9 Day Beijing & Shanghai,
A Tale of China's Two Great Cities

Tour Testimonials

This trip is worth the cost-I had a wonderful time and did not experience any issues. I would recommend this company to family and friends.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The trip to the Great Wall. I climbed and reached the top and I shared this experience via text messages to friends and co-workers by home in the United States.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa was the best guide I have had. She was available to answer any questions and quite knowledgeable about local culture and customs. I have spoken to my family members about taking this tour next year and we are looking at our schedule. Once we decide, we will like to request Lisa as our tour guide.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China spree is a good tour company that provides excellent service and tours to China-The cost is reasonable and the accommodations are first class. I would recommend this trip to anyone traveling to China. You will have a first class experience with a reputable company with a very reasonable cost.
 
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Berna G, Houston
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
The entire experience is awesome. The trip is worth every dollar. Choose Lisa as tour guide. She's the best.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The Great Wall alone was worth the entire trip for me. Summer Palace is beautiful. I enjoyed Lisa's rendition of the history of the different places we visited. She makes it very interesting and not boring.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: I think Lisa added tremendously to my overall experience and satisfaction of my China trip. I love her sense of humor. Her knowledge of Chinese culture helped me appreciate the history of the country and its people. She made sure that our experience is nothing less than Outstanding. She attended to issues right away. Our hotel room in Shanghai had some plumbing issue (the water in the toilet was slow to drain). When she learned of it at the beginning of the day trip, by the time we returned to the hotel we were given two choices of rooms. That's just one example. She goes above and beyond every day to make sure that all the members of her group are satisfied.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: All the meals were excellent.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Come with an open mind and enjoy the history and the culture. China is a beautiful country and the trip's itinerary for the Beijing and Shanghai trip highlights both the culture and the beauty of the country.
 
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Marianne D & Elenita T, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I enjoyed the trip and will recommend all non-chines persons to go on this short trip. In a period of 6-7 days, one can capture lot of history of China and visit 2 great cities Beijing & Shanghai and will be amazed to see their progress in few years.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Pearl Tower with Wax Museum, Late night boat right in Shanghai, Great wall, Summer place, Temple of Heaven

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Relax and enjoy. You will be taken care of nicely.
 
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Kulwant S & Jagmohan D, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Can NOT beat the price & level of service China Spree offers! I really can't recommend this trip enough!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The Great Wall.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jim was very charismatic & funny. He seems to have a real passion for his job & country which was greatly appreciated.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: It's an adventure, soak it all in & enjoy!
 
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Heather & William R, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Pearl Towers, River Cruz Experience and meeting Canal Community are amazing experiences i will never forget in my life.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Kevin was excellent due to his experience and knowledge. He was smart also and asking most of time to review peoples feeling.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go to Chinaspree website and look for appropriate tour which you likes. It is economical. reliable and time manageable company who care for his customers.
 
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Vallavbhai S & Piyush G, Pennsylvania
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: First, there was the delightful, warm and professional guide (Kevin) who gave us lots of interesting background and lots of wonderful stories, making everything come 'alive'. High spot (IF I have to choose) very much loved having lunch in a lovely lady's home.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: OMG! No. Kevin (Hu Xin) was so fabulous as a guide. He was always calm and cool and collected (one young man wandered off and one woman had to go to the Hospital. Kevin just dealt with it and all went wonderfully. Also, he is incredibly PROUD of working with China Spree. He even gave us little Chinese language lessons on the bus rides each morning. We could make the peddlers laugh (and they went away and didn't bother us, because Kevin taught us 'ma ma, woo woo' And, If I may, may I say that you Linda Chiu in Customer Service should be WHAT?? The President of the United States. She makes things work, gets things DONE, quickly and with a lovely way about her. Special person, she really is.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go with China Spree!!! I am already thinking about Cambodia and Vietnam with your China World.
 
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Arlyn B, New York
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
My mom and I have an amazing time in China. I'm glad we chose China Spree. Our tour guide, Ming Li, was the best. She was friendly, organized, responsible, and knowledgeable. She truly made our trip memorable. She is an over achiever, who only wanted the best for all of us in our tour group.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: I really enjoyed my entire trip, but visiting The Great Wall was my favorite part of my trip.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Ming Li is an asset to the China Spree Travel Company. She is friendly, organized, and responsible. She always made us feel comfortable and she always took care of peoples' questions or concerns. Ming always went over and beyond to make sure everyone in our group was satisfied.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Both of the hotels were fantastic. Both of them had great breakfasts every day.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: If you take a trip with China Spree you will not be disappointed. The hotels and sites are wonderful. We also had the best tour guide in China. If possible, request Ming Li as your official tour guide.
 
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Paula L & Marisa C, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Enjoyed touring Shanghai the most.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Kevin was overall a great tour guide. He demonstrated great quality of customer service and deep commitment to all people on this trip. He was especially caring when my mother was in need of medical attention. He made sure to bring us to the hospital even when it was at night.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Both hotels were comparable in quality and services.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Great customer service!
 
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Inna R & Dmitriy S, Massachusetts
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
this was my first trip to China and I was very happy with the English speaking local tour guide. I was very comfortable in China, even though I did not speak the language. Both hotels provided clean and comfortable rooms. Breakfast was excellent and the lunches and dinners provided were better than I expected. I was very impressed with China and would definitely be iterated in going back.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Yes, Jim Mao was an excellent Tour Guide, He was friendly, knowledgeable about China and provided excellent advice for first time tourist to China.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jim was very pleasant, provided historical information regarding the site during the ride to the site. He gave excellent information during the Tiananmen and Forbidden City tours. Gave us instructions on how to handle vendors as we left each site. Cautioned us in the display of money and the use of credit cards during our purchases. He was timely and kept the tour on time. In the future, I would consider tours that Jim is leading if there was a way to know who the Local Guide would be.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Beijing and Shanghai are excellent cities to visit for first time China visitors. Both cities provide excellent examples of China's ancient history and of Chinese culture. I strongly recommend China Spree as their English speaking local tour guides can provide insight to China's Emperor's, the palaces and the sites visited. Your tour dollars will be more than well spent.
 
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Linda L, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
We had a wonderful trip. Best travel value I've had in over thirty years of Asia travel.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: We thought the guide, Jim Mao, was great. He was a pleasure to tour with.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jim Mao is exceptional. He clearly enjoys his job and is passionate about his job. He is quite knowledgeable about China, and understands travelers from many different countries and backgrounds well. He has a wonderful sense of humor. It was an honor to have him as our guide.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Liked both, No complaints.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: All meals were great. No bad meals.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Check out China Spree!
 
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Scott & Kari A, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Recommend this trip to everyone. It is a great experience.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Walking on the Great Wall and taking gondola ride in the water city of Tongli.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Ming Li did make our trip memorable. We learned about China's reach history, culture and all about Chinese people's daily life. Not only did she tell us what she had to, but she engaged in conversation and made it very enjoyable. Ming Li is a wonderful tour guide and very good person. She never forced anything on the group and was very sweet. Find more guides like her and your tours will be even more popular.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go for it and enjoy. We hope you get a great tour guide as we did with Ming Li. Learning about China's people, reach history and culture is a unique experience. Very interesting country with very many good people
 
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Anton, Dorota & Angelika V, Illinois
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Kevin, our guide. His value cannot be understated. He made our trip.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Can't say enough positive about Kevin. He made our trip. He speaks English like a native speaker. He is knowledgeable, passionate, and has a GREAT sense of humor. He watched over us and demonstrated he cared deeply about our safety and comfort. As I said in an earlier email, he is as memorable as the Great Wall (and this is not an understatement). I can't imagine the trip without him- in my mind, he is indelibly associate with a very positive impression of China.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Take a China (or World) spree trip. You simply will not believe the value you get for the modest price charged. We actually took a regularly scheduled airline (a Star Alliance Partner), really did stay in 4-5 star hotels in perfect central locations, and had the best guide I have ever had on any trip (and I travel a lot) who literally took outstanding care of us from the time we arrive in Beijing to boarding the flight home.
 
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Michael & Gian-Michael S, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Go with China Spree. You get great value and the guides cannot be beat!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The national guide, Ms. Ming, was the key to a great trip. She was very knowledgeable, willing to answer any questions, and helped us avoid any problems. She made the trip so much better because of her knowledge of history, her clear explanation of the day’s events, her flexibility and calm demeanor. She was spectacular and really made the trip. If you told me she was going to be my guide in the future, I would not have any worries.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Two Words: China Spree.
 
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Steven F, Florida
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I have no objection to you using my first and last names.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Doing pushups on the Orient Pearl Tower in Shanghai at over 900ft. in the air on the clear see-thru deck. That may not qualify as a highlight, but it was different, and fun.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Doing pushups on the Orient Pearl Tower in Shanghai at over 900ft. in the air on the clear see-thru deck. That may not qualify as a highlight, but it was different, and fun.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: That is an unfair question. We were only in two hotels and they were both very good. I knew both the Shangri La and Crowne Plaza brands and was not disappointed in either.

CS: In your opinion, how many good meals did you have during your trip? Could you please list them in order from 1 to 10 (1 is the best) to the best of your memory?

Answer: I had many good meals, but cannot begin to list them in order (that is the direct result of a poor memory).

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Don't expect everything in China to be as it is at home; it isn't, and if it were there would be no point in going. You should also refrain from attempting to get any guide to make a "political" comment; they won't, and should not be expected to do so. As in the US, political discussions are best avoided unless you with a group of like-minded individuals.
 
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John L & Daniel B, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
The food was much better than expected. Every logistical detail was addressed better than we thought. And our guide Li Ming is an absolute treasure!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: As all six of our particular group gathered for dinner in LA upon return, we agreed that while there were several memorable moments (Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Shanghai waterfront, Suzhou silk factory, etc.), the absolute best part of the trip was Li Ming, our pleasant, always helpful, hardworking guide. When and if we come back, it will be because she helped us see the real China-- its people.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Don't miss the opportunity to go with China Spree. The overall value of the trip was outstanding.
 
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John & Carolyn C, Utah
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
The trip was fantastic. It exceeded our expectations by a mile. It was hard work only because China Spree kept you busy with tours and things to do. If you want to see China there is no better way than to do it with China Spree and Ming.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The great wall, the Pedi cab ride, and our tour guide Ming were all excellent.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Ming did an excellent job. Her passion for her job and her country were obvious and a joy to witness.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: As China Spree says expect the unexpected and enjoy it. It is part of the experience.
 
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Harold C & Cynthia D, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Chinaspree is an exceptional company. I have always been an independent traveler and I wasn't sure if the offer from Chinaspree was going to fill my expectations and after being back home from my trip I can't stress enough how professional everybody was and I cannot find any word to express my gratitude for making such a wonderful job. The guide for the Tour " Jim" was very knowledgeable, patient, helpful and charismatic and gave many information that we cannot find in travel guides or doing the trip on our own and Jim kept us on schedule while giving us enough time to do own own things. ChinaSpree did a wonderful job before, during and after the trip and I believe that they give you more than what they offer. Great value for the money and we knew beforehand the whole cost of the trip, including the additional tours and best of all, there was no trap to get us to spend extra money that we did not know about, and that say a lot about the good reputation of this company.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: You give so much for so little and I never felt stress. We did not miss any highlight from China that we wanted to visit.

CS: What was the LEAST ENJOYABLE aspect of this trip for you?

Answer: I really enjoyed everything!

 
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Pedro & Deyanira S, Jersey
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
We had heard from friends of their wonderful experience with China Spree. When we looked at the cost, it appeared to be to good to be true. We have travelled quite extensively and can honestly say that In ALL aspects, our tour exceeded our expectations. Our guide Kevin was the eppitomy of a first class travel guide, and the remainder of the details followed suit - the hotels were clean & comfortable, the breakfasts were incredible in terms of selection and freshness, the tours were all well enjoyed and covered the many highlights of Beijing and Shanghai. We felt this was a first Class experience, and have already recommended to friends, who have secured their bookings.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our tour guide Kevin was phenomenal - he truly made our experience amazing - well informed and educated, with a wonderful, caring demeanour and excellent sense of humour. We enjoyed every minute of our time with Kevin. We have travelled extensively and with many guides - he was without a doubt the best of the best.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: There is nothing our guide could have done better. He went above and beyond our expectations. His demeanor was relaxed, yet proficient at all times. He went out of his way at all times to ensure everyone was enjoying their experience. He was warm, welcoming, intelligent, and INCREDIBLY hard working - an incredible Ambassador for China & China Spree

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China is beautiful, however a large & bustling Country. We were glad having experienced it with Kevin & China Spree, as it was nice to know someone was always ensuring you a wonderful time, while managing the details and ensuring our safety & comfort. For us, It was without a doubt the best way to have experienced China. Thank you so much Kevin & China Spree for incredible memories that will last a lifetime. We will continue to spread the word - Well Done!!!
 
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Karen G & Mark H, Ontario, Canada
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: It was a trip of a life time! We would like to thank China Spree for making it possible for us. They easily met out expectations and in some ways exceeded them. We were never dissapointed during any part of our journey. Myself, my wife, and two kids (10&12) will never forget being on the other side of the world. I would recommend China Spree to anyone who wants a high dollar experience at a low budget price. Please be sure to read the material they send you and perhaps some additional articles, books, etc. The resources will only enhance your experience.
 
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Michael & Cassandra N, Missouri
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
We were pleasantly surprised with my trip to China. We did not expect the accommodations to be such a high quality. We loved our tour guide and saw so much of the two cities we visited! We would highly recommend this trip to anyone considering a trip to China.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our travel guide (Huxin or "Kevin") made this trip much more enjoyable than I could have ever expected. He was absolutely wonderful!

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Kevin was so knowledgeable, open, and willing to answer any questions we had during the trip. He also had a great sense of humor, was kind and generous, and connected with each individual traveler. Kevin served as our tour guide the entire trip and was made the trip memorable. He made us want to come back again someday.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Book with China Spree! It is the best quality for the price.
 
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Nathan & Stephanie D, Oregon
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
China Spree is professional, organized and so easy to travel with. Our tour guide was phenomenal and made the trip exceptionally enjoyable.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our tour guide, Kevin, truly made the experience what it was. He was extremely personable, funny, and intelligent, spoke impressive English and went out of his way to make sure our needs were met. I personally liked Shanghai because the air was cleaner and the city felt more inviting, laid back. I was truly impressed with how clean, organized and structured both cities were. I LOVED riding the subway in both cities.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: I liked the gym, hot tub and bathroom best at Traders Hotel. I liked the bedroom, location and breakfast best at Crowne Plaza. I don't have any complaints about either hotel.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Enjoy the different culture, including trying new foods. You can eat Burger King, Pizza Hut or McDonald's at home. Challenge yourself to step outside of your box and try the new flavors and preparation of Chinese food. This can be done at the breakfast buffet, even if it's one steamed bun, one pot sticker, or a bite or two of fresh noodle soup...do it! One of the best ways to appreciate a new culture is through your taste buds.
 
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Sheryl S, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
When I first learned of the price of the trip, I thought it was a scam because it was so inexpensive. However, our experience with China Spree exceeded our expectations at every level. The tour guide, accommodations, and meals were excellent. I enthusiastically recommend China Spree to anyone, and will look for future opportunities to take other China Spree tours.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our trip exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide Kevin made the trip unique and special.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Kevin was very approachable. I felt like he gave us great insight into the Chinese culture. Moreover, he was very patient and willing to answer questions. I felt like Kevin enjoyed his job and was willing to do everything necessary to ensure that his tour group got the most out of the trip.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China is much more modern than I expected. I feared we would find poor accommodations and food, and was surprised to find the accommodations and food to be on par with what he have in the United States.
 
