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Everything went well. Only glitches were planes to and from Tibet were really late...3 hours there and 4 hours leaving.
Our guide was wonderful.
Thank you for making all the arrangements.
Peter and Debbie
Sorry for the delay. Bryane and I have been travelling without stop since this trip... sometimes even in different locations. Thus, we haven't had the time (or even necessarily the internet connection) to give this feedback.
Please see the response to questions you asked -- with our many, many thanks for a fun and enlightening (I use the word correctly in this context) trip!
Yes. Almost immediately upon our initial request. I was amazed (truth be told).
We had a rough start with the hotel in Lijiang... which I guess the hotel guide will tell you about.
But they remedied everything when we returned and we felt nicely.
Thank you very much for organizing a wonderful tour of China for us. We really enjoyed it and learnt a lot about your beautiful country. Your guides took us to amazing places, were very knowledgeable and friendly. Everything ran very smoothly. We will definitely recommend your company to any of our friends wishing to visit China.
We are still in China for another two weeks with family but will send you some pictures when we arrive home.
Just returned to Singapore one hour ago. Sent my message in WhatsApp.
I was cut off from the rest of the world because Google, gmail and Facebook are blocked in China.
I have been in many cruises before in Europe, US and South East ASIA but the Century Legend is most outstanding.
I understand that it was built in 2013 and it looks very well maintained and I am impressed with what the Chinese are doing with the cruises.
I have read many reviews of horror stories on Chinese cruises and I held my breath when I decided to join the Yangtze 3 gorges cruises.
Apart from the incident with the porter who demanded 100 CNY for carrying my luggage I was well taken care of by the hotel manager when I complained that it was so hot in my cabin.
3 times a day a room attendant will visit my room to ensure that it is kept at a comfortable temperature with an Air cooler.
I met some passengers in the train from Yichang to ZJJ and the complained how terrible the cruise was with the Yangtze Gold and Victoria cruises. In fact I passed by the Yangtze Gold and Victoria cruises and they all look so old and badly maintained.
My Cabin was very comfortable after they lowered the temperature with air cooler and the meals were civilised. No need to rush for food like the other boats and no need to upgrade to a different dining room.
The other gripe is that it was raining everyday and we could not admire the beauty of the 3 gorges.
I made some good friends in the cruise and we did things together.
The next trip will be going upstream in the 3 gorges and hopefully there will be another new boat and definitely NOT SEPTEMBER!!
None of the passengers I met had been swindled by the porters because their travel agent arranged the porterage. Perhaps you can think of Creative ways to provide porter service for dependent Travelers who booked thru you.
Or you advised the independent traveller about porters upon arrival @ boat because there are many flight of stairs to climb whereas I saw travel Sgt st drive near the dick with the luggage
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,
Ganden Sumtseling Monastery in Shangri-La
Is been wonderful... china is a beautiful country and the tour persons are giving Us a great experience!!!!!!! We are happy we book this trip
Thanks a lot.
This is Lisa's/our feedback on the trip. You are welcome to use it. I've attached a few photos.
Three adults, extended family members, traveled to China for sight-seeing and to visit adult children studying and working in Suzhou. Wonder at China Discovery was terrific. An itinerary was suggested to us (at a reasonable rate) and then modified according to feedback about things we wanted to do and see over several emails back and forth. Wonder responded quickly to requests for more information or changes. It meant that we were able to personalize our trip (now with experience I'd personalize even more). We chose to upgrade to five star hotels, for example. The hotels selected by China Discovery were excellent, except for the Pan Pacific in Suzhou (very beautiful in public areas with a great restaurant, but rooms were not kept up as well and location not preferable). Hotels in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai were in particularly good locations and all had included wifi (usually of good quality). We were also able to add another family member and friend living in China to join us on specific days for touring. Each city had an individual guide and driver with car (usually a seven-passenger minivan) who handled transfers from train stations and airports and toured with us for about eight hours each day. Because we were a small group (usually three or at most five of us) we could speak in depth with our guides. A very extensive full breakfast was included at the hotel (with Chinese, American and European choices - always good and often outstanding), and our guide arranged a pickup time the day before. We saw a lot each day and there was a lot of walking - the days were full. Except for Beijing arrival, the transfers were very easy. At each sightseeing stop and for transfers our guides picked up tickets for us and at sights accompanied us inside and narrated a cultural tour. We were on our own once we passed security at train stations and airports but our guides gave us good instructions first so we never felt lost. Our tour guides were good, although some stood out as fantastic. We spent several days with Johnny in Xian, and he was extremely knowledgeable about the area and its history and pleasantly social (along with our driver there who had a good sense of humor). Leedan in Hangzhou was very energetic and also warm and friendly. We enjoyed her company. Lily in Shanghai was very cheerful and bright and Mr. Wu our driver was quick to assist with luggage. Lily was also very very helpful in recovering a mobile phone forgotten in a restaurant, and at our lunch in Shanghai ran next door to get some special fried dumplings for us to try. Another benefit to having a private guide is at included lunches. Our guides all carefully asked about any allergies or food restrictions (we had none). We had several "foodies" in the group and the guides learning our preferences took care to order dishes or even select lunch spots that were more adventuresome and local to the area. There was always more than enough food for our group and it was excellent quality with a lot of variety. We particularly enjoyed lunches in Xian, Hangzhou and Shanghai. Our guide Jenny in Suzhou arranged a boat ride for us and took us (at our request) for tea tasting at a local shop. We were generally on our own for dinner. Selected sights were mostly very good to outstanding. The Great Wall (near Beijing) and Terracotta Warriors (near Xian) were highlights. The Muslim Quarter in Xian is an absolute must for foodies (go see it at night too). The Lingering Garden and Pingjiang Road in Suzhou were lovely, interesting and fun. Feilai Peak in Hangzhou was unique. The trip up to the observation deck in the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai gave an impressive view both outside and inside (into the 88-story Grand Hyatt atrium). If you don't want to visit multiple Buddhist temples or museums or want more shopping or a slower pace, be sure to make this clear. There were always options offered to see additional sights or for activities (like boat or bike rides) at an optional extra cost when available and time permitted. The only negatives in visiting China were the long air travel, traffic and other drivers, and public restrooms (not a style Americans are used to). Car drop off and pick up at each sight was usually handled extremely smoothly, and the drivers handled the traffic conditions well. Another huge positive were the Chinese who approached us or who worked in the hotels - usually friendly, helpful, and interested in speaking or interacting with us. Wonder shared the names and phone contact for our guides in each city ahead of the tour, along with all of the flight and train numbers and schedules (and of course a confirmation letter with itinerary for obtaining the visa). Overall we really appreciate Wonder and the team from China Discovery and would highly recommend them to other American or English-speaking tourists. We enjoyed our trip very much.
Tasty Dumplings in Shanghai
Good View from the Bund
My Good Time in Xian
Terra Cotta Warriors
You have already done the Chongqing tour we arranged and the Yangtze cruise , so how was this trip overall ? Excellent but it would be good to alert all clients ahead of time regarding the various upgrades and additional tours. Pushing for it at the registration can be quite hassling and uncomfortable.
Here below are the questions for you:
1. Was your travel consultant of our company polite and patient to answer your questions? Yes, they are polite and professional
2. How was your tour? The tour was well organised and the schedule was excellent in terms of timing and breaks in between items.
3. Do you have any suggestions on improving our service? Do try to improve your selection of wines.
The Program Director, Dick and River Guide Steven were great.
With best wishes...
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