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Marie Family: 15 Days China Tour to Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai

Marie Family Toured to Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai

Hi Grace,

I got a new computer and can type now!!!  We had a wonderful trip and have wonderful memories of our 2 weeks in China with our teenagers.  We think that the 2 weeks were well balanced between historical visits and the countryside visits. Everything went smoothly. The only thing, with the jet lag, I would lighten up the number of visits during the first day in Beijing but I couldn’t tell you which one!!  I have answered your questions and will go on TripAdvisor to also give some feedback.  

Marie Family Toured to Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai

1.  We liked all the attractions but if we have to choose one, it would be The Longji Rice Terrace. This was a hit for the 4 of us, for the beauty of it, to see the life of the ethnic minority over there and the general atmosphere.  Even if William was sick, he came with us (thank you Linda for insisting that fresh air would be good for him!) and he was so glad he got to see it. 

Marie Family Toured to Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai

2.  Linda in Guilin and Yangshuo and also Rock in Beijing are wonderful guides.  Linda is such a nice human being, caring, funny, easy going and easy to be with. She is doing the extra miles to make sure you are satisfied. She was like a mom or a grandma to my kids and pretty lucky we had her in Guilin to bring William to the hospital.  You can still feel the passion about her job even if she is doing it days after days. Rock was also funny, really caring and easy to be with. I had more troubles to understand his English so communication was a bit harder for me and the teens. In fact they were all good but we had more affinities with Linda, Rock and Amy in Xi’an.  Darcy was nice in Shanghai and it did not click for us with Jonathan in Pingyao who seems kind of bored with his job or too serious for us but he is really knowledgeable and his English is really good. 

Marie Family Toured to Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai

3.  For the hotel, Yangshuo Mountain Retreat is the winner followed by the Pingyao Yunjincheng Hotel and Hans Royal in Beijing.  Our room in Guilin Bravo had a nice balcony and view but was really old and did not feel clean. The boys were moved in the new section (thanks to Linda) for their second night and this one was really up to standard.  So, I would say, forget about the view and balcony and select the new section. Central Hotel in Shanghai has a really good location, easy to walk everywhere!  

Marie Family Toured to Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai

So much food for lunch, we ate so much for lunch that we had only 5 dinners on 14 nights!!! I do not remember the name of the restaurant but the first one in Beijing with Rock was really good, the one with Linda on our way to Longji where they killed our chicken to prepare the meal also and dinner at the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat, beer fish, was a hit. All restaurants chosen by our guides were good.  The budget by person for lunch could have been a little bit less and we would have eaten plenty anyway.  

Marie Family Toured to Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai

4.  Bullet Trains were perfect, on time, really clean, easy access!  We were in first class and really enjoy it!   

5.  For the suggestions, I would say that if travelers like the countryside and hiking, spend one night in Longji Rice Terrace and enjoy the view, the people. We wish we could have stayed one night over in a small auberge.  Biking in the countryside in Yangshuo, the cruise between Guilin and Yangshuo, cooking class and the visit of the market are the not-to-missed.  In Xi'an, we asked Amy to visit a small museum; we went to this small Tangbo Art Museum and really enjoy our visit which finished with a calligraphy class. The teens liked to be able to participate. Visit of the Hutongs in Beijing are good too. Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an is a must but too many people at the time we went. What we liked about our private tour is to have the time to take the time!!!  We took the subways in Beijing and Shanghai and were really proud that we did not get lost!!!

Marie Family Toured to Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai Marie Family Toured to Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai

6. The wow for us were the hiking in Longji Rice Terrace, Cruise between Guilin and Yangshuo, Great Wall, Shanghai and to meet you and your husband of course!  

7.  Of course, without hesitation I would recommend your services to my friends and colleagues.  

Hope this help and do not hesitate to ask me questions if you need more details on my comments!! I will send pictures in a separate email. 

Have a nice weekend!

Marie

Marie Family Toured to Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai

Marie Family Tailor-made a 15 Days China Family Tour to Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai.