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Stanley & Jill P, Utah
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
If you have never even thought about going to China- this trip is for you. Going to China had never crossed my mind- then I read an article in the Sunday paper about how cheap the price is. Once I looked into it and saw all that was included I thought this is something I could not pass up! This trip is an education that a book could not tell you.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The Great Wall of China- hiking it.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Our tour guide was spectacular! She was very accommodating and tried to explain as much as she could about the cities and culture. I think she knew more about Shanghai then Beijing. Ming went out of her way to solve any problems that came up- she took care of them as soon as possible. She was also flexible with the schedule when asked about altering it on a side excursion. In the end- we didn't need to change it- but knowing she was willing to change it for us was great. As the trip progressed I think Ming felt more and more comfortable with the group- she started telling us stories about her family and herself. Those are the stories I will remember -she was very personable- we got to see her personality. She also handled stressful situations very well- a couple of times people were late back to our meeting spot- Ming did not leave anyone behind. She went to go look for them herself. She made sure people knew what time to meet back- even when they didn't come back on time- she did not lose it. She handled pressure extremely well.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: There is nothing to fear- people, language barrier, and new area. I never felt unsafe the whole time I was there. There are incredible bargains on luxuries that I could never afford to buy here in the states. This was my first group trip- our group was awesome- we all got a long so well and really looked out for one another! I would do this again.
 
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Regina T & Jonathan K, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I highly recommend China Spree the best organized trip I have ever taken. Your life will be forever changed for the better after a China Spree Trip.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: I was amazed with just how amazing LISA, our guide, was at sharing China with all of us in such a fun way. I LOVE HER.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: You people are so lucky to have her (Lisa)! I was a tour guide in Africa and I can tell you Lisa is the best at what she does.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Do not hesitate... go now your mind and soul will be blown away.
 
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Michael K & Thomas N, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Excellent tour and tour guide, well worth every penny!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our guide, Kevin, was the best part of the trip. He was funny, energetic, knowledgeable, engaging, and informative. I learned so much about China, its history and people through him.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: We all felt Kevin made the trip what it was -- I've been on several guided tours before and Kevin by far is the best I've encountered.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China for me went from a country that would be interesting to visit to one that I will recommend to my friends as a must visit.
 
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Budd M, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
China Spree was almost too good to be true,. almost! We still couldn't believe that everything in our trip was included for the price that we paid. From the beginning, China Spree was professional and very well organized. The booking process was simple and well structured. The information was provided in a timely manner. The US administrative staff was helpful and knowledgeable every time we called or emailed with questions. We traveled with a large group of friends from Salt Lake City, UT. Since members of our party were flying to China from both San Francisco and Los Angeles, Chinaspree made arrangements to ensure that all of us were in the same group upon arriving in Beijing and throughout the duration of the tour. Our travel guide, Kevin, was excellent and very knowledgeable. He spoke English surprisingly well, and even knew a great deal of American slang terms and phrases which made him very entertaining and enjoyable to be around. The accommodations were great, travel buses were clean and roomy, and the meals were traditional Chinese. The sites that we visited were all the things you would hope to see on your first visit to China, and our tour guide made sure we knew about little details and valuable information that you would have never known about otherwise. We concluded our trip with an evening river cruise in Shanghai- which was the highlight to me. The Shanghai skyline was impressive and the atmosphere was very memorable. Having traveled with group tours in the past, I would very pleased with China Spree's performance and would strongly recommend them to anyone wishing to visit China.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Shanghai River Cruise.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Kevin made every effort to address everyone’s needs. Very friendly, funny, and enjoyable to be around. Kevin was very knowledgeable about the sites we visited and provided very useful information. He made the trip a success.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China is a very safe country. Having traveled internationally dozens of times, I felt as safe in China as I have anywhere in the world. Conditions were surprisingly clean and the people were very friendly. China is rich with culture and history and was a wonderful place to visit.
 
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Joshua R & Eric B, Utah
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
China Spree is worth every cent. They are very professional and they care about the tourist experience. They make sure that the tourist have an unforgettable and enjoyable experience in China. The guide are passionate about their jobs and the staff working in the US office is very helpful.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The Buddha temple in Shanghai was one of the best highlights of the trip. It was really interesting to learn about the different Buddha and to witness the natives lighting incense and praying was a beautiful experience. Everyone was respectful and followed the rules about not taking pictures and specific places and of course having Ming Li as our guide made the experience more meaningful because she was very thorough and informative all throughout the trip.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Ming Li absolutely loves her country and demonstrates that with this tour. She is very knowledgeable, her English is excellent and is not afraid to ask to be corrected if there is an English word she is having trouble with. She cares about the members of the tour and made herself available even after the day was over. We all fell in love with Ming Li because we saw her passion for her job, her determination of making this trip an unforgettable experience and most of all her kind, smart, caring and funny personality.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Both Hotels were amazing. Very clean and the staff was, friendly, respectable and very serviceable. Our only complaint is that the Breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Hotel could have been a little more diverse.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: I would say to give China Spree a chance because you will not regret it, on the contrary, you will leave China wanting more.
 
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Maria & Marcelo M, Rhode Island
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
We took our five teenage children with us and this trip exceeded our expectations! We all had a wonderful time and can't believe what a good value it was. China Spree and our tour guide Kevin did a fabulous job. We will definitely recommend China Spree to our friends and are considering a second trip to see more of China!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: We absolutely loved our guide Kevin. He did a terrific job. We also particularly enjoyed the opportunity to visit and eat lunch in the home of a local resident and see how the people live.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Kevin was very knowledgeable, organized, efficient, had a great sense of humor and seemed to care individually about each member of the group. He did a great job of educating us about the culture and the ways of the local people. He always took input and made the whole trip a wonderful experience. We were very pleased that he stayed with us throughout the trip. That was much better than having to switch off.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Don't hesitate to go. You will have a wonderful time.
 
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Brooke & Lindsey P, Utah
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I'm a first timer for a tour group and was in

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our tour guide Song Peng was very helpful and knowledgeable, the hotels were great, and the food was delicious. We got to see way more sights than we could have in the same time on our own.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Great experience, so don't miss it.
 
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Barbara A & David G, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Great tour! Even better tour for the price. Highly balanced tour, gave enough time for free time, fed us more than I expected. Out tour guide was very nice, informational, accommodating.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Tour guide- Jim - great, experiences, flexible to everyone's needs. Able to accommodate special requests of individuals. Also gave time for free time in each city.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Traders- location, walkable to many shopping areas, next to subway, Crowne plaza- very nice hotel, excellent breakfast buffet

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: When we booked our trip, our expectations were not high based on the price. After the trip we don't know how they operate with such good airlines, hotels, quality and people. We had a great experience and would highly recommend it to anyone.
 
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Ana & David K, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
This trip was amazing! Especially for the price! I cannot speak about how the other tour guide was, but if you go, cross your fingers & hope that you get Lisa! We were able to see so much in such a short time. Join in the excursions, the cost was worth it! Be advised, US $$ was accepted by the tailor & at the bazaar, so no need to worry about changing too much US $$ into Chinese yuan. Credit cards were used at the Pearl & silk factories as well.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The Great Wall, of course, was amazing!

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa really connected w/our group & made everyone feel comfortable. She was so nice, yet she was firm if anyone was misbehaving & needed to be corrected (talking while she was talking). She is extremely knowledgeable about the history of all of the sites & told it in an easy to understand way. Lisa had an excellent command of the English language & was very entertaining as well. I really don't think the trip would've been as good of an experience without Lisa as our guide!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: I know that most of the time if it sounds too good to be true, be careful! But not in this case! Great value!
 
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Calvin & Susan W, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The whole experience was exceptional, I appreciated the communication sent out prior to departing on the trip. It included so much helpful information including the pictures that provided guidance for our airport arrival. I appreciated the location of the hotels, but I especially appreciated Lisa's ability to clearly communicate our itinerary. She was knowledgeable, welcoming and she is one of the reasons I will continue to recommend this tour. In fact, I will look at ChinaSpree first for future visits.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: If you're exploring the thought of traveling to China.. China Spree is the way to go! I felt welcomed and the tour lead truly made it possible for us to learn and enjoy the experience.
 
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Blanca & Ana B, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I have been traveling to China for business during the last ten years. However, this was my first time in China as a tourist as well as my first time there with my family. From my experience, this tour was an excellent value. Its pace and comprehensive, yet balanced schedule of activities met all that China Spree promised to us.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Outstanding punctuality; also the quality and convenient location of the Traders Hotel by Shangri-la in Beijing.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jim exceeded almost all of our expectations as a tour guide. The way he could have improved our experience is if he would have solved problems more efficiently.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: There is a lot of myths about going to China. The best way to find out the country and its people, culture, flavors and sights is by going there.
 
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Jose V & Monica P, Panama
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
A Tale of China's Two Great Cities is well worth it! The itinerary was excellent and our Tour Guide Lisa was exceptional.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Lisa our Tour Guide-she was tremendous, fun and very caring! She knew everyone names, she was extremely knowledgeable, she showed extreme patient with folks, and was just an overall joy!!

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: The breakfast at both hotels were outstanding. I had heard that the food in China was not very good so I didn't except much. I am a vegetarian and Lisa went out of her way to always make sure that I had a vegetarian meal and she really didn't have to do that - she was so kind to do so. However, I usual filled up and breakfast and didn't really eat any of the meals.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go For It! This tour is well worth the money, it exceeded all of my expectations!
 
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Debra W, Maryland
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa was great. She had a great personality and seemed to enjoy the job. She was very enthusiastic and seemed to enjoy the group. She was the highlight of the trip.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China Spree was fabulous and exceeded our expectations. The hotels were better than we expected and the guide was perfect - funny, personable and informative. The trip was very busy with little to no down time. The breakfasts were outstanding. The lunch and dinners are repetitive and could use some spice. We did all the optional excursions and wished we skipped some mostly so we could experience some more interesting dining.
 
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Amy & Kenneth H, Colorado
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
China Spree is best in all aspects. We were provided all information correctly and timely. The tour guide as very good. The hotel arrangement was more than our expectation.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Everything was very good. The tour guide as very good. They showed us all the places and explained everything in detail. He explained about China culture, religion and good and bad things in China. Overall we enjoyed each and everything with CHINASPREE. I have already recommended to several of my friends and I will recommend to every one I know.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: He is Excellent. He explained all what we wanted. He was honest in expressing good and bad things. He knows about China. He knows what we want to know. He explained China Culture, religion, good and bad things.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Traders Hotel and Crown Plaza are good. I would strongly recommend these hotels.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: It is the BEST. I am already telling to my friends and family
 
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Kharati & Prem P, Michigan
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
There is an expression, "if it seems too good to be true, then it must be too good to be true." We proved that expression wrong. We could not believe the moderate cost of this trip, and prior to our departure, we were somewhat apprehensive about what our experience in China would be like. After checking various websites, including Fodor's and the Better Business Bureau, we decided to take a chance. What an excellent experience we had with China Spree! Our outstanding guide, Lisa, ensured that every aspect of our trip went smoothly. We were pleased with the quality of the hotels, our transportation within China, opportunities to visit so many sites, and to experience Chinese history and culture.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: There were many, but in particular, Lisa, our guide. Her personal touch was unbelievable, from the way she cared for us like family to the many ways she explained Chinese history and culture to us. Lisa was the best tour guide we have ever had on any tour anywhere.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa treated us like family. Her leadership and communication skills are unsurpassed. She ensured that all of the sites we visited proceeded smoothly, she helped the group create rapport with each other, she looked out for us, offered great advice, as well as insight into Chinese history and culture. I cannot say enough good things about her! We felt blessed that Lisa was our tour guide. Are all your guides of this exceptional quality?

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: 1) Definitely go! 2) Use China Spree 3) Ask for Lisa as your tour guide
 
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William & Anne B, Maryland
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
You will not find a better value anywhere. Chinaspree took care of literally everything from start to finish. All I really had to do was pack and get to the airport. All else was taken care of. I would not only recommend this company to my friends and family but also to anyone else who is planning a trip to China.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Being at the Great Wall and at the Dung was an experience I will never forget. It's something that I will share with friends and family for many years to come!

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Pong took the time to not only show us the sites but also educate us on Chinese history. He went above and beyond the call of duty. I still refer to the restroom as a happy room! I don't think another guide could possibly compare! Pong was amazing. Very warm and genuine. I specifically confirm he's the guide on my next China Spree tour!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China is an amazing country. Its people and culture are so very rich. This was my first major trip out of the states and I couldn't have asked for a more fulfilling experience!
 
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Jayme M, Iowa
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
This trip was the best way to see China. China Spree was great about communicating our itinerary before and during the trip. This is the only way I would go to China. The tours were very informative and we got to see everything that we wanted to see. We also got to see several things that we did not know we would get to see that were very fun. The hotels were very nice as well as the food. We were never left wanting for food. China Spree has the best price for the quality of the trip.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The highlight for me was the Great Wall. It was the main reason that me and my wife wanted to go on this trip. Also, our tour guide Jim. He had a lot of knowledge about all the places we went to see, and was very good at informing us about out itinerary. It was also really great that we had a group, and we got to meet some really nice people.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: They were both really good hotels. We didn't have any problems at either one.

 
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Daniel & Adrianna A, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
We were non-believers in group tours. We have traveled many places around the world and this was our first, full-fledged, tour. After this experience, we will definitely book another tour!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: We want to compliment our guide, Ming Li, for being the highlight of the trip. One of our goals in traveling to China was to gain insight into the culture, the life of the people, and an "insider's", not a tourist's, perspective. Ming provided that for us.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go now - book your tour with China Spree today! Safe travels...
 
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Mark & Virginia B, Colorado
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I have taken other trips to China but this is the first trip that I have really learned and understood what China has to offer. Thank you!!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our tour guide, Lisa, was extremely knowledgeable when giving us information about the sites. She added a lot of extras that made everyone feel as if we were a family traveling together to see these sites. In addition, she paid attention to the groups personal needs as well as each individual's needs. She asked us what we were interested in and then followed-up on suggestions. She was aware of how tired we were and when we were more spirited, she gave us useful Chinese words to help us navigate better through the streets of Beijing and Shanghai.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa is so personable and has a definite way of putting travelers at ease so that they can enjoy their trip. She has experience in dealing with cultures out of China and I truly feel that this is a big advantage in her dealings with travelers.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: A great experience; feeling like you are travelling as a family and not as a group; an appreciation of the Chinese way of life--past, present, and future. Sit back, relax, take in all the sites, sounds, smell, taste of what we call "China".
 
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Diane & Mancheuk S, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
The Two Cities Tour far exceeded our anticipation. We would highly recommend this tour and would further express appreciation for the excellent service and guide leadership on the tour. With any reservation I would encourage travelers to seriously consider the excellent programs provided by China Spree.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: We especially enjoyed the optional trip that included a visit to Tongli.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Ming gave a thorough introduction to places visited and demonstrated a passion for her country. At the same time, she was fair and honest when questions were asked.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: I liked the Crowne Plaza in Shanghai best because of the size and quality of the rooms as well as the excellent breakfast buffet. The room in Traders Hotel in Beijing was slightly smaller but the room was quite nice and the breakfast buffet was also excellent.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: All of the meals were enjoyable. I can not recall any specific meal that I was really disappointed in.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Don't hesitate to trust China Spree for planning a trip with no problems and excellent service.
 
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Stanley & Rebecca Y, Arkansas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Ming was an excellent tour guide. She was humorous informative and can read the group well. She provided additional information and suggestions for those who chose to explore independently rather than joining some of the tours. On the tours she was an excellent guide.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Both hotels were an excellent value for this relatively cheap tour. Good/flexible selection of food and clean rooms.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: It is more accessible than I expected. It was comforting to travel with a tour group that allows for a flexible experience by providing an excellent value on flights and quality hotels with the option to join some of the less essential/more specialized tours or explore on your own. (Keep the Tongli tour)
 
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Barrett S, Luka L & George H, Pennsylvania
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The highlight was our Tour Guide, Nick. His knowledge of China's history and of the places we visited was amazing. He was funny, entertaining, expedited all our entries, and looked out for our safety and he made our trip totally enjoyable. As far as the places we visited, I loved Tongli and the River village. It was so scenic and historical. The river cruise in Shanghai was the perfect ending - so magical to see the Bund at night. Our group A of 29 people were a family when we left on Saturday, and that was a highlight as well. Nick's thoughtfulness and caring transferred to the travelers in the group and we also cared and looked out for one another.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Nick was extremely knowledgeable, he was entertaining and had a great sense of humor, he was concerned about each traveler, and gave us his contact information in case we had to contact him 'after hours'. There were 2 China Spree groups for this tour, We were frequently following the same itineraries. At one point, the other bus pulled up along side of us. We were all laughing, and when Nick wasn't talking to us, we were asking questions and talking to each other. Everyone on Group B's bus was asleep. It was a good example of how a stellar guide can make the difference. On the way back from Souzhou and Tongli we were singing on the bus!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China for me was life-altering. It takes you away from the familiar and immerses you in a different place. It is fascinating, challenging, mystifying, ominous, awe-inspiring, beautiful. It is a culture bridging ancient history, superstition and old customs - and a modern society with high levels of technology, advanced architecture and new traditions. One trip will not be enough.
 
