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Théa and Markus Natri from Finland Customized a 15 Days Shanghai Hangzhou Huangshan/Yellow Mt. and Guilin Tour

Théa and Markus Natri from Finland Customized a 15 Days Shanghai Hangzhou Huangshan/Yellow Mt. and Guilin Tour

Hi Nora,

First, thank you again for all the arrangement. Our friends have followed our trip on Facebook and Instagram and all of them were impressed – simply, it was spectacular trip!

In terms of travel arrangement the simple wow was that everything went so smoothly. Even when our flight was canceled we did not feel like worried.

Our personal wow was the chance to meet common people. It is often hard for tourists. Although the visit to plantation or to the farm/cooking class were part of our touristic program, we got a sense of normal life in China, authentic enough for us. We very much appreciated also the discussions with our tour guides, helping us to understand the Chinese culture and lifestyle.

Building on this, we really enjoyed all the active programs, where we were not only looking for the sights but doing things: biking, visit to the plantation and learning tea ceremonies, farm & cooking and also the calligraphy (however for this I would have loved to learn to draw some of the Chinese characters instead of drawing a view. )

About guides: The guides all were spectacular, much better than we could have dreamt to have.

But if one to be chosen, April. She has a special character, she is a very positively driven spirit. Despite tough foggy weather up in the mountains she was so positive and encouraging. She also knew so much about plants (I love nature so I appreciated this), culture and was very good at recommending different kind of food. We really appreciated how she explained all the food served for buffet and encouraged us to try different things.
But fair to mention that we enjoyed Fei’s guidance a lot too.

Hotels: All the hotels were really good, but obviously Pig’s Heaven is one we will never forget. We loved it, also the village. Really superb experience! We also love Shanghai Hotel, very good and well located. And obviously Guilin hotel, with its magnificent roof top terrace! And Yangshuo….

Théa and Markus Natri from Finland Customized a 15 Days Shanghai Hangzhou Huangshan/Yellow Mt. and Guilin Tour

Regarding the food: All our guides were really good in recommending food and local specialties. And also gave us a chance to try some food that we otherwise would not have tried (chicken feet  ). Sometimes trying these kind of food requires some encouragement and we were up to that (obviously some people would not try these even if recommended by tour guides).

Food is also so different in China than anywhere else, you could make it even bigger thing and give it more attention. For many Europeans and Americans Chinese food is fast food, although there are a lot of gourmet aspects in your food. There is not one Chinese food but a variety of food cultures with differences. On our last day we visited a Yunnan restaurant that Fei recommended to us when we asked for that. That meal was spectacular and made us to think if we should visit Yunnan for our next visit.  

For the train travel: We enjoyed trains a lot. Nice and convenient. The luggage system was different to us, but we figured it out. Some people might appreciate having it explained before getting on the train. Where to put the luggage and how big backs fit close to your seat.

Also, we realized that most local people have noodle cups with them and get hot water from the train to prepare those. We forgot to ask our tour guides but if this is something tourists could also buy and eat, this could be encouraged. In general also, how the meal service works on the train; what kind of food do they sell and how much it costs in general and how to pay..

Théa and Markus Natri from Finland Customized a 15 Days Shanghai Hangzhou Huangshan/Yellow Mt. and Guilin Tour

I had already bought the flights and started to build the round-trip on my - own but very quickly learned that it is quite a hard job. When googling information I accidentally ended up to your site. With all the Trip Advisor and visitors’ recommendations I thought that your Company is trustworthy and worth contacting. Did so and as the travel plan received was so spot-on, we decided to buy your service.

We are happy to speak with other travelers. You can give my husband’s contact info.

All the best Nora, I am sure we will be in contact with you again in the future,

KR,

Théa and Markus Natri

Théa and Markus Natri from Finland Customized a 15 Days Shanghai Hangzhou Huangshan/Yellow Mt. and Guilin Tour

15 Days Shanghai Hangzhou Huangshan/Yellow Mt. and Guilin Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Thu 04/Jul/2019: Arrival at Shanghai: AY87 at 07:10, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Shanghai
Accommodation: Central Hotel Shanghai 4* (Superior Room-32sqm)
Add: No. 555, Jiujiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
Surroundings: Nanjing Shopping Road and Bund

Day 2 Fri 05/Jul/2019: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: Fuxing Park, French Concession, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai City God Temple, Shanghai World Financial Center (To the 94th, 97th and 100th floor), The Bund
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Sat 06/Jul/2019: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: Tongli Ancient Water Town, Boat Cruise in Tongli
Tongli Ancient Water Town: Tongli is a famous ancient water village surrounded by 8 lakes. It takes about 1.5 hours to drive from Shanghai one way. This town maintains its features as an ancient Chinese water town. In 2004, Tongli was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a history spanning over 1000 years, Tongli has enjoyed great fame all over China for its beautiful winding rivers, historic bridges, and ancient residences.
Boat Cruise in Tongli: You will take a small boat to tour around this water town and have an insight view of this lovely town.
Meals: Breakfast

