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Denis from Australia customized a 17 days China tour to Shanghai Yangtze River Guilin Chengdu Xian and Beijing

Denis from Australia customized a 17 days China tour to Shanghai Yangtze River Guilin Chengdu Xian and Beijing

Dear Nora

We were delighted to have the opportunity to meet you in Guilin and to find you just as delightful in person as on the phone or email. In fact, I was a bit shy when I finally met you and couldn't make much conversation. Thank you for taking the time and for your treasured gift. We are embarrassed we didn't have a gift for you - I had racked my brains before the trip for something suitable but didn't come up with anything. I’m sorry that I wasn't well and hope I didn't pass my cold on to you.

We hope you have enjoyed your National Holiday week - did you go to your home town on the Li River? 

Definitely, the Terracotta Warriors were the biggest wow. It was stunning to walk into Pit 1 and look over the railing to the ranks of warriors - we will never forget our visit.

We loved Guilin (particularly the Reed Flute cave), the Li River cruise, the panda research centre, Xi'an and Beijing. In fact, we very much liked all we saw in China. Your guides are all justifiably proud of their country.

We had an extra night in Shanghai after the tour just to be sure to make our international flight home. It was a Saturday and we walked down Nanjing Road to the Bund and had a wonderful evening seeing the old buildings lit up, the amazing light show on new buildings across the river but, best of all, mingling with local people in a very relaxed way. Any future guests could be encouraged to do it. We didn't do any other night excursions as we are old and went to bed early.

We liked all of our guides and drivers. All of the vehicles were spacious, spotlessly clean and comfortable. The drivers were skilled and safe and were kind and friendly to us.

We admired Elaine in Shanghai for her organising and problem solving abilities - she found our flight to Yichang was leaving 2 hours earlier - dealt with the airlines, alerted head office, organised breakfast to take with us, and both she and the driver put themselves out to take us to the airport at 4 in the morning.

We very much liked Luna's personality and her sense of humour. She made sure we saw the essence of Chengdu - for example, we went early to the People's Park early so we could spend as long as we wanted with all of the activities in the park, which we very much enjoyed. She told us jokes, bought us treats in Jinli Ancient Street and fruit for the train to Xi'an, took us into Chengdu station and even wanted to wait with us till we got on the train.

We also very much liked Jin in Beijing - he was very kind, knowledgeable about everything and such a gentleman - I don't think I could have walked the Great Wall without his assistance. He also gave us treats like sweets and fruit.

Our very, special favourite was Jenny in Guilin and Yangshuo. She looked after us so well, she was so kind, and her personality made us fall in love with her. We will never forget her and the great experience she gave us.

As I have mentioned, all of our guides and drivers were wonderful and I can see that our favourites were those we spent most time with. 

We were also very impressed with the local guides on shore excursions from the Yangtze River cruise.

Our guides and people in restaurants did their very best to help us choose dishes to suit us. We had difficulty with the level of spice - which is all our own problem, as we have a very non-spicy diet when we are at home. Many Australians like spicy food but us not so much, but we were travelling in another country and we should not expect the type of food we are used to.  The hotel breakfasts were wonderful and we ate too much so we were not very hungry at lunch and we could not eat all of the dishes that were generously supplied for us.

The hotels were wonderful. We appreciated the central locations, kind and helpful staff, the high level of cleanliness, top class rooms with generous bathroom supplies and stationery, grand lobbies and good restaurants. Probably our favourite was the Guilin Bravo Hotel because the construction and furnishings were were just beautiful. As well, it was located on Banyan Lake with beautiful bridges and gardens which we enjoyed walking around.

The Yangshuo Mountain Retreat was set in a beautiful landscape of mountains/hills and river, the staff were lovely and so was the breakfast. Jenny and the driver took great trouble to get us into the restricted travel area. We appreciated that it gave us an experience different from the rest of our hotels and we realise it was better for the environment, but we didn't enjoy the style of the room or the lack of bathroom supplies.

We thought the cabin on the President 7 could have been cleaner and the towels whiter, but the staff were all kind and friendly.

The fast trains were a good experience and we enjoyed seeing the landscape as we travelled. Thank you for the first-class seats as we had more room for ourselves and our luggage, as well as a short line for check-in. Our problem arose with finding our guide at the destination - particularly at Xi'an where we had a long and very anxious wait not knowing where to find the guide? Arriving at Beijing was also a slight problem because there were different exits but Jin was quite quick to realise and come to find us.

I'm not sure what could be done to deal with this problem.

We found your company by searching the Internet and we liked that we didn't have to travel in a group, and were able to choose what we wanted to see and do at a reasonable price. We met German, English and Canadian tourists who were doing similar private tours with other companies (based in China and other countries) and none seemed to match the quality of CCT. Once we made our first contact with Nora, we knew we had chosen correctly.

We have, and will continue to, recommend CCT to anyone who wishes to visit China. We would be happy to answer any enquiries via email from people considering taking a trip with CCT.

