15 Days Fabulous Sightseeing Discovery Tour
Tour Code: CCT12
Tour Duration: 15 Days
Destination: Beijing, Chengdu, Huangshan, Jiuzhaigou, Shanghai, Zhangjiajie
Tour overview: Zhangjiajie, and Jiuzhaigou are two natural scenic spots famous throughout China, but are virtually unknown by foreign tourists. They are locations of incredible natural beauty. This tour of China will take you to those wonderful sites, as well as Beijing, well known for its incredible sites, Shanghai, a city famous for its blending of Chinese and Western culture, and Chengdu, which is home to China’s giant pandas. This tour combines history, natural beauty, modernity, and culture, making it a truly incredible experience.
- Tour Summary
- Day by Day Itinerary
|Tour Dates||Destinations||Services Provided||Meals Included|
Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel.
Full day visit Badaling Great Wall , Ming Tombs and The Sacred Way .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) and National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube') Beijing ,feel free to take some photos of the stadiums.
Full day visit Tiananmen Square , Forbidden City and The Temple of Heaven ,then be transferred to airport for flight to Zhangjiajie. Arrive in Zhangjiajie, be met and transferred to hotel.
Full day visit Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (inculding Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Huangshizhai Cable Car, Jinbian Brook, Huangshi Fort)
Full day visit The Tianzi Mountain Take the flight to Chengdu. Be met and transfered to hotel.
Full day visit Jinli Street , Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding , Kuan Alley and Zhai Alley of Chengdu
In the morning, be transferred to airport for flight to Jiuzhaigou.Arrive in Jiuzhaigou, be met and visit Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Scenic Area
Full day visit Jiuzhaigou National Park
In the morning, be transferred to airport for flight to Chengdu first, then connect another flight to Shanghai.Arrive in Shanghai, be met and visit Nanjing Road and The Bund
Full day visit Shanghai Museum , Jade Buddha Temple , Oriental Pearl TV Tower , and Yuyuan Garden .
In the morning you will take the flight to Huangshan. Be met and visit the Tunxi Ancient Street .
Full day visit Yellow Mountain , take cable car up to the top of Yellow Mountain, enjoy the fantastic Huangshan Scenic area, and stay overnight on top of the mountain.
|Day 13||Huangshan/Shanghai||In the early morning, you can enjoy the famous Huangshan sunrise. Then take cable car down, following to visit Tangyue Memorial Archway , Ink Stone Factory. After the tour, you will be transferred to the railway station to catch your overnight train to Shanghai. Stay on train tonight. Details...||B, L|
Morning arrive shanghai, you will be picked up and transferred to hotel for luggage settle, normally your room won’t be ready too early till 2:00pm. We leave today for free for you in Shanghai so that you could savor the international metropolis flavor further on your own.
|Day 15||Shanghai||Free at leisure till be transferred to airport for your flight departure. Details...||B|
|Season||Tour Class||Group Size||Single Room
|Peak Season||3*(Tourist Class)||$5721||$3892||$3023||$564|
Price Inclusions and Exclusions
Price IncludeA. 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 ExcludeA. 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 Arrival Beijing
Transfer 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 )
Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Sacred Way, 2008 Beijing Olympic venues
After experiencing the royal lifestyle, today we will be transferred to the surrounding countryside of Beijing and visit 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 described it as one of humankind's greatest achievements. You will be able to climb and walk one of the best preserved 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!
In the afternoon we will visit the legendary Ming Tombs, which are situated at the foot of Heavenly Longevity Mountain, Changping, northwest of Beijing. Since there are 13 Ming emperors buried there, this place was called the 13 Ming Tombs. You will walk along the Sacred Way, a road guarded by stone statues on both sides, as the ancient emperors did to hold a memorial ceremony for their ancestors.
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.
Day 3 Beijing / Zhangjiajie ( B, L )
Transfer via: Flight arranged by us
Sightseeing: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, 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.
Later that day you will take the flight to Zhangjiajie. After your arrival there, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our local guide.
