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I had never been on a tour before, usually when I travel, I travel with friends and they take care of me. My tour with China spree was one of the best travel experences I have ever had. The arrangements were so easy and convienient. I paid one fee, and all the travel arrangements were made, from my plane from my home town, to Beijing, all the travel arrangements once inside China, including the plane trips inside China, all the resturant meals, and hotels. The tour guide went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we were well taken care of and the treated us with great respect. They were just as excited to take care of us as were were excited to be in China. If I had tried to plan this trip myslf it would have cost more than twice as much. This was one of the best time I have ever had in my life. CS: Comment on your Tour Manager, using rate 1-10 while 10 is the best Answer: 10 +++ Bill was a very hard worker, always very happy and cheerful. He was always full of energy. I am a vegetarian and he always make sure I got plenty of vegetarian food at the resturants. He was always looking out for our safety, for example he would always let us know where to watch for unexpected steps so that we would not fall. After every meal, he would look under the tables to make sure we did not leave anything behind. He even took the time to make sure we got the seat that we wanted on the plane. Some people wanted isle seats and I always wanted a window seat, and he made sure that I always got one. He always made sure we the toilet was close by and he walk us to the toilet if we needed it. That is very important if you are in a foreign country. Even though he has been a tour guide for many years, he was never bored, never unattentive, always very alert, never seemed like he was in a rut or that he was following a routine. If there was anything we wanted, he got it for us. I wanted a big Chinese flag, and he found one for me. CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China? Answer: It was the best money I ever spent.
- Anthony, Arizona
I was very nervous to go to China because of the cultural differences and stories I had heard, but after my trip with Chinaspree, I would go back to China in an instant. This is a great way to get to know China. China is a huge country and there are so many things to see, the Best of China and Hong Kong Tour gives you great insight to it all. I was not ready to come home from my vacation. At the end of the trip, I wished that I had signed up for the 21 day tour so I could stay longer. Chinaspree is a great company. Their tour guides are amazing. I had Ming as my national guide and I could not have asked for a better guide. She spoke great English, was very friendly and knowledgeable about China and US customs and she really cared about our experience. She wanted us to have a great time and to fall in love with China, so she made sure we were having fun and liked all the spots we went too. She was amazing. If I took another tour with Chinaspree, I would want her as my guide. The local guides were great too, everyone spoke great English and was friendly. Chinaspree really hires good people to show you around the country. The food was amazing. I never got tired of the food. We weren’t eating the same meals every night, so there was always a new dish to try with new flavors. You can tell Chinaspree has gone through so much work to pick the right dishes for us. The hotels were great. I have never stayed in such nice hotels before. Some of the beds are a bit harder than what I was use to but still very comfortable and the breakfast at the hotel was very good too. I went on the best of China and Hong Kong tour in October and I would highly recommend it. I saw everything I wanted to and more. I saw all the big stuff- the Great Wall, the Forbidden city, the Bird’s Nest, the bund in Shanghai, the Terra Cotta Soldiers and then I went places and saw things I never knew existed like Tongli or Guilin. These were great towns that really represented the China I imagine. I would go on another Chinapsree tour in an instant. They really take care of their travelers and make it so easy for you while in China. It is a great tour company. CS: Did any tour guide solicite you for excellence rating? Answer: No. CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip Answer: How good the food was and the fact that I never got tired of it. The quality of the hotels. I loved the Great Wall. The smaller towns were amazing, like Tongli and Guilin. Guilin was a great town, I could have stayed there longer. I wanted to see more of the town. CS: Comment on your Tour Manager, using rate 1-10 while 10 is the best Answer: 10. Ming was out national tour guide and I could not have asked for a better guide. She was knowledgeable, friendly, spoke amazing English and she cared. She wanted you to have a good time and enjoy China, she always made sure we were enjoying ourselves and getting the most from our experience CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China? Answer: The food is wonderful; don’t be worried about not liking it. The bathrooms are not as bad as you expect them to be. The tour guides tell you which ones to go to and there is almost always at least one western style restroom but be sure to bring toilet paper with you no matter where you go and hand sanitizer. The people are friendly but it would be good to learn how to say a few phrases like 'how much is this' and different numbers for bargaining with the vendors. If you go in October, bring a scarf, gloves, and a couple of warmer items since Beijing was really cold and windy. Overall, you will have a blast. Bring lots of memory cards; you will take a lot of pictures.
