Catherine Liu - Our Best China Travel Consultant

I am an English major. And like traveling and sharing. So I combined my interests with my major and chose to become a travel consultant. I am driven by a passion for traveling and for sharing the best parts of China I love.

Since 2016, I have served one thousand and more customers. There were elders traveling alone, I helped them pick out some of the sights with fewer stairs and steep road and arranged a thoughtful female guide. There were couples on their honeymoon, I helped prepare surprises like flowers and cakes. There were adopt family return to China, I brought them seek the place where daughter was born and learn her minority cultures. And, there were more stunning cases and interesting stories between me and my customers.

I not only understand that customers want to see the best highlights of our beautiful country, but also I know their special needs and meaning coming to China. I bear in mind that giving journey to someone else is a really important decision. This is both trust and responsibility. So I also make sure that my customers are taken care of every step along the way while you are in China. Perhaps the guests are moved by my sincerity, gradually more and more repeated customers find me. I am very proud that I showed my guests true beauty of China from east to west, from south to north.

If there is a temperature of travel, I hope to bring you a warm trip with my professionalism and passion.

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    Returning Hometown to Regain Adopted Daughter's Confidence

    Lawson's Family had an amazing family China tour with their two adopted daughters from China and touchingly helped their adopted ethnic little girl regain confidence.

    • Lawson (UK)
    • (19 Days) 2018.10.17~2018.11.04
    • Shenzhen - Xiamen - Guangzhou - Zhaoxing - Rongjiang - Congjiang - Guilin - Chengdu - Hangzhou - Shanghai - Suzhou...
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    Cultural Immersion Trip in Ancient Capitals of China

    William and his wife traveled to Huangshan and Zhangjiajie in 2017. This time they laid more emphasis on culture and history, so hey went to several ancient capitals of China and the hometown of Confucius.

    • William (USA)
    • (11 Days) 2018.03.22~2018.04.01
    • Beijing...Pingyao - Xian/Luoyang - Dengfeng...Kaifeng - Qufu - Mount Tai - Beijing
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    Far from the Madding Crowd

    We had an opportunity to make an impromptu visit to China with only two weeks to plan a tour. We decided it was a great time to check off some places on our bucket list - Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) and Zhangjiajie. The benefits of using a good, private tour coordinator include peace of mind, safety...

    • William W (USA)
    • (11 Days) 2017.04.19~2017.04.29
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Know What Our Customers Say about Catherine & Their Trips

Anna
Anna,
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in April 20, 2020
Traveled as Families

Dear Mrs. Catherine,

thank you so much for your kind message and for all information!

My family and I are good, we live in Sestri Levante, a small city on the sea, about 50 km from Genoa, and here the situation is good, from May 3 phase 2 will start with some less restrictions.

The situation starts to going better also in Milan, Lombardia and Piemonte but all Italy is “red zone” without transit from one city/region to another city/region

I hope that 2021 will be our Tibet year!

And how are you? I suppose that everything is quite well in your splendid Country.

Kind regards

Anna

Reviewed on April 21, 2020

Jean
Jean,
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in April 20, 2020
Traveled as Families

Dear Catherine,

Thanks a lot for your kind mail and pieces of advice. I do remember you and our wonderful trip to Gansu last November.

It's true France and other countries are now hit by the Covid-19 disease and many measures have been taken to flatten the curve of new cases.

We work at home for more than a month now, and this will probably continue for a long time.

The main issue was the lack of masks. The situation is getting better now but we still miss masks. As individuals we cannot buy some, they are indeed reserved for health professionals. I wish we could get disposable masks.

The positive aspect is that I had time to sort all the photos I took during our trip to Gansu. We hope to come again and discover other parts of China.

Thanks again for your advice and taking news.

Take care,

Jean

Reviewed on April 20, 2020

Aline
Aline,
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in April 11, 2020
Traveled as Couples

Hello Catherine,

Thank you so much for your kind email!

I was actually thinking about you several weeks ago! I am glad you are doing fine!

We are good here in Houston .. but  we did got affected bad too!

I hope the best for China and your family! I will go back to China next Spring to visit!

I would like to go to Guilin and the surrounding area ..please advise us where to visit .

Sincerely yours 

Aline

Reviewed on April 11, 2020

Elena
Elena,
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in April 10, 2020
Traveled as Couples

Dear Catherine,

This is Cheryl Rout, you have from time to time mixed up my email with Gary.

So glad to hear you have come through the otherside of this terrible virus.

We are in lockdown here, but looks like things are improving.

I think of all the lovely people I met on my holiday in China and how it has affected us all.

Thank you for our beautiful holiday this time last year. It was perfect.

Please stay safe and thankyou for your email.

Cheryl

Reviewed on April 10, 2020

Viswa
Viswa,
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in April 6, 2020
Traveled as Families

Hello Catherine,

Indeed. Thank you for your message and yes I remember you perfectly J.

I am now in Reunion Island where we have a lock down, like you had in China before. We have 341 cases for 830 000 inhabitants so it’s ok and hopefully it will stay like that.

Best,

Viswa

Reviewed on April 03, 2020

Kathren Knigge
Kathren Knigge,
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in March 22, 2020
Traveled as Families

You are so very nice to send this Catherine! I will read and give out to my friends. We live in a small city in the middle of the US so we hape that we will see very little of the Virus from travelers. But we are staying cautious. I am so glad you are doing well! Please send our best to our guide!

Kathren Knigge

Reviewed on March 22, 2020

Christopher and Ellie
Christopher and Ellie,
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in March 18, 2020
Traveled as Families

Dear Catherine,

Thank you so much for your email. China has done amazingly well and now seems to be leading the world on controlling Coronavirus. The advice is very much appreciated. We know several people (friends, colleagues and family) who have caught the virus and are now in isolation, but so far in our household (with our newborn baby) we are still well.

The UK is now almost in lockdown - the majority of people who are able to are working at home (except, notably, for supermarkets, school workers and health workers). I hope these new measures will be effective.

Hope your family and colleagues are well. Best wishes to you all.

Christopher and Ellie

Reviewed on March 18, 2020

Darren
Darren,
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in March 17, 2020
Traveled as Families

Yes, thanks Catherine. We are currently stranded in the US and trying to get back to Canada. Glad to hear things are stabilizing in China as that’s what we have been hearing. Only getting started here so a long road ahead.

Darren

Reviewed on March 17, 2020

Fabienne
Fabienne,
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in March 9, 2020
Traveled as Families

Dear Catherine,

how can i not remember you Catherine, we spend an awesome time at Panda Base! I've been thinking about you a lot lately and i was relieved to read that you are doing well so far and that China is stabilizing.

Yes this virus is pretty bad, not only for health reasons also for all other factors that are involved (like economy). I can only imagine how seriously it affects business at China Discovery and i just hope, that economy recovers fast and you and your colleagues don't suffer long from the after affects.

Take care Catherine and thank you for your thoughtful e-mail.

Best regards

Fabienne

Reviewed on March 09, 2020

Karen
Karen,
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in March 6, 2020
Traveled as Families

Dear Catherine,

Thank you so much for thinking of me and the thoughtfulness of sharing these informative pointers!! It has been very worrisome with the ordeal of COVID-19 outbreak!

Foremost, I am so relieved to hear the good news of China’s progress with controlling the outbreak.  My heart goes out to those in Wuhan and pray for speedy recovery for everyone impacted by this.  The affected cases unfortunately have steadily increased in the US and our communities are trying to stay calm and battle what seems to be the inevitable outbreak.

Thank you again for thinking of us. Let us all come together and conquer the COVID-19!

My Best,

Karen

Reviewed on March 06, 2020

Pong Ng
Pong Ng,
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in March 5, 2020
Traveled as Couples

Hi Catherine,

I actually have been thinking about you. I am sure you are taking great care for your health. Unfortunately your business must suffer as travels have slowed to almost nothing. I hope the rapid and effective response in China helps you and your guests recover faster than other parts of the world. We are doing fine here and not going anywhere much, including eating out etc. We hope to ride this put as best we can. We still want to visit our Chinese destinations one day. When the time comes closer we will contact you once again.

Thanks again for your kind thoughts about us.

Pong Ng

Reviewed on March 05, 2020

SUSAN LEE
SUSAN LEE,
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in March 5, 2020
Traveled as Families

Dear Catherine,

What a wonderful surprise to hear from you. We were saddened to hear about the outbreak of Coronavirus in China. We are glad to hear with the government strict measures, it has been contained and cases are decreAsing. I think of you often and still refer clients to you if they are traveling to China. Take a little break now, I’m sure there will be many tourist returning to visit your beautiful country. 

We were supposed to travel to Italy and France this week. But cancel due to fear of being stuck or quarantined in a foreign country. 

You take care too! 

SUSAN LEE

Reviewed on March 05, 2020

Edward
Edward, USA
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

HI Catherine,

I am glad you and your family are doing well and thank you for the updated travel itinerary.  We will head your advice and wait to apply for our visa’s. 

I am not an expert on contagions however, I do have expertise on how a country responds to such events.  I am now retired but one of my job responsibilities was to help Los Angeles prepare for such an event.  I understand the painful steps needed to stop the spread of 2019n-Cov and the brave efforts of your people. This is not the end of the world and will end sooner than you think.  I have also seen how far your country has come in responding outbreaks since the SARS outbreak of 2003/2003.

We truly look forward to visiting your country and traveling the silk road.

 

Take care,

Edward 

Reviewed on February 11, 2020

Jose
Jose, USA
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

How is everything there with the coronavirus? Are you ok? I guess that now been winter and with all this, there is no much tourists?

I am glad to hear you are fine. And nice to hear from you.

Thank you very much, we would love to come back to your country, we still have many places to visit there.

Reviewed on February 13, 2020

Wei Kwan
Wei Kwan, Singapore
Visited Coronavirus Disease Greetings in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

hi Catherine:

I understand.

We attended church in Singapore last Sat and the churches in Singapore are praying for China, and esp. for Hubei, the leadership. the medical team (and their families), the construction workers for the new hospitals, etc. 

