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  • Forbidden City
  • Li River
  • Badaling Great Wall
  • Ciqikou Old Town
  • Panda Room in Chongqing Zoo
  • Summer Palace
  • The Temple of Heaven
  • General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum
  • Hutong Tours in Rickshaw
  • Ming Tombs
  • The Sacred Way
  • Tiananmen Square

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16 Days HongKong, Guilin, Chongqing, Shanghai, Beijing Budget Tour with Yangtze Cruise

Tour Code: CBT12
Tour Duration: 16 Days
Destination: Beijing, Chongqing, Guilin, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Yangshuo, Yichang
Tour overview: This budget tour is a combination of British feeling in Hong Kong, Li River Cruise and picturesque rural scenery in Guilin and Yangshuo, visiting pandas in Chongqing, amazing Yangtze Cruise, highlights in Shangahi and Beijing...

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16 Days HongKong, Guilin, Chongqing, Shanghai, Beijing Budget Tour with Yangtze Cruise 16 Days HongKong, Guilin, Chongqing, Shanghai, Beijing Budget Tour with Yangtze Cruise 16 Days HongKong, Guilin, Chongqing, Shanghai, Beijing Budget Tour with Yangtze Cruise 16 Days HongKong, Guilin, Chongqing, Shanghai, Beijing Budget Tour with Yangtze Cruise

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Hong Kong Upon arrival at the airport, take a taxi to the reserved 3-star hotel and handle the check-in procedure on your own. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Harbour Grand Hong Kong Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay HK YWCA The Garden View
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Day 2 Hong Kong Full day is free while only the hotel with breakfast is reserved for you. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Harbour Grand Hong Kong Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay HK YWCA The Garden View
B
Day 3 Hong Kong/Guilin Free at leisure until you make your way to get to Hong Kong airport to board the flight and fly to Guilin in the afternoon.When you arrive in Guilin, you will be met by your local guide and then be transferred to the hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sheraton Guilin Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel GuiLin Eva Inn Hotel
B
Day 4 Guilin/Yangshuo Today you will take a Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. Disembark at the old town Yangshuo in the afternoon around 14:00pm. Then you will find the way to get to your hotel in Yangshuo and handle the check-in procedure on your own. The rest of the day will be free for exploring the town on your own. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Guilin Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel New Century Hotel Aiyuan Hotel
B,L
Day 5 Yangshuo/Guilin Take the shuttle bus back to your hotel in Guilin and handle the check in procedure on your own. You can see the Guilin day trip suggestions on our website for reference. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sheraton Guilin Hotel Guilin Bravo Hotel GuiLin Eva Inn Hotel
B
Day 6 Guilin/Chongqing Today, on your own you will get to Guilin airport and board the flight to Chongqing.Upon arrival at the Chongqing airport, you will be met by the local guide and Visit the Panda Room in Chongqing Zoo , General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum and Ciqikou Old Town .Then be transferred to dock to board the cruise ship. Your memorable Yangtze River tour begins at 22:00. Details... B
Day 7 Yangtze Cruise (8:00-10:00) Shore excursion to either Fengdu Ghost City or Wanxian, or Shibaozhai (depending on river conditions). Details... B,L,D
Day 8 Yangtze Cruise (08:00-13:00) Passing through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge.
(13:00-16:30) Boat excursion to Shennong Stream.
(17:30) Passing through Xiling Gorge. Details...
B,L,D
Day 9 Yangtze Cruise/Yichang/Shanghai (08:00-10:00) Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site.
(13:00) Disembark at Yichang
Your tour guide in Yichang will meet you on board and transfer you to Yichang City and visit the Yichang Museum if time permits. Then see you off at the airport for a flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival at the Shanghai Hongqiao airport, take a taxi (it is about CNY80 to CNY100 per car from the airport to your hotel) to the reserved hotel in Shanghai and handle the check-in procedure on your own. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
B,L
Day 10 Shanghai Today is a free day is for you to explore this international metropolis by yourself. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
B
Day 11 Shanghai One more free day for you in Shanghai so that you could savor the international metropolis flavor further. You could refer to Shanghai Day Trip on our website to choose your favourite tour schedule. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
B
Day 12 Shanghai/Beijing Today you will check out the hotel and arrange the way to airport to board the flight to Beijing by yourself. Be greeted by our local guide upon your arrival in Beijing and then be transferred to your hotel.After a short rest,visit Summer Palace . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
B
Day 13 Beijing In the morning, visit Badaling Great Wall ; in the afternoon,visit Ming Tombs and The Sacred Way . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
B
Day 14 Beijing Today you will visit The Temple of Heaven , Tiananmen Square , Forbidden City and then experience Hutong Tours in Rickshaw . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
B
Day 15 Beijing Today a totally free day for your to explore the city by yourself. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
B
Day 16 Beijing Free at leisure until your guide pick up you from your hotel lobby and transfer you to airport for your flight leave Beijing. Your pleasant China tour ends here. Details... B
Season Tour Class Group Size
2-5pax
Low Season 3*(Tourist Class) $2380
Peak Season 3*(Tourist Class) $2380
Shoulder Season 3*(Tourist Class) $2380
1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Include

