China. The first one was an organized group with an israeli guide. It gave a taste of more but we decided that a group is not for us. The following two tours we made were private tours organized by Mr. Wonder Wang from Chinadiscovery in chengdu. As it is not the first China tour we chose the remote north west, Xinjiang, Gansu and Qinghai. This in addition to renting an apartment in Beijing for a week.
The tour was different than the standard tours in China, yet very interesting. prior to actually going on the tour we planned together with the experience Wonder the trip details. During the tour itself when because of bad weather our train was delayed for several hours, Wonder was available, beyond the regular working hours, to modify the plan so than we will not miss a site.
We were very satisfied and would recommend using his services or at least consulting with him before a trip to China.
excellent 25 days custom tour with lots of hikes
Wendy/June of China Discovery Chengdu put together an excellent hiking/touring trip of some of China's most scenic places for the four of us. We have the fabulous guided hikes of Emeishan, Tiger Leaping Gorge & Huangshan while touring the absolutely stunning Jiuzhaigou/Huanglong, Zhangjiajie & the Dongchuan Red Lands. China Discovery took care of all the logistics, we have 8 interior flights and 3 high speed train rides. Everywhere we go, there's local guides picking us up and dropping us off at the airport/train station. The local tour guides (we have 10) are all excellent, good command of English, all of them are locals and therefore has very broad knowledge of the hikes/tours we were on. Wendy was in constant contact with the local tour guides, making sure our trip went smoothly. We usually have breakfast at the hotel and the tour guides would take us to local restaurant for lunch. The guides would usually give us recommendations for dinner location. The hikes are harder than I thought, and we are hikers. Emeishan and Huangshan are long steep steps and Tiger Leaping Gorge is long narrow steep rocky trails, the hotels are at the top of the mountain so they are fairly basic - not 5 stars - but we are not going there for the hotels. But you have to be able to eat Chinese food in the mountains. The guides are all strong hikers too and know the terrain extremely well.
Jiuzhaigou and Zhangjiajie are out of this world gorgeous, they are must see. Dongchuan Red Land is a big pleasant surprise, just beautiful landscape.
Other notable places we visited are the Chengdu famed Panda Research Center and Sanxingdui Museum, Kunming's Stone Forest, and Lijiang's (beautiful Naxi embriodary) Giant Buddha, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai.
The trip has been a memorable one because of China Discovery, Wendy/June worked tirelessly with us to set up the custom itinerary, took a little while (thank them for their patience) back and forth. Then Wendy's constant checking with the local guides really showed that they want us to have the best experience. We went with China Discovery because of their website, it is extremely helpful to set up the trip. But our experience on the trip exceeds all our expectation. I will recommend China Discovery unconditionally. Thank you, Wendy, June. And thanks to our local guides Sandy, Mr. Liu, Evan, Eben, Steven, Wendy, Zach, Tony, Jerry and Celine.
When and Why to visit Chengdu Panda Breeding Center
Chengdu Panda Breeding Center (Xiongmao Jidi) is indeed a must place to visit for the sake of Panda's fame itself. Panda Breeding Center is 10km from downtown. Visitors can take subway train or go by bus. Recommended to make your visit early in the morning around 8:30am as to avoid long ques at the ticket office and early visitors can see more Panda during their breakfast meals.
Wonderful Custom China Tour - 8 Days, five cities and a lifetime of memories.
I couldn't be happier with our tour. Thanks Wendy and China Discovery for putting this custom tour together. We packed a ton of activity into a very small window of time. We were able to see five great cities;Guilin, YangShuo, Xian, Shanghai, Suzhou. Our visit included beautiful sites in large cities and out-of-the way villages with ancient and local color. We enjoyed wonderful Chinese cuisine in banquet settings and in local noodle houses and still fit in some great shopping all in eight days. It took us a couple of weeks to work through the details (cities, sites, accommodations, etc.) up front, and China Discovery offered us great flexibility. But once we had the details nailed down, we were very pleased and excited for our tour. I would not have changed anything in our itinerary and we all came home exhilarated and tired. China Discovery's service and attention to detail was great. We loved our tour and had a great time.
The guides were fantastic. All three were local, young and friendly, Evelyn in Guilin, Wally in Xian and Autumn in Shanghai/Suzhou.
Evelyn was very strong. She really knew the area being a local and gave great information with just enough presentation. She was very accommodating on the optional activities and made sure we were well taken care of. I especially liked her willingness to take us to authentic and out-of-the-way eating establishments specifically at our request. We loved the local cuisine. My favorite part of the tour was the Ancient Stone Village. Taking a walking tour in a small village was a desire and a highlight for us. I would highly recommend Evelyn.
Wally in Xian was also wonderful. He knew we had to cover a lot of ground for our one day in Xian and did a great job of moving us quickly. He knew the attractions well and allowed us flexibility to wander around and take plenty of pictures. He was very professional and recommended a great night market for after hour exploration.
Autumn, our last guide, also worked very hard to get us to as much as was possible in a short time. She had a very pleasant demeanor and was very professional in her duties. How she handled a group of tired tourists with a smile and with flexibility is amazing. At that point it was like herding cats! She really took care of us.
All three guides were very professional and gave great service. China Discovery has selected and utilizes wonderful guides. That is the strength of their service, wonderful guides, all speak great English, have pleasant personalities and boundless energy. They really know the areas and make it enjoyable for the group.
Our trip planner was Wendy Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we really appreciated her for putting this custom tour together. We packed a ton of activity into a very small window of time at a very reasonable cost.
There was really only one little negative - the shopping/factory tours. I know this was included to keep costs down, and if you have never seen a silk, or ceramic factory, or compared different Chinese teas, then it is interesting. Just know that this is part of the drill. And part of our group truly enjoyed the diversions. That was my only negative take-away from the tour.
I would definitely recommend China Discovery to my friends and absolutely consider them next time I make a tour to China. It would be impossible to plan such a trip on our own at the very reasonable cost and with the complete security we enjoyed. Thank you China Discovery!
Wonderful Custom China Tour - 8 Days, five cities and a lifetime of memories.
I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Johnson Wang for making our recent trip to Chengdu a very happy and memorable one!
Johnson was very efficient and extremely helpful when i was checking about tours in Chengdu just before their big National Day celebration. He continued to answer my emails to the last day of work and assured me that my tour will be booked as requested.
Our tour guide for the day was Rain - she speaks good English and her knowledge / history of the places we went to very good as well. Compliments to the driver as well - he's a very good and safe driver.
Yes, I would recommend your tour company.
12 day China tour and Yangtze Cruise
Me and my sister had completed a charity trek on the Great Wall and wanted to see a bit more of China while we were there. We had specific international flights booked by the charity so needed a Taylor made itinerary. Wonder Wang worked with us to create a brilliant trip. He listened to our needs and wants and we got a perfect match. We visited Xian, Hangshou, Chongqing, the cruise and Shanghai. The arrangements worked like clockwork. We had contacts throughout if needed, but we never did. We used the trains and flights. The guides we had we first rate and seemed more like friends. They were all willing to give any help we needed as well as being knowledgeable on their area and ancient China. I would not hesitate to use Wonder again should I ever return to China. Thank you
12 day Chaina train tour with Yangtze Cruise
When we started to plan our tour to China we soon realized the complication of traveling on our own. All problems where solved when we found a private tour that Mr Jonson Wang of China Discovery paitiently helped us customize. We realy liked the mix of activities seeing both old and new China from train and boat. The guides and drivers took very good care of us and where always on time. I dont know what they could have done better as we had such a good time.
3 days tour in Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Park
Ms Lyn Wang (China Discovery) has been very helpful for us ! She answered any questions very quickly and provided us many details to make our trip so nice. The tour is fabulous, but need more time than 3 days due to flights transfers. Those National Parks are so wonderful !
Guilin and Vicinity Tour
This was our second tour with China Discovery, and it equally exceeded my expectations. I would rank Guilin, the Longji Rice Terrace, and the Li River Cruise as must-do events in China (at least once in a lifetime). Our operator, Bertina Li, is an amazing coordinator. She handles a very flexible and dynamic schedule with patience and understanding. Our tour guide, Smiley, was always friendly, highly-knowledgeable, professional, and had near-perfect English. Finally, our driver was always prompt, courteous, and very safe. He even successfully navigated a few road closures due to heavy rain and mudslides. Selected meals were outstanding, tours were visually stunning, and travel arrangements were prompt and efficient. Very delighted with this tour!
China and Tibet
China Discovery is a fantastic company!! Everything was perfect. The consulter Stephanie was very kind, gentle and always fast to answer my questions. I've spent 30 days in China and 07 days in Tibet and everything has worked...
An amazing holiday: Thank you China Discovery!
If you're planning a trip to China and you're not a Chinese speaker, China Discovery is your best bet. We discovered this company through an internet search and was impressed by the great reviews they have received from customers from around the world (including on Trip Advisor, our trip-planning guru).
We were looking for a holiday that would serve as a taste of China's historical and cultural heritage while also giving us "real-time" insights into its contemporary achievements and challenges. A tall order for an 8-day tour - but Wendy Dang, our unflappable advisor, put together an itinerary that more than met our expectations. She gave us a long-list of places we could visit, cheerfully dealt with all our questions and concerns and remained unfazed by last minute requests for visits to some sites that don't usually figure on tourist agendas.
Our guides were uniformly helpful, friendly and extremely thoughtful in responding to our interests and anticipating our needs, and helped us to engage with the history and culture of this complex and fascinating country. We have come back enriched by our conversations with them. Moreover, they were great fun to be with - their energy and good humour were very infectious. Their warm and caring approach to their clients is exceptional - from introducing us to Chinese cuisine in varied settings (a Mao-era"people's restaurant", a Shanghai tea-house, a home in a Beijing hutong and a Michelin-starred resort in Xian), recommending evening activities, taking us to meet the "Olympic panda", helping us to check in and out of hotels and walking us through the airport process - they made sure we enjoyed every minute of our stay in China.
We will surely be reconnecting with our friends at China Discovery to get the best out of our next trip - once is definitely not enough!
6 Day private tour through Huangshan and Xi'an
My son and I wanted to do a hiking trip combined with a historical tour. I considered several options with different travel agents. In the end I choose China Discovery because Wander Wang (the tour operator) was prepared to go the extra mile to arrange very specific trip for us.
All the travel arrangements were perfect and the hotels were good. Our English guides were friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed every moment of our tour. I can truly recommended China Discovery !!
When and Why to visit Chengdu Panda Breeding Center
Chengdu Panda Breeding Center (Xiongmao Jidi) is indeed a must place to visit for the sake of Panda's fame itself. Panda Breeding Center is 10km from downtown. Visitors can take subway train or go by bus. Recommended to make your visit early in the morning around 8:30am as to avoid long ques at the ticket office and early visitors can see more Panda during their breakfast meals.
20 days private tour
When I was looking for information about a travel in China, I found by chance on the internet China Discovery travel agency (Chengdu based) specialized in inside-China tours. I selected on the web page the places we would like to visit and I received a first quotation. After some changes (and a bit of patience from our great travel consultant Cathy) we book the itinerary.
We spent three wonderful weeks in China, with complete private tour, a guide always with us and no inconvenients during the stay. The itinerary was full of interesting spots and well-studied: Beijing, Xi'an, Yangtzee river cruise, Chengdu, Guilin & Yangshuo, Zhanghjiajie, Shanghai (and personal extension to Hong Kong, not arranged by China Discovery).
The guides were all english-spoken girls or boys, who do this as professional job, and studied for it. We really loved our guides: Anna, Waldner, Zach, Smiliey, Lee and Laura. With few of them we felt a new and far friendship had begun.
The hotels were 4/5 star hotel, nice but not at the level of western 4/5 star hotel. Still ok. The food was actual chinese food, but sometimes (especially in the Sichuan) we arranged to have a not-spicy food and sometimes we enjoyed also fast food together with our guides! :-)
The Yangtzee river cruise is absolutely recommended! But also all the other places are a must-do!
During our stay we were in touch with our travel consultant for any question and it was a pity we couldn't meet her in Chengdu due to limited time. But our guide was so nice to bring her a magnet I brought from Italy.
This travel agency is highly recommended and Cathy Zhan as travel consultant also!
2 Day tour - Dujiangyan / Qingcheng Mountain / Panda Base / Leshan Tour
I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Johnson Wang for making our recent trip to Chengdu a very happy and memorable one!
Johnson was very efficient and extremely helpful when i was checking about tours in Chengdu just before their big National Day celebration. He continued to answer my emails to the last day of work and assured me that my tour will be booked as requested.
Our tour guide for the day was Rain - she speaks good English and her knowledge / history of the places we went to very good as well. Compliments to the driver as well - he's a very good and safe driver.
Yes, I would recommend your tour company.
Terracotta Army in Xi'an and Three Gorges Yangtse cruise
Rita Jiang with China Discovery arranged my solo tour of this western China portion of the historical Silk Road. Starting from Lanzhou to Zhangye,Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, and finally Kashgar. The tour guides and drivers were very good with very comfortable 4 star accomodations. I especially liked being able to experience various modes to transportation from high speed train to overnight train, private driver,and some short flights. The arrangements were seemless. The landscapes were varied from snow covered mountains, sand dunes, rivers and lakes, and some very interesting desert topography. Of course, the highlights are the historical sights such as Mogao Grottoes, Jiaohe Ancient City,Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, and Yardang National Park. I was very surprised how these western outpost cities have been transformed into modern cities. Overall, I really enjoyed this trip.
Fantastic private Xi'an and Chengdu tour with China Discovery
Amazing 4 day private tour in Xi'an and Chengdu. Excellent service from Bertina Li, who put together some great itinerary options and provided the flexibility to amend these to our specific requirements. The tour guides in both cities were very friendly and knowledgeable, with excellent English skills. All entrance tickets were pre-arranged meaning we could optimize our time and avoid queues, which is essential in China. The highlight of our trip was a Panda interaction experience in Chengdu, also arranged by China Discovery.
Excellent Tour - Amazing Sites
Traveling to Chengdu with my wife and son we were looking for a tour that took care of all the details and allowed us to see some truly remarkable sites. The China Discovery Tour packed everything into 6 event filled days. We were met at the airport by an English speaking guide that delivered us to our hotel.
Accommodations were excellent, the timing worked out perfectly, and we were able to see the panda exhibit in Chengdu, the Giant Budda in Leshan, incredible mountain scenery in Jizuhaigou and the Yellow Dragon Mountains. Being from Colorado we didn't think the mountains in China could be as majestic, but they were amazing. The Romance show in Jizuhaigou was an added bonus that we highly recommend. We had a near perfect experience!
Wonderful 16 day tour of China through China Discovery
Jack Li provided expert advice to ensure our itinerary covered areas of greatest interest to us. Our guides at all locations were local and well informed. They all ensured the trip was seemless and the connections smooth. The locations we visited were Beijing Xian, Lhasa, Chengdu, Guilin and Shanghai. It was a truly memorable trip which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Amazing Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou 4-day tour with China Discovery
I had an amazing 4-day private tour in Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou organized by China Discovery. I really liked the itinerary that was put together for me and mostly, I really liked that I was able to customize it. Everything was included so there was nothing for me to worry, other than show up and have fun! Cathy, the tour operator was very professional and efficient. From beginning to end, she responded to my inquires via email on a timely manner.
I got two different guides since I was visiting two different spots. May (in Chengdu) and Rocky (in Jiuzhaigou). Both tour guides speak great English and made us have a great experience during our stay in both places. The guides successfully covered everything set on the itinerary without rushing through the attractions. I would recommend this company to anyone when planning a trip anywhere in China.
1-Day Volunteering at Dujiangyan Panda Research Centre
We did not participate in an organized guided tour because we attended conferences while in China. We were assisted by Mr. Wonder Wang at China Discovery who sent us private guides who met us at the airport and spent 6 days with us in China: 2 in Beijing, 2 in Shanghai and 2 in Xian. We could not have met more special guides and we certainly could not have seen as much without them. We highly recommend this arrangement.
China Discovery tour of China
My wife and I recently went on a tour of China that had been arranged by Jack Li of China Discovery. Jack worked very hard to plan a tour that included Beijing,Xian,Tibet,Chengdu,a cruise on the Yangtze River, Yichang, and Shanghai. We had private tours except in Tibet and shore excursions from the cruise ship. It was an incredible experience. The guides were all knowledgeable and friendly. Albert, our guide in Beijing, went above and beyond to make sure were taken care of. He even accompanied us to our train coach to make sure we were on the right train. The highlight for us would have to be Tibet. It is a magical and spiritual place with warm and friendly people. Thanks to Jack Li and China Discovery for making our visit to China so memorable. Should we visit China again in the future we would certainly be getting a hold of Jack.
Xian, jiuzhaigou and chengdu, 8 days
Bertina organized a fantastic trip. - She was prompt in answering my many requests, and all the arrangements were in place. I was travelling alone, and the guides were great and her suggestions re hotels were excellent. My son was supposed to join me but was unwell, and she organized a refund for him without a problem. I would highly recommend Bertina at China Discovery.
We had this tour in late June 2016 and it was arranged by Wendy Dan who did a fantastic job of arranging the itineraries in the 5 places that we visited: Shanghai, Xi'an, Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu and Guilin/Yangshuo including all domestic flights (4) and an international flight (1) to Hong Kong. All the guides/drivers were very friendly and helpful. Luckily I knew some mandarin that made it even better. We were able to see modern architecture (Shanghai) and also saw history (Xi'an) and nature (Jiuzhaigou and Guilin/Yangshuo) as well as the beloved panda (Chengdu). We couldn't ask for more in 11 days without the superb assistance from Wendy. We have gotten a 10 years visa and certainly we'll be back in China again. I highly recommend China Discovery for your next trip to China. We loved it!
Amazing 11 days tour of major cities in China Organised by, China Discovery.
From the time the representative met us in Beijing airport till we left China from Shanghai, it was a perfect tour, visiting Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai.
Thanks to China discovery especially to Wendy Dan who made it happen with flawless arrangements & planning. Our tour was from 6th to the 16th of September 2016. The weather was good. It rained a bit in Shanghai but this did not hamper our tour. The Tour Guides, Drivers and the Hotels were all very good. Although we chose 4 star hotels it was very comfortable. Good continental breakfast with traditional foods too. It was a cost effective tour and well worth it. We found China Discovery web site on Google and they treated our inquiry professionally and responded very fast. We were hesitant to make the payment in advance but they are a genuine professional tour company and dealing with them is very safe.
Terracotta Army in Xi'an and Three Gorges Yangtse cruise
After some conference in Beijing, we - two couples from Germany - wanted to see some more of China. Seeing the Terracotta Army in Xi'an had been a year-long dream for me, and looking for that, we found that we could combine it with a Yangtse cruise into a 7-day trip.
Some internet search brought us to ChinaDiscovery, and after checking reviews we had them book our tour from Beijing to Xi'an with the bullet train (smooth ride at 308 km/h!), then flights to Chongqing to embark on a very modern cruise ship. Tour operator Cathy gave us detailed personal advice beforehand and planned everything perfectly.
Local guide Timo took us around in Xi'an and shared his immense knowledge with us like a personal friend. The Terracotta Army was simply overwhelming, and my brain would have shut down if we had stayed another hour, trying to take in all the details. The muslim night market in Xi'an was a wonderful experience, we tried all kinds of delicious things.
We had luckily just missed some major rainfalls when we went on our ship, so the weather was hazy, but dry. As side remark: The ship's doctor cured a squeezed nerve in my spine with Chinese-Western electric acupuncture.
We passed small Chinese 'villages' with about 1.8 million citizens, but also wild mountains on both sides of the gorges, had a wonderful boat excursion into the Shennong stream, delicious meals at all times - and finally a great view on the big dam.
I generally have a deep distrust against all organized tours, but here, everything was just perfect - personal care, and great value for the money.
A group of 4-5 that fits into a minibus with the driver and local guide is just ideal to travel this way, where the guides were extremely flexible and friendly, adapting to our wishes. We felt that we were taken care of like friends.
12 Day Private Tour with China Discovery - No Problems
First of all a VERY BIG thank-you to Bertina who booked our tour, I just counted the e-mails back & forth whilst organizing our trip, 56, nothing was a problem for Bertina, she answered all of my questions and altered the trip here & there to make it suit all our requirements. In each city we visited we were met at the airport/train station by our next guide and driver. All the guides were lovely, with a special hello to Meggi in Datong and Waldner in Xian, although all guides were great at their job, I feel they both went above and beyond in their jobs to make sure we were ok. I would without question recommend China Discovery for your next china tour and we will certainly be using them again if ever we go back to China.
4-day private tour to Chengdu, Leshan, Emai Shan
We did our 2. trip with China Discovery-Tour, again organised from Mr. Wonder Wang. Like last time everything was perfectly organised, Hotels were very good, central located with western style breakfast. As special present we get a delicious mooncake from Wonder Wang because of the mid-autumn-festival.
Our tour guide Eben Lum told us many things about the region, was very flexibel, (spontanious changes in den Programm, gave us the time, we want) and was very friendly. The tour includes the visit of the great Buddha in Leshan, a day on the Emei Shan and attractions in Chengdu including the giant Panda breeding base (our favorit stop). Everyting was very good, but if I would do it again, I would plan one more day for the tour to spend one more night in Emei Shan. Its a lot of driving to go to the top of Emei Shan (around 2 hours by bus), afterwards another 90 min. driving to the middle section and in the late afternoon we also go back to Chengdu (2,5 to 3,5 hours depending on the traffic). But we really enjoyed the tour and are very satisfied.
Many thanks to all from China Discovery, especially Mr Wonder Wang, for the nice tour.
Perfectly organized 14-day tour
We visited Bejing, Pingyao, Xi'an, Luoyang and Shanghai and it was amazing. The preparation as well as the tour itself where positiv all the way. The drivers drove safely and the guides where all very skilled (subject + English) and flexible. We really got value for money. Thank you Johnson Wang from China Discovery for making this possible !
Great trip to China - Thanks to China Discovery
We had a great trip to China visiting Beijing, Zhangjiajie, Huangshan and Shanghai organised through China Discovery initially with Ian Wei and then Cathy Zeng. We were well looked after by the tour guides who all spoke great English and who looked after us very well to the extent of assisting with ordering meals ( no English menu) and showing us to our seats in theatres to ensure we did not get lost. The hotels were great as well as the drivers and the internal flights and bullet trains organised by China Discovery. We highly recommend China Discovery and intend to use them again for future trips to China.