- Laura S, California
China Spree offered us an outstanding monetary value. It was hard to believe for the price that we were offered so much. In addition, we had an excellent tour guide whose English was very good and who was very knowledgable about local and national history. She looked after us like a mother hen, always anticipating every need. Lisa helped us to bargain for expensive items and taught us how to barter and deal with the street vendors. The tour itself was well-planned and had a flexible itinerary if the group needed a little more time at various places. Lots of bottled water was always available on the coach and no one got sick on the trip. All hotels were top-notch and the good food offered was varied with both American and Chinese offerings. Adjustments were made for people with special food needs. We are already planning a return tour with China Spree and are recruiting our friends to go along. If you get Lisa as your guide, we must rate China Spree as the best tour we have ever taken. CS: What did you like about this trip? Answer: Everything. The hotels were wonderful with excellent service and food. A tour guide can make a trip wonderful, terrible or boring. Lisa Li was extraordinary: great sense of humor, knew lots of historical facts, looked after us like a mother hen, every need or wish was immediately taken care of. CS: Comment on your Tour Manager, using rate 1-10 while 10 is the best Lisa Li is a 10 plus, see comments above. The trip would not have been as enjoyable with another guide. She was very professional, had great personality and was attentative to every need, always thought ahead and was ready for whatever we might need or ask for. Flexible when we stayed too long because of enjoyment or ready to change a particular site for another time if better suited. Lisa helped us to bargain for better prices and helped us learn to bargain with the locals. CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China? Answer: Bring toliet paper and sunscreen and drink lots of water every day. If you see something you want to buy, get it then, you probably won’t see the item again. Be sure to bring currency that is as new and crisp as possible, especially in larger denominations.
- Gerald & Bozier, California
The mixture of cities and towns was a good line up in the itinerary. I liked that we started in Beijing, went west, down south, then ended up in Shanghai. I got a variety of different cultures from the trip. It was amazing to see the Great Hall, Forbidden City, Guilin mountain views, local markets, and the gardens in Suzhou. The show Impression was a must! The tour guide Lisa was professional and knowledge. She provided good information for each stop we made. Also, she was ahead of us in preparing for transportation and hotel stays. The trip was comfortable. I like having free times to explore on my own at the same time having a framework for the 14 days while I was in China. Any time I got a chance to interact with the locals, it was fantastic as well. The last day of free day in Shanghai was a good change of pace.
- Mindy, Massachusetts
A last minute business trip to China gave us an opportunity to tour this mysterious but alluring country. But we only had 5 days to connect with a tour group. Fortunately, we learned of China Spree and asked if we could join their 'China’s Best Treasures' group that was arriving in Beijing in just a few days. Their initial reaction was understandable -- 'not possible' -- there were too many hotels, airlines and other details to arrange. But Wilson Wu, the Managing Director stepped in and made it all happen. We were amazed! Service above and beyond all expectations! Upon joining the group we discovered an energy ball named Lisa, who worked day and night to take care of our every need. When 4 members of our group were delayed in New York, Lisa made special arrangements for them to see the most important sites in Beijing that they had missed. Who else but China Spree would do such a thing? Over and over we found China Spree going beyond what was required in order to care for individual needs and interests. For example, in Guilin my wife and I wanted to take a countryside bicycle ride and hike that the other group members weren’t interested in. Our local guide went with us to the bicycle shop, negotiated an excellent rental rate AND a personal guide, and then contacted the personal guide by phone along our way to make certain everything was going well. Who else but China Spree would do such a thing? On our last day our schedule necessitated an early morning departure, well before the rest of the group. And who shows up in the lobby, before sunrise, to wish us well, make sure we had a box breakfast and give instructions to the taxi driver? -- LISA! Who else but China Spree.... Needless to say, we were amazed and delighted with the service and style of the China Spree tour. The selection of sites to visit was outstanding. The hotels were far better than we anticipated. The food was always carefully selected and 'safe'. And we felt secure and comfortable all the way from beginning to end. We kept asking each other, 'How can they do this for the price we paid?' We have a large family and are excited about the prospects of bringing them all to China under the guidance of China Spree. What better recommendation could we give? Thanks, China Spree, Wilson Wu, and Lisa!! CS: Comment on your Tour Manager, using rate 1-10 while 10 is the best Answer: 10+++ Lisa was refreshing, fun, personable. We loved her cheerful Ni hao each morning, her Chinese lessons every day, and how she unified our group. She stopped at nothing to see that we had everything we required. Her sense of humor, knowledge of English and willingness to learn were evident as she conversed, joked and teased. Lisa is a tourist’s dream guide. CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China? Answer: For us, China held so many mysteries and uncertainties. Our anxiety for traveling in China was great but being with China Spree alleviated all of that. From the very first meeting with our guide and the very first day in Beijing we felt comfortable, safe and well informed throughout the 12-day tour. Surprisingly, we didn’t have to worry about security, the food, or the accommodations.
