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Low's 14 Days Beijing Xian Shanghai and Hong kong Tour Package

Low's 14 Days Beijing Xian Shanghai and Hongkong

Great 2 week China Trip

Our family (nine people aged 14-81) just returned from an amazing 2 week trip to China where we visited Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The trip was organized by China Culture Tour under the dedicated, detailed work of Lydia Huang. She was very patient and made sure that the trip was what we wanted. We went through 6-7 different itineraries before we were happy and through it all, she was very helpful and patient. She stayed in touch with us (via WeChat) throughout our trip. She updated us with the name and contact numbers of our guides for each city 2-3 days prior to arrival which allowed us to contact the guides directly to confirm meeting places. This made for no confusion and we were met by each of our guides as expected. Overall we were very happy with the service of our travel consultant (Lydia) and most of our guides and hotels.

We started our trip in Beijing. Our guide here was Jin and he was exceptional. His English was great and his knowledge and passion for his city was great. He was very patient with us and made sure that we saw what we wanted. He did some minor changes in the itinerary due to some political events happening in Beijing at the time we were there. This avoided huge crowds in the city and made our visit more enjoyable. He even took us to the train station and helped us get onto the train carriage before he left. We stayed at the Regent Beijing which was very nice and had a great breakfast buffet. The lunches supplied were also very good selections of local food. One highlight of our trip was the Great Wall. We went to the Mutianyu part of the Wall and got to freely walk along a good portion of the wall. We even got to toboggan down the final bit which was a fun way to descend. Next we saw the Hutongs and enjoyed a quick rickshaw ride through them to our next stop which was learning about and painting our own Chinese Opera Masks. Jin was able to get us tickets and a ride to see a Kung Fu show. We also wanted to do some shopping and he made it work with his driver so that we were able to fit all of this in, in addition to our scheduled events. I would highly recommend Jin as a guide next time we visit Beijing.

We next took the High Speed Train to Xi'an. There we were met by Robbie. He was an adequate guide who was very knowledgeable about his city. His English was ok, but he did not communicate clearly with us at times, and at times both sides got a little frustrated. Overall, we had a good time in Xi'an. The Terracotta Warriors is a must as is the Xi'an wall. If you have time, biking the wall is a great way to see it. Muslim Street Market was very interesting. It was a great place to shop/barter and to try some local street food. We visited a local family who taught us how to make local dumplings. This experience was wonderful as we not only learned how to make dumplings, we got to meet a local family in their apartment and got to enjoy a feast of homemade food that she made for us.

We took another High Speed train to Shanghai. These trains are a great way to travel in China. Lydia booked us second class seats and they were very roomy with lots of space nearby for all of our luggage. We did not hire porters and managed easily (even our 81 yo) with our luggage in the train station. In Shanghai we were met by Candy. She was a great tour guide. Her English was very good. Her passion and dedication to her job was wonderful and she felt like part of our family. Shanghai was wonderful. We visited Fuxing Park, Yuyuan Gardens, the downtown core and the Bund. We stayed at the Grand Central Hotel which was conveniently located just off of Nanjing road which was wonderful for evening strolls. We also did a trip out to Tongli Water Town which was very interesting and beautiful. Candy was a wonderful guide and ambassador for Shanghai, and has become and remains a friend.

Next, we flew to Hong Kong. In Hong Kong we were met initially by David who was wonderful. Our original guide, Lily, was ill, so had arranged for David to meet us. He was able to meet us and orientate us to this city. We had only a half day tour arranged as we had planned on making our own arrangements for the rest of the trip. Lily met us the next morning and provided us with the tour of Hong Kong Island. We visited Aberdeen, Victoria Peak and Repulse Bay. We were a bit disappointed in that we had mentioned to Lydia prior to our travels that we had wanted to see Stanley Market in place of Repulse bay, and she had told us to talk to our guide on our arrival and she could make adjustments to the itinerary. When it was brought up with Lily, she said we couldn't make the change and she wasn't told of this. She was not very flexible with her schedule. It was also a bit odd when we were in Aberdeen on the Sampan boat rides. She got us there, bought our tickets and sent us on our way. She did not come on the boat with us so the ride was silent and we did not get any interpretation of the sights from the boat.

