- Reviewed on May 29 2017
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My family of four took our first trip to Asia and used China Discovery as our tour guide. We considered 4 companies all of which were highly recommended by Trip Advisor as we worked out the itinerary that we knew would be jam-packed given the time allotted for the trip. We had 10 days over the kids' spring break to visit Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai. We chose China Discovery for a variety of reasons but primarily because we felt they offered the best overall value.
Stephanie Kuang was our advisor who worked with us in the planning stage to determine the itinerary, activities, and hotel options. She was absolutely fantastic to work with. We went through many scheduling changes and she was always prompt and made helpful suggestions throughout. She never gave us the impression that we were being "difficult" even though this process went on for several weeks before everything was finalized. The process was very easy. Stephanie always let us know that we were always in control and she accommodated every request.
This was a personal tour set up for just my family, my wife and I and our 2 teenage children, ages 16 and 18. None of us spoke the language so we were totally reliant on the tour guides. We were picked up at the airport/train station at each location by the tour guides and immediately started the tour. While the drivers spoke no English, each of the tour guides spoke fluently. Every pick up and drop off at the sightseeing attractions was seamless. Upon seeing the driving conditions and congestion particularly in Beijing, I couldn't help but feel a sense of relief that I wasn't driving myself!! The guides kept us on schedule to insure we saw everything on our itinerary.
The highlights of our trip included visiting The Great Wall which was beautiful an immense and we especially enjoyed the toboggan ride down. The River Cruise down the Li River was another highlight. This breathtaking 4 hour cruise was absolutely beautiful and surprisingly the kids' second favorite activity behind The Great Wall. The ferry boats were very comfortable and the views were awe-inspiring the entire way down.
Shopping was a big hit with the family. We spent much of our off-time at markets that sell a variety of souvenirs and knock-off items which were great for a teenager’s budget.
We would not hesitate to use China Discovery again for future travels to China. Stephanie checked in with us throughout the trip and followed up afterwards as well to insure our goals were met. They made our vacation stress-free and efficient. The trip was one that we will remember always in large part due to China Discovery's expertise.
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