1-Day Volunteering at Dujiangyan Panda Research Centre
I booked my 1-day tour volunteering with pandas at Dujiangyan through China Discovery and they were great to work with. Bertina patiently helped me work through all the details and made sure I was well taken care of with an excellent guide. Shannon was the best guide I had in all of China - her English was great and she made sure I had a fabulous day. I highly recommend China Discovery for booking the Dujiangyan panda volunteering experience. You will be in good, capable hands.
Best way to travel in China
The trip was fantastic. We did a customized tour in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong-Kong with my husband and 3 children and I highly recommend the agency China Discovery and our agent Rita. All hotels, transport, arrangements, local guides and tours were above any expectation. For sure the best way to go to China with no doubt, even more traveling with the whole family.
If we visit again Asia, we will directly contact this Agency given the wonderful experience we had.
China Discovery 10 day's tour
Our trip during the 10 days was amazing. During those 10 days we've made Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin and finally Changhsa. We had a glad there. The tour is well organised and everything worked as we were expecting, very good and without any complication. The places they choose for tourism for each day were amazing. But we have to say that because of the extreme hot weather there is some places that aren't the best choices during the most hot hours of the day, because we can't enjoy them, we only look for shadows and air condition. Anyway, it was amazing.
Our 17 day China trip was really fantastic. We enjoyed it every day as every day was the new adventure and chance to get closer to China’s remarkable history and people who built it. All guides were great and professional with a lot of experience and common sense giving us the best opportunity to look at the places we were from different points. They did their best to show us all places we wanted to visit and even more to meet all our expectations. It was appreciated a lot by all members of our small team. We have to say big THANK YOU to all guides and employees of the travel agency who made our trip so nice, comfortable and well organised as we had very extensive logistics including 2 train trips and 3 flights and many transfers. We did not have any delays as all was according to schedule and every our request was treated in the best possible way. We did about 15,000+ photos and 1000+ movie clips to remember every moment of our trip.
We have a lot of experience travelling to about 50 countries+ and our China tour is definitely the best. It means you are on the right track. We recommend your agency to all travelers and our friends as we want them to have a lot of fun and pleasure to come and see new unforgettable and fast moving China with Great history behind and new prosperous future ahead. Good luck and all the best. We'll be back as now we know who can do our dreams come true.
Trip to Datong and Pingyao
Recently, my friend and I used Travel consultant from China Discovery, Stephanie, for a 4 day trip to Datong and Pingyao. We were very pleased with the travel arrangements and guide services. Stephanie was very responsive and accommodating and overall, we are very happy with China discovery. I travel extensively and have used China discovery for travel planning within China 4 times, thus far!
China Discovery are Brilliant
My panda experience was organised through email, by Bertina, a travel consultant at China Discovery. It was my first time travelling alone to China.I found Bertina and her team to be very helpful and welcoming. I must say that Bertina did a fantastic job organising my panda experience, she was always prompt in replying to my emails, which I appreciated as I am a nervous traveller, and like to have my queries answered promptly. I was on a three day tour in Chengdu, so Bertina helped book me a guide and she sorted out my accommodation in the Garden City Hotel in Chengdu. This was a very nice hotel and great value for money. My guide was Eben, he was very knowledgeable and helpful. Eben picked me up from airport and took me to my hotel on the first day. On the second day of the tour, Eben picked me up and I travelled via private bus to the Dujiangyan panda base. I did some panda volunteer work, which involved cleaning the pandas enclosure, feeding the pandas and making panda cakes. This panda base also gives you the opportunity to” hug a panda” where you have to pay an extra 1800 RMB to sit with a panda, up close for about 30 seconds, and the picture is taken on your own camera for you by the staff. I was lovely to be so up close to a panda. This was my main purpose for travelling to China. It was a lovely day, you are given the opportunity to see what it is like to be a panda keeper. Note: you only interact with the pandas through their cages, for safety reasons. The pandas were adorable. After having your photograph taken, you watch a 50minuit video about panda conservation projects in China, I’ve already seen this video on Youtube. Lunch was provided, it was very basic lunch, but nice food. At the end of the day, you get to make little panda cakes. It was a very enjoyable experience, better to go in cooler weather, as in the summer the pandas a very lazy and sleep all day. This experience was a dream come true for me. Note: You need to organise the panda volunteer experience, two weeks in advance, and you need to have some form of health check done, before you can be booked on to the programme. I sent Bertina a record of my immunisations, which was accepted. I can’t thank Bertina and my guide Eben enough for their services, they were excellent and I highly recommend China Discovery to anyone travelling to China. They really help to make your trip to China hassle free, and enjoyable.
An interesting visit to Emei and Jiuzhaigou
I spent half a week in Emei-area (a few hours away from Chengdu), and half a week in Juizhaigou-area (western Sichuan, otherwise known as east Tibet). Two very different places, Emei mountain is a more culture oriented visit with several buddhist temple visits, although (at my request) it included quite a bit of uphill walking as well. The walk to the summit of Emei was the highlight of this journey. The weather did not permit seeing the sunrise the next day, which is reserved for the very lucky, but that doesn't take away from the overall experience. Juizhaigou was a more nature oriented visit, with the main purpose there to visit the (for chinese people) famous park. People who like walking can spend 2 days in the park (2x 6-7 hours), otherwise a single day is fine.
My only recommendation to my future self and others, depending on your taste, let your organizer know if you like less famous (less busy) places to go, so they can keep that in mind. There are probably more things possible than you expect. Maybe even ask for their WeChat account, so you can chat with them more informally up-front.
The guides were fine, their english far above the level of the typical Chinese person. Had plenty of local food in the various parts of Sichuan, which was very nice. Beware that in Chinese culture people do not plan stuff very far in advance, so don't be too alarmed if you don't know every tiny detail far in advance. In the end everything worked out for me.
My organizer/contact was Stephanie Kuang, I found her to be a helpful person from the start, and as the journey progressed, during our (we)chats, my image of her even changed into a like-minded person. Given my experience, I'd trust her to organize future trips for me in this region. And with my improved understanding of China, its people and its culture, make it even more awesome.
Amazing panda volunteering trip
I used China Discovery for a day trip to visit the pandas and volunteer for the day and hug a panda at Dujiangyan Panda Base outside of Chengdu.
Wendy Dan was very helpful and quick to respond when I gave her my requirements by email. She emailed me the details of the trip and told me she would send through the guides name the day before by email.
Shannon was our guide who was exceptional! She was waiting for us in the Hotel lobby when we came down. She was very fluent in English and was great with my 7 year old! She was great company and gave us lots of information and answered all our questions about the panda reserve and China in general!
I would definitely use China Discovery again and would recommend them to anyone.
A comfortable and amazing adventure trip in China
I wanted this year to taste , as an European citizen ,a non-conventional tour in China and combine in one trip, the modern China, the old one and the natural wonders of this big country stating from the fact that I had been some years earlier in the classical China
decided to start my trip from Shanghai, the most modern and attractive city in China, to see how the city changed with its world’s tallest skyscrapers and how it has been possible to combine traditions with modernity.
Then I wanted to see the most attractive places in China, like the National forest at Zhangjiajie,(the place where the Avatar mouve has been filmed , have some relaxing days sailing along the Yangtze River by a first class river cruise company , for starting again the adventure to discover the incredible Guilin with its incredible picks and colorful cave , for completing the trip again inside the modernity of the new buildings and sky scrapers at Guangzhou down to the South of China.
The trip took 14 days of pictures, good food, comfortable hotels, kind tour operators assistance in a combination of adventure and comfort provided by the impeccable organization of China Discovery throughout and the assistance provided by Miss Lyn Wang who has been my reference point before and during the trip.
China Treasure, Tibet Dream and Yangtze River Cruise.
Travel in China presents some major challenges but China Discovery makes it easy. June Yang from China Discovery had everything organised like a well-oiled machine and I could relax and enjoy the wonders, cultures and food of this amazing and spectacular country. I would like to compliment each and every guide and driver; all were highly-skilled, friendly and exemplary in their professionalism.
Everyday was a highlight.
We´re travelers form Mexico and since we found China Discovery we were excited about quality and service. However, once the trip started, we surprised about the tourist guides and since they´re locals we experienced the Real China. I want to congratulate: Wonder Wang (China Discovery consultant) and all of the guides during our journey: Tashi (Tibet), Angela (Xian), Snow (Luoyang) and Echo (Beijing). Im pretty sure i will come back to China with China Discovery :D
What a fantastic trip thanks China Discovery
We ( me, my wife.and two children 10 &14 ) have just returned from a fantastic 14 day tour that was organised with great help from Cathy at China Discovery. We worked very closely with Cathy to organise a productive plan before we left to maximise our experience and see everything we wanted
This included Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshou, The Yangtze and Chengdu. 14 Days definitely wasn't enough.
All our guides were great, very professional, spoke great English, helped our kids with there Mandarin, they knew their cities, very knowledgeable about the history of the cities as well. The drivers are always on time and very patient. We saw so many great things like The Wall and the Terracotta army and became addicted to spicy hotpots.
China Discovery go above and beyond and I would have absolutely no hesitation recommending China Discovery.
China Discovery Did an Excellent Job
For my first trip to China, China Discovery prepared an 11-day itinerary covering Beijing, Shandong Province, and Xi'an. I was extremely happy with the trip. It was not without its hiccups (for example, a flight within China was cancelled due to weather), but Bertina Li of China Discovery responded immediately to every problem, and made everything right. The guides and drivers were excellent -- knowledgeable, flexible, and helpful. I plan to use China Discovery when I return to China next year.
We worked with Cathy Zeng who arranged a 17-day trip with stops in Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai. During our planning phase, she was very prompt, friendly, and provided detailed answers to all of our questions and concerns prior to the tour-- everything from how much luggage we could bring on in-country flights to laundry pricing lists from the hotels.
We had four tour guides and every one of them was waiting for us when we arrived at our destination. They were all friendly and never made us feel that we were inconveniencing them with any needs we had. We were able to understand and converse with all four of them easily and they were able to answer any questions we had about the locations we visited.
Cindy in Beijing was really great befriending our 5-year-old and keeping an eye on her so we could get photos at some of the more crowded spots. Timo, in Xi'an, did an especially great job telling us all about the Terra-cotta army and Xian. Wang, in Guilin, was amazing! He worked very hard making sure we had the best tour possible and best experience at each location we visited. He recommended additional activities including the Guilin night river cruise and a ski lift ride up Yao mountain, which ended up being a personal favorite of the trip for me despite my fear of heights.
We have traveled a lot in the past, but this was our first time doing a tour and it was the most stress-free travel I have ever experienced. China Discovery and our guides took care of transportation, communication, purchasing attraction tickets, where to eat, where to stay and our departure/arrival times. We saw more sights, visited more locations than we ever would have even known about and learned more about them than we would have on our own.
China Discovery - Mind blowing Birthday trip for our 12 & 6 year old kids
If you are planning to take your 11 year old Daughter and her 5 year old kid brother on an unforgettable 14 day “Happy Birthday” trip through China ... but are worried about food , fun, culture , language ... you need to speak with Olivia or Wendy at China Discovery.
My wife and I began planning this trip with Olivia almost 2 months prior to the date of travel. We had tried our luck with a multitude of established travel agencies . But the sheer warmth from the China Discovery team and truly customizable itineraries made the discussions truly worth it. The amazing responsiveness from Olivia for every little detail that my wife wanted to plan was taken care of , with very interesting add ons thrown in as well. It was only when we reached China that we discovered the value of the English speaking guide and local driver at every city we reached. Whilst the choice of hotels took us some discussion, we finally went with Olivia’s helpful advice. She also ensured that whilst breakfast was part of the package everywhere, so was a true Chinese lunch for every day. But not for all that diligence, we would have been going in circles worrying about what would lie ahead.
On good advice from the China Discovery team , the ONLY thing we did ourselves was to book our international flights online from Bangalore to Beijing via Hong Kong . Our return flight was booked from Shanghai via HongKong back to Bangalore. All other logistics were taken care off by the China Discovery team.
After the initial stopover at Hongkong, as we swung in over Beijing and landed in, the 2 hour long immigration check at Beijing airport really sapped our energies. Thank God from Albert , our local guide at Beijing , who met us just as we were exiting the airport. His command over the english language amidst a sea of chinese voices was the first sign of relief for us. Albert got us into a very comfortable mini van , introduced us to our very friendly driver and breezed us into our hotel near the Wangfujing area. Albert helped us all the way including our check in process and ensuring that we got the extra bed placed in our room .
The next two days Albert was our guide and local friend , helping us discover Beijing from the Tiananmen Square, to the Forbidden City to the Summer Palace. From the nuances of Chinese history to the culture we experienced, Albert did a wonderful job of translating all of these for us .
From there on, we knew what a China Discovery trip would look and feel like. From Beijing we were on the bullet train to Xian , which in itself was a 1000 km time warp through the countryside. With Luciya and the local driver taking us around, we really got a smell of history whilst experiencing the Terracotta warriors first hand.
But the real surprise was the way Luciya handled our daughter's birthday day celebration in true chinese style. We cant express in words the thrill that our little girl felt that day.
From there we were zipped off to Chongqing and from there onto the Yangtze cruise. After a 2 day leisurely cruise, we crossed the awe inspiring 3 Gorges dam and finished our cruise at Yichang. We moved to Shanghai from there and onto the big birthday milestone of our little boy. Another fantastic day spent at the tallest tower in China made his birthday an unforgettable one, and Laura our guide made all efforts for that.
All in all , we are so appreciative of the team at China Discovery who helped us plan each day with care , as also all the local English speaking guides and drivers in the 5 cities that we visited in ensuring our safety and comfort.
With each of our 14 days we discovered so much more to China , as much as our kids discovered how wonderful a family holiday like this can be.
The 18 days that we spent in China was filled with awe and excitement, and despite seeing a new city every 2-3 days, we managed to learn so much about many different aspects of China's history, culture, food and art. This is very much down to the fantastic service that China Discoveryr provided us. They helped plan our trip to include our own wishes while also suggesting places to visit, and organised all the transportation that included flights, hotel transfers. It was an incredibly comfortable trip which meant we were well rested to spend each day exploring China.
The tour guides were all very professional, friendly and spoke very clear and fluent English. They had plenty of anecdotes and personal experiences to talk about, which gave us a deeper understanding of Chinese modern culture, as opposed to simply historical facts. In every city we visited, we were provided the option of seeing some local entertainment or food, which we often agreed to. Whether you want to have a nice relaxing holiday or one where every day will leave you tired and exhilarated, the tour guide will accompany any of your wishes.
We saw many great wonders like the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army, but those by themselves would not have shown us the real China, and China Discovery made sure that we see as many different aspects of this huge and wonderful country as possible. Best trip we have ever gone as a family.
China Discovery, a great service for those who want to travel around China.
My first experience with China Discovery Tour was one year ago. They tailored a two weeks trip to Guilin for me, my husband and a couple of friends. It was perfect!
Two weeks ago, thanks them, we have had another nice trip on China.
3 Days Luoyang Longmen Grottoes Tour.
It was an exciting weekend where everything worked well. The Longmen Grottoes are impressive! an amazing experience (even for those as we already live in China for over three years).
Thanks very much to our consultant Wendy Dan at China Discovery Tours. And a highlight thanks to our guide Snow - She is an absolutely outstanding tour guide - good English, clear, enthusiastic and very knowledgable. She was kind and patient with my infinite curiosity (including giving me as bonus a chinese's characteres lessons) . The driver also is a nice professional. Very polite, drove safely and always punctual. I strongly recommend this tour and China Discovery.
China in 17 days with China Discovery - Excellent Trip and Service
My daughter and I used China Discovery as our tour agency to travel 17 days throughout China, including Shanghai, Huangshan, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo (Longji Rice Terrace), Chongqing to join the Yangtze River cruise, and then returned back to Shanghai. It was a very busy trip with many flights, train rides, boat rides, and 10 different hotels – two where we stayed at the top of mountains (Huangshan and Yangshuo) to view the sunrise and sunsets.
We had personal, local tour guides and drivers at each destination who met us at the airports – no matter how late the flight was -- they were always on time and then gave us excellent tours of each of the locations. We were very pleased with their service and recommended excursions. The tour guides modified the excursions if we asked based on what we liked and also made sure the food at the restaurants were also to our liking .We saw many great places thanks to their suggestions and they were very kind and patient. We also had clean and nice hotels everywhere we went.
We had a few difficulties on the trip that were not China Discovery’s faulty and the tour guides really helped us. For example, my airline lost my luggage when I first arrived for five days and the tour guides from China Discovery kept in touch with the airline to ensure it was delivered to one of the hotels. In addition, our boat on the Yangtze River cruise was hit by another boat and we had to be transferred to another boat. Jack from China Discovery helped us receive some money back since we did not receive all the excursions. I would also say that the both the crew of the Katarina and Anna from the Yangtze River Cruise were also very helpful and did what they could to make the best of this situation.
Both my daughter and I highly recommend China Discovery to tour China. They really know the best places to go and listened to our needs and what we wanted to do.
Sincerely, Karen and Melissa from the United States
A holiday of highlights
China Discovery organised a 17 day tour for us, and it was excellent. The organiser, W Wonder Wang, could not have been more helpful. And the tour itself went very smoothly; Beijing, Xi'An, Tibet, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo. My daughter had bad travel sickness in Tibet, and Wonder Wang responded immediately, booking us on flights to get us down early, despite this happening at the weekend. Hotels were great, sights were great, guides were great, food was great! Strong recommendation.
We visited the old water town Zhouzhuang near Shanghai with Chinadiscovery. We had a wonderful day with our private guide. We were picked up on time at the hotel by a private driver. During the ride to the village, we got some general information about Shanghai. The tour in Zhouzhuang was more than pleasing with again, a lot of facts about the little village given by our guide. A typical Chinese lunch was included, followed with some free time before heading back to Shanghai. This organization is just perfect. We added our guide on WeChat and because she knew we were going to Suzhou the day after, she sent us some extra tips for this city as well! Also, we had a very good contact with Bertina through mail. She arranged everything and answered really quick and efficient to our emails. Would definitely book with them again!!
China was discovered with China Discovery
We booked our 13 day, customised China trip with China discovery, and after looking at a few options from other tour companies, we are so glad we decided to travel with China Discovery. We did Beijing> Yangtze river cruise > Zhangjiajie > Shanghai. Everything from the accommodation and transfer to the food and sights were beyond expectation!
At first, coming from a western country (Australia), we were a little skeptical and nervous booking a tour online with an overseas agent and also sending money online to pay for the trip, but all worry was eased by the responsiveness and professionalism or our travel consultant, June Yang. June was very quick to respond and in fact followed up any queries far quicker than other tour companies we inquired with.
The trip itself was so incredible and memorable, and we could not have such an amazing trip without our travel consultant, June Yang, the team at China Discovery and tour-guides +drivers.
We can not thank China Discovery enough, nor can we recommend them high enough, They are a great, emerging travel company who cater very well for overseas travellers who want to discover China.
cross China from Beijing to Shanghai
we travelled as a family of 6 to major cities and nature reserves in China. Local transport, hotels, english speaking guides were all perfectly organized by Wonder from China discoveries. We had a great variety of activities, city sightseeing, river cruise, hiking etc. After Beijing we went to Guilin, which is as beautiful as they say. Then we took a cruiseship for a 3 daycruise trough the 3 gorges to the dam site, amazing. After this it went direction Zhangjiajie, better known today as avatar country! Spectacular! To end the trip we had a last stop at Hangzhou and Shanghai. Although it was not our first time in China, we discoverd so much beauty and culture again and the way everything was prepared and organized made this trip unforgettable
Wonderful, professional insight into Guilin, Chengdu, Shangri-la, Lijiang and surrounds
Our tour was organized by Rita Jiang from China Discovery in Chengdu. It was very professional from start to finish. It included flights, road travel and meals. We could find no fault, everything went smoothly from the moment we were collected at Guilin airport by Carina to the drop off at Lijian airport by Sandy and the drivers, with excellent guides in between: Cherry and Ningima and the drivers.
We would highly recommend a visit to Lijiang and if you go, stay in the old town. It is like going back in time. Guilin unfortunately was very wet but still very beautiful. Tiger Leaping Gorge and Shangri-la were also very interesting and not to forget the gorgeous and cute pandas in Chengdu. All the hotels were well chosen, unique in character and of a high standard (4 star).
We were very impressed by our tour to Beijing and Shanghai arranged by Wendy Dan at China Discovery Tours located in Chengdu China. The entire tour was arranged via email with Wendy. We liked that we were able to customize our tour to our liking. All emails were answered within 1-2 days.
Our tour Guides Michael in Beijing and Frank in Shanghai were very knowledgeable and personable. Michael was very attentive to our group of 6, he went above and beyond his duties as a tour guide.
Everything worked out great from our english speaking tour guides, drivers with private vehicles, plane and train rides. We also stayed at 4-5 star hotels at a very reasonable price. Our guides were able to explain in english the rich history of each site visited.
I have been and would recommend China Discovery Tour to anyone!
A great trip to China, parks and cities
China Discovery coordinated a private tour through Beijing, Xian, Jiuzhaigou National Park, Huanglong National Park and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. They coodinated a three-day Yangtze cruise and four days in Shanghai and Suzhou. We were provided English speaking guides and very competent drivers (and private vehicles). We were met off three train trips and three internal flights absolutely reliably. China Discovery's choice of hotels was very suitable and our guides and drivers were very flexible during a period of "travellers tummy" when we relied on an airport restaurant. We would not hesitate to recommend China Discovery for a tailor made trip to China. As a 70 year-old couple we would just suggest an occasional day off when attempting a 3-week trip like ours.
Amazing Trip with China Discovery (Chengdu)
The tour arrangments prepared by Rita were amazing (Beijing->Xian->Kunming->Guilin->HuangShan->Shangai). We cannot think of a better person to plan it or a better plan according to our preferences. Regarding the places visited we enjoyed very much the tour, from the cultural part (visiting ethnic villages) to the history of the Forbidden City and the scenery of the Great Wall and Stone Forest among many others. Since me and my wife traveled through many places we had many guides and we have to say that all were good and several were exceptional, always ready to help and attentive to our needs and curiosity. Any problems we had with whatever (from almost loosing a painting to an issue with a guide) Rita was amazing and sorted everything out very quickly. The meals were very good and we were also very happy with the transportation arrangements. Additionally, the care to our travel arrangements by the guides was impressive and made us fell very comfortable. We cannot give enough praise to Rita. Thank you!
Sichuan and Yunnan
1 7 1/2 hours high speed train journey
4 internal flights
5 excellent hotels and Yangtze cruise
7 guides and drivers
10 pick ups.