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Sally S & Christine N, Washington
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I travel quite a bit and the value of this tour was Outstanding!!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Much of the group were younger travelers who did not usually go on organized tours. Our guide was very good Quality of everything was excellent package covered everything.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Ming was a window into Chinese culture and shared stories of her life and family freely. She did everything she could to make sure everyone on the tour had what they needed or wanted even when it was well beyond the scope of the tour.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Both were good, Crowne Plaza room was nice and bigger, breakfast at Traders was better but both were really outstanding.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: GO!!!
 
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Elisa B & Anya S, New Hampshire
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
My experience with China Spree was amazing and I highly recommend them. The staff is wonderful and easy to work with. The tour schedule was perfect with the right balance of free time and tour time. The food was delicious. The hotels were fantastic and centrally located. And our tour guide, Ming, was wonderful! I went to China excited about seeing everything, but honestly a little apprehensive about the tour itself. Not because of the company (I had read all the fantastic reviews) but because I am typically not a fan of tours. I usually travel on my own or with a small group of friends and prefer to go at my own pace without a lot of set plans.. I have gone on a couple other international tours and had said I never wanted to travel with a tour group again. Like most 29 year old travelers, I have a long list of places to go and am a big fan of an amazing deal. The price of the China Spree tour was too good to pass up and I booked it within five minutes of seeing it. That is how I found myself on a tour in China. Right away, I could tell this was not the typical tour with the typical tour group, and that our guide, Ming Li, was one of a kind and amazing. Her knowledge of history and the culture added a new dimension to the sights and I would have missed so much if I had gone to the same places on my own. I loved this tour so much that I signed up for the optional Hutong tour in Beijing. While the rickshaw ride was a little touristy, the dinner in the home was authentic and was my favorite part of the trip. The lunch was one of the best meals I have ever had, and if you go on a China Spree tour, I highly recommend this optional tour. Ming told so many interesting stories about her family, her life, and her friends. I left China wanting to stay longer and anticipating my return. I am fascinated by the country, the politics, the people, the history, the development and the culture. I cannot wait to learn more and to come back to China; this is in large part because of what I experienced on my China Spree tour.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Ming was an amazing guide. She made the trip memorable and I came away from the trip with a new appreciation for the culture and history of China because of the way she guided us through the attractions and with her stories on the bus.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: The Crown Plaza was my favorite because I liked the local feel of the location more and the staff was so welcoming. The Traders was nicer in overall quality, but I was not a huge fan of the American mall feel of the location. The breakfast and overall luxury feel of the location were excellent.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: If this is your first trip to China, I highly recommend going with China Spree.
 
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Mary & Judy O, Nevada
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
China Spree has a great value to the entire trip. Every part of the trip was well organized. The hotels were really 5 star!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Overall very well organized. Great choice of hotels.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jim Mao is very passionate and knowledgeable. Great organization skills, always on time. Perfect!

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: I think both hotels were equally well appointed.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Get ready for a very well organized, perfectly accommodated fast-paced trip. Do not expect a vacation in terms of sleeping late or lots of free time. Wake-up calls are at 6:30AM! Each day will be full of great places to visit and wonderful sites to see. China Spree is the right choice.
 
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Milen G & Desislava D, Florida
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Our experience with China Spree's "Tale of Two Great Cities" tour was excellent and totally exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide, Nick, is the the best travel professional we have ever met and he ensured that we had such a wonderful experience in China that we cannot wait to return. The trip is a tremendous value, including far more sites and better service, hotels and food than we could have found elsewhere even for higher cost. We highly recommend China Spree and our tour guide, Nick.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our tour guide, "Nick" (his real name is Pong) was absolutely perfect in every way. He took care of us as well as if we were his very special guests, he taught us so much and made us see how wonderful China is. Because of his excellence, we would recommend China Spree to everyone. We loved the trip so much (largely due to Nick being our guide) that we didn't want it to end and are planning our next trip to China with China Spree, hopefully with Nick/Pong as our tour guide.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Nick took care of us constantly, like we were his very special guests. He constantly explained everything and gave us so much information that we came away feeling closer to China and loving the country and the people. He was constantly energetic and would help us with whatever we needed. He was a perfect tour guide and representative for China. We cannot wait to visit China again because of all that Nick taught us and because of how kind and intelligent and friendly he was.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Both our hotels were excellent.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: I would tell them that if they had any interest at all in seeing any part of Asia, to take this trip "Tale of Two Cities" China tour with China Spree, because they will see more at a better value and have a better experience than traveling any other way.
 
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Laurie & William W, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The day trip to the Great Wall of China was perfect. Since it's relatively far from the hotel in Beijing, it was great to have additional activities included along to way for breaks. We still had plenty of time to explore the Great Wall and got back into the city with time to venture out in the evening.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Julie did an incredible job as our guide. She was extremely friendly and made you feel like she wanted to be there and she was glad you were there on the trip with her. She never once seemed stressed or frustrated with the group and dealt with problems with ease and professionalism. This is more about China Spree than Julie, but my husband and I are experienced travelers and you could tell that others in our group weren't. From the beginning, Julie was aware of this; I wish perhaps more attention was paid to those that are less experienced/more into the group experience giving those of us that are comfortable in foreign countries just a little more freedom.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Traveling with China Spree is a wonderful experience. They take a lot of the guess-work out of traveling abroad and make the entire trip enjoyable. They give you plenty of options for additional excursions, or time to explore on your own if you're interested. Not to mention the price is incredible - for everything offered (flight, hotel, excursions, food) - China Spree is the absolute best way to see China.
 
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Trevor & Rachel J, Virginia
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Our guide Nick changed my view about Chinese people , I fund him so respectful and funny !If I go to China again I would like him to be our guide, he could answer easily any question we had about CHINA and culture.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: There is lot to see, one time is not enough. I will love to go to China again.
 
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Haydar & Fariba A, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
This was the best trip my family has ever been on. We loved every minute of it! the price was the best and the experience was unforgettable!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Jim the tour guide was amazing, the hotels were wonderful and the excursions were great it was all fantastic. the lantern festival was amazing as was the river cruise in Shanghai

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Everything Jim did was fantastic, he handled the group very well. Jim was very knowledgeable and it was amazing how well he took charge of certain situations. Jim was the best part of the trip.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: All the hotels were great, the rooms and locations were wonderful with excellent staff.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: The hotel breakfasts were great, all of the meals were wonderful!

 
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Christopher T & Arturo S, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
When looking at the price, I thought it was too good to be true. Having traveled with ChinaSpree on two occasions now, the trip is a steal and should not be passed up!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Two highlights stick out in my mind. The first was finishing the South section of the Great Wall. The second was the last night in Shanghai when we took a river cruise and attended the lantern festival...WOW! OK, three...Tongli was such a wonderful place!

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jim was very attentive to our VERY large group of 48 and all their different personalities. I'm not sure how he does it. He demonstrated such patience, compassion, tolerance and professionalism. He is an asset to your company and it is evident that he loves and respects his job. In all honesty, he stole our hearts and I wished I could bring him home with us! :)

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Don't second guess because of the low price...it's a steal so Book Your Trip!
 
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Merridy & Jessica C, Florida
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our guide "Jim" Mao was excellent in every way. He handled a group of almost 50 with ease. There were several bumps in the road....including my getting lost twice (my fault) which he resolved with ease. I was hysterical but he got us back to the group with no problem. It was like he had a magic wand. I can't say enough positive things about him. The hotels were wonderful. The people were wonderful including Mary Dawson who handled my many emails ahead of time efficiently and thoroughly. China Air was great. The tours were fabulous. Everything was perfect.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Use Chinaspree!
 
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Nancy & John M, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
We had an amazing trip. The trip is packed FULL...... so remember, it is an adventure more than a vacation. You will have the opportunity to see many of the highlights of China, without having to figure out the logistics on your own. I highly recommend China Spree.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jim was VERY knowledgeable with local history, customs, and social norms. He was FANTASTIC at making sure we had clean western bathroom breaks whenever possible. He had a large and very diverse group of customers to keep happy and accounted for. He did a great job.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: The shower at the Traders Hotel in Beijing was one of the best EVER - water pressure and hot water were amazing. The beds in Traders were also fantastic. The renaissance shanghai Yangtze was also amazing - beds were too hard, but that is a personal preference. Both rooms were amazing, and both had amazing breakfast. The lobby at the Renaissance was also beautiful

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Expect the unexpected. Be open to different cultures. Celebrate and enjoy the differences of China.
 
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Christina R & Barbara S, Ohio
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
The tale of two cities trip was amazing. The people were friendly, travel was simple, and everything was taken care of. The cost is even more amazing and I would definitely travel to China again. I enjoyed The Great Wall most as well as the Bund in Shanghai, the sites are most memorable and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Jim Mao was a great tour leader and he made the experience that much better. He was very helpful and informative as well as hilarious and light hearted.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: We rate Jim as excellent because he was very helpful, made the trip safe and relaxing which made the vacation that much more enjoyable. Jim was a very pleasant guide and was light hearted, filled with happiness and joy which spread throughout the group. His laughter was contagious and overall he was an excellent leader. We had no questions because he had explained everything clearly and concisely.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Both hotels were awesome. However, we liked the Renaissance in Shanghai because we are Marriot Reward members.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Everyone should visit China at least once in their life. There's no reason not to go when you can find such a great deal, the people are amazing, and the tour guides are surely all amazing.
 
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Joshua K & Amanda L, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
This was a wonderful trip to Beijing and Shanghai! It far exceeded our expectations and our tour guide was wonderful.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: I loved the Great Wall of China experience and also the canals and gardens while in Shanghai.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jim was very funny, enthusiastic and informative.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: I liked both the Traders and Renaissance.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: You should book your tour to China with China Spree; it is well worth the cost of the trip for this unforgettable experience!
 
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Catherine Marie & Jack Ryan T, Arizona
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
My expectations were exceeded greatly when we arrived at the hotel in Beijing. The hotel lobby, restaurants, facilities and staff were four stars all the way. My room was clean, modern and had a view of the iconic twisted cube building in Beijing. It was across the street from the tallest building in Beijing. On the top floor of the building was a huge and luxurious bar with unbelievable views of Beijing. It was pricy and elegant. Super luxury! There was a mall under the hotel where we could buy anything. The itinerary was fast-paced and fun. I went on all of the optional tours. I figured, How often am I going to get to China? I did everything. I was so tired after the Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City tour that I fell asleep and missed the Peking Duck dinner! Do everything. Catch up on your sleep when you get back home. If you go in cold weather months bring thermal underwear, thermal socks, extra gloves and extreme cold weather hats. BRING disposable hand and feet warmers! Two pairs each for each day in Beijing. IT is COLD and windy. You will be outside in the elements for over six hours a day for some of the tours. Prepare for the cold! You are going to really enjoy the tour. I mean come on! It's China! The tour buses are a bit small for us tall people but it's not a big deal. Our tour guide was Jim Mao. We loved him. Please re-read the gratuity policy again. Pay your gratuity for both cities early as a courtesy. This will be the trip of your life!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Walking the Great Wall of China was the highlight of my trip. The additional trip to the New Years lantern festival in "Chinatown" was spectacular if not a bit overwhelming.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Both the Beijing Trader and Shanghai Renaissance hotels completely exceeded my expectations. My photos of the rooms and hotels have already generated a great deal of interest from family and friends who have asked me for your website. They will be signing up for a tour soon. You should include a picture of the rooms and hotel interior on your website. I was expecting much more modest accommodations.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Don't do your laundry in any of the hotels. It'll cost you over $100.00 for 2 shirts, 2 pants, undies and socks! Ask the tour guide if he knows someone outside of the hotel. Try to learn a little Mandarin Chinese before you arrive. It's good to know numbers to haggle over prices. Learn travel Chinese. Be flexible. Understand that the people in China are being Chinese. They don't behave like Americans. Don't take anything personal when they push by you or bump into you a little harder than you think is polite. They are being culturally correct. Bring extra batteries or chargers for your phone if it has a camera. My iPhone ran out of juice because of all of the photos and videos I took. Bring one of those portable battery chargers.
 
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Payson Stone A, Massachusetts
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
This trip offered so much more than we anticipated. All the entrance fees were included. It was fast paced but there was enough time to see all the sights and more. The hotels were wonderful and in excellent locations.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Everything. We travel a lot. This trip was over the top. We loved that all the entrance fees were included. Hotels were outstanding. The optional tours turned out to be a real bargain. Jim Mao, our guide was the best. We appreciated his knowledge and his humor.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Traders Beijing and Renaissance Yangtze were really nice.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go. It is a wonderful country. We now have a whole new appreciation for China and its people.
 
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Ursula & Roger Douglas W, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
A stunning trip. One of the best of my life.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Temple visit and cruise in Shanghai. Lantern festival.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jim was the best guide I ever had. He was so caring and hard working. Simply the best. And so funny! Just loved him!

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Stunning choice of hotels. Exceeded my expectations by far.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: Peking Duck was the best, the other ones were good too.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Take all tour options. You won't regret it. Well chosen trips and excellent value. They know exactly what they are doing. A superb company. Can't wait to book with them again. The price does not the reflect the astonishing value.
 
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Anatoli V, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Jim Mao, our guide, was fantastic.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jim Mao was knowledgeable and fantastic overall. I would request him for future trips. He handled problems very well.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Excellent at both locations.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: All of the meals were good and I had no problem feeling full and satisfied. The last meal was the best because it felt the most authentic. The breakfast meals were awesome.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: I would 100% recommend China Spree to travel with. I was very satisfied with the entire trip and will use World Spree even to book trips elsewhere. Jim Mao specifically was a great guide
 
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Alia Simjee D & Stacey Ann S, Maryland
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Tour was very well organized. Every day was full with activities, but we did not fall down from exertion. The information that was given to us was very interesting and chosen very well. We were in a group, but we felt loved and cared, every person individually as well as together

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Everything was enjoyable, and every day was a pleasant surprise

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: All meals were great, very tasty, we never were hungry. We don't eat meat, and Lisa always remembered it, cared about us, and provided delicious vegetarian options.

CS: Comment on your tour guide

Answer: Awesome and very professional Lisa's work, and care of every single member of the group.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Both were great.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Use ONLY China Spree for your travel!!!
 
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Eduard L, Connecticut
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
You can use my name, I will be glad to give my recommendations.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The trip was organized perfectly!!! At least 10-15 people are looking at your website... I became your free agent, I keep advertising your company at every step...

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: She is very dedicated to the company, was very reasonable in information, beautiful sense of humor, we enjoyed her company...

CS: Comment on your hotels

Answer: Everything was perfect!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: GO- GO- GO with China Spree!
 
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Marina & Natalie K, Connecticut
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Everything was brilliant! Where do I start... authentically delicious food, wonderful and centrally located hotels, incredibly filling and diverse hotel breakfasts, lovely accommodations, safe and organized bus/ travel, flights, fantastic tour guide, optimum destinations, pleasant tour group, super organized, paced- well, informative!!! I LOVED IT ALL!!

CS: What problem, if any, did you encounter with the itinerary, logistics, tour features and pacing of your China trip? What could we have done to improve your overall travel experience?

Answer: None! This was one of the most organized, comfortable and comprehensive tours of which I've ever been a part. Kevin was great fun and quite knowledgeable. The hotels were ideally located and very comfortable! It was paced well and incredibly informative. The breadth and width of the experience was positively mind-blowing! Thumbs up!!!

