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Renee and Jeff from America customized a 26 days China tour to Beijing Xian Yunnan Chengdu Yangtze River Hangzhou Yellow Mountain and Guilin

Renee and Jeff from America customized a 26 days China tour to Beijing Xian Yunnan Chengdu Yangtze River Hangzhou Yellow Mountain and Guilin

Hi Nora…

Hope this information is helpful.  We loved our trip, especially the last 10 days.  Thanks for all your hard work and patience in dealing with our questions and changes.  We were VERY pleased with our visit to China and will write reviews on TripAdvisor over the next few weeks.

Renée

Beijing: The Great Wall; Forbidden City, especially the garden at the end…would have liked time to relax there but ran short on time due to seeing all the buildings and thrones.  Mostly a hot, shadeless place except for the garden. 

Xi’an: Terra Cotta Warriors; making dumplings with the local family…the food they served was DELICIOUS!

Lijiang: Lijiang Ancient Town; Black Dragon Pool Park

Chengdu: The panda experience; loved Peoples Park and Tea House there.  Enjoyed the social behaviors inside the park.

Hangzhou: Nanxun Water Town

Huangshan: Yellow Mountains

Renee and Jeff from America customized a 26 days China tour to Beijing Xian Yunnan Chengdu Yangtze River Hangzhou Yellow Mountain and Guilin

 Longji: Rice Terraces, particularly the Nine Dragons/Five Tigers hike

Guilin/Longsheng: Xing Ping area, the Cormorant Fishing Show; Li River Deluxe Boat Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo; location of our hotel in Longsheng.

Tom (Beijing) because he was very attentive to Jerry, assisting him on stairs and hills, also because he made himself available in the evening to go with us to Da Dong Restaurant and accompanied us to the The Gate (pedestrian street near Tiananmen Square) in the evening so we could see the nightlife and the lights.

Lareina (Chengdu) because she made a great effort talking with the staff at the Panda Center, getting them to allow us to do the chores.  They found out our real age and said if we couldn’t do the work we would have to leave.  Obviously we were able to do the work and spent the day at the center.

Sally (Lijiang) because she had a fun personality and great sense of humor.

Truthfully we felt ALL of our guides were wonderful.  They all were totally attentive and wanted us to get the most out of our time with them; most were careful to help with Jerry’s balance issues by holding his arm on steps, basically being alert to his limitations. They were all flexible, knowledgable and answered questions with enthusiasm.  

Renee and Jeff from America customized a 26 days China tour to Beijing Xian Yunnan Chengdu Yangtze River Hangzhou Yellow Mountain and Guilin

Most meals were very good.  We especially enjoyed Da Dong Restaurant in Beijing with our guides help.  He knew how Peking Duck was to be eaten and made it a special experience.  Another favorite was the Mei She Ren Jia Restaurant.  What fun!  Food was least appealing to us in the Hangzhou area but was authentic to the culture which we wanted to experience.

Hotels:

#1 “Pigs Inn Bishan”…loved the unusual nature of the home, wonderful staff, excellent food and a well stocked bar.

#2 “Xi’an Eastern House Boutique Hotel”…modern, clean, a nice change of pace from the more traditional boutique hotels.

#3 “Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts”…loved easy access to Lijiang ancient town and enjoyed having a day to ourselves to explore the area.  Rooms were large and comfortable.

#4 “Aroma Tea House”…loved it’s location next to the lake.  Enjoyable walk at night at lights around the lake came on.  Easy walk to good restaurants.  Comfortable rooms.

#5 “Longji One Hotel”…lovely furnishings, good food, location was about midway through town making it nice to take hikes from.  The view of the rice terraces was good but not great.

#6 “Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Hotel”…what a beautiful setting and view.  Wish we could have stayed a little longer to enjoy it more.

Renee and Jeff from America customized a 26 days China tour to Beijing Xian Yunnan Chengdu Yangtze River Hangzhou Yellow Mountain and Guilin

In Hong Kong we stayed in The Salisbury YMCA…loved the location and the facilities.

Least liked hotel: “Huangshan Beihai Hotel”…room was decent size but looked worn and well used; food was the least appealing of the whole trip.

Suggest breaking up the two hikes in the Rice Terraces…we did the Seven Stars walk the afternoon that we arrived.  By forgoing the Daxu Ancient Town we were able to do the Nine Dragons/Five Tigers walk the next morning.  This made for a much easier paced, more enjoyable two days.  

Suggestion: When the guide is staying in the same hotel or area that the guest is staying it would be nice if the day could be shorter to allow time to go out in the evening to see the local people in their activities (dancing, meeting in groups, etc.).  Emphasis is placed on the ancient culture but we are also interested in modern day life in China.  For instance, 9:00AM through lunch touring; go back to room from 2:00-5:00 to rest; go out for the evening to see the area lit up and see how the locals spend their evenings. We noticed most cities/towns were exceedingly busy in the evening, many people out and about.