14 nights in total from Chengdu to Suzhou
all organised so efficiently and executed almost perfectly. Wonder was very helpful and patient with the planning of our trip.Each email we sent he answered within 24 hours. Guides were excellent, knowledgeable and friendly Lisco who we met in Dali looked after us so well for 2 days that we were sorry to part from him. Drivers patient (can we stop for a photo please) and actually good drivers. One did use his mobile phone whilst driving but at our request immediately stopped and did not answer it again.
We would recommend China Discovery particularly to those who have traveled to China previously and are prepared to look after themselves a little. The particular advantages are choosing your own destinations and very good value for cost.
Altogether a wonderful experience.
China Discovery personalised tour
I booked a 12 day tour to visit attractions in Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Chendgu, and Yangtze river cruise. Bertina provided all the information requested and scheduled the itinerary well. I pleasantly saw much more than I had planned. It exceeded my expectations, with excellent delivery of service, and will be recommending booking via Chinadiscovery/Yangtze River cruises (based in Chengdu) to anyone that is considering visiting China.
Awesome trip with Catherine
We were in chengdu and Tibet on a tour organized by Catherine from China discovery. She was incredible from the moment we emailed her regarding information. She always emailed back promptly and with lots of clear and concise information regarding our tour. It was a pleasure to work with her and we even we're lucky to meet her in person while in chengdu. We were unsure which company to use and trust but we can't recommend Catherine enough. Put your trust in her to help plan a fantastic holiday. She gives you options and suggestions so it is easy to work with her and ask questions to plan a fantastic holiday.
You will love chengdu and Tibet they are incredible places to visit.
Mr. Wonder Wang helped to customize my tour just the way I wanted. I had so much fun on the tour and I always felt very safe and happy. This was a trip of a lifetime. My tour guide Fen was amazing. Her English is perfect. I got to see so many beautiful sights. My favorite part of the tour was being a panda helper for a day. The pandas are so cute there. I highly recommend China Discovery to anyone who is interested in visiting China. I will continue to go back and visit China and will always use China Discovery. The outstanding customer service that Mr. Wonder Wang provided me is truly second to none.
Perfect planning, immaculate delivery, and great advisory-that is China Discovery and Tibet Discovery for you
We used Chengdu Bamboo Travels for 3 separate sections during May 2016 - China Discovery for in and around Chengdu, Xian, and Beijing over 8 days, Tibet Discovery for Tibet over 5 days, and again China Discovery for the Silk Road trail over Western China for 6 days....with the planning for this trip commencing as far back as August 2015.
I am absolutely sure that Jack Li, the agent who interacted with me in the planning stage and thereafter in the execution stage, deserves an A+++...thanks Jack for making this a truly memorable trip. I truly appreciate your patience, diligence, promptness, and knowledge while preparing the itinerary.Most appreciated was the inputs for refining the trip and the patience for revising the itinerary a zillion times.
We are especially thankful for the choice of guides at all locations: Penny at Chengdu, Zhayang in Tibet, Timo at Xian,Jackie at Dunhuang were all superb.They were all ranging from between A+ to A+++.The only place where the guide was not up to the mark was in Turpan but where the driver more than made up for him....all of them figured out our likes and dislikes quickly and therefore delivered a huge value add to the trip.
The vehicles used were generally good at all places excepting for the first 2 days at Lhasa ( and where on being pointed out the replacement vehicle was great) - however, a slightly better quality of vehicles would have made it even better.
On the price front they were not the cheapest but certainly way below the quotes sent by some other competing better known names and who could not have probably delivered a higher value than China/Tibet Discovery - hence a huge value for money too!
All in all a tour agency that deserves a huge applause and highly recommended over China and Tibet.....hopefully shall use you guys some day again.
China Discovery - Day Tour
We used China Discovery services for four days in Chengdu, and were absolutely delighted with the excellent service. The complete package included round-trip transport to and from the airport / hotel, day lunches, all entrance fees, a full-time driver, and a very professional and friendly English-speaking tour guide. Our specific itinerary was perfect for our length of stay, which included the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Qingyang Palace, Renmin Park, Jinli Old Street, Mt Qingcheng, and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System. The lunch selections at local cuisine restaurants were excellent.
Looking back, this tour would not have been possible without the excellent services of China Discovery. Without local experts, we would not have been able to successfully navigate the four days, which could be confusing to first-time foreigners. Our tour operator, Bertina Li, was always prompt, courteous, understanding, and professional. Our full-time driver made each day efficient, safe, and successful. And finally, our Chengdu expert tour guide, Penny, was absolutely amazing. Her knowledge, professionalism, and friendliness made this Chengdu trip memorable for a lifetime. We will certainly use China Discovery for our next China tour.
Excellent Service!Highly Recommended
We went for 8 day trip to Beijing > Xi'an > Chengdu. The trip was well organised and we were very satisfied with the traveling plan, accommodation, restaurants and English speaking tour guide.
Their service was excellent!!! its a 5 star! :)
We went to visit places and also we had our leisure time at the same time. So the trip wasn't a tiring one for us.
I should credit China Discovery for the excellent itinerary prepared for us.
I would also like to comment on the tour guide we had.
Echa - Excellent guide! good spoken English, knowledgeable and helpful
Waldener - Excellent guide! Very good spoken English, Funny, informative and keep us entertained all the time.
Overall china discovery is an excellent and 5 star service tour! we are very happy!
Trip to Shanghai, Xian, Beijing
After disembarkation in Shanghai from a 17 days cruise in Asia on the Princess Sapphire a 7 days tour in Shanghai, Xian and Beijing has been organized by Wendy Dan, our travel consultant, from China Discovery. Although we had some issues, we were very well looked after by Wendy who took good care of ourselves to solve the issues rapidly and effeciently.The restaurant choices for lunch were awesome 5 stars category.the guides were very knowledgeable and very professional.
As conclusion the trip was well organized. I highly recommend China Discovery and Wendy for the choice of the tours, her genuine caring , empathetic attitude,for being helpful and attentive to our request.
Most Amazing Holiday
Read reviews of this company and took the plunge. Thought about sending money to China and being left stranded but needn't have worried. I must have tormented this company at least once a week with questions and changes over the last 12 months possibly to the point where any other tour company would have thought my demands were too much. I wanted everything - 4 and 5 star hotels, guides, seemless transitions, quick and easy travel and the most you could pack into 30 days. We went to Guilin and toured the Li River, rode bikes around Yangshuo, hiked around Zhangjiajie, Yellow Mountain and Juizhaigou, saw the Terracotta Warriors and the Pandas, had a luxury cruise on the Yangtze, climbed tall buildings in Shanghai and wandered around ancient towns near Hangzhuo. Overall 8 internal fights, a bullet train, a wonderful cruise, 11 great hotels, many fabulous meals all professionally put together by this company particularly Wonder Wang and formerly Ian Wei.
All our guides and drivers were reliable and made our time in China so special.
The overall costs ended up being remarkably low and substantially cheaper than the majors.
Couldn't praise this company enough.
Excellent trip to Beijing, Xi'an and shanghai
We've just returned from a 9 day trip organised by China Discovery. My husband had researched options thoroughly online, and we decided to organise our own travel from UK to HK (finally using up a load of Airmiles). We also wanted to avoid being in a large party.
China Discovery provided us prompt and personal responses throughout the set up of our tour - which encouraged us a lot (unlike the large volumes of templated materials we had from competitors). Throughout we were dealing with a named individual (Mr Wonder Wang) who was very patient with and responsive to our numerous requests for alternatives and options, and who provided thorough and helpful info on the choices and their up and downsides. We wanted to include a bullet train (if not two) as well as all the key sites in our three chosen destinations.
Payment was easy - through PayPal - and not rushed. Documentation was thorough and timely, and extra requirements the Chinese Embassy have recently added for our Visa application(for details of all internal flights) immediately provided. We also had contact details for our guides in advance in case of hiccups with travel.
The trip itself was outstanding. Everything worked smoothly - travel connections, pick ups, excursions; we had knowledgeable, professional and extremely likable guides (Happy in Beijing, Waldner in Xi'an and Maria in Shanghai) and great drivers in all three locations who ensured we got the most out of each location but also made sure we had time to relax and enjoy extra things, and that we learned lots about the local foods and culture. They also made sure we were correctly checked in to our hotels and to our next stage journey.
The hotels were top - and Chinese owned and run rather than part of big global chains. Breakfast was included in every location proved to be lovely buffets. Our rooms were all super, with WiFi (although don't expect UK in-home speeds) and all the amenities you come to expect when travelling internationally. For UK travellers all three hotel rooms had baths as well as showers. The hotel in Shanghai even had heated loo seats.
Still buzzing about the trip which completely exceeded our expectations. So much more fun than being in a big party - it made us feel very special every day.
The only change we would make - we should have added another day in Xi'an which itself is a beautiful city with lots more to do and see than the (amazing) Terracotta Warriors. You could easily spend half a day just walking the city walls, which are magnificent.
Trip to Shengzhen, Guilin and Hangshou 6 nights
June from China Discovery booked all our travel on line and did a fantastic job, During the booking process we changed our minds a number of times and June was quick to come back with revised dates and prices. The tour guides in Shenzhen and Guilin both spoke good English and were very knowledgeable about their regions. The accommodation June recommended was excellent. We will reach out to June for our next China adventure. The Guilin region has spectacular geography and is a must see for any visit to China.
Yang Tze River Cruise-President no 8
The cruise was fantastic, the view is very beautiful, all the staff also very warm and helpful, we happens to stay at the VIP rooms with our private deck, so it was an amazing experience. All the drivers that have arranged are also very helpful and friendly and on time to pick us up.
Will recommend China Discovery to all our friends, and thanks to Wendy for the prompt information and updates during the trips, well done.
Thank you n Best regards,
Fantastic custom 4 night/5 day tour through Sichuan province
I contacted China Discovery to organize a short sightseeing holiday after a work trip to Chengdu. Stephanie K. helped organize my custom 4 night/day day tour (with an English speaking guide) through Chengdu and nearby points of interest. China Discovery organizes all transportation, as well as purchasing of any tickets - they handle all details with efficiency so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Stephanie is very kind, thoughtful and patient with any question you can imagine as well as able to adjust itineraries to a range of budgets. I asked that my itinerary include a lot of hiking/walking, delicious vegetarian food, pandas and important historical sites - I was not disappointed! My tour included the Giant Panda Breeding Center outside of Chengdu, Wuhou temple, Jinli Street, People's Park, hiking up Front Mountain of Mount Qingcheng, Yuecheng Lake, Laojun Pavilian and other temples, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Leshan, the hot springs of Emei, and Mount Emei itself - hiking all the way to the Golden Summit! (and many of the temples within Mount Emei's middle and upper levels like Baoguo Temple and Huazhang Temple). This was the perfect tour and I had a fantastic time! My guide - Nancy - was also awesome. She is incredibly knowledgeable (offering the perfect mix of history and local myth), funny and warm - she was an absolute pleasure to spend 4 days with! Nancy also went above and beyond her responsibility, to help me rebook a flight when we arrived at the airport and learned China Southern airlines cancelled my flight home without notice. She stayed at the airport for 2 hours helping me negotiate a new flight home in Mandarin with other airlines. I highly, highly recommend China Discovery and will certainly work with them again if I am able to visit China in the future!
Amazing trip to Mt Huangshan, Yellow Mtns of China with China Discovery Tours
I booked a custom tour with personal english-speaking guide through China Discovery tours. Mr. Jack Li was so responsive and answered all my questions promptly. Had absolutely no problems with all hotel arrangements made for us and the airport transfers. We spent two nights on Mt Huangshan and 3 days hiking which I personally recommend in order to see all that there is to see of this beautiful mountain range. Avoid weekend hiking and peak season as there are many other tours on the mountain. I would book through China Discovery again in the near future.
Fantastic 16-day private guided tour of 'Wild China'
A meticulously planned and well-organized 16-day long private tour of Yunnan and Guangxi for a couple + teenager executed by Wonder Wang of China Discovery.
Beginning in Kunming, and spanning from Shangri-La on the edge of the Tibetan plateau to the rice terraces on the steep slopes near the border with Vietnam and Laos, and separately at the magnificent Li river valley of Guangxi. The tour included 4 domestic flights, a night train with a private sleep cabin and guided private transportation everywhere.
Yunnan isn't an easy province to tour, at least not for westerners, and our tour wan't always perfect or exactly as planned, but cozy boutique hotels, comfortable cars driven by experienced drivers and licensed guides that catered to our every need made the tour a very enjoyable experience. The guides were local in the sense that most belonged to one or another of the local minorities, were very knowledgeable and satisfied all my inquiries, mostly in very good English.
Wonder, our agent, meticulously arranged all the boutique hotels, which I will review separately, along with all the visits and entrance to attractions and museums, plus the world famous Liu Sanjie light and sound performance in Yangshuo.
There are many agencies/tour operators for groups and private tours; China Discovery's most notable feature is their honesty and integrity, in our case, embodied in Wonder Wang, their representative. I wholeheartedly recommend them.
China Discovery - Day Tour
Our group of eight university teachers in Xi'an had a great tour of Luoyang highlights through China Discovery. Our travel consultant was Wonder Wang who organized train travel, local travel, hotels and restaurant choices for us as well as a local English-speaking guide. We were very pleased with all the arrangements made for us:food, lodging ,travel and tours. Our guide was fabulous and was well -versed in Chinese history and lore. We visited Luoyang Grottoes, Shaolin Temple and Kung Fu exhibition , Luoyang History Museum, Whitehorse Temple and viewed the peonies for which Luoyang is famous. The price was right and it was a successful experience for very particular teachers! We will use China Discovery again!
Great visit to China
Our group of 10 friends just came back from 15 days visit to China organized by China Discovery. Our original travel consultant Ian Wei left China Discovery a few weeks back and his work was taken over by June Yang who made sure that everything went smoothly during our trip. I would strongly recommend China Discovery to anybody that wants to organize a customized, private tour of China. Our visit included Beijing, Great Wall, Datong (Yungang Grottoes), Taiyuan, Xi'an (Terracotta Warriors), Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghai. We told China Discovery roughly what we wanted to see and, based on that, they put together for us a detailed itinerary, recommending many great places to visit we had no idea about. In the end it was a very successful trip, full of great sights and memories. China Discovery made all the arrangements for accommodation, entrance tickets to all the sights and transportation within China, including a private bus, flights between the cities and a high speed bullet train from Taiyuan to Xi'an (which was a great experience by itself). All our hotels were first class and in perfect locations, and all our guides were very knowledgable, fluent in English and easy to understand (sometimes a challenge in China). Initially we asked several travel agencies for a price for our trip and China Discovery was very competitive. Their customer service was excellent at all times and they always responded to our questions and emails within a day. The whole trip was a great success and went without a glitch, which is all we could ask for. If we ever go back to China, we will certainly use China Discovery to organize our second visit.
10 day DIY tour China Discovery
I discovered China Discover on the net and TA and had them organise a ten day DIY tour. Olivia was our consultant and everything was tailored to our requirement. Communication was prompt and various changes were incorporated without any problem. The wire transfer was also smooth and there were no issues. We got a detailed itinerary and they even booked train tickets for us after the tour ended. Everything went like clockwork and the guides were waiting at every place on schedule. Olivia was most efficient and was available on wechat (better install before departure) for any requirements, but we never had to call her for anything as everything went according to plan. Highly recommended.
Ten day tour in Souzhou, Hangzhou and Yellow mountains
We took a ten day tour organised by Rita at China Discovery ( in Chengdu) at then end of April. Everything was perfectly organised by Rita and we had great guides and drivers, who knew where to go and what to show us. We felt extremely well looked after and enjoyed every minute of our visit. Do go and see the Yellow mountains, Huangshan, they are just like those Chinese paintings we all love.
Let Rita organise your trip, she will include a lot of things that you didn't know exited.
Short visit to Beijing and Guilin
Wonder from China Discovery tailored a one trip week in Beijing and Guilin for us. This was not one of their standard tours, but planning was done via mail exchanges and was quick and easy to tailor. Wonder fixed accomodations, tours and transfers, all was perfect!!!. Our guides were Mark in Beijing and Carina in Guilin, they were there – on time - to greet us at the airports. Very friendly and knowledgeable about China history and the sites we visited. The hotels were very good, the one in Beijing was at walking distance of Wanfujing street and the night food stalls, which we visited on our own. We went in Beijing to the Wall, the Yonghe temple, Temple of Heaven, Ming Tombs and had a drive and lunch in a hutong (all great for photography). Guilin was great too, went to Yangshuo (Cruise Li River), we went to the water show (that day it was not cancelled due to rain) and it was fabulous!, the caves in Guilin were great also. Our few days – arranged by Wonder – were packed in places to visit and interesting things to do. We are mainly interested in photography and photo opportunities and our guides were very flexible with the times and photo stops. We highly recommend Wonder as your travel agent for China Discovery, he is quick to answer mails and make changes, to fit places and interests, as necessary. Everything was perfect ?!.
March 2016-11days in Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin and Shanghai
My fiancé and I travelled to China in March on a private guided tour organised by Bertina from China Discovery.
I am always skeptical and suspicious of fraud when it comes from booking things online, especially if it's over ?1000 and the company is based abroad. However, when we got our China visas based on the invitation letter sent by China Discovery, I concluded that the company was legitimate - and it was.
Upon arriving at Beijing airport, we were greeted by our tour guide and escorted back to our hotel. Our guide spoke very good English and had very good knowledge about the history of China, where to visit/eat, where not to visit/eat, and was happy to take photos for us - even told us the best spots for photos. And so our journey began.
We travelled through 4 cities in China in 11 days, travelling by train, plane and even by ferry between each location. At each station or airport, our guides were always prompt to arrive and escort us to our next destination. Hotels were usually 3 stars - average comfort, but as we expected since we paid a very good price for the tour - we have Bertina to thank for that. She happily revised several versions of tour to tailor to our needs. We even got a free upgrade to a 4 star hotel which was nice.
I recommend the Great Wall and the Guilin caves - both unforgettable experiences. I've heard the Water Show in Yangshou is good, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to the rain. I wouldn't recommend going to any jade, silk or pearl factories - they are filled with overpriced goods and harassing salesmen.
Overall, the guides made our holiday wonderful and Bertina took away the stress by organising the entire holiday. I highly recommend this company because of their service and price, but expect to receive standard (not luxurious) comfort hotels if you're looking for a bargain.
Amazing Trip with China Discovery
Wendy Dan's expertise as our travel consultant made our trip unforgettable. Our accommodations and tours were all superior. We would definitely recommend China Discovery.
From the moment that Penny ( Hu Yi) ,our tour guide met us at the airport, we knew we were going to have an amazing vacation in Chengdu. Penny was on time and always waiting for us to start our tour days. Penny was a beautiful, kind, and very knowledgeable guide about every destination on our tour. Penny was very thoughtful and always made sure we had water and was flexible when we needed to rest or eat. We learned so much about Chengdu and we were amazed by the number of different boutiques and shops.
The highlight of our tour was volunteering at the Dujianayan Panda Base. It was a dream come to to be so close and so involved with the beautiful Pandas. The staff was wonderful and dedicated and made our experience warm and welcoming. The Base is so clean and the grounds were so neatly cared for.. The Pandas are truly happy there.
Our visits to Leshan, the Giant Buddah and to Mt. Emei, Golden Summit were worth seeing and even worth all of the stair climbing. This was truly a different part of China and should not be missed.
We can not say enough wonderful things about Penny (Hu Yi) she really made our trip special and we feel like we made a friend.
Penny and our driver should both be commended for a superior job well done.
Memorable China Trip
We began planning our trip through the internet and connecting with China Discovery and Mr. Wonder Wang, our tour coordinator. Since we did not know much about China Discovery, you could understand our reservations but Mr. Wonder Wang, provided quick email responses and provided assurances that we would be well taken care of. Wonder helped our group of 21 plan a trip to see China and as well visit the ancestral villages of my Mom and Dad and my Father-In-Law. We got to visit several cities, including Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and the ancestral villages within 11 days. It was a fun packed 11 days, the tour guides for each city were well informed, humorous and provided exceptional service. This company and Wonder provided us with a trip that has many special memories and as one of the kids said in one word to describe the trip, "Unforgettable".
So Wonder, the tour guides, and China Discovery, thank you for such a memorable trip! You all rock!
Private Tour: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai. Fantastic!
We had a fantastic trip! Happy was our guide in Beijing, she was FANTASTIC!!! I cannot say enough good things about her. She totally tailored the trip to our needs- nothing was too much hassle and she was so informative and helpful. We had a great time. We were pick ed up every moring, happy helped us with choosing food in fabulous restaurants and she brought us around to all of the attractions. She really made the trip so much more enjoyable. I cannot recommend this company and in particular Happy as a tour guide enough!
Custom Tour of Xian, Chengdu and Zhangjiajie
We had a fabulous vacation in all three cities - customized for our family of three - and lots of great sites. Each city had a great guide who spoke English well and was prompt and helpful every time. All three even spent time with our Mandarin-speaking teenage son! Best spots included the city wall bike tour in Xian, the pandas and flowers of Chengdu and the river stream walk through the Zhangjiajie mountains. Would recommend all three places to anyone.
Custom 10-day tour of Beijing, Guilin/Yangshuo, and Chengdu.
They guys are great. I toured Beijing, Guilin/Yangshuo, and Chengdu with my daughter, her husband, and her three children ages 12, 9, and 7. The vacation exceeded all my expectations. I had actually thought of trying to organize the trip on my own and felt a little lazy for relying on a tour company. Using China Discovery for our China trip was one of the best decisions of my life. The guides and drivers are dedicated knowledgeable professionals who take all the logistical concerns out of the travelers' hands so that they can just sit back and enjoy the trip. Bicycle rides in the country in Yangshuo, seeing the giant pandas, the Li River boat cruise, riding toboggans down from the Great Wall, rickshaw rides in the hutong village in Beijing, hiking up to the Dragon Backbone Rice Terraces, seeing a kung fu show, an acrobatics show, and a Chinese opera; my grandkids kept repeating how amazing everything was. The guides volunteered to spend some of their free time to help us with shopping and restaurants, they were full of interesting background and stories to enrich the tour of the sights we visited, and my grandchildren grew attached to them. The guides were also flexible in changing the scheduled itinerary as we wanted to add and subtract items along the way. We all loved the vacation.
Tour 3 days Huangshan
My wife and I bought a three days private tour to the yellow mountains with China Discovery. The organization of the tour was excellent, their advices and suggestions for the preparation of the tour were very knowledgeable. Our interchange with Wendy before the trip was very fluent and it was clear that there were experts on the other side. Ellen the guide was very good, her English and her field knowledge was excellent. The choices of places to visit and to eat was always flexible and taking in consideration our opinion. Overall China Discovery made the trip a wonderful experience.
