8 Day Timeless Beijing

Tour Testimonials

Fantastic Trip, really saw all the great sites!!

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

Answer: The trip was fantastic. EXTREMELY WELL ORGANIZED!! Lynn was the BEST. Really enjoyed the parks and watching the exercise. The Summer Palace and the cube were my favorite.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lynn was super friendly, up, positive, organized, excellent communicator. Very FUN!!

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

Answer: Fantastic Trip!!
 
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Claudia H, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
This was the trip of a lifetime, highly recommend China Spree and really liked our guide Lynn, she was super, give her a raise!

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

Answer: This whole trip was great!

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lynn was excellent, she deserves a raise, she was wonderful!

CS: Your comment on hotels

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: Book it, it's great!
 
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Richard & Heather B & Brittany E, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
China Spree made our trip to China so wonderful and easy! I look forward to other trips by World Spree.

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

Answer: The entire experience we had is worth sharing with anyone. Your service and product is excellent!

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jing is an excellent Beijing tour guide and is very passionate about her job. She is a big asset to your organization. On a scale of 1-10, she's a 20. In Chess, a good player thinks 4-5 moves ahead if not more. In being a Tour Guide, you could see that Jing had carefully thought everything through and more. When she had to improvise, she was good at that too! She was an excellent communicator as well. She truly could be a National Ambassador for your Company here in the United States. Great language skills, strong organization and attention to detail, and the best part is "She Cares!"

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: Joanne, 1-866-652-5656, ext. 157, was our Tour Planner who booked our trip. I think she is located in the Bellevue, Washington office. She also took care of our China Visas and Trip Insurance. Because I had never worked with China Spree before, the impression I got from her was very important. She did a good job. She was very quick in booking and processing our trip payments, visas, and information.

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

Answer: A trip to China is a must in one's lifetime!
 
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Joseph C, Florida
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
It's the first time we have ever done an organized tour but this was definitely one of the best trips we have ever done. China Spree delivered everything they promised and we will definitely try to do it again. It was an outstanding trip at unbelievable pricing. Not sure how they do it but it was an amazing experience.

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

Answer: Everything was excellent. We had such a good time. Lisa was outstanding and we had a very good group of people, some of whom we will continue to keep in touch with.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa was outstanding. Always helpful, friendly, patient, knowledgeable. Absolutely excellent and without a doubt the best part of the trip.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Great hotel. Excellent location. Fantastic breakfast. Helpful front desk and concierge staff.

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 with China Spree.
 
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John & Amy E, Texas
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

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

Answer: Just that our tour guide, Jing was so good.

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

Answer: China Spree provides a great tour of Beijing. Our tour guide was very thoughtful and kind. She told us of her culture as she has lived it. She is a very hard worker with a great sense of humor and fantastic knowledge of her country. This tour was an incredible value.
 
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Terence & Candy M, Florida
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
This trip is such a bargain you might be afraid to book it! It was everything as advertised. We never paid another cent for anything except the meals they had told us would be our responsibility. The hotel was impeccable, our guide was very pleasant and well informed. All the tours were included and the choices of places visited gave us a wonderful overview of Chinese culture. The optional tours were reasonably priced and well worth the extra money. You will have a hard time finding a tour that includes so much for the price.

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

Answer: Ever since I was in eighth grade I have wanted to walk on The Great Wall. Our guide told us there was no easy way just harder and hardest. My husband told me I was not 35 anymore and should go with him on the harder climb. Knowing this might be my only chance I went on the hardest. I made it up and down and now it is off my "bucket list." Everything we did was enjoyable. I was fascinated by the architecture and the artwork on the temples and buildings in The Forbidden City. The pedi cab ride through the Hotong was fun as was the experience of riding the Beijing subway.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa had such a bubbly personality and her enthusiasm was infectious. She was always inquiring if we were OK and asking if we needed anything or could she help us. She willingly helped us with vendors and salespeople. On our free day, she accompanied a group of us onto the subway to the National Museum and got us through the entry process. She would joke on the bus and ask us if we wanted to rest or should she "blah." We always opted for her blah and it was always informative. She really made the trip the excellent experience it was.

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

Answer: There is nothing to be afraid of on a trip to China. The country is clean. The accommodations were wonderful. The food was good. The price was more than right. Go for it! You will not regret it.
 
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John & Ruth S, Maryland
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Our first trip to Beijing was an amazing experience. Everything was completely taken care of from beginning to end. Our tour guide Lynn was an absolute delight and made us feel like we could contact her at any given moment when she wasn't traveling with us to answer any questions we might have. The sights and the food were incredible. I was extremely impressed and wouldn't hesitate to recommend China Spree to anyone I know. In fact, my mother is already planning a trip with them.