A. Entrance fees:To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclude

A. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
H. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.

Day 1 Hong Kong Arrival

Transfer via: Flight –on your own arrangement

Upon arrival at the airport in Hong Kong, take a taxi to the reserved 3-star hotel and handle the check-in procedure on your own.

Day 2 Hong Kong (B)

Hong Kong (B)

Full day is free while only the hotel with breakfast is reserved for you. You are suggested to visit Victoria Peak, which is features the city’s oldest mode transport, the 112-year old Peak Tram and HongKong’s most unusual building and icon. The Repulse Bay: Primarily an exclusive residential area, Repulse Bay has a relaxed, resort-like atmosphere. You will find statues of Kwun Yum and Tin Hau, both protectors of fishermen. The Aberdeen fishing village where you will enjoy a Sampan Ride on the harbor to get a close-up look at this unusual way of life.

Day 3 Hong Kong / Guilin (B)

Transfer via: Flight –on our arrangement

Free at leisure until this afternoon, you will make your way to get to Hong Kong airport to board the flight and fly to Guilin. We book the flight ticket for you and will inform you the flight information ahead of schedule. You only need to show your passports at the designed counter of the airport and to change the boarding card. When you arrive in Guilin, you will be met by your local guide and then be transferred to the hotel.

Today you are suggested to feast yourself with endless shopping fun and yummy worldwide food in this Shopping Paradise. The largest and the most notable shopping mall in Kowloon area is the Harbor City. You can take a Metro bus to Tsim Sha Tsui Station; go out from the exit A1 and walk for less than 5 minutes. Harbor City offers a wide variety of fashion and trendy brands. What's more, flagship stores of different international famous brands are concentrated at Canton Road, providing customers with a one-stop shopping experience.

Day 4 Guilin / Yangshuo (B, L)

Guilin / Yangshuo (B, L)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle-on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Li River Cruise


Guilin is famous for its picturesque scenery, and the best way to see it is from the deck of Li River Cruise ships. We suggest a big breakfast at your hotel since the lunch on the Li River Cruise is not up to the normal standard. Be transferred to the Zhujiang Pier (about 1 hour drive) for a 4.5 hours wonderful cruise.

The following Li River cruise tour and a half-day Yangshuo trip will be handled on your own. You will enjoy the unique mountains, peaceful green fields, farms and villages with water buffalos, cows wondering around on both sides of the river bank. Disembark at the old town Yangshuo in the afternoon around 14:00pm. Then you will find the way to get to your hotel in Yangshuo and handle the check-in procedure on your own.

Afternoon, you can stroll along the famous West Street, which is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. You can have a short exploration to the old town’s lovely attractions. Also, you could rent a bicycle or an electric car to tour around the countryside, which is not far away from the town and usually it will take one and a half hour. you will enjoy the wonderful rural scenery.