Hope everything will turn out well...加油!

Reviewed on February 2, 2020

Tang
Tang, Malaysia
Visited Chengdu, Leshan, Emeishan in January 6, 2020
Traveled as Friends

Hi Catherine, please see comments below. Happy for you to publish this. Cheers.

“The travel consultant, Catherine is highly professional and competent in organizing our china tours. This is the 3rd time Catherine has arranged/ managed my travel itinerary.  She is highly capable, understands our requirements and tailor made an itinerary that suits us.  I would highly recommend china discovery as we had enjoyed our tours very much and will definitely go back.”

Cheers

Ms Tang

 

Reviewed on January 21, 2020

Katrina
Katrina, New Zealand
Visited Dujiangyan in January 1, 2020
Traveled as Solo

Hi Catherine

1. Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

Yes, Catherine replied in a reasonable amount of time. As we were making plans while I was travelling I was unable to read messages when they came through, but everything was sorted in time.

2. How do you comment your tour arrangements? 

The tour arrangements went well. The guide, Moon, called me the night before my tour to confirm pick up time and tell me what I should bring to be prepared for the weather.  Moon accompanied me throughout the day and took photos of myself and the others in our group.  No other guides stayed with people so I was impressed with this extra service.  Moon helped translate and keep the group together as well.

3. Are you willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China? 

Yes, I would recommend this company to others interested in travelling in China.

4. Can we use your comments of our service, the photos or other images that you took on the tour for our websites, brochures, marketing and publicity? If yes, could you please send us some of your photos by E-mail?

Sure you can use these if they are helpful.

Reviewed on January 2, 2020

Wendy
Wendy, USA
Visited Yangtze River, Zhangjiajie in December 3, 2019
Traveled as Couples

Dear Catherine,

Many thanks for organising the tour for us. Even though we have not ended the tour, i would like to provide feedback.

1. Thank you Catherine for being so prompt in the reply and your excellent organisation and planning. You are also very patient and accommodating towards the many requests and incessant enquiries from all of us.

2. Pick up and transfers at each destinations has been very prompt and smooth. There was never a time when we have to wait for the tour guides and this is very commendable.

3. At YiChang, i must commend Faye for her fast response. She has been very impressive and quick witted to get the tickets changed when my husband's passport was the wrong one. I must apologise for not checking that he has a new passport. Pls help me extend my most heartfelt thanks to Faye because it was too rush then.

4. Zhangjiajie's tour guide Wendy and driver Tang has been very accomodating towards the group's demands. She has been extremely patient with all of us , making our trip so peaceful. She also went beyond her duties to bring some of the members to the hair salon and shopping and kept us company till very late at night.

She has been very thoughtful in all her little actions, including packing our breakfast when we were catching an early flight.

She was able to integrate very quickly into the group and at the same time be quick to make all arrangements n command our attention. 

Her knowledge of Zhangjiajie has helped us to understand the locals, the cultures and she is also creative to describe the different caves n peaks in the mountains so that enjoying the scenery became even more menaningful.

We are enjoying ourselves and hope that the last part of our tour will help us bring back great memories of China.

Thank you Catherine once again for your excellent service.

Wendy

Reviewed on December 15, 2019

Liesl
Liesl, USA
Visited Yangtze River, Zhangjiajie in December 15, 2019
Traveled as Couples

Catherine,

At the train station and all is well. Wanted to thank you for the perfect visit to Chengdu made possible by you! You created a delightful experience. Ellen was wonderful as a guide. We will be recommending you to our friends who have expressed interest in visiting Chengdu.

Thank you again!

And also for the gift!

You and Ellen both did not need to do such a kind act, the services were definitely enough. But thank You.

Thank you again,

Liesl

Reviewed on December 16, 2019

Wilfred
Wilfred, Singapore
Visited Yangtze River, Chongqing in November 1, 2019
Traveled as Couples

Dear Catherine,

We are back in Singapore now.

Wish to thank you for arranging the Yangtze River Cruise, hotel in Yichang and the high-speed rail tickets back to Chongqing.

The crew in the Yangtze Gold 8 Cruise ship were also very welcoming and helpful.

We had a lovely time on the Yangtze River, especially in viewing the three gorges and the lesser three gorges.  The views were splendid.

Would like to update you that the Wanda Orange hotel goes by a different name now and somehow the reception took some time to find our booking.

However, once that was sorted out, everything was fine. We had a good view from our room window.

We were pleasantly surprised with the development and lights in Yichang city too and the lively activities along the riverside park in the evening and morning.

The high-speed train was punctual and the ride was also very smooth.

Overall, we had a very good trip.  Thank you once again for all your help.

Best regards,

Reviewed on November 5, 2019

Chuck
Chuck, USA
Visited Beijing, Xian, Shanghai in September 10, 2019
Traveled as Families

Hello Catherine,

First let me apologize for the length of time getting back to you.  As soon as we returned home on September 17, following our twenty-two day cruise from Shanghai to Sydney, my wife had to go to the doctor with a strained hip muscle.  I stopped all my activities for almost a week to help her as she could barely walk.  Then on the 26th we had to fly Phoenix, Arizona to attend a "Celebration of Life" memorial service for Myrna's brother-in-law who died while we were gone. We didn't return until the 29th.

Finally I am able to respond to your request for information about our China Discovery Tour.  Here are our comments:

1. You, Catherine Liu, our Travel Consultant, were excellent in answering our E-mails and definitely patient enough to answer our questions. We were very pleased with all you did to make our time in China a wonderful experience.

2.  Our tour arrangements were very good although we were under the impression that the same people would be on our tours each day.  Picking up different people at different stops each day took more time from touring than we expected.  

3.  We definitely are willing to recommend your service to people who are interested in visiting China.  We have already been doing so.

4.  Our opinion of your service is very good. The explanation of our China Discover Tour we received before booking was very thorough.  Our hotels were excellent. Our tours were very informative.  The guides were very good.  The people that met us and/or helped us at the airports and train stations were very helpful. Without their help we would have had a great deal of trouble.

Our only problem was when we arrived in Beijing from Los Angeles.  We were not met upon arrival and had to call to find out what to do.  Evidently the person who was to greet us, and take us to the hotel, went to the wrong exit gate.  He did find us after receiving a call from your office.

Our tours were generally very good although we did not get to stop at Tian'anmen Square and our long walk through the Forbidden City was in the rain.  We were able to avoid a 1-2 hour wait in line at the museum in Shanghai because of our age.  The others in the group were quite unhappy to have to wait in line so long. 

We were disappointed in the 2nd class seating on the Bullet Train ride from Beijing to XiAn.  It was extremely crowded.  We had to store our large bags in the next compartment and put our smaller bags between our legs for the entire trip.  Out suggestion would be to book 1st Class or higher tickets rather than 2nd Class train tickets.

Highlights of our China Discovery Tour were our visits to The Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Warriors, XiAn and the Pudong and Bund areas of Shanghai. 

5.  A suggestion would be to include a dinner at a Hot Pot restaurant.  We did this on our own in XiAn with the help of our guide.  It was a great experience. Also, unless you can get immediate entrance into the museum in Shanghai, you should eliminate this stop.

6. You can use our comments.   As to photos, we have not separated them as yet but will email some at a later date.  I have yet to start on my article but will notify you when it is published on-line....probably not for a few months.

7. You can have potential customers contact me at 501-922-1101 or by email at Chuck@TheTravelingGuy.com.

Catherine, again I apologize for the delay in getting this information to you.

Regards,

Reviewed on October 2, 2019

Chris
Chris, UK
Visited Huangshan in August 26, 2019
Traveled as Families

Dear Catherine,

1. Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

We were very satisfied with the help from the travel consultant, who replied quickly, gave useful advice, and was concerned for us to have the best trip.

2. How do you comment your tour arrangements?

Tour arrangements were very pleasant. We were a little anxious about the trip beforehand as my wife was 14 weeks pregnant at the time. However, from the moment our guide met us, we felt completely relaxed and safe. The tour itself, of Huangshan, was very enjoyable. The scenery was incredible. We particularly enjoyed watching the sunrise from Lion Peak.

The guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and had impeccable English. She was also happy to help me improve my Mandarin by patiently chatting with me. The hotels were very good (considering the more rural location, especially with one being at the top of a mountain). The restaurants and food were very good.

3. Are you willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China?

Yes – 5 stars

4. Can we use your comments of our service, the photos or other images that you took on the tour for our websites, brochures, marketing and publicity? If yes, could you please send us some of your photos by E-mail?

You can use our comments. The guide took some photos of us on the tour for promotion purposes. You have our permission to use these.

I will have a search through the photos and down-select some to send you, but I will have to do this at a later date.

Best regards,

Reviewed on September 3, 2019

Geza Sikó
Geza Sikó, Hungary
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as Couples

Dear Catherine,

Many thanks for the good organization of our tour. 

It was very nice. Thanks for Your collegues for the nice trip,

Regards

Reviewed on August 31, 2019

Brian
Brian, UK
Visited Guangzhou in August 20, 2019
Traveled as Families

Dear Catherine 

Yes, back at work now.

Our time in Guangzhou was excellent. Jack and the driver did a great job. In particular, Jack’s knowledge enhanced the museum visits. He also went the extra mile to help us get our train tickets to Hong Kong. This would have been very challenging without him.

We thought the hotel was the best for our visits to China, so far. You may wish to point out to British and Irish visitors that the hotel is close to the Happy Monk British pub and Paddy Field Irish pub.

Joe may wish to add his thoughts.

Thank you for organising yet another great trip to China.

Best wishes

Reviewed on August 29, 2019

Govaere Fabienne
Govaere Fabienne, Belgium
Visited Zhangjiajie in January 1, 1970
Traveled as Couples

Dear Cathérine,

Thank you for your help during our stay in China.

We loved our trip to china.

We especially loved the guide Tutu in Zhangjiajie.