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Kevin is informative, warm, funny, accommodating, flexible and kind-hearted! I feel as if I gained a friend, not only a tour guide. He knew the group and it helped that he was with us throughout the entire tour. It created a comfort level that was truly appreciated by all.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go with China Spree! China Spree may not be an old company, but they are certainly a new gem! You have proven yourself in how fantastically comprehensive and cost-effective this trip was for us. I've already recommended you, and you, exclusively for China travel, to my friends and co-workers. You exceeded my expectations and I definitely plan to travel more with your organization! Job well done!!
 
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Skyller Danielle W & Shuntel Coquice G, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
The entire trip was a great experience, and what made it so amazing was the very apparent organization that China Spree had from Day 1 to the very last day. None of the must-see highlights were left out from the tour and there was still plenty of free time for tourists to explore on their own! Kevin (our tour guide) took care of all of us very well in all aspects of the itinerary and logistics! We did not feel rushed at any point during the trip and had plenty of time at each sightseeing location. We also took the optional tour to Suzhou and Tongli - we highly recommend this to future tourists as well as you will get to see the non-Urban side of China.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The entire trip was a great experience, and what made it so amazing was the very apparent organized system that China Spree provided from Day 1 to the very last day. None of the must-see highlights were left out from the tour and there was still free time for tourists to explore on their own!

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Kevin was excellent - he made our tour even more memorable. He made sure we were taken care of from the airport at pick-up to getting dropped off on the last day. He even made some slight itinerary & logistic modifications so that our tour group could make the most of our time on each day without feeling rushed at any point. He also put in a lot of effort to keep us away from the crowds of other tour groups and it made our experience even better!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: This is the best tour company for your next China trip - they include all the necessary sights as part of the tour. The meals and accommodations were also on par, and you will have free time to explore on your own. We recommend taking the Suzhou & Tongli optional tour as well!
 
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Sujai V, Asha & Sukrutha S, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
This was a well organized and educational tour. We loved it and would travel with China Spree again.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: I really liked Shanghai and the night cruise where we saw all the city lights

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with China Spree to Beijing and Shanghai. The service was excellent the food was excellent the tour guide was exceptional. We would go again on a tour with China Spree.
 
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Daniel & Susan G, Florida
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our guide, Lisa, made the trip absolutely perfect. Her knowledge, sense of humor, and insight truly made for a memorable trip. Please commend her for it.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Having traveled around the world (18 countries so far), China Spree exceeded my expectations -- especially for the price. For my last three trips, I have used another travel company which I thought would be hard to beat. China Spree's attention to detail and authenticity truly made the trip one of the best I have ever been on. Kudos to a small company who can truly make each traveler feel special. This trip is a "must" from the novice to expert traveler.
 
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Susan Lough T, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
For somebody that took this trip solo it exceeded my expectations. The level of professionalize that China Spree offers is very high for a super economical cost. I had the most amazing time, I'm so glad i took a chance on China Spree I felt very safe and enjoy every min of this trip my only complaint is that 7 days is too short to see such an extraordinary country

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: OMG ALL OF IT!!!!!this was such an amazing trip

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Kevin impressed me from the moment I arrived in Beijing and he knew my name. He really made this trip easy. He was helpful and informative. He made the bus experience entertaining, answer all our questions and made us feel like a big family travel together, instead of strangers meeting for the first time.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: I just loved the Trader hotel, I've told everybody how wonderful the location over a mall and how modern this hotel was and the FOOD so good!

CS: In your opinion, how many good meals did you have during your trip? Could you please list them in order from 1 to 10 (1 is the best) to the best of your memory?

Answer: I honest cant remember all the meals of this trip but i do feel the lunch at the private home was the best fallowed by our lunch in Suzhou (which was a last min chance of location by Kevin) was the 2nd best.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: If you are traveling with China Spree you are in good hands
 
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Natacha G, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I was very satisfied, anyone after the trip will be as well

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: she took her time, made sure we got the most out of our trip and overall had a lot of patience. she was fantastic and humorous, I will spread butter on her ( she knows what this means )

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: request more time to do shopping, enjoy every tour offered, it exceeds what you pay for
 
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Sergio Rene C & Sergio Estuardo M, New Jersey
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The water city was amazing, so glad we could book the trip once we got there because initially did not choose this optional tour.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa was so friendly and patient with everyone! She did an awesome job explaining everything and making our experience the best possible. Lisa traveled with us to Shanghai and was our guide for both cities.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: The price of the trip looks skeptical since the cost of a plane ticket is about the cost of the entire trip, but it was an awesome experience and we're really happy we decided to book with Chinaspree. The tour guides were great, we were promptly met at the airport when we first arrived in Beijing at 4:40am. No way we could have the same experience for the price we paid. I was surprised how little English the locals speak, so it is really hard to get around on your own. A tour group is definitely the way to go.
 
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Michael R & Charisse F, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
We arrived in Beijing Air Port in the evening our guide Lisa was waiting for us .she took us to our hotel and after that she was responsible for our stay in China she really worked hard to take care of us in our group we were 28 people from all around USA and Canada. we became friend and we call our-self China spree friends like face book friends we all enjoyed every moment every day our stay in China ,Lisa made that easy for us .she took us under her wings and made our stay very comfortable. I hope that we all go China again and want Lisa be our guide we were so happy with her. I already recommend one my friend to go to Chine on China Spree .Thanks for everything. wish to see all my friend again.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our guide Lisa was very good and she took care all of us. I like to thank her bottom of my heart ,god bless her.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China tour was educational lot of history, my concept change about Chinese people, they are very good friendly with travelers .I always thought Chinese are small but when I saw them they all are not short some girls are very tall .Very hard to find fat person good healthy people.
 
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Sukhi S, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I thoroughly checked out this company before I purchased since I have never gone with a tour group. We have always made our own plans, but were a bit hesitant about going to China by ourselves. Every site that rated China Spree had good things to say about it. Now I see why!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: I really enjoyed the older sections of China. Our favorite meal was prepared by our hostess at the Hutong. The excursion to Tongli was a lot of fun, as well.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Do It!!! Hubby and I went for our 40th wedding anniversary. My first plan was Hawaii, but then I saw a sale for this trip. Much cheaper than Hawaii and more unique. Lots of people have been to Hawaii, but not many are adventurous enough for China. You will love everything about it...the people, sites, new experiences, new friends, food. It was one of the best trips we have ever taken and we travel quite a bit.
 
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Phillip & Linda Y, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
As a busy professional, China Spree made this one of the easiest and most enjoyable vacations I had. Every part of the trip was well organized and efficient. No one was ever left behind for any reason. Our group had approximately 35 people but everyone was prompt and on time. I did hesitate booking this trip knowing the fact that it was going to be a big group. However, during the trip it didn't feel so big. Everyone in our group was friendly and looked out for one another like a family. We as a group decided how long we were going to dedicate to one site over another. We loved our tour guide! She made our China experience wonderful. She is able to tell us about the history, current customs and traditions that help me understand China better. This was a amazing trip and I will do it all over again with China Spree. Since I been back in the states...I been telling all my friends and co workers that are interested in going to China to only use CHINA SPREE!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The whole trip was amazing. However, if we had to choose one or two highlights we would choose the Great Wall of China and the peking duck dinner. I loved the great wall our tour guide just made it so easy for us and gave us ample time to take in all the amazing views. The peking duck dinner was one of the best duck we had in our lives. Everyone was definitely asking for seconds after they had a taste.

CS: What problem, if any, did you encounter with the itinerary, logistics, tour features and pacing of your China trip? What could we have done to improve your overall travel experience?

Answer: everything was done very well and exceeded my expedctations.

CS: What tour features (including interesting meals, evening shows, itinerary design, etc.) do our competitors offer that you like very much but that China Spree does not offer?

Answer: China Spree offered the most for the best price!

CS: What tour features and sites are unnecessary to be included in your trip?

Answer: We love everything!

CS: Do you think it is worth to visit Suzhou and Tongli?

Answer: oh yes definitely. It was a relaxing portion of our trip. It was nice to see local areas outside of the hectic views of the main portions of the city.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: We rated Ming Li on a high level. First and foremost Ming was very helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, and demonstrate a passion for the job. On our first day at Beijing she helped us find our way to Beijing zoo using the subway. She gave us all the info we needed to make the trip to the zoo safe. she very knowledgeable and let us know directions, price, cost of zoo and subway, taxi and how to find help if we get lost. At every part of the trip she made sure everyone was included and was knowledgeable in providing the history of Chinese culture. Ming represents her culture and China well. She is also very sweet and provided the tour group different Chinese snacks throughout our trip. She goes above and beyond to help make our experience in china as best it can be. She even loaned her jackets and clothes to those that were unprepared for the cold weather. SHE WAS A AMAZING GUIDE!

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: Traders Hotel was the best. Traders was very clean, hotel rooms were always clean and towels were replaced, breakfast had more options than can imagine, and every part of the hotel was very clean. I couldn't find anything wrong with Traders hotel. Excellent service by the staff. Even though the staff did not know as much English they were able to anticipate our needs very well and responded appropriately.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Have a open mind and be flexible and try something you don't on a daily basis. Its all part of traveling and the experience to immerse yourself in a different culture to learn and grow as a person.
 
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Samantha & Carolyn L, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I would HIGHLY recommend China Spree. Their attention to detail was perfect. Our tour guide was more than we could ask for. We saw amazing sights, ate great food, had outstanding hotel accommodation and transportation, and learned the history of this country. Traveling as a group is the way to do it, as it can get very confusing doing it on your own, and I cant imagine a better company than travel spree. We all got along so well and had a great time laughing, sharing stories, and exploring new sights. What a true vacation is meant to be!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our tour guide Jim Mao! He made our trip!

 
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Ashley D, Andrew M & Jeffery L, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The tour guide Jim was absolutely wonderful! He did an amazing job! In terms of my favorite destination within my trip I would have to say the Suzhou optional tour. Also, having dinner with the local family in Beijing (optional tour) was a very unique experience.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Amazing trip that will change your perspective of China and its context with other world powers.
 
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Victor L, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I was hesitant booking our trip with China Spree cause I just found out about the company while browsing. Read some of the reviews and then decided to book with them. Office staffs and our tour guide Jim Mao are amazing. Can't say any negative about Jim. China Spree should be proud of having Jim in your company. He will do his best for the company and guests.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Book with China Spree and ask for Jim Mao as a tour guide. CHINA SPREE MORE SUCCESS TO YOUR COMPANY
 
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Narciso, Julieta & Mary Z, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
the very best company I have ever traveled with,and would consider them always first!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: our tour guide mr. Mao was outstanding and his heart was so beautiful. I I miss China and I think It had to do with knowing him that short time.

CS: What was the LEAST ENJOYABLE aspect of this trip for you?

Answer: I enjoyed everything!

CS: What problem, if any, did you encounter with the itinerary, logistics, tour features and pacing of your China trip? What could we have done to improve your overall travel experience?

Answer: I do not think China spree can be beat!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: I hope to go every year if I can!
 
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E. Alyosha K, New York
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
We had an excellent experience with China Spree, everything was well planned! Our tour guide Ming Li was fabulous, she had a wealth of knowledge, was very helpful in everyway, and seemed to truly enjoy her job. I would hope to have Ming again if traveling back to China.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our tour guide Ming Li was fabulous, hotels wonderful,tour bus comfortable, the people we met were outstanding!

CS: What problem, if any, did you encounter with the itinerary, logistics, tour features and pacing of your China trip? What could we have done to improve your overall travel experience?

Answer: it was unforgettable!

CS: Do you think it is worth to visit Suzhou and Tongli?

Answer: Very much so, Tongli was one of the highlights of our trip!

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Shetaught us so much history, taught us some language, went out of her wasy to be helpful, really went above and beyond, We felt very fortunate to have her!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go! The trip far exceeded my expectations! Top of the line from start to finish!!!
 
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Mark N & Polly R, Colorado
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Everything was very well done throughout the entire process! From the initial down payment, the website, all contact with China Spree through to the departure in Shanghai, I felt I was getting a superb value for my travel dollars. I enjoyed all of the accommodations, meals and optional excursions.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Every day was great! I am not able to pick!

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Jim made us all feel welcomed to his country immediately. He gave us just enough information, but didn't bog us down with so much we would be overwhelmed. He was very knowledgeable, personable and caring. My husband had called Jim met us at the airport 7 hours later than anticipated (approximately 3 AM) because of a shooting in LAX airport the day we were to depart. He was warm and welcoming. He was a gracious host and often showed a great sense of humor to lighten things up on occasion. He was very conscientious about our safety and showed extra patience for those times one of us was led astray by shopping opportunities. China Spree headquarters received a message that I had an emergency at home and had to contact my husband. Jim went through the trouble of securing use of a fax line in the silk factory we were visiting so I could contact my husband. He was very caring when he learned that the emergency was that my mother was gravely ill. The emergency experience pointed out to me that China Spree employs talented, friendly, caring individuals.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: Loved them both!

CS: In your opinion, how many good meals did you have during your trip? Could you please list them in order from 1 to 10 (1 is the best) to the best of your memory?

Answer: All of them were great.

CS: Did you often come across repetitive dishes during your China trip? What were they? Please specify the bad or mediocre meals and restaurants that we should make change.

Answer: The meals were varied and enjoyable. I felt it was a good representation of true Chinese fair. I especially enjoyed the home visit to the Hutong house. Also, knowing we had Peking Duck in the restaurant that originated it was an exciting moment.

CS: Other Comments and thoughts on how we can improve the meal arrangements for China Spree tours.

Answer: I honestly can't think of anything I would recommend to make it better. It was a fantastic trip! I felt (as did all of my companions on the tour) that it was a superb value. I am telling everyone how fabulous China Spree is. The itineraries, guides, drivers, accommodations and optional tours were excellent. This trip was an amazing value!!!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: I highly recommend this company to anyone interested in traveling to China. You will get a high quality experience for a very good price if you choose China Spree.
 
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Margaret S & Brenda F, Rhode Island
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
The best tour company, the best tour prices, the best tour guides. You will never go wrong with China spree.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The service provided by Mary Dawson of ChinaSpree US office was excellent. Our tour guide Ming Li in China was awsome. She is the best tour guide I've ever seen. She is a very nice person. She made our whole tour a fantastic experience and I highly recommend her for her job and future assignments at Chinaspree.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Awsome person, always worried about our comfort and happiness. Was going extra mile when we had any special requests. Had strong knowledge of Chinese culture. Very humerous person always kept us amuzed.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: In Shanghai we stayed at Crown Plaza and our rating is E for all things. The best Hotel ever because of it's location. Everything was near by and on walking distance so it's the best place to stay in Shanghai.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: For your short or long tour, give Chinaspree a chance and you will never regret.
 
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Shahzado W, Badaruddin A & Akhtar W, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I was a little nervous about choosing a China Trip that was offered at a lower price than all the others. The cliche "You get what you pay for" kept ringing in my head. But, immediately after I made the reservation the China Spree staff followed through with everything promised. From the booking, to travel to the tour, everything went extremely well. Nothing felt cheap about this trip. The hotels were first class, the tour guide polished and professional and the attractions were outstanding. I can truly say this was the best travel value I have experienced.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Climbing to the highest point visible on the Great Wall. There was a nice Chinese lad up there engraving medals which we purchased for each member of our family.

CS: Do you think it is worth to visit Suzhou and Tongli?

Answer: Suzhou was good because it showed the activity of a smaller city compared to Shanghai. Tongli was one of the highlights of the trip and I wish we could have spent an entire day there.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Sonny's presentation of history and interpretation of culture was outstanding. I have been on various tours around the world and I can say Sonny was the best of all. He has a great sense of humor and you get the feeling he was enjoying the tour as much as we were.

CS: I know it is not ideal to eat Chinese meals everyday for that many days of your entire China trip. How seriously do we need to arrange western style meals for you?

Answer: When you go to another country, part of the experience tasting the local food. Anyone who can't leave their American food shouldn't be on such a trip. I would be disappointed if I had to eat American food in China.

