My travel agency organized a custom 8 day tour of places I wanted to visit in Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai. The tour guides and drivers put me completely at ease, I did not feel like a solo male traveling in a foreign country. My time during the day was utilized efficiently. The guides were knowledgeable about the historical background of places visited. My guide in Beijing lent me 200 Yuan which I paid back after exchanging US dollars at a bank. The guide in Shanghai went above and beyond by waiting for a show to end so that he could escort me back to the hotel using the subway. In each city the guides recommended local ethnic food I would not have discovered on my own, that I enjoyed. In each city the guides made every effort to obtain the best possible seats at shows and ushered me to the seat. In Beijing, my guide boarded the super high speed train to show me to myour seat. My tour coordinator, was available to me via wechat messaging at all times. She was responsive and helpful. The guide in Xi'an did not arrange a visit to Shanxi museum as per my itinerary. After confirming the facts, she apologized profusely and arranged a partial refund through the guide in Shanghai. Overall the 3 star hotels were comfortable with good services including breakfast. For my purpose, the hotel in Shanghai was not within walking distance to downtown. I did not wish to navigate the subway at the the end of the day. Overall I am extremely happy with this company and will definitely call upon them to arrange future trips to other places in China.
I was thrilled and humbled to visit ancient sites such as Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Dingling Tomb, Bell Tower, City Wall Yu Garden, etc some of which were built hundreds of years BC. I was completely awed by the Terracotta and Horse museum. I am impressed by the rapid growth and development of China achieved since the early 90's, especially the development of modern Shanghai along the Pudong river. I enjoyed the food, and my interactions with people who could communicate in English. Chinese people are friendly and helpful.
My trip was planned well, so I would not hesitate to repeat it.
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