- Reviewed on May 28, 2018
All well from Hong Kong - The group has just finished the Hong Kong tour (another great guide apparently - I did not go - have been here previously).
So THANK YOU so much for all you (& Tibet Discoveries) did re the set up, planning and background work -
It has been a memorable trip for all of us and overall we are extremely satisfied customers.
All the guides you supplied for the group individual tours were excellent - “DJ” (Duang Juong) in Tibet (and I note here Tibet was the real reason for us doing the trip - and it exceeded all expectations) - DJ had excellent English and was full of information and happy to discuss what the Chinese may consider “sensitive” - he did this really well (from a Chinese govt perspective) and we came away with a more positive attitude to China’s presence in Tibet - yes we know Tibet is an autonomous region of China - and it seems if the Chinese government continues to support and allow the region and its people to develop as we observed we are sure any historical differences may pass with time.
Any way hotels ( & food) in Tibet were very good and totally acceptable - EXCEPT "Rongbuk guesthouse" - although we noted all accommodation and food here were sub-standard (surprised the Chinese government has not corrected this already - but understand there are altitude & isolation constraints ).
A note for you here - we had done a lot of altitude preparation in Nepal - but still struggled with the conditions - all tourists coming from Katmandu to Lhasa need to be very, very aware of this and need to be well prepared.
“Walden” - in Xi’an was outstanding!!!!! A highly engaging and a very intelligent young man - we wish him well in his guiding career - He is very talented (make sure you use his abilities).
“Helen” (Jueng Wai) - in Shanghai again fully engaging with good English an excellent guide - Like Walden made our tour exceptional.
“Faye" in Yichang was also good with very good English and happy to answer all our questions.
Similarly “David” in Chongqing and “Evelyn” in Guilin showed their love of their cities and with very good English did everything to show us the best of their home towns.
We loved all the train travel - it is awesome infrastructure which will serve China well and you can be very proud of the system - pity we can not do similar in Australia.
But you need to inform tourists the transfers can not get you close to the trains (security tighter than airports) - so you need to carry bags (we didn’t have “rolling bags” or use porters.
Finally the three gorges dam tour on "Victoria Anna" - was very good, and yes more than expected. Note we did all pay for the “Junior Suite Upgrade” ($200 US per room) and were very well looked after and fed very well. Maybe you need to explain this “upgrade” program to tourists.
So again Thank you - we will and are very happy to recommend Tibet Discovery (and you Wendy) to anyone interested travelling in Tibet and China.
Wishing you well
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