CS: China is renowned the world over for its many famous cuisines. The Chinese food you ate on your China tour maybe different from what you are used to in North America. Which do you like better? In which way? Why?

Answer: I have very close Chinese friends and they laugh at the American version of Chinese food, Moo Goo Gai Pan, Fong Wong Chicken, etc. So much of the American Chinese food tastes a lot the same, whereas in China each dish really has a unique taste.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: If you can only take one trip in your lifetime, go to China.
 
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David C & Ken H, Washington
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 


CS: I know it is not ideal to eat Chinese meals everyday for that many days of your entire China trip. How seriously do we need to arrange western style meals for you?

Answer: Eating Chinese meals was wonderful. I would not have wanted to eat western style on the trip.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China Spree's tours are the best value for the price, bar none. Throughout the trip, we never ceased to be amazed by the exciting itinerary as it played out, by the care and consideration shown to us by our guide, and by the fine accommodations.
 
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Giselle & Josiah F, Washington
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Go and have the time of your life

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: We got lucky and Kevin was our guide and he was above and beyond fabulous. Took care of our every need. Gave us wonderful information. Planned our time perfectly. He made the trip so easy for us!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: It was an amazing experience that I would highly recommend to anyone! Everything was perfection
 
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Andrea & Sanford G, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Highly recommend! Exceeded my expectations.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: our tour guide Kevin (Hu Xin) was phenomenal! He really went above and beyond and I feel that this really contributed to how much I enjoyed the trip.

CS: What problem, if any, did you encounter with the itinerary, logistics, tour features and pacing of your China trip? What could we have done to improve your overall travel experience?

Answer: No problems were encountered. Kevin did alter the itinerary somewhat but I felt it was to our benefit. On the first day of arrival, he offered us the oppotunity to see the Summer Palace later that afternoon. He took a vote and it was unanimous. I think that seeing the Summer Palace on the first day helped us to avoid jetlag and also helped to free up more time on our schedule on day 4.

CS: What tour features and sites are unnecessary to be included in your trip?

Answer: I thought that there was a nice balance with all of the features.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Kevin was just amazing from beginning to end. He was so energetic, knowledgeable and passionate about his job. I have absolutely no complaints about him whatsoever. He went above and beyond and really exceeded my expectations.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Embrace new experiences.
 
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Miyah C & Joshua J, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Clevin our tour guide was great and funny!

CS: Did any tour guide solicit you for excellent rating? If yes, please list them below:

Answer: Clevin was perfect. Great combination of knowledge and personality

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Very knowledgable and funny. He always kept us entertained and we felt like he loved his job.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: JC Mandarin is one of the best hotels ive stayed at. Great location on Nanjing Road. Traders was also a good hotel, but JC had way better breakfast.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Believe me, ChinaSpree packages CANNOT be beat. Not only do they have one of the best prices around, they do not skimp of their itinerary and standard fare (meals, excursions, hotels). Everything about them is first rate and professional. As a traveler, the ability to easily communicate effective with the tour company is crucial in gaining trust. Their guides for first rate and super funny. Would recommend ChinaSpree in a heartbeat!
 
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Va Y & Jacqueline J, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
China Spree provided a very well organized tour that offered just the right amount of guided features and free time to explore on your own. They exceeded our expectations and gave us a beautiful sampling of Chinese culture. Any aprehension at the beginning of the trip quickly faded after the first few minutes with our friendly and very knowledgeable guide.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Yes, the highlight of our trip was how our tour guide kept us laughing, entertained, happy and informed throughout the trip while showing us many treasures in China. The history lessons associated with each stop were fantastic, especially at the Emporer's palaces.

CS: What problem, if any, did you encounter with the itinerary, logistics, tour features and pacing of your China trip? What could we have done to improve your overall travel experience?

Answer: We had no problems with itinerary, logistics, features or pacing.

CS: What tour features and sites are unnecessary to be included in your trip?

Answer: We enjoyed all the features and sites.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Sunny's enthusiasm, cheerfulness, knowledge of Chinese culture and willingness to share many details and stories about each feature made our trip a fantastic experience.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: Both hotels were excellent.

CS: In your opinion, how many good meals did you have during your trip? Could you please list them in order from 1 to 10 (1 is the best) to the best of your memory?

Answer: All the meals, in our opinion, were good. 1. The breakfast buffets were excellent and offered a large variety of Chinese and western entre's. 2. The Chinese style group lunches and dinners were excellent and tasty, but very similar at each restaurant. NOTE: we did not select the optional tour with the Peking Duck, but regret not doing that and will likely do that next time.

CS: China is renowned the world over for its many famous cuisines. The Chinese food you ate on your China tour maybe different from what you are used to in North America. Which do you like better? In which way? Why?

Answer: It was nice to compare the authentic Chinese cuisine and enjoyed it very much. We like local (North American) Chinese cuisine, too, but could not say either is better. They are different styles, both good.

CS: Other Comments and thoughts on how we can improve the meal arrangements for China Spree tours.

Answer: The meal arrangements were perfect for us.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China Spree gets 5-star recommendation from us.
 
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Kim T & William H, New Mexico
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
For the price this trip exceeded our expectations, our tour guide Sunny was fantastic, Ask if Sunny is available for your trip. Be sure to tell your guide what items you are looking to buy as they can tell you where the best quality is at the best price.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: 1st - was our tour guide Sunny. He was fantastic!! he answered all our questions and made sure we were able to get to any locations that we wanted to get to that was outside the Tours. It was like having a family member that lived in China, who wanted to make sure we had a great time.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Sunny, treated us as if he knew us for years and we were all long time friends, he made sure we knew all about Beijing and Shanghai, and made sure we were not taken advantage of. If I go back to China it would be through China Spree and on a tour he was a guide on.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Enjoy the trip, You are not in the United States so don't expect much, leave your ego at home different customs in China, so don't take things personal (if you are bumped on the streets or on the subway).
 
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Nenette M & David B, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: #! Our guide, KEVIN The quality of the hotels, meals and the tour schedule

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: I do not know how he could improve. He was clear in his expectations that we be on time,was always personable and humorous Most of all he was well prepared and knowledgeable; he obviously wanted us to have the best experience possible.He made adjustments in our scheduling so that we did not get bogged down waiting for other groups or wait in crowded venues. My mom had a serious fall, Kevin took us to he hospital, checked on us, made travel arrangements etc. He was wonderful.

CS: In your opinion, how many good meals did you have during your trip? Could you please list them in order from 1 to 10 (1 is the best) to the best of your memory?

Answer: Peking Duck #1 Optional lunch in private home #2 I do even like Chinese food but I even enjoyed our meals!

CS: I know it is not ideal to eat Chinese meals everyday for that many days of your entire China trip. How seriously do we need to arrange western style meals for you?

Answer: You do not. The breakfast provided an opportunity for Western food, also some evening meals are on your own,

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: BOOK IT! A quality tour for a very reasonable price.
 
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David & Judith T, Florida
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
We felt this trip was well organized and that we got to visit the most important sites in Beijing and Shanghai. I would have taken the longer trip to include Xian, but our traveling friends could not take the extra days.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The highlight of our trip was our guide Hu Xin (Kevin). We have travelled all over the world, and he was one of the most knowledgeable, professional, courteous guides we have encountered. He positioned us so that we never felt part of a mob and our group travelled from one spot to another easily and without a hurried pace. One of our friends experienced an emergency, which Kevin handled with compassion and care, yet got back to our group in time to move to the next stop. He never missed a beat. He truly made the trip special and deserves every recommendation.

CS: What problem, if any, did you encounter with the itinerary, logistics, tour features and pacing of your China trip? What could we have done to improve your overall travel experience?

Answer: Nothing - the trip was well planned and executed. Of course, we don't enjoy the early morning starts, but we understand this is unavoidable in order to take in everything.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Kevin was with us the whole trip. He was enthusiastic and passionate about his job and about China and we felt he was very efficient in leading us through the itinerary. He made every attempt to ensure that each guest was well taken care of and that they were enjoying the trip.

CS: I know it is not ideal to eat Chinese meals everyday for that many days of your entire China trip. How seriously do we need to arrange western style meals for you?

Answer: I do not expect western style meals when I visit China.

CS: China is renowned the world over for its many famous cuisines. The Chinese food you ate on your China tour maybe different from what you are used to in North America. Which do you like better? In which way? Why?

Answer: We enjoyed all meals.

CS: Other Comments and thoughts on how we can improve the meal arrangements for China Spree tours.

Answer: My husband and I were very pleased with the quality of the trip, especially since it was such a great price.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: This trip is an excellent way to see this country. It is great value and everyone we met and dealt with was professional and knowledgeable.
 
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Cohen L & Ronald C, Florida
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I will recommend China Spree

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our tourist guide Ming Li was very helpful until the duration of our trip . She is very knowledgeable and want to let China Spree know that she is a asset to the company. If I will ever travel to China spree I wish to have her my tourist guide again.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: She is one of the best guides me and my husband ever had. Before touring China we went to Europe and had 6 excursions with different tourist guides and they actually left some of us behind finding it difficult for the persons to get back with the group. But with Ming Li none of us was lost because she will not leave if we are not all present. For that I gave her the rating as a guide.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: I like both hotels. Traders hotel and JC Mandarin

 
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Jack & Aurora P, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
The tour was well planned; the guide was caring, attentive and very patient; the sites were very interesting and was a good balance between tours and free time. The hotels were great with a very good breakfast.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: A very well informed and caring guide from the beginning to the end.

CS: Do you think it is worth to visit Suzhou and Tongli?

Answer: Tongli is a more interesting town than Sozhou

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China Spree gives you a very good sense of what China is. You can let China spree do the planning and you just enjoy the trip!
 
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Daniel,Julieta, Diego K & Kusnir M, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: I enjoyed the various places we visited. We got to experience life in the busy cities of Beijing and Shanghai and also life in small towns of Suzhou and Tongli.

CS: What problem, if any, did you encounter with the itinerary, logistics, tour features and pacing of your China trip? What could we have done to improve your overall travel experience?

Answer: I think everything worked out really well in terms of the itinerary. We had a good amount of time to see all the major places as well as free time to explore on our own.

CS: What tour features and sites are unnecessary to be included in your trip?

Answer: I think all the features and sites were great.

CS: Do you think it is worth to visit Suzhou and Tongli?

Answer: Yes, I do. I really enjoyed those places.

CS: I know it is not ideal to eat Chinese meals everyday for that many days of your entire China trip. How seriously do we need to arrange western style meals for you?

Answer: I enjoyed the Chinese foods. No need to arrange any western style meals for me. The hotels offered American dishes for breakfast which was enough for me.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: I had a great time in China thanks to China Spree. Everything was taken care of for us which was nice. The price was very reasonable and the memories will last a lifetime. I would recommend and have already recommended this company to friends and family.
 
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Julia P & Loi T, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
China Spree delivered on its promise to offer a top-rate travel experience at an unbeatable price. If you are worried that they cut corners to get a cheaper price, don't be! We were well taken care of from the moment we met our guide Kevin until he sent us off to come home. Everything concerning our itinerary was handled for us, and I do mean everything, with consideration based on the guide's local knowledge and experience and the group's preferences. We generally travel independently at a three-star level for hotels and meals and use public transportation, and the quality of the hotels, meals and transportation was well above what we are used to for independent travel. This was hands-down the best value we've ever gotten for a vacation. The tours hit many of the top attractions in and around the two home-base cities of Beijing and Shanghai and were well-paced and compatible for any age and interest. We had a group comprised of travelers of all ages that were interested in very different experiences and I think most all of us came away more than satisfied. China is a country rich with history and culture that should be on any serious traveler's list of places to visit, and China Spree gave us a great initial experience that changed our view on the place and has us eager to see more.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Experiencing the morning atmosphere of The Temple of Heaven - so many locals exercising, singing, and enjoying the community of people. The Jade Buddha Temple - we were able to witness a special ceremony that occurred just as we arrived. Also enjoyed feeding the koi fish in the pond in the back. Of course climbing The Great Wall!

CS: What was the LEAST ENJOYABLE aspect of this trip for you?

Answer: We enjoyed everything!

CS: Do you think it is worth to visit Suzhou and Tongli?

Answer: Yes, but would have preferred more time in Tongli overall. Enjoyed the silk factory tour/workshop demonstration in Suzhou-very interesting and hands-on demonstration! Having an alternative to shopping in Tongli was good, but would have preferred the same while at the silk factory after the demonstration.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Kevin was amazing! We really enjoyed the continuity of having him with us from start to finish of this trip. He went out of his way to ensure that all participants were satisfied. We appreciated the special offerings that were made available to us by the guide, such as the customized chop, photo, massage, and tailored suit. When there was an error in the printing of our chop, Kevin had it corrected and replaced to us without any problems. His recommendations for pacing and for the ordering of the activities were based on his expertise and were such an important part of this trip being so successful. When there was an emergency medical situation with one of the group participants, Kevin handled the situation calmly and effectively. He genuinely cared about each of us on this trip and ensured that we were well taken care of. Appreciated that he and the other guides worked with the hotel in Shanghai to have breakfast served earlier than the scheduled restaurant opening time since we had an early airport departure that day.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: Both hotels were excellent in terms of room accommodation. We preferred the breakfast at the Traders Hotel

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: GO!
 
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Kurt & Melissa M, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
We highly recommend China Spree. We had a wonderful trip and could not have visited so many sites so efficiently without the help of China Spree. We would definitely book another trip with them!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Jim, (Mr. Mao) was excellent guide -- very knowledgeable, honest, efficient, effective and competent. The acrobat show was excellent; all the food, tours, bus transportation, Air China flights -- all were excellent.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: Traders was GREAT. Fitness room was great.

 
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James S & Emily S, Maryland
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
This trip is our first time back to china with tourist group since we came to the States 21 years ago. Our son more enjoyed the trip for him to know about China. He will share his experience to his co-workers & friends.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: hotel& breakfast.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: Best: Traders Hotel.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: with china spree for next trip & recommend to friend.
 
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Jianhua F & Hongbo C, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The first highlight was our tour guide, Jing. From the first night at the airport and throughout the entire trip, she was a truly remarkable host. As we left her today, we felt like we were leaving a true friend. She was insightful in so many ways. She had so much historical information, but I think American tourists are also interested in the daily life of the culture. Jing answered ALL of our questions candidly and respectfully. (Didn't make us feel dumb for asking dumb questions!) Our entire group said that if we ever go back to China, we want Jing to lead the way for us again. So many highlights for us...we had a great group. Great tour guide...and experienced so much.

CS: What problem, if any, did you encounter with the itinerary, logistics, tour features and pacing of your China trip? What could we have done to improve your overall travel experience?

Answer: We were told that we would have normally done Tianenmen Square and the Forbidden City all in one day...I think that would have been too much walking in one day. As we did it in two days...it was great. I loved all of the tours and the felt like we really saw so much in a relatively short amount of time. Had we done this trip on our own, I know we wouldn't have seen half as much...and would have spent a LOT of time plannings. The tour was awesome!

CS: Do you think it is worth to visit Suzhou and Tongli?

Answer: I absolutely loved Tongli. Suzhou wasn't great...but the silk factory was interesting. This was optional...and I booked for Tongli. I wish we'd had more time on the canals in Tongli...but it was also super cold by the time we got on the boat. It's such a cute town...and everyone enjoyed shopping there. I think that town alone could be the whole day.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Jing was so far beyond what we expected in a tour guide. She was a true professional. She was unbelievably accommodating with everyone...and so helpful when you wanted to do your own thing. She was our personal concierge service for all of China. And we absolutely LOVED her. She made sure that everyone had food they could eat (dietary restrictions), she made sure that we didn't leave anything behind. She literally took care of EVERYTHING for the entire trip! We actually joked today in the Beijing airport that we wouldn't be able to have lunch without her. But aside from all of the professional stuff, I felt like Jing enhanced my trip by letting me understand the daily life of the Chinese. I asked a million dumb american questions...and she answered every question. The purpose of my trip was to understand the culture, and Jing gave that to me. 1000%

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: We had pentahotel in Beijing, so I ranked it. Both hotels were excellent...and beyond what I expected for the price

 
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John H & John Q, Seattle
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Walking on the Great Wall was a dream and the highlight of the trip for me.

