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  • Archaeological Site of Yin Xu
  • Forbidden City
  • Mount Tai
  • Shaolin Temple
  • Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius / San Kong
  • The Bund
  • The Longmen Grottoes
  • The Terracotta Army and Horses
  • Dai Temple/Daimiao
  • Oriental Pearl TV Tower
  • The Baima Temple
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Summer Palace
  • Yellow River Scenery Area
  • Yuyuan Garden
  • Ancient City Wall
  • Jade Buddha Temple
  • The Temple of Heaven
  • Nanjing Road
  • Shaanxi Provincial Museum
  • Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium)
  • Hutong Tours in Rickshaw
  • Mutianyu Great Wall
  • National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube') Beijing
  • Shanghai French Concession
  • Shanghai Museum
  • Tiananmen Square

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15 Days China Confucians Culture & Central Plains Tour

Tour Code: CWHT03
Tour Duration: 15 Days
Destination: Anyang, Beijing, Jinan, Luoyang, Qufu, Shanghai, Taian, Xi'an, Zhengzhou
Tour overview: This tour of China will allow you to explore the ancient philosophical, natural, cultural, and martial arts centers of China. You will see the ancient capital of Xian, and the modern capital of Beijing. You will experience the excitement of Shaolin Kung Fu in the Shaolin Temple, and will see the home of Confucius, to name but a few. This tour will also take you to such natural treasures as Taishan Mountain, and the Yellow River. Discover what surprises this tour has in store for you.

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15 Days China Confucians Culture & Central Plains Tour 15 Days China Confucians Culture & Central Plains Tour 15 Days China Confucians Culture & Central Plains Tour 15 Days China Confucians Culture & Central Plains Tour

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Beijing Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
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Day 2 Beijing Full day visit to Tiananmen Square Forbidden City The Temple of Heaven Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
(B,L)
Day 3 Beijing Full day visit Mutianyu Great Wall exterior visit to Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium) National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube') Beijing feel free to take some photos of the stadiums Hutong Tours in Rickshaw Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Wangfujing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel
(B,L)
Day 4 Beijing/Jinan In the morning, visit Summer Palace .Then be transferred to railway station to take train to Jinan. Arrive in Jinan, be met and transferred to your hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Zhonghao Grand Hotel Jinan Zhonghao Grand Hotel Jinan Sofitel Silver Plaza Jinan
(B,L)
Day 5 Jian/Taian/Qufu Drive to Mount Tai take Cable Car & Vehicle to the Top of the Mountain Visit Dai Temple/Daimiao Get down the mountain and then be transferred to Qufu. Check in the hotel Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Que Li Hotel Qufu Que Li Hotel Qufu Xingtan Hotel, Qufu
(B,L)
Day 6 Qufu/Jinan Visit the Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius / San Kong .Drive to Jinan. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Zhonghao Grand Hotel Jinan Zhonghao Grand Hotel Jinan Sofitel Silver Plaza Jinan
(B,L)
Day 7 Jinan/Zhengzhou After breakfast, you will be met and transferred to airport to take morning flight to Zhengzhou. Arrive at Zhengzhou, be met & have a tour to Yellow River Scenery Area & the Shangcheng Relics. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sofitel Zhengzhou International Holiday Inn Zhengzhou Guangzhou Hotel, Zhengzhou
(B,L)
Day 8 Zhengzhou/Anyang In the morning, drive to Anyan (around 3 hours), visit Archaeological Site of Yin Xu Yuefei Temple. Be transferred back to Zhengzhou. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Sofitel Zhengzhou International Holiday Inn Zhengzhou Guangzhou Hotel, Zhengzhou
(B,L)
Day 9 Zhengzhou/Luoyang Drive to visit the famous Shaolin Temple Then be transferred to Luoyang, one of the seven capital cities in ancient China. Visit the The Baima Temple Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hua Yang Plaza Hotel Jingan Penoy Plaza, Luoyang Luoyang Zhuogengyuan Hotel
(B,L)
Day 10 Luoyang/Xi'an Visit The Longmen Grottoes . In the afternoon, you will be transferred to railway station to take train to Xian. Arrive at Xian, be met and transferred to hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hotel Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square Mercure on Renmin Square Xian Ibis Xian
(B,L)
Day 11 Xi'an Full day visit The Terracotta Army and Horses Big Wild Goose Pagoda Ancient City Wall Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Hotel Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square Mercure on Renmin Square Xian Ibis Xian
(B,L)
Day 12 Xi'an/Shanghai In the morning, visit Shaanxi Provincial Museum .Then be transferred to airport and take flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, be met and transferred to hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Renaissance Shanghai Pudong Hotel Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
(B,L)
Day 13 Shanghai Full day visit The Bund Nanjing Road Yuyuan Garden Jade Buddha Temple Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
(B,L)
Day 14 Shanghai Full day visit Shanghai Museum Oriental Pearl TV Tower Shanghai French Concession Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Jin Jiang Hotel Shanghai Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai Jin jiang New Asia hotel Shanghai
(B,L)
Day 15 Shanghai Free at leisure till be transferred to airport for your flight departure. Details... (B)
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 Beijing Arrival

Transport via: Flight on your own arrangement

Upon your arrival you will be greeted by our local guide and then transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car. For the rest of the day you will enjoy some leisure time.