My Beijing and Guilin tour was wondeful!
I'm from the USA, and since I was a teenager I'd always wanted to explore China. I finally got the chance to spend 4-1/2 days at the end of a work-related trip to Shanghai in March 2016. I knew my dates and some major attractions I wanted to see, but figuring out what the most interesting things are to do in a new country on such a short trip was no problem for Rita from China Discovery. I found their website helpful, and she and I sent many e-mails back and forth until I was satisfied. Rita explained everything in advance, answered all of my many questions patiently, and my booking and payment method was easy.
I had a marvelous trip, with 3 days in Beijing, a four-hour cruise boat ride on the Li River in Guilin, and the next morning a quick solo trip through the Reed Flute Cave before being taken to the airport. I never had a single issue with my tour guides, the other tour group guests, the itinerary planning, the hotels (I was given a range of choices), or my payments for the tour cost. My tour guides (Anly for 2 days, Tina, and Chen, all of whom spoke English) were all very personable, informative and helpful.
I will definitely use China Discovery again when I return with my family for another tour, hopefully longer next time! Thank you for making my short tour of China so memorable!
I travelled with my daughter on a trip arranged by China Discovery, we loved every place we went to, the guides and drivers were all kind people, they looked after us. We even got a Spanish speaking guide in Shanghai which was a very pleasant surprise since we didn't request it. The guides answered all my questions and they were in continuous communication with me.
I highly recommend this travel agency to anyone travelling to China!.
The best tour in the whole my life
We were 11 people three family. The first thing so impressive was the approach of Wendy , the tour arrangement person. Despite I had not heard about China discovery and one of the friends told me how you can trust that but the back and fort emails and very kind and patient approach of Wendy made me 100% trusted to her and the company. The itinerary was for a private tour with private guides and 4 rooms in 4 star hotels in Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai. When we paid the deposit and and approved everything , Wendy emailed me that we have arranged for 5 rooms in each hotel. That was unexpected and unbelievable, besides in Shanghai the hotel was almost 5 star. One of the best part of this tour was the unbelievable price despite of such services.
The tour in China was very organized , the drivers were professional , kind and respectful . Linda , our tour guide in Beijing was very educated, patient and nice. She had an eye to everybody during the tour and all of us were comfortable with her arrangements even for the evening programs that was not responsibility of the tour but she was managing everything we were going to do.
Waldner , the second tour guide in Xi'an a very energetic , happy and educated person. He was very friendly , amazing and responsible guy .
Helen the third tour guide in Shanghai a beautiful fashion lady , calm and nice , responsible and educated and all the time smiling.
I would like to thank Wendy, Linda, Waldner and Helen and all the drivers for such unforgettable tour.
Experience of a lifetime in Zhangjiajie
My dealings with China Discovery, and in particular Cathy, has been a pleasure from start to finish. Not only was she very prompt, professional and friendly with responding, she was able to organise my 5 day within a very narrow time window (I actually confirmed and paid the same day as airport pickup). For all of this, I am extremely grateful.
I would highly recommend Cathy and China Discovery to all. Not only was I able to customise my tour itinerary to suit my own interests and time frames, I actually found the price to be the best out of all local tour companies I enquired with.
The tour itself exceeded all of my expectations and even with 4 days dedicated to indulging myself in this unbelievable wonderful scenery, I couldn’t get enough – even with the amount of walking involved.
I couldn’t have wished for a better guide than Sarah. Not only was her English impeccable, she was very sweet & personable, and had incredible knowledge of the local area and customs. Not only did she endure all the walking and stairs with me, she handled every part of the tour – from tickets and local food to transport (something I doubt I could have done, even as somewhat a savvy traveller).
From suffering through the latest Batman movie as a way to burn time til my midnight flight (my choice and I do apologise for the choice), to seeing me off at the airport, she went way over and beyond – and I sincerely thank her for everything she did.
I had the experience of a lifetime, and will never forget the time I had in Zhangjiajie – to everyone involved, a big heartfelt thank you!”
We (2 couples) went for 6 days to Zhangjiajie (Wulingyuan) and Fenghuang. The organisation was made bei Mr. Wonder Wang. Communication with him was very easy. He considered all our extra wishes and answered always very fast. The programm was well-thought-out. Perfect organisation!
The whole time our tour-guide Viktor serviced us very well. We had a lot of fun with him and he always respect our own pace and wishes. Hope to meet him once again. Our driver for the trip to Fenghuang drove safe and relaxed.
We really had a good time. Many thanks to all!
Incredible Volunteering Experience at Dujiangyan Panda Base
I booked a one day volunteering experience through China Discovery and it was superb. We were only traveling to China to see the pandas here and at the Chengdu base before continuing our holiday in Vietnam, so it was really important that the trip ran smoothly and was as memorable as we both hoped. I organised the trip via email with Ian and then Wendy, who were both very helpful and prompt at responding. The actual visit is a standard day run by the panda base but we were accompanied by an excellent guide, Penny, from China Discovery to help us through the day. She was incredibly knowledgeable, spoke excellent English and was really sweet, stopping to buy us a bag of fresh strawberries on the drive back to Chengdu.
My friends and I made a trip to China early March stopping first in Xian before proceeding to Chongqing for the Yangtze Cruise which finished in Yichang and then onward to Changsa for our departure back home. All in it was a wonderful 11 days trip arranged by Mr Wonder of China Discovery. The trip was well arranged and everything went on smoothly from the moment we were picked up at the airport in Xian right to our departure from Changsa. The local guides in each city we visited were great. They were helpful, knowledgeable and able to explain well in English. Our guide in Changsa, Melody deserves special mention as she was very caring and thoughtful. She prepared some local snacks for us on our arrival by train, which was unexpected but very welcome as it was past our dinner time. The 4 star hotels were all centrally located, clean, comfortable and well equipped with all types of amenities. Mr Wonder himself made a good impression with us with his polite and prompt reply. He answered our queries directly to the point and was quick to make the necessary changes time and again to suit our request till we were completely satisfied. I would highly recommend this tour company.
Mr wonder wang prepared an awesome 14 day tour for us that included highlights in Beijing, xian, Cheney, leshan, mount Emei, Guilin, Yangshuo, shilin stone forest, Shanghai. It was planned really well and everything went smoothly. The guides and drivers in each city were really good as well. Thank you China discovery and mr wonder Wong for this amazing once in a lifetime trip for our family .
My son and I had a terrific time on the Kung Fu Panda Tour. We changed the last few days of the tour, opting to tour Hangzhou and Suzhou instead of Shanghai. June Yang from China Discovery was extremely helpful. She was very prompt in replying to my emails and answering all of my questions. We arrived in Beijing, then went on to Luoyang, Xian, Chengdu, Hangzhou, and Suzhou. We were met by a local guide in each new city, all of whom were friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful. Linda, our guide in Beijing, accompanied us to two terrific stage shows and then took us to a great restaurant for a delicious Peking Duck dinner. Our driver in Beijing, Mr. Tang, always stocked his car with bottled water and chocolates! One night when we were especially tired, Katherine, our guide in Hangzhou, accompanied us into the hotel restaurant, asked us what we wanted, ordered our meal, and had it boxed so we could eat it in our room. I really appreciated the extra care she gave us. The highlights of our trip were seeing the Great Wall, the terracotta warriors, and the pandas. I would highly recommend China Discovery.
We made a 17 days tour in China: Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River Cruise and Chengdu, and we had an amazing experience a with China Discovery.
Starting with the tour planning, our tour agent Rita Jiang was very effective in helping us to plan everything the best way possible, in order to suit our desires and schedules. Along the process we wanted to make a few changes and she was always flexible and fast to find new alternatives.
Then, regarding the trip itself we were very well impressed with the perfect organization along all the way. Guides were always waiting for us as planned, and schedules were optimized so we could take the most out of our days, but still allowing us enough time to enjoy calmly each place we visited.
Alex (in Chengdu), who were tireless in sharing interesting stories about the places, and making sure we got the most out of our tour. Thanks to them we could enjoy a hassle-free and well-planned tour, but still had the opportunity to get to know and be close to the local culture.
For me travelling to China was a lifetime experience, the culture is so rich, the country is beautiful, there are many different things to do (city visits, hiking, 5 star cruising in Yangtze,…) and people are very kind and helpful. However, due to the barrier of language, I feel it would have been a challenge and much less time effective to travel by ourselves without a guide. For this reason, and because our experience with this company was very good, I would recommend China Discovery if you are planning to visit China.
Visited January 2016
I found China Discovery online and since I didn't have a personal recommendation from a friend, wondered if it will be a good choice. But with the consistency of immediate feedback, attention to detail and patience to answer any questions or concerns that I had, my agent won my confidence. I'm very happy with the level of service and the price I paid for it.
The tour arrangements were well thought out and meticulously organized. The level of care I've received brought me to the happy childhood memories. All I had to do was to find my guide standing with a sign at each destination, and the rest of my stay in the city was well underway. Any last minute requests or curiosities were always immediately and politely satisfied.
I've been so happy with the tour that I've been spontaneously recommending it to everyone I see. So far, I've recruited a JFK airport TCA security officer to visit China via Chinadiscovery.com, as well as my colleagues at work.
I'm in particular impressed with the ceaseless ability of the company to rework the itinerary, including the length of stay, number of destinations and the level of service (one to five star arrangement), until the budget meets the needs of the customer. I enjoyed mixing and matching my itinerary until it felt right, and my agent provided revised versions and recalculated totals always on time and with courtesy of an excellent customer support.
Visited January 2016
This trip was organised by Wonder Wang at China Discovery on 9 days notice. The replies to queries were instant and the trip was magnificent. Everything worked like clockwork, the hotels were great, the guides were great as was the itinerary. Very highly recommended!
The team we worked with at China Discovery were so great that I had to post a recommendation. Bertina arranged our trip and helped customize the tour to work for our varied schedules, needs and travel styles. Communication was easy and she was responsive and patient with all my questions. Our guide Arthur was the absolute best! He's an educated professional - well organized, knowledgeable, insightful, resourceful, thoughtful, accommodating, flexible, great English and just a really interesting, great person. We can’t speak highly enough of him. Mr Li our driver was also great. We felt safe, comfortable and he contributed local knowledge and insight. We highly recommend this team!
We are to Norwegian Girls and had never been to China before. My travel Companion got sick right before we came to China. The guides and, Our travel organisor Ian provided a great service,where he called us several time for assure that we would get a refund for those activities we weren't able to Complete, and called to talk personally to my sick friend more than once. Our guides were very considerate and helpfull when we needed something else outside the program With no extra charge. I will definitly recommend this agency for their profesionality and great service! Friendly guides With a lote of knowlegde.
Brilliantly organised and executed. Very efficient. Exemplary guide and driver. Highlight after highlight every single day. Phenomenal. Highly recommended.
We visited Guilin for the first time in December 2015. Booked the tour with China Discovery and the booking was handled by Bertina Li who was very accommodating polite and prompt in replying. Being first trip to China we were bit apprehensive but actual visit proved to be very comfortable and free of any hiccups. Our guide Arthur was very knowledgeable, helpful and took pride in his job. Arthur went out of his way to ensure that our trip was very comfortable and the driver Mr. Ho was always available with a smile on his face. Thank you Bertina, Arthur and Mr. Ho for making our eight day tour a very memorable one.
My son and myself spent 10 days in China ( Beijing , Xian and Lhasa ) It was all organized by China Discovery.
It was perfectly arranged and we could not have asked for a more organized , professional tour. Our guides were friendly , well informed and helpful.
I live in South Africa and it was fantastic that we could do it all by e mail.
I can highly recommend this company do make a tailor made tour for you in China.
A big thank you to Olivia Liu who was always there to answer my questions and make one feel secure doing every thing on line.
Thank you for the wonderful carefree holiday.
Our trip, which was organised by Jack Li from China Discovery, was fantastic and this was made possible by our tour leader, Melody. The floating mountains at Zhangjiajie were spectacular, we highly recommend this trip and also a visit to the 200 year old fishing village at night, it was magic. Thank you to Jack and Melody for making our visit to China so memorable. Robyn and Paul, Batemans Bay NSW, Australia.
The drive down to the fishing village was a real eye opener, the amount of infrastructure, roads and bridges, we really enjoyed this trip.
The hotels, food and drivers were wonderful, thank you so much for a wonderful experience and for your effort in bookings and making
This was our third trip to China and I worked with Jack Li from China Discovery tours to create a custom tour for my husband & I.
He was WONDERFUL. He understood our interests and we visited the Pandas on a volunteer for a day program. We visited Juizhaiguo National Park which is one of the most beautiful places we have ever been to.
Jack also arranged for us to visit some minority villages in Giuyang that was very special. He took our interests and comfort to heart and treated us with great care. All our local guides were very knowledgeable and great fun to be with.
We highly recommend Jack Li and his company
We had a 3 day trip to Beijing. We were assisted by a great agent - Mr. Jack Li. We enjoyed the Great Wall (they took us, as requested, to the less known site - fewer tourists, better views. Then the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, etc. The guide (Oliver) was very informative and friendly. The restaurants they chose for us were a great surprise, the service was great and included a good hote' transportation from and to train station. Everything was perfect, we highly recommend it.
Just returned from 12 days in China; a trip that was my wife's 50th birthday present. Cities visited were Shanghai. Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshou, Hong Kong, and back to Shanghai for departure to the US.
Although we are fairly experienced travelers, we are happy that we did not create the travel itinerary ourselves. There is no way on earth we could have seen and done it all. We booked with China Discovery (Chengdu) through Olivia Liu. We exchanged some 20 e-mails in the planning process with Olivia who never gave up and worked endlessly to ensure that we were fully satisfied. We opted for the private tour and were provided with excellent professional tour guides and drivers at each location. The guides were remarkable from greeting us to bidding us farewell. It was so sad to wave them goodbye from the screening gate at the airport in each city we visited. Yes, the tour guides would check us in and follow us all the way to screening to ensure that we were all set to depart each city. What an amazing experience! Although very cold and so much smog that reduced visibility for many days, Ms. Laura in Shanghai ensured that we got to see the city from the Jinmao Tower by adjusting the schedules so we were able to enjoy the view when the visibility improved. Sasha in X'ian, Mr. Alex Fong in Hong Kong, and all the guides were terrific!
The unfavorable part of the entire trip was the cancellation of a flight from X'ian to Guilin due to weather conditions. We ended up at an awful airport hotel (courtesy of the airline) and were given the run-around by China Southern Air that resulted in the loss of a day and the Li River cruise, and only 3 hours of sleep. Without going into all the details of the 24 hour delay and abuse suffered at the hands of China Southern Air, China Discovery arranged for us to be picked up at the airport by another tour guide who provided an excellent opportunity for us to visit her home and spend some time. This afforded us an excellent opportunity to sample various teas and see first-hand what family life is like in the new China.
It is because of this this experience that we now have so much admiration for the services of Olivia and credibility of China Discovery. The disruption of the tour schedule was frightening but they did so much to minimize the impact. For this we are very grateful.
All- in -all, it was a great trip. We'll return one day.
PS: One more thing.......visitors should be advised/reminded of the 20Kg per person weight restriction on domestic flights within China. We were not aware and ended up paying significant excess baggage fees on the trip.
My friend and I spend a memorable 24 days in China from 26th Oct to 18th Nov 2015 travelling as semi-independent travellers. Our itinerary took in Beijing, Xian, Zhengzhou, Suzhou, Hang Zhou and Shanghai. In China all our long distance travel between cities was by railway.
This trip took some 10 months of planning as my friend is from England and I from Singapore and we arranged to meet up in Beijing. All throughout the months of planning, Ian WeI worked patiently with me putting up with my numerous questions and changes in itinerary. In Beijing, we took the day tours covering the Forbidden Palace and the Great Wall. In Xian, the Terra- cotta warriors museum and a half day tour of the Longmen Grottoes at Luoyang. The guides we had were friendly and during our tour of the Longmen Grottoes our guide Tim, of his own accord, even gave us an extended tour of Luoyang city as we have a couple of hours to spare before our train journey to Zhengzhou. In Zhengzhou, I had to cancel a tour on short notice and was pleasantly surprised when I received a refund for the cancelled tour. It speaks well for the integrity of the Company.
All in all it was a good holiday with thanks to Ian We and China Discovery. I will gladly use your services again.
Wong Chiang Hong
Happy to share memories from a wonderful vacation in Chania and a lot is thanks to the good plan and arrangements provided by Rita from China Discovery (based in Chengdu) .
We found Chania very interesting, as it combines so many different unique historical and cultural attractions with beautiful landscape and nature.
It was also wonderful to meet so many Chinese people, in deferent places of life (huge cities or small old villages).
The trip was enjoyable and very convenient as the 4 star hotels were comfortable and nice and especially the fact that were ever we went we had a guide and a driver that waited for us and presented us the attractions that were included in the plan. All the guides and drivers had a positive approach and good level of service, and we also enjoyed from the ability to learn a bit about them and throw it learn the Chinese people.These 25 days passed very quickly and left us with a feeling of wishing it would have been a longer vacation.
We wish to thank Rita very much for her specific high quality service. From the time we asked her for an offer through the trip itself, she understood our needs and addressed them in a good way, so that we received a trip that was very successful for us.We also felt she was very patient with us and always available to our questions and requests.
We booked our trip to Dujiangyan panda base with this tour company. The base is about an hour and a half away from central Chengdu. If you plan to hold the Panda’s its best to get there early, unfortunately this cannot be reserved in advance so aim to get to the base by 10am at the latest. Ruby, our guide, was very friendly. She took us to a local restaurant in a nearby town where we were able to sample some real Chengdu food without worrying about what we were eating (as we are vegetarians). Our driver was also very pleasant, an amazing trip which I would definitely recommend!
We booked a private tour (4 people) with china discovery agency.we were in Beijing,Quingdao,Nanjing and Xiamen.
Ian Wei put our tour together,and booked all Hotels and Flights and tour guides for us,and what we got was exceptional.The Hotels he booked were outstanding,and everything else went very smooth.We were always picked up from the airport on time ,the guides were nice and helpfull,and we had a wonderfull holiday.
So thank you again Ian Wei,we would always book with you again!
We booked our tour with China Discovery (based in Chengdu). Our organizer, Wonder Wang, was very timely with responses to our query and questions. His English was very good and instructions were clear. Our tour with Jill began with the afternoon visiting West Lake, which was quite beautiful. Our driver was prompt and easy to work with also. The second day we drove to Wuzhen Water Town, which was quite fascinating, with its workshops and history. The last day we visited Dragon Well Tea Plantation where we learned about how tea is harvested and prepared. The meals during the tour were excellent, our accommodations very good. Jill was very knowledgeable and helpful, but not intrusive. She noticed when we were tired or hungry and adjusted easily. We definitely will use the service again, it was well worth the cost!
China Discovery put together an awesome custom tour of Chengdu, Tibet, and Xian for us (2 people).
Our travel consultant Wendy was great to work with throughout the entire process. She was very friendly, organized, and went out of her way to help us make changes to our itinerary in the middle of our trip when we decided that we wanted to visit Everest Base Camp while in Tibet (not an easy task considering how much paperwork is required to do that). We simply provided the list of things we wanted to see, and she took care of all the rest! (hotels, flights, etc) The price was very reasonable as well.
In each location we had excellent English-speaking local guides and drivers that took us to the sights we wanted to see and didn't bring us to any 'factories' or shops along the way.
Aside from one rainy day, every part of the trip went perfectly smoothly - we had a ton of fun visiting the baby pandas in Chengdu, the terracotta army in Xian, and Everest Base Camp in Tibet.
We'd definitely recommend Wendy and China Discovery for anyone interested in organizing a private tour in China.
We booked a four day tour to Guilin for October for two people and had fantastic service from China Discovery (based in Chengdu). We booked online through Mr Wonder Wang who was a great help and organised the whole trip for us by email. He was really helpful and ensured that he organised the best possible for trip for us, and even suggested locations that would be of more interest to us than ones that we originally requested, which were a great idea. During the tour, our guide was Arthur who was great - he was very informative and spoke excellent English. We would definitely recommend China Discovery to others!
Very well organized. Picked up at hotel (Commune by the Great Wall) with transfer to the Great Wall Section at Badaling. Beat all the queues through express check-in up the gondola. Very friendly and interesting guide. Second time we used China Discovery (first time was in Xian), and again they did not disappoint. Thx!
I planed my trip from Europe and mainly contact with China Discovery. I wanted a tailor made 2 week vacation in China. They were extremely friendly, helpful and patient with me. In the end they organised me everything from accommodation, flights and guided tours.
Our itinerary was:
- Shanghai: We had a 1 day guided tour to the Venice of Shanghai and Yu Garden. Our guide recommended us the show Era, which we also visited. It isn't really recommendable. If you ever attented Cirque du Soleil you will just disappointed. The artists are outstanding but the show in a whole is old and too expensive.
- Zhandjiajie: The Avatar mountains are just amazing! Everyone should have seen this area. Nearly no western people but a lot of Chinese tourists. You definitely should go off-season. Our guide was very nice, knew a lot and guided us perfectly. In this area you have no chance if you don't speak Chinese.
- Guangzhou: It was impressive to see, but one day is definitely enough.
- Xiamen: What a wonderful isle and also the UNESCO hakka houses. Impressive to see the rapid growth of this area and also the history of the western visitors back in the days. Here also we had a wonderful guide with a lot of knowledge and she was very kind.
What I learned that you have to be very flexible with the Chinese people. They are very friendly, kind and helpful. It can be, that the program isn't exactly like you planed but in the end they will everything do that your stay will be as pleasant as it can be. The guides didn't really forced us to do shopping. That I appreciate it very much. They were really helpful and leaded us also to food places which were delicious.
All in all - with China Discovery you can't fail and I will definitely contact them once again if I will travel in China in the future. Thank you especially Jack for all your support! :-)
We corresponded with Jack Li from China Discovery travel to arranged our 12 days private tour to Chengdu- Jiuzhaiguo-Zhangjiajie.
Jack arranged everything very nicely and responded to our inquiries promptly.
Our tour guide (Eben and Alan) spoke english fluently, attentive, friendly, knowledgeable, humorous (especially Alan) and delivered high standard of service. The local restaurant which they recommended was good with reasonable price.
The vehicle which we used during our overland trip was good and the driver so nice and drove safely.
The quotation that China discovery offered also inexpensive compare to other local private tours.