CS: Do you think it is worth to visit Suzhou and Tongli?

Answer: This is very worthwhile and one of the best tours on the trip.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Our guide, Ming Li, made the trip wonderful with her patience, knowledge, humor and great helpfulness.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: Both hotels offered a superb delicious breakfast.

CS: I know it is not ideal to eat Chinese meals everyday for that many days of your entire China trip. How seriously do we need to arrange western style meals for you?

Answer: I felt fine eating mostly Chinese meals. The superb breakfasts had enough western style.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: This tour was a magical experience of delight.
 
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Donald E, New York
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I loved our Best Treasures tour. All of our guides were friendly, smart and always happy to answer questions. I would go on another Chiba Spree tour without question. Every day was a new adventure. China Spree planned everything so well. Lisa

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The Great Wall, Tongli, Li River

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Definitely go! The Chinese people are friendly and open. This is a trip of a lifetime.
 
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Anita, Melvin & Lisa M, New York
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
China Spree is without a doubt the best tour group that I have ever used. They bring China and her people to life.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Enjoyed all the tours each was special in its own way, especially liked the pedi cab tour with meal in family home, the Bund and the night cruise. The tour that included the park where the people exercised and danced made me realize that there is far more to life work and making money.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Jim is what made a very good tour an excellent tour. He worked so hard to make sure we were happy and taught us so much about China and her people. You could tell how much he loves his country. He has a wonderful sense of humor (Americans love to laugh). He is a wonderful representative of China Spree and of China.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: I thank you for having an employee as dedicated as Jim as he made my visit to China more enjoyable than I could have imagined.

CS: In your opinion, how many good meals did you have during your trip? Could you please list them in order from 1 to 10 (1 is the best) to the best of your memory?

Answer: My favorites were the one in the family home and the Peking duck meals.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go and enjoy and learn. The Chinese culture has many wonderful things to offer.
 
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Linda J, Texas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
For the price we figured we would at least have round trip airfare for our trip to China. Much to our surprise, the China Spree and our tour guide Kevin provided a trip was much more than we expected. Kevin was fun, informative, kind, and organized. He made our trip run smoothly and warned us about things that might be a "surprise". He kept us on time, taught us different words in Mandarin, taught us about the culture, the food, the people, and the society. This was a "bucket list" trip for us and we had an unbelievably wonderful experience. We will travel again with China Spree.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The Great Wall was on my bucket list and Kevin was an amazing tour guide.

CS: What tour features and sites are unnecessary to be included in your trip?

Answer: I was satisfied with all the tour features.

CS: Do you think it is worth to visit Suzhou and Tongli?

Answer: YES! These places were surprising gems of the tour and places one is unlikely to happen upon without a tour. The history, culture, and beauty were educational and memorable.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Kevin was amazing. This is the first time we have taken a guided tour and based upon Kevin's knowledge, communication, skills, and passion we will be using tours much more often! While Kevin had to leave on the last day and Mae came in guide us back to the airport on the last day, it was very apparent that we had a very unique, friendly, fun, knowledgeable, passionate tour guide in Kevin. He definitely made the trip more interesting and fun!

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: Both hotels were clean, well staffed, with good food and location. The location in Shanghai is what determined best for me. Best was the JC Mandarin.

CS: In your opinion, how many good meals did you have during your trip? Could you please list them in order from 1 to 10 (1 is the best) to the best of your memory?

Answer: #1 - Lunch near Suzhou where I got to eat fish eyes for the first time. Very authentic restaurant, staff and food. There was actually some vegetables that are not translatable and were amazing! #2 - Lunch near Tongli where we ate in a mall and the food was very authentic. All meals that we had with Kevin's tour were very good. These two were the meals that stood out most in my mind. We did not sign up for the lunches/dinners in Beijing.

CS: I know it is not ideal to eat Chinese meals everyday for that many days of your entire China trip. How seriously do we need to arrange western style meals for you?

Answer: The pattern for western breakfast foods and Chinese lunches and option dinners was a perfect blend.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China is growing in leaps and bounds. Our trip gave us an opportunity to see the old China juxtaposed against the new emerging China. There are many Western ideas and concepts wrapped within a quasi-communist society. China is extremely diverse and has a myriad of unique perspectives on space, resources, nature, education, aging, society, art, culture, food, and politics. Without extensive time and research, we would have never been able to effortlessly experience so many of the wonders and seen so much beauty of China on own.
 
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Gary J & Perry P, Georgia
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Great company with very attentive tour guide and the price is right

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Yes great attractions and great tour guide

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Kevin is great. He is very considerate to all of our needs, patient and always helpful and available even after the tour was Ended

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: Both are great ; excellent breakfast good locations especially mandarin its close to shopping area

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go with china spree, i hope spree expanded to other countries even europe
 
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Christina A & Julius E, New Jersey
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our guide was presented with some unusual circumstances with handicapped clients,she rose time after time to ensure that every circumstance was resolved with efficiency,compassion and little inconvenience to the other clients. The master driver in Beijing was magnificent. The rickshaw ride to a private residence for lunch was very informative, and the lunch was wonderful. Really enjoyed the question and answer time provided by our hostess.

CS: What was the LEAST ENJOYABLE aspect of this trip for you?

Answer: Sorry, can't think of anything. We were absolutely delighted at the quality of the entire tour.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Always pleasant, available, and very well informed. If a question was asked that she could not immediately answer she would research and get back to us. She was always concerned about our comfort,and attended to everyone's needs. Jing is an asset to China Spree.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China has never been on our "bucket list", what a wonderful experience. We are delighted to recommend China Spree to any potential adventurist. Take the chance, you too will be have the exposure to this ancient culture,fantastic architecture (modern and ancient)and delicious delicacies.
 
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James & Lorraine M, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I was pleaseantly surprised at the quality of the hotels,the food,the excursions,and the general atmosphere of the trip.The lovely guide worked hard to make sure that every one was happy and well-cared for.I would return to China with China Spree, and I will look for any other trips with World Spree.I enjoyed learning the history of China, and seeing the beautiful historical sites in person was wonderful.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The Chinese acrobat show was amazing. I also enjoyed the Hutong area, and the home-cooked meal by Madame Chou.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Jing was competent in her knowledge of Chinese history,shared informtaion that enhanced our understanding of what we were seeing.She cared about everyone's welfare, and made sure that everyone was safe, and happy.She solved all problems with a smile. She was the best!

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: The Trader's Hotel seemed newer, but I enjoyed both hotels equally. The rooms were clean,the staff were friendly,and the locations were in the beautiful part of the city.

CS: Did you often come across repetitive dishes during your China trip? What were they? Please specify the bad or mediocre meals and restaurants that we should make change.

Answer: Even though the ingredients were similar, there were not repetitive meals. Each stop had a different way to cook the rice, and many various side dishes were offered.

CS: I know it is not ideal to eat Chinese meals everyday for that many days of your entire China trip. How seriously do we need to arrange western style meals for you?

Answer: Because there were western breakfasts available every day, the Chinese meals were a change. Each meal represented a different style of Chinese cooking, and were delicious. The authentic Chinese food that we enjoyed on out trip

CS: China is renowned the world over for its many famous cuisines. The Chinese food you ate on your China tour maybe different from what you are used to in North America. Which do you like better? In which way? Why?

Answer: The authentic Chinese food that we enjoyed on our trip represented the true Chinsese cuisine that is better than American-Chinese food.I enjoyed Chinese meals that I have never seen in America. The food was a fabulous part of our trip.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: I would tell them that China is beautiful and the people are friendly and inviting. I would highly recommend traveling with China Spree, as everything that was promised was available. The whole experience was life-changing,and valuable to me. Thank you!
 
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Carol M, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
What a fantastic trip to China! Our tour highlighted the essential and best of two cities. This trip exceeded my expectations in a wonderful way.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: We LOVED Jim Mao, our tour guide!! He made the trip so much fun and entertaining.

CS: What tour features (including interesting meals, evening shows, itinerary design, etc.) do our competitors offer that you like very much but that China Spree does not offer?

Answer: We loved all the meals & shows we attended.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Jim was so friendly and full of energy. His joy was contagious and made the trip all the more fun. He had the BEST laugh ever and shared funny stories all the time. He also was knowledgeable and so warm and friendly.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: Both were great hotels - exceeded expectations, very clean, excellent breakfasts and clean rooms.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Do it - you won't regret it. China Spree is a great company to travel with.
 
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Leslie S & Merena G, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I wanted to travel to Asia, China in particular and go with a group since I don't speak any Chinese. China Spree offered stops at the places I wanted to see most and took the headache out of getting to each one. I had a very experienced, fun and friendly guide, Jim, who shared so much about his native land and culture, I likely will go back to China again. Thank you Jim & China Spree for a very positive, fun, pain-free travel experience to Beijing & Shanghai!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: I enjoyed it all but loved spending time climbing The Great Wall. I very much appreciated the knowledge and kindness of Jim Mau, my guide!

CS: What tour features (including interesting meals, evening shows, itinerary design, etc.) do our competitors offer that you like very much but that China Spree does not offer?

Answer: Everything here was great. Thank you!

CS: Do you think it is worth to visit Suzhou and Tongli?

Answer: I enjoyed getting out of the major cities very much! Tongli was fantastic!

CS: Did any tour guide solicit you for excellent rating? If yes, please list them below:

Answer: Jim was our guide throughout the tour! Best ever! A sweet, considerate and knowledgeable man!

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Jim was fantastic in every way! What a wonderful person! I would tour with him again for his good humor, intelligence, organization, kindness and patience!

CS: I know it is not ideal to eat Chinese meals everyday for that many days of your entire China trip. How seriously do we need to arrange western style meals for you?

Answer: You're in China...eat the way the Chinese do! Thank you for honoring where we were!

CS: China is renowned the world over for its many famous cuisines. The Chinese food you ate on your China tour maybe different from what you are used to in North America. Which do you like better? In which way? Why?

Answer: I enjoyed the food and never felt hungry! Thanks again!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China is an amazing place filled with an eye-popping amount of history and beauty! Don't miss out on the opportunity to see and experience it!
 
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Debra U, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
This trip was incredible from beginning to end. It was the trip of a lifetime. It was well planned, well paced and Every aspect of the trip was beyond our expectations. China Spree really did a phenomenal job of creating a total trip experience. Nothing was forced or pushed on us. Each day was packed full and we were tired by the end of each day but it was not to much..it was just right. On days when I was concerned that we weren't seeing enough local flavor...the next stop would be local flavor. On the days when I was worried, about seeing just another modern city, the sights blew me away. Take this trip if you can. You will not be disappointed.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Great Wall...but the entire trip was a highlight

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: He just did an excellent job. He was clear, gave us a tremendous amount of educational information. He worked extraordinarily hard to make sure our tour experience was wonderful andf he succeeded

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: I would say...GO! Don't think twice about it, just go!
 
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Brian & Elizabeth C, Pennsylvania
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: There were so many amazing sights and experiences that it's difficult to choose just one. Instead, I'd like to say that our tour guide, Kevin (Hu Shin) was absolutely fantastic. He made the entire trip worthwhile on his own.

CS: What was the LEAST ENJOYABLE aspect of this trip for you?

Answer: Everything was wonderful

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Kevin was the best tour guide I've ever had, and if I ever travel with China Spree again, I will request him immediately. He was friendly and knowledgable, and told the funniest, most interesting stories. He was always willing to answer questions or make recommendations; I believe he was a huge reason why our trip was so much fun. Even the long bus rides became fun because of Kevin; he always made the entire group laugh, and managed to keep nearly 40 people constantly entertained and engaged. He is clearly passionate about his job and his country, and loves sharing that passion with his group.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: The JC Mandarin was my favorite hotel. It was beautiful, clean, the service was great, and the location was perfect.

CS: In your opinion, how many good meals did you have during your trip? Could you please list them in order from 1 to 10 (1 is the best) to the best of your memory?

Answer: 1- Day 4, lunch at the Jade Store 2- Day 7, lunch at a Muslim restaurant in Suzhou 3- Day 5, lunch at the Pearl store 4- All the breakfasts! 5- Day 6, lunch at the hotel in Shanghai near the river We did not do the Peking duck dinner or the dinner with the acrobatics show.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Don't assume you know anything about China-- go and see it for yourself! Lots of older people think they know what it's like, but in places like Beijing and Shanghai, it's completely different. These cities are beautiful, clean, and highly tourist-friendly. Be brave, be willing to try new things, and you'll have a truly wonderful experience. If someone asked me to go back to China tomorrow, I'd be on a plane ASAP. (Oh, and if you can, request Kevin as your guide! I honestly can't say enough about him.)
 
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Gregory R & Amanda L, Massachusetts
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
There are almost not enough words to describe our trip to China with China Spree. You will be in very good hands! From the moment you meet your tour guide, everything is so well timed and managed. It is amazing to think of how much we did in this brief amount of time, but we never felt rushed or exhausted and always felt safe. Our tour guide Jim was a former teacher and was so knowledgeable. He shared China's history and culture and provided glimpses into everyday life with personal stories. It just added to the whole experience.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: It was all wonderful, but it would have to be standing on the Great Wall - it was truly awe-inspiring!

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Not sure how Jim could have been better. His experience as a teacher and his knowledge of history was just what we wanted from our trip to China. He was a welcomed sight when we arrived at 2:00 in the morning at the Beijing Airport after our LAX incident. He greeted us with a warm smile, acknowledged our difficult day, provided bottled water for our bus trip to the hotel and offered us a later meeting time the following morning. His explanations of China and the culture were very candid and honest.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: Both hotels were great locations for walking and exploring on our free time. Breakfast better at Traders, but that's about it.

CS: In your opinion, how many good meals did you have during your trip? Could you please list them in order from 1 to 10 (1 is the best) to the best of your memory?

Answer: Peking duck dinner...the Jade Factory...and one at a hotel in Shanghai after visiting the Pearl TV Tower.

CS: China is renowned the world over for its many famous cuisines. The Chinese food you ate on your China tour maybe different from what you are used to in North America. Which do you like better? In which way? Why?

Answer: We were very pleased with Chinese cuisine, and appreciated the difference between North America and China style.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: There is nothing to fear. If you are considering a trip to China, don't hesitate - just go. The flight on Air China exceeded our expectations...new planes, flights on time, great service. The buses are nice, clean and comfortable. The hotels are just like you have at home. Western buffet breakfasts each morning get your day off to a good start. Most everyone you will deal with speaks English, and most signs are also in English. Bring your camera and your spirit of adventure. Take the optional tours! Smile and interact with the people and you will fall in love.
 
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Donald & Robin B, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I had a fabulous experience, and yes, you were right. it is not a vacation, it is an experience and and education in itself. I attacked it with gusto!! and the rewards are fantastic. You were able to get alot in those seven days! Your attention to details is amazing.I expected much, but got far more. My whole group was raving all the time.Thank you China Spree and Kevin, for making this my most memorable trip!!! Such good value as well. Keep up the good work.Bravo!!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: yes, i was completely awed by that fantastic view of Shanghai from the television Tower, and the Forbidden City.

CS: What problem, if any, did you encounter with the itinerary, logistics, tour features and pacing of your China trip? What could we have done to improve your overall travel experience?

Answer: I am impressed with the precision with which you managed the ititerary. Things flowed beautifully,with no problems. Incredible!!

CS: What tour features and sites are unnecessary to be included in your trip?

Answer: frankly, i enjoyed those i visited, very much

CS: Do you think it is worth to visit Suzhou and Tongli?

Answer: yes, found it rather interesting

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Kevins passion for his job, his pride in his country, his vast wealth of knowledge, his concern for the personal welfare and happiness of his group, is beyond compare. I think that you should clone him! What a superior performance, you colud tell that it means alot to him. He waits at the hotel lobby,just to see if anyone needs anything at all, and goes out of his way to accommodate- What a guide. It made all the difference to my trip!!

