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Karen family of 4 from Australia

Karen family of 4 from Australia

Hi Grace,

We are good thanks and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in China. It was better than I expected although I didn’t have many expectations as I didn’t really know what a holiday in China would be like.

For the most memorable attraction, it’s hard to say only one. Guilin and Yangshuo was our favorite part of the holiday. We did enjoy the bike ride on the Xi’an City Wall and that was an unexpected attraction I knew nothing about.

For the guide, we enjoyed Lee in Guilin the best. She was very helpful and informative and went out of her way to help. She got to know us well over the time and what we were interested in and changed the plans accordingly. Even when we could have looked around ourselves on the morning in Yangshuo, she wanted to join us and show us around. She helped with negotiating prices in a shop. She was probably a bit older than the others and more mature in her outlook I found – better suited to David and I as an older couple. We also really liked Helen who was similar to Lee in helpfulness and maturity and went out of her way to help.

Karen family of 4 from Australia

The Hotel in Beijing really wasn’t up to the standard of the others. I understand I chose to go to one in the Hutong area and we enjoyed being there as it was more interesting and cultural but the hotel really wasn’t very good. The rooms were fine but the little things were missing, like bottles of stuff you can read, the extra little bits. What was most disappointing was the breakfast which was really bad. We enjoyed the Grand Mercure in Xi’an but I believe that was an upgrade due to being off season and it was the best hotel we stayed at which explains why we liked it best. We were upgraded for the breakfast on the last day which was fabulous.

The lunches were all really good. We did not understand until Beijing how the budget worked though and it would have been good if that had been explained earlier. I don’t think we ever spent the full budget except for on days when we did something extra like the Peking Duck and the Dumpling Banquet. We particularly enjoyed the lunch on the day we went to the Rice Terraces.

Karen family of 4 from Australia

For the special suggestions, the Pagoda (Jingshan Park) that you climb up to at the end of the Forbidden City should be included in the Beijing itinerary in our opinion.  It is great to get an overview of Beijing and the area from a hill. We really enjoyed our time in Guilin and Yangshuo in particular and in our opinion more time spent in that area is well worth it. If I had my time again I would have had a bit less time in Beijing and more time in that area as it was more relaxing and we loved the scenery. I would probably cut down some of the time in Beijing – we weren’t particularly interested in the Olympic Park area and could have left that off. Also although we enjoyed the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace there were a little similar in that it was architecture and history which didn’t interest us quite as much as the scenery. Maybe you could leave off either the Temple of Heaven or the Summer Palace to either give more free time or less time in Beijing. We enjoyed the Summer Palace more because we were fascinated by the frozen lake and the activities on it but probably the Temple of Heaven was more interesting and photogenic. It would depend on the interests of the people as to which they would prefer.

For the WOW factor in our tours, lots of things made us think ‘wow’ because we didn’t know what to expect or how it would look! We were particularly lucky with the weather for the whole trip which was obviously out of your control but was one of the things that made us say wow! We enjoyed seeing the frozen waterfall and lakes in Beijing because we never see that sort of thing here in Australia. I think the best thing about the tours was the flexibility of the guides to tailor it to what we liked and needed such as changing lunch venues because we wanted Peking Duck and so on.

We will recommend your company.

Regards,

Karen

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