2 independent reviews for The Essence of China vacation

Reviews for The Essence of China vacation

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review 21 Oct 2010

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

Great Wall walk

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

Pack for all eventualities especially weather related. The traveling is tough but the reality is never as bad as expected.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes for the first and no for the second

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

Excellent

review 4 Sep 2010

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

There are several memorable parts of our vacation including the thrill of seeing the Terracotta soldiers, the interesting landscape around Yangshuo and the boat trip on the Yangzi. We enjoyed the interactions with the local people, and the opportunity to learn the culture and language.

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

We are Brits, so taking our own tea bags proved to be very beneficial. It is important to be flexible about some of the bathroom arrangements in some of the locations we stayed at. We were disappointed with the Monastery at Baoguo, due to the very poor sanitary arrangements. This unfortunately put a barrier to enjoying the tranquility of the setting. Our main guide spoke good English, some of the local guides need some more training and practice to enhance their skills. We encourage travelers to help the guides develop their language skills.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

We tried hard to be friendly and engage with the local people, we believe that our friendship was very well received and the cash contributions helped the incomes of the people. We always try to economise with consumption and the operatorís travel tips such as traveling with trains and to use your own water bottles were good ideas too.

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

We found our guide Sunny was very helpful and his attitude to helping us was great. The overall vacation was excellent, and the group we travelled with were very nice. We thought that the trip itinerary was well designed and we thank the operator management and staff for the opportunity to have this wonderful experience.

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