Shanghai to Beijing and back by bullet train
My husband and I had booked a Shanghai to Tokyo cruise but wanted to see the Great Wall in China since we were going to be there. After doing some internet research, I ended up working with Lydia of China Culture Tour to book our pre-cruise tour. Right from the start, she was responsive (answered my e-mails within 24 hours) and very clear in what was included and not included in the tour. She arranged absolutely everything for us, starting with having Martina and driver take care of us in Shanghai. It was so comforting to know that we were being met at the airport. Martina also made sure that we got to the train station in plenty of time, showed us where to go for our gate, described what we needed to do to get to the train. At the Beijing end, Lily met us and we started our tour right away by visiting The Temple of Heaven. Although not part of our tour, she arranged to get us tickets for 2 evening plays. Lily was very knowledgeable and provided us with a lot of information on the sites we visited, which included Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Mutianyu Great Wall. Along with these interesting historic sites, Lily also made sure that we experienced local cuisine along the way.
I highly recommend China Culture Tours if you’re planning on visiting China. Their level of service is definitely 5 stars. We were very well taken care of and so appreciated everything Lydia, Martina, and Lily did for us. For example, we had a small hiccup where we ended up sitting in 2nd class bullet train seats to Beijing when we had booked and paid for 1st class. Lydia made sure that we were reimbursed the difference in the cost of the seats and offered to pay for a Peking Duck dinner as compensation.
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