Day 4 Zhangjiajie ( B, L )
Sightseeing: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Huangshizhai Cable Car, Jinbian Brook, Huangshi Fort)
You will have a full day visit .including the following places: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Zhangjiajie's main tourist draw is the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list for its lush vegetation, unique sandstone pillars, pristine waters and a wide variety of species of flora and fauna.
You can take a cable car to Huangshizhai where you will appreciate the daunting rock columns. From the top, enjoy spectacular views of the forest with rough landscape.
Another scenic spot is the Jinbian Brook. It covers a distance of 7.5 km from north to south, winding across mountains and valleys. The brook is limpid through the year and is famous for Jinbian Cave-which has a height of 382km and looks like a huge flying eagle.
You will also have chance to explore the Huangshi Fort. It is a mesa higher on the north side elevated by stiff cliffs. Huangshi Fort has the most of marvelous view of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park including Treasure Box of Heavenly Books, Magic Sea-suppressing Needle, South Pillar of Heaven, Golden Tortoise Watching the Sea etc.
Day 5 Zhangjiajie/Chengdu ( B, L )
Transport Via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Tianzi Mountain
You will continue to visit the Tianzi Mountain today. Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve is a mesa in the northwest of Wulingyuan. Up on the mesa, the field of vision is widely opened up and it is a perfect location to have a panoramic view of the nature reserve. Tianzi Mountain has four scenic wonders, namely Cloud Billows, Moon Brightness, Sun Glow and Winter Snow. The cloud billows are ever changing, morning and evening sun glows vast sky, moon shines in the still night, winter snow falls enchanting the scenery, like a lyric, like a landscape painting.
Then you will be transferred to take the flight to Chengdu. After your arrival there, the local guide will meet you and take you to the hotel.
Day 6 Chengdu ( B, L)
Sightseeing: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Kuanzhai Alley and Zhai Alley of Chengdu, Jinli Street
Today we will visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base, which was built to imitate the wild ecological environment of pandas. It covers a space of 92 acres, with a green coverage of 96 percent. The base created a perfect ecological environment for the living and breeding of pandas and other precious and rare wild animals. It breeds over 20 pandas and lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white cranes and others.
Then we will visit the Kuanzhai Alley and Zhai Alley of Chengdu, Consisting of three parallel Chinese old-style alleys (Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley and Jing Alley), the Kuan Alley and Zhai Alley is one of the three conservation districts of historic sites of Chengdu City as well as Wenshu Monastery and Daci Temples. In China, alley is one of the classical traditional structures.
Afterwards you will take a walk along Jinli Street which is particularly representative for this city. It is recorded that as already during Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC), Jinli Street was the most famous place for baldachin - a rich, ornate cloth. During Shu Kingdom (221-263) it was one of the busiest commercial streets. Hence, it is known as 'First Street of the Shu Kingdom'. In order to reclaim the street's prosperity of former days, it was restored with contributions from the Wuhou Memorial Temple and was opened to public in October of 2004.
Day 7 Jiuzhaigou ( B, L)
Transfer via: Flight arranged by us
Sightseeing: Huanglong Scenic Area
In the morning you will be transferred to airport to take the flight to Chengdu. After your arrival there, you will be met by our local guide and visit Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Scenic Area. It was named after the ancient Huanglong Temple within the area. The most remarkable scene in the area is the Huanglong Valley noted for its unique open karst landscape. The main attraction of the valley is the 3.6-kilometer-long and 30 to 70-meter-wide pale yellow calcareous deposits.
Day 8 Chengdu/ Jiuzhaigou ( B, L)
Sightseeing: Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area
We have a full day visit in the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area, which is the home of nine Tibetan villages. The place is dotted with more than 100 gorgeous lakes, and the lakebeds and embankments are all covered with crystals. The water is so clear that the bottom can be seen at depths of over several dozen meters. Waterfalls are the essence of the scenery in Jiuzhaigou. They are created between lakes on different levels with water flowing down from the tree covered cliffs. In 1992, UNESCO entered this scenic area onto the world natural heritage list.