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: I LOVED BOTH HOTELS, BOTH were beautiful, with good service, nice location. I am very pleased. You made both excellent choices

CS: I know it is not ideal to eat Chinese meals everyday for that many days of your entire China trip. How seriously do we need to arrange western style meals for you?

Answer: Not for me, i loved experiencing the different tastes.

CS: China is renowned the world over for its many famous cuisines. The Chinese food you ate on your China tour maybe different from what you are used to in North America. Which do you like better? In which way? Why?

Answer: i liked the chinese version better, it is not as sweet.

CS: Other Comments and thoughts on how we can improve the meal arrangements for China Spree tours.

Answer: i think you did an excellent job with all those arrangements, no complaits here.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Please move that trip to the top of your list, and absolutely use china Spree. These people are masters at what they do. I cannot stop talking to eeveryone I know.
 
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Victor & Marcella B, Pennsylvania
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
China Spree blew our expectations away. The resort we stayed at was amazing and the tour guide was the best. I wish i had kevin as my guide for everyone of my tours. We came in as strangers and left as family. Scenery and city is amazing and wish it never ended. i will definitely be booking my tours with China Spree in the future.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The highlight of the trip would be the whole trip. Kevin was so detailed in his explanation of the history and culture. we was able to see so much in a week span. we came in as strangers but left with a sense of family in the group. Kevin was the dragon head and we were all the dragon tail. He showed all of us his care for each and everyone of us. we have been on plenty trip with tour guides, but kevin beats all of them by a mile. we can not say enough about this guy. We will miss him.

CS: What was the LEAST ENJOYABLE aspect of this trip for you?

Answer: the least favorable part of the trip has to be the final day. we built great relationship with everyone but eventually had to part ways. it went by so fast.

CS: What problem, if any, did you encounter with the itinerary, logistics, tour features and pacing of your China trip? What could we have done to improve your overall travel experience?

Answer: we didn't have any problems. Kevin did a fantastic job. The best!!!!!

CS: What tour features (including interesting meals, evening shows, itinerary design, etc.) do our competitors offer that you like very much but that China Spree does not offer?

Answer: China spree beats them by a mile. couldn't find anything better.

CS: What tour features and sites are unnecessary to be included in your trip?

Answer: The whole trip was enjoyable. nothing negative to say about it.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Kevin was excellent but he entertained us and cared for us. everyone loved him. he made sure everyone was happy and safe.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: I can't enough about this guy. we have became friends and he has touched all of our hearts. we will miss him.

CS:Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?.

Answer: Both were amazing. we were anticipating lower star hotel because of the price we paid but China Spree surprised us. It surpassed our expectations and we were very happy.

CS: In your opinion, how many good meals did you have during your trip? Could you please list them in order from 1 to 10 (1 is the best) to the best of your memory?

Answer: i cant quite remember every meal but my favorite would have to be the peking duck and the meal at the local's house in the village. it was delicious and both receive 10.

CS: Other Comments and thoughts on how we can improve the meal arrangements for China Spree tours.

Answer: overall we were happy

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: The price is amazing and the quality was excellent. You will not regret this decision. so book your ticket and seize the day!!!!!
 
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Tien Ly, Huan B, Chi H & Shawn P, Mississippi
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
We are always hesitant about using new companies for travel. The few reviews for China Spree were positive and the price was so low, we couldn't pass it up. We are seasoned travelers and prefer to travel on our own at our own pace, but with such a large language barrier, we thought that perhaps a tour would be the way to go. We couldn't be happier with our decision. Our tour group was fantastic and actually added an extra dimension to our tour. Right off the bat, it felt as though we were traveling with friends which made everything more fun. And anything we were unsure about doing on our own, we either had our fantastic guide to help us, or we could go with some other group members. China, on our own, would have been the highest degree of difficulty we've encountered yet. But with China Spree, the stress was minimized and we wound up getting much more information about the places we visited than we would have by guide book alone. We were free to sit back and enjoy the trip. We had plenty of time to explore on our own and still wound up adding in optional tours once we were there.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The highlight of our trip was the visit to the Great Wall. It is one of the most famous places in the world and was completely awe inspiring. Also, the visit to Tongli was fantastic as well.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Kevin was fantastic. He was charming, informative and interactive. He went out of his way to make you feel comfortable and feel like he genuinely cared. My wife is a vegetarian and he went out of his way at every meal to make sure she had food she could eat. He also wrote a note for us to present, when dining on our own, to let anyone know that she couldn't have any meat products. He offered us advice and made himself available to us at all times.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Relax and go with the flow. China is an experience of a lifetime.
 
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Francis & Dawn M, New Jersey
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
The overall trip is excellent..Everything went smoothly from the beginning to the end...and I attribute that to the staff of China Spree and our tour guide Ming Li.She treated us like a family.So everybody was happy and if you are happy, what you see beautiful or magnificent is magnified. China's history expands from thousands of years and thanks again to Ming's expertise in China's history we did learn more from Her.It's actually unbelievable that the price we paid gave us more than I expected. Some friends where very skeptical..But they prove wrong.For sure I would like to come back and see more of China through China Spree...Thank you for the great experience.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The over all trip and experience was fabulous..mainly because everything went smoothly,no snug at all. I would attribute that to our tour guide MING..She took care of the whole group like Her own family, so every one was happy . If some one is happy every thing you see expectacular is magnified more..Other friends where skeptic about our trip but our skepticism proved wrong.Our hotels where 4-5 star hotels..We dined in top restaurants..shopping of course is mind boggling..Would like to come back and visit again..

CS: Comment on your local guides

Answer: If ever I go back to China for another visit I would like Her to be my tour guide again.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: My trip was most enjoyable because everything went smoothly from the beginning to the end...thanks to MING She is so knowledgeble of China's history .I was amazed.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: You want to have a great vacation ? Book it through China Spree
 
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Gaudelia N & Relita M, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
This was my first and only travel tour of any kind. This experience left me with wonderful impression of tours in general, and I highly recommend China Spree for any trip to China. I give glowing 5 star rating for China Spree!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Excellent quality of the tour guide LISA (1851799639@qq.com). Lisa had excellent language skills, leadership and organization skills, good humor and warmth towards her "little chicks." (travelers on her tour). Highlights of actual tour locations were GREAT WALL and SHANGHAI MUSEUM. Also at top of highlights were breakfasts at both hotels .....Traders Beijing, and JC Mandarin Shanghai. All locations visited were great. Buses provided for transportation were fine.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Excellent language skills, willingness to discuss words. She even knew American slang, and showed interest in learning more, for example, I taught her the word "knucklehead", and she was pleased to learn.

CS: Comment on your local guides

Answer: Poised, in command, lovely woman, shared much about her own life and family. A very warm and excellent woman !! Energetic,

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Trust me, you will be well satisfied with a China Spree travel experience, especially high marks for tour guide.
 
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William P, Kansas
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I highly recommend China Spree to any and all visitors whether single, a couple, old, or young! The entire experience was seamless from start to finish! I had never taken a tour before and was completely thrilled with everything China Spree did to make this a memorable trip. Thank you for this wonderful experience! Katie

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The entire trip, from start to finish, was AWESOME!!! I've already recommended it to everyone I've discussed my trip with.

CS: What problem, if any, did you encounter with the itinerary, logistics, tour features and pacing of your China trip? What could we have done to improve your overall travel experience?

Answer: Everything was great!

CS: Did any tour guide solicit you for excellent rating? If yes, please list them below:

Answer: Lisa....she was totally AWESOME and made the trip efficiently run, entertaining, personal, informative, and seamless! She went above and beyond in all ways!! I couldn't imagine a tour guide being any better than Lisa was/is!

CS: In your opinion, how many good meals did you have during your trip? Could you please list them in order from 1 to 10 (1 is the best) to the best of your memory?

Answer: They were all good. (1) Peking Duck dinner (2) Traders Hotel breakfast (3) Mandarin Hotel breakfast (4) Local family lunch (4-9) all other lunches and dinners (10) last night dinner in Shanghai

CS: China is renowned the world over for its many famous cuisines. The Chinese food you ate on your China tour maybe different from what you are used to in North America. Which do you like better? In which way? Why?

Answer: I liked the variety of the local food and enjoyed having many dishes to chose from. I appreciated not having to deal with some of the less desirable Chinese food I had heard about (snake, eels, innards, etc.)so was pleasantly surprised. The taste and quality of the food was all very good. I also like that the local food is less greasy than American Chinese.
 
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Katherine G, North Carolina
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
We cannot put into words the unforgettable experiences that China Spree gives its travelers. Everything, and I mean everything was excellent. From the moment we landed, we were taken care of. We were shown the most fantastic historical sites, as well as the new modern aspects of the cities. We learned so much about the people, the land, and the events of China. What a trip. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU..CHINA SPREE!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: We really enjoyed going to Tongli, part of the Suzhou excursion. This one thousand year old city admired on a gondola ride was incredible.

CS: What tour features (including interesting meals, evening shows, itinerary design, etc.) do our competitors offer that you like very much but that China Spree does not offer?

Answer: I really don't know.... China Spree does everything just "perfect".

CS: What tour features and sites are unnecessary to be included in your trip?

Answer: Sorry, enjoyed al.

CS: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? if you rated him or her as 'excellent', Please tell us why.

Answer: Jim Mao was a professional all nine days. His direction, knowledge, common sense, advice, and sense of humor resulted in the most fantastic trip for all 34 of his tourists.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: Both hotels were excellent!

CS: In your opinion, how many good meals did you have during your trip? Could you please list them in order from 1 to 10 (1 is the best) to the best of your memory?

Answer: We had daily fantastic breakfasts - as well as most meals. No problems at all.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: JUST DO IT, and I guarantee you will be writing the most positive evaluation about China Spree.
 
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Dennis & Linda W, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I had never taken an organized tour before and was very hesitant, but I was pleasantly surprised. I felt like I saw and learned so much more than I could have on my own. Having a guide to answer our questions as they arose was priceless. The whole trip felt so relaxed to me, even though we were on the move most of the time. I wouldn't change one thing in the itinerary. We saw so many beautiful and interesting sites. It's a great value and I will definitely be booking another trip through China Spree.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: I enjoyed every site we saw, but my very favorite was the park at the Temple of Heaven where everyone was doing Tai Chi, exercising, playing cards, socializing. It was wonderful to see so many healthy, active older people.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa was one of the best parts of the trip. She was so organized and used our time so well. She was friendly, funny and knowledgeable. She helped us when our flight was delayed in Shanghai by getting them to hold our flight out of Beijing until we could get there. I loved her personal stories--they helped us understand the culture so much better. Excellent guide!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Take the trip!
 
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Robin O & Benjamin W, Oregon
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I took the Beijing-shanghai tour and was extremely happy. Everything from the beginning to end was a great experience! Our tour guide was Lisa and she is just awesome!!! I can't say enough good things about her! The itinerary was wonderful and varied - I loved every day. There is a lot of walking, but my 86 year old mom weathered it quite well. It is an extremely good value for your money - airfare, nice hotels, great sites, 2 meals a day - it's amazing they can offer it at such a reasonable price!

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Everything- everyday was wonderful! Lisa, our tour guide worked hard and succeeded at making it a great trip for all of us. The sights we visited are well chosen and I enjoyed them all.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa is just very awesome. China spree is lucky to have her and I am VERY grateful she was our guide. She worked extremely hard but made it look effortless. She kept us aware, strove to make sure everyone was happy, has a great sense of humor - absolutely the best!!

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: Both hotels were great and I was pleasantly surprised by both and that such nice hotels were included in the price we paid - extremely good value!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Take it - in fact I am going to recommend to others.
 
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Esther H & Cody C, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
The China Spree adventure was absolutely wonderful! In one week we experienced so much of Beijing and Shanghai that we could never have done on our own. We traveled with 4 friends and China Spree made it possible for us to be together. We have already recommended the company to others even those who never thought they would be able to experience China. We loved it! Our guide Lisa was a true Chinese treasure all on her own.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa was totally dedicated to our tour group from the beginning to the end. We had her number if we ran into a problem when we were away from her. She was delightful and handled every situation with ease and grace. We had one difficult tour member and she handled it beautifully and in fact it brought the total tour group together more. She was knowledgeable about Chinese culture, answered every question asked and shared her personal experiences growing up in China with us. She was terrific!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Yes you can travel to China and experience the culture in a week. The Beijing Shanghai tour makes us think we could possibly return some day and see even more of the country.
 
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Lynda & Robert W, Washington
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: The tours were great and fairly priced, overall the best part was our guide, "Jim" Mao!

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jim was funny, knowledgeable and truly had our best interests at heart.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China Spree is the only way to go - I would consider them first.
 
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Richard & Sandra M, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
China Spree will always be my first choice when available. I recommend it to everyone. Try CS and you will agree

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our guide was the best and a walking history book

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China Spree is the best tourist agency ever, in every way guaranteed.
 
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Nangnoi & Paul G, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Book this trip! It will exceed your expectations. It is a deluxe trip at an amazingly reasonable price. Tour guides were wonderful and take care of you all the way . Itinerary is perfect . Everything you go to China to see.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Loved the experience of having lunch and talking to the Hutong host. Missing the instructional however that was in our itinerary. That was one of the reasons we bought the optional tour.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: She was knowledgeable, informative and showed an eagerness to give us an excellent China experience .

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go China Spree. They were GREAT!
 
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Melvin & Marsha C, New York
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Excellent tour, well organized, excellent guide.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Excellent knowledge and very personable and helpful!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go now, don't wait.
 
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James & Marta K, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I was doubtful that I could possibly be satisfied with such a low priced tour. Was I wrong! Tremendous tour, tremendous value. I was nervous about whether I would feel safe or comfortable in China. My worries were unnecessary. I cannot wait to return. Thank you China Spree for possibly the best trip I have ever taken.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Everything was excellent and it is difficult to pick one thing. Our guide Nick (Pong) was absolutely outstanding and made everything a highlight. Pong is amazing. Whatever you are paying him, he deserves more. Friendly, intelligent, helpful, etc., etc., etc. In the future I will measure all tour guides against him and I'm afraid most will come up short.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Don't wait, go. You'll love it. And definitely use China Spree.
 
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Robert M, Carolina,
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
This tour is simply the very best not only for the price but in quality! I have lived/traveled to most countries worldwide and spent time in the travel industry and have never come across such excellence. The itinerary is packed, yet manageable; the guide is superb; hotels are several cuts above the usual, a delightful bonus! I will certainly use and recommend this company often.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: Our guide, Ron, was superb! His command of details, attention to all of us in every way, extensive knowledge, sincerity, friendliness in addition to 100% professionalism was exceptional!!! I have traveled/lived in most countries of the world and never encountered such a professional travel person. As for itinerary, all was wonderfully enjoyable and invaluable.

CS: Please list the hotels you like BEST and LEAST, and specify why?

Answer: I preferred the Traders Hotel because of its WIFI availability at no charge....a very important aspect of a traveler's comfort level. However, the room at the Ocean Hotel was more spacious and impressive. Breakfasts were excellent and abundant! These were exceptionally nice hotels at the tour price...congratulations!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China Spree is the very best way to be introduced to China....
 
Jamelle M & Emily D, Carlifornia
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
Just returned from china tour 8days Tale of Two cities. Wanted to let you know that our tour guide Ronald Wang was the most fabulous, knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide I have ever met. He was our guide throughout the entire trip and I feel that it gave continuity on the material he was sharing. His expertise at keeping our group together and giving details during each leg of the tour was great. My friends and I are already talking about returning next year or the year after. In Shanghai we also were introduced to Sue who was getting pointers from Ron. She was very delightful. Thank you for making this trip so awesome with the accommodations and choice of eating establishments.