We really enjoy the tour very much and highly appreciate your hard work.
Thanks to Jack, Eben and Alan.. Your good team make our trip amazing ... Two Tumbs Up for all of you and keep the good work.
I have booked a one-day tour to visit Panda Research Center, in Chengdu, and The Giant Buddha, in nearby Leshan. I had a very pleasant time with China Discovery agency and could do all I have planned. From the booking abroad, payment online to the day of the tour it was all ok. The guide called on the evening to confirm pick-up time and on the day of the tour the guide arrived on time. The guide was very helpful, kind and seemed to have a good cultural and historical knowledge. The only thing I would point out here is: at the end of the tour the driver and guide left us in downtown Chengdu. It was at night and it was a little bit difficult to find the way back to the hotel alone. I certainly recommend their service if anybody aims to visit China in the near future.
Recently returned from 19 days through China and a truly amazing trip. Ian Wei helped plan this private tour and all went to plan. Tour was well paced, took in all the highlights and some back streets as well, where we saw real chinese life and traditions. Guides were wonderful, very knowledgeable and helpful.
We were a middle aged married couple (experienced in China travel) that organised a four day tour of the Luoyang and Nanyang region organised by Bettina Li at the China Discovery (based in Chengdu) office. We had a private tour guide who spoke English and a driver who looked after us for the four days (Shaolin temple, White Horse temple, Longmen grottoes, Luoyang museum and other sites). The tour included accommodation at 4 star hotels and most meals, pick up and drop off at the hotels on each day and we asked for a special tour in Nanyang which was efficiently organised. I have no hesitation in recommending the China Discovery travel company as service and follow up was excellent!
We arranged our tour via Ian Wei of China Discovery. We found him very responsive and helpful. We were always hesitant about booking trips via the internet but we were delighted with the manner in which the various stages of our tour were organised with very good English speaking guides and lovely vehicles to transport us around towns and cities. we visited Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, 3 day Yangste river cruise, Yichang and Shanghai. Visit to the Zoo to see the Pandas and white tigers was a very small part of the tour. We are a couple, both vegetarians who do not eat Fish or Eggs so were concerned about food but we found good Indian restaurants in Beijing and Xian and Shanghai with our guides taking us to places to eat, they were able to get the message through about our dietary requirements. Thank you Ian, all your tour guides (and drivers) and China Discovery. I shall gladly recommend you to others.
I am very happy to choose this travel, Thanks to Olivia Liu which already arranging the Chengdu, Jiuzhaigo & Zhangjiajie tour. Our group of 10 people were happy, thanks also for the guide especially Rosky (Chengdu) & Summer (Zhangjiajie).
We were a group of couples that recently toured China. We had wonderful and uneventful time during our trip..
Starting with planning - Mr Jack Li helped us get there. Jack is courteous and very prompt in answering queries. The entire conversation was over e-mails. We were initially concerned if all the promises would be kept or not.
The doubts were dispelled immediately as soon as our tour started in Hong Kong. All the tour guides we had were very courteous, timely and went beyond to help us. I want to specially mention Alex in Hong Kong, Candice in Guilin, Michael in Beijing, and Catherine in Shanghai.
Few of the tour members are vegetarian and the concern was how would they cope.
We should not have worried - there are plenty of vegetarian options. Our guides made sure we were well and properly fed. The only issue we encountered was ordering food during night when the guides had left us. The language and very few English speaking staff made it slightly difficult. But, that did not stop the fun! We had lot of fun trying to communicate with any means we can without the language.
There were many highlights: Guilin and the boat cruise down Li river. In Beijing - the forbidden city and great wall of china and Xian with terracotta warriors.
I would highly recommend tour of China.
We had a wonderful journey in China and a lot is thanks to the good plan and arrangements provided by Rita from China Discovery (based in Chengdu) .
We found China very interesting, as it combines so many different unique historical and cultural attractions with beautiful landscape and nature. It was also wonderful to meet so many Chinese people, in different places of life (huge cities or small old villages).
The trip was enjoyable and very convenient as the 4 star hotels were comfortable and nice and especially the fact that were ever we went we had a guide and a driver that waited for us and presented us, the attractions that were included in the plan. These 25 days passed very quickly and left us with a feeling of wishing it would have been a longer vacation.
We wish to thank Rita very much for her specific high quality service. From the time we asked her for an offer through the trip itself, she understood our needs and addressed them in a good way, so that we received a trip that was very successful for us. We also felt she was very patient with us and always available to our questions and requests.
God bless Mr. Jack Li. He organized for us a trip to Yellow Mountain on behalf of China Discovery. Everything went fine, every detail was great and we had three unforgettable days. He was attentive and patient, eager to answer and August. What a great agent. As to Yellow Mountain: do not miss it. A unique place and the views are impressive.
The trip was organised based on our general guidelines by Wonder Wang of China Discovery at Chengdu who did an excellent job in interpreting our interests. We had excellent guides and all the recommendations received including hotels, tours and restaurants were first class. Do not miss possibility of taking a trip on one of China´s new high speed trains part of 11,000 mile network of elevated trains that run at 190miles p/hour! The Yangtze River tour is also a memorable experience .Wonder kept in contact with us during the entire trip and made sure that all details were up to our satisfaction.
I had always wanted to see the Great Wall and visit the Terra Cotta Warriors, but hesitate at the thought of arranging a trip so far, I didn't know where to start. When I made an inquiry to China Discovery, Wendy Dan came to my aid with a plan tailored to my every desire. She put together every detail of our trip and made us feel relaxed and assure that all would go as she planed. We just returned, and it was just as she advertised.
We had arranged a private 10 day tour and were extremely pleased with each phase of the tour. We were meet by at each of our selected cities as scheduled, by tour guides fluent in English, polite and respectful, we felt very safe in their hands with careful skillful drivers, in safe up to date vehicles. The tour guides were all very knowledgable on every aspect of the sites we visited and flexible on the schedule and time on the tours. On the third day of the trip, we discovered we had left behind our video camera at a particular site and without hesitation the tour guide and driver returned us to the site and made inquire, although we could not find the camera we appreciated their effort, afterward the guide took us to an electronics store to repurchase a new camera in order to continue capturing the moments.
In sum I highly recommend a trip to China, it’s an amazing country and culture, and the services offered by the professionals at China Discovery, thank you Wendy, for the memories of a life time.
We worked with Wonder Wang on planning our trip to China. I gave him some basic information about my husband and myself and he gave us his thoughts on what sites would fit our needs/wants.
He was very receptive to changes to the itinerary - and there were several. His responses were very quick and well thought out. We found out - after we had already purchased our airline tickets - that we planned part of our trip during National Week. Wonder was able to get us to all the places we wanted and still avoid the rush of travel during National Week.
The trip was "wonderful" (pun intended). It went off without any problems. All our guides were waiting for us at each city upon our arrival - even one where we didn't arrive until almost midnight! They spoke English well and were clearly familiar with the cities where we were traveling. The drivers were friendly and the cars were clean and they always had fresh water for us. The air and train travel was well planned. The restaurants and hotels were very good - it was very helpful to have the guides to help with communication. We fit A LOT into our vacation and Wonder and his team made that possible.
I would recommend using Wonder and China Discovery. We enjoyed a worry-free vacation since ever detail was attended to for us.
We worked with Olivia Liu of China Discovery for quite a while to organize this tour & can say that it met all our expectations. Olivia was delightful to work with & the schedules & arrangements that she made all went off without a hitch. Our guides were considerate & helpful at all times. Our experience with China Discovery has been a rewarding one. There're lot's of wonderful experiences to be had in China right now - so I'd urge anyone thinking about it to just go & do it!
Through TripAdvisor and the positive comments, I decided to contact China Discovery and immediately received a reply from Wonder Wang. Based on our requirements, Wonder has professionally organized our trip. All requests were immediately actioned, information was clear. We planned to visit Beijing, Xi’an, Suzhou, Nanjing, Guilin and Hong Kong. The hotels, the domestic flights and trains, all was well arranged, the guides were very professional, they were all very helpful and all had good knowledge of the sites we visited.
We had a wonderful time and enjoyed every minute of it.Thanks again to China Discovery, especially Wonder and the guides Candy, Jason and Linda, for making our holiday a memorable one!
Ms Laura Tang from China discovery arranged the private tour for us, a group of six. From the onset, Laura has been extremely helpful and nothing is too much trouble for her. Her prompt reply on our email is a great comfort to us.
The tour went ahead smoothly and we all totally enjoyed ourselves. The food, accommodations, transports and the guides are all excellent. I would strongly recommend any one intending to tour China, to use China Discovery. They will tailor the tour to your timetable and need.
We would highly recommend China Discovery for arranging individualized private tours throughout China. This is the second time we have worked with Jack Li; each time, we provided him with a list of things we wanted to do, and also asked for suggestions. This time Jack suggested a side trip to Inner Mongolia, which turned out to be very interesting and enjoyable. We have found Jack to be attuned with and sensitive to our needs. He is also flexible, hard-working, and sincere. All of our guides were wonderful and very responsive to our needs as well, especially Barry (Chengdu) and our Inner Mongolia guide and driver, Peter (Min) and Mr. Qin. They went out of their way to insure that we visited areas of particular interest to us, which made for a very memorable trip.
I sent Isabel from China Discovery a video of engineering features I would like to visit. From this Isabel organised our itinerary and travel arrangements. Four couples travelled together and without exception we had a wonderful experience. In the first instance, nothing was too hard for Isabel. The guides were all first class. Everything ran like clockwork. I did not have one negative experience. A very big thank-you to Isabel, Tony, Summer, Fay, Jenny, Bruce and Randy.
From the very beginning, Wendy the agent at the company was excellent. She tailor made a tour for me and was open to my suggestions. The hotels were excellent and so were the tour guides and transport arrangements. I will certainly recommend them, be it for a day tour in a city or for longer tours.
My family (3 children ages 19, 18, 14) and wife wanted to visited China so after searching the internet we found this company China Discovery (Chengdu). Who put a proposal together for a 10 day (12 nights with flights from and to London).
All my guides (we had one per city) spoke very good English and had great knowledge about the various locations we visited. We had Lisa, Lee, Laura and Matthew.
The holiday was totally flexible e.g. we were tired on some days and just requested that we started later on certain days or we wanted to change the section of the wall we visit, or cut out another museum, etc, etc. We were in complete control of the itinerary. By far the best travel agency we have been with, value was brilliant as you can suggest changes for better or more economical alternatives.
I may sound like I’m working for the company. I do not. This holiday cost me lots (with 5 adults) so I would definitely complain if anything was wrong. If I go back to China (as this was an epic journey in itself) I will 100% choose China Discovery again.
Fun and Exciting Trip! I am from Jakarta, Indonesia, and travel to China together with my family for almost 3 weeks. We used our homecountry travel agency for the past 11 days, and extend this trip by using the service of China Discovery 6 days tour! I knew this tour agency from Tripadvisor, and thanks to many of the reviews, it helped me a lot at the very first place!
Unlike most of Indonesian planned itinerary, this tour is much more relaxing, as we do not need to rush for the day and could really enjoy our trip peacefully. I had a very good impression on the customer service that served me at that time, Rita is very helpful and patience to me and our family, she responds to our needs very fast, as well as very informative when it comes to queries.
We had a great time in China!!! And I am very glad that I chose China Discovery to take us in this tour.Me and my family were very pleased with everything, hotel, guide, private car. I have a special thanks to “Candy” our guide in China, she was really awesome and sweet like her name. She made our tour really easy and interesting. She understood our needs and met all of our expectations. We will remember this trip with great respect to the Chinese culture and people. Thank you Jack Li and thank you Candy
We booked a trip to Lhasa, Tibet through China Discovery. The trip was coordinated by Wonder Wang, We were already in China (we explored China on our own) and wanted to take a week-end trip to Lhasa. Since the regulations required us to work through a travel agent we booked our trip through China Discovery after researching various options. A trip to Tibet requires a Travel Permit. In order to do this all kinds of paperwork had to be gathered and given to the agent. We worked with Wonder in getting together the needed paperwork. Wonder was very good about notifying my husband about a needed document that was not attached. Two days before our trip Wonder sent us the permit via courier to our hotel in Chengdu with the caution to thoroughly review the document to make sure all the details were correct. Wonder was the most helpful of all the agents. Thank you Wonder.
I chanced upon China Discovery while browsing the internet. At first i was doubtful of the services because i didn’t get a response for at least 5 days. I complained and got Jack Li to help us. Jack Li has proven to be most helpful in helping me plan this trip to Guizhou. Not only was he patient with us because we revised the itinerary so many times but he also answered to all of our enquires with instant responses and using perfect English. Eric was our tour guide and he takes good care of our needs and went beyond his duty to help us with our personal demands also. I will definitely recommend China Discovery to all my friends and will use them again for my next trip to China.
I had chosen China Discovery because of all the rave reviews that I had read regarding this tour agency and their website is rather appealing. I had wanted a trip tailored to my needs - Dongchuan, Stone Forest and the Western Hills. Tiger Wei was my tour consultant. His replies had always been prompt and he wrote in good English so there's no way there could be any miscommunication.
I went through Jack Li who was helpful and on balance my experience was good and the company gave a value for money service. Both hotels selected by my agent were of good standard.
With all the websites and tour agents in China, I am glad that I chose China Discovery because of their prompt and kind support from the beginning. Ms.Wendy was coordinator and was patient enough to deal with my demands. I had very short time to travel but she managed to help me make a good plan. I even had trouble using the paypal for paying the deposite for the tour fees. But they were kind enough to accept to receive it in Cash upon my arrival. I really felt their trust and support towards their customers.
Both the guides in Beijing (Ms.Lisa) and Xian (Ms.Yuki) were very helpful, flexible with good knowledge. Because I had a bad back, they walked slowly and gave me break to rest time to time. The local restaurants which we went for lunch were all good. We all did not want to leave China! I hope to visit other cities in the near future and definitely will contact again Wendy for arrangements. I strongly recommended this tour agent to those who wish to travel to China. Please keep up the good job! We are all proud of you!
My husband and I had an amazing 16 day trip in China organized by Wonder Wang from China Discovery, he helped us planned the trip many months in advance and was really helpful answering my e-mails almost immediately and working on weekends and nights just to make everything perfect for us. I highly recommend him and the company and for sure will contact Wonder again when we return to China. Our trip was wonderful, the hotels, the tours, the guides.
My wife and I arranged this tour through Rita Jiang of Chengdu Bamboo International Tours. Our guide for the whole tour was Ellen BI. A wonderful guide, who spoke excellent English and it was a pleasure to have her with us. Huangshan Mountain is a scenic wonderland, SE of Shanghai. The Grand Canyon walk is not for the faint-hearted but the views are just wonderful.
We spent our first night in a hotel in Huangshan City and explored the old town during the evening. We then spent 2 days and 2 nights on the mountain, at the Beihai hotel. This was an adventure not to be missed, a most enjoyable experience, although it took 3 days for our leg muscles to recover after negotiating about 24,000 steps. Our visit to Hongcun was also a memorable one and the old town has been beautifully restored and in a beautiful setting.
I would recommend Rita Jiang should anyone wish to take this tour. I would strongly recommend Ellen Bi as an excellent guide.
We had a wonderful private tour of multiple cities in China--Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Chongqing, a trip down the Yangtze, and Shanghai. We were so impressed with each of the guides--they were so knowledgeable and helpful. They were flexible and helpful--picking us up from the airport, showing us around town, and even helping negotiate the prices of souvenirs! We learned so much and had a great time!
Thank you to Isabel at China Discovery for organizing this trip for us. Overall we were very pleased with all elements of our vacation. We packed in so much sightseeing into our month in China thanks to Isabel's help in arranging all of the local contacts, accommodation and air/rail connections.
The food in each province has such delicious local cuisine. Huangshan, Mutianyu Great Wall, Jiuzhaigou, Yangtze River, Zhangjiajie, Li River and Longji Terraces were the highlights. Momo (Guangzhou), Shila (Beijing), Waldner (Xi'an), and Alex (Chengdu) were our favourite guides as all four had excellent English and great personalities.The 4 and 5 star hotels were nice and comfortable with delicious breakfast buffets. Isabel's personal helpfulness during the flight delays and cancellations was great appreciated.
We just had our wonderful 12-day trip in China. Rita from China Discovery, based on Chengdu, helped us to plan this trip. We went to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Zhangjiajie. Our plan was a bit complicated, since our adult daughter wanted to come with us but had only 7 days of vacation. In order to maximize her sightseeing opportunities we changed our plan several times. Rita was very patient and helpful. She offered us good information and always responded our email very promptly.
Our local tour guides, Jackie in Beijing, Waldner in Xian, Nancy in Guilin and Victor in Zhangjiajie were very good. They spoke decent English, provided good information, were very professional, tried very hard to accommodate us and were very polite. The drivers also tried very hard to accommodate us (I get easily car sick) and were very friendly.
All in all I would highly recommend China Discovery to anyone who wants to visit China. We definitely will use them for our next China trip.
I went to China for 15 days with the company China/Tibet Discovery (based in Chengdu). The person who helped me and my family was Wonder Wang, a great person but also a great online tour guide. I really loved and I really suggest people to take this experience.
Having just returned from a month long journey throughout China, organized by China Discovery (aka: Tibet Discovery). I can now concur with all those previous reviews.
Our guides and drivers at each step of the trip were on time, professional, and most importantly, flexible. A big THANK YOU to our travel rep, Olivia Liu, who patiently and efficiently helped us plan our trip.
We have just returned from our 45 days China tour' organized by Tiger Wei of China Discovery.
Our tour included 10 internal flights, trains and boat cruises. All this complicated logistics was organized managed and executed very efficiently, without any problem. We had 10 different guides, all which had a very good English and profound knowledge in History, Geography, etc. All guides were very nice and helpful with any personal request and gave us a very warm and" home away from home" feeling.
Tiger Wei from China Discovery head office, called us every day, during the whole 45 days tour, and made sure that everything is fine with us and solved any problem, request which we had. China Discovery is a perfect company to organize any your tour in China!
To celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, we went to Ian of China Discovery to create an once-in-a-lifetime tour of China, including Beijing, Zhangjiajie, Xi'an, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, and Guilin. We knew it would be packed, but all the arrangments, travel, tours, day trip and food were great. Having a top-notch tour company create the tour, arrange a guide and driver in every city, arrange for hotels and intra-city flights made all the issues go away. All we had to do is enjoy.
I have been working with Wonder from China Discovery for the past few months, he helped us to organize many trips around China: ChengDu, JiuZhaiGuo, ZhangJiaJie, FengHuang, LuoYang and others.For every trip everything was smooth with a very good selection of hotels, cars, safe drivers and more important a very good selection of Tour Guides, that have a great attitude and do their best to make you to enjoy your break.I used different agents before and they were also good, but China Discovery was getting better rates for upscale service.
We booked a 15 day extended tour with China Discovery through the 'wonderful Wonder Wang'. At every destination, there was our dependable guide waiting for us, with a safe driver to take us to our hotel.
I cannot speak highly enough of Wonder, who replied to literally hundreds of emails from me, both during the planning stage and whilst on the tour. We had one minor problem, which was dealt with promptly and without inconvenience to us.
Probably the thing I liked most about the company was their flexibility. I was able to book my own accommodation, and in Beijing and Shanghai, I just organised transfers from Wonder- we did the rest independently. I also liked being free in the evenings, to explore on our own and have dinner independently. We travelled by both fast train and by air, and both modes worked well.
We have just arrived in Indonesia. We have nothing to say but “TWO THUMBS UP”to our agent-Wonder in China Discovery. Our group of 6 paxs joined your Chengdu and Tibet tours. First of all, we want to THANK YOU for all your good arrangements.
Rita from China Discovery Tours was very helpful in laying out a 10 day custom China tour. She incorporated in the locations we wanted to visit even though we had a very tight schedule. She was very responsive to emails. I would highly recommend their service to anyone planning a trip to China.
China Discovery travel consultant Isabel W. was very organized and follow up from beginning to end, and also follow up many times throughout our trip. All the local tour guides were knowledgeable of each city and spoke very good English, which were important to us. The drivers in all the cities were excellent with great driving skills and kept all of us safe. Both tour guides and drivers were always very punctual. We especially appreciate the tour guides who helped us at all the airport check-in counter making our flight connections very smooth.
We recommend this company very highly and hope that the company will continue to have dedicated and qualified travel consultants, tour guides, and drivers.
Even on short notice, Laura arranged a guide and driver for us around Xi'an. We had a great tour of the Wild Goose Pagoda and Terracotta Warriors. Yuki was very accommodating with the varied pace of my parents and two young daughters. I would highly recommend her and China Discovery to anyone.
From start to finish, I was very pleased with my Guilin Highlights Tour organized by travel consultant Isabel at China Discovery and executed by guide Carina with a very capable driver. The itinerary included air transfer to and from Guilin with exploration of the Longsheng-Guilin-Yangshuo areas for 6 days.
Thank you Isabel and Carina for making the arrangements and putting the pieces in place, making my trip a success!! Upon arrival, I was met at the airport by the guide and driver, who remained with me for the duration of the trip. I am appreciative of the time that they spent away from their homes and families to ensure that my time in Longsheng-Guilin-Yangshuo was carefree and memorable.
We being a small group of 3 decided on an itinerary than got quotes to see who we would go with. China Discovery was best price and now having completed the tour we can say they were also great service. The hotels we stayed at were all better than we expected and the guides are efficient and knowledgeable. The trip through shanghai, Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Chongqing, Yangtze cruise, Zhangjiajie to Guangzhou in 18 days all flowed nicely.
We had to change plans only a few weeks before travel when flights were changed by China Southern and Wander at Discovery travel sorted it out even though that part was privately organized by us. Thanks.
We wanted to visit China and it was fulfilled. We visited beautiful places and sightseeing with excellent service and great communication. Very good travel consultant (Olivia).Good trust guides and drivers. We would recommend this company to arrange your tour.
Guides Tristian in Beijing & Jenny in Xian were fantastic and very professional. Both went above and beyond in providing great service & were extremely knowledgeable & friendly. Accommodation was great and all meals provided were great. Highly recommend China Discovery Tours and will definitely use again for our next adventure in China.
We have not long returned home from our amazing holiday in China, visiting Hong Kong, Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou Valley. Our tour was prepared by Tiger Wei, who was fantastic to deal with, prompt with information requested, flexible to our needs with regards to arrival and departure locations, and our requirements. Tiger also organized our Visas and domestic flights. Our tours information was very informative. The vehicles used were of high standard, and the hotels 5 star.
