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Kelly family: 19 Days China tour to Shanghai, Yangtze Cruise, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Xian and Beijing

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Hi Grace,

It was very nice to meet you and have lunch with you. We had a great trip and the best part is my husband and children would love to come to China again.  We loved seeing the cities, but we live in a state with a lot of national parks, so we do a lot of hiking and bike riding and being outdoors, so for us the smaller villages and outdoor scenery was amazing- in Utah we do not have anything like what we saw!

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To answer your questions:

1- The most memorable attraction:  This question is hard- we loved the national park, Guilin was amazing and the scenery on the Yangtze River was incredible.

2- Ting was great with the kids - our children loved Ting.  She also had a little gift for us which the kids loved along with Chinese candy!

Summer had the best knowledge and understanding of American culture- she loved our jokes.

Linda was great with our kids and we got to meet her family which was really good. She really helped looked after our kids.

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Christina- we loved because we got to meet her family also and see her apartment.

Annie- could tell we were very tired and she was very open with us and all of our many questions!

Our other 2 guides Udi was great because she figured out our afternoon with the time we had before the buses left to catch our boat on the river and made sure we were the first ones on the bus to get the seats we wanted!! Kitty was right on time and made sure we made it to our next destination. 

We loved all of our tour guides it was so hard to say goodbye to each one.  We cried every time!

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3- Yes all the hotels were great. Very clean and nice. Loved the hotel beside the Li River, and the location of the hotels by restaurants and city center in the big cities.

4- We liked the bullet train- We had brought snacks (protein bars, dried fruit, beef jerky etc.) from America to eat on some of the travel days to the next city because we knew we would be still on the train over dinner time.  We looked at the food offered on the train, but nothing every looked good to eat. Other suggestion- as most Americans don’t do is pack light. Lots of stairs in China. We all traveled with one carryon suitcase and one backpack. We did bring one larger check-in suitcase that we brought our snacks over in and then had room to bring home souvenirs.

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5- We would recommend the acrobatic show in Shanghai, loved this show.

6- Every day I think we could say we were “Wowed”. The tour was great for us being private and being able to have flexibility and making it more catered to our family. The tours and drivers really made this trip so nice, by door to door service, getting to know us and letting us get to know them.  My kids did love the monkeys and the national park in Zhangjiajie and seeing the panda’s in Guilin. They did presentations in their school classes when they got back and this is what the kids in the classes were most excited about!

7- Yes. We would love to recommend your company.

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Grace - you did a fantastic job with our tour. We loved every minute of it.  Paying for tour, having everything set up saved us so much time and we were able to see so much more than if we would have done it ourselves.  We were so happy with the tour and felt it was so worth the money we spent on our trip! 

Thank you!

Kelly and Lisa Preece

Kelly and Lisa Preece family of 8 from America customized a 19 Days China tour to Shanghai, Yangtze Cruise, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Xian and Beijing.

Day 1 Fri 27/May/2016: Arrival at Shanghai: Delta 185 at 5:55pm, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Shanghai
Accommodation: Central Hotel Shanghai 4* (Superior Room-32sqm)
Add: No.555 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai 200001
Surroundings: Nanjing Road

Day 2 Sat 28/May/2016: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: Shanghai Nongtang family visit, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai City God Temple, Shanghai Julong Silk Exhibition, The Bund, Upper Spheres Tour at Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Gengyuelou Restaurant with A La Carte Menu

Day 3 Sun 29/May/2016: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: Tongli Ancient Water Town, Boat Cruise in Tongli
Tongli Ancient Water Town: Tongli is a famous ancient water village surrounded by 8 lakes. This town maintains its features as an ancient Chinese water town. In 2004, Tongli was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a history spanning over 1000 years, Tongli has enjoyed great fame all over China for its beautiful winding rivers, historic bridges, and ancient residences.
Boat Cruise in Tongli: You will take a small boat to tour around this water town and have an insight view of this lovely town.
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with A La Carte Menu

Day 4 Mon 30/May/2016: Shanghai to Chongqing by Flight: Air China CA158 (12:30 - 15:30) (Economy Class), Chongqing to Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Shanghai; Private transfer from the airport to the dock in Chongqing, Ship board time from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and departs Chongqing at 9:00pm. (Dinner is not included.).
Meals: Breakfast, Local Dinner  
Cruise Ship: Victoria Jenna 5* (Superior Cabin-20.87sqm)