Day 9 Jiuzhaigou/Chengdu/Shanghai ( B, L)
Transfer via: Flight arranged by us
Sightseeing: Nanjing Road and the Bund
In the morning you will be transferred to airport to take flight to Chengdu. After your arrive there, you will take another flight to Shanghai. After your arrival in Shanghai, you will be met by our local guide and then 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.
Day 10 Shanghai ( B, L)
Sightseeing: Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl Tower, Yuyuan Garden
Today we will start the day with a visit of 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.
Then 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.
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.
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.
Day 11 Shanghai/Huangshan ( B)
Transport Via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Doushan Ancient Street
After your arrival there, our local guide will meet you and take you to the hotel. Then we will visit the Tunxi Ancient Street, which is a cultural tourist site gathering old folk houses, carvings, and stone archways, Doushan Street got its name for abutting the Doushan Mountain (or Dou Mountain). The street was constructed during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, which looks just like a dated and long traditional Chinese painting.
Day 12 Huangshan (B, L)
Sightseeing: Yellow Mountain
You will be picked up from your hotel then start the tour.
In the morning, you will be transferred to the foot of Yellow Mountain, take cable car to the top of it and make a tour to North Sea Scenic Area and other peaks. You will stay this night on top of the mountain.Mt. Huangshan, known as "the loveliest mountain in China", is famous for its magnificent scenery made up of many granite peaks and rocks emerging out of clouds. Its landscape features “four wonders” of imposing peaks, spectacular rocks, odd-shaped pines, and a sea of clouds. Mount Huangshan boasts 72 peaks, more than 1,000 meters above sea level, with three main peaks rising majestically. The famous Welcoming Guests (Yingke) Pine (1,500 years old) and See-Guest-Off Pine have become a symbol of being faithful, unyielding and hospitable.
After the tour you will live in Huangshan for next day's sunrise.
Day 13 Huangshan/Shanghai (B, L)
Transfer Via: Fast train on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Mt. Huangshan Sunrise, Tangyue Memorial Archway
In the early morning we will enjoy the beautiful sunrise from top of the yellow Mountain before we descend by cable car.
Then we will follow Tangyue memorial Archway, a complex of seven arches. In 1996 it was listed as a key national cultural protection unit under the approval of the State Council. Situated in Tangyue village six kilometers (four miles) west of the renowned Town of Arches - Shexian County, it is the biggest existing and best-preserved complex of arches in Anhui Province. Then visit Ink Stone Factory.
After the tour, you will be transferred to the railway station to catch your overnight traibn to Shanghai. Stay on train tonight.
Day 14 Shanghai
Morning arrive in Shanghai, you will be picked up and transfered to hotel for luggage settle, normally tour room won't be ready too early till 2:00pm. We leave today for free for you in Shanghai so that you could savor the international metropolis flavor further on your own.
Day 15 Shanghai Departure (B)
Transfer via: Flight on your arrangement
Today you can enjoy some leisure time until you will be transferred to the airport grom where you will take the flight to your next destination.
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 t... Read more »
Booking Code: VOC-20190426-M(A) Tour Starting Date: Friday, 26 April 2019
Client's information: 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.
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 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... Read more »
Booking Code: VOC-20190425-Y(A) Tour Starting Date: Thursday, 25 April 2019
Client's information: Serene Zhou,Philippines
I must extend our thanks to you and the Tour Guide for this trip Peter. The trip was fun and informative.
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.
Serene Zhou & Ernest
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 festiva... Read more »
Booking Code: VOC-20190223-M Tour Starting Date: Saturday, 23 February 2019
Client's information: 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!
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... Read more »
Booking Code: VOC-20190214-S Tour Starting Date: Thursday, 14 February 2019
Client's information: 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.
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!
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 ... Read more »
Booking Code: VOC-20190105-S Tour Starting Date: Saturday, 5 January 2019
Client's information: 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!
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.
Nancy and Pricha (Tuksaudom)
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 planne... Read more »
Booking Code: VOC-20181012-S Tour Starting Date: Friday, 12 October 2018
Client's information: 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.
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.
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