Consider adding one or two free days in areas with easy access to activities.  We truly needed those days during our 30 day journey.

Renee and Jeff from America customized a 26 days China tour to Beijing Xian Yunnan Chengdu Yangtze River Hangzhou Yellow Mountain and Guilin

Ask guide to allow some extra time in the garden at The Forbidden City…sit and enjoy the beauty!

The area around Guilin/Yangshuo is the most traditional, still participating in the customs of the past.  This is also the part of China where dog is often eaten as food.  The market can be a shock to those who have not been raised on a farm.  There is little refrigeration available in the homes so people shop daily for fresh meat, fish and vegetables.  Understand that the animals are alive but prepared for the buyer to take home and eat.  There are dogs and cats in cages for consumption as well.  The sights, sounds and smells of this market may be difficult for those who are not accustomed to farming and the farm to table concept.  It is particularly hard for Westerners because dogs and cats are considered loyal pets.  This market is part of the cultural experience of a visit to China but may not be something everyone would want to include.

We found the bullet train to be very pleasant.  Advise clients to try to use carry-on size luggage for their trip as most suitcases must be put overhead in the bin.  There is only very small space for larger suitcases at the front of the train car.  Eat before or after the train trip or bring yourself a lunch, food choices are minimal.

Found information on your company through TripAdvisor reviews.  

Yes, we are happy to be contacted by your clients via email or phone.

Renée Couple

Renee and Jeff from America customized a 26 days China tour to Beijing Xian Yunnan Chengdu Yangtze River Hangzhou Yellow Mountain and Guilin

Feedbacks from Jeff Couple

The Great Wall, Tianamen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing were Wow.  So were Mount Haungshan, the Longi Rice Terraces, and River Cruise from Guilin to Hangshou.  The boutique hotels were Wow such as Double Happiness, Pigs Heaven Inn, and Aroma Tea.  Two ancient towns like Xidi are plenty – not so Wow.  I was more interested in today’s culture and how the Chinese live today.  Our guide skipped an ancient town at our request and took us downtown at one of the cities.  That was great.  On a negative note, two people on our trip were turned off by the visit to the farmer’s market and hearing a dog being slaughtered.  I understand that this is the Chinese Culture Tour, however, you may want to forewarn your guests about this aspect of the trip.  Dogs are beloved pets in USA and not eaten.

First, we only were there the last two weeks beginning with Jin in Beijing.  We liked all of our guides which included Jin, Lavender, Alvin, and Julie.  If I had to pick the most “outstanding” I would pick Jin/Alvin, Julie and Lavender in that order with Jin and Alvin being equal.  However, Julie and Lavender were very good!  I can only say we liked Jin and Alvin more is because of how much time we spent with them and got to know them personally.  The drivers with Jin and Alvin were the best and then Mr. Kur (sp?) with Julie.  The driver with Lavender was the least appreciated. 

Renee and Jeff from America customized a 26 days China tour to Beijing Xian Yunnan Chengdu Yangtze River Hangzhou Yellow Mountain and Guilin

Yes.  The meals and hotels were up to standard.  I was amazed that USA Chinese food is very similar to local Chinese food.  On a different note, Americans like to enjoy meals beginning with a cocktail or drink and reading the menu with time.  It is apparent in China that everything is “rush, rush, rush!”  As soon as we got to a restaurant, our guide would flip the menu open immediately or order for us.  Tell them to relax and let us order and enjoy our meal in time and peace.  I already mentioned Double Happiness, Pigs Heaven and Aroma Tea as our favorite hotels.  The hotel we met Jerry & Renee the first night and the Huangshan Beihai Hotel are badly in need of face lifts.  They were clean but need fresh paint, wall paper and carpet.

None other than mentioned in #1, #2 and #3 above.  The hike to Tower 20 on the Great Wall is not to be missed or the highest peak on Huangshan Mountain.  I understand that Lion’s Peak is closed.  Victoria’s Peak in Hong Kong is a must see.

Melissa and I did not use the fast train travel.  We did use the subway between Hong Kong proper and the Salisbury Hotel.  I preferred the ferry over the subway for the visual experience and roominess.  The subway is underground of course and packed.  It is worth taking a few more minutes to do the ferry.

My sister, Renee, is a World traveler and she invited us.  She had already connected with China Culture Tour.  We were along for the ride.

