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January's 30 Days Beijing Luoyang Xian Hangzhou Suzhou Shanghai and Hong kong Tour Package

January's 30 Days Beijing Luoyang Xian Hangzhou Suzhou Shanghai and Hong kong Tour Package

Dear Grace (Wang Yu 王瑜),

First, thank you for organizing our first trip to China. We loved it!  You did a great job and we would be more than happy to recommend your services to others.  Meanwhile, here are some general and specific comments about our first trip that might be helpful in planning our next one.

The accommodations, food, means of travel, sites, even weather: all good or great. 

The pollution in Beijing was bad, less bad in Luoyang and Xi’an, but a 3M 95-particle mask with air escape valve worked very well.  No asthma problems which I feared.  We didn’t feel the pollution in the south at all, some days glorious.

The itinerary was laid back, we never felt stressed. I swam and lifted weights in the hotel most days. My bad back and pulled hamstring actually improved during the trip. We were very glad to ride business class in trains and planes. Not checking luggage was a great luxury. Need to have private guide or “Red Cap” guide in train stations to find your train car. Track numbers are well indicated but car positions on the platform are not correctly indicated and are also prone to last minute changes. That made it very difficult for us. No one speaks English in train stations, neither at domestic airports.

The jet lag at the beginning of the trip was difficult but bearable.  After five days the worst had passed. By the time we reached the end of our trip in Hong Kong, we didn’t want to go home.

My one comment for next time is in the form of a question: how to balance visiting tourist sites with seeing and experiencing how the people actually live? Not sure how best to do that yet…a command of Chinese and visiting the countryside would seem key.  Reading Chinese classics and seeing Chinese films and TV all help.

Here are some brief promised comments about the stops, drivers and guides along the way.  The guides were all good, all very flexible for changes (e.g. in case of rain).  Only Gerry, the guide in Hangzhou, made us feel a little bit uncomfortable but that’s being picky.

Beijing:  Jin guide, among the best.  Very attentive, knowledgeable, English good too.  Excelled at anticipating our needs rather than just responding to them. Very thoughtful person.  Give him a 5++. Hotel was great, perfect location/facilities. Fabulous restaurants in Beijing.  If they would just fix that pollution…! 

Luoyang: Cherry (Du Ying 杜瑛) guide.  Very good English, slow to warming up to us, but by the second day, we were all very comfortable with each other.  Give her a 5.  Hotel very good, good location too.

Xi’an: Lucy(Zhang Xiao Ping 张小平)guide.  Also very good English, very flexible, experienced extremely nice, made extra efforts to make us comfortable and to see some night life.  Give her a 5.  Hotel in Xi’an was the best of all the hotels, good location, great facility and the best hotel service we have ever experienced.

Hangzhou: Gerry(Zhu Xiao Bo 朱霄波)guide. That little scary incident at the airport…first he was late and we were expecting Leaf instead of Gerry, and then he was driving, no separate driver.  Same next day, no driver, when I mentioned it to you in a WeChat message.  Gerry took it as a criticism and though he tried to act like it didn’t bother him he seemed awkward and uncomfortable with us that day.  His English very good, seemed experienced. With new baby probably desperate to make more money which I guess he would have done so if he acted as both driver and guide.  Give Gerry a 4.  Hotel in Hangzhou not quite as good as other hotels, so big, but well located near West Lake.

Suzhou:  Deng(Deng Ying Ying 邓映英)guide.  Deng and Cecilia Mak (Hong Kong) seemed the most experienced guides.  Both elegant and excellent English.  Both older.  Give Deng a 5. Hotel facility and room were superb but service a little cold and weird and location pretty far from the old town.

Shanghai: William (Chen Hailing 陈海梁) guide.  Also experienced and knowledgeable, very nice.  Attentive, anticipated our needs and questions.  Good English.  Very smiley…Give William a 5+.

Hong Kong: Cecilia Mak guide.  Very good English and very knowledgable.  Only a day and half spent with guide in Hong Kong, so hard to judge longer stay.  Give Cecilia a 5.

Hope this helpful Grace.  We look forward to your arranging our next trip, maybe Silk Road in conjunction with a longer stay to study Chinese later this year…

Out of curiosity, what did the guides say about us?

Sincerely,

陈波

Robert and Claude January

January's 30 Days Beijing Luoyang Xian Hangzhou Suzhou Shanghai and Hong kong Tour Package

Day 1 Tue 08/May/2018: Arrival at Beijing: UA89 at 13:35, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Beijing
Accommodation: Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel 5* (Deluxe Room-38sqm)
Add: No. 57 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006, China

Day 2 Wed 09/May/2018: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City with Treasure House and Hall of Clocks and Watches
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Jindingxuan Dim Sum Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 3 Thu 10/May/2018: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Jingshan Park, Beihai Park, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, The Mansion Of Prince Gong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Siji Minfu Roasted Duck Restaurant

Day 4 Fri 11/May/2018: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall with Chairlift up and Slide way down, Olympic Green for Exterior View of the Bird Nest and Water Cube
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 5 Sat 12/May/2018: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Temple of Heaven, Ancient Observatory, Yonghegong Lama Temple, Temple of Confucius, Guozijian Ancient Imperial School
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Dawanju Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 6 Sun 13/May/2018: Beijing
China Culture Tour: National Museum of China, Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Today Art Museum
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Haidilao Hot Pot with a La Carte Menu

