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Hana family from US Customized a 20 Days Beijing Dunhuang Xiahe Xian Yangtze Wuhan Datong Tour

Hana family from US Customized a 20 Days Beijing Dunhuang Xiahe Xian Yangtze Wuhan Datong Tour

Hi Nora,

We had a very great time in China. Please check my feedbacks below.

For us, our whole visit to China was WOW, because it opened our eyes to so many new places, people, culture and ideas.

Guide: Two of our guides were outstanding, Peter in Datong and Summer in Xi’an.

Summer was very knowledgeable, and spent time when we were driving showing us photos on her cell phone and explaining the background of places we were going to visit. She was spontaneous, very friendly, and eager to answer all our questions – good English. Attentive, considerate and well-prepared.

Peter gave us a lot of background information about Datong and the whole region, pointed out places we were passing (much discussion about coal mines and alternative energy. He showed us places in Datong that we could walk to after our daily tours, shared his enthusiasm for the Hanging Monastery and Yungang grottoes and told background history and stories, he clearly loved the city and region and culture. I also appreciated his teaching us some Chinese vocabulary. A very intelligent, friendly and considerate guide, very good English language skills.

Helen in Dunhuang was also very good – friendly, enjoyed telling us background information and pointing out landmarks as we drove. Also, managed changes due to sandstorm when we were visiting the Mogao grottoes, and was very attentive throughout.

Hotel and meals: Best meals – Restaurant selected by Peter on way to Hanging Monastery near Datong. Excellent food. It was particularly enjoyable because he came to our table 2-3 times while we ate to check on us and give information about the food.

Also, vegetarian restaurant selected by Lily in Beijing. We had originally requested this when making our plans because in Beijing we were with our son and his vegetarian wife, but Lily had not received the information.

Hana family from US Customized a 20 Days Beijing Dunhuang Xiahe Xian Yangtze Wuhan Datong Tour

Other restaurants were generally good – except for a few which had too much glutinous thickening sauce, too much oil, and not enough fresh vegetables. It was very helpful when the guides took the time to explain the menu, ask us for preferences, and make recommendations.

Hotel buffet breakfasts were reliable and varied, with plenty of choices of Chinese and European food. In Xiahe we were automatically seated near a toaster and served a European-style breakfast – no choice! (We did not travel to China to eat European food)
On 3 occasions our departure time was before the hotel breakfast time – one hotel provided a (mediocre) pre-packed breakfast with nearly raw hard-boiled eggs. Travel plans should include an alternative for breakfast.

Suggestions or tips for other travelers: It would help to know the travel time when driving to sites, and also how long was allowed for each site visit.

We very much appreciated receiving bottles of water every day.

Hana family from US Customized a 20 Days Beijing Dunhuang Xiahe Xian Yangtze Wuhan Datong Tour

Also – we received maps in most places- but I would appreciate time to look at the map with the guide for an explanation of the places, locations and distances. The cities are very large, and visitors need to know something about them, not just drive from airport to tourist site.

One more comment – the wifi was not always very strong in some hotels, so I could only send brief texts (no photos, for example) and I could not always access Wechat.

Fast train travel: the fast train is excellent – very clean, organized, efficient. Stations are VERY large, and some have two or more exits, so tour guides should inform clients where to meet.

Thanks so much for your help before and during the tour.

Hana 

Hana family from US Customized a 20 Days Beijing Dunhuang Xiahe Xian Yangtze Wuhan Datong Tour

20 Days Beijing Dunhuang Xiahe Xian Yangtze Wuhan Datong Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Thu 23/May/2019: Arrival at Beijing: Air China CA820 at 14:30, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Your arrangement from the airport to the hotel in Beijing
Accommodation: CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport 4* (Deluxe Room-36sqm) (1 room for 2 adults)
Add: No. 9 Xiaotianzhu Road, Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing 100621, China

Day 2 Fri 24/May/2019: Beijing to Dunhuang by Flight: Air China CA1287 (06:30 - 10:10) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Your arrangement from the hotel to the airport in Beijing. Pick up from the airport in Dunhuang (30mins), The Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring, Riding on a Camel, Dunhuang Museum (2 adults)
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with A La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Dunhuang Hotel 4* (VIP Room) (1 room for 2 adults)
Add: No.151 Yangguan Middle Road, Dunhuang 736200, China

Day 3 Sat 25/May/2019: Dunhuang
China Culture Tour: Yumen Pass, Great Wall of Han Dynasty, Desert Discovery at Yadan Landform Park (2 adults)
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with A La Carte Menu (1 room for 2 adults)

Day 4 Sun 26/May/2019: Dunhuang to Lanzhou by Train: Y669 (20:07 - 07:06+1) (Soft Sleeper)
China Culture Tour: The Mogao Grottoes, Western Thousand-Buddhas Cave, Private transfer to the train station in Dunhuang, Overnight on the train
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch

Day 5 Mon 27/May/2019: Private transfer: Lanzhou to Xiahe (240km, 3.5 hours one way)
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from Lanzhou train station to Xiahe; Labrang Monastery. (2 adults)
Meals: Local Lunch with A La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Labrang Civil Aviation Hotel 4* (standard room-25sqm) (1 room for 2 adults)
Add: No.12 Renmin East Road, Xiahe County, China

Day 6 Tue 28/May/2019: Xiahe to Xi'an by Flight: Sichuan Airlines 3U8600 (15:30 - 16:45) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Sangke Prairie, Tibetan Family Visit, Private transfer to the airport in Xiahe; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Xi'an. (2 adults)
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with A La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Atour Hotel Xian South Gate 4* (Wooden Queen Room-36sqm) (1 room for 2 adults)
Add: No.331 East Section of Huancheng South Road, Beilin District, Xi'an 710054, China
Surroundings: South Gate of the City Wall

Day 7 Wed 29/May/2019: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Xian Great Mosque, Muslim Street (2 adults)
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with A La Carte Menu

Day 8 Thu 30/May/2019: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Mountain Huashan with Round Ways Cable Car (2 adults)
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with A La Carte Menu

Day 9 Fri 31/May/2019: Xi'an to Chongqing by Flight: Hainan Airlines HU7839 (16:45 - 18:15) (Economy Class), Chongqing to Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: Xian City Wall, Dumpling making in a local family, Private transfer to the airport in Xi'an; Private transfer from the airport to the dock in Chongqing, Board the ship from 6:00 to 8:00pm and depart Chongqing at 9:00pm. (Dinner is not included.). (2 adults)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Cruise Ship: President 8 4* (Deluxe Balcony Cabin-27.5sqm) (1 room for 2 adults)

Day 10 Sat 01/Jun/2019: Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: Welcoming Banquet, Dancing Party, Shore Excursion to Shibaozhai (2:00–4:00pm). Optional tour to Fengdu Ghost City.
Meals: Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, Dinner on ship

Day 11 Sun 02/Jun/2019: 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, Dinner on ship

Day 12 Mon 03/Jun/2019: Yangtze Cruise to Yichang, Yichang to Wuhan by Train: D3074 (13:32 - 15:33) (Second Class)
China Culture Tour: Visit the Three Gorges Dam Site, Private transfer to the train station in Yichang. Your arrangement from the train station to the hotel in Wuhan. (2 adults)
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Junyi Dynasty Hotel 4* (Deluxe Room-36sqm) (1 room for 2 adults)
Add: No.87 Luoyu Road, Hongshan District, Wuhan 430074, China

Day 13 Tue 04/Jun/2019: Wuhan
China Culture Tour: A free day on your arrangement in Wuhan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Wed 05/Jun/2019: Wuhan
China Culture Tour: A free day on your arrangement in Wuhan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Thu 06/Jun/2019: Wuhan to Datong by Flight: China Eastern Airlines MU2621 (09:45 - 11:50) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Your arrangement from the hotel to the airport in Wuhan. Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Datong, Hanging Monastery (2 adults)
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with A La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Garden Hotel 4* (Deluxe Room-30sqm) (1 room for 2 adults)
Add: No.59 Danan Street, Datong 037008, China

Day 16 Fri 07/Jun/2019: Datong
China Culture Tour: Yungang Grottoes, City Wall (2 adults)
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with A La Carte Menu

Day 17 Sat 08/Jun/2019: Datong to Beijing by Flight: Air China CA1120 (08:40 - 09:50) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Datong. Pick up from the airport in Beijing (2 adults). Samuel will meet you at Tiananmen Square. Forbidden City with Treasure House, Tiananmen Square, Hutong Rickshaw Tour with Local Family Visit (4 adults)
Meals: Breakfast for 2 adults, Lunch at Jindingxuan Dim Sum Restaurant with a La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Zhongguanyuan Global Village PKU 4* (Standard Room-32sqm) (1 room for 2 adults)
Add: No.126 Zhongguancun North Main Street, Haidian District, Beijing 100871, China

Day 18 Sun 09/Jun/2019: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, Round Ways Cable Car on Mutianyu Great Wall (4 adults)
Meals: Breakfast for 2 adults, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 19 Mon 10/Jun/2019: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Summer Palace with Cruise, Yonghegong Lama Temple, Temple of Confucius, Guozijian Ancient Imperial School (4 adults). Private transfer to the airport hotel in Beijing (2 adults)
Meals: Breakfast for 2 adults, Lunch at Dayali Restaurant with a La Carte Menu (CNY 80 per person)
Accommodation: CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport 4* (Deluxe Room-36sqm) (1 room for 2 adults)
Add: No. 9 Xiaotianzhu Road, Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing 100621, China

Day 20 Tue 11/Jun/2019: Departure Beijing: Air China CA819 at 08:50, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Your arrangement from the hotel to the airport.
Meals: Breakfast
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