Yes, via email only.  We were apprehensive to traveling to China based on discussions with others at home, however now having been there, we never felt threatened and loved the trip.  I would strongly recommend China Tour Culture with your assistance Nora, as well as the guides and drivers.  The communication barrier is too great to do it on our own from the USA.

You are welcome, Nora.  Thank you for all of your assistance in the Visa process and immunization process, and arranging our trip and guides and drivers.  I have copied Renee and Melissa on this email and welcome their input. 

Thank you.  Our Visas are good for 10-years and I could see doing another trip in several years!  Should you ever come to Pittsburgh, PA, USA, please call us at 412xxx0357 or email me at “jxxxx@fglmlaw.com” and we will show you around locally! 

Jeff.

Renee and Jeff from America customized a 26 days China tour to Beijing Xian Yunnan Chengdu Yangtze River Hangzhou Yellow Mountain and Guilin

Renee and Jeff from America customized a 26 days China tour to Beijing Xian Yunnan Chengdu Yangtze River Hangzhou Yellow Mountain and Guilin

26 days China Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Sun 02/Sep/2018: Arrival at Beijing: Air China CA818 at 06:25pm, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Beijing
Accommodation: Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel - Boutique (Chinese Style Room-26sqm)
Add: No.37 Dongsi Sitiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010, China (Beijing Workers' Sports Complex)
Surroundings: Wangfujing Street

Day 2 Mon 03/Sep/2018: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, Round Ways Cable Car on Mutianyu Great Wall
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 3 Tue 04/Sep/2018: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City with Treasure House, Hutong Rickshaw Tour with Local Family Visit, Yonghegong Lama Temple
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Jindingxuan Dim Sum Restaurant with a La Carte Menu, Dinner at Da Dong Roast Duck

Day 4 Wed 05/Sep/2018: Beijing to Xi'an by Train: G87 (14:00 - 18:25) (Second Class)
China Culture Tour: Summer Palace with Cruise, Private transfer to the train station in Beijing; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Xi'an.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Thu 06/Sep/2018: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Xian City Wall, Muslim Street
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Baiweizheng Restaurant with a La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Xi'an Eastern House Boutique Hotel - Boutique (Classic Room-35sqm)
Add: Crossing of Dachejia Alley and Fen Alley, Beilin District, Xi'an 710002, China

Day 6 Fri 07/Sep/2018: Xi'an to Dali by Flight: China Eastern Airlines MU5726 (20:55 - 23:35) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Shaanxi History Museum, Dumpling making with a local family, Private transfer to the airport in Xi'an, Big Wild Goose Pagoda; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Dali.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Linden Centre - Boutique
Add: No.5 Chengbei, Xizhou Town, Dali 671003, China

Day 7 Sat 08/Sep/2018: Dali
China Culture Tour: Dali Ancient town including the climbing of the city wall, Boat cruise on Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 Sun 09/Sep/2018: Private transfer: Dali to Lijiang (185km, 2.5 hours one way)
China Culture Tour: Xizhou Bai Minority Village, Xizhou Farmer's Market; Lijiang Ancient Town, Black Dragon Pool Park, Wangu Tower.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Ivy Garden hotel Resorts - Boutique (Superior Double Room - 30sqm)
Add: 57 Guangbi Alley Guangyi Street, 674100 Lijiang, China

Day 9 Mon 10/Sep/2018: Lijiang
China Culture Tour: A free day on your arrangement in Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Tue 11/Sep/2018: Lijiang
China Culture Tour: Yak Meadow on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (including the cable car up/down and echo-friendly car), Shuhe Ancient Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at V Sherry Restaurant

Day 11 Wed 12/Sep/2018: Lijiang to Chengdu by Flight: Sichuan Airlines 3U8692 (19:35 - 20:55) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Naxi Family visit with local lunch and Naxi Language Learning, Dongba Cultural Museum, Baisha Murals, Private
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Buddha Zen Hotel Chengdu - Boutique (Superior Room-23sqm)
Add: B6-6, Wenshufang Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu

Day 12 Thu 13/Sep/2018: Chengdu
China Culture Tour: One Day Panda Keeper Program in Dujiangyan Panda Base
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 Fri 14/Sep/2018: Chengdu to Chongqing by Train: G8525 (16:18 - 17:59) (Second Class), Chongqing to Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: People's Park, Local Tea House, Kuanzhai Lane, Private transfer to the train station in Chengdu; Private transfer from the train station to the dock in Chongqing, Board the ship from 6:00 to 8:00pm and depart Chongqing at 9:00pm. (Dinner is not included.).
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner at Mc Found Restaurant with a La Carte Menu
Cruise Ship: President 8 5* (Deluxe Balcony Cabin-27.5sqm)

Day 14 Sat 15/Sep/2018: Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: Welcoming Banquet, Dancing Party, Shore Excursion to Shibaozhai (2:00–4:00pm). Optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City(RMB 280 per person).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on ship

