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Elaine's Feedback on 9 Days Hong Kong, Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri la, Guilin, Yangshuo, Guangzhou Tour

Contribute by  Elaine from China HK; Tour date: 9/8/2010

Dear Leon,

The tour fitted in nearly all the sights we wanted to go to and starting in Kunming to build up the elevation was the right thing to do, otherwise we would have suffered more in altitude sickness. The Lijiang old town and the lake boardwalk in Shangri-la were both very beautiful.

Jenny in Guilin was definitely the best guide, she had an excellent command of English and Cantonese and the best part is she took us to the nice local restaurants and let us order what we want rather than what the set menu is. There were days in Yunnan where there were just a little too much yak meat and deep fried fat bacon! The drivers were safe and considerate.

The hotels were all at least the 4 star standard that it stated. My favouriate was the Songtsam Hotel in Shangri-la. Although a little out of the city, most of the reception and restaurant staff had very good command of English and was very polite. The place was clean and tranquil.

The Tiger Leaping Gorge is very very nice. It is a little scary from a distance and there are lots of signs indicating falling rocks but when you get to the gorge, it is WOW, there is really a stone tiger there! It is hard to imagine how they managed to place that stone tiger there and it is easy to try to imagine if the legend was true. The waterfalls on the side makes you want to do the 3 day hike on the trekking trail that is also available. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough time and I don’t think I was fit enough to do the trek.

I would recommend any of my friends who would want to do a private tour to China because everything worked out as planned and the guides are fairly flexible in what we want to do. It was also great that we were able to visit the agency in Guilin because it is great to be able to put a face and voice to the people you associate with online.

Elaine

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Elaine's Tour Reviews

Overall Rating:
StarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.36 / 5)
1
Guilin:
StarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.50 / 5)
Attractions:
StarStarStarStarStar (Excellent, 3.83 / 5)

Reed Flute Cave: Amazing!

Fubo Hill: Very hot climb to the top but very nice view of the city.

Elephant Trunk Hill: A must see signable of guilin

Seven Star Park: Good view of the pandas and the camel hill.

Li River Cruise: A little long but very good scenery.

Foods:
StarStarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.61 / 5)

McFound Restaurant (A La Carte)(Dinner): Food was good.

McFound Restaurant (A La Carte)(Lunch): Very good.

2
Kunming:
StarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.29 / 5)
Attractions:
StarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.40 / 5)

The Stone Forest: GOOD RECOMMENDATION FOR GUIDE TO TAKE THE GOLF CART

The Dragon Gate on Xishan/West Hill: VERY GOOD BUT A LITTLE STEEP ON THE STAINS

Tour Guide:
StarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.40 / 5)

Attitude & Services: NICE +CHEERFUL.GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR+GOOD GAMES.

Knowledge of Subjects: GOOD HISTORY BACKGROUND.

Command of English: GOOD.CAN UNDERSTAND HER WELL.

Flexibility: NO PRESURE TO RUSH US TO PLACES.

Local Arrangements: GOOD COMMUNICATION WITH LOCAL SIGHTS.

Hotel:
StarStarStarStarStar (Excellent, 3.90 / 5)

Location: Not bad but did not have time to look around.

Service: Good organisation+precise.

Room Comfort: All amenities+in good side.

Breakfast/Meals: Very good variety+some local specialties.

Cleanliness: A LITTLE SMOKING IN SOME ROOMS

Foods:
StarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.45 / 5)

Dingxinyuan Restaurant(Dinner): FOOD WAS VERY GOOD+VERY LOCAL

3
Lijiang:
StarStarStarStarStar (Excellent, 3.84 / 5)
Attractions:
StarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.24 / 5)

Lijiang Ancient Town: Very beautiful and big.

The Mural in Baisha Village: Very short visit but museum was interesting.

The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain(Yak Meadow): May be better if there was time to tour the Yak Meadow.

Tiger Leaping Gorge: Very good.

Tour Guide:
StarStarStarStarStar (Excellent, 3.87 / 5)

Attitude & Services: Can give a bit more explanation on waht is infected in the day leg,Where we are walking.

Knowledge of Subjects: Good knowledge of the old town.

Command of English: Sometimes a little difficult to understand but not too bad.

Flexibility: Tried to accomodate us +give us a choice to visit the lakes.

Hotel:
StarStarStarStarStar (Excellent, 3.65 / 5)

Location: A little inconvenient for luggage.

Service: Staff was helpful+polite.

Room Comfort: A littele small for a 4star hotel,Hot water +water presure is very slow.

Breakfast/Meals: Quite a good variety.

Cleanliness: Quite darkness in the bathroom area.

Foods:
StarStarStarStarStar (Excellent, 3.82 / 5)

Baisha Shiguang Restaurant(Lunch): Food was quite good but less oid would be good.

4
Shangri la:
StarStarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.55 / 5)
Attractions:
StarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.16 / 5)

Songzanlin Lamasery: Fantastic views+a great walk very safe+peaceful weather can be a bit good.

Tour Guide:
StarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.19 / 5)

Attitude & Services: Quite good but sometimes can not be found due to something breaks.

Knowledge of Subjects: Good background history of shengrila+attitude issued.

Command of English: Quite easy to understand.

Flexibility: Allowed for group to make their own decision for walks+local shop.

Local Arrangements: Food will arrive when we get to the restaurant.

Hotel:
StarStarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.70 / 5)

Location: Great that it is nest to the monastery of views but a bit far from the city centre.

Service: Friendly staff +all things done in great detail.

Room Comfort: Very comfortable.

Breakfast/Meals: Great variety+dinner was also very good.

Cleanliness: All things very new+clean.

5
Yangshuo:
StarStarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.72 / 5)
Attractions:
StarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.35 / 5)

West Street of Yangshuo: Good variety of goods on sale but need hard bargaining.

Tour Guide:
StarStarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.89 / 5)

Attitude & Services: Good.

Knowledge of Subjects: Very knowledge.

Command of English: Very good and clear.

Flexibility: Very good.

Local Arrangements: Good.

Hotel:
StarStarStarStarStar (Excellent, 4.82 / 5)

Location: A littele dark on the walk road.

Service: Very good.

Room Comfort: Have all necessities covered.

Breakfast/Meals: Very good.

Cleanliness: All are clean.

 

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Tour Overview

  • 9 Days Hong Kong, Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri la, Guilin, Yangshuo, Guangzhou Tour
  • Tracking Code: L100303031
  • Customers: Mr. Elaine
  • Group Size: 11 people
  • Nationality: China HK
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Tour Date: 9/8/2010

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