Best regards,

Reviewed on August 27, 2019

Ming
Ming, USA
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as Friends

Sim非常给力,直接就把她当年整个的一个联系过程的Email给我转发过来,包括如何找到他们,如何安排行程等等等等。我拿到之后非常高兴,也赶紧上网再去自己查这家英文叫China Discovery的公司(https://www.chinadiscovery.com/),大家也都知道,国内旅游公司林林总总,各种各样的有很多,找到一家信誉非常好的公司不是一件非常容易的事情,网上查到的关于他们公司的评价都不错(不只是国内的评价,包括国际上的评价也都非常好),就试着给他们上次的联系人Catherine Liu发了一封Email联系,告诉她我们这次大概的时间和目的,结果很快就收到她的回复,为了对她的工作更了解一些以及可以把我们的行程交代的更清楚一些,特意打电话过去跟她聊了聊,在电话中可以感觉到她非常有经验,对当地非常了解,也是非常值得信赖的一个,我告诉了她我们这几家人的飞机航班和酒店安排,还有大家想要看的一些东西,以及对导游和司机的一些要求等等。几个小时过后,就收到她的关于我们这次行程的安排建议,我转给其他家庭之后,又多次跟Catherine用E-mail以及微信联系对我们的行程进行修改和确认,她非常的耐心与细致,也是一个非常有效的代理,在考虑到我们一起去的除了Paul和我之外都是女生,Catherine还给我们挑了Cherry做我们的导游。整个行程,她安排的非常周到细致,在这里我要给这位没有谋面的幕后工作者打满分,如果谁回国内旅游,强烈推荐。

Reviewed on August 27, 2019

Hosein Sohrabi
Hosein Sohrabi, Norway
Visited Beijing in June 13, 2019
Traveled as Couples

Hi Catherine!

Thank you for a fantastic trip with you in the end of May in Beijing!

Me and my mom had an awesome vacation, and mostly it is thanks to our fantastic respectful and servicemindred jeans!

I will absolutely recommend you to others in the future.

You can use my comments and photos:)

China Travel Photos

Hiking the Great Wall

Reviewed on June 17, 2019

Daniel Pollock
Daniel Pollock,
Visited Yangtze River, Chongqing in June 3, 2019
Traveled as Couples

Dear Catherine,

We returned home after our trip to China.  Our Yangtze River Cruise and all of the related tours and transfers you arranged for us were OUTSTANDING!!!  Both of the guides we had, Nancy in Yichang and Alice in Chongqing were both excellent. 

Thank you for everything you did in planning our trip. You are the best!!!!

Thanks again,

Reviewed on June 13, 2019

Susan
Susan,
Visited Chengdu, Tibet, Xian in June 4, 2019
Traveled as Families

Hi Catherine:

This is Susan Lee. Thank you for organizing my trip to China (Chengdu, Tibet and Xi'an). I was in China in 1987 but did not visit these cities but in general I see such so much modernization. I had a great time. Attached are the evaluations for each of the cities. Would you kindly send the evaluations to the local agencies in Tibet and Xi'an. Under separate cover, I will send some photographs of pandas. Once again, thank you preparing the itinerary. Best regards.

China Travel Photos

Happy Panda Eating Bamboo

China Travel Photos

Tired Pandas Resting

Reviewed on June 11, 2019

Gary
Gary, Malaysia
Visited Beijing in June 3, 2019
Traveled as Families

Hi Catherine,

Refer my reply below. 

Thks & rgds

1.    Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

Yup. 

2.    How do you comment your tour arrangements?

Very well organized. Catherine was able to provide advice and suggestion and recommended a few hotels for us to choose based on our request. Our tour guide Miss Symphony was very knowledgeable and able to explain the history behind the places that we visited. She took very good care of us throughout the trip. Special thanks to the driver too for helping us with out luggage and also recommending some good restaurants to try out. The homestay recommended by Catherine was fantastic. Overall, we had a great time and enjoyable trip. Thank you for the wonderful memories. :) 

3.    Are you willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China?
Absolutely. 

4.    Can we use your comments of our service, the photos or other images that you took on the tour for our websites, brochures, marketing and publicity? If yes, could you please send us some of your photos by E-mail?
Yes you can. :)

 

China Travel Photos

Nice Beijing Tour

Reviewed on June 6, 2019

Brian
Brian, UK
Visited Beijing, Shanghai in June 2, 2019
Traveled as Friends

Hi Catherine,

Below is my Feedback.

1.    Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

Yes.

2.    How do you comment your tour arrangements?

Excellent throughout. The itinerary was perfect and the guides went out of their way to look after us. I really liked how they helped with photographs of me and Joe.

3.    Are you willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China?

Yes.

4.    Can we use your comments of our service, the photos or other images that you took on the tour for our websites, brochures, marketing and publicity? If yes, could you please send us some of your photos by E-mail?

Yes.

 

China Travel Photos

Traveling Beijing & Shanghai

Reviewed on June 6, 2019

Michael Jeans
Michael Jeans,
Visited Xian in June 1, 2019
Traveled as

Dear Catherine

We have now returned home from our holiday in China and would like to thank you for making the arrangements for us which all went successfully with no problems at all which all made for an enjoyable time in your country.

Everything went well and your guides and drivers were all very good especially Johnny who looked after us for part of our time in Xian.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to your country and hope to visit again in the future as we have a two year visa and will contact you again when we make our plans
Many Thanks

Reviewed on June 4, 2019

Mr. Phang
Mr. Phang, Singapore
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

We have returned home to Singapore safely this evening. My friends and I would like to say a Big Thank You to you and your team for making our trip to Zhangjiajie and Yangtze River cruise a successful one. We are impressed with your professionalism in organising, advising and also your prompt reply to our queries and feedbacks prior to and during our tour. We greatly appreciate your efforts not only in making our group tour possible but also a safe, enjoyable and memorable one for all of us. We look forward to working with you on our future trips to China.

Reviewed on April 17, 2019

Chuck
Chuck, USA
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hello Ms. Karen,

My wife and I have been working with Catherine Liu to set up an August 2019 China Discovery tour of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.  We want you to know how much we appreciate Catherine's assistance in setting up our tour.  She was very professional and responded extremely quickly to our questions, and there were many.

As a golf and travel writer, I have traveled to all seven continents, eighty-seven countries around the world, and all fifty U.S. states.  I have worked with hundreds of people from Chamber of Commerce organizations, public relations agencies, Convention and Visitor's Bureaus and governmental agencies.  I only wish that those I worked with had been as easy to work with as Catherine, had her excellent follow through, and assisted me in smoothing out details as efficiently as she did.

In addition to my golf and travel writing, I am a motivational speaker.  I speak to high school and college students and young business professionals about Success.  One of the things I speak about is the importance of having the right DATE...

D is desire to do the job whatever it may be.

A is having the Attitude that you can do the job and will do it well.

T is Teamwork because all through life you work with others, and...

E is Enthusiasm because people like to be around enthusiastic people.

Catherine certain has the right DATE.  We can't say enough about how pleased we were to work with her in developing our China Discovery tour.

We send best wishes to you and all at China Discovery.  We have been telling our friends, and will continue to tell people, about the tour and about Catherine.  We are looking forward to seeing and learning about China while on our tour.

Regards and best wishes. Please thank Catherine on our behalf for all she did to assist us.  She was TERRIFIC.

Reviewed on March 26, 2019

Marianne & Garth
Marianne & Garth, New Zealand
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

I have written a review on the web to thank you and all involved in our tour, for great service and helping us experience the most awesome holiday.

I have attached the evaluation form here.

Thank you again for making sure I was looked after when I became unwell.

Best wishes from us all

Reviewed on February 28, 2019

Gary
Gary,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

Thank you again for arranging this experience! Everything worked out wonderfully :)

You were very responsive and flexible in making arrangements for the Bifengxia Panda Base tour. E-mail was very responsive overall and appreciated as I was in transit between countries while setting this tour up.

The Bifengxia Panda Base experience was a wonderful opportunity to volunteer, feed the pandas, and I learned a lot about them, the breeding and wild training programs as well as what it is like to be a panda keeper for the day. The base itself is situated in the mountains and a beautiful home for the pandas and community living there. This experience would not have been possible without arrangements made by Catherine and her team, having my guide Kevin there to help translate and keep the experience moving or for our driver who got us everywhere on time!

I would recommend this service to someone visiting China for multiple reasons. 1) If you are interested in learning more about the culture and having a more personalized local experience from a local guide 2) If you are travelling solo or even as a small group and 3) If you do not have a good grasp on Chinese language. I was originally attending a business conference in Shanghai, and I wanted to explore other areas of China for my first trip here. I landed on the Panda Base experience at Bifengxia. It was an exciting adventure!

Yes, you may use my comments in publicity and I have attached a few images from the Panda Base tour.

Thank you again and please pass my gratitude on to Kevin and our driver as well.

Kind Regards,

China Panda Tour

China Panda Tour in Bifengxia Panda Base, Sichuan

China Panda Tour

Feeding Giant Panda in Bifengxia Panda Base, Sichuan

China Panda Tour

Being a Giant Panda Volunteer in Bifengxia Panda Base, Sichuan

Reviewed on November 21, 2018

Po
Po,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Catherine,

Thank you very much for arranging the trip. Maria and I really enjoyed it. The itinerary was well thought out. The hotels were generally great (especially the East House in Xian). The guides were knowledgeable and friendly, The transportation was smooth. All in all. it was a very enjoyable trip. We will go to Trip Adviser to leave a review.

Thanks,

Reviewed on November 1, 2018

Casey
Casey,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

I love to share my travel experience with you.

We have the excellent time in Guilin, Steven was good. The hotels are a bit of  out-dated except Longjing.

I shall recommend this trip to my friends and ask them to contact you directly. Need the 5 stars hotels in Guilin.

I may come to Chengdu in  the coming September. And I shall contact you for a tour package when the time comes.

Thanks again for your professional services.