- Lane & Carolyn, Utah
This was our first trip to China and we went with a somewhat lower expectation. The trip turned out to be wonderful and exceeded even our most wildest expectation. The itinerary included so many variety that we felt we really got to see every part of the cities we visited. Our tour guide, Ronald was fantastic, knowledgeable and spoke perfect English and also had lots of humor. We also enjoyed the fact the group was small and we got to know everyone. This tour was also amazing that we had a wide age span. Our youngest tourist is 24 and our oldest is 84 and that made our meal conversations extremely exciting with different views and comments. The ultimate plus was the group consisted of really positive people. The hotels we stayed were 5 stars all the way. Meals were great with so much food. The massages Ronald arranged for us really helped after climbing the great wall. We would love to travel with China Spree again and especially with Ronald soon. Thank you for the most memorable experience. CS: What could we have done to make your trip more enjoyable? Answer: I don’t really think there is anything more my mom, my partner and myself could have asked to make this trip more enjoyable. We honestly had a fantastic time. We felt our stars must have all lined up to have such a wonderful small group of travelers who all got along well and a guide who was more than accommodating. CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China? Answer: Go with a smaller group like Chinasprees groups. You will be able to learn so much more from your guide and for yourself. It is a fascinating country with a long history, but has also become a world class country. Go with an open mind and really enjoy what the local people can offer.
- Andy & Yuchi, California
China Spree is definitely a travel company that will show you everything. It is for travelers who really want to see China. It’s for the travelers that want to go out, be out, and take in as much as possible. It is for the travelers that would like everything planned, nothing to worry about, who want to be along for the ride of their lives. China Spree is for the travelers who want to learn about and enjoy a different culture. Who not only want to relax and have a good time, but also be kept busy and constantly entertained. I am so happy that we chose China Spree, anything else would have been a mistake. CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip Answer: Things that stick out most on our trip was just everything. I don’t even know where to start. Even the small towns that I’ve never heard of were so interesting. I was really excited about Xian and the Great Wall, but I really loved eating in the Hutongs also. I loved the big cities and the 'small' towns. Some of the places we’d stop to eat would be a building I probably wouldn’t have chosen, but the food was so good. The whole two weeks was very planned out, it went very smoothly. When we would arrive somewhere there was always a bus waiting for us and bell boys to carry our luggage. It was all just orchestrated perfectly. CS: Comment on your Tour Manager, using rate 1-10 while 10 is the best Answer: Ronald Wang is no doubt a 10. If I could rank him higher I would. He really loves what he does and it is easy to tell in the way he led our group. He was entertaining, knowledgeable, helpful, and so so kind. He had everything timed perfectly. I credit Ron with making our trip run as smoothly as it did, and that is a big deal to me because nobody likes the feeling of being unsure. I trusted him, and by the end of the trip I was most sad to leave him. I really felt like I knew him and he was a friend. He knew everybody’s name the first day and that’s hard because there were 20 of us! He gave us tips on where to buy 'real' souvenirs and not the fake ones that so easily trick us tourists. He gave us mini history lessons every bus ride and told us about each place we were going. This helped make those spots special and memorable. I felt like Ron wanted to show us a good time, that he wanted to be there, NOT that he HAD to be there. I remember my husband and I and my mom and dad all talking about how lucky we thought we were that we got Ron as a tour guide because surely there are guides that aren’t as wonderful as Ron. CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China? Answer: China Spree is such a good travel company. I cannot say enough good things about them. I whole heartedly believe that I could not have done all they did, and seen all that I did with any other company. You will not be disappointed. I am a seasoned traveler who usually plans out vacations myself, but I can say there is no way I could have planned this so smoothly. Everything is top-notch, highest quality, the guides, the food, the hotels, etc, but you’ll also get to see the small villages and towns, the way locals live.
