2005 Customer Reviews
- Clients: Mr. Larry Andrews & Ms. Cherie Andrews
- Country: United States
Dear Eileen Wang & Nancy Bai,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you at TCG for the wonderful experience you provided us during our seven day tour of Beijing and Xian. Our personal guide Christine in Beijing was simply the best, Her charm and knowledge of the cities sites are amazing, Her humor mixed with a very entertaining and informative personality made us feel very much at home. She is a wonderful asset to your company and we were lucky to have had her guide us.
Then we went to Xian and met Jerry much the same should be said about him, He was able to keep us entertained as well having a very good understanding of the surrounding. He was able to answer all of questions at the Terra Cotta Warriors. I think we must of drove him crazy but he never lost patience with us. He also has very good use of the English language.
The entire Travel China Guide experience was really a great one and we would feel secure in recommending your company to anyone interested on visiting your fascinating country.
Once again thank you so much for being there for us.
At the end of our letter you might want our home town, it's Moreno Valley, California and our email is HERnME@adelphia.net If anyone were to contact us we would absolutely give Travel China Guide a very favorable review. If you decide to use our letter please let me know. I would like to see it on your website.
Warmest Regards...........Larry & Cherie Andrews
Happiest of the Holiday season to one and all.
- Clients: Mr. Claude Huot & Ms. Louise Huot
- Country: Canada
Hello Emma & Ellie,
As promised here is a link to our pictures of our wonderful 12 day Private Tour of China. We have been telling all our friends and family what a great job Travel China Guide did for us - as we always say about Travel China Guide "over and above our expectations".
Our guides Coco in Shanghai, Laura in Guilin/Yangshuo, Cindy in Xi'an and Hua in Beijing were outstanding. What impressed us the most was how knowledgeable and friendly our guides were and their English was really good. China is really an amazing place and all the arrangements that Travel China Guide did for us were first class. Our hotels, our meals and our entertainment were all wonderful. A special thanks to our drivers that were always courteous, on time and wonderful drivers, we always felt safe.
I think you will see from our pictures how much fun we had and we would, of course, recommend your company - Travel China Guide to anyone that is interested in going to China.
Louise & Claude Huot
- Clients: Ms. Linda C McLaird & Mr. George L McLaird
- Country: United States
Dear Ruby and Nancy,
We were extremely pleased with our visit and should we go to your countr again, we will use your services again. And, we will recommend that our friends use your services as well.
On a scale of 1-10; 1 being poor and 10 being perfect, we rate our trip 9.5
Our 5 guides in 5 cities were outstanding. They were knowledgeable, did more than asked and answered all of our questions clearly. All of our transportation was handled without a hitch. Thank you for the great care you pay to details.
Please feel free to place my comments on your www site with my Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much,
Linda C. McLaird
- Clients: Mr. Stanley Maurer and Ms. Laurie Maurer
- Country: New York, USA
Dear Vicky Dong/Sally Si: We were most pleased and satisfied with our recent tour with Tibettrip.com. We would not hesitate to recommend your company for anyone traveling to China. The hotels were of the highest quality; the food was, by and large, excellent; the guides were knowledgeable, informative, and helpful and we were delighted to be able to design a flexible program to suit our tastes. We expect to use your agency again on our future trips to China. We would be happy to have this description included in your web site. In particular we would like to point out some details of concern: Guides: Maggie and Chris were exceptional guides, knowledgeable, informative, and helpful with an excellent command of English. They were attentive to the group's wishes and made meaningful changes to the program as needed. We came away from their portion of the tour really understanding China, it's heritage and what it is like to live there. FOOD: Hotel breakfasts were consistently very good. The restaurant food for lunch and dinner in Xi'an and Guilin was excellent, mainly because we were permitted to select from the menus with the guides' help. This should be your standard method in future tours not set meals with a standard menu. In Shanghai, the food was of comparatively low quality. We were always served tourist menus consisting of tasteless dishes. We were even told that they knew what westerners liked. In Suzhou, where we were on our own for two meals and the guide recommended a restaurant where we ordered from the menu, the food was excellent. The best meal we had in China was a dinner at JESSE in Shanhai, that we paid for on our own. MISCELLANEOUS: The drivers were very good, the vans were comfortable, and water was always available. We did not enjoy the evening opera in Beijing as we thought it was too western, similar to the glamour presentations at Las Vegas - too "touristy" and of little relationship to real China culture. In contrast, the river front show in Yungshou was spectacular, thoroughly enjoyable, and clearly representative of the best in present day Chinese theater. You definitely should make this a regular feature of your trips. We think that if you arranged for evening lectures from specialists in such fields as archeology, history, architecture, art, food, agriculture, etc. (instead of tourist shows) it would add significant depth to our China experience. Stanley and Laurie Maurer New York, NY