Day 2 Beijing (B, L)

Beijing (B, L)

Sightseeing: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

World Heritages Sites included Today:
Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City


This morning our tour will begin with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, which was completed in 1420, and expanded over the years by two Qing Dynasty Emperors. It was the place 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 will go on our city tour 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 will walk across the Golden River Bridge to visit the Forbidden City and experience the ancient Emperor's daily life. For 5 centuries Chinese emperors carried out their administration here. With almost 10,000 rooms, it was the centre of the Ming and Qing dynasties, a massive complex of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and gardens where 24 emperors used to live. Forbidden City was the largest palace in the world, and in the past it was indeed a forbidden place for commoners. Your tour here will include private access to the Emperor's palace.

Day 3 Beijing (B, L)

Beijing (B, L)

Sightseeing: Mutianyu Great Wall, the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium) National Swimming Centre (The Water Cube),Hutong Tour

World Heritages Sites included Today:
Mutianyu Great Wall


After experiencing the royal lifestyle, today we will be transferred to the surrounding countryside of Beijing and visit the Mutianyu 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 described it as one of humankind's greatest achievements. You will be able to climb and walk on the sections of the 2,000 years old ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountain views. Bring a jacket and layer- although it is breezy, the climbing is tough. So be in a good shape!

On the way back to hotel, you will be driven to visit the main 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both the, Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium), National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube'),feel free to take some photos of the stadiums.

We will experience a unique Hutong tour by taking a rickshaw this morning. Hutongs are a kind of ancient city alley or lane and are very typical for Beijing. Most of them can be found close to 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 4 Beijing to Jinan (B, L)

Beijing to Jinan (B, L)

Transport via: Train on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Summer Palace. Mount Tai Tourist Attraction.

World Heritages Sites included Today:
Summer Palace

This morning will start the tour with the visit to the Summer Palace. Equally famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called 'Yiheyuan' (Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. Until nowadays, it is the best preserved and the largest imperial garden in China. You will regret it if you leave Beijing without having visited this grand imperial garden.

Later that day you will be transferred to railway station to take train to Jinan. After your arrival there, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

 

Day 5 Jinan to Taian to Qufu (B, L)

Transport via: Private car arranged by us
Sightseeing: Dai Temple. Mountain Tai


After breakfast, we will drive to Mount Tai Tourist Attraction. Take Car & Vehicle to the Top of the Mountain. Mountain Tai, Covering an area of 426 square kilometers with the highest peak 1,545 meters above sea level; the majestic Mt. Tai is one of the China's national parks and the first of the Five Sacred Mountain in China.

Have a visit to the Dai Temple. First built in Han Dynasty, it is the largest and most completed ancient building complex of Mount Tai. Emperors of the past dynasties held celebrations in the temple to worship heaven and earth, and sacrificed to the God of the mountain. Besides, it was also the first stop for the pilgrims on their way to the Tai Mountain.

Later that day you will get down the mountain and then be drive to Qufu by car. Qufu, it is the former resident of Confucian.

Day 6 Qufu to Jinan (B, L)

Qufu to Jinan (B, L)

Transport via: Private car arranged by us
Sightseeing: Confucian temples, Confucian Mansion, Confucian family graveyard.


World Heritages Sites included Today:
Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius / San Kong


Today we will learn the Confucian culture with the visit to Confucian temples, Confucian Mansion and Confucian family graveyard. They are called Three Confucians, which are now one of the four extant great architectural complexes in China.

Among many preserved Confucian temples of different dynasties all over China, the Confucian Temple in Qufu is the largest and earliest one. It represents the culture and history of Confucianism.  Confucian Mansion: It is also called Yanshenggong Mansion, a large house consisting of 463 halls, rooms, towers and houses, covering an area of 13.3 hectares-the largest landlord manor in China's history. The courtyard is divided into three family temples. The main building in the center was first used as a government office then changed to dwelling house later. Confucian family graveyard: It is the graveyard of the Confucian family and has a history of more than 2340 years. There are about ten thousand tombs inside the graveyard .Also many stone steles, lanes and pavilions can be found here.

