- Reviewed on February 13, 2020
First my wife and i are very concerned about you & family plus our guides and their families due to the coronavirus.
We had a fantastic time in China just a few months ago.
1. Our travel arrangements were PERFECT! It was an affordable vacation yet for only a few dollars over base cost we were able to upgrade to Hainan airlines and 1st class high speed trains,
Plus our hotels (when the front desk is an actual luxury desk you sit at checking in - you relax and know your stay will be so nice!)
We were met on time by friendly staff in each city.
Our local tour guides were great! Each different but good.
We have recommended your tour company many times as we discuss our trip and show our pictures. Everything went very smoothly. As we exchanged emails our perfect vacation developed so easily.
Improvements? Not many. The tour locations, transportation, lunches, drivers & guides etc... were great!
2 things- our guide in Shanghai wanted to tell us so much. She was worried about the time too much. For her, the other guides, and the travellers - please send a simple intro guide lesson for us fo read and take with. So many dynasties, rivers, canals, rocks, pagodas etc...to learn.
Also, the shopping stops were very nice and also affordable.
But, if wasn't until our last morning that i discovered a souvenir shop. To buy tshirts, key chains, refrigerator magnets, etc.. This is an important part of travel as the "themed" location shops dont carry items forg all the friends and family back home.
Also in Xian we had expected fo visit the ancient mosque along with the muslim street.
Thank you for a wonderful trip.
- Reviewed on January 21, 2020
I know you are celebrating but I wanted you to know we made it back to California OK. Thank you for the fine tour. All the guides were great.
- Reviewed on December 25, 2019
Thank you for your help with our tour planning. We had a great time and enjoyed all the food & places we visited.
Have a Merry Christmas and happy New year!
Russell & Anne
- Reviewed on December 03, 2019
Thanks for your email. Anne's knee has now recovered and she has been able to resume her visits to the gym this week.
I have paid the outstanding bill for the Shanghai airport transfer in $USD via PayPal
Thanks once again for all your assistance in setting up our trip and then helping us with the transport variations whilst in China.
It was a pleasure doing business with you and China Discovery
Russell & Anne
Mukund and Seema
- Reviewed on November 6, 2019
Delighted to see your email. Yes, we are both fine and I must say that our China trip worked out extremely well thanks to you. Right from the word go, you have been so helpful and prompt in all your responses. Your advice was great and the choice of places to visit was just right. We do appreciate your help mid-way in getting our room in Novotel, Beijing, changed. All our tour guides – Yoyo in Beijing, Fiona in Hangzhou and Melody in Shanghai were very polite, friendly, helpful and flexible. So were the drivers too. Please covey our heartfelt thanks to all of them. Our thanks are also due to Mark who picked us up when we landed in Shanghai and Tina who was there to pick us up, help us with ticketing and drop us off twice at the Shanghai Railway Station. The weather was good throughout and everything went exactly as planned. Without doubt, we will recommend you and China Discovery to our friends. In fact, we have done so to many already.
Many thanks again and warm regards from both of us,
- Reviewed on October 13, 2019
CHINA DISCOVERY (CHENGDU CHINA): chinadiscovery.com Highly recommended.
The itinerary ; 16 days private tour in Shanghai Hangzhou Guilin Zhangjiajie Xian Beijing and group tour Yangtze Cruise (13th Sept to 28th September 2019)
If there is one word that best describes the flow of our 16 day long tour to China , the word is SEAMLESS. Our tour operator China discovery (based out of Chengdu China) were simply awesome. Right from the time we landed to the our last day they ensured we were cared for and made all efforts to make the trip memorable. It all started with an email to Leo Li (Representative at China Discovery). I’m sure he practices meditation coz he never lost his cool answering the several questions we had and innumerable changes we made before landing. He replied to my queries even whilst on his personal leave….that’s dedication. He guided me on the dates. We would have landed during golden week and that would have been a challenge with the local holiday crowds. Leo was also empathetic when we lost our perfumes, hairspray and swiss knife to security at the railway station in Xian (bear in mind you cannot have these if you are taking the bullet trains). He arranged to pick the confiscated items from the railway authorities and ship it back to us in Dubai. The level of service is par excellence. Having travelled extensively I can vouch for China discovery for the extra-efforts they put in to make it a great experience.
All tour guides spoke good English (Trust me you need one). I would like to mention KAI (Our guide in Beijing). He is an excellent story teller. Got us hooked to the history of China (Wish I had someone like him teach us in School). Then there were the other guides who gave us enough time as required, never overdoing the information bit. Answering the never ending questions we threw at them.
Our only setback during the trip was missing The forbidden city tour. The site was closed earlier than expected; as preparations were on for the 70th National Day. However we were re-imbursed by the tour operator.
China has something for everyone. We chose the more scene route. Avatar mountains of Zhangjiajie are surreal, the rice terraces of Guilin, the Li river cruise , the lake city of Hangzhou and the Yangtze cruise were all a delight to experience. We insisted on a no-shopping tour.
