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Rick from US customized a 23 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Yangtze Cruise Hangzhou Shanghai Guilin and Hong Kong Tour

Rick from US customized a 23 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Yangtze Cruise Hangzhou Shanghai Guilin and Hong Kong Tour

Nora, 

I had a very great time in China with my partner.

There were some great WOWs. 

*A negative wow in Beijing and elsewhere were the massive crowds of tourists, but your guides were skillful in helping us negotiate our way.

*Of course, the Warriors of Xian were breathtaking. 

*The dumpling making in Xian with Lily and family was fabulous. They were so gracious and the meal served was very good. It is a nice chance to get inside a private home and meet with locals.

*The Giant Buddha in Leshan was surprisingly wow-ful. 

*The Jinsha Museum in Chengdu was extraordinary. It was a beautiful building and skillful display of artifacts. Not too crowded. We have an interest in history and archeology, which made it especially interesting.

*Pandas were a predictable wow, but the number of them and the ability to see them active was surprising. In US zoos they usually are sleeping or hidden away.

*Being able to travel on the bullet trains was a wow. I recommend first class.

*There were multiple wows on the Yangtze River cruise. Although not part of the itinerary, the night Three Kingdoms show at Fengdu was breathtaking. Also, loved the trip up Goddess Stream.

*West Lake. Everything about it was beautiful. Definitely a wow for scenery.

*Nanxun was a delightful day trip, although the drive was a bit long. Not so crowded.

Rick from US customized a 23 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Yangtze Cruise Hangzhou Shanghai Guilin and Hong Kong Tour

*Shanghai. Astounding skyline, especially the night view from the Bund. Visitors MUST see it lit up. Also, the Shanghai Museum was thrilling. So many gorgeous artifacts. We didn't have enough time there.

*Loved the Longji Rice tour. A definite wow. They should make the Guilin area a priority.

*Li River cruise was a wow from start to finish, including Yangshuo. The couple who taught us bamboo rice in Yangshuo was a highlight. They served one of the best meals we had in China.

*The view from the Peak in Hong Kong is a definite wow.

Regarding the guide, it's difficult to say who was most outstanding. They were all excellent and we had great rapport with them all. We may have like Fei best, in part because she had the best English. Linda was terrific, quite friendly and very attentive. Cecilia was quite well organized and prepared and professional. Sophia made our entry into China easy. Jessica in Chengdu was great. Summer in Xian also excellent. The only negative on Vivi in Hangzhou was her English. Not so good. But she was very likeable and enthusiastic. She's young and could benefit from working on her English if she wants to be a tour guide.

For the most part, the hotels and meals were excellent. The New World in Beijing was probably the best. Rooms and location were great. Excellent buffet. The Ritz-Carlton in Chengdu was of course luxurious, but the restaurant was far too expensive and surprisingly the staff had poor English. The Eastern hotel in Xian was attractive and pleasant.

The Victoria Jenna was fine; service excellent. Hotels in Hangzhou and Shanghai very serviceable but the breakfast buffet in Hangzhou was crowded and our least favorite. Aroma Tea House was intimate and delightful; the staff had superb English. The Yangshuo Mountain Retreat was a little rustic but great location, profoundly beautiful view and fine service. Metropark Kowloon was a fine four-star hotel, but I might have opted for a five-star to end the trip.

Rick from US customized a 23 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Yangtze Cruise Hangzhou Shanghai Guilin and Hong Kong Tour

I also have some suggestions for your future clients: In Beijing they should walk and walk on their own if they have a free day. So much to take in. The Giant Buddha at Leshan and Jinsha Museum are well worth visiting. They should definitely see the Three Kingdoms show at Fengdu on the cruise. The cruise itself is very pleasant and beautiful. Don't miss the Goddess Stream excursion. Hangzhou has a lot to offer if they have time. In Shanghai, make enough time for the Shanghai Museum. Even two separate visits because there's so much to see.  The Shanghai Acrobats performance is splendid and should not be missed. If it's not on their itinerary they should make sure they buy tickets. Dinner outdoors in Xintiandi was great fun. I suggest mixing in five star hotels with the four stars, if it's in their budget, is desirable, especially on arrival.  I would also recommend business class on internal flights more than an hour or so, especially if the traveler is larger. The seats are very tight for many Americans. I am average size for an American and the 3-hour flight from Shanghai to Guilin was pretty uncomfortable.