Day 5 Yangshuo – Guilin (B)

Yangshuo – Guilin (B)

Transfer via: Shuttle Bus- on your own arrangement

Full day is free. You might take an electric car to visit the Ancient Banyan tree Park and feel the local folkway by having lunch at the village restaurant. The shuttle bus ticket from Yangshuo to Guilin can be purchased easily at the front desk of your hotel.

Take the shuttle bus back to your hotel in Guilin and handle the check in procedure on your own. You are advised to visit the Reed Flute Cave which is located in the Guangming Hill, northwestern of Guilin city. 40 minutes' lingering in the amazing nature-formed sights under the spotlights is worthwhile. No.3 or No. 58 bus could take you there. The rest of the day can be spent on the Seven Star Park and the Elephant Trunk Hill. (Please click for more Guilin day trip suggestions)

Day 6 Guilin / Chongqing (B)

Guilin / Chongqing (B)

Transfer via: Flight –on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Chongqing Zoo, Residence of General Joseph W.Stilwell, Ci Qi Kou


Today you will finish the Guilin tour and fly to Chongqing. On your own arrangement to get to Guilin airport and board the flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival at the Chongqing airport, you will be met by the local guide and Visit the Panda House in Chongqing Zoo, the Residence of General Joseph W.Stilwell and Ci Qi Kou. Then be transferred to dock to board the cruise ship. Your memorable Yangtze River tour begins at 22:00.

Day 7 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

(8:00-10:00) Shore excursion to either Fengdu Ghost City or Wanxian, or Shibaozhai (depending on river conditions). Then return to the ship and sail towards the magnificent Three Gorges.

Fengdu, with fantastic temples of underworld demons and gods, is constructed on the Mingshan Hill by the river band. It is known as the "Ghost City" and is a place for punishing the devil and awarding the good.

Wanxian is one of the most important and largest ports on the Yangtze. It is widely known for its variety and hustling markets. Fifty percent of the city will be resettled after the Three Gorges Dam Project is completed.

Day 8 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

 

(08:00-13:00) Passing through Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge.
(13:00-16:30) Boat excursion to Shennong Stream.
(17:30) Passing through Xiling Gorge.


Shennong Stream is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. The stream races past large and small karst caves, flocks of swallows, sheer cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored springs, rapids, the ancient plank path, a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups of ancient tombs and marvelous karst formations.

Day 9 Yangtze Cruise/ Yichang / Shanghai (B, L)

Yangtze Cruise/ Yichang / Shanghai (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight-on our arrangement

(08:00-10:00) Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site
(13:00) Disembark at Yichang.


Three Gorges Dam is the largest water conservancy project undertaken by man. The construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and the whole construction will be competed in 2009. It will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom. Tourists can get access to the top of the dam.

Your tour guide in Yichang will meet you on board and transfer you to Yichang City and visit the Yichang Museum if time permits. Then see you off at the airport for a flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival at the Shanghai Hongqiao airport, take a taxi (it is about CNY80 to CNY100 per car from the airport to your hotel) to the reserved hotel in Shanghai and handle the check-in procedure on your own.

Day 10 Shanghai (B)

Shanghai (B)

Today is a free day is for you to explore this international metropolis by yourself. It is advised to walk around the famous Shanghai Bund and see the towering buildings scattered near and far, a perfect mixture of the eastern and western cultures. Visit the symbolistic scenic spots as Shanghai museum, Yuyuan Garden Take a boat tour on the Huangpu River and have a great view of the Pudong district on your own. The boat usually runs from the Zhongshan Dong Lu (East Zhongshan Road) to the Wusongkou dock every one hour in the day time.

Day 11 Shanghai (B)

Shanghai (B)

One more free day for you in Shanghai so that you could savor the international metropolis flavor further. You could refer to Shanghai Day Trip to choose your favourite tour schedule.