- Andrew & Michelle, Indiana
When looking to book my honeymoon, I happened to stumble upon Chinaspree. What a great find! I could not believe the prices, and my wife and I decided to take a shot. It was the best decision we’ve made early in our marriage. Everything was top notch. The service, meals, accomodations, and schedule exceeded our expectations. It is a well run tour by a great company. CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China? Answer: China was the greatest place I have been so far in the world.
- Michael, Pennsylvania
China Spree was my first tour and it has really raised my expectations for other tour agencies. The price is very affordable and at least half what other agencies charge. The guides are very educated and knowledgeable and make you feel at home. I would change absolutely nothing about my trip to China. I still at awe about all the things I got to see, the food, the service, the hotels and the tour was so inexpensive. I first was not sure about the trip because of the price and the air travel was included in the price! But I took the chance and I am glad I did. Everything was beyond my expectations. I saw other tours (ones that charged more) in the same hotels we were staying. In some of the sites we went to the other tours looked less organized and I could sometimes I could hear their guide and they were always inferior to China Spree’s guides. I am glad I choose China Spree and will be using their services again and I will recommend it to anyone interested traveling to China. CS: Comment on your Tour Manager, using rate 1-10 while 10 is the best Answer: 11- Ron was excellent. His management was so good that I worried about nothing regarding the tour. I had complete trust and faith in him and this made the trip enjoyable. He made everyone feel welcome and I do not know how he managed to make us all feel like we were a huge family with Ron serving as head of the family. His knowledge was very good and he always had and answer or solution to everything. I can express the admiration, respect, and gratitude I feel towards Ron. CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China? Answer: China is an amazing country with a rich history and most of the time at was at awe at what I saw. It seemed everything was at least a thousand years old the sites were breath taking. I had to keep repeating to myself that I was actually in China and seeing all these amazing things.
- Vanessa, Texas
We can’t rave enough about China Spree. Like most other testimonials on their website, we also marveled about the value, the the quality of hotels, meals, attractions, motor coaches and national and local guides. Believe all you read in all of the testimonials. It is all true. CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China? Answer: Have no fear with China Spree as the tour operator. It is an amazing safe country where you need three weeks to do it all.
- Philip & Judy, New York
We found China Spree on the internet and read various reviews about this company, all great, and decided to book our trip to China with them. We then started to tell our friends about it, and three couples arranged to take this trip before we did. They all came back raving about how wonderful everything was. Therefore, even before we left, we knew we were in for a special experience and talked three more people into joining our trip. We were not disappointed. Everything that China Spree promised, was delivered and more. The planned itinerary was varied and every day was packed full of amazing experiences. The country is magnificent in its beauty and its people. Each day we marveled at what we saw and did. Each hotel was gorgeous and when we walked in, sometimes to beautiful piano music, we began to laugh because we had not expected to be so impressed with our accommodations.The guides were wonderful, helpful and very informative. We cannot say enough about our China Spree experience .