*Download WeChat before departure for China and get the WeChat connections with all guides. Also, I was very happy I had Express VPN on my phone since so many sites are blocked. That VPN gave me good connections from even remote sites like the Longji Rice fields.

Rick from US customized a 23 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Yangtze Cruise Hangzhou Shanghai Guilin and Hong Kong Tour

*Also, we encourage travelers to break out of the hotels for dinner and wander (with a good map. My Google maps worked very well in most, but not all places.) 

We LOVED the bullet trains and highly recommend First Class travel. There's more room for luggage, for one thing. Train stations are hectic and crowded and the extra comfort in First Class provides a good way to relax. If they have noise-cancelling head or earphones, they should bring them. Several times we were seated near some extremely loud passengers. Also, be sure to be clear where to meet your guide in Hangzhou and Shanghai. The train stations are quite large with at least two exits, and the signage in English not always clear. WeChat proved very helpful in this respect. 

I found you through an internet search. Reviews were excellent. I spent time working on itineraries with you and one other company. I found Nora very helpful and got great confidence through our frequent emails.

I would be happy to communicate with your potential clients through email first. I would decide after email chat about a phone conversation.

Rick

Rick from US customized a 23 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Yangtze Cruise Hangzhou Shanghai Guilin and Hong Kong Tour

23 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Yangtze Cruise Hangzhou Shanghai Guilin and Hong Kong Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Sat 19/Oct/2019: Arrival at Beijing, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Beijing
Accommodation: New World Beijing Hotel 5* (Superior Room-50sqm)
Add: No. 8 Qi'nian Street, Chongwenmen, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100062, China
Surroundings: Wangfujing Shopping Street and Qianmen Street

Day 2 Sun 20/Oct/2019: Beijing
China Culture Tour: A free day on your arrangement in Beijing
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Mon 21/Oct/2019: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Round Ways Cable Car on Mutianyu Great Wall, 798 Art Zone
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 4 Tue 22/Oct/2019: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City with Treasure House, Hutong Rickshaw Tour with Local Family Visit, Temple of Heaven, One Hour Taichi experience in Temple of Heaven
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Jindingxuan Dim Sum Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 5 Wed 23/Oct/2019: Beijing to Xi'an by Train: G87 (14:00 - 18:25)
China Culture Tour: Beijing Tour: Summer Palace with Cruise, Private transfer from the hotel to the train station in Beijing; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Xi'an.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Xi'an Eastern House Boutique Hotel (Classic Room-35sqm)
Add: Crossing of Dachejia Alley and Fen Alley, Beilin District, Xi'an 710002, China
Surroundings: City Wall and Muslim Quarter

Day 6 Thu 24/Oct/2019: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Xian Great Mosque, Muslim Street, Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 Fri 25/Oct/2019: Xi'an to Chengdu by Train: G307 (15:40 - 19:42)
China Culture Tour: Xi'an Tour: Xian Ancient City Wall with 40 Minutes Golf Car Tour, Dumpling making in a local family, Private transfer from the hotel to the train station in Xi'an; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Chengdu.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu 5* (Deluxe Room-50sqm)
Add: No. 269 Shuncheng Main Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu 116017, China
Surroundings: Tianfu Square and Wenshu Temple

Day 8 Sat 26/Oct/2019: Chengdu
China Culture Tour: Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center, Jinsha Site Museum
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 Sun 27/Oct/2019: Private transfer:  Chengdu to Leshan (150km one way, 2 hours one way), Private transfer:  Leshan to Chengdu (150km one way, 2 hours one way)
China Culture Tour: Leshan Giant Buddha, 30 minutes' Cruise on the River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 Mon 28/Oct/2019: Chengdu to Chongqing by Train: G8717 (15:52 - 17:25) (), Chongqing to Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: Chengdu Tour: People's Park, Local Tea House, Jinli Ancient Street, Wuhou Ancestral Hall, Private transfer from the hotel to the train station in Chengdu; Private transfer from the train station to the dock in Chongqing, Ship board time from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and departs Chongqing at 9:00pm. (Dinner is not included.).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Chongqing Hotpot with a La Carte Menu
Cruise Ship: Victoria Jenna 4* (Superior Cabin-21sqm)

Day 11 Tue 29/Oct/2019: Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: Traditional Chinese Tai Chi. Shore Excursion to Fengdu "Jade Emperor". Captain's Welcome Dinner. Victoria Costume Show. You have the option of visiting Fengdu Ghost City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on ship

