Our China tour operator's service and personnel were professional, thorough and knowledgeable. We developed a fairly complicated 17 day trip with our travel agent who handled all of our requests, changes and questions as our travel adviser. She gave us suggestions on sites, events and attractions throughout the process.
We had 6 different guides who were all knowledgeable about their cities, history and culture, which we requested. One of our guides with the most experience, was the least accommodating and attentive so I am not sure 10-15 yrs as a guide is necessary. Most of our guides had at least 3 years or more.
We covered a considerable amount of ground in 17 days which we would never have been able to do with out the planning and help from our tour company. Our flight to San Francisco was delayed which caused us to miss our connection to Shanghai. Because we missed an entire day in Shanghai, our travel agent was able to give us a refund for the hotel and events we missed. This was more than United offered even with them being the cause.
I would highly recommend this travel company for a private tour. They were able to deliver a superior product within our budget.
The must see historical sites are the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terra Cotta Warriors. We also enjoyed getting off the beaten path in Datong to see the Hanging Temples and Yungang Grottes and lunch at a tea framers house in Hangzhou.
The final leg of our trip was in Guilin and Yangshuo with the Rices Terraces, Lee River cruise, bamboo rafts, minority groups village and cooking class. We took a cooking class in Beijing and Yangshuo, our travel agent recommended Yangshuo highly which was our groups over all favorite also. It was a perfect way to end the trip because it was more relaxing.
I wish we had had more time in Shanghai due to our 24 hr delay and possibly a day less in Beijing. We were overwhelmed with the traffic in Beijing, the length of time it took to get anywhere and an uncomfortable van. We decided not to go to the summer palace because it would have been another 4 hrs in the van.
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