After the tours, you will be driven to Jinan. Check in the hotel.

Day 7 Jinan to Zhengzhou (B, L)

Jinan to Zhengzhou (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight-on our arrangement
Sightseeing: The Yellow River Scenery Area, the Shangcheng Relics.

After breakfast, you will be met and transferred to airport to take morning flight to Zhengzhou. Arrive at Zhengzhou, be met and then start the tour to visit Yellow River Scenery Area where you can feel the majesty and immensity of the Chinese mother river.

Continue the tour to see Shangcheng Relics. Shang Dynasty is the earliest dynasty with written evidence. The ancient Shangcheng is the town of Shang Dynasty which enjoyed a high level of Shang Dynasty. Civilization was a series of towns united under the Shang king. Shangcheng is the capital city of Shang.



 

Day 8 Zhengzhou to Anyang to Zhengzhou (B, L)

Sightseeing: Yin Ruins, Yuefei Temple

World Heritages Sites included Today:
Archaeological Site of Yin Xu (Yin Ruins)


In the morning, drive to Anyang (around 3 hours), visit Yin Ruins, Yin Ruins is the capital city's ruins of the late Shang Dynasty, which controlled China from 1300 BC to 1046 BC. The total area is about 24 square kilometers. Yin Ruins is the key cultural relics unit under the government's protection. The oracle bone inscriptions were found at the site; Yin Ruins enjoys a high reputation because of its unique styled and large-scale palace construction and its grandest mausoleums. After 60 years of archaeological excavations, starting in the 1920s, the ruins of palaces, temples, workshops, tombs and sacrificial pits have been found in this site.

Continue the tour to visit the Yuefei Temple. Located in Tangyin County 25 km away from Anyang City, Yuefei Temple covers a total area of over 4,000 square meters with approx. 100 rooms in it. The first gate is the noble spirit arch tower with the words "Yue Zhong Wuwang of Song Dynasty", behind the arch tower, down the stair case, five iron statue headed by Qinhui, the eternal historic criminals are kneeling there. Behind the kneeling statues, there is one gold-coated bronze statue of Yuefei with angry face, there are stone inscriptions and tablets forest inside the temple. Inside the main hall, there is a huge horizontal inscribed board with the words "Return Our Land", with a painted statue of Yuefei below it.

Drive back to Zhengzhou after the tours.

Day 9 Zhengzhou to Luoyang (B, L)

Zhengzhou to Luoyang (B, L)

Sightseeing: Shaolin Temple & Pagoda Forest, White Horse Temple

After breakfast, we will drive to visit the famous Shaolin Temple & Pagoda Forest. The pagoda forest in Shaolin Temple was a concentration of tomb pagodas for eminent monks, abbots and ranking monks at the temple. A rough count shows more than two hundred fifty tomb pagodas of various sizes, making it the biggest pagoda forest in China. The forest stands at the foot of Shaoshi Mountain about half a kilometer west of Shaolin Temple and is composed of pagodas dating from 791 to 1803. Most are stone and brick structures of one to seven storeys, under fifteen meters high--much smaller than pagodas for Buddhist relics--but they all carry the exact year of their construction and many carvings and inscriptions. They are in a variety of styles, but are mainly multi-eaved and pavilion-style. Their shapes are varied, including polygonal, cylindrical, vase, conical and monolithic, making the pagoda forest an exhibition of ancient pagodas, carvings and calligraphy of various dynasties.

Then be transferred to Luoyang, one of the seven capital cities in ancient China.

In the afternoon, visit the White Horse Temple. White Horse Temple (Baima Temple) is located 12 km away from Luoyang City. Established by the Han Dynasty in 68 AD when Buddhism started to spread, this temple is believe to be the first Buddhist temple built by the government in China.

Day 10 Luoyang to Xi'an(B, L)

Luoyang to Xi'an(B, L)

Transfer via: Train-on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Longmen Grottoes


World Heritages Sites included Today:
Longmen Grottoes


In the morning, we will visit Longmen Grottoes. The Longmen Grottoes are located in the south of Luoyang City. They are between Mount Xiang and Mount Longmen and face Yi River. Longmen Grottoes, Yungang Caves and Mogao Caves are regarded as the three most famous treasure houses of stone inscriptions in China. Lots of historical materials concerning art, music, religion, calligraphy, medicine, costume and architecture are kept in Longmen Grottoes.

After lunch, you will be transferred to railway station to take train to Xian. Arrive at Xian, be met and transferred to hotel.