- Clients: Alessandra & Juan
- Country: United States
Dear Nancy & Ruby,
Sorry for getting back to you after a couple of months, but our traveling did not end in China, therefore we are just returning home these days. I am happy to write some comments about our trip to China that you kindly helped us organizing. First of all, I would like to tell you that we loved China and we were VERY satisfied with the service of your agency. I did not know the agency, found you through Google, therefore was not sure of the turnout - but amazingly we felt very lucky and absolutely well taken care of. We were very tired from work and we felt that everything was well set and we were there just for enjoyment. Thank you! I will certainly recommend Travel China Guide to our friends traveling to your country. As independent travelers we were very pleased of your organizational efforts which were flowless: we never had to wait for a guide, a driver, and no piece of our trip was left unplanned or uncertain. Everything went really really well and we truly enjoyed the trip.
Having said that, I certainly am happy to comment on various aspects of the journey.
Itinerary: in terms of itinerary, we liked very much the various parts of the country that we saw. Having the chance to travel east to west and north to south truly gave us a deeper understanding of China and of its culture. Wonderful overall. As a suggestion for improvement, I would say that the time spent in Turpan could have been better organized: I believe it would have been better to leave Urumqi the day of arrival straight to Turpan (given that we had no sightseeing in the city or in the outskirts), spent one day visiting the main sites of Turpan (grottoes, flaming mountains, remains of the old city, etc) and then to spend the second day perhaps in an outing - I hear there are very beautiful sights such as Tuyoq and surroundings, about 2 hours from the city. Instead we felt like the half day in Urumqi was sort of wasted, and so the second day in Turpan, as all we did was going to see the irrigation system (very interesting, but half hour would have been enough for a visit) and a silk factory. So we ended up spending a lot of time waiting around which was a bit of a waste given the amazing corner of the world we were in. Other than this, everything else went very well and we enjoyed the rest of the itinerary very much.
Hotels: the hotels you set up for us were mostly very pleasant, well located, comfortable. The hotel in Beijing was very comfortable and offered great breakfast. The hotel in Urumqi and in Turpan were basic but fine. Dunhuang was excellent: gorgeous hotel room and very convenient location close to the night market. We loved it! The hotel in Xian was also very comfortable, great location and fantastic breakfast buffet. Unfortunately they offered us a room which turned out to be very stinking (of smoke) during the night - we are not sure why, possibly the air condioning system? You may want to beware for next bookings. The cruise was also clean and fairly comfortable. The hotel in Hong Kong was very exciting. We got a wonderful bedroom (it was defintely most worthy getting the bay view: highly highly reccomend it!), very modern, very clean, quiet, absolutely amazing view. The gym/ spa facility was great, and the staff extremely kind and helpful. The breakfast buffet very rich and enjoyable. The lounge on the top floor exciting and with good athmosphere. The location is perfect for enjoying both Kowloon and Hong Kong island. Just perfect.
Transport: all transport was very well arranged. The airplane trips were well arranged and the guides always helped us getting through check in (which in some places looked challenging!) with no problem. We encountered no delays and the service in airports and on board was kind and helpful in every segment. The train trip was also very safe, the train was in relatively clean conditions, and it would have been safe to ride alone (even for a woman -maybe some travelers are interested in this information). The drivers we had did not speak English but were all very kind. The cars in good conditions. We were offered water in some trips ie. Beijing, Urumqi, Turpan, Xian, Shanghai and Hong Kong. It is a very good idea to actually offer bottled water. Their driving was generally safe (in Dunhuang it was a bit reckless across the desert... but we survived!).
