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Kristin Gentilini's 10 Days China Tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai

Kristin Gentilini's Tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai Kristin Gentilini's Tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai Kristin Gentilini's Tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai

Hi Nora,

I hope this email funds you well! I'll write the review for Tripadvisor one day this week, but here is the evaluation of our trip, based on your questions :)

Every day had "WOW" moments, and that's a great thing! We had such a wonderful time on this trip, but I will try to mention the "best of the best".

The Great Wall at Huanghuacheng was spectacular, and the fact that we had the wall almost to ourselves made this experience even better. I'm not sure if that's how it always is or if we got lucky on the day we went, but the lack of crowds was fantastic, as was the scenery. 

We also really loved the dumpling making at the home in Xi'an, and it was so wonderful to gain insight into how people really live in China. We also really loved biking the city wall! And we truly enjoyed the tea tasting during lunch as well as the Terra Cotta Warriors. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was also a favorite, as it was so peaceful there. We had a great stay in Xi'an!!

The Li River cruise was also so wonderful, and the boat and lunch were so much nicer than we expected-what a pleasant surprise!! This day was probably our favorite, and the bike ride after the cruise was also so very special, despite the rain!

We also loved the park in the French Concession, the Yuyuan Garden and the Shanghai City God Temple, and the tea tasting in Shanghai as well!

I'm sorry I could not list only one WOW event-we truly enjoyed so much of our trip!

We enjoyed all of our guides, but Linda was definitely our favorite! She was so positive, so informative, and so helpful, and she was passionate about showing us the best of Guilin/Yangshuo. She seemed happy to be our guide, and she was always smiling. When it started raining before our bike ride in Yangshuo, she never once gave us the impression that she didn't want to go; she put on a poncho and rode happily along the beautiful trail! :) We had the best day! 

Amy and Kris were also really great! Rico was very nice as well.

All of the hotels were truly wonderful, and it's difficult to pick a favorite because we enjoyed them all. If I had to pick, the Shangri-La in Guilin and the Wyndham Grand Xi'an South were our favorites.

The meals were generally all very good, and we loved Fu Hui Ci Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant and Mc Found the best. We ended up eating lunch at the train station in Beijing, and this we enjoyed the least. I would have rather had lunch at the restaurant listed on our itinerary, near the Summer Palace. There was always so much food! Maybe the allowance could be lower based on the eating habits of guests-people who generally eat less can have a smaller allowance? I'm not sure how that would work, but I felt like our guides suggested a lot of food because the allowance was so big, and then we could not eat it all, which seemed wasteful.

The train travel was wonderful, and I am very happy we traveled this way. A wonderful experience!

We were happy for our guides' suggestions about shows, and I am glad that we didn't book in advance because it was nice to have the flexibility as to what we would like to do depending on how the day was going. I loved the flexibility of being able to change our itinerary when necessary.

I wished we had started earlier on some days, particularly our last day in Beijing as well as in Xi'an on our last day, because I feel like we just walked relatively quickly through the Summer Palace, and if we had started the day earlier I would have liked to spend some more time there. I also think that for attractions that are known to be very crowded (Forbidden City (we did not visit the Treasure House, even though it was listed on our itinerary), Temple of Heaven, and the Shaanxi History Museum (which we missed entirely because of the crowds) it would be best to get to these earlier in the day, to minimize the crowds. 

Ideally we could have used a little more time in each city, but our schedule didn't allow for that so I think we did the best with the time we had.

Yes, I am happy to share our wonderful experience with potential customers!
Kristin Gentilini
Email: krist**@optonline.net
Cell: 1-631-495-****

Please let me know if I can provide any additional information. Thank you again, so very much, for such a wonderful experience!

Best regards,

Kristin Gentilini

Kristin Gentilini's Tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai

Kristin Gentilini Tailor-made a 10 Days China tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai.

Day 1 Fri 18/Aug/2017: Arrival at Beijing: UA888 at 02:40pm
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 Sat 19/Aug/2017: Beijing  
China Culture Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City with Treasure House, Jingshan Park, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Chinese Yoyo Experience in Hutong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Fu Hui Ci Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 3 Sun 20/Aug/2017: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Temple of Heaven, Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Huanghuacheng Great Wall Hiking (2-4 hours one day)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Mon 21/Aug/2017: Beijing to Xi'an by Train: G87 (14:00 - 18:25) (1st Class Seat)
China Culture Tour: Summer Palace with Cruise, Private transfer to the train station in Beijing; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Xi'an.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Chongxue Shanzhuang Restaurant with a La Carte Menu (CNY 85 per person)
Accommodation: Wyndham Grand Xian South 5* (Club Room-55sqm)
Add: No. 208 Ci'en East Road, Qujiang District, Xi'an 710061, China

Day 5 Tue 22/Aug/2017: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Xian Ancient City Wall with One Hour Biking Tour, Muslim Street, Great Tang All Day Mall
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Baiweizheng Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 6 Wed 23/Aug/2017: Xi'an to Guilin by Flight: Tianjin Airlines GS7675 (18:45 - 20:50) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Shaanxi History Museum, Dumpling making with a local family, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Xi'an; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Guilin.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Guilin Shangri-La Hotel 5* (Executive Terrace Mountain View Room-42sqm)
Add: 111 Huan Cheng Bei Er Lu, Guilin, Guangxi, China

Day 7 Thu 24/Aug/2017: Private transfer: Yangshuo to Guilin (65km, 1.5 hours one way)
China Culture Tour: Li River Deluxe Boat Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, West Street, Biking in Yangshuo Countryside.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 Fri 25/Aug/2017: Guilin to Shanghai by Flight: China Eastern Airlines MU9350 (15:55 - 18:10) (Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: Folded Brocade Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Guilin; Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Shanghai.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Mc Found Restaurant with a La Carte Menu
Accommodation: Shanghai Fairmont Peace Hotel 5* (Fairmont Room-49sqm)
Add: 20 Nanjing Road East Shanghai

Day 9 Sat 26/Aug/2017: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai City God Temple, French Concession, Jinmao Tower (Top Floor View), The Bund
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Gengyuelou Restaurant with A La Carte Menu

Day 10 Sun 27/Aug/2017: Departure Shanghai: UA858 at 12:10pm
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast
Tour Service Ends

Estimated Price Per Person: USD2600 (price upon request)
Price Inlusive: English-speaking tour guide and driver, entrance fees, hotels, transfers, internal airfare and trains, meals, etc.
Price Exclusive: Internationale airfare, some dinners, personal expense, non-accident insurance, visa fees, non-mandatory tipping, etc.

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