Day 7 Mon 14/May/2018: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Summer Palace (including Garden of Virtue and Harmony & Cruise & Tower of Buddhist Incense), Central Business District, Galaxy SOHO, Sanlitun, 798 Art Zone
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Dayali Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 8 Tue 15/May/2018: Beijing to Luoyang by Train: G663 (15:45 - 19:45)(Business Seat)
China Culture Tour: Qianmen Street, Panjiayuan Weekend Market, Private transfer to the train station in Beijing; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Luoyang.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Dawanju Restaurant with a La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Christian's Hotel - Boutique (Executive Room-69sqm)
Add: No.56 Jiefang Road, Xigong District, Luoyang 471000, China

Day 9 Wed 16/May/2018: Luoyang
China Culture Tour: Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang Museum
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with a La Carte Menu

Day 10 Thu 17/May/2018: Luoyang
China Culture Tour: Emperor Carriage Museum, Luoyang Folklore Museum, Wangcheng Park (Luoyang Peony Festival), Luoyang Old Town
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with a La Carte Menu

Day 11 Fri 18/May/2018: Luoyang to Shaolin Temple to Luoyang (90KM, private transfer: 1.5 hours one way)
China Culture Tour: Shaolin Temple and Pagoda Forest (including Shaolin Kungfu Show), White Horse Temple
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with a La Carte Menu

Day 12 Sat 19/May/2018: Luoyang to Xi'an by Train: G853 (15:23 - 17:05)(Business Seat)
China Culture Tour: Free morning on your arrangement in Luoyang, Private transfer from the hotel to the train station in Luoyang; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Xi'an.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian 5*(Premium Room-45sqm)
Add: No. 319 Dong Xin Street, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710004, China

Day 13 Sun 20/May/2018: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Banpo Neolithic Village-Banpo Museum
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Baiweizheng Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 14 Mon 21/May/2018: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Muslim Street, Xian Great Mosque, Shadow Play in the Gao's Family Courtyard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Defachang Dumpling Restaurant

Day 15 Tue 22/May/2018: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Qujiang Pool Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Guoli Renhe Sichuan Cuisine Restaurant

Day 16 Wed 23/May/2018: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Chinese Calligraphy Learning in Small Wild Goose Pagoda Temple, Forest of Stone Steles, Xian City Wall
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Qianzhou Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 17 Thu 24/May/2018: Xi'an to Hangzhou by Flight: China Eastern Airlines MU2223 (16:10 - 18:25)(Business Class)
China Culture Tour: Hanyang Tomb, Private transfer to the airport in Xi'an; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Hangzhou.
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch
Accommodation: Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Hangzhou 5* (Lake View Room-37sqm)
Add: No.555 Fengqi Road, Xiachang District, Hangzhou 310006, China

Day 18 Fri 25/May/2018: Hangzhou
China Culture Tour: Lingyin Temple, Peak Flown From Afar, 2 hours' tea culture experience at Meijiawu Tea Village, China National Tea Museum, Private Rowing Boat Cruise on West Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Louwailou Restaurant with A La Carte Menu

Day 19 Sat 26/May/2018: Hangzhou
China Culture Tour: Nanxun Water Town, Boat cruise in Nanxun Water Town
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with A La Carte Menu

Day 20 Sun 27/May/2018: Hangzhou to Suzhou by Train: G7592 (15:01-16:57)(Business Seat)
China Culture Tour: Free morning on your arrangement in Hangzhou, Private transfer from the hotel to the train station in Hangzhou; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Suzhou.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tonino Lamborghini Hotel Suzhou - Boutique (Deluxe Room-50sqm)
Add: No.168 Xinggang Street, Industry Park, Suzhou 215021, China

Day 21 Mon 28/May/2018: Suzhou
China Culture Tour: Humble Administrator’s Garden, Panmen Scenic Area, Lingering Garden, Night Show in the Master of Nets Garden
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with A La Carte Menu

Day 22 Tue 29/May/2018: Suzhou
China Culture Tour: Grand Canal Cruise, Hanshan Temple, Tiger Hill, Pingjiang Road
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch with A La Carte Menu

Day 23 Wed 30/May/2018: Suzhou to Shanghai by Train: G229 (15:49 - 16:12)(Business Seat)
China Culture Tour: Free morning on your arrangement in Suzhou, Private transfer from the hotel to the train station in Suzhou; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Shanghai.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Shanghai Fairmont Peace Hotel 5* (Fairmont Room-49sqm)
Add: 20 Nanjing Road East Shanghai

Day 24 Thu 31/May/2018: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: French Concession, Xintiandi Shanghai, Shanghai M50 Art Community, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai City God Temple
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Lv Bo Lang Restaurant with A La Carte Menu

Day 25 Fri 01/Jun/2018: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: Shanghai Museum, MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Homes Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 26 Sat 02/Jun/2018: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center, Jade Buddha Temple, Lujiazui New Area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xianqiangfang Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 27 Sun 03/Jun/2018: Shanghai to Hong Kong by Flight: Shanghai Airlines FM845 (15:15 - 17:40)(Business Class)
China Culture Tour: Free morning on your arrangement in Shanghai. (You may visit the Shanghai Museum for the 2nd time in this free morning.). Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Shanghai; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Hong Kong.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Harbour Grand Kowloon 5* (Harbour View Room-40sqm)
Add: 20 Tak Fung Street, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Day 28 Mon 04/Jun/2018: 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), Free afternoon to explore Hong Kong on your own.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 29 Tue 05/Jun/2018: Hong Kong
China Culture Tour: A free day on your arrangement in Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

Day 30 Wed 06/Jun/2018: Departure Hong Kong: UA180 at 10:25am, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast
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