Cheers,

Reviewed on October 25, 2018

Lim
Lim,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

Thank you for arranging my Yunnan tour.  The travel consultant was very prompt in replying

to e-mails and efficient in booking the hotels I selected.

The transfers from town to town were very smooth and all the drivers were very good.

All the guides spoke good English and were punctual at meeting us.

Regards.

Reviewed on October 24, 2018

Liyi
Liyi,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

Thanks so much for helping with all the arrangements, it was a great trip and we really enjoyed it!

I will answer the questions during the weekend, please give me some time. So sorry for the delay!

Best regards,

Reviewed on October 23, 2018

Dalton
Dalton,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

Sorry to don’t reply your email right way, we were very busy making tours im Shanghai and Hong Kong.

I would like to thank you very much for all the tour guides that you recommended.

The tour plan was we were expected and arrangements also.

For sure we will recommend you to our friends when they plan to come to China

We left Hong Kong today to NYC , thanks again for all.

Reviewed on October 17, 2018

Colleen
Colleen,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Yes Catherine,

The changes were very good.

I have already told my friends how much I enjoyed the trip. I live in a community where people are mostly retired and travel often. I will be happy to recommend you and your company

Thanks again

Reviewed on October 11, 2018

Colleen
Colleen,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

1. Yes. My consultant quickly answered questions and was patient

2. I was happy overall. Minor complaints- when my guide arrived in Shanghai, he told us we could not go to the museum since it was closed on Monday. I could have gone myself had I known this in advance. I really liked Sunrise on the Bund in Shanghai, the hotel in Xi’an was my least favorite hotel due to its location; the Beijing hotel was the least fancy but the best location

Bruce in Xi’an was an incredible guide. We also enjoyed Kevin in Beijing. All the guides were flexible, knowledgeable and helpful. I loved the private tours

3. Yes - I most certainly will recommend your service

4. Yes. I will try to email some photos

Thanks for a great tour!

Colleen

Reviewed on October 10, 2018

Janet and Gary
Janet and Gary,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

We are now back at home from our wonderful visit to China.

Your help, guidance and suggestions helped to make this a great trip for independent travelers such as my wife and I.  Your quick responses and setting up transportation guides worked really great.  I do not know if we could have arranged to meet train and boat schedules without them.

I would gladly recommend your services to others who have an interest in visiting China.  

Thanks again,

Janet and Gary

Reviewed on October 4, 2018

Gerhard and Prapai
Gerhard and Prapai,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Ms Catherine Liu,

Now we are back in Thailand. The last 3 weeks of our China Tour have been phantastic. Especially your tour guide in Sichuan ( Eben ) was absolutely brilliant. He gave us a lot of very good informations and he fast knew what kind of food we like. In Emei Shan he recommended to us a phantastic evening show (the best show in Sichuan ) with a absolut good place in the 4. row. We enjoyed it very much. The alternative Siguniang Tour was very good. On the last evening we have seen the whole panorama when the weather cleared up and the clouds disappeared. The hotels were very good. In Hunan we had beautiful days in Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang but these 2 places have been very crowded and on the sightseeing platforms it was not easy to get a good place for make photos. The bullet train is absolutely phantastic and in the railway station it was easy to find the train. The Yangtze cruise was very good we did all the extra tours. Especially the evening show of the 3 kingdoms was absolutely phantastic. In Shanghai we bought the 3 days pass for the subway that is the best way to travel in Shanghai.We give you some pictures we did on this tour. Next year we will do the Beijing/Xian tour together with the silk road tour. We can highly recommend your travel agency.

With best wishes

Gerhard and Prapai

Reviewed on September 28, 2018

Loraine and Andrew
Loraine and Andrew,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine

Sorry for the delay - we have been back 3 weeks now.

We had the most amazing time in China- it was fantastic.

Everything was so well organised and perfect for us - the your guides were so knowledgeable and helpful.

We particularly wish to thank Andie and Kimi and of course you too. It was brilliantly arranged and we will highly recommend you.

Thank you so much for helping make this such a memorable trip.

Very best wishes

Loraine and Andrew

Reviewed on August 23, 2018

Peter
Peter,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi, Catherine,

As requested, comments below:

Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

Yes Catherine did a good job. It helped that my China family could call her to check on some details

How do you comment your tour arrangements?

Generally the tour worked fine, except for the train transit through Chongqing where we did not know we had to take a bus on a 30 minute ride. I recommend you avoid this type of connection. The guides in Chengdu and Lhasa were both good and the transport was comfortable.

Are you willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China?

Yes, your service was good.

Can we use your comments of our service, the photos or other images that you took on the tour for our websites, brochures, marketing and publicity? If yes, could you please send us some of your photos by E-mail?

I will find some good ones to send you. 

Peter

Reviewed on July 26, 2018

Con and Sue
Con and Sue,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

We loved our 2 day stay in Wuyishan

Cherry did a very good job - tried very, very hard !!!

Our driver and all pick ups were fantastic and on time !!!

Hotel was FABULOUS !!!

Breakfasts and lunches were great.

We do recommend you to anybody going to China.

You (Catherine Liu) worked very hard and replied very quickly to all our queries - Thank You !!!

Our only minus was the show - We booked with you in June and yet our seats were in the LAST row - Shouldn't you have bought the seats much earlier so that we would have been further towards the front ?

Cheers

Con and Sue

Reviewed on July 23, 2018

Bovo
Bovo,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

We were pleased with our tour, specially about the service provided from our travel consultant, who patently answered all our questions.

I would make some changing about the tour rout, many monasteries and not much landscape, but perhaps that was our mistake.

The hotels and the food was excellent. the guide and driver was also okey, they answered all our doubts and give us a lot of advises.

We had a wonderful trip.

Thank you.

Regards

Bovo

Reviewed on July 16, 2018

Susan
Susan,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

Please accept my apologies in forwarding you a late big THANK YOU for yours and China Discovery thoughtfulness.  I received the gift yesterday through another of my friends Rose and Sharon, who will both be on tour with you in October or November.  Karen does not live near me, so she passed it on to her neighbor, Sharon. .  Mr. and Mrs. Ghia who was also in the group  lives across the street from us.  They also told me the service and tours were excellent and will be referring their friends to you.

Mr. and Mrs. Low, Mr. and Mrs. Lai and Mr. and Mrs. Lu are all so excited about their upcoming trip in the fall. We are all good friends and we have shared many of our China photos with them, from scenery to food! I’m sure they will love their itinerary, hotels and tour guides.  ALL the tour guides you provided were knowledgable and the best.  They also listened to our needs and preference which made our trip exceptional.  I certainly appreciate the care you and China Discovery have given to all of our friends.

Yes, the gift was lovely and so beautiful, representing your Sichuan area embroidery. The gift had a lot of meaning!  I wish we had a chance to meet with you too, but maybe the next time when I am in China for another tour!

Thank you again for your thoughtfulness,

Sincerely,

Susan

Reviewed on July 16, 2018

Jud
Jud, USA
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

There are answers to your questions:

Our consultant, Catherine Liu was wonderful. Questions were answered clearly and quickly and she was especially helpful last year when due to a medical emergency we had to cancel this trip.

Tour arrangements were great. The boat was first class, the tours, shows by staff all were excellent.

I’m willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China.

Jud

Xian Tour

Amazing Sunrise Seen from Yangtze River Cruise

Reviewed on June 28, 2018

Devika and family
Devika and family,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi CATHERINE,

It was so lovely to meet you in Chengdu ! And I agree with everyone’s comments that all your city guides were amazing and made our trip so special. We are truly impressed with all the customer service and how smoothly everything went. We will definitely recommend you and your team and fill out the trip advisor link.

Thank you once again for making our trip so memorable! And also thank you for the beautiful scarves and panda decoration.

All the best,

Devika and family!

Reviewed on June 25, 2018

Vik
Vik,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Thanks Catherine & China Discovery

- for arranging a great trip and tour guides especially arranging a new guide upon our request in Shanghai on a Sunday on a very short notice. Patrick was better and able to add historical context to this relatively young city.

We truly enjoyed our tour guides in Lhasa, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Xian, Beijing - as they were able to provide both historical contact and add personal touch into the conversation during the driving to and from sites. In each case you arranged top notch guides.

We were very happy with the logistics - picking us up at the airport making sure we got to the next stop on time, everything seemed very well organized. As to Hotels they were fine. The lunch provided varied from great food to very basic.

Overall I would say that this was one of the best tours we have been on and we will be sure to recommend your tours to our friends and family.

Again thank you and your team for a great introduction to your great country!

Regards,

Vik

Reviewed on June 25, 2018

Kent
Kent,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine Liu and our friends at China Discovery:

Here is my evaluation of your service.  You have my permission to share all or part of it with others.  You may also share our pictures.  We had a really wonderful trip to China!

We are extremely satisfied with China Discovery!   As we began planning our trip, we had no experience traveling in China, didn’t speak the language, and didn’t even know what to see or where to go.  So we went into this trip with a lot of anxiety.  We were also nervous because we didn’t know what to expect from a Chinese travel company.  Despite our apprehension, China Discovery was absolutely fabulous.  I sent an inquiry with the dates we would be in China and the areas we were interested in visiting.  I thought it would be logistically impossible to fit all of the sites in our relatively short 9 day trip.   However, we were pleasantly surprised when Catherine Liu responded within 24 hours of my inquiry with a detailed  itinerary that allowed us to visit 4 major regions in just 9 days and included all arrangements for food, lodging, and travel.  Initially, I did not think we could afford a private tour company.   However, our second surprise was that this entire jam-packed, 9-day itinerary, was actually very reasonably priced.  What really convinced me was the fact that they provided everything:  an English speaking guide & private car with driver to meet us at the airport and take us to to all the sites, bullet train/airfare reservations to transfer around the country, hotel reservations, tickets for most of the sites, and even meals for breakfast and lunch.  We were very impressed with the hotel quality; they were all very clean and gave World class service.  Our guides planned wonderful site seeing events, including the big-ticket items as well as local culture experiences that foreign tourists would never get to see without a knowledgeable local guide.  Our guides and drivers were friendly and made us feel very safe.  China Discovery also has access to “insider” VIP status which allowed us to bypass the long lines at some sites.  Our guide often gave us tips about shows and other events that were absolutely incredible.  Ultimately, I think it would have been impossible to experience all of this if we had tried planning the trip ourselves.