Théa and Markus Natri from Finland Customized a 15 Days Shanghai Hangzhou Huangshan/Yellow Mt. and Guilin Tour

Day 4 Sun 07/Jul/2019: Shanghai to Hangzhou by Train: G7335 (12:30 - 13:29) (Second Class)
China Culture Tour: Half free day on your arrangement in Shanghai, Private transfer from the hotel to the train station in Shanghai; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Hangzhou, China National Tea Museum, 2 hours' tea culture experience at Meijiawu Tea Village.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Zhejiang International Hotel 4* (Deluxe Room-30sqm)
Add: No. 221 Tiyuchang Road, Hangzhou 310003, China

Day 5 Mon 08/Jul/2019: Hangzhou
China Culture Tour: West Lake including cruise and the Island on the lake, Six Harmonies Pagoda (with climbing up the pagoda), Lingyin Temple, Peak Flown From Afar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Tue 09/Jul/2019: Hangzhou to Tunxi by Train: G7317 (09:51 - 11:40) (Second Class), Private transfer: Tunxi to Huangshan (100km, 1.5 hour one way)
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the hotel to the train station in Hangzhou; Private transfer from the train station to Huangshan Scenic Area (1.5hours); The Yellow Mountains, Yungu Cable Car up.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Huangshan Beihai Hotel 4* (Standard Room-17sqm)
Add: Beihai Scenic Area

Day 7 Wed 10/Jul/2019: Private transfer: Huangshan to Xidi (60km, 1 hour one way)
China Culture Tour: West Sea Grand Canyon, Yungu Cable Car down
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pig's Heaven Inn Bishan - Boutique (Queen Bed Room-16sqm)
Add: Bishan Village, Huangshan, Anhui Province, China

Théa and Markus Natri from Finland Customized a 15 Days Shanghai Hangzhou Huangshan/Yellow Mt. and Guilin Tour

Day 8 Thu 11/Jul/2019: Xidi
China Culture Tour: 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 9 Fri 12/Jul/2019: Private transfer: Xidi to Tunxi (60km, 1 hour one way), Tunxi to Guilin by Flight: Air Guilin GT1004 (22:25 - 00:30+1) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Mukeng Bamboo Forest, Tunxi Ancient Street, Private transfer to the airport in Tunxi; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Guilin.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel Guilin 4* (Deluxe Room-30sqm)
Add: No. 8 Binjiang Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin 541000, China
Surroundings: Elephant Hill Park, Shanhu Lake, and Zhengyang Walking Street

Day 10 Sat 13/Jul/2019: Guilin
China Culture Tour: Daxu Ancient Town, Folded Brocade Hill, Reed Flute Cave
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Sun 14/Jul/2019: Private transfer: Guilin to Longsheng to Guilin (100km, 2 hours one way)
China Culture Tour: Longji Terraced Rice Field and Ping'an Zhuang Village
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel Guilin 4* (Deluxe Room-30sqm)
Add: No. 8 Binjiang Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin 541000, China
Surroundings: Elephant Hill Park, Shanhu Lake, and Zhengyang Walking Street

Théa and Markus Natri from Finland Customized a 15 Days Shanghai Hangzhou Huangshan/Yellow Mt. and Guilin Tour

Day 12 Mon 15/Jul/2019: Guilin to Yangshuo by boat
China Culture Tour: Li River Deluxe Boat Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo; West Street.
Accommodation: Yangshuo Mountain Retreat Hotel Boutique (River View Superior King Room-32sqm)
Add: Wang Gong Shan Jiao, Feng Lou Cun Wei, Gaotian Zhen, Yangshuo, Guilin, China
Surroundings: Yulong River

Day 13 Tue 16/Jul/2019: Private transfer: Yangshuo to Guilin (65km, 1.5 hour one way), Guilin to Shanghai by Flight: China Eastern Airlines MU9350 (15:55 - 18:10) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Biking in Yangshuo Countryside, Private transfer from Yangshuo to Guilin airport (1.5 hours). Your arrangement from the airport to the hotel in Shanghai.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Central Hotel Shanghai 4* (Superior Room-32sqm)
Add: No. 555, Jiujiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
Surroundings: Nanjing Shopping Road and Bund

Day 14 Wed 17/Jul/2019: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: A free day on your arrangement in Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Thu 18/Jul/2019: Departure Shanghai: AY88 at 09:20, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Your arrangement from the hotel to the airport in Shanghai.
Meals: Breakfast
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