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Thank you Mister Wonder
Happy holidays to you !
Just back in Paris .
We enjoyed very much our trip
So different from what we live here
It was a fantastic experience !
please find below a short text about our very nice experience in Guilin you organized for us. I'm including also few pictures. Please do not write our family names, you can write "Elisa and Federico, 30 years old from Italy". We thank you again for your kindness and professionalism.
Guilin Trip September 2017
We decided to visit the Guilin region to explore China outside of big cities such as Beijing or Shanghai. All our Chinese friends recommended this visit, so we started looking for a travel agency on the Internet. We found Chengdu Bamboo International Tours Co., Ltd and we were very happy of their service. Their consultant Rita Jiang was extremely efficient and tailored a trip following exactly our wishes and needs. We could choose the hotels we preferred and customise our sightseeing. The agency arranged for us a local guide and driver. We were extremely satisfied by their professionalism and friendliness. The airline company lost one of our suitcases on the way to
Guilin: our guide was very helpful in managing the communication with the airline’s help desks and in retrieving the lost luggage. In addition, the guide was extremely flexible. For instance, she organised a visit to a tea factory and a tour on the Yao mountain by cable car, that were not foreseen by our original tour. During our stay we visited Guilin, Yangshuo and Longsheng. Guilin is a nice small city, very lively and animated. We could enjoy the Elephant trunk hill park and the Reed flute cave, real miracles of nature. We went to Yangshuo by boat, and the cruise was really spectacular. The river is surrounded by high, green mountains. Yangshuo’s countryside has not to be missed, and we could enjoy both a walk along the river and a hike to the top of the Moon hill. We then visited the Longsheng rice terraces, where we could really appreciate the marvellous rice fields and enchanting small villages. It was a real pity to leave, actually. The organization was very good, the people we met very friendly, food was delicious and the landscapes amazing. A very good experience, we really recommend it. We are thankful to Rita and to Chengdu Bamboo agency for organizing this trip and for taking care of us during the whole stay.
Elisa and Federico
It was our first time travelling with China Discovery, and we must say our tour of Hangzhou and Huangshan from 12-19 September 2017 was most enjoyable. For ease of discussion, we have divided our tour into three parts – Hangzhou 12-15, Huangshan 15-18, Hangzhou 18-19 – because the guides were different for each leg. To gauge our tour satisfaction, we asked ourselves two questions:
1. Would we travel with China Discovery again?
2. What factors contributed to our satisfaction?
Without a doubt, if we were to travel within China again, we would rate China Discovery very highly in our choice of tour operator. Mr Wonder Wang has been very approachable, giving suggestions while taking into consideration all our inputs and ideas, plus answering all our questions in a timely manner. It is no idle boast when they say they will answer every email within 24 hours. When we wanted a change of hotel for variety’s sake for our last night in Hangzhou, 18th, Wonder was amenable to our request. This last night in Hangzhou led us to explore a different side of West Lake, vastly changing our erstwhile bland impression of the famed tourist site.
May we suggest that you advise your clients to stay, when in Hangzhou, in Sofitel rather than in Dragon Hotel. The proximity of Sofitel to the far-more-vibrant bank of West Lake makes for amazing photo opportunities, colourful evening strolls and stops at interesting eateries. Of course, there could be a price differentiation between the two 5-star hotels, but location is worth paying for.
For the Huangshan segment of our tour, we cannot commend any more highly the impeccable services offered by our English-speaking guide, Mr Jerry Xia. That he knew well the places of interest, had local knowledge, and historical insights were to be expected of any competent guide. However, he often went out of his way to ensure our comfort and security. He not only checked us into our hotels, but also secured rooms with a double bed, a view and away from noisy guests. He was the first guide in all our years of travel to lead us to our rooms (what happened to the bellboys?) and check that our rooms were satisfactory, before leaving. Since the evening meals were not included in the tour, he often gave us suggestions on what to eat. Thanks to him we can brag that we have tasted Hangzhou’s famed Stinky Fish!
When guiding us, he always had a plan, which he would introduce as his “suggestion”. (This was Jerry – helpful without being obtrusive and loud.) Without hesitation, we would agree, and never once did we regret doing so. In this manner, we saw Hongcun and Xidi in one afternoon, taking away with us many beautiful shots of the water towns that rightly deserve their Unesco status.
Huangshan was equally stunning. After we had arrived in the afternoon, Jerry showed us the way to Purple Cloud Peak, prepping us for the 4.30am climb tomorrow morning to catch the sunrise. And in case we got thirsty, he had carried two bottles of water for us up the mountain. We promptly declined because we had brought some bottles with us too. When this argument proved useless with him, we pressed one bottle upon him. Again he politely declined, saying very diplomatically that he preferred the locals’ Longjin tea. The next day’s trek down to Xihai Grand Canyon was spectacular. True, it was nature at its best; not to be outdone was China’s amazing engineering feat in sticking the spindly staircase to the mountainside. We also have many photos to help us recall the extraordinary views.
Will we redo Huangshan? There is a good possibility and, taking Jerry’s advice, we might do it even in winter to see the Yellow Mountain in a totally different colour. One point is non-negotiable -- Jerry must be the guide.
Please see photos attached.
All the best to you, Wonder.
CS and SC
Picturesque Lake in Hongcun Village
Amazing Sunrise Seen from Mount Huang
Featured Peaks in Mount Huang
As I already told you, the China Discovery trip was excellent. Too short in fact. I should have chosen one or two days more in order to explore the western steps as well. I herewith send you a few photos I made in the Huangshan mountains on the 25th of september. Hope you like them.
Mike on the rocky steps, narrow space
Hangpad hoog links nog beter
Evenwicht tartende boorm op rotswand
we had a great visit to Lhasa and enjoyed the cultural contrast with the rest of China. Our driver Lodo and guide Lusha were great. They were punctual and helpful and got us around all of the sites in good time. Lusha had great knowledge of Buddhist history. We enjoyed the restaurants chosen for lunch. A good guide also knows where the clean toilets are - thanks Lusha
Thank you Tracy for coordinating the trip. We would recommend Lhasa as a place to visit and would recommend Tibet Discovery
Thanks for your email. Our holiday is over and we’re now back in Australia.
I have a travel blog and plan to share my adventures in Zhangjiajie with China Discovery in the months ahead.
I can send you the link when the Zhangjiajie stories are published if you like? You’d be welcome to share it!
We filled out a questionnaire before being dropped at the airport (with Andy) so I won’t repeat by answering the questions below.
Thank you for following up and sorry for not being in touch for a while. My group has been back safe and sound.
For the trip in Lhasa, three out of four team members of my group were altitude sickness,that caused to some delay in the morning of day 2. However, after being treatment by doctors, they recorvered and continued with the trip.
We enjoyed the trip in Lhasa and were fine with the arrangement. Especially, we are happy and appreciate the support of the tour guide - Mr. Lu during the trip. He is very enthusiatic and knowledgeable. Lu and the driver also supported us to find a phone, that we thought was lost during the trip. All are great memories and experience for us.
Last but not least, thank you for your support throughout the time. We definitely will recommend my friends and family should they want to come to Lhasa/China.
We will share some photos that was taken during the trip later on.
Have a great day Lyn.
Dear Ms. Lyn Wang,
Back in Germany I can tell you that all around the cruise worked well.
The two guides were friendly and helpful.
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