Was there any downside at all to our China experience?  I can honestly say there really wasn’t.  Sure, we probably over extended ourselves a little by trying to see so much of this massive country in just a little over a week. And there was a minor annoyance that a couple of the tourist sites (jade, silk, and pearl factories) included some polite, but pushy salespeople.  All in all, we felt that these aspects were part of the authenticity of this experience, and that was our goal for the trip.

I would definitely recommend China Discovery to anyone who is traveling for the first time in China, who doesn’t have extensive knowledge about the country or culture, and/or who wants to maximize their experience. 

Feel free to contact me with further questions.

Kent

Xian Tour

Wild Goose Pagod in Xian

Shanghai Tour

We took a maglev train in Shanghai

Shanghai Tour

Beautiful Night View in Shanghai

Reviewed on June 15, 2018

Tau
Tau,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Catherine,

Thank you so much for organising the tour for us. We had such a great time and thoroughly enjoyed our trip to China. The tour guides especially Andie in Beijing were all excellent. Thank you again.

Regards

Tau

Reviewed on June 7, 2018

Francesco
Francesco,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

Below are my answers

  1. Absolutely yes. You answered me effeciently.
  2. Everything was as described, no surprise, all right!
  3. Yes, for sure! I will recommend you.
  4. Yes, you can. Attached some photos.

Overall, we’re very satisfied for the service provided.

Everything was clear, we had no surprise, we received fast replies.

Best Regards

Francesco

Yangtze River Cruise Tour

Yangtze River Cruise Tour

Our Enjoyable Yangtze River Cruise Tour

Reviewed on May 25, 2018

Bill
Bill,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Catherine,

this is our draft for the trip. 

Second Private Tour with China Discovery: Ancient Capitals

Our first tour with China Discovery to Huangshan and Zhangjiajie went so well in 2017, we decided to contact Catherine Liu of China Discovery again to design a tour of the ancient capitals of Shanxi and Henan provinces this year.

She helped us with every aspect of where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see. Catherine is very responsive and checked in with us throughout our travels to make sure all was well. Her suggestions and the local tour guides she contracted were excellent so we could enjoy our trip worry free.   Our guides were former local English teacher who know a lot of ancient and local Chinese history.  This is definitely a must have trip for Chinese history buff.

Most of the cities reminded us visiting China 10 years ago with construction everywhere.  In several cases, the driver had to reroute due to road construction closing. 

Our itinerary included the stops listed below. The asterisked items are ones that we recommend most. Our favorite city was Pingyao.  Traveling by high speed train between cities were some of the highlights of our trip.

Taiyuan

* Shanxi Museum - Regional museum with panoramic view of the river; Excellent artifacts and displays that are better than many other regional museums.

Pingyao Ancient City

 * Ancient City Wall provided a panoramic view of the layout of this town.  You can easily imagine time travel back one thousand years in this small walled city.

* Wang Family Compound, the “forbidden city of non-royal residence”, a massive family compound

Luoyang

* Longmen Grottoes – This is a major tourist attraction and probably the most famous on our trip.

Luoyang Museum: This museum has many interesting artifacts but was not as impressive as the Shanxi Museum in Taiyuan.

* White Horse Temple, the first Buddhist temple in China over 1900 years old: What impressed us was the Luoyang Tianzi Jialiu Museum

Dengfeng

Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and the cradle of Kung Fu

We watched a Kung Fu Performance in the Shaolin Wushu Hall and saw hundreds of students practicing wushu on the temple grounds. The grounds are quite expansive but it is very touristy.  

Kaifeng

Dragon Pavilion, a part of the ancient ruin of the imperial palace of the Song and Jin Dynasties.

Grand Xiangguo Monastery

* Kaifeng night market - This night market is huge and a lot of fun to explore.

Millennium City Park: This is a theme park based on the Zhangzeduan, the famous panaromic silk scroll titled ‘Qingming Shanghe He (Along the River at the Qingming Festival)’.

Qufu

* The Confucian Temple, The Confucian Mansion and the Confucian Cemetery. You will get a full understanding about the life of Confucius, as well as the Confucian culture. 

 Confucious birth place

Conclusion:

You need to brush up on your Chinese history before you visit these ancient cities.  Some of the places did not accept USA credit cards.  In some cases, they only accept smart phone charge, not even cash.  In many case, a local person in line will offer to help to pay by phone,  we will give them the cash.   American tourist may be amazed that China is ahead of USA in smart mobile phone applications.

This was a very leisurely trip for Chinese history buff.  You can spend hours analyzing the historic contents of each site.  If you are in a hurry or do not have command of Chinese history, all of the significance will be lost.  Keep in mind that since 99% of the tourist visiting these sites are Chinese, the tours are very Chinese specific. 

You need to keep a sense of humor and be relaxed about things.  For example, the 200 mph high speed train station only allows drop off 400 feet away from entrance.  So you can spend 20 minutes dragging  your luggage to the train station.  Or the shuttle bus driver will wait to leaves on schedule even when the bus is already full. 

Catherine, our guides and drivers has always tries to do their best to make our trip as enjoyable as possible.

Reviewed on May 11, 2018

Jorge
Jorge,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hello Catherine,

Service was great. The guide was excellent. He was always on time and new about Tibet a lot. The car was very clean. I will recommend your tour to my friends. If I return I will hire your services again.

Best Regards,

Jorge

Reviewed on April 24, 2018

Markus
Markus,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

I want to say thank you for your excellent support.

I know, I created some work, but you solved everything and your recommendation according to the visits and the route was carefully considered.

The tour was wonderful, the guides very professional and flexible, the transports well organised.

The Hotels you recommended have been in the standard I was looking for.

On top I was very pleased how your company handled the cancelation of my friends trip, which he couldn’t start due to illness.

I can recommend this organisation and you can rely on Cathrine´s tips and planning.

Sincerely

Markus

Reviewed on April 22, 2018

Fred
Fred,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

Please find below our feedback on the tour we took.   We will try to be specific when needed.   Our feedback is in red.

We arrived four hours late due to weather in Shanghai.   Pick up went well and we were transferred to our hotel.  We chose to drive to Naxi Family Guest house, as the construction of the new highway and hi speed rail had the first 1.5 hours of the trek full of construction vehicles and dust. Accommodation at Tea and Horse Guest house was good as was their food. Lunch at Naxi guest house was very good. We chose to drive to Naxi Family Guest house, as the construction of the new highway and hi speed rail had the first 1.5 hours of the trek full of construction vehicles and dust.  Accomodation at Tea and Horse Guest house was good as was their food.  Lunch at Naxi guest house was very good.

In short we enjoyed our trip.   The hard class sleeper train was not a problem.

Many thanks,

Fred

Reviewed on April 15, 2018

Alan
Alan,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hello Catherine,

My wife and I very much enjoyed our cruise. Thank you for your efficient service. I would have no hesitation in recommending Yangtze River Cruises and Yangtze 2.

We cannot fault the ship. When compared to other ships we passed, it appeared to be the newest, in best condition and certainly the fastest! On the morning of day 2, our sailing was delayed by an hour due to another ship being tied up beside us. We then proceeded to overtake four other cruise ships and arrived at our next destination on time. The ship is quiet, maintained to a high standard, the decor is tasteful and the crew helpful and friendly.

As you advised the day before we sailed, there have been changes to the disembarkation arrangements. May I suggest some further changes/increased information to the guidance Yangtze River Cruises provides its clients. As you made us aware, passengers now disembark the ship at Maoping Pier, from where they are bused to the dam and then onward to Yichang. The bus travelled through the centre of Yichang and then dropped us at a bus station on the outskirts, perhaps around 15km from the airport. Your guidance currently states that the taxi fare to the airport is around RMB 150. The tour guide on the ship offered to arrange a taxi for us at a cost of RMB150 which I accepted, but now I know passengers are dropped much closer to the airport, an advisory fare of perhaps RMB 50 would be more appropriate. At Chaotianmen Pier, cars are prevented from driving to piers 3 to 9 by concrete barriers. If your cruise ship is moored at 3 or 4 it is a long walk with no shelter from rain. It had rained that day and there were many deep puddles. There are also a good many steps down to the access gangway to the ship. It would be helpful if this is pointed out to your clients. There are porters available at the drop off point for taxis, if passengers require assistance.

Best regards

Alan

Reviewed on April 12, 2018

Thomas
Thomas,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

Again thank you very much for arranging this tour; everything went well! Raymond was an excellent tour guide with a lot of knowledge, patience and enthusiasm.

Please find my answers to your questions below:

1.    Yes, all the personell of your company involved took good care of me.

2.    Excellent, my tour guide Raymond did it very well. He was flexible and equipped with a lot of knowledge.

3.    Yes, anytime.

4.    Please feel free to use my comments.

Kind regards,

Thomas

Reviewed on April 11, 2018

Bill
Bill,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine 

We will do the review when the jetlag is over in 2 weeks. 

The trip had some issues but none was your fault.  Zhengzhou henan museum was mediocre, Shaolin temple was touristy, taishan was crowded.  

But kaifun show was nicer than expected, so was pingyao and Qufu. All of our hotels were fantastic.  

This trip was very historical.  Only Chinese people can appreciate what happened 2000 years ago.  For non-Chinese,  pinyao would be the best place to visit.   

We are waiting for the flight back and will connect with you later.  

Thanks,

Bill

Reviewed on April 2, 2018

Suzanne
Suzanne,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

We have returned to Australia and I wanted to email you to thank you so much for organising our cruise on the Yangtze River.  We had a wonderful time.  Your service before the cruise arranging everything was excellent.  The cruise was excellent, even though we were the only english speaking westerners on the ship, we were well catered and treated like royalty.   The guides at the start and end of the cruise were excellent and ensured that all our travels went very smoothly.