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

Answer: Our tour guide Lynn was fantastic and went out of her way to help and give advice on sights etc. she made our trip to China very enjoyable. She was extremely friendly and funny. She always made sure to answer every question and gave us her number in case we had anything to ask on our free days. She made an effort to talk to everyone. I can't say enough good things about her.

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

Answer: China is an incredibly exciting, unique place with something for everyone.
 
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Veronica V & Jonathan J, Texas
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Okay. Alan is my name.

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

Answer: Our large group meshed beautifully; Jing was the ideal guide, for me personally, and for the group. I loved seeing sights I've wanted to see since Nixon visited in 1972.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jing was fantastic. Her knowledge and insights drove an understanding beyond the facades we saw. I looked forward to seeing her every day, as she was always patient, cheerful and enthusiastic and did a great job managing a diverse group of 45. Five stars for Jing!

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Penta was the only hotel I stayed in, and I could not have been happier with your selection, and the reasonable cost of a single supplement.

CS: In your opinion, how many good meals did you have during your trip?

Answer: All, and I am not exaggerating.

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

Answer: Do it. I did, and had a fantastic experience!
 
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Alan L, Pennsylvania
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
We were nervous about traveling to China with our children. We were simply amazed at how smooth and enjoyable our experience was with China Spree. Our kids said this was the best trip that we had ever taken. It doesn't get any better than that!

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

Answer: The excellent tour guide, Jing and bus driver, Master Meng. We were nervous about traveling to China but they made it a wonderful experience.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jing had the most influence on our positive rating. She went out of her way to make our experience special. If we had any questions or needed help she would have an answer or she would work immediately be on her phone to find a solution for us.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: We only stayed at the Penta. It was very good and much better than we had expected.

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

Answer: It is not nearly has intimidating has you would expect. China Spree was there for us the entire time. We eventually felt comfortable enough to go off on our own. We never expected that to happen. This was truly an experience that we will never forget.
 
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William & Renee L, Colorado
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
China Spree did a great job, the tour guide spoke excellent English and could not have been more helpful. If you want to see China I would recommend them highly. The hotels was nice, the meals were tasty and the tours were what you would expect.

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

Answer: The tours were great but I was very surprised about the lunches. I didn't know we got free lunches and the places we ate were great.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jing did a fantastic job. She was VERY helpful in every way possible. I would be surprised if anyone in the tour didn't like her.

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

Answer: Beware of pollution! Other than that enjoy your trip.
 
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Anthony R, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
It was a great experience at a great price

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

Answer: Guide, Jing, was excellent. Always there ready to go the extra mile. Tireless in seeing we had everything we wanted and needed.

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

Answer: Go with China Spree
 
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Joseph & Dixie B, Nevada
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
The overall China Spree trip was excellent, and the best was our tour guide very knowledgeable and helpful, I would make another trip and would request Lisa as my tour guide.

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

Answer: Our Travel guide "Lisa", she was so informative and knowledgeable about everything on the trip. She did a great job. If Lisa worked for me, I would make sure I paid her enough to keep her working for my company, she is an excellent employee and a big asset to your company

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: Peking duck meal the best, others good.

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

Answer: Go for it, very well planned and inexpensive.
 
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Duane C, Texas
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Fantastic tour. Fantastic price. Fantastic memories.

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

Answer: Lisa our guide was fantastic. Could not have been better. Been on lots of trips and Lisa was by far the best guide I have had.

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

Answer: Go with a guided tour.
 
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David T & Cynthia H, Texas
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
I loved this tour and loved the way the Chinese culture was explained. We have so many differences but we are all people first. Out guide gave us a great appreciation for your culture, people, and national treasures. I am so glad I got to visit China.

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

Answer: Jing was an exceptional guide and she made our trip informative and fun. Hutong tour was outstanding. It was an add-on and I am so glad we did it.

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

Answer: Enjoy the experience. Open yourself to the experience. There is much to be learned but also we can share our life with our guide. One on one contact is the only way they learn of our culture and how diverse we are as a nation depending on where you come from.
 
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Teresa G & Elizabeth D, Connecticut
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
We were completely satisfied with every aspect of the trip to China, the tours, the accommodations, our guide, and the return trip. I cannot imagine than any other company could possibly do any better than China Spree did for us and our entire group.

