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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.
* 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
* 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
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.
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)’.
* 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
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.
Thank you Rita,
The trip was great. Lori and I enjoyed every aspect of it. The guides were all good and a vast range of characters, but all shared a common passion for their cities and China.
Thank you for your help.
We have just returned from a wonderful trip to China, the Yangtze River cruise on the President 8 trip arranged by Lily (China Discovery) was very efficiently arranged. She came back to us promptly and arranged additional transfers which all worked well and overall gave excellent service.
The cruise was most enjoyable the staff were friendly and keen to help and their English was good. Food was fine, the only recommendation would be more sun beds on the upper deck are needed. You should be aware you only really have 2 full days on the river as you board in the evening and leave early on the final day for an excursion.
We did upgrade our room when we got on the boat and would be recommended, more room and bigger balcony was nice.
Lovely trip well organised by Lily and China Discovery
Liz and Dave
The trip was wonderful Vivien -- is there a place that it would be helpful for me to leave feedback publicly? TripAdvisor etc?
We loved Phoebe, the hotel was great -- all went off without a hitch. And your gifts to us were an added plus.
My son-in-law is a photographer and he will have the best pictures. I can send you a few from my phone, but if you can wait, we can get some really good ones.
Susan hugged a cute Giant Panda
Good morning Lily,
My 5 star review was sent to Tripadvsior on March 23, 2018:
Attached, please find our feedback form. We had a great time in Chengdu. Than you for your assistance in arranging our trip~ Sorry didn't send this earlier as I have been too busy after came back.
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