I will highly  recommend  your company ChinaDiscovery, and you in particular to any friends who are planning a trip to China.

Thanks once again

Warm Regards.

Suzanne

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2018

Norre
Norre,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

Attached my answers

  1. Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?
  2. Travel consultant are always prompt to answer, especially Catherine !

  3. How do you comment your tour arrangements?
  4. I have been using China Discovery 4 times already, and each time all I travel arrangements were made very efficiently: hotel booking, tour guides, drivers...Never a surprise in the itinerary or unexpected changes.

  5. Are you willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China?
  6. I have already recommended China Discovery to friends !

  7. Can we use your comments of our service, the photos or other images that you took on the tour for our websites, brochures, marketing and publicity? If yes, could you please send us some of your photos by E-mail?
  8. I will soon

Thanks

Norre

Reviewed on Feb. 4, 2018

Emil
Emil,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

Sorry it took me a little time to send you my comments. Generally the trip was very successful thanks to your good planning and perfect delivery of our itinerary.

1. I can congratulate your company China Discovery and mainly you Catherine Liu for an excellent itinerary, and for your unlimited passion during the time that it has been discussed and agreed. (including changes and questions}

2. The arrangement that you put in place were very good and worked perfectly.

3. As I promised I will let my connections know about this trip and hope that it will create new business for your company

4. You can use my remarks and I will send you some pictures separately.

5. Something more, all the guide were good but Toni in Hangzhou was amazing…..exceptionally good.

On behalf of my friends and on my behalf a BIG THANK YOU CATHERINE.

Emil Siminovitch

Israir GSA UK

Managing Director

Reviewed on Feb. 1, 2018

Rae
Rae,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

Just a small note to thank you and your organisation for a fabulous few days in China.

The two guides you allocated to us were excellent, with special mention on behalf of Kimi, who went out of his way to make sure we were well looked after. He recommended a fabulous restaurant which was a highlight of our holiday, and wrote messages in Chinese so we could safely get a taxi to and from our destination, and his knowledge of the subjects was fabulous, you are lucky to have an employee of his calibre. The hotel in Xian was brilliant, and we made good friends with some of the bar staff there. Thanks again Catherine.

Rae

Reviewed on Jan. 12, 2018

Briana
Briana,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

We just returned from China a few days ago. Please see below for my response to your questions.

1. The travel consultant would respond to any question I asked within 24 hours via email and was very helpful with all her responses to my questions.

2. Our tour arrangements were well thought out and matched the actual days perfectly. We had more than enough time at every spot listed on our itinerary and were very happy with the lodging and meals included.

3. I would highly recommend China Discovery for tours. Private tours do cost more than going on your own, but we did not have to worry about anything. And in a place such as Chengdu, where attractions are far-spread and English is not often spoken, it was very convenient for us to do this tour.

4. Yes, you may use my comments or photos. Please see photos from our time on the tour below:

Briana

Sichuan Tour

We climbed to the toppest pavilion in Mount Qingcheng

Sichuan Tour

The Gingko trees in Chengdu were really beautiful

Reviewed on Dec. 21, 2017

May
May,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hello Leo,

Thanks for the organizing the trip and my family have enjoyed it.

The feedback is good for the service, meals and accommodation provided.

Regards.

May

Reviewed on Dec. 20, 2017

Mehernosh
Mehernosh,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

With very great difficulty I managed to find time to draft a review as attached.

Great Private Tour was organized for us by Catherine Liu and her team at China Discovery (based in Chengdu) for my wife and self.

Catherine Liu and her team planned a great 12-day tour private tour for myself and my wife 

Tour covered 3 -River Gorge cruise – 4 nights staring from Yichang and ended in Chongqing. We then spend one night before we visited Chengdu for 2 nights enjoyed visiting the Panda Museum.  Catherine was on vacation when we visited Chengdu despite that Catherine came to meet us at our Holiday Inn Hotel to see us at our request. At our request she arranged for our visit to their office and meet a number of staff members there. We were very impressed with their set up and found all the staff  very professional and friendly.  Having been to their office and meet most of the staff we would definitely recommend China Discovery (based in Chengdu) as very reliable, professional,  friendly and efficient travel agent to engage for trips to China- especially in regions they specialize in.  All Catherine communicated with us most of them we could see that she had a team of workers providing her the support.

We then flew from Chengdu to Guilin -Air flight was also booked/organised by China Discovery.  Guilin ch is a must see for all tourist and it was recommended by China Dicovery. Lovely landscape with rivers and numerous cone shaped mountains where we joined  group  tours linked up by China Discovery.

Catherine  send us an Invitation letter addressed to the Chinese Embassy  with full itinerary in order for us to obtain China Visa without any hitch. She organised every aspect of the tour with great detail as we received her plans step by step.   She communicated with us rapidly and patiently answered all our numerous queries.  All the drivers picked us up at Airports, Riverports and Railway Stations on time.  Some of them even refused to accept any tips. Drivers when they dropped us at Railway Stations came with our baggage as far as the Security would allow them to come with us as we were very new to China and did not speak or read any Chinese. 

All the local  tour guides arranged by them spoke good English and very knowledgeable about their area, and answered all our questions and gave us very personalized service.

One word of advise: Google,  Gmail and WhatsApp do not work well in China. So  please download WeeChat,  VPN,  Google Translate  and get Pay- as you Go Chinese SIM Card as soon as you arrive at the airport and immediately inform China Disovery of your Chinese phone contact number.  If you have a dietary  restrictions please make sure you carry with you written English and Chinese translations with you. Without the above items we would have been very lost in China. All drivers, Guides and travel agents communicated with us via WeeChat or Pay-as-You Go Chinese phone number for any last minute changes.  We needed  all of the above most when we  had free day/time all by  ourself. Very few Chinese on the street speak English although many are now trying to learn English. It was a  pleasant surprise to see that most road signs and train stations also have English names and all figures are in English. Railway Stations are very well organised but have also have very strict security.

Chinese speed trains are the best in the world, perhaps even surpassing those in Japan and Railway station.

Catherine made us aware most  of the above before we travelled so we were well  prepared. China Discovery even gave us a farewell souvenir which we will cherish most. ,

Best Regards to you and all the sales staff at China Discovery in Chengdhu

Mehernosh

Reviewed on Dec. 19, 2017

Stradolini
Stradolini,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine Liu,

Here our feed back.  Sorry to answer you so late.  With a next mail J will send you some photos

Thank for everything.  Our trip was fantastic!!!!

1.Is your travel cons¬ultant of our company¬ fast enough to answe¬r your E-mail and pat¬ient enough to answer¬ your questions?

Yes, she was. Our tra¬vel consultant was ve¬ry patient and follow¬ all our request giving us correct suggest¬ions.

2.How do you comment ¬your tour arrangement¬s?

All was super!!!!. We¬ liked both the hotel¬s and restaurants use¬d. Our tour guides we¬re professional and f¬rendly and follow us ¬in the best way. All ¬the services were wel¬l organised

3.Are you willing to ¬recommend our service¬ to your people who a¬lso have an interest ¬to visit China?

Yes

Stradolini

Reviewed on Dec. 13, 2017

Mehernosh
Mehernosh, Canada
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

The tour plan your set up was very well set up , planned,  organised and executed. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was a pleasure meeting you and also visiting the staff at Chengdu office. Thank you also for your personal gift and souvenirs of China which we will long cherish.

Next time we come to Far East we will coordinate so that we could link up/ join up with English speaking tours in areas in the south and Lhasa which we have not visited so far.

You replied and corresponded  very promptly and also answered all our questions and concerns promptly.

We would be happy to recommend your services to others.

With Best wishes to you and all the staff in your Chengdu office.

Mehernosh

Reviewed on Dec. 11, 2017

Luyee
Luyee,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

Thanks for your email.

Please find my feedback as follows:

1.    Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions? The response from the travel consultant is great. Catherine, you are fast and patient even thou I have changed my plans (to add hotel or not) several times. However, you have patiently addressed every single one of my enquiry - and for that, I am very impressed.

2.    How do you comment your tour arrangements? The tour arrangements were very nicely executed. I definitely felt like a VIP with very smooth pickups. The guides and drivers were very flexible and really looked into my requirements. For example, on the 2nd day evening, we have decided to catch the performance in the evening (which is not in the itinerary). The guide had helped us to get the tickets (with very good seating) and the driver offered to come pick us up after the performance (even thou it was not in the itinerary and we could have taken a taxi). We were really grateful for that. The Kunming guide has also helped to suggest for a switch in itinerary after taken into consideration my friend's walking condition. In fact, the entire 6 days itinerary, both the guides are very attentive to my friend's condition and ensured that the walking was not too strenuous for him. This is much appreciative. They had definitely helped to make the trip comfortable and memorable for us.

3.    Are you willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China? Definitely.

4.    Can we use your comments of our service, the photos or other images that you took on the tour for our websites, brochures, marketing and publicity? If yes, could you please send us some of your photos by E-mail? You may use my comments. As for photos, I will prefer to keep it private. Thanks.

Luyee

Reviewed on Dec. 11, 2017

Manuel
Manuel,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

I send you my answers:

1. Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

Yes, Catherine has been very fast in answering my E-mails, and very patient and effective in solving any question. She has also been very kindness.

2. How do you comment your tour arrangements?

Excellent!

The trip has been developed as planned and has been perfectly adjusted to our demands.

3. Are you willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China?

Yes of course. Our very favorable comments have already been deposited on Tripadvisor.

4. Can we use your comments about our service, the photos or other images that you took on the tour for our websites, brochures, marketing and publicity? If yes, could you please send us some of your photos by E-mail?

Yes, you can use them. Comments and photos have been deposited on Tripadvisor, which can be used. If you can not download them, please tell me to send them by e-mail.