- Ted & Rebecca G, Toronto, Canada
14 days China's Best TreasuresMy family of four have been contemplating a first time trip to China for the last two years. We have been having the desire to visit China to accquaire some understanding of our chinese heritage. Researching for the best tour was quite a challenge for me. After having read many itineraries from many different tour companies, Chinaspree is the one that met our needs the best. I chose Chinaspree's 14 days China's Best Treasures because of the toursistic attractions they offered. Basically all the tour companies offer you the same thing, but Chinaspree offered more than the basics and I felt this would help enhence my children's cultural education. The highlight of our trip was the visit to the Dragon Spine Rice Terraces. This sightseeing spot was not included in any tour that I researched online. The experience was exceptional and the sight was something that we'll remember for the rest of our lives. Chinaspree handled all the logistics for the tour in the most thorough way. Their guides treated us like 'imperials' and our entire time in China ran so smoothly we really felt spoiled. I have traveled with tour groups before, and this is by far the best tour I've taken, not only for the sights I visited, but also for the way evrything was handled both before the trip and during our trip. Needles to say having everything included in this trip was a big plus. We did not have to fork out more money for anything expect for a couple of optional tours we took in the evenings. In addition, unlike the other tours, Chinaspree did not schedule in two hours everyday for shopping. We did have enough time to shop, but by no means time was wasted to accomplish this task. Also at the end of our trip we had a whole day free to do whatever we wanted and we did most of our shopping then. The small groups that Chinaspree offers is defenitely a big plus. During this trip there were only 13 passengers and we truly became a family; everyone got along so well that at the end we were huging each other and saying good bye. The Meglev ride to the aiport at the end of our trip was like icing over the cake, what a way to end a wonderful trip. My husband commented, 'the person who set up the itineray for this trip really made sure we had a chance to experience a little bit of everything. He did a terrific job.' If I were to go back to China I would not waste time looking for another company, unless Chinaspree changes their standard, I would defenitely use them again. Please comment on your tour manager. Tom, our national guide deserves at 10+ rating for his unsurpassed dedication to our group. He went our of his way to see that everyone is happy with their visit to China. Some of the things he did for us that made our stay in China so pleasant:- My daughter slipped and fell at a private garden tour and skinned her elbow. Tom ran out to get her a bandaid (something that was not necessary, but he fell responsible for it).- When we decided to go to the evening market in Beijing, Tom accompanied us on this venture to insure we would not get lost.- Tom made sure we all had something to eat after our flight from Beijing to Xian was delaited 4 hours.- Tom and Shelly took us to scout the Yu Bazaar and the knock off market in Beijing so we would know what to do on our free day.- When our group decided to walk to the Bund in Shanghai on an evening on our free day to see the lights, Tom accompanied us and led the way.- Tom was like a mother hen always reminding us to stay safe, keep our posessions close to us, giving us advice on purchasing things so that we are not taken up by the local merchants, etc. What else can i say, everything we needed, Tom was there for us.
- Luan C, California
My family of four has been contemplating a first time trip to China for the last two years. We have been having the desire to visit China to acquire some understanding of our Chinese heritage. Researching for the best tour was quite a challenge for me. After having read many itineraries from many different tour companies, China Spree is the one that met our needs the best. I chose China Spree’s 14 days China’s Best Treasures because of the tourist attractions they offered. Basically all the tour companies offer you the same thing, but China Spree offered more than the basics and I felt this would help enhance my children’s cultural education. The highlight of our trip was the visit to the Dragon Spine Rice Terraces. This sightseeing spot was not included in any tour that I researched online. The experience was exceptional and the sight was something that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. China Spree handled all the logistics for the tour in the most thorough way. Their guides treated us like 'imperials' and our entire time in China ran so smoothly we really felt spoiled. I have traveled with tour groups before, and this is by far the best tour I’ve taken, not only for the sights I visited, but also for the way everything was handled both before the trip and during our trip. Needles to say having everything included in this trip was a big plus. We did not have to fork out more money for anything expect for a couple of optional tours we took in the evenings. In addition, unlike the other tours, China Spree did not schedule in two hours everyday for shopping. We did have enough time to shop, but by no means was time wasted to accomplish this task. Also at the end of our trip we had a whole day free to do whatever we wanted and we did most of our shopping then. The small group that China Spree offers is definitely a big plus. During this trip there were only 13 passengers and we truly became a family; everyone got along so well that at the end we were hugging each other and saying good bye. The Maglev ride to the airport at the end of our trip was like icing over the cake, what a way to end a wonderful trip. My husband commented, 'The person who set up the itinerary for this trip really made sure we had a chance to experience a little bit of everything. He did a terrific job.' If I were to go back to China I would not waste time looking for another company, unless China Spree changes their standard, I would definitely use them again.