Day 1 Sun 28/May/2017: Arrival at Beijing: AC029 at 2:10pm, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Beijing
Accommodation: Han's Royal Garden Hotel – Boutique (Deluxe Room-45sqm)
Add: 7 Beibingmasi Hutong 20 Qinlao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Day 2 Mon 29/May/2017: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Temple of Heaven, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Summer Palace with Cruise, Olympic Green for Exterior View of the Bird Nest and Water Cube
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Courtyard 7 Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 3 Tue 30/May/2017: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Jinshanling Great Wall
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with a La Carte Menu

Day 4 Wed 31/May/2017: Beijing to Pingyao by Train: D2005 (15:29 - 19:39) (First Class)
China Culture Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City with Treasure House, Jingshan Park, Private transfer to the train station in Beijing; Private transfer from the train station to hotel in Pingyao.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Jindingxuan Dim Sum Restaurant with a La Carte Menu Accommodation: Pingyao Yunjincheng Hotel 5* (Deluxe Room-30sqm)
Add: No 56, West Street, Pingyao

Day 5 Thu 01/Jun/2017: Pingyao
China Culture Tour: Wang Family Courtyard, Shuanglin Temple
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with a La Carte Menu

Day 6 Fri 02/Jun/2017: Pingyao to Xi'an by Train: D2525 (16:58 - 19:45) (First Class)
China Culture Tour: Pingyao Ancient Town, Ancient City Wall, Pingyao Confucian Temple, Rishengchang Draft Bank, Private transfer to train station in Pingyao; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Xi'an.
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with a La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an 4* (Superior Room-28sqm)
Add: No.334 East Main Street, Beilin District, Xi'an 710001, China

Day 7 Sat 03/Jun/2017: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Baiweizheng Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 8 Sun 04/Jun/2017: Xi'an to Guilin by Flight: Hainan Airlines HU7879 (17:25 - 19:35) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Xian Ancient City Wall with One Hour Biking Tour, Xian Great Mosque, Muslim Street, Private transfer to the airport in Xi'an; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Guilin.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Defachang Dumpling Restaurant with a La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel 4* (Lake View Room-33sqm)
Add: 14 South Ronghu Road Guilin, Guangxi, China

Day 9 Mon 05/Jun/2017: Private transfer: Guilin to Longsheng to Guilin (100km, 2hrs one way)
China Culture Tour: Longji Terraced Rice Field and Ping'an Zhuang Village, 90 minutes hiking from Ping'an Village to Longji Ancient Zhuang Village
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with a La Carte Menu

Day 10 Tue 06/Jun/2017: Guilin to Yangshuo
China Culture Tour: Li River Deluxe Boat Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. You will have a free afternoon for local market shopping on the West Street or relaxing at Yangshuo hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Simple Buffet Lunch on boat
Accommodation: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Hotel - Boutique (River View Superior Room)
Add: Wang Gong Shan Jiao, Feng Lou Cun Wei, Gaotian Zhen, Yangshuo, Guilin, China

Day 11 Wed 07/Jun/2017: Yangshuo
China Culture Tour: Cooking Class in Yangshuo, Yulong River Bamboo Rafting
Meals: Breakfast, Cooking Lunch

Day 12 Thu 08/Jun/2017: Private transfer: Yangshuo to Guilin (65km, 1.5 hours one way), Guilin to Shanghai by Flight: Shanghai Airlines FM9350 (15:45 - 18:10) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Daxu Ancient Town, Reed Flute Cave, Private transfer to the airport in Guilin; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Shanghai.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Mc Found Restaurant with a La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Central Hotel Shanghai 4* (Superior Room-32sqm)
Add: No.555 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai 200001
Surroundings: Nanjing Road

Day 13 Fri 09/Jun/2017: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: Fuxing Park, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai City God Temple, French Concession, Upper Spheres Tour at Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Gengyuelou Restaurant with A La Carte Menu

Day 14 Sat 10/Jun/2017: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: A free day on your arrangement in Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Sun 11/Jun/2017: Departure Shanghai: AC018 at 4:40pm, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Shanghai, Maglev Train Common Seat between Pudong Airport and Longyang Train Station
Meals: Breakfast
Tour Service Ends

Estimated Price Per Person: USD2800-3000 (price upon request)
Price Inlusive: English-speaking tour guide and driver, entrance fees, hotels, transfers, internal airfare and trains, meals, etc.
Price Exclusive: Internationale airfare, some dinners, personal expense, non-accident insurance, visa fees, non-mandatory tipping, etc.

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