Day 12 Shanghai / Beijing (B)

Shanghai / Beijing (B)

Transfer via: Flight –on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Summer Palace,

Today you will check out the hotel and arrange the way to airport to board the flight to Beijing by yourself. You will be greeted by our local guide upon your arrival and then be transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car.

After a short rest, we continue to visit the Summer Palace. Equally famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called 'Yiheyuan' (Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. It is up to now the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China. You may regret it if you come to Beijing without visiting this grand imperial garden.

Day 13 Beijing (B)

Beijing (B)

Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Sacred Way

After experience of the royal lifestyle, today we will spend about 1.5 hours to be transferred outside the city to the surrounding countryside for a visit to the Badaling Great Wall, the pride of China and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Whereas Genghis Khan contemplated it as a military obstacle, Richard Nixon saw it as one of humankind's greatest achievements. You will be able to climb and walk the 2,000 years old ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountain views.

This afternoon we will visit the legendary Ming Tombs, The Ming Tombs are situated at the foot of Heavenly Longevity Mountain, northwest of Beijing. Since there are 13Ming emperors buried there, there are also called the 13 Ming Tombs. Passing though the Sacred Way, a road guarded on both sides with stone statues by which the ancient emperors went to hold a memorial ceremony for the ancestors, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors.

Day 14 Beijing (B)

Beijing (B)

Sightseeing: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong tour in Rickshaw

We start today's highlights with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, The temple of Heaven was where the Emperor came every winter solstice to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest. With the three blue-tiled cone-shaped roofs, a unique wooden and blue-tiled structure built without a nail, it has become a worldwide symbol of Beijing.

After lunch, we go on our city tours to visit Tiananmen Square, the symbolical heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people.

From here we walk across the Golden River Bridge to visit the Forbidden City and experience ancient Emperor's daily life. Forbidden City was the largest palace in the world, and it was indeed a forbidden place limited to commoners for 500 year in the past. Your tour here will include private access to the Emperor's palace.

We will also experience a unique Hutong tour by taking rickshaw this morning. Hutongs are a kind of ancient city alley or lane that is typical in Beijing. Most of them are found around the Forbidden City, and many were built during the three dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing. Today, the Hutong is a living museum of Beijing history showing the traditional lifestyle of Beijing people.

Day 15 Beijing (B)

Beijing (B)

After two days visit, you might get familiar with Beijing City. Today a totally free day for your to explore the city by yourself. You can see Beijing Day Trip on our website for reference.

Day 16 Beijing Departrue(B)

Transfer via: Flight –on your own arrangement

Free at leisure until your guide pick up you from your hotel lobby and transfer you to airport for your flight leave Beijing. Your pleasant China tour ends here

Comment on our service from Chew Huay Huay, Singapore
Would like to commend on the tour guides, drivers and accommodation that VOC has arranged for us. The guides and drivers are very professional,very helpful, thoughtful, caring and experienced. They practised good ethics as well. We definitely have a wonderful touring experience and I will definitely recommend your company to my friends.

Dear Molly,

Hope you have been well.

We will be returning to Singapore in a couple of hours.

Would like to commend on the tour guides, drivers and accommodation that VOC has arranged for us. The guides and drivers are very professional,very helpful, thoughtful, caring and experienced. They practised good ethics as well.

We definitely have a wonderful touring experience and I will definitely recommend your company to my friends.

Regards,

Mrs Wee

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Comment on our service from Jayne Ellen Wilgus, USA
You put together a wonderful itinerary for our two-week vacation in China. We enjoyed our guides, the food, and the hotels.

Van and I thought you put together a wonderful itinerary for our two-week vacation in China. Even though we missed a day in Beijing due to bad weather, our guide was very accommodating and helped us see as much as possible in the two remaining days.  

We enjoyed our guides, the food, and the hotels.

Thank you for all of your help in putting together this trip.