Best regards,

Manuel

Reviewed on November 16, 2017

Miriam
Miriam,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

I have attached some photos which we are happy for you to use alongside any of our comments.

Thank you for arranging a terrific  trip for us, it was everything we expected and more. You always answered our emails promptly with care and consideration and showed great patience as we tried to design an itinerary to suit six people.

All of our tour guides were very friendly and knowledgeable with good command of English.  The itinerary was comprehensive taking in all that we wanted to see and do yet flexible enough to allow us to change options. The accommodation was good, even when we found the hotel in Longji closed Alice, our guide, sorted the problem very quickly and found us alternative accommodation nearby. 

Given the competition between tour operators, we would make some small suggestions for improvements. 

The lunches that were  included were generally good however, we would have liked a choice of food. There was  a large amount of food served, some of which we didn't eat and we felt a lot was wasted. This could have been avoided  if we had chosen our meals and we would have enjoyed all the food.

Although we asked, it did not seem possible to check in for internal flights before arriving at the airport so at times we were not able to sit together or even in couples.

We did ask not to go to  places of interest that were in fact nothing more than  retail outlets such as the terracotta army factory  and the pearl museum yet we were still taken there and told it was part of the tour. These places were a waste of time and should be genuinely optional.

These are small points in what was really an amazing time in China, we would certainly recommend China Discovery to our friends.

Many thanks again

Miriam

Zhangjiajie Tour

The landscape in Zhangjiajie is very beautiful and featured

Reviewed on November 12, 2017

Bruno
Bruno,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine Liu,

I would like to say thank you for the experience your company provided me. We had exactly what we were expecting during our trip. The support of our guide was excellent.

I also would like to ask you one more information. Could you please send me the mobile of our guide? I need to talk with her and o lost her number.

Thank you again.

Best Regards,

Bruno

Reviewed on October 19, 2017

Zoran, Nadja, Ante, Maja
Zoran, Nadja, Ante, Maja,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

Our beautiful trip through China is over and we came safely home. From the first up to the last day we were impressed by the diversity of your country, by the pleasant people, historic monuments, natural wonders and economic growth.

It will be my pleasure to answer your questions and write a feedback to our trip on TripAdvisor.

1. Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

Absolutely correct. We always got the answers to our questions the next day which is much faster than most European companies. The information was precise and contained all the necessary attachments e.g. for obtaining our visa for China or arranging our travel insurance. While planning the details of our trip with support of Catherine we had several additional wishes and they were always fulfilled.

2. How do you comment your tour arrangements?

Based on literature and internet reports we created an initial list of sites we wanted to visit in China. Catherine Liu from China Discovery proposed very useful improvements to our trip proposal, booked excellent hotels, organized transportation and very good local guides. This was certainly a challenge because we wanted to see a lot of places in a relatively short time, but Catherine managed it perfectly and local guides also gave us good tips what to visit in our free time. We had no health problems, food was good (although here and there we treated ourselves also in a western style restaurant), the quality of cars was moderate.

3. Are you willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China?

We will present the pictures from the trip to our friends and work colleagues and will be glad to recommend China Discovery as trip organizer.

4. Can we use your comments of our service, the photos or other images that you took on the tour for our websites, brochures, marketing and publicity? If yes, could you please send us some of your photos by E-mail?

You can use our comments for your marketing, but for privacy reasons we would not like to have our pictures published.

Catherine, we also appreciated very much that you took the time to meet us in Chengdu .

Thank you again for your great support

Zoran, Nadja, Ante, Maja

 

Reviewed on October 13, 2017

Bondny
Bondny,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

1.    Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

Travel consultant provides answer fastly and comprehensively.

2.    How do you comment your tour arrangements?

Our tour arrangement was very good.

3.    Are you willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China?

Yes, i am willing to recommend your service to my friends.

Can we use your comments of our service, the photos or other images that you took on the tour for our websites, brochures, marketing and publicity? If yes, could you please send us some of your photos by E-mail?

Yes you can. i attach few pictures in this email.

Thanks and best regards,

Bondny

Shangri-La Tour

Ganden Sumtseling Monastery in Shangri-La

Reviewed on September 28, 2017

Nikos
Nikos,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

We have just returned from our trip to China.

I have no words to express our gratitude for your attentive organisation of our trip. The train trip, the unforgettable river cruise experience, the attentive transfers and tours by Nancy, David, Kimi, Mark were exactly as described in your numerous communications to me.

The China trip was a dream for my family, which you made it happen.

Thank you very much and I look forward to contact you again for our next China adventure in more off-the-beaten-track destinations suggested by you.

Best regards

Nikos

Reviewed on September 13, 2017

Victoria
Victoria,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

We had a great time. Candy was very nice!

Thank you for everything 

Victoria

Reviewed on August 17 2017

Ellis
Ellis,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

I wanted to let you know I received confirmation that the Review published on Trip Advisor (below.). Also, I wanted to share feedback with you on our local guides......

They were all spectacular & I would love to travel with each of them again.  I did want to mention Beijing Lily in particular; she is very special and we have talked about her since we arrived home.  I want to share an example....  We had agreed with her in advance to take the lift up to the Great Wall and Slide down.  After purchasing the tickets and getting in line my daughter panicked and said she couldn't do it.

Lily was so patient and offered to go with her to the other side to the enclosed cable car that would make her feel safer.  My son and I proceeded with the original plan, so Jackie was with Lily alone.  Upon seeing the other car, my daughter then decided she couldn't do that either...  Sweet Lily then accompanied my daughter on an unplanned hike up to the Wall. 

It is not just that she did it, she made it fun for my daughter and ensured she didn't miss one of the "great" highlights of the trip.  She made sure my daughter wasn't embarrassed and hiked in nice shoes not designed for the hike.  When we left her at the airport, we all hugged her we were so grateful for her thoughtful and personal care she provided. 

PLEASE ensure she is recognized for her wonderful representation of your company & let her know we love her!

All the best!

Ellis

The following picture was shared by Ellis.

Great Wall

Ellis visited the Great Wall with his friends

Reviewed on July 12 2017

Dr. Ravi
Dr. Ravi,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

Just submitted my review to TripAdvisor. Please look out for my review and let me know you have read it. Thank you for all your courtesies when I was in China. You are the BEST.

Dr. Ravi

Reviewed on June 30 2017

Chi
Chi,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hello Catherine,

Great to hear from you again and thank you for your email. We enjoyed our holiday very much thanks, we have been very busy so have not had time to reply sooner to thank you for the well-organized, great service and local guides who looked after us very well.

My travel companion Jackie has photos to share so she will be writing the review and comments on an email to you soon.

Thanks again for all your help to organize an amazing trip of a lifetime!

Kind Regards,

Chi

Reviewed on June 27 2017

Jaime and Stephanie
Jaime and Stephanie ,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

Sorry it took a while for me to response to your survey. Life here is just getting to normal and we are busy with our new house.

Here is my response to the survey:

Our travel consultant Catherine Liu is one of the finest person in serving our travel needs. We have communicated with her through email for almost a year before we finally made the 3 weeks private tour of China and Tibet. She is always quick and honest to response to all our questions and inquiries. She provided all the best possible options and plans. Our tour arrangements went very well. From the time, we arrived in Shanghai and departed Beijing our local tour guides were there to meet us at the airports and/or train stations. We felt very comfortable knowing somebody will be there to meet and guide us and nothing will be messed up with our schedule. The local tour guide and driver in each place we visited were fantastic. They all spoke good English and very accommodating to our needs. They made their local area an amazing experience for jus.                                                                                                       We can't hardly wait for our next trip to China again and definitely will be China Discovery tour agency. Definitely, we will also recommend this to all our friends and relatives.

Thank you again for your wonderful service.

Best Regards,

Jaime and Stephanie

The following picture was shared by Jaime and Stephanie.

Chengdu Tour

Jaime and Stephanie Visited Chengdu, picture with Travel Consultant Catherine

Lhasa Tour

Jaime and Stephanie Visited Potala Palace

Hangzhou Tour

Jaime and Stephanie Visited Feilai Peak in Hangzhou

Reviewed on June 26 2017

Dr. Arnd Georg
Dr. Arnd Georg,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

Now we are back in Germany,

I want to thank you for this great organization of our trip. Everything was perfect. Thanks for this – as in my written statement the only topic was the car where it could be more convenient to drive with a Toyota Landcruiser for a 4-5 Stars trip as we booked.

Thank you.

If you need refernces somewhere on the internet I’m willing to give you some!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Dr. Arnd Georg Hirschberg

Reviewed on June 18 2017

Mr. & Mrs. Naidu
Mr. & Mrs. Naidu,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

Thank you for everything, we are home safe and recovering from the long trip. Thank you for all your help and support during the trip, you were wonderful and very helpful. You did a wonderful job in putting together an extensive and wonderful itinerary Though there were some unforeseeable and forseable complications they were handled by you and your team with great professionalism and expertise. We truly appreciate everything and making Kanak's birthday trip memorable and very special. We will not only use you and your company again on our next trip but will also refer you and your company to our friends and family in the future.

Thank you again,

Mr. & Mrs. Naidu

Reviewed on June 10 2017

Dmitry
Dmitry,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

We have successfully arrived back home.

I have to express my best gratitude for the excellently organized tour and full support that was provided to us from you company.

Everything was perfect, all things we were expected to get have been obtained.

We are completely satisfied with all arrangements, services and transportation from your company. All tour guides were excellent, and finally our impression of tour to China - as a whole - is very good.

I will post my review at Trip_Advisor site in a few days.

Thanks for your cooperation and understanding!

Hope next time if we or our friends have an intension to visit China we'll do it only with Chengdu Bamboo International Tours!

Best regards,

Dmitry

Reviewed on May 19 2017

Eoin
Eoin,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

Apologies for the late reply. Yes I would be more than happy to fill in the following form and feel free to use the photos and review on your website.

1.    Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

Yes, I found Catherine to be extremely helpful when getting information regarding the trip, booking and then subsequent follow up emails. She was always very courteous and professional when speaking with her. Numerous methods of payment were available to us and were free to choose the best option for us. Emails with details of the trip itinerary were provided well in advance and were clearly laid out.