Sincerely,

Teresa
 
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Teresa L, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
I travel quite a bit and am generally able to plan my own trips through study, travel books and learning the language basics of the countries I travel to. I thought it best to travel on a tour, a planned itinerary and a National Guide in China due to the potential language/communication, and I was right about that. While China is becoming very Westernized and there are lots of English signage and restaurants in China, it was a smart move to tour China with an expert to guide us seamlessly through the itinerary. The National Guide was knowledgeable, entertaining and smoothed out any and all wrinkles along the way. He dealt with the restaurant staff, ticket agents, rickshaw drivers and salesmen in a efficient and timely manner that allowed the group to enjoy as much of the experiences as possible. Not having to worry about paying for meals or entry tickets to attractions helps keep people in a relaxed and happy mood which is essential when you are travelling. The local food was plentiful and very tasty and the western style breakfast buffets really help kick off the day on a good note and with a full stomach. The buses were spacious, clean and comfortable. The sights and attractions offered on the tour are spectacular and leave one with a sense of awe and wonder. The itinerary is packed full of fun and exciting thins to do, but still offers enough free time to relax and enjoy beautiful China. The price of the tour is extremely affordable and I left China feeling as if I got more than my monies worth and had all my expectations met or exceeded. I highly recommend the China Spree company for all your travel needs to China.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Tongli was a nice change of pace from the bustling cities, markets and tourist sites. It was beautiful. My wife absolutely loved the Summer Palace, while I thoroughly enjoyed the Temple of Heaven and the Yu Garden Bazaar. The Hot Pot lunch was exciting, fun and very tasty. Our National Guide, Emperor Ronald Wong, was absolutely fantastic. He was full of useful and interesting information about Beijing, Shanghai, China, the Chinese people and the Chinese way of life. He took great care of the group and worked diligently to make sure every step of our China journey was smooth and memorable. I will be signing up for the Tibet tour at some point in the future, but only if I can have Ronald as my guide. He was clearly very instrumental in making the experience exciting, fun and created memories that my wife and I will treasure for the rest of our lives.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Go. Just do it. Conquer any fears or reservations you may have about travelling to a communist country as you will be both pleasantly surprised and thrilled with your experience. The people are friendly and helpful, customer service is excellent, and the sights and sounds of China are both enchanting and memorable. China Spree and its tour guides provide the upmost in customer service and top quality value for the dollar. Don’t miss the chance to take the adventure of a lifetime to amazing China with China Spree. You will only regret it if you don’t go. Just do it!
 
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John & Paula K, California
9-Day A Tale of China’s Two Great Cities
 

 
Amazing experience, price and guide. 8 days may not have been enough. I wish China Spree offered other countries throughout the world, if they did I would use them for many other destinations in the future.

CS: Comment on your tour guide

Answer: Great personality, communication skills, and knowledge. Very passionate about her job and it shows. Knew all our names the first day and made sure every detail was accounted for. FANTASTIC!

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Be aware that the bathrooms are not like we are used to. Do the optional tours. Plan to be constantly busy. Always negotiate pricing, take what you think is fair and divide it in half to start your bargaining, and walk away if they can't do it, they will give you your price. Backpacks are handy.

 
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Matthew F & Joshua W, Arizona
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
The trip was exceptional value. I was apprehensive about the quality for the the price. However, we stayed in fabulous hotels, and had a wonderful experience. I would not hesitate to recommend China Spree.
 
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David & Gail W, Maryland
9-Day A Tale of China’s Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Should a potential traveler be on the fence about booking with China Spree. There is no need to worry, if you read reviews they are about 99% great reviews. It speaks volumes about China Spree! You heard the term "You get what you paid for"...well, in this case "you get so much more than what you paid for" Through China Spree.
 
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Garcia A & Rivera C, Georgia
9-Day A Tale of China’s Two Great Cities
 

 
Best value of any tour I have ever taken. Hotels accommodations were spectacular.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go and enjoy this amazing country.
 
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Stephen S, Colorado
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
China Spree is the best! In terms of value, variety, and quality China Spree provides an oppportunity for your experience of a lifetime in China.

CS: Comment on China Spree hotel

Answer: The hotel rooms were first class - way beyond what I expected.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go to China, but only with China Spree!
 
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Michelle F & Jennifer S, California
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Comment on your tour guide

Answer: Ron did the best job that could be done by a human. He worked non-stop to make sure we enjoyed our trip. He and the trainee Sue even helped in serving food at one of the restaurants.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: I would never travel to Chnia again without being with China Spree
 
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Mahmoud & Rasmia J, Maryland
9-Day A Tale of China’s Two Great Cities
 

 
CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: I was once in front of a seafood restaurant in Bethesda, MD deciding whether to go in. An elderly couple were exiting and I asked them how this restaurant was. The gentlemen told me that if I did not totally enjoy it, he would pay for my meal (and he gave me his business card). He was absolutely correct. Were I able I would make the same offer to anyone equivocating on taking this trip. China Spree is excellent, the tour excellent and China an absolute delight - like being on a different planet.

CS: Tour Testimonial

Answer: I had never heard of Chinaspree - found it on the internet. I was skeptical - did some checking, etc. It is by far the best of many many tours, trips we have taken. I would recommend it without reservation, and I will make another trip.

CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share?

Answer: We are well traveled and accustomed to high quality accommodations, etc. This was in all respects the best tour we have ever taken. Guides were top notch. Hotels excellent (Hangzhou choice might be better), meals were good to excellent. Most importantly we learned that China is an incredible country inhabited by very good and special people. A true delight!
 
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Dr. Paul & Caroline L, Florida
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
China Spree provided me with a tour well beyond my expectations. I have traveled with four other tour companies in Europe and Africa and was totally unfamiliar with travel in Asia or China Spree. I learned about it on the internet and was a bit nervous about booking. DO NOT HESITATE!! The best value I have ever had for my money. I traveled solo for the first time in my life and felt totally comfortable with everything. China is beautiful!!! Thank You, Eric and China Spree.

CS: How was the general performance of your guides?

Eric (National Guide) was delightful, considerate and obviously worked well with his local guides. His laid back personality was comfortable and caring. John, Sherry and Anthony were all great. All willing to listen and accomodate. All good educators and efficient at moving us. When a handful of us wanted to see a performance at West Lake that was not on the itenerary, Eric and Sherry made it happen for us! John made Beijing feel like home and Anthony was superb in his Garden tour especially.

CS:Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Do not delay this experience, if you have ever had any inclination to go to China - book now!!! I left my heart there.
 
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Nancy T, Alabama
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
Travel is all the same. I mean, the Great Wall is the Great Wall whether you went there on your own or were part of a group. That's the bottom line, right? No. First, traveling is more than just seeing a landmark. If it were not, you may as well stay home and just "google" it. And surely you can be adventurous and go the do-it-yourself way.

Or, you can have an efficient, intelligent, and very accommodating coordinator show you around so you can focus less on the travel and more on the experience. China Spree, personified by Mr. Ron Wang, is such a coordinator. He is more than a travel guide. He is in fact your host - a most insightful host for that matter. He leaves nothing to chance to make your visit memorable and worry free. From making sure your bags are delivered to your room, to ensuring you stay hydrated with their free bottled water, Ron does not miss a beat. Everything the brochure said, he does (and more). The local guides, Vicky, Allen, and Raymond are very informative, attentive, and quite straightforward. They tell you how things are in their culture - no bull, no hesitation.

I can say a lot about China itself. But that's not why you're here perusing this site. I can, however, say that having traveled extensively (less South America and Antarctica) I do not miss any of the countries I've visited. But I do miss China. Thanks in large part to Ron Wang and his team.

On behalf of my wife Rose, my brother Rolando and his wife Ling, and my sister Susana and her husband Leonardo, "xie xie," China Spree.

Well said Bro. If I may add, the hotel choices were outstanding, specially the Garden Hotel in Suzhou. Bus transportation were very spacious. After a day of visiting fascinating sites, it helps to be able to be transported without worries and stay in a relaxing hotel with their excellent breakfast to start another day. The booklet sent by China Spree in preparation for the trip was informative, giving you the insights of things to bring, the sites, common Chinese phrases, etc. Like my bro said, we've traveled quite a bit and the trip to China was the one we miss most.

Cheers to Mr. Ron Wang and team. Thanks to China Spree for putting together an excellent package tour.

All the best,

Rogelio P. S
 
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Rolando S and Ling C, New York
12-Day Middle Kingdom
 

 
China Spree is by far the best organized tour we have ever been on. They took care of every detail including the air transportation from our home town to San Francisco to Beijing and back. They took care of the Chinese visa. The days were packed full of interesting sights and delicious food. Among the more unusual highlights were the lunch in a local Beijing home and the outstanding theater performance shows. Accommodations were superior. When the untimely winter snowstorms and fog through our schedule off track, the competent guides made the best of the situation by organizing an interesting train ride from Xi'an to Shanghai instead of the canceled air flight. I strongly recommend China Spree to anyone who wants to travel to China; and I plan to use China Spree again sometime. I have complete confidence in them.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Learn the Chinese expressions that China Spree provides in their booklet, and get an additional phrase book. Using some of the expressions make the trip all the more fun. I would also recommend reading up a little on the major points of interest which the tour will include, and on China in general. This is more than just a recreational tour. This is an enriching, learning experience.
 
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Carl G, Arizona
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
Go in the spring, the summer, the fall, or even on the winter cold, have open mind, be adventures, and be the perfect guess.

China Spree
It is the company that keeps their prices low, their guides up to date, their motor coach running, the food and my bed warm. This company has the perfect relationship with their partners, the right connections with great communication skills and the best team. I will travel with them to any part of the world as long and as far they can take me.
 
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Lucy T, California
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
Hi Mr Wu,

Nice to hear from you.....I refered a lot of my friends to use your travel agent and they are all happy. When they get back from vacation they thank me.... Have a safe New Year.

Rufina and Jose Albano
 
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Rufina & Jose A, California
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
I have used three other tour companies and China Spree was the most outstanding. I would recommend them to anyone traveling to China or anywhere else they provide tour service. Everytime I had a question and contacted China Spree the person answering the phone had the answer and everyone was pleasant to deal with. They were quite honest in describing the tours, the conditions to expect and went out of there way to ensure we each had a wonderfull experience. The personal touch really came through. I would be glad to personally talk to anyone having questions about using China Spree. Thanks for making the trip a wonderful experience.
 
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Ralph, Ohio
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
I had never been on a tour before, usually when I travel, I travel with friends and they take care of me. My tour with China spree was one of the best travel experences I have ever had. The arrangements were so easy and convienient. I paid one fee, and all the travel arrangements were made, from my plane from my home town, to Beijing, all the travel arrangements once inside China, including the plane trips inside China, all the resturant meals, and hotels. The tour guide went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we were well taken care of and the treated us with great respect. They were just as excited to take care of us as were were excited to be in China. If I had tried to plan this trip myslf it would have cost more than twice as much. This was one of the best time I have ever had in my life.

CS: Comment on your Tour Manager, using rate 1-10 while 10 is the best

Answer: 10 +++ Bill was a very hard worker, always very happy and cheerful. He was always full of energy. I am a vegetarian and he always make sure I got plenty of vegetarian food at the resturants. He was always looking out for our safety, for example he would always let us know where to watch for unexpected steps so that we would not fall. After every meal, he would look under the tables to make sure we did not leave anything behind. He even took the time to make sure we got the seat that we wanted on the plane. Some people wanted isle seats and I always wanted a window seat, and he made sure that I always got one. He always made sure we the toilet was close by and he walk us to the toilet if we needed it. That is very important if you are in a foreign country. Even though he has been a tour guide for many years, he was never bored, never unattentive, always very alert, never seemed like he was in a rut or that he was following a routine. If there was anything we wanted, he got it for us. I wanted a big Chinese flag, and he found one for me.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: It was the best money I ever spent.
 
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Anthony, Arizona
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
David and I visited China in October of 2009 and we had a wonderful experience due to China Spree and the weather. We had no bad weather which always makes an adventurous vacation more fun. Our national guide, Bill Huang (you may want to request him) was the other reason everything went better than we had expected. He is very aware of the needs and wants of his guests. We saw all the national sites of the Middle Kingdom that we knew to see and we were given time to enjoy them, and we saw much more as well. We visited places that we would not have known to look for. We were given the history of China, our questions were answered; we met and mingled with the Chinese people, and we experienced life in China. All this was enjoyed with the comfort of clean, nice buses and very good drivers. We did not have one driver among four that made us gasp even once. We did not need to handle our luggage except to identify it. Our hotels were all very nice, clean, friendly, and the rooms spacious. The food.....we thought of eating Chinese the day we returned home. The breakfasts in the hotels were banquets, and the lunch and dinner meals always offered us at least one new and different flavor. Traveling from city to city was made painless. Though he would never promise us easy travel, Huang was always able to secure boarding passes and check in without lines and hassles and our seat assignment wishes were always considered. We only worried that we may never again be able to get ourselves around in our travels of the world without China Spree.

CS: Comment on your Tour Manager, using rate 1-10 while 10 is the best

Answer: Bill Huang, out national guide, was simply outstanding. We know your score is 1-10 but we would rate him higher. He just made the trip for all of us. His is intelligent, efficient, thorough, while personable, humorous, and genuinely concerned that his guests see and enjoy doing all they expect to do.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go to China. Do not hesitate. The sites and history are understood best by being there. The people you meet will you not forget. The Chinese, as we came to know them, are a warm and humorous people. Visit with a guide; without a guide you will miss more than you want to. The language, you can learn a few words. The people will help you. If you are going to use a tour group.....i recommend China Spree
 
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David and Margo, Colorado
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
Dear China Spree, Thank you for providing us with a truly amazing, once-in-a-lifetime travel adventure! Since China has so many historical, political, and cultural wonders to explore your tour was a perfect introduction to its many splendors. One of the smartest decisions we made was to rely on your thoughtfully organized and well executed itinerary. Navigating China's airports, roads, sights, and restaurants without the expertise of your experienced guides and tour bus drivers would have been impossible on our own. Despite the experience gained from traveling to many countries on several continents, we felt comforted having full-time guides with us every step of the way. There's no doubt that our expectations were greatly exceeded and that we received great value for our money. We will enthusiastically recommend China Spree to our friends and associates and look forward to comparing their experiences with our own. Best Regards, Arthur and Ines Bryant Redmond, WA (USA)
 
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Arthur, Washington
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
I have been fortunate to travel all over the world with various land groups, as well as on cruise ships, but I have never had a more pleasureable trip than I had while traveling with China Spree. This is truly an exceptional company. They handled every detail in a very precise manner from making certain that we had our Chinese Visa to getting on the plane safely on our return home. They employ some of the finest English-speaking Chinese tour guides that were well-educated and very knowledgeable about aspect of our journey. The accomodations were superb as was the transportation, both land and air. The food was a little different than I expected. The restaurants were beautiful and clean, but true Chinese food is not at all like American-Chinese. Maybe I'm just spoiled. I had a wonderful trip and would not hesitate to travel with this company again, or to recomment them to my friends.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: China is beautiful. There is so much to see that you feel like your head is on a swivel. The people are lovely and very polite and quick to share information about their culture. If you have the opportunity to travel there, please do; but make certain that it is with China Spree.
 
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Jim K, Ohio
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
This was our first trip to China and we went with a somewhat lower expectation. The trip turned out to be wonderful and exceeded even our most wildest expectation. The itinerary included so many variety that we felt we really got to see every part of the cities we visited. Our tour guide, Ronald was fantastic, knowledgeable and spoke perfect English and also had lots of humor. We also enjoyed the fact the group was small and we got to know everyone. This tour was also amazing that we had a wide age span. Our youngest tourist is 24 and our oldest is 84 and that made our meal conversations extremely exciting with different views and comments. The ultimate plus was the group consisted of really positive people. The hotels we stayed were 5 stars all the way. Meals were great with so much food. The massages Ronald arranged for us really helped after climbing the great wall. We would love to travel with China Spree again and especially with Ronald soon. Thank you for the most memorable experience.

CS: What could we have done to make your trip more enjoyable?

Answer: I don't really think there is anything more my mom, my partner and myself could have asked to make this trip more enjoyable. We honestly had a fantastic time. We felt our stars must have all lined up to have such a wonderful small group of travelers who all got along well and a guide who was more than accommodating.

CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Go with a smaller group like Chinasprees groups. You will be able to learn so much more from your guide and for yourself. It is a fascinating country with a long history, but has also become a world class country. Go with an open mind and really enjoy what the local people can offer.
 
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Andy & Yuchi, California
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
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