Best,

Jayne


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Comment on our service from Arnold Demeyere, Belgium

“By accident” we get contact with visitourchina. It has been one of the best trips we ever had, we’ve learned very much of this part of China, enjoying the people we’ve met and with who we’ve got contact. It give us a real view of Chinese people and community and for us, a new world opened. A very good society, well organised, Nanning very good organised concerning environment and climate.

Dear friends of visitourchina,


We went to visit Nanning between April 28th and May 3rd 2019 with my wife and my daughter.

For us, it would be the first visit to China and we needed some support to organise this as I wanted to organise it all by myself (hotel, plane, visa, …). But as I was organising everything I felt the need of some extra support and help from people of China (for instance English talking guide, English talking organiser in China to take us around in a personal tour).

“By accident” we get contact with visitourchina. And they “give” us Molly Mo as contact person. It was a winning number from the lottery !

Molly took care of us like “a real mother” ! No question I’ve asked her, she answered them immediately with her advice and experience. Always in a very friendly and positive way, adding a human sense so we were even more longing to visit Nanning and it’s people. Molly organised our guide in Nanning, Wendy, who was TOP for us. Wendy took care of us, from early morning till evening with a very professional view on guiding adding a good human sense to her work. We were so good prepared we had one day on our own and we could fill in without problems.

It has been one of the best trips we ever had, we’ve learned very much of this part of China, enjoying the people we’ve met and with who we’ve got contact. It give us a real view of Chinese people and community and for us, a new world opened. A very good society, well organised, Nanning very good organised concerning environment and climate.

So, we came back from Nanning after a too short stay with very positive feelings, hoping once more to visit China again.

We’re very grateful to Molly in the first place. She is the ideal person to represent Visitourchina. She take care of my many, many questions with a great heart, she had many patience with us and she never disappointed us, her answers give us the extra love for China and it’s people. Visitourchina must be happy with her.

It's a pity we couldn’t see her to transform our personal gratitude to her. Many, many, many thanks !


I hope this is not my least mail to you, I would miss our contacts,


Arnold en Rattana Demeyere




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Comment on our service from Brandon Michael Driggs,USA

The tour was great. Both guide and driver are very friendly and helpful. For the meals on the trip, so much food and delicious dishes. We loved the trip. Thanks for all your help.

Hi Molly,

The tour was great. Both guide and driver are very friendly and helpful. For the meals on the trip, so much food and delicious dishes.

We loved the trip. Thanks for all your help.

Best wishes,

Brandon


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Comment on our service from Serene Zhou,Philippines

I must extend our thanks to you and the Tour Guide for this trip Peter. The trip was fun and informative.

Hi Stella,

I must extend our thanks to you and the Tour Guide for this trip Peter (Hope i didn't get his name wrong) .

The trip was fun and informative. Peter is extremely caring and helpful to all the guests who participated in this group trip to Mutianyu great wall & Ming Tombs tour. He made sure nobody was left out of left behind. He is very polite and attentive to our needs.

Peter also made sure we are safe, he was concerned about the distance if the guests could find their hotel or find their way back to their hotel. I must thank Peter for insisting to drop us near our hotel where we CAN see our hotel building at least.

I hope you can let Peter know that he's an awesome guide and the Americans and the rest of us had so much fun.

Best Regards,

Serene Zhou & Ernest


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Comment on our service from Qiao Wenshu, Australia

This is a tour agency in China that provides private English tours. If I needed another private tour, would I use them again? Definitely!! I would recommend them for the service too.



This is a tour agency in China that provides private English tours. I booked a 1 person private tour with these people for 4 days trip in Harbin for the Winter festival and I think it was really worth it.

I booked a 4 day tour in Harbin with them at the last minute and the person I contacted was Molly, who did all the arrangements for me. They pulled it off at the last minute, and around Chinese new year too! I contacted them just before Chinese New year and they responded really quick (yes, China time is 3 hours behind Sydney, so my responses came after 12pm local time each day). She even told me they will be on public holiday from Chinese New Year until Monday the 11th of Feb and then on Monday the 11th of Feb, I got a message from her back with a quote from the local partners first thing, so I was able to make other arrangements quickly, like getting my plane tickets, and visa.