Day 11 Xi'an (B, L)

Xi'an (B, L)

Sightseeing: The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall

World Heritages Sites included Today:
The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses

Today you will experience the highlights of Xi’an. After breakfast, you will depart you’re your hotel. You will visit the amazing 2000-year-old Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World, the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Over 2,200 years ago, the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, ordered the construction of a vast army of Terra-cotta warriors in search of immortality. After his early death they were buried with him to protect his empire.

Another highlight today is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated in the south of Xian city, it is one of the main constructions in the famous Buddhist temple-Da-Ci-En Temple. There, the well-known Buddhist Master Xuanzang (Monk Tripitaka) stored his collection of classic Buddhist artifacts brought from India in Tang Dynasty. Now it is the Landmark of Xian.

 

Then, you will visit Ancient City Wall. You will experience a half-hour's hike along the Ancient City Wall. You will experience a half-hour's hike along the Ancient City Wall. It is the largest and best preserved present city wall in ancient China and is probably the best military battlement in the world. If you want to, you can rent a bicycle for a ride on top of the spectacular city wall. The wall was built in the Tang dynasty (618 -907) and enlarged in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

Day 12 Xian to Shanghai (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight –on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Shaanxi Provincial Museum


This morning, we will visit the Shaanxi History Museum. It is a magnificent architectural complex in the Tang Dynasty style. The Museum possesses a treasure of 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi, and it covers an area of 1,100 square meters for exhibition.

Then you will be transferred to airport and take flight to Shanghai. Arrive at Shanghai, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

Day 13 Shanghai (B, L)

Shanghai (B, L)

Sightseeing: Nanjing Road, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple

In the morning you will take a walk to the famous Nanjing Road and the Bund. They are among the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai and therefore a must-see when visiting Shanghai.

Then we will take a relaxing walk to the lovely Yuyuan Garden, a beautiful garden in the south of the Yangtze River. Wandering through it, you will find pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards as well as many other natural features.

Finally we head to the Jade Buddha Temple. The old-time and classical architectural style makes the temple unique and inimitable in this modern city. Both, the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade. If you're lucky, you can watch the monks serving a ceremony in a side room.

Day 14 Shanghai (B,L)

Sightseeing: Shanghai Museum, Oriental Pearl Tower, French concession region.

Today you will visit Shanghai Museum which is the biggest museum of China. It incorporates a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics and is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy.

After lunch, we will visit the Oriental Pearl Tower, the highest TV Tower in Asia, which creates a picture of 'twin dragons playing with pearls'. The entire scene is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors all year-round.

Day 15 Shanghai Departure (B)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Today will be free for your own purposes, until our guide will escort you to the airport for your next destination.

Comment on our service from Annette Esselborn, Germany

We had a wonderful day. The tour was well organized. We would also book it again with you. The tour guide was awesome! A big praise. She patiently answered all the questions, was funny, responded to the group. That was really great.

Hello Sandy,

 

Thank you for your request. We had a wonderful day, even though we experienced exactly the snow on the Chinese wall. The tour was well organized. We would also book it again with you.

 

The Ming Tombs were interesting, but of course the Great Wall of China was the highlight for us. And despite the snow, it was an experience. Somewhat hectic was the climb from lunch (by the way very, very delicious!) But I know that this was only due to the weather that day.

 

The tour guide was awesome! A big praise. She patiently answered all the questions, was funny, responded to the group. That was really great.

If I come back in 2 years with a group, we would like to book again the same tour (maybe without snow ....) with the same tour guide.

 

Our heartfelt thanks!

Viele Grüße

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Comment on our service from Nancy Tuksaudom,USA

Each and every city was thoroughly explored with the wonderful guides and drivers that you arranged for us.  We also enjoyed every hotel that you reserved for us. We especially enjoyed each guide, their knowledge, courtesy, and personality! We had a thoroughly wonderful time in China and thank you for all the work you did to plan it for us.  Should we ever visit China again, we will contact you to assist us!

 

Hi Sandie!

Thanks for your email! We are both doing fine and have happy memories of the time we spent touring China, thanks to you! 

We are home now (since early February) and planning our next trip in Mexico for April.

  

We totally enjoyed our time in China, despite the fact that it was cooler than we had planned for/expected. Each and every city was thoroughly explored with the wonderful guides and drivers that you arranged for us.  We also enjoyed every hotel that you reserved for us, as we did the flights, as well. The only semi-negative comment was that the Guilin hotel heat situation was sub-par. 

We especially enjoyed each guide, their knowledge, courtesy, and personality! They often showed us much more than we expected and worked very hard to make all connections efficiently, etc. 