Day 15 Sun 16/Sep/2018: Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge; Shore Excursion to Shennong Stream (1:30-5:30pm), Crew's Performance. Optional tour to White Emperor City(RMB 280 per person).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on ship

Day 16 Mon 17/Sep/2018: Yangtze Cruise to Yichang, Yichang to Hangzhou by Flight: Beijing Capital Airlines JD5690 (15:15 - 16:55) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: disembark at Yichang Maoping Pier in the morning and then have the shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam site. After the shore excursion, the cruise company will arrange the shuttle bus (about 90mins) to Yichang Three Gorges Tourist Center (city center area, close to Wanda Shopping Plaza). The Yichang guide and driver will pick you up from the city center and transfer them to Yichang airport in the end. Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Hangzhou.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Yurong Xilu Boutique Holiday Hotel - Boutique
Add: No. 1, Maojiabu on Longjing Road, Hangzhou, China

Day 17 Tue 18/Sep/2018: Hangzhou
China Culture Tour: Nanxun Water Town, Boat cruise in Nanxun Water Town (half hour)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Yurong Xilu Boutique Holiday Hotel - Boutique
Add: No. 1, Maojiabu on Longjing Road, Hangzhou, China

Day 18 Wed 19/Sep/2018: Hangzhou
China Culture Tour: A free day on your arrangement in Hangzhou
Meals: Breakfast

Day 19 Thu 20/Sep/2018: Private transfer: Hangzhou to Xidi
China Culture Tour: West Lake including cruise and the Island on the lake, Lingyin Temple, Peak Flown From Afar, Private Transfer from Hangzhou to Tunxi Hotel (3.5 hours)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Taste Known Restaurant with A La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Pig's Heaven Inn Bishan - Boutique (Queen Bed Room-16sqm)
Add: Bishan Village, Huangshan, Anhui Province, China

Day 20 Fri 21/Sep/2018: Xidi
China Culture Tour: Hongcun Village, Xidi Village, Nanping Village, Half day Huizhou rural experience in Nanping Village
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Pig's Heaven Inn Bishan - Boutique (Queen Bed Room-16sqm)
Add: Bishan Village, Huangshan, Anhui Province, China

Day 21 Sat 22/Sep/2018: Private transfer: Xidi to Huangshan (65km, 1 hours one way)
China Culture Tour: The Yellow Mountains, Yungu Cable Car up, West Sea Grand Canyon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Chinese buffet lunch at the mountain top hotel
Accommodation: Huangshan Beihai Hotel (Standard Room-17sqm)
Add: Beihai Scenic Area

Day 22 Sun 23/Sep/2018: Private transfer: Huangshan to Tunxi (100km, 1.5 hours one way), Tunxi to Guilin by Flight: Air Guilin GT1004 (20:55 - 22:50) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Sunrise at Lion Peak, Yungu Cable Car down; Tunxi Ancient Street, Private transfer to the airport in Tunxi; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Guilin.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Mei Shi Ren Jia Restaurant
Accommodation: Aroma Tea House - Boutique (Family Room with Garden View (second floor)-32sqm)
Add: No. 9 Ronghu South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin 541001, China

Day 23 Mon 24/Sep/2018: Private transfer: Guilin to Longsheng (100km, 2 hours one way)
China Culture Tour: Longji Terraced Rice Field and Ping'an Zhuang Village
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Longji One Hotel - Boutique (Deluxe Terrace View Double Room-20sqm)
Add: Ping'an village, Longsheng County, Guilin, Guangxi, China

Day 24 Tue 25/Sep/2018: Private transfer: Longsheng to Guilin (100km, 2 hours one way)
China Culture Tour: Daxu Ancient Town, Yao Mountain Tea Plantation
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Mc Found Restaurant with a La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Aroma Tea House - Boutique (Family Room with Garden View (second floor)-32sqm)
Add: No. 9 Ronghu South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin 541001, China

Day 25 Wed 26/Sep/2018: Guilin
China Culture Tour: Li River Deluxe Boat Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo; Xingping Ancient Town, Photo taking for cormorant fishing in Xingping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Hotel (River View Family Room with Balcony-30sqm)
Add: Wang Gong Shan Jiao, Feng Lou Cun Wei, Gaotian Zhen, Yangshuo, Guilin, China

Day 26 Thu 27/Sep/2018: Private transfer: Yangshuo to Guilin (65km, 1.5 hours one way), Guilin to Hong Kong by Flight: Dragonair KA703 (16:30 - 18:00) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Cooking Class in Yangshuo, Private transfer from Yangshuo to Guilin airport (1.5 hours)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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