Food: overall food was a great experience. We enjoyed it very much! (and probably ate too much). The quality and variety of food was striking, we were never sick from it. Most meals were good, some were excellent. Our favorite meal in Beijing was at the Simatai Great Wall restaurant as well as the Duck dinner. The other meals were ok. In Turpan the food was good, although at the time we wished to have more local food (mutton, etc) rather than what was offered to us which was generic chinese food. In Xian we had one oustanding a la carte dinner at the 'famous Cantonese restaurant'. The buffet meal in Chongqing was very good. The food we were offered in the cruise was incredibly fresh, varied and tasty. Truly excellent, from breakfast to dinner. The restaurant in Wuhan was fine. In Shanghai both lunch and dinner (served at the Wang Bao He restaurant) were also excellent. For breakfast see hotels section.
Guides: most guides we met were very kind and caring. Their level of English was not always good, but they each did their best to communicate. In Beijing Lily was very kind and caring and worried a lot to please us. We liked her very much. In Urumqi and Turpan the guide was also a kind and strong woman, we felt comfortable with her. In Dunhuang the guide was a bit rougher than the previous ones, but overall kind and patient. The guide in Chongqing was also very kind and rather knowledgeable. The driver was also kind, and although he had a minor accident while we were on board, he behavied very much with self-control and care for us. We liked them both very much. In Wuhan the guide was rather matter of factly, but we liked his attitude and he was very knowleadgeable, helpful and smart. We did not deal much with the guide in Hong Kong but he was a decent and kind person. Our favorite guide of all was Rachel in Shanghai: her English was very very good, she was extremely kind, smart, knowleageable, matter of factly, caring and quick. Very very nice person who tried to help us with everything - from arranging convenient shopping (the way we requested), to giving us generous advice on where to go in our free time. She is excellent. Finally,
I hope the comments above will be useful for the purpose of improving your already excellent services. We have not developed pictures yet, but we will share some when we do. Feel free to post our comments in your website, but for privacy purposes please sign the comments just with our first names (Alessandra and JC), and do NOT post our email address. Thank you very much, and looking forward to visiting China again in the future.
All the best,
Alessandra and JC
- Clients: Mr. Thomas Jenkins & Ms. Nicolette Hugill
- Country: Surrey, UK
Vicky & Lynne, Firstly; thank you for our tour. We thought it was very well organised, that you chose your hotels very well and that, overall, it represented good value for money. The guides, without exception, spoke excellent English and had a wealth of historical and geographical knowledge at their disposal. The choice of destinations for excursions gave us many of the grand sights of China and a sense of the history and achievements of the region. There were times, particularly in museums and the forbidden city, that I would have preferred the option to explore myself at leisure and rejoin the group a little later, though some guides accommodated this request, not all did. The Great Wall was stunning, though I would very much have liked to visit one of the original sections, either in addition to, or instead of, Badaling. We were fortunate to have some time in Beijing on our own before joining the tour, and I'm very glad we did. It was a great shame that the others on the tour did not get experience the city centre, with it's cosmopolitan High Street, fascinating night market and the lively, and fun, Silk Market. We also enjoyed the Lama Temple and the Confucius temple, which provided a welcome contrast to the other hectic tourist areas! We also felt that, in cities, we spent a lot of time on a bus travelling a very short distance, sometimes taking an hour to do what you could walk in 15 minutes. Other than the architecture and history, we thought the Three Gorges were fantastic and especially the drag boat ride in the minor Gorges. Water was always available to us and the choice of restaurants was good, especially for the Duck meal. I think it would have been good if we could have ordered some of our own food as, often, a number of the group did not enjoy the more 'adventurous' dishes, meaning the favourites were very thinly spread. As mentioned, the choice of accommodation was excellent. The problem was that when on the cruise, our excursion tour groups were much larger, though this to some extent was true in the first instance, with a group of 18, when we had expected 11. This detracted from some venues as it was hard to hear the guide or made the trip fragmented as the group moved at different speeds. Overall though, we had a very positive experience and have recommended your company to our friends, and are already considering our next trip! Please pass my thanks on to our guides. Thanks and Best Regards, Tom Jenkins
- Clients: Ms. Kimberly H Kerwin & Mr. William S Kerwin
- Country: United States
Photo offered by our clients Kim & Bill Kerwin
We had a wonderful time on our visit. Thank you so much for all of your help.