  

I did complete feedback forms for each guide in each city. I hope that they forwarded them to you. They were likely to be more thorough than what I just wrote to you. 

The bottom line, though, was that we had a thoroughly wonderful time in China and thank you for all the work you did to plan it for us.  Should we ever visit China again, we will contact you to assist us! 

If you ever visit Seattle, Washington, please let me know and I/we will show you around our beautiful city and environs. 

Thanks again!  

Nancy and Pricha (Tuksaudom)

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Comment on our service from Gracie Chan, USA

We had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU! Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

 

Hello Sandy,

Hope you had a nice weekend. Thanks for being patient. Here's what we thought of the trip.

Overall, we had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU!

Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. It was great to have their help dealing with hotel checking-ins and transportation details. It was very convenient and helpful. Having to move in and out of hotels daily and trying to catch all those train on time are very stressful ~ A big "Thanks" for all their help.  

I want you to know that we consider Jackie Zhang (our guide for Zhangye & Dunhuang) to be the BEST of all the guides we encountered on this trip. She is enthusiastic, meticulous and extremely knowledgeable. You can tell that she enjoys her job tremendously!

         

My observation ~ Most "Foreign Visitors" don't always have a base knowledge of the history of the places they are visiting. A SHORT & CONCISE explanation is better than a long and winding narrative. It should not be assumed that one formula works for everyone. Some visitors are more knowledgeable than others and vice versa.

We enjoyed all the sights we visited on this trip tremendously. That said, there are some room for improvements.

The one disappointment for me was the visit to Qinghai Lake. It was too commercialized. It would have been so much better if we were able to stop by the lake area BEFORE the visitor center where it was much more pristine and unspoiled. After all, we are there to take it the natural beauty of the area after all.

Our guide and driver was most accommodating when we asked them to stop by the side of the road in order for us to photograph herds of YAK and sheep. It was the highlight of the trip for me! I am sure other visitors will feel the same way.

My suggestion ~ Maybe some sort of arrangements can be made with local farmers that owned land along the Qinghai lake for a short stop over in your future tours? This way, your visitors can have wonderful opportunities to photograph and experience the scenery and lifestyle of the local people.

My observation ~ In Turpan, the Turpan Museum would have been a BETTER choice than the visit to the Karez well system (Kan'erjing Museum). There is really nothing much to see here.  

The International Grand Bazaar was also a bit of a disappointment, it was too touristy. I think we would find it much more interesting if we have the opportunity to visit a local street market instead.

We rode a donkey cart at the Flaming Mountains. It was great fun! I think this should be included in the future and its a great way to help the local make some extra money too. You agree?

Hotels ~ We still prefer staying at International Brand hotels. We really liked the Sofitel Hotels (in Xian & Xining) and the Sheraton in Urumqi.  

We find the service and breakfast food selection available at the local brand hotels are still somewhat lacking compared to the International Brand hotels.

Food ~ We had some amazing and some mediocre food on this trip. The quality of the meal is inconsistent. I guess it depended a lot on your local tour coordinators?    

I hope our observations and honest suggestions are helpful to you. Please do not consider this is as criticism of our trip but as suggestions for improvements. We had lots of fun and we hope you'll be able to attract more visitors to your tour. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

I have attached the "corrected" photo and an extra one taken at the Flaming Mountains. You have our permission to include all three of the photos along with the following review to your website. I will write a review for TripAdvisor.com later.

Regards,

Gracie.


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Comment on our service from Sergey Shunailov, Russia

It is impossible to find any imperfection in the service. Nice guide with good English and nice driver. Thanks a lot. If I'll have free time in my next trip to China I'll use again only your company.

Dear Sandy,

Nice to hear from you. The one day Beijing tour was fine. It is impossible to find any imperfection in the service. Nice guide with good English and nice driver. Thanks a lot.

If I'll have free time in my next trip to China I'll use again only your company.

Best regards,

Sergey


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Comment on our service from Thomas Anthony Lucker, USA

It was great and the guide was tremendous!

Hi Sandy,


It was great and the guide was tremendous.  I had a great time in Kaifeng. I think we have another tour coming up quickly on the 26th to Luoyang.  :)  


Tom

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Comment on our service from Robert William Miller, USA

It was a good trip.  The sites were very interesting and unique.

It was a good trip.  The sites were very interesting and unique.   The Dazu museum was very interesting since did not know there were so many of the grottoes in China and other countries as well. We didn’t take lunch but asked rather to see another grotto.  Would recommend going to the small grotto and then the larger one and then museum in that order.

Rob Miller

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