5 independent reviews for China vacation and Yangtze river cruise

Reviews for China vacation and Yangtze river cruise

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review 3 May 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The food! The Terra Cotta warriors, the pandas

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

It was not good for the other 2 participants, one of whom didn't eat fish and the other was a vegetarian. Even the broths were made with pork stock. ( I just enjoyed it all!)

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. The hotels were locally owned and not part of Western chains, we made a point of using local restaurants and not KFC, McDonald's, Starbucks etc. And we mainly used public transport when it was needed

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Much better than I expected and very good value for money

review 26 Nov 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Walking the Great Wall of China.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Not too big a suitcase as a lot of moving plus steps at train stations.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Very slight.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very good but not a leisurely vacation. Should be graded higher. Would like to have spent more time in countryside.

Read the operator's response here:

We would like to thank Heather for her feedback, whilst we were pleased that she had a good vacation overall, we are sorry that she was left feeling that her trip had only a slight benefit to the local communities and environment. On this trip, for example, all of the hotels and cruise company we use are locally owned and staffed which is a way of boosting employment levels in the areas we visit. We also try to select accommodation for environmental awareness, which is still in its infancy in China. Whenever food is provided, ingredients are locally sourced and we try to eat at local restaurants or visit bazaars and food markets.

review 13 Nov 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The time in Yangshuo was the best part of the vacation. That landscape is amazing.

2. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes.

review 28 Oct 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Walk on the Great Wall in near perfect weather and early in the morning before it was too crowded or too warm. Terracotta Warriors exceeded expectations despite seeing hundreds of photographs and reading articles. Its still mind blowing in scale and detail. Seeing six baby pandas being fed, burped and put outside to play in Chengdu. Again early morning before the park was too crowded. Water show in Yangshou - world class and unique setting.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take Yuan with you. Almost impossible to use credit cards except in Western style shops (which I avoided like the plague). Optional trips are really good. Be prepared to push and shove. Culturally it's what they do. Nothing will prepare you for the number of people at the tourist attractions and in the cities. If you can't cope with crowds and noise don't go. Food is great

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

In as much as possible. There was good use of local hotels, transport, guides and restaurants. Trains were used whenever possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was excellent. We were particularly impressed with the local guide- his organisation local knowledge etc was tremendous and really made the vacation. We were recommended to use you to select a vacation and I have already fed back that this really worked for us.

review 14 May 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The walk along part of the Great Wall of China

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Make sure you are fit enough to carry your own bags as some railways don't have lifts or escalator . Wheels on your luggage is a must!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes we helped and bought from local traders

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

9 out of ten

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