2.    How do you comment your tour arrangements?

The tour itself was a great mix of geography and history. Guizhou province is a great location if you want to be immersed in Chinese life. Guiyang city is a bustling vibrant city with many great sites, restaurants, bars and best of all the street food. Don't worry if you don't speak Mandarin and are afraid what to order, the people are so friendly and eager to help that pointing at what you want will get the job done! :)

The historical visits to ancient towns in Qingyan and Tianlong gave a great insight into the lives of the local people and how they are holding onto tradition.

The visit to the Dragon Palace cave and the Huanggoushu Waterfall are amazing. The features to be seen are once in a life time.

Our tour guide Mi was brilliant throughout the entire journey. Extremely knowledgeable regarding the geographical and historical aspects of the trip, as well as providing an insight into how the locals live and go about their daily lives. He was always on hand to help us order our lunch everyday and great to give a recommendation for street food in the evenings. On top of a friendly and professional nature, he made for an excellent tour guide. Coupled with the a safe and friendly driver, this trip was a brilliant experience.

3.    Are you willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China? I would recommend this trip to anyone who has an interest in a mixture of geographical and historical China.

4.    Can we use your comments of our service, the photos or other images that you took on the tour for our websites, brochures, marketing and publicity? If yes, could you please send us some of your photos by E-mail? Yes

Photo's attached.

Thanks very much Catherine for your help.

Best regards,

Eoin

Reviewed on May 10 2017

Hermann
Hermann, Australia
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Good morning Catherine,

We are finally back in Australia and wadding through our E-mails.

Thank You so very much, for a magnificent Tour of China You have provided for us. My grandchildren had the time of their Lives.

Everything you organise, Catherine, went like clockwork. We got picked up by Your Tour Guides on Time every time. The Hotels you choose are very good, the food you provided was of a high standard. The flight were all good.

It was a terrifically well organised Tour of China, Catherine. The highlight was the day we all volunteered at the Panda Institute.

The Guides were fantastic. With special mention for Liza in Beijing, She went beyond what you normally expect from a competent Tour Guide. The drivers are all safe and competent drivers. The driver in Xian was the best. He never made me walk more than required. Top marks to him.

I would certainly recommend very highly, yourself, Catherine and your company, China Discovery. For an outstandingly organised Tour of China. I thank you for your patience with me and please use my Name and E-mail, for any advertising you wish to do. You have my highest recommendation

A very satisfied customer

Hermann

Reviewed on May 8 2017

Norm and Denise
Norm and Denise, Australia
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Catherine,

Replies to Questions 1-4

1) Yes --your travel agent was very efficient .She helped us thru our Travel and Visa problems in the months before our trip and ensured Tibet  Entry Permit was at our Chinese Hotel upon arrival.

          ---we had numerous emails on Tibet entry from Nepal or China, and she handled them well.

2) We were happy with our tour arrangements from Airport Pickup to Train arrival in  Chengdu....our Hotels were excellent and our Guide and Driver were very efficient.

3) Yes---We would recommend your company to anyone wishing to visit China and its Territories.

4) Yes----you can use our comments

Thanks for your assistance and advice

Norm and Denise

Reviewed on May 7 2017

Claire
Claire,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine

I have just finished my trip and am waiting at Guilin North station for the bullet train on to the next part of my adventure having been dropped off by your excellent tour guide Elaine and your fabulous driver Mr Tam

I wanted to write to say a huge thank you to yourself, Elaine and Mr Tam for organising such an amazing and memorable trip where Elaine and Mr Tam made sure my every requirement was attended too

Guilin, Longsheng, Li River and Yangshou were magical places and with Elaine's information and Mr Tam's experienced and safe driving have given me a real insight this beautiful part of China

The entire trip was brilliant and despite me arriving seven hours late Elaine and Mr Tam made sure we still completed everything on the itinerary and where there to meet me at the airport even though they should have been at home at that time of night!

Thank you again and please if anyone would like to speak to one of your clients I would be more than happy for you to provide my contact details to them

Thank you

Claire

Reviewed on May 4 2017

Bill
Bill,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi, Catherine:

We just returned from our enjoyable trip to China’s national parks.  Although the crowd was an issue, your cooperation made us feel good about always having assistance whenever we needed it.

After we recover from our jetlag, Lisa will do a positive review on tripadvisor for you.  Susan is now on WeChat for you to contact her.

The hotels I selected were 4-star. 

Regards,

Bill

Reviewed on May 3 2017

Yen Ling
Yen Ling,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

Apologies for the delay in response as I was busy catching up my backlog work after a week of holiday.

As our travel consultant, you have been extremely helpful, your response was very prompt and advise very much appreciated. The itinerary was well detailed with all our requests catered. It was a great pleasure to work with you.

I would also like to commend on our tour guide, Carol (Chen Le). She was excellent, very patient and was a great companion during the 5 days. As understood, we are travelling with my elderly parents and was caught unaware of the extensive walking required for this trip. However, she adapted the tour schedule to our walking speed and also always tries to ensure my parents have seats on the public buses we need to take in the park.

The driver has also display expert driving skills. I am amaze on how he manoeuvre through the traffic and bringing us safely to our destination. A small down side was the vehicle was quite old, not like the picture you send me, it was not really comfortable for 5-6 hours travel.

Overall, china discovery has provide an excellent service and the people we connect with has definitely made our tour experience extremely enjoyable and great. I definitely will recommend friends who like to visit china with a tailor made itinerary to work with you. Similarly, if I plan another holiday in China, and would love to work via you again.

Warm regards,

Yen Ling

Reviewed on April 05, 2017

Jean
Jean,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Hi Catherine,

Thank you so far for a great trip! Our guide in chengdu is wonderful!! Johnny in Xian was exceptional!! Kevin in Beijing was also good. We are happy with the hotels and the flexibility of the guides and customizing for us! One more city but I want to thank you ahead of time.

Cheers,

Jean

Reviewed on March 10, 2017

Fabian
Fabian,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

Everything went well and in order.

Many thanks for your help, guidance and quick responses.

Now we are in Chengdu.

Best regards,

Fabian

Reviewed on December 2, 2016

Jan Druif
Jan Druif,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine,

I was fully satisfied concerning your question under point 1. The tour arrangements you made for me were wonderful and I will certainly recommend your service to other people and in fact I did already so. You may use my comment and photos. I will send you some by means of a separate e-mail.

I was very satisfied with the services of your company and of yourself. I have a few suggestion that will make things better understandable for other people.  Inform them that they have to change the electric train halfway the the route to Lhase and that they have the copy of the Tibet Entry Permit with the train tickets because the have to show the permit several times during the voyage.  The hotel in Lhasa gave us a room with a leaking shower and so much that the wall outside the shower got wet. And the airconditioning did not work. We informed the hotel over these two things.

In Xian I was very disappointent that we first were brought to a factory annex shop that was making terracotta warriors and selling them together with all kind of other things I did not come to Xian to see and attend this shop I came to see as much and as long as possible from the terracotta army.

I was very surprised that during the Xian part every day a lunch was included in the trip. You did not tell us that this was part of the trip. So it was a surprise for us especially because we got very nice and fine Chinese meals

It seems perhaps now that I was not satisfied about the arrangements, but that is not true.

I had a wonderfull trip and I was very happy with your suggestions and your help, we had during the two parts of our trip really very nice guides.

And our Xian hotel was really top of the bill, extremely good and very helpfull and nice  The electronic train tickets were very easy changed in real train tickets at the English spoken ticket desk from the main Railway station in Shanghai ( In one visit all the real tickets I needed for our trip). Perhaps it is a suggestion that you inform people how they can reach this station by metro (line numbers). However the Lhasa hotel was not bad I advise you to look for a 4 star hotel were they speak English. In this hotel they nearly spoke English laguage. To end my comments you made all by all a wonderfull trip for us, you were very helpfull and reacted on all my questions in the quickest way. And I will certainly recommend your company to friends and relatives in the Netherlands. I expect to come in future more often to China and you will be than my first choice for advice and booking trips in China.

Kind regards,

Jan Druif

Reviewed on December 12, 2016

Danny
Danny,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Catherine,

Please be advised that we had a wonderful time on the cruise the ship, food ,service and people were all great. I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone. Thanks for all your help and support you were truly wonderful to work with I hope in the future we work together again on another trip.

Best

Danny

Reviewed on November 11, 2016

Gilbert and Marie
Gilbert and Marie,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Good morning Catherine,

We had a wonderful journey during those 3 weeks and we were very impressed by your country. The weather was not hot, except in Yangshuo where it was hot, and Bejing is surprisingly cold at this time of the year.

I shall make my comments on my return home on Trip Advisor. The guides and drivers were all excellent except in Yangsho where the your girl (Tina ?) was difficult to understand as her English was very limited and she seemed very inexperienced . The replacement guide and his driver that took us back to Guillin were excellent.

Thank you again for all your good work.

King regards

Gilbert and Marie

Reviewed on November 1, 2016

Alfredo
Alfredo, Chile
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Catherine,

we are already on our way back to Chile.

We want to congratulate you and your company because everything worked perfect, on time, quality and attitude on every segment of the trip.

Every place we visit was wonderful and we learn a lot about China and its people.

Thanks a lot and we hope we come back soon.

You es,

Alfredo & Ximena & Florián & Janina

Reviewed on October 25, 2016

Nancy Ruiter
Nancy Ruiter,
Visited in January 1, 1970
Traveled as

Dear Catherine ,

Many thanks for your time helping to plan a trip to the ancient city. We have been enjoying time in the city so will not go outside chengdu. We still have a few more things to do and then we leave Tuesday night.

We have enjoyed chengdu so much and absolutely love the food.

All the best and we will recommend you for sure if any friends head to chengdu or Tibet. Your service has been amazing.

Nancy and Adrian

Reviewed on May 15, 2016

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