- Milton & Luan, Canada
….WOW….WOW….WOW We have just returned form The China Spree, Grand China & Yangtze Cruise and I can tell you that we feel we got at least 110% of what you promised. The hotels were all wonderful, in fact the Jianguo Garden in Beijing and the New Century in Shanghai were 5 stars in every respect. Rooms were clean, spacious and quiet and the staff was great… The meals throughout were wonderful. Each table was overflowing with great Chinese food to the point that we often couldn’t eat it all…The dumpling dinner in Xi’an was a real treat. We never thought that so many different foods could be made into dumplings. One suggestion is that you may wish to include one or two non-Chinese meals during the trip so that there would be a little variety. On our last free day in Shanghai, ½ of our group went to Pizza Hut and the others went to McDonalds so that we could savor some good old American junk. The attractions we saw were awesome and varied; we especially liked the Hutong tour in Beijing. But they best part of our tour was George Li, our national guide. He was our teacher, parent and friend, all in one. He watched over us at every turn to make sure we left nothing behind on the bus and was extremely attentive to ensure that no one was left behind in a museum, temple or shopping stop. He controlled our baggage (just as you had promised) so that once we turned it over to him when we landed in Beijing we never had to think about it until we checked in at Shanghai for our flight to San Francisco. The most amazing thing about George was that he was able to adjust our itinerary, at a moment’s notice, to avoid traffic jams, national day celebration crowds and, yes even a Typhoon. The other special thing about our trip was our group. By limiting the size of the group we were able to get to know all of our companions, and when we left Shanghai we felt that we had 12 new and dear friends. We have already emailed or spoken to some of them and will be visiting them on our travels in the future. We will certainly recommend China Spree to any of our friends who are considering China. We still don’t understand how you can provide so much quality at the extremely reasonable price. Once again, thank you for making our first retirement trip so special.
- Gary & Ruth R, West Orange, NJ
Dear Wilson and Helen, We just completed the 16-day 'Yangtze Cruise and Hong Kong' Tour, which also included Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou and Shanghai. We’ve traveled the world with tour agencies ranging from Insight to Abercrombie & Kent, and we can’t imagine visiting China with anyone other than China Spree. You deliver everything you promise, and a whole lot more. First of all, you INCLUDE more sights and places (even Hong Kong) than most travel agencies, and at the most reasonable price. Secondly, we love your commitment to keeping the group to twenty people or less. Our group numbered twelve, and by the end of our trip, we all agreed that we were lucky indeed to be on a China Spree tour. We saw many tour groups of thirty or forty or more people, who were struggling to hear their guides and crowded in their buses, problems we did not have. We were also impressed by the excellent, clearly understandable English of ALL the China Spree guides. Not once did we walk away from an attraction wondering what we’d just seen. Not only that, our guides were extremely knowledgeable and totally professional, yet caring and sensitive to our groups’ wishes and needs. We cannot compliment them enough. We must admit that before we arrived in China, we worried slightly about our accommodations, as it seemed unbelievable that you were offering so much for such a reasonable price. However, all the hotels were wonderful, with beautiful lobbies and lovely, comfortable and spacious rooms. In addition, we were pleased that all meals in mainland China were included, and we were astounded at the quality and quantity of all the food everywhere – it was delicious. We’re already planning on another China Spree tour in the next year or two to other parts of China. We cannot praise you enough, and we give you a 10++ rating – the very highest possible! Thank you for the trip of a lifetime. Sincerely, Jane and Henry H, Mary B
- Jane & Henry H, & Mary B, Phoenix, Arizona
This is an unsolicited letter highly recommending China Spree to any and all potential travelers. I am a high school educator and fulfilled my long awaited dream of traveling to China in June 2006. I discovered China Spree quite by accident. The China’s Best Treasures tour had a little of everything and I was not disappointed. I wanted to experience the arts, architecture, culture and natural beauty of the country, with the longest continuous history on earth. I was hesitant to commit financially to this tour without knowing more about the company. I was also nervous about sending my passport to the company in order to obtain a Visa. Wilson Wu assured me that I would love the tour. It went beyond my expectations. The company prepares prospective travelers and handled all the transactions efficiently and personably. I was traveling by myself, so I took advantage of all the optional excursions and experiences. Since 1974, I have desired to see the karst limestone peaks of Guilin. As we cruised the Li River, the description, “Best Scenery Under the Heavens” was no exaggeration. The limestone caves were incredible, but nothing prepares one for the magnificence of the Great Wall or the awesome Terra Cotta Army in person. The walled city of Xian and the beautiful “Venice of the East” Suzhou were pleasant surprises. The museums were interesting and filled with the treasures of a civilization. The Song market town, Daxu, rice paddies, the classic Chinese gardens were beautiful. The temples, tea rooms, silk factories and markets are all memories to last a lifetime. The Pudong of Shanhai looks like something out of a science fiction novel. Never have I seen such a futuristic city. I took the optional cruise seeing the “Oriental Pearl” all lit up and ending with fireworks. The cultural shows I loved, including the Tang Dynasty Cultural show, the Legend of Kung Fu, the Shanghai Acrobats and the phenomenal Impression with 600 performers on the Li River. The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tianamen Square and the pandas at the Beijing Zoo were a delight. The Beijing Hutong district visit to the local kindergarten, rickshaw ride and authentic family cooking gave us some semblance of not just being a tourist. One cannot discuss this tour without commenting on the food, with excellent flavors and presentations. The people we encountered were friendly and I experienced some wonderful spontaneous cultural exchanges. All the travelers on my tour were friendly. The ages ranged from teen to retired. The national guide, Daisy, took care of all our needs. Special thanks to Nancy in Beijing and Jack in Yangshao. They taught us language and helped to demystify the characters. I cannot point to one thing and say that was the best. Everything and every place was a unique adventure, a dream fulfilled. If anyone wishes to contact me about particulars, my number is 802-###-####. Thanks again to Wilson Wu and his reassurance.