The rest of Hong Kong we saw and explored on our own. Hong Kong is an easy city to get around and explore on your own. Get an Octopus card and you can ride the Metro, bus, ding-ding and pay for food/groceries. It is very convenient and you can get back what money you have left on your card before you leave the country. Here, we stayed at the Harbour Grand Kowloon. The location and view from the hotel was great, as was the roof top pool. However, the hotel was having a major renovation and this greatly impacted our experience. The elevators were not working well and often it would take a long time just to get to the lobby. The rooms were dark and dated and musty.

Overall, we had a wonderful 2 week vacation in China and Hong Kong. China Culture Tour was wonderful and took care of everything from the moment we arrived in China to the time we left. I would highly recommend China Culture Tour, and Lydia in particular, to anyone planning on traveling to China. Your trip will be a trip of a lifetime.

Low's 14 Days Beijing Xian Shanghai and Hong kong Tour Package

Day 1 Mon 19/Mar/2018: Arrival at Beijing: DL129 at 19:55, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Beijing
Accommodation: Regent Beijing 5* (Deluxe Room-45sqm)
Add: No.99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
Surroundings: Wangfujing Street and Tiananmen Square

Day 2 Tue 20/Mar/2018: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall with One Way Cable Car, Mutianyu Great Wall with Slide way down
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 3 Wed 21/Mar/2018: Beijing
China Culture Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City with Treasure House, Jingshan Park, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Paint a Chinese opera face mask
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Jindingxuan Dim Sum Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 4 Thu 22/Mar/2018: Beijing to Xi'an by Train: G87 (14:00 - 18:25) (Second Class)
China Culture Tour: Summer Palace (including the Garden of Virtue and Harmony and Tower of Buddhist Incense), Private transfer to the train station in Beijing; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Xi'an.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Wyndham Grand Xian South 5*(Deluxe Room-55sqm)
Add: No. 208 Ci'en East Road, Qujiang District, Xi'an 710061, China

Day 5 Fri 23/Mar/2018: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Xian Great Mosque, Muslim Street
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Baiweizheng Restaurant with a La Carte Menu

Day 6 Sat 24/Mar/2018: Xi'an
China Culture Tour: Dumpling making with a local family, Xian City Wall, Shadow Play and Puppet Show in Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Meals: Breakfast, Dumpling Lunch

Day 7 Sun 25/Mar/2018: Xi'an to Shanghai by Train: G1938 (15:11 - 21:26) (Second Class)
China Culture Tour: Half free day on your arrangement in Xi'an, Private transfer from the hotel to the train station in Xi'an; Private transfer from the train station to the hotel in Shanghai.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Central Hotel Shanghai 5* (Deluxe Business Room-35sqm)
Add: No. 505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai 200001, China
Surroundings: Nanjing Road

Day 8 Mon 26/Mar/2018: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: Tongli Ancient Water Town, Boat Cruise in Tongli
Meals: Breakfast, Local Lunch

Day 9 Tue 27/Mar/2018: Shanghai
China Culture Tour: Fuxing Park, Shanghai City God Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai World Financial Center (To the 94th, 97th and 100th floor), The Bund
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Gengyuelou Restaurant with A La Carte Menu

Day 10 Wed 28/Mar/2018: Shanghai to Hong Kong by Flight: Hong Kong Airlines HX237 (11:55 - 14:45)(Economy Class)
China Culture Tour: 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*(Court View Room-36sqm)
Add: 20 Tak Fung Street, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Day 11 Thu 29/Mar/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)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Fri 30/Mar/2018: Hong Kong
China Culture Tour: A free day on your arrangement in Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Sat 31/Mar/2018: Hong Kong
China Culture Tour: A free day on your arrangement in Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Sun 01/Apr/2018: Departure Hong Kong: DL38 at 10:50, Flight on Your Arrangement
China Culture Tour: Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Hong Kong
Meals: Breakfast
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