Molly provided me with an itinerary and a quote and I was happy with it, costed $1560 AUD including single non-shared accommodation (I chose 3 star accommodation because I am not fussy about the hotel), breakfast, private transport, pick up and drop off from airport, driver, and an English speaking guide all for myself, so I had 2 people helping me out during my time there, plus entry tickets to all the attractions, for 4 days. I saw a local Australian tour company that had a 5 day Harbin group tour for $1525 AUD with a maximum of 12 people, but it’s really a 3 day tour because that tour lets people arrive in Beijing, then everyone catches the train overnight to Harbin, and days 2-4 are spent sightseeing before catching the train back to Beijing on the 5th day, plus there was another tour company that offered private tours that quoted over $2000 AUD for a similar itinerary, so I believe it was money well spent. My itinerary included the Ice and Snow world, Snow Sculptures and skiing.

Molly gave me the name and contact details of my guide (Allison) as soon as one was allocated to me, and I contacted her on Wechat (a Chinese messenger phone app). Allison is pleasant and speaks English well. The driver helped put my luggage in the car. Allison was knowledgeable and I was impressed that she was flexible and had the sense to check with the local contacts immediately upon picking me up from the airport and getting into the car, to see if the attractions I wanted to see were still open.

Allison took photos for me, and was pretty good at it, and told me lots of relevant history and behind the scenes stories, for example, how the ice blocks are harvested from the river with people standing on the frozen river, drilling holes along the perimeter of the block as deep as it is thick, and connecting them with a saw and lifting them out with a crane; how the Dao in Laodaowai refers to the railway the Russians built when they came to Harbin, and forced the locals out of the railway/developed area, hence the name Lao “Old” Dao “Railway” Wai “outside” refers to outside the railway area.

As a local, she also helped me haggle a better price for the candied fruit sticks (Bing Tang Hu Lu) and I learnt that the Modern (Ma Die Er) Ice cream block is so named because it used to be sold from the Modern Hotel/shop and they were never individually packaged, rather, sold in tubs, so technically it’s only authentic if you buy it from the Modern shop on Central Street. (There is a shop with an oval red neon sign with 1906 on it.), and the original flavours are Original and Coffee (maybe something else, I forgot), the fruit flavours are new, so I recommend the original one. I saw reviews saying it's not that good - last time I was there in the summer I had one and didn't think it lived up to it's reputation because I ate a different branded one, so go for the authentic one at ¥10 each for the original flavour. (same price as the shop in the domestic airport in Harbin). They come on a stick, I haven't see the scoop ones.

Allison also took great care of me as a friend, and helped me walk around on slippery snow/ice and gave me some bandaids and heat packs when I got some grazes from the snow shoe walking around, and warned me not to go onto the frozen lake.

The car I used was a private car, in China, cars are allowed on road according to the numbers on the license plate, to limit the maximum number of cars on the road each day. Thankfully my itinerary was relaxed so there was some space to move around to get everything done, while still being within the permitted days for the car (if it’s outside, you can still have the car on the roads I was told, but just further from the attraction than if it was on a permitted day, which means a little more walking. I got door to door service every day!). It was clean and comfortable inside. Larger groups get coaches.

If I needed another private tour, would I use them again? Definitely!! I would recommend them for the service too. The driver was very professional and like another reviewer said, did not talk all the time, and didn't ask random personal info like local taxi drivers might. Wasn't too much 'awkward silence' either cause I talked with the guide in the back seat.

I got dropped off at the airport and Allison took me directly to the check in counter and they knew exactly which counter and flight I was taking (gave them the info before arriving, was surprised they kept it) so the driver drove me right up to the correct entry. Best service!

Best wishes,

Qiao Wenshu  


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