All of our worries disappeared the moment Renee, our Beijing guide, greeted us at the airport. For the following three days, she and our driver showed us the many fascinating sites around Beijing including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, and the Summer Palace.
We then flew to Huangshan, Yellow Mountain. The rock formations and canyons were incredible. The views were somewhat similar to Yosemite National Park in the United States, but the unusual vegetation really made it unique. It's hard to describe in words the true beauty of the Mountain. The trails and bridges were also amazing. In the two days that we were there, we must have climbed 10,000 stairs. All of the trails were made of stone. The individuals who built the trails were artist making them look like logs to match the natural environment.
Unfortunately, there was a slight mix up at the Huangshan airport, when our guide, Jenny, accidentally picked up another couple instead of us. However another guide helped us out and we got to our hotel that evening safely. The following morning everything was cleared up and we were on our way. Jenny was very knowledgeable and her English was excellent. We enjoyed her company very much. The hotel on top of the mountain was less desirable than the other hotels that we stayed at but, the incredible scenery definitely made up for it. Plus, we are sure that it is hard to maintain the hotels at the top of the mountain because everything has to be carried to the top of the mountain by porters (6.5 kilometers straight up!). We recommend telling other tourists that they can't take all of their luggage to the top of the mountain because they have to carrying it for about a kilometer after they get off of the cable car. Fortunately, we had two backpacks to carry our belongings for two days.
Please feel free to list our comments with your other testimonials on your Web site. We would recommend Travel China Guide to others. Having you take care of all the planning details allowed us to focus on just having fun and enjoy China's beauty.
Kim & Bill Kerwin
- Clients: Mr. David E Custer & Ms. Cindy A Custer
- Country: United States
Dear Eileen, Lynne & Sally,
Photo offered by our client Mr. David Custer
Thank you for a very good time. It was good meeting you in Xian. I could probably think real hard and come up with some minor complaint, but it would be very minor and probably unavoidable anyway. I think you really have a good organization. We had a very good time and please send our best regards to Rose, Echo, Tong, and Cynthia. They were especially nice.
I wrote this recommendation for you to use if you would like. You can also use the attached pictures.........
For all you considering booking a tour with TravelChinaGuide.com let me assure you that they are as good as can be expected. I had always wanted to see China but was not sure how to go about it. Previously I had done all my travel planning on my own. I have always been leery of package tours because of the high probability of having problems with at least one person in a large group situation. TravelChinaGuide.com promise of smaller groups, great lodging and non-tourist restaurants sold me. They lived up to those promises plus their guides and entertainment shows were all top notch. I can highly recommend the Beijing, Xi'an, Yangtze Rive cruise, and Shanghai 12 day tour.
Hope to see up again in the future,
- Clients: Bob and Fran
- Country: United States
Photo offered by our client Fran
You are welcome to put the following testimonial on your web site:
The company provided excellent value for the money.
They allowed us to be a two-person group, without dozens of others we didn't know.
They met every flight in every city, and despite traffic, they were never late for any event.
They have knowledgeable local guides who speak good English.
They arranged meals at good restaurants, and excellent shows in the evenings.
We will certainly use your company the next time we come to China!
Bob and Fran Sept. 2005
- Clients: Mr. Robert Gulovsen & Ms. Irene Gulovsen
- Country: United Arab Emirates
Tricia & Maggie,
Photo offered by our clients Robert and Irene Gulovsen
We were very pleased with Stephanie and the driver in Guilin. As a matter of fact we were very pleased with all aspects of the arrangements that you made for us. We have been recommending your organization to friends who are interested in visiting China.
Your services and prices were excellent.
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