Food can be a bit of a challenge to a few . Chinese food although popular may be quite different than how its made in a foreign land. If you are a vegetarian , pls specify this to your tour operator to help them guide you.
Hotel rooms were comfortable and locations were perfect. We could wander around the happening streets in every city and enjoy a dinner and a drink whilst taking in the local experiences.
People of China love to take pics with foreigners and its fun to share a smile , a laughter or even a hug with well-meaning individuals. Chinese parents encourage their kids to speak in English. So do indulge in a bit of a chat with the little one’s .
When visiting China , ensure you give it at least 2 weeks. It’s a huge country, with every city/town/village offering different experiences.
Keep an eye out for what you cannot carry on train journeys or risk prohibited items getting forfeited.
VPN : Buy it to stay connected.
Have an offline app to translate your language into Mandarin (This is a BIG help)
Do not take offence if the Chinese don’t smile back at you. They are not being rude. It’s just my understanding that they do not know what to make of your smile. They do not understand your intent or it could be that they simply don’t smile often. They are lovely people if you get to know them .
Do not pack in too much for the day. Every location has lots to see, so a lot of walking. Shortlist your choices and finish the day at around 5 or 6 p.m . This way you are ready for the next day.
China will surprise you in ways you weren’t expecting. This middle kingdom is indeed a sleeping giant as Napoleon Bonaparte rightly put. The country has had a remarkable growth economically. They have adapted to change .The transportation systems are super-efficient , the development in tourism is surprising and all these changes while keeping its traditions and culture alive.
- Reviewed on September 13, 2019
Thanks Lyn for looking after my Aunt Tan Sock Kia n her daughter Alison Hack - they both enjoyed Hangzhou very much n will travel with you again n also will recommend you to their friends!!
- Reviewed on September 7, 2019
All is going very well.
We have especially loved Huangshan Mountain and Bishan. Gerry in Hangzhou was a very good guide and Jerry in Huangshan was outstanding. We are now on the train to Guilin. Everything has gone perfectly smoothly. Thank you.
- Reviewed on August 8, 2019
This is a late thank you note for all your assistance during our July trip to Hangzhou.
Though we didn't quite start on the best note possible, we had a very good time after all.
Our driver and guide were both very responsible and pleasant to be with, and the tour program was quite satisfactory.
I still would be hesitant to recommend Wyndham Grand to those who plan to travel to Hangzhou, but we were very grateful to your kind efforts and the hotel manager's prompt actions.
Again, thank you for everything, and we hope to work with you again in the future on another trip to China.
- Reviewed on July 11, 2019
We had a really wonderful trip - thank you for all of your arrangements. I really appreciate all of your efforts to accommodate our group’s many requests leading up to the tour.
The best single aspect during the tour was the quality of the guides in each city. Each was excellent at flexibly accommodating our group’s requests, and in tailoring to the wide needs of our group, from my 74-year-old father down to my 11.5-month-old niece.
If I had to choose one detail of the tour to improve, it would be the hotel in Hangzhou, which compared relatively poorly to the great hotels in Beijing, Huangshan, and Suzhou in terms of room quality. Even so, the breakfast at the Hangzhou hotel was excellent, as was the location.
Overall, we had an extremely memorable trip, and are so happy that three generations could share such a wonderful experience together. My parents have already recommended China Discovery to friends, and I will also be in touch again the next time we visit China and need guide services.
Thank you again for all of your efforts on our behalf for this tour!
- Reviewed on July 10, 2019
Thank you for your email. The Yangtze cruise was wonderful. The staff on board were very helpful, accommodating and positive. The food was lovely, and the weather held up well for most of the cruise.
I will be back at work from tomorrow (Thursday) and will discuss further with colleagues who are interested in coming with me.
Thank you again for all of your assistance booking the Yangtze trip (my first ever organised tour inside China, usually I just travel on my own) and I look forward to your assistance with my Tibet trip.
I’ve included a few photos from the trip below.
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- Reviewed on May 20, 2019
We had a wonderful time in Huang Shan and HangZhou. Thank you for arranging such a great tour.
Joe and Lulu, both are very knowledgeable and helpful. We are very pleased with their guidance and help.
We will definitely go with ChinaDiscovery.com again in the future, and highly recommend you to our friends and family.
As you know this is our first time with your tour, we booked the tour based on the online reviews alone.
through correspondence with you, it helped us to book the tour with you.
However, we are still a little nervous when we had not received confirmation flight tickets from Wuhan to Huang Shan a few days before the scheduled date.
Now we understand why you could not issue the tickets earlier. And maybe our case was kind of unique.
Now that we have experienced with your tour, we will not have any more doubts, and we will be able to convince our friends the same.
But it would be very helpful, if you could give first time clients a little more confidence of your company credential and commitment.
Thank you again for a wonderful time we had.
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