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    Client: Frank Nationality: Canada
    Tour Dates: April 7 , 2018 -- May 1 , 2018
    Tour Planner: Silvia
    Itinerary: Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Lijiang, Guilin, Yangshuo, Yangtze Cruise, Hangzhou, Shanghai

    Hi Silvia,

    Thank you so much for organizing our tour of China.

    Everything went well, and we had a wonderful time. And thank you again for treating us for dinner in Guilin-it was a delightful evening.

    The Guides and Drivers worked out very well. There were a few minor hiccups when local tour organizers changed guides but their replacements worked out well, even in Chongqing where the guide stepped in at the last moment and had not been fully briefed as to our itinerary but then did an admirable job filling in our time, except for the planned hot pot dinner and which you made sure we had in Shanghai.

    In fact Chongqing was the only place where the itinerary planned went off the rails as the Three Gorges Museum was closed as it was Monday and as the water in the Yangtze was so low we could not embark as you had planned but had to take a three hour coach drive to embark. That was not a good day, but it was the only one on our whole tour.

    For us the highlights of our visit were Pingyao, Lijiang, Guilin and Yangshuo and the Li River Cruise and Hangzhou. Of course the Terra Cotta warriors, the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square are must sees but to our mind they paled compared to getting to seeing the less popular tourist sights you had arranged.

    If we had any disappointment it was the Three Gorge Cruise as a combination of not good weather and less than five star ( more like three star) accommodation on the Victoria Cruise less enjoyable than we hoped.

    Thank you so much for arranging what my wife and I feel was a wonderful vacation and chance to see the many and various aspects of China. It is rare having visited a country that I say I will go back, but in the case of China I certainly would.

    Again you did a wonderful job.

    Frank

    Frank's  Guided Private Tour to China of 2018

    Day 1 Beijing Arrival

    Day 2 Beijing: Free day

    Day 3 Beijing: Mutianyu Greet Wall, Chang Tomb,

    Day 4 Beijing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Sacred Road.

    Day 5 Beijing: The Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Confucius Temple, the Imperial College 

    Day 6 Beijing to Pingyao, Pingyao: Double Forest Temple

    Day 7 Pingyao to Xi’an, Pingyao: Pingyao Ancient Town, Ming and Qing Street, Rishengchang Draft Bank

    Day 8 Xi’an: Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarters, Grand Mosque

    Day 9 Xi’an: Free day

    Day 10 Xi’an to Lijiang, Lijiang: Lijiang Old Town, Black Dragon Pool Park

    Day 11 Lijiang: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yufeng Temple

    Day 12 Lijiang: Free day

    Day 13 Lijiang to Guilin, LIjiang: Baisha Mural, Joseph Rock's Former Residence at Yuhu Villag

    Day 14 Guilin: Reed Flute Cave, Palace of Prince Jingjiang, Home visits to a local family and learn how to cook Chinese cuisine from housewife

    Day 15 Guilin to Yangshuo, Guilin: Li River Cruise

    Day 16 Yangshuo: Taichi Boxing Course, Countryside trip by car, Afternoon free at leisure

    Day 17 Guilin to Chongqing, Chongqing: The Three Gorges Museum, Ciqikou Ancient Town

    Day 18 Yangtze Cruise

    Day 19 Yangtze Cruise

    Day 20 Yichang to Hangzhou

    Day 21 Hangzhou to Shanghai, Hangzhou: West Lake, Lingyin Temple & Feilai Peak, Huqingyu Tang Chinese Medicine Museum, Hefang Street, Longjing Tea Plantlong

    Day 22 Shanghai: Yu Market, Yu Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jade Buddha Temple, the Former French Concession

    Day 23 Shanghai: Free day

    Day 24 Shanghai: Zhujiajiao Water Town, the Bund, Nanjing Road

    Day 25 Shanghai Departure