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

Answer: The Hutong tour and meal was the highlight of the trip. The entire trip/tour were excellent. Air China's service, comfort, and food were wonderful as well. Usually, the air part of a trip is the worst, but not this time. It was excellent along with the tour itself.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jing was friendly, knowledgeable, and very easy to communicate with. She was informative, helpful, and went out of her way to be sure everyone's needs were met. We could not have asked for a better guide!! We deeply appreciated her in every way.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Traders was wonderful.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: All the meals were good--each was somewhat different from the others, so I really can't compare them. We were very happy with all the food, whether at the hotel for breakfast, or a lunch at a tour stop. The Beijing duck dinner was fantastic, as was the meal we had with the host family on the hutong tour.

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

Answer: Go--do it--take the trip!! It is a once in a lifetime experience, and not to be missed. We're so glad we did this--there are zero regrets!! The country is beautiful, the culture is wonderful, the people are friendly and happy, the city and the facilities are clean, the food is incredible, and we felt welcome and safe our entire time there. We will be going again.
 
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John W & Thomas S, Arizona
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
China Spree is a very reliable company that provides a first class experience in China for their guests.

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

Answer: I particularly enjoyed the home visit and meal with the Chinese family.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa was tuned in to the individual needs of our group. She was always concerned about our safety and wellbeing. She was full of personality, entertaining, knowledgeable, fun to be around, energetic, and the perfect person for her position. She was never too busy or occupied to listen and/or give assistance. She deserves my highest commendation for a job well done.

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

Answer: Do not hesitate to travel with China Spree. The experience is the best value for the dollar spent that you will ever have.
 
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Celia G, Texas
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Yes! Book with China Spree. You will not need to worry about anything and will have the experience of a lifetime.

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

Answer: The rickshaw ride and lunch in a hutong was a very unique experience.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jing spent time not just telling us about China, but about the Chinese people. She hovered over us like a mother hen to make sure that we had everything we needed. I also loved her sense of humor.

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

Answer: I was surprised at how clean and modern Beijing is. The Chinese people are some of the happiest and friendliest people I have ever met.
 
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Linda T, Elizabeth
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

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

Answer: The entire trip was fantastic. We had a professional tour guide, Jing, the hotel was great, the food was fantastic, couldn't have put together a tour like this by myself.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: All meals we had with the tour group were great.

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

Answer: Go for it
 
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Michael F & Christie C, Virginia
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
This is a fantastic trip for the price. They compact a ton of highlights into the 8 day trip that made me wish I had more time there or went with the longer trip. There is a lot of walking and some days you get back to the hotel and all you can do is rest for the next day, but well worth it to get to see the many attractions Beijing has to offer. We had one of the best overall tour guides I've ever had during travel trips. Knowledgeable, down-to-earth and very accessible. Only real negative---There are a few vendor stops for sales pitches (which you can expect for a trip of this price) but there is no real pressure to buy. Considering the amount of attractions you get to see and everything included in the trip, for the price you pay, it is a complete bang for your buck tour. I am already looking into another trip with this company and to China in general.

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

Answer: We had the best tour guide (Pong) I have ever had when traveling.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Great communicator, very accessible and a wonderful mix of passion for Chinese history and knowledge of Beijing today.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: Great variety of breakfast options. They food level was overall good.

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

Answer: The people are helpful and the subways and transit system (for free time) is easy to navigate once you get an initial lay of the land. The Smog problem is real. If you have lung problems I would suggest buying a mask to help you along. The trip was about half blue sky, half dense fog/smog.
 
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Francis H & Jim S, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
This tour is a tremendous value. It includes most of the top attractions in Beijing and we still had time for leisure and shopping. We felt safe and well-informed, and were always treated with great kindness and respect. I would definitely recommend this tour to others.

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

Answer: I liked going to the Temple of Heaven and to the Great Wall and shopping on our free day.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lynn is an excellent guide because she is knowledgeable, funny, smart, diplomatic and is passionate about her job. She made us feel welcome and answered all of our questions. Lynn was on time and made our trip very enjoyable. We did not want to leave her. She is a wonderful person. We feel like we have a friend in China. We liked our driver, Mr. Jung, also. He made us feel very safe.

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

Answer: If you have the opportunity, please go to China. It is a wonderful experience you will not soon forget and the tour is well worth the price you pay.
 
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Monique B & Tyler L, Louisiana
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
China Spree is a class act. I was hesitant to book because, really, how could a company possibly provide the services promised for the price listed? But China Spree not only provided everything promised, but it exceeded my expectations. Our guide was excellent! She spoke English very well, was friendly and personable, and offered lots of insight about China and its customs, treasures, and people. I would highly recommend that anyone considering a trip to China consider booking with China Spree!

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

Answer: Our guide, Lynn, was FANTASTIC!! She truly made the trip an excellent experience. As for the sites we saw, I loved the Great Wall and the time we had there was perfect. Also, having time at the zoo on our optional day was great.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Traders was an excellent choice of hotel.

