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Back home safely. It was a great trip over all. Here are some observations. There were so many places we visited I may have some of them mixed up.
Dorsett Hotel in Shanghai was excellent. ($75/night)Well located across from Park where we spent a nice afternoon on bike and boat, saw some weddings, and in the evening a great fireworks show for the National holiday. Our visit during the holiday period made everything more crowded, particularly traffic and attractions.
Next day we took subway to town, very clean and easy for tourists and inexpensive. Visited shopping street, Museum ( good explanation of Chinese cultural history). Dined at local restaurant.
Next day tour started. Anna was very good and informative, but rain made outdoor sights and Bund stroll poor. Liked the Museum of Shanghai history in the tower and the tea ceremony very much. Also visit to Pearl factory.
Next day good flight to Chongqing. Boarding vessel delayed till 9pm so had a very good tour of the city and museums and a nice dinner ashore. Oliver was an outstanding tour guide. Best of all of them. River cruise was great in all respects.
In Yichang Fay met us . Flight was scheduled late at night so all lot of time to fill. Yet another Museum visit and another silk embroidery shop were not very interesting but the luncheon was the best. Helga had a nice massage. Fay was a good informative guide. Arrival in Beijing our driver to the hotel arrived about 45 minutes late...we nearly hired a taxi.
The group tours in Beijing were only average. There were big crowds everywhere because of the holidays so we missed Tianamen Square and did not see as much of the Forbidden City as I had seen previously. Also the best parts of the Summer Palace were missed on the short stop there. We liked the visit to the Great Wall which was at a more distant location than on my previous visit. I have a walking problem so the Cab!e Car was helpful. More visits to a Jade factory and a Herbal Medicine pharmacy made it seem that all the tours were designed to try to sell us something. The heavy air pollution made it difficult to see much of the taller towers.
We had more fun in the last two days after the tour was over when we went to the Walking Street near the hotel, watched the line dancing on the street, ate at the nighttime food stalls and spent time meeting people and talking about how they lived. Took the subway to Summer Palace for a second and much better visit than on the tour.j
Be sure to warn foreign visitors that the weight limit on domestic flights is 20 kg while on international flights it is 23kg.
Visitors have an impression of China that is probably not realistic and I would like a tour to spend more time introducing us to what it is like to live day to day in China with a different form of Government than in the West and a different lifestyle. Thus I would have enjoyed spending a quiet day with you learning what you believe and experience as a citizen of China compared to my life. That was my tour guide offered on my previous visit many years ago.
I think I would like my children to visit China when they can afford it in time and money. ( perhaps their Inheritance from me). I hope you will try to stay in touch with them as future customers (but they may not respond).
Thanks. I hope this feedback is helpful.
We had a good trip to Guangzhou and Dongguan last week. We did not take many pictures. We are so happy to locate the old house of my Dad in Foshan which surprisingly was in a street listed for preservation by the municipal government.
We were impressed by the lady driver who was has good driving skills and is patient and kind in helping us to look for the old house in Foshan ( even though the name of the street had changed). Our guide Wang Jie had done a good job too by including extra sight seeing spots for us in Guangzhou. He was willing to go the extra mile to look for my Dad's old house in the old district.
Thanks again to you and your company for arranging this successful trip for root searching for us.
My apologies for the delay in responding to you. The tour was great and ruby was an excellent guide.
I need to plan a trip to Tibet so may be you could help me with that too. Now it would be too cold but I was thinking March/April next year when it will be still less crowded.
I am well thanks, I hope you are too.
The tour was great, seeing and holding the Panda’s was an amazing experience.
Many thanks and all the best.
Hi Mr Wonder Wang,
We have had great service with quick replies and help with answering any questions that we had. The service was great - our tour guide Arthur was very informative and spoke excellent English.
Thank you ery much for a great holiday, we had a fantastic time.
We enjoyed the trip very much. Thank you for making the arrangements. Tour guide is pleasant, provides excellent service and is accommodating.
I would refer you to all that have an interest to travel Zhangjiajie and Changsha.
The tour arrangements were excellent. Thank you personally Ian for all your emails and the time you took to answer all our questions to put our mind at rest!
We are very much appreciative of this. I hope to visit again with my whole family in the future so who knows , we may well be in touch!
We wish you the best. Regards.
The day before yesterday we arrived at Beijing, the end of my tour with China Discovery. I am doing some sightseeing on myself in Beijing these couple of days, except tomorrow I will do a day tour to the Great Wall at Mutianyu and the Mings tomb, arranged by Jade. After I am back in the Netherlands, I will give you a more detailed feedback.
However, a first response :
Everything went very well. Johanna is waiting for us when we arrived and she is an excellent, friendly and capable guide. We have enjoyed our tour very much; the tour programme as well as the explanations and care by Johanna. The driver is also friendly and helpfull; did his driving job very well (safe ). Hotels are good. Hotel in Pingyao is on the other hand excellent. Back in Beijing, Jade picked up us on time at the station, as one could expect.
All by all, we have enjoyed our tour in Pingyao, Mianshan and Datong organized by you.
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