The tour guides were English speaking and very welcoming. In particular Penny, was very knowledgeable and made our Chengdu tour exceptional. Penny is very passionate about her town and culture and takes the extra effort to ensure her guests are happy with the tour, hotel rooms, meals and our needs.
Our overall experience with China Discovery is EXCELLENT. We would definitely use China Discovery again. They gave us an exceptionally memorable experience and we loved every minute of it.
With very good travel consultant (Olivia Liu) and good tourist guide, our “5 days Guilin/ Longsheng Rice Terrace / Yangshuo Tour”was well-arranged with good hotel & meal.
My husband and I recently returned from a wonderful three week tour of China including three days on the Yangtze River and a visit to Tibet.
The trip was organized through China Discovery.com by Ian Wei, who was very professional and responsive to my many emails. All requests were handled promptly. Ian was very flexible with hotels that we wanted. Payment was done online.
The very knowledgeable tour guides and safe drivers we had in each place were exceptional, and Ian called several times to make sure everything was going smoothly.
I would have no hesitation in recommending China Discovery.Com who is a Chengdu based tour company as opposed to China Discovery Tours who are from USA.
Here is some background, we are a family of 3 (2 adults and a 10 year old kid) and since we started our trips in China we soon figured out that in China it worth to have private tours.
Coming back to China Discovery, we got a very good support from Wonder in our trip to Luoyang (3 days), that is the first of the three trips we booked with then: Chengdu / Huanglong (5 days) and Zhangjiajie (3 days). The coordination was very well done and all the services were delivery according expectations.
Our Sichuan trip was the best private tour we had ever experienced. The tour was magnificently organized by Tiger Wei from the China Discovery Chengdu office. We got the comfortable minivan with the driver and the English speaking guide.
We had a fantastic week with Zach, our guide, a very nice, intelligent, experienced guy, who did his best to adjust the tour to our personal interests and preferences. Our Sichuan trip has lots of impressions, scenic views, interesting facts.
Best recommendations to those, who are planning their China tour.
Our tour of 4 persons was arranged by Tiger Wei of China Discovery. We found the local tour guide Victor was very helpful and brought us to tour attractions as specified on the itinerary. He assisted us in checking in all hotels and tickets. We had good weather all the way. The tour included breakfast and lunch and dinners were at our own expense. We insisted to do that because we wanted to try all good food without any budget constrain. Victor showed us some good restaurants and we all enjoyed. During the tour, Tiger gave us a call to make sure all arrangements were up to standard. We like to thank Tiger and Victor for our great tour.
Just returned from a 6 day private tour organized by China Discovery, in particular Mr. Wonder Wang, with excellent service with great communication.
Tour included high speed train, two flights and three hotels. We were met at the arrival gates by tour guides, Jerry and Jayne, who also left us at the security gate to each airport, ensured we were booked into our hotels. Jerry, in particular was excellent. The hotels were of a high standard and the food provided as part of the tour was good as well. Our itinerary was two days in Xi'an, following transfer from Beijing by high speed train, two nights in Guilin (flight transfer from Xi'an), river trip to Yangshuo, one night stop before flight from Guilin to Beijing. Highlights included terracotta warriors, Xi'an city walls, Wild Goose Pagoda, Longsheng rice terraces and Li river cruise.
Would recommend this company to arrange your tour.
I was very pleased with the tour organized by Tiger Wei. He is really kind and funny, and he prepared very busy itinerary for me as I like to see lot of things. Touristic places as Luoyang and Xian and not very like Zhangbi Ancient Castle and Wang Family Compound which gives you another point of view of China very interesting and that I didn´t know about until Tiger suggested to me. I would definitely recommend China Discovery-Chengdu to other travellers as everything went really well.
I decided to try china discovery tour after reading about it's good reviews on tripadvisor.
I corresponded with isabel for the customization of our trip and she responded very promptly via email. She helped us to slot in places which may be of interest to us and did not bring us to those outlets to look at souvenirs which we dislike.
Our guide and driver are experienced and very accommodating. Arrangements for hotel and day tours are all on schedule and we really enjoyed our trip so much as compared to our previous experience. For the amount of money we paid for private tour, i will say that china discovery live up to our expectations. I will recommend this agency to all my friends.
We made contact with Laura Tang when trying to book a Yangtze River Cruise. Laura provided a peerless bespoke service for us and we did make it complicated for her! We went to China principally to visit our son who is working in Chengdu but did not have the time or knowledge to arrange our itinerary. Laura with her young capable team at Chengdu Bamboo International Co Ltd managed our tour booking internal flights guides drivers and train tickets. We chose to book our own hotels through. We are both around 70 and so we sought a lot of reassurance and got it 100% from Laura and her team.
We visited Chengdu 5 days with said son, then Jiuzhaigou 3 days then went to Leshan and Emei Shan before moving on to Guilin and Yangshuo for 3 days the Yangtze cruise and Shanghai. We had the holiday of a lifetime (given our generation) everything went like clockwork bar an Air China flight from Jiuzhaigou to Chengdu being cancelled without much help from AC. However Laura was easily contacted on her mobile phone on a Saturday afternoon and was able to offer good advice and support. We think this is a very caring who provided great attention to detail and we would recommend them to anyone travelling to China without reservation.
The whole experience of going to Beijing has been superb from start to finish. It began with the excellent itinerary produced by Jack. The attention to detail started at the airport where I was met by my guide who's English was super, and who's knowledge on the tour was first class. He was both informative and interesting as well as being incredibly polite. Even with the Beijing traffic the driver always appeared on time. It was incredible to pack so much into a long week-end and yet feel relaxed at the same time. Thank you all so much for making this trip really special.
We just arrived back from our trip to the Yunnan province. I have been liaising with Isabel Wong to put together the customised itinerary for the 4 of us. Isabel has been wonderful and responsive even when we have to change our trip dates at the last minute (one week before we depart for China due to a sudden crisis affecting one of us). She managed to re-schedule all our flights and hotels arrangement. Everything works like clock-work like what was planned in the itinerary.
We have three different guides all together (one in each city) and all of them spoke fluent English and knowledgeable about the area we visited and also the history in general. We found this very informative. They even provide suggestions for places to dine at night, noting our taste bud not being able to handle the spicy Yunnan cuisine. The car is large and comfortable and driver is also wonderful.
Overall, we would use China Discovery again for our future trips to China and highly recommend Isabel as well to help you in putting together the itinerary.
From the beginning, our rep Laura Tang had been great and responsive. Everything was well attendant and efficient. Once we got there, our tour guide, Christine was welcoming us with a smile! We had a great time there and got to see everywhere we wanted in one day. Well done and I will be sure to use China Discovery again.
Thanks to Tiger Wei from China Discovery Chengdu we had a marvelous time in Yunnan. From Kunming to Shangri-La, everything went perfect and was well organized. Professional guides, visits, drivers, hotels, everything was perfect and according to what we expected. And competitive prices compared to other tour organizers. Surely, we'll ask Tiger to organize our next trip to China!
Overall we enjoyed the trip. Ian has helped us to arrange and advised us about the trip and we liked the arrangement that not so rushing. I highly recommended to those who like to go to Lijiang or Kunming to check and get advice from Ian. Best time to visit these places is in March or April. Cool weather. We have to be extra carefully in Lijiang, because Lijiang is located at quite high place. Difficult breathing, dizzy, vomit and not feeling well may because for certain people not use to be staying in the high place.
China Discovery-Chengdu Private One-day Tour is fabulous, inexpensive, superefficient and great with changes private tours same price as other bus tours. We took 3 of the china discovery one day tours on our china vacation.
I have traveled the world and they are hands down the BEST I have ever worked with. Their private tours are less expensive than most bus tours. They individualize everything from sites, shows to hotels. My daughter and I recently did 3 of their private 1 day tours Shanghai to Xian (terra cotta warriors) to Beijing (Great Wall). Our guides were knowledgeable about the local history and did not just read from scripts but could answer all our questions. The drivers need to drive in crazy traffic and kept us safe and on schedule. I would highly recommend this tour company. You will not be disappointed.
We (myself, husband and adult daughter)just finished a 15 day tour of China using China Discovery(Chengdu) and I would highly recommend them if you are planning a trip to China. I worked with Isabel Wong to arrange an itinerary that worked for us, choosing sites from their web site after consulting the Lonely Planet Guide Book. As it was our first trip to China we wanted to visit some of the more known sights but Isabel worked with us to customize our visit and suggest activities that we really enjoyed and would not have found by ourselves.
We started in Guilin, (Li river cruise to Yanshuo was a highlight as was the raft trip from Jiuxiang) then flew to Xi'an to see the Terra Cotta warriors (unexpected highlight was riding bikes around the old city walls) then took a high speed train to Pingyao, where we stayed in a lovely traditional hotel for a couple of days seeing the local sights, then trained it to Beijing. In Beijing we toured by ourselves except for the day we went to see the Great Wall and lastly we trained it to Shanghai and the water cities of Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. It was wonderful to have the assistance of a guide.
We had a guide and driver in each location and they were all excellent. As someone else noted the traffic in China is a little crazy but we felt completely safe with all of our drivers. The guides all spoke very good English and were able to answer our questions and give us a glimpse of life in modern China which was an added bonus.
All the hotels Isabel booked for us were comfortable with western and Chinese breakfast options, free wifi and all were in excellent locations. The tour guides assistance in picking up train tickets and tickets to sights and explaining what we were looking at was invaluable. China Discovery really took the hassle out of planning our trip to China which allowed us to enjoy it even more.
China Discovery and Tiger Wei arranged a 12 day round trip for me. As this was my first time to China and I don't speak Chinese or write any Mandarin, I sent an enquiry by E-mail. They answered me the next morning and gave me a proposed route.
As this was a part of a longer trip I had to make several other reservations. Tiger did understand this and told me that we could make changes if that was necessary. The schedule was finished less than a month before departing to China. They were very flexible with me.
I visited four different cities in China. All my guides spoke great English. They were all easy to talk with. They answered all my questions and if they did not know the answer, they found it by asking someone else! Also the drivers were great. They did not speak that good English, but a couple of them tried and the guide translated. Their driving skill was also safe. In China there is a lot of traffic and also some dangerous users of the cars, so it was nice to feel safety after a long day with attractions.
If I am going to China on a guided tour later I would have no doubts of using China Discovery. Thanks Tiger for a trip I will remember rest of my life!
The tour was amazing! I did already twice with this company and they always helpful, fast to reply and really organized! The tour guide knew our hotels and brought us to the place on time and safety. Thanks to them we have a perfect day! I totally recommend China Discovery to others.
We (6 adults & 2 children) have just returned from a weekend trip to Harbin to see the Ice Festival, organized by China Discovery (www.chinadiscovery.com) and travel consultant Mr. Wonder Wang. The trip was prepared just as requested, and the minibus and the guide were very friendly and helpful. We saw St, Sophia's Church, the Ice Festival, the Snow Sculpture Expo, the Siberian tiger park and the Dragon Tower. It’s a shame we did not have any more time to spend in Stalin Park, as it was great fun for the children. The restaurants picked were absolutely perfect - great food, clean and excellent value. I would have no hesitation in recommending this company or Mr. Wang. We will certainly consider using them again for our next Chinese adventure.
We book a 6 days tour with my family (2 kids) with driver and tour guide from Kunming to Lijiang. We had the opportunity to visit villages and small communities. Guide was knowledgeable and the driver very reliable (safe drive and helpful). I will no doubt use again China Discovery for organizing another private tour.
The 6 of us engaged China discovery for a 10-day "private tour". Our contact person is Mr. Wonder Wang. We planned visits to Beijing, Huangshan and Xi'an. During the trip, our guide in every city not only picked us up from the airport but also saw us off until we safely checked-in, to ensure smooth and trouble-free process. Although Mr. Wang was on holiday at the time we were there, but he is always contactable through his mobile, practically 24 hours! Very accountable, responsive, responsible and having high integrity. Highly recommended.
We were in China in Sept/Oct. 2014 around the time of their National Holiday. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. It was a 14 day escorted tour arranged for the four of us - my wife, myself, my son and his fiancee. China was one of the countries in our bucket list and we were glad we made it. We were amazed at what we saw -- the crowds, the sights and the wonders of this great economic power. Our trip was organized by Mr. Wonder Wang through China Discovery. We had the opportunity to meet Mr. Wang personally in Chengdu. We were greatly impressed by this caring young man. He conducted himself very professionally. All the details of the trip were meticulously arranged and it met all our needs.
Our tour began in Beijing and took us to Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Yichang, Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghai. At each of these places we were met by the most efficient and friendly tour guides. They were very knowledgeable, fluent in English and accommodating. We were fascinated at the sight of the Great Wall, being able to see the Terracotta Warriors, spend time to see the panda bears at the Chengdu Research Base. My son and his fiancee were thrilled to be photographed holding a panda bear. We enjoyed the spectacular views on the Yangtze River Cruise that took us to the Three Gorges Dam and the Power Station. Shanghai exceeded our expectations. If we were able to extend our trip for two more days we would have loved to visit Guilin, which we were told, is the most beautiful region of China.
Overall our trip was very enjoyable and memorable. The hotels, the restaurants were good and the service was excellent. Without hesitation we would highly recommend China Discovery.
Our 8 day tour to China started from Chengdu before we boarded the train to Tibet.
Wonder Wang planned the itinerary efficiently. Our tour guide and driver met us at the airport and were friendly. As we arrived early in the morning and most shops were closed, the guide was flexible and accompanied us to a stop not in the itinerary. Although we had different guide and driver for the 2 days we were in Chengdu, they were all efficient and experienced.
China Discovery is reliable and their fees are reasonable. I will seek their advice again for my next visit to China.
We were a group of 7 persons from Sydney Australia arranged with Tiger, our travel consultant, for our tour. We found that the company and Tiger were very reliable and professional.
For the first three days we toured Jiuzhaigou accomplished by a tour guide from Chengdu. We flew to Huangshan by air and picked up by another local tour guide, Ivan. He did a wonderful job and appreciated his effort. During our tour, Tiger emailed to my several times to ask about our tour and our wellbeing. I highly appreciated Tiger for his kind consideration and his attitude in taking care of our entire trip. I highly recommend China Discovery for the good work.
My wife and I recently returned from a two week tour of China including three days on the Yangtze River. The trip was organized through China Discovery Tours by Mr. Wei. The tour started with three days in Beijing including: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Imperial Gardens, the Great Wall, Scared Road, the Ming Imperial tombs, etc. We then went by high speed train (305 km), an experience from Beijing to Xian where we visited the Terracotta Warriors, the ancient city walls of Xian and the Bell Tower. The following day we flew to Chongqing and saw the giant pandas, the Stillwell museum before boarding the ship for a three day cruise on the Yangtze. The cruise ended with a tour of the Three Gorges Dam docking at Yichang. There we took a bullet train to Wuhan and then a short flight to Guilin. The next morning we boarded a small ship for a five hour cruise on the Li River, perhaps one of the most beautiful areas of China, disembarking in Yangshuo. The following day we returned to Guilin where we flew to Shanghai for the final three days of our tour. In Shanghai we visited the Urban Planning Centre, the Yu garden and Bazaar, the French Concession, the Jinmao Tower and so on.
Let me say that this tour went exactly as planned. The local guide and a driver picked us up at the Airport or Railway station as scheduled. Not only did they show the sites to be visited but facilitated our travel from one spot to another. All the guides spoke pretty good English and were very knowledge about the various attractions and provided considerable insight into the Chinese culture and what is happening in China. The accommodation ranged from okay to excellent. The hotels in those cities that we spent the most time, i.e. Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, were very good or excellent. This essentially amounted to a private tour. From a cost perspective it would probably be no more expensive than a group tour out of North America. I should also mention that China Discovery Tours was flexible regarding accommodation.
We had a great time visiting the Panda's with our delightful tour guide who was aptly named "Barry Panda" . We decided late in the piece not to pay the NZ $1000 for the both of us to hold a baby Panda as we could not justify the amount for just a few minutes of cuddling a Panda. Despite this we thoroughly enjoyed the leisurely stroll throughout the beautiful setting which was the Giant Panda Breeding research base. We saw many Panda's in their outside enclosures feeding most of the time on bamboo shoots. They are delightful creatures who deserve to make a comeback in terms of their battle with extinction. We found the film informative in explaining the life cycle of the Pandas as well however our guide was well informed and had explained this prior to our arrival. Well worth spending a couple of hours at this facility.
They tailored out tours to our requests. We had a list of sites to see and depending upon weather and duration of previous day tours they adjusted the schedule. The tour guide spoke very well English and was willing to help us see the sites we wanted to see. He was not strict on the schedule. If we wanted to spend more time somewhere he was willing to wait.
We had a private tour arrangement including domestic flights for Xian and Jiuzhai and were really happy with the service levels and promptness of response from China Discovery based in Chengdu. I made all our bookings online via email correspondence with Olivia and she was really great in customizing our tour and responding to all our queries, incl. helping us with last minute transport arrangements when I called her in China.
I found their price quotes very reasonable in comparison to other agents based in China and abroad, in consideration of our tour requirements. I also found them very flexible in accommodating our requests, for example, we're quite picky on hotels so opted to make our own hotel arrangements. I would definitely recommend China Discovery and would reuse them again if we visit China again.
This is a review of my 5-day Beijing Trip which has just ended on 12 Sep 2014. From the moment we were picked up at the airport by our tour guide, Lisa, every arrangements ranging from hotel check-in, meals, attraction visits went like clock-work.
We especially enjoyed the flexibility of a private tour in that we get to choose how long to stay at each attractions as well as where to have our lunch. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our times in Beijing and we will definitely once again engage the services of China Discovery!
Although I have been visited around 15 countries in my life, this was the first time I had arranged with the a tour company to show me around, It was not easy to me as a solo travel to go alone to the villages and hiking between the rise fields, so I decided to ask for someone to guide me there.
I visited Pingyao village, and I have seen the amazing rise fields, the tour guide helped me a lot to show me around and contact the Chinese local people in the villages, I had an amazing 3 days there and it was perfect, after that, I visited Luoyang, and I went to the kungfu school, then I visited some temples, I got a lot of good information about Guilin, Yangshuo, Luoyang, Pingyao, and many of towns and villages I have visited there, and they were so taking care of my meals as well.
Mr. Tiger, the person how arranged everything for me, he was so kind and so patient to me and I really liked him, in general, if you want to go to some hard and default places in china, they will help you a lot.
This is a review for the five day Sichuan tour, rather than the one day tour as there is no trip advisor entry for it.
We were very happy with our experience booking with China Discovery. We had a fair amount of anxiety booking not knowing how it would work out. We need not have worried: our guide Amy picked us up from the airport and took great care of us over the next couple of days.
We went around Chengdu, Leshan and to Mt Emei. Highlights were the Giant Panda Research Base, the Giant Buddha and the temple on top of Mt. Emei. Amy had good English and she had a lot of the history and background to all the sites and kept us entertained. My partner fell sick she looked out for our needs. Our food was all great, especially the hot pot in Chengdu.
We have travelled one week across Shanxi with a car and a driver from China Discovery. Everything went all right. The reservation on Internet was simple and efficient and the trip well adapted to our needs. The driver did a good job as well. We felt safe in his car and he was receptive to our demands and very helpful in case of need. It’s a very nice experience. Thank you.
It was very impression to have one day tour in Chengdu, with very helpful and friendly tour guide about all the sightseeing points we visited. I will recommend my friend to use the same travel agent if they wanted to visit other places in china.
Our visit to Chengdu was perfect and orchestrated by our knowledgeable and friendly guide, Penny. After a night at the Tianfu Sunshine Hotel (within walking distance of the restaurants and shops in the city), we arrived early in the morning at the Giant Panda Research base and were able to see all of the Pandas eating bamboo and playing in the trees. Penny knew all of the best vantage points in the park. We were not disappointed, even though it was misting.
From there, our driver took us to the Wenshu Temple, an ancient monastery, and then for a tasty Chinese lunch. We then walked through the Renmin Park, where we settled down for a cup of tea. Later in the day we wandered through Old Jinli Old Street to enjoy local cuisine and artifacts. Out tour was completely planned and arranged by Tiger Wei of China Discovery. We highly recommend the arrangements and attention to detail of this fine organization.
This was my little treat and having used the services of China Discovery in the past and found it extremely successful and infinitely preferable to trying to organize a visit on my own. I contacted Wonder Wang. I was not disappointed. I was determined to see the place where they had uncovered so many dinosaur bones that they left them in the ground and built a museum around them and I asked Wonder to find out where it was and to organize me a short trip and to make every minute count. What followed was something so wonderful. I started by travelling from where I live and work (Beijing) to Weifang by bullet train and I was collected by my guide and driver (Wonder introduced me to this delight and I would not have it any other way now). I was taken to the Kite Museum at Weifang, a tiny but delightful exhibit and a brilliant way to add interest to my travelling day. I was expertly driven to Yucheng to stay at a lovely hotel.
Next day we saw the Dinosaur Geopark - it blew me away. Still very early days for this park, ambition for greater, but it is a magnificent example of Chinese good taste. The museum was the first where I could actually touch real bones and I saw more real dinosaur skeletons (no plastercast models here in one small museum than I had seen in a lifetime, but it was the exhibit built over the bones that was the real draw; absolutely incredible. I could never have imagined the sheer number of bones in one place. The second exhibit was similarly amazing with glass walkways over the undisturbed dinosaur remains, incredible! The dinosaur museum in Yucheng itself was very small but worthy: with lots of more traditional glass box exhibits and yet the quality of the exhibits was outstanding, which is best I have ever seen. With dinosaur nests, and little families, it looked like a dinosaur Pompeii. Nothing illustrated a "sudden disaster" than this exhibit with dinosaur families frozen for all time in their position at the instant of the disaster that ended the dinosaurs. TRex is the star of the show.
The following day was the travelling day home and, on the way, we visited Yangjiabu Folk Museum in Weifang. This was not so good on this day since many of the exhibits were closed. I think it was "out-of-season" and this limited its interest, but better than going straight to the station.
I was limited to just 3 days, so I was thrilled to achieve this and I am so glad I had the services of Wonder Wang to ensure my trip was as efficient as possible and went without a hitch. Thank you Wonder. Thank you AGAIN China Discovery. I cannot recommend using China Discovery highly enough. A few of my friends realized that I was achieving a lot for my short time and asked me for details of China Discovery and Wonder. I was very happy to recommend they use Wonder to plan their trip.
