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Our group of 4 was very pleased with the excellent organisation of the whole package which included transfers, day tours, Bullet Train, Yangtze River cruise (downstream) and flights from Yichang to Shanghai
Transfers: - each of 5 different transfers were on time, with correct van and English speaking guide with driver. All worked very well and guides were excellent and helpful, making the transfers easy.
Half-day tours: - 2 provided and both were very good. 1st was in Chengdu to the Panda facility, followed by lunch. 2nd was to old town in Chongqing, before going to the cruise. Both tours were very well guided.
Bullet Train: - booking, tickets and to/from train stations for Chengdu to Chongqing worked very well, with guide arranging to pick up tickets at the station and bag cartage from the drop zone to the platform. Bullet train at 300KPH was excellent in 1st class and countryside was beautiful.
Yangtze Cruise: - Century Legend downstream - ship was clean, modern and spacious. We had Executive Suites and VIP dining - accommodation, food and beverages were very good. The cruise and side tours were excellent. We recommend adding the "ship elevator" tour as an addition at the end of the cruise at the 3 Gorges Dam. Only issue we had was getting up and down steps on the steep bank to board and disembark the ship, due to one guest being on crutches. Not your fault!
Flights to Shanghai: - China Eastern - booking, tickets and to/from airports arranged by you worked very well, with no problems. Business class was comfortable and service very good. - Note, the free upgrade to 1st class for one couple did not eventuate - we were all in business, as the plane did not have 1st class.
Overall your organisation of the itinerary to suit our needs and requests worked very well and we were all very pleased at the no problem approach and that all went like clockwork.
This started from your advertised "Yangtze River Cruise" which we then added to with our various requests to include Chengdu and finally getting to Shanghai. Thanks for your assistance in making all the arrangement, which flowed perfectly all the way through - not one hitch. Each guide and we had 4 of them, were good knowledgeable English speakers, who organised everything for us and modified each day to suit our needs.
Thanks for a great holiday, which we recommend to any traveller.
Sorry I did not reply sooner but have had a problem with email.
We had a wonderful day at Wolong - we will remember it forever. Thank you for you lovely gift and kind wishes. Ruby was a great tour guide and knew everything about the pandas. She made every effort to give us a memorable day - the staff at Wolong are very strict with the guests and the guides.
I would be very happy to recommend your services.
We are now going to Lijiang, Xian and back to Beijing before returning home.
It would have been nice to meet you in person but we will always remember your patience and kindness.
With all of our best wishes
Margaret and Rebecca
We are safely back in the UK having had a wonderful trip to parts of China, organised by your company, and also your extended care of us as we tried to get to Hong Kong during Typhoon Mangkhut! We enjoyed our shortened visit to HK despite missing our son due to the typhoon delays.
You asked for comments of our trip and the organisation by your company, but first I apologise for not giving a comments sheet back re our visit to Guilin. This was because we did not see our fantastic guide "Smiley" later in our stay whilst waiting for the typhoon to move away. Please let her know she was great - we did leave some money for her and the driver with our stand-in guide Stephen. I hope she and the driver got it.
First of all you, Tracy, have been an excellent organizer and responder to my questions and when things got difficult with onward travel and extra hotel nights in Guilin the team in Chengdu and Guilin worked well together.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Xian, Chengdu and Guilin.
I am not sure the train from Beijing to Xian was the best choice after a long flight from UK via Amsterdam and into Beijing. It made for a very long journey time and a flight to Xian might have been better as we were already at Beijing airport.
All the guides and drivers were excellent in each city. We learnt a lot from the guides and they all had good English and good personalities.
We did have one problem on arrival in Chengdu by train from Xian as the guide was not waiting where we had expected to be met. We were lucky that a train/station employee was able to help us and contact you and for you to alert the guide. Chengdu station has multiple exits and we should have been met at the platform arrival exit or told which other exit to go to.
In general everything worked smoothly and the quality of hotels was also good. My only negative would be the hotel in Guilin, which did not offer food one night because they had a conference and a wedding, although they had promised us food after 8pm. At 8:10pm we were told we could not after all have food and were told to go out into town!
The hotels in Xian and especially Chengdu were very good.
Overall we were very happy with chinadiscovery.com and we would certainly recommend the company and its ability to organise a private tour with excellent guides.
Lastly the final thing you organised was the transfer from Shenzhen to my son's house in Stanley on Hong Kong Island. Mr Liu was waiting with a very nice van at the right exit from the train station and we were soon on our way dodging the fallen trees and the clear-up vehicles. We arrived quickly and safely.
Thank you for organising this great trip for us.
We have arrived back home to Romania, the Tibet tour was great ! I would like to thank you a lot for the service and your help, also the tour guide (Hank) was really really great ! Thank you once again,
Thank you for everything!
You were always great, super efficient, fast response and very nice.
Everything was excellent.
Sorry for late reply, coz no g mail in China,
We have reach safely and thank you for the service, we are planning again next group and next year , we will let you know by earlier,
Keep in touch
Thanks again for arranging the trip for us. We enjoyed Qingdao as a city and the food. We have a very good time and the whole experience was what I have expected. The local guide was also flexible to meet our needs. We were also able to make the connecting flights with ease.
Have a nice day,
We arrived home last Saturday 15th and have just about got everything back to normal. Thank you so much for orgnising such a wonderful tour for us. The guides were all wonderful, knowledgeable and very friendly. They made adaptations to the itinerary to take account of us and the weather. We missed nothing that we wanted to see. I hope the Radisson Blu didn't try and charge you for the upgraded room that did not eventuate. The only problem with the hotel was that the shower was located in the bathtub and it was quite dangerous for any person who did not have a good sense of balance, the bath was quite narrow and high to climb into, I found it difficult to spread my feet for a better stance. I suggest you ask the hotel in future to accommodate your guests in the Park Tower which is newer and has better bathroom facilities. This was the only problem we encountered the whole trip. I would happily recommend your company to people interested in travelling to China. The accommodation elsewhere was excellent. I'm attaching some photos for you, hopefully they show our enjoyment as well as some of the highlights.
If you require further information don't hesitate to contact me.
Regards and many thanks.
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