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Happy Family Immersed in Mountains and Rivers in Southern China

-- Sommer Family's 15 Days Southern China Exploration in Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, and Chengdu

We are very very happy with the whole package of services and arrangements you made for us via your company. I will be submitting a positive feedback for China Discovery in TripAdvisor when I have the time. Everything went seamlessly, the guides were perfect. On this front Daniel was the best from them all our family felt he really spent time telling us details and we learnt a lot from him about Chinese culture and customs in Guilin. He was also very patient and flexible (so were the other guides by the way). The fact that he was from Yangshou also could be why we got more details and could see his passion and that he a more experienced guide. The other guides were all good too, but Daniel really was the best.

Most of all I would like to thank you for your patience in working with me to develop the holiday suited to our needs. My husband and children were very happy with the arrangements. I have not gotten this professional level of support before, most companies are reluctant to work with their clients and push their own tour agenda. You really were very helpful in researching the type of hotels I wanted and making the bookings. On the hotel, I wish China would promote more the small boutique hotels like Yangshou Mountain Retreat and the Longji Art Hotel.... foreign tourists really like these as you can escape the big Chinese tour groups and their loud guides using loud speakers that mostly stay in big hotels.

Sommer Family Spent a Leisure Time at Yangshou Mountain Retreat with Yulong River Flowing Alongside, Photo Shared by Sommer, Tour Customized by Johnson

Sommer Family Spent a Leisure Time at Yangshou Mountain Retreat with Yulong River Flowing Alongside

With regard to the tour of the Water Town near Shanghai, I would like to give you feedback that the guide did not initially take us to the area where there are the tea shops along the river, its a good thing I had read about it in TripAdvisor so I told her we wanted to go there. Which was great, we had coffee in one of these places. I really recommend telling your guides to take your clients for some coffee or tea to these teashops along the canal. The visit to the pharmacy is not worth the trip, please drop it from you itinerary.

Say Hello to the Boatman at Zhujiajiao Ancient Town in Shanghai, Photo Shared by Sommer, Tour Customized by Johnson

Say Hello to the Boatman at Zhujiajiao Ancient Town in Shanghai

Zhangjiajie was fantastic, we loved the hiking and walking along the river. The Sky Bridge and the walk along the river was also great. Loved it. Tianmen Mountain was beautiful as well, however we did not like the crowds so much there.

Golden Whip Stream and Pillar-like Mountains in Zhangjiajie, Photo Shared by Sommer, Tour Customized by Johnson

Golden Whip Stream and Pillar-like Mountains in Zhangjiajie

Yangshou and Longji were our MOST favorite places and our favorite hotels. If we come to China again we all voted to go to Yangshou again. I would skip Guilin, nice place and we had a nice tour of the 2 rivers, 4 lakes but for as foreign tourist I'd rather have spent more days in Yangshou and Longji hiking and relaxing. Especially since you don't come across the big tour groups at all, only families.

Biking, Yulong River Bamboo Rafting in Yangshuo, and Seeing Grand Li River from Xianggong Mountain, Photo Shared by Sommer, Tour Customized by Johnson

Biking, Yulong River Bamboo Rafting in Yangshuo, and Seeing Grand Li River from Xianggong Mountain

Wooden Houses in Longji and Spetacular Longji Rice Terraces, Photo Shared by Sommer, Tour Customized by Johnson

Wooden Houses in Longji and Spetacular Longji Rice Terraces

Ancient Zhuang Village and the Yao Minority Long-Hair Woman in Longji, Photo Shared by Sommer, Tour Customized by Johnson

Ancient Zhuang Village and the Yao Minority Long-Hair Woman in Longji

Chengdu is a fascinating city, we like the fact that the guide taught us how to play Majong, now we all want to buy a Majong set. That was really kind of her. The Panda visit was not that impressive, we had hoped it was more natural and required some hiking etc. like safaris we are used to in India and Africa. Next time, if we come to China we would like to go to the Panda Reserve in the wilderness and camp there for a few days and then also visit Tibet. I understand that your company can arrange this too. Do you have good outdoor nature guides with good camping and wilderness experience in Panda country?

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Johnson

" Hi, I'm Johnson, the Sommer Family's travel consultant. They spent 15 memorable days exploring the southern part of China from Shanghai to Chengdu. Are you interested in their trip? You can feel free to contact me for more details of their travel such as trip itinerary, transportation, accommodation and other arrangements. I will tell you any information you want and you may know more interesting stories of China tour. If you want to travel the same way as them or you want to customize your own China tour, just contact me and I will spare no efforts to meet your demands. It’s my great pleasure to invite you to our country and join us in appreciating this charming land, both ancient and modern. "

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