This is my first trip to China and one of the places I wanted to visit was Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda. Because when I am currently in china is not complete if I can't see one of the cutest animals in the world. China Discovery can make my dream come true. Tiger as a tour planner was so helpful when he made itinerary and budget for me. He also is professional, nice and friendly person. My trip on Chengdu was so fabulous with nice and fun English-speaking Tour guide who explaining everything so clearly during the trip. Thanks China Discovery, see you on the next trip.
We were very pleased with our experience with China Discovery. Our tour agent, Tiger was so helpful. Our email exchanges were very polite and he was great about suggesting fun activities for our family. We made changes to our itinerary several times before our final booking and he was understanding and very helpful. We booked 5 days in Shanghai with a private guide for our family of 2 adults and a 6 year old child.
Our hotel accommodations were very nice. The Ocean Hotel Shanghai was very elegant. Nice accommodations, large modern room. The bathroom was huge! There was television with about 6 English speaking channels and internet included. A cot was brought in for our daughter and there was still a lot of room. The breakfast buffet that was included was VERY nice. A good mixture of chinese and American foods, fresh fruit, salad, and juice. We ate well every morning and it was nice that the buffet is offered from 6am to 10am.
Our driver, Mr. Wang and our guide Frank were WONDERFUL. They were on time every morning and the van transportation was clean and safe. They were waiting for us at the airport when we arrived and were helpful in carrying our bags. Frank was a wealth of knowledge. As we were heading towards our daily destinations, Frank would point out interesting views/landmarks/iconic buildings. He shared a lot of info about Chinese culture, Shanghai history and current Shanghai customs. He always answered all of our questions and was VERY kind to our daughter. She was sad to say goodbye to him at the end of our tour. Mr. Wang was a nice driver. He did not speak much English but communicated via Frank and was courteous and accommodating even when our daughter needed an emergency potty stop.
We enjoyed all of our tours. Each day was a fun adventure. Frank had so much information to share about each location. Some of our favorites:
ZhuJiaJiao water town gondola ride - it was wonderful! Hearing the history of the town, its bridges and its culture were amazing. The garden we toured with Frank was beautiful and we enjoyed exploring the markets. We enjoyed this water town tour more than the other. We went on both that were offered by China Discovery and each was unique and interesting, but the gondola ride and garden tour made this one far superior to the other.
Acrobat show- The Shanghai Theatre was a very nice venue. There are lots of other international tourists with groups to watch it. The show was exciting, fun, entertaining and just the right length. Our daughter loved it!
The Jin Moa Tower - It was so nice having a guide to share information about the tower itself and also help point out landmarks.
The Urban Planning Museum - This is an amazing attraction. We learned so much, especially because we had Frank with us. He was able to explain so much more than we would have gained by walking around the museum on our own.
Tea House Private Tasting - This was an experience that we requested from Tiger and was not originally listed as an option with China Discovery. Tiger was GREAT about setting it up and adding it to our itinerary. We enjoyed the private tea room tasting and had fun shopping for teas to bring home.
Overall we felt that the experience we had and service we received were an excellent value. The overall cost of our five days was well worth what we paid, especially considering that it included the hotel accommodations, daily breakfast and 2 days of lunch.
After our scheduled days with China Discovery were complete, Frank and Mr. Wang took us on to our next hotel, where we planned an additional week in Shanghai "on our own". They took us there, unloaded our luggage and helped us check in. We enjoyed our second week in Shanghai, but really missed Frank and Mr. Wang. They were so helpful!! Frank also sent us a text a week later on our final day in Shanghai to wish us safe travels home! We loved our experience and would recommend this service to others happily!
Last month my mother and I travelled to Chengdu for a three day tour with China Discovery. We had a fantastic English-speaking tour guide who picked us up from the airport and travelled with us to each of the sites that we had planned as part of our itinerary, explaining not only the site itself but also giving us insight into the daily lives of people in Chengdu. A highlight of our tour was visiting the Panda Research Base, which was particularly well-organized by our guide. A special mention to Ian, who planned our itinerary from the China Discovery office - he was extremely helpful and explained all of the background we needed to make our trip to Chengdu a success - many thanks to the China Discovery team!
Last month we completed a tour of China taking in Shanghai, Yangtze River Cruise and a small tour of the Guilin, staying in Yangzhou city.
We were six people in total, all retired, and the tour was quite exceptional. I booked the trip by dealing directly with China Discovery, and our tour organiser, Ian Wei did an outstanding job catering for all our needs. He was very patient and accepted my lack of booking procedures with aplomb.
The places noted were all outstanding, interesting and an eye -opener to the modernization of China. Our hotels were 5 stars, with the service and food to a high standard.
Our cruise up the Yangtze River is something that should never be missed by travellers to China. The views were magnificent, taking in many villages along the banks of the river. The culmination of our trip was a flight to Yangzhou, Guilin.
There we visited the geologically, interesting caves beautifully lit with an array of imposing laser lights. To follow, we did a trip down the LI River. This was a lovely experience with Guilin living up to its reputation of being the prettiest place of all China. Once declared by ex-President Clinton. The people in Yangzhou we found them to be of a nice, friendly nature with spontaneous smiles. They were apt in bailing one up in order to show off their knowledge of the English vocabulary, which in a lot of occasions they proved to be very good.
This has been our third trip to China over a six year period. Directly booking with China Discovery is proved to be very cost effective, cutting out many add-ons etc. Our holiday was superbly supervised by Ian Wei, with the transport, guides and all means of travel excellent.
Should we return to China again, we would have no hesitation in seeking the expertise of Ian Wei and China Discovery.
Our travel consultant was Wonder Wang. He set up our two days of touring with English speaking guide Anne that was just what we wanted. We got to see the history and culture of Wuhan.
The drivers were great, we had two different drivers. We appreciated drivers that are careful. Anne was also great. She "knows her stuff" and really gave us an education on the history and culture of China. She also did an excellent job of picking out the restaurants and courses we were served. We wanted to experience the "real thing".
Thanks so much for setting this up on short notice. My wife and I will definitely consider China Discovery for any future trips to China.
I travelled with a friend through China during June and had an amazing trip. Everything we saw and did was wonderful. We visited Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City was huge. A visit to climb the steps to the Great Wall was one amazing feat. Felt like I was on top of the world. Our next visit was to Xian where we visited the Terracotta Warriors and what a sight. In Guilin our cruise along the Li River was just beautiful. Great shopping around the West Road markets in Yangshuo. Here we visited Elephant Trunk hill and the Reed Flute Caves another amazing sight, went to a fantastic water show at night. Next is the Shanghai a bustling city but again wonderful with fantastic accommodation and all the Asian food. Would recommend this trip, and would do it all again.
My friend, Sue and I recently (June/July 2013) returned to Australia from our 10 day tour of China organized through Judy Chen from China Discovery. Judy was always very helpful in the planning stages and answered my many questions promptly and to my satisfaction. I was surprised that Sue and I would be the only ones in our 'group' as all other tours I have done have been with many other people. However, once we arrived in China we found out how well that worked out as we were transported in a car or a mini-van by very capable drivers. Each guide we had in each separate city was well spoken and friendly and very knowledgeable on the attractions in their area. Our accommodation was wonderful everywhere we went.
We were excited about walking on the Great Wall of China and appreciated that the Mutianyu section wasn't as busy as other sections. The Terracotta Warriors were all we expected and more! We attended a Dumpling and Cultural Dance Show in Xian, which was beautiful and very entertaining. We absolutely loved our Li River cruise to Yanhshuo where we also enjoyed a wonderful 'Impression" show in an open air theatre looking out of the lagoon with the wonderful limestone mountains as a backdrop!
In Shanghai our guide arranged for us to attend the best acrobatic show called 'Intersection of Time'. It was so different again but thrilling and very entertaining. We also visited many other lovely and interesting Pagados, Temples, Shrines, Gardens and Tombs.
I would recommend China Discovery to anyone who is interested in visiting China. We both had a great time.
My wife and I spent many weeks communicating with our tour agent (May Deng) via emails arranging our China holiday. May was very informative and patient offering alternatives to adjust a tour to best suit our interests. We travelled to Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Kunming and Shangri-La and enjoyed a fantastic 4 night river cruise on the Yangtze River. We were always met by friendly and informative guides, who spoke, in most cases excellent English. Vehicle transport was also excellent and we were accommodated in well-appointed hotels. Everything May arranged for us was carried out on time. The guides also took us the airport and helped obtain our flight tickets to the next destination. The cost of the trip was very reasonable considering the time spent we were in China, where we went, what we saw and what we did. We are glad we chose China Discovery and would recommend them to other travellers.
From the planning to the executing of my 2 weeks tour with my wife, my experience was very pleasing. My tour agent (May Deng) was kind, patient and supportive, offering itineraries and alternatives to adjust a tour to best suit my time and interest. Once on the move through Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yang Shuo and Hong Kong, we were punctually met by friendly, knowledgeable, resourceful, guides, whose English was, in most cases, from good to excellent. We were transported in good to excellent vehicles and lodged in great four and five stars hotels, which allowed us to make the best out of our tour through part of magnificent China. As for the value of my investment, I am convinced that China Discovery gave me back every penny I paid them. I am glad I chose them.
Hi, I've just completed an 18 day trip to Guilin, Beijing, Harbin for the Ice Lantern Festival and Shanghai with guide, driver & train travel booked through China Discovery in Chengdu. I've both lived and worked in China and believe the best way to see it is with a private car and driver. China Discovery arranged a car and driver at each location, also train tickets from Guilin to Beijing. We were met at the airport/railway station and escorted all the way by a very capable guide and a safe driver. The guides and drivers went out of their way to ensure everything went well. Even though I knew the key points of interest i wanted to see in each location, China Discovery provided additional insight and helped us make the most of our trip. I have no hesitation in recommending them to fellow travellers and will certainly book further travel in China with them.
On the day we arrived in Beijing, we were greeted so gracefully by the tour guide and were introduced to what would be a superb tour of what the city has to offer. As it was our first time visiting China, we were a bit weary about how food arrangements will be made. In a country where there is such a vast variety and with us being vegetarians made it even bigger a challenge to find the good examples of Chinese cuisine. It seemed to me like different cities had a different style of cuisine to one another. The food in Beijing was different to Xi'an and Shanghai, and we were introduced to a big platter of vegetarian food. First thing I noticed is how similar some of the flavours were to Indian food, as we eat a lot of spicy food as well! The food was fantastic..no question.
The tour itself was pretty breathtaking, visiting the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Yangtze River and various other museums, temples and palaces along the way gave us a grand insight on Chinese culture. What's more is we had the chance to watch 2 acrobatic shows, one in Beijing and another in Shanghai. Both were absolutely amazing..nothing like I've ever seen before. The guided tours around the more rural streets of China were very interesting to see. The guides were what I was impressed with most though, they were very well-spoken and caring for our needs (especially food) and all in all were very heartfelt in personality.
The Yangtze river cruise felt like an entirely new trip altogether, we sailed past some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen. On the ship itself, the rooms were great and we were greeted by some great crew members. On board, I had the chance to have an acupuncture demonstration which was a very invigorating experience. I want to thank Bruce for keeping the itinerary simple and interesting, even allowing to open time for the shows I mentioned. The hotel choices were superb, in fact some of the best hotels I've been to. This trip has convinced me to visit China again in the future and I've learned a whole lot about the traditions and history that this great country has.
I'd like to give a special shout to the tour guides Bruce from Xi'an and Sophia from Beijing, you guys are some wonderful people.
Just a short note to express our thanks and compliment and Yantze River Cruises for the outstanding service we received on our recent trip organised by Bruce and Elena.
Thank you for all they have done and their efforts to help us during the flight delays and itinerary changes. In addition, they also helped us to obtain refunds for the hotel stay in Beijing and the cancellation of the flight from Beijing to Hong Kong even before the actual refund was paid to their company. This is an example of outstanding customer service which minimised the out-of-pocket expenses and disruption to our trip. Their advice and service was invaluable in assiting us during our trip.
Furthermore, every single guide and driver was punctual (even when flights were delayed), polite and professional in every respect. We were very pleased with the service provided by these staff and found them to be very knowledgeable and helpful. In Xian, the guide Jenny and driver helped take my mother to the hospital and obtain a consultation with a doctor because she needed prescription medication. We were very grateful for their compassion and helpfulness during that critical situation.
The itineary was perfectly planned and the hotels were well chosen and appropriate for our requirements. Every aspect of the holiday met and exceeded our expectations.
The visit to Xian and the Teracotta warriors is something I have wanted to do for many years and was absolutely incredible. My only problem was the large crowds, but in the middle of the Chinese summer holidays that was to be expected.
The cruise on the American Victoria Jenna was great and especially enjoyable for my parents. The staff (particularly Lance in the restaurant and Cruise Director Greg Hinton) were exceptional in their service.
We are all very impressed by the service of Yangtze River Cruises and will not hesitate to recommend Bruce and their company to our friends and family in future.
I cannot sufficiently express my delight and gratitude with Bruce and this company. I have never in my life experienced such service, ever!
Bruce is outstanding. The fact that we did not know anything about him or the company was very scary and we took a big chance on them. People thought we were crazy and advised us against our decision. We are so glad we took the chance.
Their guides were excellent. People of high calibre and a great deal of knowledge. The best guide, with a mixture of all the necessary skills, is Anne in Guilin. We loved her. Joe in Suzhou was the next best. The very best guide is Tony from the bus tours. He was the last tour in Beijing, to the Great Wall.
All in all, THANKS Bruce, he is so caring, supportive and efficient, I wish every traveller could have the same wonderful experience.
From our base in Chengdu, our contact - the ever-helpful, super friendly and polite Wonder Wang, arranged 2 great tours for us: the one-day Panda/Leshan tour and the 5-day bus tour to Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong. We had a wonderful time, everything was very well organised, and we very much enjoyed all the sights as well as the excellent service provided.
From beginning to end, China Discovery provided a very professional and prompt service. At the first instance when Wonder replied to my query, there was a full follow through which provided much needed assurance that this travel agency is a trustworthy one.
Arriving in Chengdu, our tour guide Penny, was a godsend. She was enthusiastic, passionate about her city, her job and sincere in wanting only for her clients to enjoy their stay in Chengdu. She went over and above our itinerary and introduced activities, places and food, which made our time in Chengdu memorable and delightful.
Jiuzhaigou is a wondrous place! It looks exactly like it was out of a painting. The only blemish on this part of our trip was that after having had such a fantastic guide in Chengdu, our guide here fell short of the standards set by Penny. Visiting Jiuzhaigou in April, when it is the dry season, more information could have been shared regarding the options we had when going to see Huanglong park. As that was our first activity upon our arrival in Jiuzhaigou, we would have appreciated knowing that other than the beautiful lake at the top, all the rest of the sights on the way down were pretty much dried up. We would have appreciated the option of taking the cable car down after having been up to the top.
My husband and I did get to spend some time alone in the reserve and that was actually much better as there weren't many people on the trails and it was very peaceful to have those nice walks. During this time, Wonder also found the time to check in with us to make sure that everything was going well and if we needed anything.
Arriving back in Chengdu, Penny again went above and beyond to ensure that we were well taken care of. She was so thoughtful that on the morning of our departure, she even brought a little farewell gift of the yummy dumplings which she introduced us to.
I highly recommend this travel agency as well as Penny. They have truly impressed us!
What a pleasant experience! From day one when I first contact the agent my gut feeling told me this would be good. Very kind people, eager to help me on every single request I made and to really engage on the business.
For some unforeseen reason I had to withdraw from the trip from the very boarding gate leaving my two teenagers on their own which could’ve turned to a nightmare but the Staff at China Discovery managed to guide my family and amaze during the 5 days tour in different cities.
After just a few hours following up from distance I realized how professional and dedicated those people are once they commit themselves to deliver what they sold and additionally taking care of my precious family and giving me peace of mind.
Language was not a problem since the two dedicated tour guides spoke very good English and made the learning experience so much enjoyable. My kids loved to know a little bit more about history of that fantastic country and would go back again.
The whole trip went seamlessly; transportation, accommodation, evening events, reception at airports and train station, everything as promised. Plain and simple China Discovery is “two thumbs up” company. Thanks to Olivia, Jenny and Linda.
We used China Discovery to organise a 2 days tour of Chengdu and its surroundings. Our contact, Tiger, was very diligent and accommodated our requirements. Our guide was Rosky and we had a private driver. We had a great time and Rosky was really helpful. He helped us buy umbrellas as it was raining this day in Chengdu. We discovered the cuisine from Sichuan. Rosky was very attentive to our needs and delivered even more. We visited Renmin Park, Wenchu Temple, Mount Qingcheng, the Irrigation Project. We could also attend a performance of Opera, recommended by our guide. This was a great experience and we really enjoyed Chengdu thanks to this tour. I definitely recommend them.
Had a day tour in Chengdu before heading to Bifengxia for the panda research center. My guide was Barry, who was quite experienced and very well versed in English. He was very helpful and willing to accommodate to my travel plans. The tour operators were also very forthcoming and constantly asked about my wellbeing. The sincerity was really appreciated.
I booked 3 different types of tours (Private, Chinese Join In, English Join In) thru Ian Wei from China Discovery. First of all, Ian, who is the tour consultant, is very professional, responsive, attentive to my need, and last but not least very honest. I had exchanged countless emails with Ian and every one of them is handled promptly. He would also give me useful advices about cheaper options as well as better choice of visits that meet my interests.
As for the tours, I have had a lot of fun and learned a great deal from the tour guides from each of these tours. Like mentioned in other reviews, the airport pick ups and drop offs are very on time, and Ian or the responsible personnel will call up to ensure things are smooth and sound. They will pick you up at 5am in the morning if that is what it takes, also the same with the hotel arrangements.
The tours with China Discovery seem to be very well filtered to eliminate all these unnecessary "noises" and give visitors ample time to enjoy our favorite spots. If you really like a certain spot, you can even add a 1 day private tour in between a group tour. There were sometimes when I changed my plan suddenly and reasonably and they would ensure it would be taken care of. The itinerary can be very flexible (depending on what type of tours you choose).
I am also very impressed with how professional and knowledgeable the tour guides are. Of course, they probably do this every day, but honestly, it is a skill that I see and appreciate.
As a Chinese (not from China) who can read and write Chinese, I can probably get around in China in a cheaper way, but if I have to choose again, I will still choose China Discovery's service to help me on the same and future trips. There are certain things about China that you need a good tour guide to inform you, and China Discovery was/will be my solution.
I travel to China on business two or three times a year but when my family wanted to come we decided to see some of the natural beauty of China instead of just big cities. Not knowing the language and knowing that outside of cities it can be difficult with English only I looked for a travel agent to help with plans.
Not having worked with China Discovery before this trip I was a bit nervous wiring money ahead of time. My worries were unfounded. The company booked train tickets, including overnighting in a soft sleeper compartment. Travel arrangements were as promised and went smoothly. We visited the national park Zhangjiajie and a guide met us at the train station. Her English and knowledge of the area was excellent. Two days of touring went without a hitch. All in all China Discovery delivered as promised and communicated very well throughout the process. I will not hesitate to use them in the future when I explore some more of China.
We booked thru the above for a 14 day tour of Beijing, Xian, Chendu, Shangai and Lhasa. Ian Wei the tour consultant was helpful and extremely patient throughout the whole planning process. The Tour itself was as promised. The meet and greet were always at the airport/station, the pick-up was always on time, the tours were always small and the hotels again- always good. I will most certainly use this company again.
Met a Beijing airport and looked after for the next 13 day like clockwork.
Our personal tour included a car with driver and a guide that met at each destination and took us to our hotel picked us up for the tour of that city back to hotel or airport checked us in at each. Obtained tickets at venues in fact did everything to look after us.
The tour was excellent, the timing of meetings, pick-ups precise and the quality of the guides and drivers outstanding. All the hotels were superb especially the Bravo Hotel Guilin top floor with balcony looking the river. I’ve put a restaurant on trip adviser for Guilin. To be honest we didn’t really eat much in the evenings as we had very good breakfasts in all the hotels and were given a substantial lunch every day. We thoroughly recommend this tour.
I traveled for 43 days in China, visiting 12 cities. I booked everything via email with Laura Tang, which was perfect! The trip started in Shanghai, and continued to Suzhou, Guilin , Yangshuo , Kunming , Lijiang , Shangri-La , Tibet , Chengdu , Beijing , Xian and Harbin. I loved all, especially Yangshuo - which I think is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. My visa for Tibet was provided by Laura, and everything worked well.
We were very apprehensive at booking on line, but we were given Ian Wei's email address and found him excellent to deal with. We were a party of six on a 14 day tour. Guides were excellent and full of knowledge, and most helpful. Hotels absolutely fantastic. Pickups and drop offs at Airports, and Railway Stations great. We found China a very exciting country with so much history and culture.
We were initially apprehensive in booking online tours. However, when Tiger Wei of China Discovery responded to my query on Zhangjiajie Tour, I knew we were in good hands. Tiger arranged a 3 day tour and the domestic flights from Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie for us. Tiger always promptly answer my queries and even ensured that we arrived safely at Zhangjiajie.
The local guide, Zhang "Lini" Shufang, was also very good, accommodating and flexible. Since we still have time on our 3rd day, I asked her if she can arranged for an additional trip in Tianmen Mountain. She made sure that the weather was good then so we can view the mountain.
Our Zhangjiajie trip was amazing. Our kids enjoyed it very much. I hope other people will discover this place.
My wife and I had a fantastic trip to Zhangjiajie, a UNESCO heritage site. We booked our trip with a private tour guide and driver through China Discovery with the efficient, friendly, and patient assistance of Bella at China Discovery. Bella was just wonderful and a pleasure to work with during our trip planning stages. She listened attentively to all our specific needs and promptly answered all our email messages without delay. With her capable help, a finalized travel itinerary for a 6-day trip to Zhangjiajie materialized. As a result, my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful trip because the private tour guide and driver arranged by Bella at China Discovery were very helpful and friendly during our tour. The scenery in Zhangjiajie and Tianmen Mountain was just awesome. All the photos that I took look like classic Chinese paintings. Therefore, I highly recommend the travel services of China Discovery for anyone planning a trip to Zhangjiajie, especially a private tour. Many thanks to Bella at China Discovery.
We were two couples making a short visit (14 days) to China. I would like to recommend, whole heartedly, the services of China Discovery, located in Chengdu, I mention especially the location of this company in order to avoid a confusion between that company and China Discovery Tours located in the USA (Whose services I don't recognise).China Discovery Chengdu is a company associated with Chengdu Bamboo International Tours, which I believe is known in the web. China Discovery, the Chinese company, for us, it was the best value for money.