Day 12 Wed 30/Oct/2019: Yangtze Cruise
China Culture Tour: Traditional Chinese Tai Chi. Sail through Qutang Gorge. Shore Excursion to Goddess Stream (3:15pm-6:15pm). Optional tour to the White Emperor City. Sail through Xiling Gorge. Farewell Buffet.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on ship

Day 13 Thu 31/Oct/2019: Yangtze Cruise to Yichang, Yichang to Hangzhou by Flight: Beijing Capital Airlines JD5690 (15:35 - 17:20) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Disembark at Maoping pier of Yichang and Check-out. Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam (8am-11am). Take the cruise company bus to Yichang Sanxia Tourist Center (No. 9 dock). Arrive in Yichang at 12:30pm.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Zhongwei Sunny Hotel 4* (Superior Room-25sqm)
Add: No.108 Jiefang Road, Hangzhou 310009, China
Surroundings: West Lake Scenic Area

Day 14 Fri 01/Nov/2019: Hangzhou
China Culture Tour: Nanxun Water Town, Boat cruise in Nanxun Water Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15 Sat 02/Nov/2019: Hangzhou to Shanghai by Train: G1510 (17:01 - 17:56)
China Culture Tour: Hangzhou Tour: West Lake including cruise and the Island on the lake, Lingyin Temple, Peak Flown From Afar, Six Harmonies Pagoda (with climbing up the pagoda), Private transfer from the hotel to the train station in Hangzhou; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Shanghai.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Central Hotel Shanghai 4* (Superior Room-32sqm)
Add: No. 555, Jiujiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
Surroundings: Nanjing Shopping Road and Bund

Day 16 Sun 03/Nov/2019: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: Fuxing Park, French Concession, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai City God Temple, Shanghai Museum, The Bund
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xiangyefu Teahouse Restaurant with A La Carte Menu

Day 17 Mon 04/Nov/2019: Shanghai to Guilin by Flight: Air China CA1969 (17:25 - 20:30) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Shanghai Tour: Shanghai World Financial Center (To the 94th, 97th and 100th floor), Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Tianzifang, Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Shanghai; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Guilin.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Aroma Tea House - Boutique (Family Room with Garden View (second floor)-32sqm)
Add: No. 9 Ronghu South Road, Xiangshan District, Guilin 541001, China
Surroundings: Night Market and Banyan Lake

Rick from US customized a 23 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Yangtze Cruise Hangzhou Shanghai Guilin and Hong Kong Tour

Day 18 Tue 05/Nov/2019: Guilin
China Culture Tour: Folded Brocade Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Daxu Ancient Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Mc Found Restaurant with a La Carte Menu
Day 19 Wed 06/Nov/2019: Private transfer:  Guilin to Longsheng (100km one way, 2 hours one way), Private transfer:  Longsheng to Guilin (100km one way, 2 hours one way)
China Culture Tour: Longji Terraced Rice Field and Ping'an Zhuang Village, One Hour Bamboo Rice Making Experience
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Rick from US customized a 23 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Yangtze Cruise Hangzhou Shanghai Guilin and Hong Kong Tour

Day 20 Thu 07/Nov/2019: Longsheng
China Culture Tour: Guilin Tour: Li River Deluxe Boat Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo; West Street.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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

Rick from US customized a 23 days Beijing Xian Chengdu Yangtze Cruise Hangzhou Shanghai Guilin and Hong Kong Tour

Day 21 Fri 08/Nov/2019: Private transfer:  Yangshuo to Guilin (65km one way, 1.5 hours one way), Guilin to Hong Kong by Train: G311 (13:38 - 16:54)
China Culture Tour: Yangshuo Tour: Yangshuo picturesque countryside tour by private transfer, Private transfer from Yangshuo hotel to Guilin train station (1.5 hours); Private transfer from the bus/train station to the hotel in Hong Kong.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Metropark Hotel Kowloon 4* (Superior Room-23sqm)
Add: 75 Waterloo Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Day 22 Sat 09/Nov/2019: Hong Kong
China Culture Tour: Half Day Private Tour to Hong Kong Island (Victoria Peak with one-way Peak Tram, Aberdeen with sampan ride, and Repulse Bay or Stanley Market)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 23 Sun 10/Nov/2019: Departure Hong Kong, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast
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