Day 5 Tue 31/May/2016: Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: Traditional Chinese Tai Chi. Shore Excursion to Shibaozhai. Captain's Welcome Dinner. Victoria Costume Show.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on ship

Day 6 Wed 01/Jun/2016: Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: Traditional Chinese Tai Chi. Sail through Qutang Gorge. Shore Excursion to Goddess Stream (3:15pm-6:15pm). Sail through Xiling Gorge. Farewell Buffet.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on ship

Day 7 Thu 02/Jun/2016: Yangtze Cruise to Yichang, Yichang to Zhangjiajie by Train: K1473 (13:25 - 18:26) (8 Soft Sleeper Bunks)
China Culture Tour: Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site. Arrive in Yichang. Lunch is not included. Private transfer from the pier to the train station in Yichang; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Zhangjiajie.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sunshine Hotel & Resort Zhangjiajie 5* (Superior Room-37sqm)
Add: No.2 Yongding Road, Yongding District, Zhangjiajie 427000, China

Day 8 Fri 03/Jun/2016: Zhangjiajie
China Culture Tour: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain including one way cable car, Bailong Sightseeing Elevator
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch

Day 9 Sat 04/Jun/2016: Zhangjiajie to Guilin by Flight: Okay Airways BK2759 (15:20 - 17:05) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Zhangjiajie Tour: Huangshi Fort (Including round ways cable car), Jinbian Brook, Private transfer to Zhangjiajie airport; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Guilin.
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel 4* (Lake View Room-33sqm)
Add: 14 South Ronghu Road Guilin, Guangxi, China

Day 10 Sun 05/Jun/2016: Guilin
China Culture Tour: Seven Star Park and panda House, Guilin Bird, Flower and Antique Market, Folded Brocade Hill, Reed Flute Cave
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Mc Found Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 11 Mon 06/Jun/2016: Guilin
China Culture Tour: Guilin Tour: Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo; Yulong River Bamboo Rafting.
Meals: Breakfast, Simple Buffet Lunch on boat
Accommodation: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Hotel - Boutique (River View Family Room with Balcony)
Add: Guilin Yangshuo, Wang Gong Shan Jiao, Feng Lou Cun Wei, Gaotian Zhen

Day 12 Tue 07/Jun/2016: Private transfer: Yangshuo to Guilin (65km one way, 1.5 hours one way), Guilin to Xi'an by Flight: Beijing Capital Airlines JD5124 (16:05 - 17:50) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Yangshuo Tour: Biking in Yangshuo Countryside, Private transfer from Yangshuo hotel to Guilin airport (2 hours); Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Xi'an.
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with a La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square 4* (Superior Room-31sqm)
Add: No.319 Dongxin Street, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710004, China

Day 13 Wed 08/Jun/2016: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Xian Great Mosque, Muslim Street
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Baiweizheng Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 14 Thu 09/Jun/2016: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: A free day on your arrangement to visit friends in Xi'an
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Fri 10/Jun/2016: Xi'an to Beijing by Train: G664 (14:36 - 20:27) (2nd class soft seat)
China Culture Tour: Xi'an Tour: Xian Ancient City Wall with One Hour Biking Tour, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Private transfer to Xi'an train station; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Beijing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Defachang Dumpling Restaurant with a La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Grand Mercure Beijing Dongcheng 4* (Deluxe King Room-40sqm)
Add: No. 101 Jiaodaokou East Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China

Day 16 Sat 11/Jun/2016: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Chinese Dumpling Making at Hutong Family, Yixin Tea House and Tea Ceremony, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City with Treasure House, Jingshan Park
Meals: Breakfast, Dumpling Lunch

Day 17 Sun 12/Jun/2016: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Panjiayuan Weekend Market, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace (including Garden of Virtue and Harmony & Cruise & Tower of Buddhist Incense)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Jindingxuan Dim Sum Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 18 Mon 13/Jun/2016: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall with One Way Cable Car, Mutianyu Great Wall with Slide way down, Beijing Shahe Cloisonné Factory
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 19 Tue 14/Jun/2016: Departure Beijing: Delta 128 at 11:55 am, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Beijing
Meals: Breakfast
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