Zeev Dar, Israel
The trip was arranged to our specific needs by Mr Wonder Wang and everything was perfect. From booking (and able to use Paypal) to creating a special itinerary, to finding flights and hotels, everything was friendly and efficient. The two local guides were very good and were flexible, to allow us to change things if we were too tired for instance. We live in Shanghai and so we are used to living in China but having it all arranged took the usual hassles out of the trip.
Both tours were great and especially the 3 days in Zhangjiajie which was spectacular. All the arrangements and airport pick-ups etc worked well and we were always well looked after. We would recommend China Discovery without hesitation.
We found China Discovery (based in Chengdu) to be one of the few China-based tour companies that advertised flexible, private tours from Shanghai. We sent an inquiry with our interests via their easy to use website and received a response from Mr. Wonder Wang within 12 hours with a suggested preliminary itinerary. After several e-mail exchanges we finalized our itinerary to include Yellow Mountain, the ancient villages of Hongcun & Xidi (all three UNESCO world heritage sites), ancient street in the Tunxi district of Huangshan city and 2 days of sightseeing in Shanghai. Mr. Wonder Wang was very professional and responsive to our questions and requests. The services he arranged for us included: airport transfers, round-trip air travel between Shanghai & Huangshan, 5 star hotels, English speaking guides, vehicles & drivers. The quality of the hotels exceeded our expectations. The guides were professional, pleasant and knowledgeable. The drivers drove safely in all weather conditions. The guides & drivers were always prompt & reliable, even when our flight from Huangshan back to Shanghai arrived at 0300 hours, over 3 hours delayed. We would recommend them to others and would utilize their services again.
I spent 5 days in the Zhangjiajie visiting the thousands of peaks that inspired the land of Pandora in the movie avatar. A place one will never forget with many thanks to china discovery for tailoring the tour to exactly what we wanted it was one of the easiest holidays we have been on. China Discovery is definitely highly recommended by me for all your china tours!
We have just returned from a trip to China and the bookings and arrangements made by your Agent Wonder were amazing. I have never experienced such prompt email replies EVER - even though we have an 8 hour time difference. I booked our Yangtze River cruise through him and then started adding on other requests.
Wonder booked our train tickets, and when he couldn't physically collect them for us to deliver to our hotel, he offered to send a Guide to our Hotel in Shanghai to accompany us to the station to collect them. He arranged 2 day-tours to the Wall and city sites and what a lovely touch, emailed us each evening before the tour to tell us the name & contact number of our Guide for the next day.
I can honestly recommend Wonder and the two companies he represents namely: Yangtze-river-cruises.com and chinadiscovery.com.
We have just returned home from the most amazing holiday in china arranged totally with all the internal flights and a Yangtze River cruise in between. The trip was so well organised and our English tour guides and personal drivers were very knowledgeable and friendly. We moved to four different sites and all hotels were superb and 5 star. All attractions were fun and informative and going to different Chinese restaurants was great. We saw all the major attractions and loved it all. The full package was great value and as it was paid up front you did not spend much money on the holiday. Great job to Laura for organising and a special shout out to Linda our tour guide in Beijing. My dreams all came true.
I visited here with a friend as part of a 10 day tour of China which I organised with Wonder Wang of www.ChinaDiscovery.com. I can highly recommend this organization. Tour trip was amazing. Transport, guides, entrance fees, hotels were all arranged. So I trusted Wonder completely to make sure we were given the best. And we were. I was overwhelmed by the pandas here, so beautiful and amazing creatures.
Since the earthquake in Sichuan Province there are two good places to see pandas – one in the Panda Research Centre in Chengdu itself and one in Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base. Wolong centre was destroyed by the earthquake and by sheer luck only the pandas survived and they’ve been transferred around Chengdu. Some of them are “rented” to zoos around the world. Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base is located in Bifengxia Town, Ya’an City of south-west Sichuan Province. The distance from Chengdu to Ya’an Panda Base is 140km which takes around 2 hours’ drive to get there and you can arrange the visit as a private day trip. The drive is very scenic, through forest, waterfalls, river and breathtaking landscapes. The mountain weather is changeable, so wear layers for warmth and rain protection. Wear comfortable/waterproof walking shoes. It can rain anytime of the year, particularly in June, July, and August (also sunnier during this period) and snow is most prevalent from November through to March.
My family and I have returned home from a 2 week holiday in China organised by May Deng from China Discovery Tours. All of our guides (Sherry, Ernest, Penny, Rosky, Alice and Maria) were exceptional in the quality of their service and their care of us. The drivers were experienced and safe. The mini-busses were clean, comfortable and we were provided with plenty of bottled water each day. The accommodation organised by May was excellent. The hotels were all of a very high standard and the guides were there every morning to take us on the exploration of the city we were in at the time. We have recommended China Discovery to our friends who are looking at travelling to China, especially if you want to avoid the larger group tours. They will be well looked after, like we were.
We did a 6 days tour from Hong Kong to Beijing then to Shanghai, the tour guide was waiting for us in the airport with a driver for us and I was just surprised of the knowledge Tony Tao Had about Beijing history he was fantastic answering all of our questions as well as our tour guide in Shanghai Helen Jingwei she was just very professional, friendly and very helpful they both were great, the hotels we stayed were 4 stars and very well located and wonderful, all the breakfast were included and they were huge as all lunches. If I plan another trip to China I will definitely ask China Discovery to book it for me. You can't go wrong with them 100% good.
Laura and the team at China Discovery demonstrated first rate versatility and professionalism. Everything ran so smoothly and without a hitch. Before booking we compared prices with other providers and China Discovery was certainly competitive. When you consider the premium quality of service we received it was absolutely the right choice.
We booked a private tour together with our friends for 3 weeks in China. We had a very pleasant contact by email with Ian from China Discovery. He made good suggestions and planned everything as requested. In every city our guide and driver were waiting with a car to show us around the place. We had a wonderful time and discovered fantastic places. All went smoothly and we had no complaints. The last day of our stay we even visited the office of China Discovery in Chengdu. There we were met by Ian and his collegues. We discussed our trip, the hotels, the guides and drivers, which was easier than filling in an evaluation form. Overall: a perfect organization, very friendly person and an unforgetable holiday. We highly recommend this company.
We booked a 3 person tour with China Discovery for 4 days Beijing including great wall. Our tour was very well organized, our tour guide Linda did a great job showing us around and guided us safely through the chaotic city. Good hotel included a trip. The whole trip was nicely rounded up by very good weather, blue sky over Beijing which we did not expect at all.
Dear all, I am Tran Vinh Thang (Mr.), I am 41 years old, I am Vietnamese who has just joined the tour Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou - Huanglong dated Oct.25th - Oct.30th.
I love China and admire very much the History as well as the very great Chinese civilization, I many times visited China however this time (though it's short) to be the happiest time for me in China. On behalf of all my group, please let me say thank you very much to the Company which let us understand clearer about China, the country we love. I don't know how to say, allow me to say thank you very much with a great emotion to your two staffs: Ms Liu Shuyang (Ynes) and Mrs Yoko Yi who have the very good knowledge about history and civilization of China, who have the very kind and untired warmest supports to all of us. God will bless you, bless the Company and China.
My wife and I recently returned from a 3 week trip to China including time with our son who is interning with an architectural firm in Beijing, a 13 day Best of China Tour by China Discovery Tours and a visit to Hong Kong. Our experience in "discovering China" was truly profound. Since this was our first visit, we had much to learn during what was an immersive experience in an amazing place. We were very impressed with the company, the people and the country. We would readily recommend China Discovery to others and make use of them again ourselves.
In the beginning of July we travelled to Beijing and spend 5 days there, 2 days in Xian, 4 days at the river cruise on the Yangtze, and 2 days in Shanghai before we returned to Beijing. We commuted mostly with flights, but we also tried the high speed train which was quite a fun experience. Every place we visited, we were greeted with a local guide and driver.
Throughout the trip we got to see several tourist attractions such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, The Three Gorges and both old and new Shanghai. We also got to experience the Chinese culture, especially on the cruise, which was a nice experience. We stayed at 4 and 5 stars Hotels on the journey, which all had an amazing breakfast. In addition, our local guides arranged Chinese lunch every day. The food tasted great!
Overall we are very happy with China Discovery who did their best to make sure we had wonderful days in China. We are glad that we chose China Discovery and we warmly recommend them to all.
We recently got back from 2 weeks in China (Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu and Shanghai) and Lhasa, Tibet. My family (wife, 18 year old daughter, 13 year old son and myself) booked our entire trip with China Discovery. They took care of all tours, hotels and domestic flights, as well as our permit for Tibet. China Discovery (May Deng was our coordinator) did a very good job (even as I was making tour changes a few weeks before our arrival).
The tour guides in each city were great and very friendly. They were very knowledgeable and helped us with suggestions for dinner. The tour guides spoke very good English (though sometimes was difficult to understand in Lhasa). The drivers did a great job (though none spoke English) and were always on time and had the air conditioning running when they picked us up. The vans were fairly new and in very good condition. Everyone was accommodating if we wanted to extend out stay at a location.
In Beijing, we enjoyed walking on the Wall (Mutianyu section) and really loved the Ding Tomb (and the walk through Sacred Way). We had lunch with a local family and it was one of the best meals we had! They taught us how to make dumplings, it was great fun! We also went to an acrobat show. In Xi'an, we walked along the ancient city walls and the Terracotta Warrier was simply an incredible site and the information provided by our tour guide answered many questions I've had. Lhasa was incredible I wish I could have stayed another week to tour the country side. Potala Palace is breathtaking and it is surreal at night.
Overall we were extremely happy with China Discovery and the service that was provided.
My Girlfriend and I booked a private tour with Judy from China Discovery over the internet from Australia. We knew roughly where we wanted to go and Judy helped us put together a great itinery.
All in all we visited cities accross China touching all the tourist spots we wanted to get to. (Shanghai, Beijing, Guilin, Xian, Li'jiang, Shangri-La, Chengdu etc). Judy was in contach with us regularly over the phone to make sure we were looked after.
We were met at the airport of each place by a fluent english speaking guide and safe driver with very clean vehicles, so everything ran really smoothly and easily. The guides helped with everything accross the board, from checking in (if assistance was required) and even went as far as picking us up after a show at 9pm and taking us back to the hotel even though our tour for the day had finished at 3pm with them. We found all of the guides to be very knowledgable about their cities and attractions and were very accomodating when we wanted to go off book or spent that extra bit of time at the Great Wall (Which we had nearly to ourselves because it was cold which was fantastic!)
All the hotels we stayed in were great (4 star) with friendly english speaking staff, well appointed rooms and amenities and good breakfasts. We had lunch provided and all the food was exceptional with huge servings of the local food in each city.
We got stuck in Yichang after our Yangtze river cruise because fog meant our flight to Shanghai was cancelled and Judy did a great job of finding us alternate means of travel to Shanghai. She also paid for a huge dinner at a great restaurant for the two of us and our guide and driver and got us an amazing room at the Crowne Plaza with views of the Yangtze river so we were very impressed by the level of care and service showed to us all the way through our trip. (This happened on our last day of the tour so for them to still show that level of service was wonderful)
If we get a chance to return to China we will definately use these guys again and thanks to the level of service shown by Judy in particular we will be highly recommending them to everyone we know thinking of doing the trip.
Very good trip everything went like clock work. The hotels were great clean and English speaking staff. The guides are locals to the city and know alot and also being English speaking, without the guides there is no way you could do it by yourself.
Our itinerary was to fly from Hong Kong to Chengdu where we would be met at the airport by our guide (Tom) and driver (Mr. Den). From there we were taken to our hotel. As soon as we got into our transport Tom presented my wife with a huge bouquet of flowers and basket of fruit which I thought was a lovely touch and completely unexpected.
The next morning we set off bright and early to begin time with the giant pandas....We had been told that it would be a "Once in a lifetime experience" and it certainly lived up to it's billing. Normally you would be straining to get a view of these wonderful animals but here we were within touching distance. The work itself was quite physical (lots of sweeping and cleaning is involved when mucking out pandas) The staff at the sanctuary don't speak much English but, Tom, who was excellent throughout, was always on hand to assist with translations. Our supervisors seemed impressed that we were both happy to get our hands dirty for the privilege of being so close to the animals. Our duties in the sanctuary included cleaning the pandas enclosures and sleeping accommodation and also helping to feed them. We were also advised that we might be asked to help with other tasks that might crop up during our time there...In our case I was asked to assist with some heavy lifting to assist in transporting one panda from Bifeng to another sanctuary.
At the Bifeng Sanctuary visitors can have photos taken with young pandas which costs ￡100. They can also interact (play) with young pandas which costs ￡200 for a few minutes....We were told that the reason why this is so expensive is because although they want the money (it all goes towards the costs of running the sanctuary)....They don't want to encourage too much interaction between humans and the young pandas which one day they might be able to release into the wild....I can understand this and we decided not pay the extra....We were more than delighted with the level of contact we had already experienced.
Our adventure lasted four days...Two days travelling to and from Hong Kong and two days at the sanctuary....We both rated it as a fantastic adventure with good food and accommodation. As regards the organisation...I can't really fault it....Everything was as described and the trip ran like clockwork....On the basis of this trip I would have no hesitation in recommending China Discovery Tours to anyone travelling in that area and if we ever return, I would certainly use them again.
It was great to meet Linda and the staffs of their company in Chengdu.
It was a great trip and we now have a new appreciation for China and it's people. I'm glad we had some opportunities to get a little bit away from the normal western tourist spots. Loved our meals in restaurants used by the "locals" with no English menus. Food was very good, even thought we didn't always know what we were ordering.
I will surely recommend this company to plan your China trip.
"This travel agent set up for us a comprehensive tour of China. Everything was great and perfectly well organized. The guides were pretty interesting and we could deepen in the chinese culture.
They were quite reactive and made for us a great sur-mesure programe!!!"
"Fantastica organización, merece la pena confiar en ellos"
La verdad es que no conocíamos la agencia y nos fiamos de lo que vimos en Internet, algunos foros la recomendaban.
Al principio pagar todo de un tirón antes de ir y sin conocer a fondo la agencia nos supuso un poco de angustia, per de verdad que ha merecido la pena.... Todo ha funcionado como un reloj, bien organizado y sin la más mínima oportunidad a la improvisación. Linda fue nuestro agente de viajes y desde le principio la respuesta a nuestras dudas y preguntas fue inmediata. Los guías buenos, cada uno con sus virtudes, pero en general estupendos. Destacar no obstante a nuestra guía de Pekín, Mai, por su esfuerzo en aprender espa?ol para agradarnos. Stela, nuestra guía de Xian por su profesionalidad y conocimientos, finalmente Joanna, nuestra guía de Güillín por su sonrisa y simpatía.
En resumen, os recomiendo esta agencia para vuestros viajes a China.
The cruise is indeed very pleasant. The river sets its own pace, which in turn influences our own sense of time. The staffs on board are great, service minded and very attentive. The food is also very good. Several days need us to cover distance but the time passes with on board distractions and lectures which are very informative.
My husband, our son and his partner and I have just returned from a 5 week tour of China. After many e-mails back and forth to Laura we finally agreed on our private tour of China. We started our tour in Shanghai, caught an overnight train to Zhangjiajie, train up to Yichang where we started our 4 night cruise up the Yangtze River on American Victoria Jenna to Chongqing. From there we visited Chengdu, flew up to Jiuzhaigou, flight to Xian and train to Beijing.
I found Laura (also Ian and Bruce helped when Laura was out of the office for a few days) to be very patient and professional as we tweeked our holiday to suit us. We booked our own hotels which gave us some control over where we stayed. We were very happy with all our guides and drivers who all presented themselves at each of our destinations. We would definitely recommend China Discovery to organize your holiday in China.
I just wanted to say thanks very much for all yangtze-river-cruises.com assistance in organising our cruise Victoria Sophia.
They were fantastic and provided us with all the information we needed. Everything Laura organized went according to plan. I would highly recommend Laura to anyone who is planning a trip to China. We are back in Shanghai today for a few days then flying home to Australia next Friday.
Well we had a fantastic time. Thanks China Discovery for your work and all the arrangements were excellent. All their guides were great but Joanna would be the best. She was friendly, outgoing and made us welcome at all times.
We have and will recommend this company as the one to use. Unfortunately we didn’t have much time, maybe next time.
We had an absolutely wonderful time in China, all the guides were amazing & we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We particularly loved our guide in Xian, her name was Winnie. She was so passionate about her knowledge of Xian & all the history it was very refreshing & lovely to have such a great person to tell us all about the Terracotta warriors etc. Me& my family would like to thank China Tour Discovery for tailoring a family vacation we will never forget.
Thank you so much!
I wanted to thank Judy for such wonderful service and she is their company's representative. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience in China and will have fond memories to treasure!
All the guides and the drivers were exceptional with Lisa and Autumn being star’s. The trips were balanced just right which made the whole experience go perfectly.
I will definitely recommend this Company to anyone in the UK that I hear are interested in visiting China!
Our trip exceeded our expectations from the moment we arrived in Beijing! Actually, our agent Ian went above and beyond for at least a month before we even arrived. He answered all of our questions promptly, and made the booking process so much easier than it could have been. In each city we were greeted by our amazing guides and drivers and taken to outstanding hotels.
We never had to lift a finger, as our guides took care of all translations and arrangements for us. They clearly reviewed each day's schedule and we could truly sit back and enjoy every minute of our trip. There was so much to see in each city, and the atmosphere was very different every time we stepped off the plane. Each guide was well-versed in the culture we were experiencing and shared a wealth of knowledge with us as we tried to take in the beauty and history of China in just 9 days. We never would have seen half of what we were able to without their help and guidance. They really made the most of our trip and we would highly recommend them to anyone interested in traveling to China. It's too hard to choose a favorite, but we have memories of China that will last a lifetime!
This travel agent set up for us a comprehensive tour of China. Everything was great and perfectly well organized. The guides were pretty interesting and we could deepen in the chinese culture.
They were quite reactive and made for us a great sur-mesure programe!!!
Our tour of China with China Discovery was wonderful. We visited Shanghai, Guilin, Chengdu, Xian and Beijing and in each place the service was excellent. We were able to visit amazing sites near each of the cities and the guides were great. For two women traveling in China the tour was perfect. We saw amazing development in Shanghai, fabulous landscapes in Guilin, wonderful panda research in Chengdu, terracotta warriors in Xian and the forbidden city and the great wall near Beijing.
But these are only a few of the sites and experiences we enjoyed, in each place there were other wonderful places included and some great surprises too. For example, the reflexology / foot massage at the end of the day in Beijing was perfect. We are vegetarians and the guides were really helpful and considerate about all our needs not just the food. This was a trip of a lifetime for both of us!
For now however, I’d like to thank Bruce and his team for the excellent and seamless organisation between destinations. My trip did indeed take me to some beautiful places that have also inspired many reflections. It also was a pleasure meeting Bruce, and sharing tea with him on the terrace at their office in Chengdu.
I’m now backing in Geneva. You can imagine my family and friends are very interested to hear of my journey to and affection for China.
I just want to say THANKS TO BRUCE TANG for making our china vacation perfect, enjoyable and amazing. This was my first internet transaction and I was very uncomfortable during the booking procedure but everything turns up perfect and again thanks to Bruce.
Victoria Grace is pretty good, our cabin is always spic & span, so does all the boat facilities and the food, my goodness too much food that I can consume and its nice of the cruise director to have our dining place where everybody speaks English that is a plus to me...We enjoyed our entire trip excursion and our guides are pretty good.
Also want to thank David, who picks us up in Chongging airport and gives us narrative of the city and so does Edward from Yichang who drives us to the Airport and also provides Yichang city information.
One more to thank for is our Hotel in Shanghai w/breakfast every day, nice location and off course Autumn, she's active and always there to help my sister in law who has problem walking and took us to various interesting sites and my personal favorite is the Bund. Autumn even helped us inside the airport, packed our silk comforter, without her we have no idea/clue on how to handle it. Bruce has provided all of these and thank you so much and it’s nice to hear your voice when you called me in our hotel.
Jessie, the person of Yangtze River Cruises we contacted, has been great to deal with and prompt with her service. She has even answered her phone on weekends or after hours when she is not at work.
We all enjoyed our trip very much. The arrangements for guides, places to visit and travel within China went very smoothly. The highlight of the trip was our visit to the Longsheng rice terraces outside of Guilin: beautiful scenery!
Our guides, Sophia (Beijing), Ivan (Xi'an), Qian (Guilin) and Laura (Shanghai) all did wonderful jobs for us. The visits to the silk, jade, tea and terra cotta pottery shops were fine with us.
Thank you for Laura and her company's help in arranging this once-in-a-lifetime trip for our family.
In China, I went to Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Chong Qing, arranged by yangtze-river-cruises.com.
My top 2 destinations in China are Beijing and the Yangtze River. All the other cities are not worth going, they are just too polluted. Once you have been to Beijing, you would have seen all the temples, palaces, gardens you need to see. There is no need to go to the other cities to see the same thing again. The scenery in the Yangtze River Gorges is very different from what you see in the cities, a very pleasant change.
I feel that we cannot compare the Yangtze River to other places in the world. But if you are going to China, then it is one of the must see destinations.
Hi, I've just completed an 18 day trip to Guilin, Beijing, Harbin for the Ice Lantern Festival and Shanghai with guide, driver & train travel booked through China Discovery in Chengdu. I've both lived and worked in China and believe the best way to see it is with a private car and driver. China Discovery arranged a car and driver at each location, also train tickets from Guilin to Beijing. We were met at the airport/railway station and escorted all the way by a very capable guide and a safe driver. The guides and drivers went out of their way to ensure everything went well. Even though I knew the key points of interest i wanted to see in each location, China Discovery provided additional insight and helped us make the most of our trip. I have no hesitation in recommending them to fellow travellers and will certainly book further travel in China with them.
Our last holiday in China is the most memorable holiday we have ever had. The tour was positively everything we expected and moreover my kids enjoyed kid's program so much! The staffs were very sincere, friendly and accommodating. I will surely recommend this company to others. Thanks a lot to our Trip Advisor, guides and drivers and wish you guys all the best!
Our contact is Laura and I always get immediate reply from her on my e-mail.
We enjoyed so much and realized that Private Tour for family with kids is the right choice. Maybe in the future, you can also suggest more options for tour with kids, i.e zoo, beijing aquarium, some option of museums that we maybe do not know. I realized that our time was so tight, while there are so many objects to enjoy in china. For my kids Snowy Great Wall, Acrobatic show, Kung Fu show and riding bicycle in city wall Xian are the most enjoyable.
Hopefully one of my neighbors will contact them for Muslim tour early next year as well as my sister's family.
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