- Pam P, Middlebury, Vermont
Everything about our trip was outstanding! Angela, our national guide was personable and knowledgeable. The local guides were just as knowledgeable and helpful. They complemented each other wonderfully. All accommodations were very good and travel throughout was very easy. There is no doubt that we got more than our money’s worth. The trip was very thorough and very well planned. Food was plentiful and very good. We went to a number of shows which were very entertaining. Our comfort level was very high throughout the trip. One of the main reasons that we went with China Spree was the size of the group--20 people. We saw many other tour groups with many more people. 20 is a very manageable number. Our Yangtze Cruise on the President I was outstanding. What we saw, how we were treated was excellent. The staff on the boat could not have been more accommodating and helpful. There is no doubt or question that if we were to go to China again, it would be with China Spree.
- Martha & Alan S, Riverside, California
Everything about our trip was outstanding! Angela, our national guide was personable and knowledgeable. The local guides were just as knowledgeable and helpful. They complemented each other wonderfully. All accommodations were very good and travel throughout was very easy. There is no doubt that we got more than our money’s worth. The trip was very thorough and very well planned. Food was plentiful and very good. We went to a number of shows which were very entertaining. Our comfort level was very high throughout the trip. One of the main reasons that we went with China Spree was the size of the group--20 people. We saw many other tour groups with many more people. 20 is a very manageable number. Our Yangtze Cruise on the President I was outstanding. What we saw, how we were treated was excellent. The staff on the boat could not have been more accommodating and helpful. There is no doubt or question that if we were to go to China again, it would be with China Spree.
- Martha & Alan S, Riverside, California
My trip to China with Chinaspree was absolutely amazing! The whole trip took my breath away. I was able to travel with great people and experience such a unique place and different culture. We were able to see everything that we were told we would see. I was inspired by everything we saw from the Great Wall to the Terra Cotta Warriors. The food was delicious, I couldn’t get enough. The small groups allowed you to get to know the people you traveled with as well as allowing us to experience a personalized tour. We could see some of the bigger tour groups when we moved from place to place. They were not getting the same experience as we were. The small groups allowed us to go to places the bigger groups couldn’t and we were actually able to hear out tour guides. Everything we needed was taken care of for us and the price was perfect for our budget. We didn’t need to worry about anything from the moment we stepped off the plane to the moment we had to say goodbye to the amazing country of China. Thank you Chinaspree!
- Alena M, Shelton, Connecticut
My trip to China with Chinaspree was absolutely amazing! The whole trip took my breath away. I was able to travel with great people and experience such a unique place and different culture. We were able to see everything that we were told we would see. I was inspired by everything we saw from the Great Wall to the Terra Cotta Warriors. The food was delicious, I couldn’t get enough. The small groups allowed you to get to know the people you traveled with as well as allowing us to experience a personalized tour. We could see some of the bigger tour groups when we moved from place to place. They were not getting the same experience as we were. The small groups allowed us to go to places the bigger groups couldn’t and we were actually able to hear out tour guides. Everything we needed was taken care of for us and the price was perfect for our budget. We didn’t need to worry about anything from the moment we stepped off the plane to the moment we had to say goodbye to the amazing country of China. Thank you Chinaspree!
- Alena M, Shelton, Connecticut