Thank you for a wonderful experience,

kind regards,

Denise

Denis from Australia customized a 17 days China tour to Shanghai Yangtze River Guilin Chengdu Xian and Beijing

17 Days China Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Thu 06/Sep/2018: Arrival at Shanghai, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Shanghai
Accommodation: Central Hotel Shanghai (Superior Room-32sqm)
Add: No.555 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai 200001
Surroundings: Nanjing Shopping Road

Day 2 Fri 07/Sep/2018: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: Fuxing Park, French Concession, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai City God Temple, Upper Spheres Tour at Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Gengyuelou Restaurant with A La Carte Menu

Day 3 Sat 08/Sep/2018: Shanghai to Yichang by Flight: Shanghai Airlines FM9365 (09:40 - 12:10) (Economy Class), Yichang to Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Shanghai; Pick up from the airport in Yichang, Sanyou Cave, Board the ship from 5:00pm to 10:00pm and departs Yichang at night--00:00am. (Dinner is not included).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Fangweng Restaurant
Cruise Ship: President 7 (Deluxe Balcony Cabin-27.5sqm)

Day 4 Sun 09/Sep/2018: Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: Passes though the 1st Gorge----Xiling Gorge Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site. Passes though the 5-steps ship locks. Captain’s Welcoming Banquet.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on ship

Day 5 Mon 10/Sep/2018: Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: Shore excursion to Shennong Stream (8:00-12:30). You have the option of visiting White Emperor City (CNY260 per person). Passes though the 2nd gorge--Wu gorge. Passes though the 3rd gorge--Qutang. Crew performance.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on ship

Day 6 Tue 11/Sep/2018: Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City (8:00-12:30). Farewell Dinner
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on ship

Day 7 Wed 12/Sep/2018: Yangtze Cruise to Chongqing, Chongqing to Guilin by Flight: China Southern Airlines CZ6985 (13:10 - 14:40) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Arrives in Chongqing at 9:00am. Private transfer from the dock to the airport in Chongqing; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Guilin.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel (Grand King Deluxe Room-40sqm)
Add: No. 14 South Ronghu Road (Ronghu Nan Lu), Guilin, Guangxi, China
Surroundings: Banyan Lake and Night Market

Day 8 Thu 13/Sep/2018: Guilin
China Culture Tour: Daxu Ancient Town, Folded Brocade Hill, Reed Flute Cave
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Mc Found Restaurant with a La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Guilin Bravo Hotel (Grand King Deluxe Room-40sqm)
Add: No. 14 South Ronghu Road (Ronghu Nan Lu), Guilin, Guangxi, China
Surroundings: Banyan Lake and Night Market

Day 9 Fri 14/Sep/2018: Guilin to Yangshuo by Boat
China Culture Tour: Li River Deluxe Boat Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo; West Street, Yangshuo picturesque countryside tour by private transfer.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Hotel (River View Superior King Room)
Add: Wang Gong Shan Jiao, Feng Lou Cun Wei, Gaotian Zhen, Yangshuo, Guilin, China

Day 10 Sat 15/Sep/2018: Private transfer: Yangshuo to Guilin (65km, 1.5 hours one way), Guilin to Chengdu by Flight: Sichuan Airlines 3U8428 (13:50 - 15:35) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from Yangshuo to Guilin airport (1.5 hours); Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Chengdu.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tibet Hotel  (Deluxe Room-38sqm)
Add: No. 10 Renmin North Road, Jinniu District, Chengdu 610081, China

Day 11 Sun 16/Sep/2018: Chengdu
China Culture Tour: Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center, Jinli Ancient Street, Wuhou Ancestral Hall
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 Mon 17/Sep/2018: Chengdu to Xi'an by Train: G90 (15:01 - 18:16) (First Class)
China Culture Tour: People's Park, Local Tea House, Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, Private transfer to the train station in Chengdu; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Xi'an.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Chongqing Liuyishou Hotpot with a La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square (Superior Room-31sqm)
Add: No.319 Dongxin Street, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710004, China
Surroundings: Xincheng Square and Muslim Quarter

Day 13 Tue 18/Sep/2018: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Muslim Street, Xian Great Mosque
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Baiweizheng Restaurant with a La Carte Menu
Day 14 Wed 19/Sep/2018: Xi'an to Beijing by Train: G88 (13:20 - 17:55) (First Class)
China Culture Tour: Xian City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Private transfer to the train station in Xi'an; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Beijing.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing  (Deluxe Room-31sqm)
Add: 97 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
Surroundings: Shijia Hutong and Wangfujing Street

Day 15 Thu 20/Sep/2018: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City with Treasure House, Hutong Rickshaw Tour with Local Family Visit, Summer Palace with Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Jindingxuan Dim Sum Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 16 Fri 21/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 17 Sat 22/Sep/2018: Beijing to Shanghai by Flight: China Eastern Airlines MU5106 (10:00 - 12:10) (Economy Class), Departure Shanghai, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Beijing
Meals: Breakfast
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