Joanne, Gay, Shirley, Bill and Cathy
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Everything was faultlessly arranged and the guides and hotels were excellent. The only negative was the nine hour wait at Kunming airport for the flight to Guilin, but that was our ignorance in not knowing the flight times. We should have booked a few days stopover in Kunming to avoid the wait.
The guide service was excellent with all guides very knowledgeable about the history of their area and all speaking very good to excellent English. They were all friendly and helpful and went out of their way to ensure all our needs were met. A special mention to Sandy (Beijing) Shelley (Chengdu) and Catherine (Guilin) all of whom we got on very well with and thoroughly enjoyed our time with them. Additional activities were suggested at times by our guides and we were happy to attend the ones that interested us. We were never pressured to go to places or buy items we did not want. All drivers were attentive and helpful and the cars clean, modern and air conditioned.
We were very happy with the variety of meals supplied. The vegetarian restaurant in Beijing was outstanding. For our group, the meals supplied were always too much food, so we seemed to waste a lot. My suggestion would be that the group choose the meals instead of the guide deciding as a lot of the meals were similar in each place. It may be a bit hard if menus are in Chinese but the picture menus were helpful.
We stayed in 5 star hotels the whole time and were more than pleased with the selections. All hotels had English speaking staff, were clean and friendly with exemplary service. The Hongzhu Shan Hotel at Emei mountain and the Crowne Plaza Hotel Ancient Town at Li Jiang were favourites. Both were beautiful surroundings, great facilities and well located. We stayed in 3 Sheraton hotels and all had 45 mins per day free internet per room. We would recommend all of the hotels we stayed in. Bottled water was supplied daily in each location with the exception of Li Jiang but when we asked for water the guide immediately purchased supplies.
We were overawed by the scenery and history of China and especially liked the Great Wall, Giant Budha at Leshian, the Long Li terraced fields and the Ancient town and Show spectacular at Li Jiang. I have included a photo of our group on the Great Wall at Jin Shan Ling.
Joanne, Gay, Shirley, Bill and Cathy.
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Provided by: Joanne, Gay, Shirley, Bill and Cathy
Itinerary: Ultimate China
Updated on: Jun 22, 2011