Glenda Rogers and Reg Rathmann

Glenda Rogers and Reg Rathmann

Australia

Reviewed on September 25, 2019

Hi Leo

We are now safely home in Canberra after our Cruise from Shanghai to Sydney. Thank you for your help in organising this tour and for your ongoing assistance and communication during the tour. It was much appreciated.

We enjoyed our time in China but did find some of the places hard going. We did not realise that it was the School holidays which made places of interest so very crowded. We did however book to coincide with the cruise so that was our problem and could not be helped.

I have provided feedback on each stage of the tour as per your request as follows;

Beijing

Our Guide Linda was excellent. She was very attentive and caring and had a lovely personality. Nothing was too much trouble. She was very professional and knowledgeable and took great care of us, even walking us to our seats on board the train, we were very happy with her.

Our Driver Mr Tang was a very good driver and a very cheerful man. He made sure we were comfortable and went out of his way to be helpful.

We tipped them both extra for their great service and friendship.

The accommodation at Sunworld Beijing was sub-standard. The location was good but as you know we were not happy with worn/stained condition of the room or the uncomfortable bed.

The attractions we liked the best were;

  • The great wall – (It was awesome being up there on the wall but at Mutianyu I found that it was a long hard walk just up to the cable car in the heat and the queues were horrendous for the cable car coming back down)
  • The Summer Palace
  • The Hutongs
  • The Kung Fu Show

Xian

Our guide Vivian was very knowledgeable but softly spoken we had trouble hearing her when travelling in the vehicle. She was helpful and friendly and did not leave until we were safely though security at the airport.

The Driver Mr Leo was a good driver and his vehicle was clean and comfortable.

The accommodation at Courtyard by Marriott was excellent, very clean and comfortable and had a great buffet breakfast.

The attractions we liked the best were;

  • The Terracotta Warriors and Horses
  • The Muslim Quarter &
  • Da Cien Temple

Guilin/Yangshuo/Longsheng

Our guide Daniel was very knowledgeable and very attentive, making sure we took advantage of every sight and photo opportunity. He was most insistent that we see the light show in Yangshuo and we were grateful and thankful that we did, it was certainly most spectacular. Daniel also made sure that we saw the Longji Terraces at sunrise and met us at 6:30 am to walk us up to the top of Pingan Village. He went above and beyond our expectations.

Our Driver Mr Zhu Ge was an excellent driver and was very helpful and flexible. He carried our overnight bag up to our Hotel in Ping An, which we did not expect him to do.

We tipped both Daniel and the driver extra for the extra effort they put in to make our time in this area interesting and enjoyable.

The accommodation at Guilin Park Hotel was terrible. The rooms were not Non Smoking, it was old and dated and all rooms they offered us smelled strongly of cigarette smoke. The bed was also rock hard and uncomfortable. We were thankful that we were there for only one night. We did not have time to look around outside the hotel as we arrived so late at night.

The accommodation at New West Street Hotel was reasonably comfortable but we had an odd experience at breakfast in the morning. When we went to the large dining room where everyone was having breakfast but were turned away and ushered to a separate room where they had only a very limited western menu of eggs, bacon, fruit and pastries. We were the only two guests in the room. We felt segregated, it was very odd.

We enjoyed our accommodation at the InYue Hotel in Ping An. It was a unique experience for us being in the middle of the village. The room and bed was comfortable but the food was a little strange for us. I had an upset stomach the following day but nothing too serious.

The attractions we liked the best were;

  • The Li River Cruise
  • Walking around Yangshuo Town
  • Impression Liu Sanjie
  • Reed Flute Cave
  • Everything about the Longji Terraces – it was hard going with the uphill walking in the heat but we are so glad we did it.

Shanghai

Our guide Frank was most helpful as an interpreter for the Tailor Mr Ding and was there for the fitting and delivery. By the time we got to Shanghi we just wanted to shop and had had enough of history and museums. I conveyed this to Frank and he was flexible and still took us to all the planned sights but allowed us time alone at the museums to just see what we wanted to see. He then waited while we spent a couple of hours shopping in Nanjing Road. We were happy with his flexibility but he did not come across as professional as the other guides.

The driver Mr Shao was a good driver and his vehicle was comfortable and clean.

We gave Frank extra in his tip for his assistance with Mr Ding.

We were really happy with Reg’s jacket and we highly recommend Mr Ding. Thank you so much for organising it for us.

The attractions we liked the best were;

  • Yu Garden and Yuyuan Bazaar
  • Shanghai World Financial Centre Tower
  • Nanjing Road
  • Shanghai Planning and Exhibition Centre
  • Jade Buddha Temple

All the lunches provided in all of the tours were very good and most enjoyable. The only problem we had with food was the dinner at the InYue hotel as I mentioned before. The family was lovely and did their best.

I hope this review helps. We enjoyed our time in China despite the crowds and heat but were both exhausted from such a packed itinerary.

We did boost the Chinese economy with our purchases and left with our luggage much heavier.

Thank you once again Leo.

Kind regards

Date of Experience: January, 1, 1970
Trip Type: Traveled as
Tour Customized by: Leo



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