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Sandy's 13 Days Premium China tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Hong Kong

Sandy's 13 Days China tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Hong Kong

Dear Grace,

We have arrived home safe and sound, though I have since developed a rather bad cold. I hope to be well soon, and I'm very glad that I was well all through our two weeks in China. Thank you for planning this totally wonderful trip for us! Thank you, also, for the nice picture of the three of us in Guilin.

1. Guilin was special because by the time we arrived there, we were ready for a rest and some free time. We loved the boat ride (and delicious meal) and the tour through a small farming village. Michael arranged for us to visit a family who were just packing up their rice into big bags. They invited us in and offered oranges, which we accepted and ate right there in their home. Michael didn't know this particular family, but they seemed happy to accommodate us and host a little visit. The following day we were able to sleep late, which was very welcome! John took one of the hotel's bicycles and went for a ride in the countryside. He took some beautiful pictures and bought honey from a lady beekeeper he found on his ride.

Michael arranged for us to see a "light show" in Guilin, also. It was magnificent and I highly recommend it.

Xian was excellent because it gave us a feeling for the long and complex history of China. Also, the dumpling-making experience was very special. Our friendly hostess was scrupulously clean and a very good teacher. We not only rolled and stuffed dumplings, but we also were served a delicious, full meal that included those dumplings.

2. The two most outstanding tour guides were Smile and Michael. They were both very friendly and knowledgeable, sharing all kinds of information about the area and answering questions. Helen was very friendly and helpful, also. However, Helen's driver talked almost constantly to her in Chinese, and I felt uncomfortable interrupting their conversation to ask questions. The talk came largely from the driver; Helen listened and nodded or responded occasionally. When we were walking, she was so careful for my safety, and I appreciated that very much!

3. The hotel breakfasts were very good. We appreciated having the choice of both Chinese and Western food. The lunches in local restaurants were excellent, and all the guides helped us choose Chinese dishes to our liking! John wanted to choose local dishes, and we were able to so with the guides' guidance. We particularly liked the Guilin noodles.

4. The bullet train was great. It was nice to see the farmland in the north and look out over the villages. John loved the speed, and I appreciated a chance to close my eyes and rest a bit, which I almost never do on flights.

5. I recommend the acrobat show in Beijing (suggested by Smile) and the light show in Guilin (suggested by Michael). They were both amazing! The guides were very helpful in finding washrooms with Western toilets for me (my knees aren't good). Because even very clean washrooms may lack toilet paper and soap, travelers should carry their own tissue or Kleenex and hand sanitizer. I think John would recommend the bicycle ride from the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat. The roads there are relatively safe because traffic is restricted in the scenic area. He felt freedom to move about on his own, finding some interesting local graves and buying honey from a local beekeeper lady on a farm.

I was glad I brought John and not my other grandson. The second grandson has asthma, and the air in Beijing and Xian would have been quite a problem for him. The last day we were in Beijing, the highways were closed due to air quality. People should be aware of this, and guides could suggest places to buy face masks. The face masks we brought didn't work.

6. Well, the entire tour was "WOW". People going to Beijing and Guilin should definitely try to see the acrobat show and the light show. If their health is good, they should take a bicycle from Yangshuo Mountain Retreat for at least 1/2 day ride in the countryside.

7. I would and will definitely recommend China Culture Tours to anyone going to China.

8. I would be willing to speak to potential travel customers. I prefer to be contacted by email.

Finally, I will send you some pictures from our trip. John took over 800 photos, but I don't think he'll send any. He loved the trip, but he's not very good with communication!

Thank you so much for arranging such a beautiful trip for us!

Warm regards,


Sandy's 13 Days China tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Hong Kong

Sandy from America customized a 13 Days China tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Hong Kong.

Day 1 Tue 24/Oct/2017: Arrival at Beijing: UA89 at 1:35pm, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Beijing
Accommodation: Grand Mercure Beijing Dongcheng 4* (Deluxe Twin Room-40sqm)
Add: No. 101 Jiaodaokou East Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007, China

Day 2 Wed 25/Oct/2017: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City with Treasure House, Jingshan Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Jindingxuan Dim Sum Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 3 Thu 26/Oct/2017: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Round Ways Cable Car on Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Green for Exterior View of the Bird Nest and Water Cube, Hutong Rickshaw Tour
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 4 Fri 27/Oct/2017: Beijing to Xi'an by Train: G87 (14:00 - 18:25) (First Class)
China Culture Tour: Summer Palace with Cruise, Private transfer to Beijing train station; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Xi'an.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Chongxue Shanzhuang Restaurant 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 5 Sat 28/Oct/2017: 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 6 Sun 29/Oct/2017: Xi'an to Guilin by Flight: China Eastern Airlines MU9629 (18:15 - 20:40) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Xian City Wall, Dumpling making with a local family, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Private transfer to the airport in Xi'an; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Guilin.
Meals: Breakfast, Dumpling Lunch at local family
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel 4* (Grand Wing Twin Room-33sqm)
Add: 14 South Ronghu Road Guilin, Guangxi, China

Day 7 Mon 30/Oct/2017: Guilin
China Culture Tour: Seven Star Park and panda House, Folded Brocade Hill, Reed Flute Cave, relaxing walk along the Shanhu Lake and Banyan Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Mc Found Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Sandy's 13 Days China tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Hong Kong Day 8 Tue 31/Oct/2017: Guilin to Yangshuo by boat cruise
China Culture Tour: Li River Deluxe Boat Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo; West Street.
Meals: Breakfast, Simple Lunch on boat
Accommodation: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Hotel (River View Superior Twin Room)
Add: Wang Gong Shan Jiao, Feng Lou Cun Wei, Gaotian Zhen, Yangshuo, Guilin, China

Day 9 Wed 01/Nov/2017: Yangshuo
China Culture Tour: Yangshuo picturesque countryside tour by private transfer, Jiuxian Ancient Village, free afternoon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Local Beer Fish Restaurant

Day 10 Thu 02/Nov/2017: Private transfer: Yangshuo to Guilin (65km one way, 1.5 hours one way), Guilin to Hong Kong by Flight: Dragonair KA703 (16:30 - 17:55) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Free morning in Yangshuo (You may use the hotel free bike to go biking or just have a relaxing walk along the Yulong River). Private transfer from Yangshuo to Guilin airport (1.5 hours driver guide). On your arrangements from Hong Kong airport to hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Jen Hong Kong 4* (Superior Room-24sqm) – only for John Harrison with one breakfast
Add: 508 Queen's Road West, Western District, Hong Kong, China

Day 11 Fri 03/Nov/2017: Hong Kong
China Culture Tour: A free day on your arrangement in Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Sat 04/Nov/2017: Hong Kong
China Culture Tour: A free day on your arrangement in Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Sun 05/Nov/2017: Departure Hong Kong: UA896 at 11:10am, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: On your arrangements to Hong Kong airport. Please do the check-in at least 2 hours in advance.
Meals: Breakfast
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