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

Answer: Just go! Whether China was on your to-do list or not, it's well worth a visit!
 
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Karla C & Drew A, Louisiana
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
China Spree did a great job from beginning to end! The tour guide was amazing! Friendly, happy, funny and very knowledgeable! The pace of the trip was good. The company is well organized and made the trip a delight!

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

Answer: Lynn was our tour guide - she was absolutely fabulous! She was excited and funny - her information was very good - she was well organized. Any time we asked for anything she took care of it immediately - she gave us great advice. She was very knowledgeable and I think she knew the answer to every question we asked - it was great!

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

Answer: If you are debating between companies - I highly recommend China Spree. This was my first international trip and they made it awesome! It was completely worry free - high quality - well organized. I can't say enough good things about this amazing trip. I also took 2 teen-aged boys with me and they had a great time, too!
 
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Kelly & Christopher C, Louisiana
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
At first I thought the price of the trip was "too good to be true". It wasn't. Our tour "Timeless Beijing" was the trip of a lifetime. Our local guide was one of the best I've ever had. Our China Spree tour was the best value I've ever encountered while traveling.

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

Answer: The Summer Palace -- absolutely beautiful scenery, artwork, and architecture.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Our tour guide Lynn was excellent. Definitely one of the best tour guides I've ever had on a guided trip like our Beijing tour. She was so knowledgeable about everything, kind and warm, had a great sense of humor, and got to know each of us personally. She was always prompt and kept the trip together in a timely way.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: The Traders Hotel, Beijing was the only hotel at which we stayed. It was located at a decent location for touring and always impeccably clean.

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

Answer: Don't be afraid of foreign countries and customs. Fear is prison. Beijing is a lovely city and the locals are polite and courteous. Don't expect a lot of English to be spoken, but all necessary signs and the subway are all in English and easily navigatable. When you encounter a language barrier, a smile, patience, and a few basic words in Chinese or English is all it takes.
 
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Jason & Kristi H, Tennessee
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

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

Answer: I found our guide to be an unexpected and brilliant highlight to our trip. I really enjoyed all of the historical sites and the food a great deal.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Nick was an excellent guide who was always available for help and discussion. He really made the trip that much better.

 
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Jessica C & Kathlyn S, Texas
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
This was the best tour we have ever been on and the value was great This was a WOW trip.

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

Answer: Our Tour leader NICK {PONG} WAS OUTSTANDING the best I have ever been with.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Nick always made us feel like we were in good hands at all times. He was ALWAYS available to us even at the hotel. Nick went above any expectations and was always helpful and pleasant in every way. He gave great advice for things to do on our own. His knowledge of China was great we could not have had anyone any better. Thank you for having him as our Tour Guide.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Traders was our only Hotel and it was excellent.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: The meal at the home in the Hutong district, the Peaking Duck and others were all satisfactory.

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

Answer: You will enjoy China.
 
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Dale & Margaret S, Illinois
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Wonderful trip!

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

Answer: The highlight of our trip was watching our daughter experience all that China has to offer. We especially enjoyed observing her interact with locals.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jing is friendly, professional, knowledgeable, personable, organized and an all around great tour leader.

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

Answer: Enjoy!
 
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Todd, Shannon & Inari W, Oregon
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Just got back from a week in Beijing and had a wonderful time. The trip exceeded our expectations, our guide was fantastic and could not have been any nicer. We really covered Beijing.

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

Answer: Our tour guide Pong(nick) was fantastic. We got so much historical and practical information, he went above and beyond.

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

Answer: Take the trip, it's worth it!
 
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Marion S & Susan M, Texas
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
We, and several of the fellow travelers we talked to, went on this trip because it was "a good deal", and everything exceeded our expectations. At Beijing airport, we talked to travelers from another tour who were a bit disappointed about their guide. Ours was excellent.

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

Answer: We had a great time.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: All were good.

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

Answer: Go for it!
 
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Genevieve & Eric W, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Best planned, organized and implemented trip I have ever been on. Had a good balance of guided and free time. Incredible value and experience. Impossible to beat this trip for value and variety.

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

Answer: The guide's knowledge of history and the places we went enhanced everything.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Nick prepared us for what was to come each day, gave us tips on how to enhance our experience, explained and gave history of things as we toured. Gave us short lessons in Chinese (and quizzes with feedback). He made sure everyone was taken care of from meals to being dressed appropriately (warm) for the weather. He checked everyone's flights the day prior to departure to make sure there were no problems. He did some small individual things for people that were just because he is a nice person. He kept 46 people together for a week such that no one got lost. We always had a place and time to rejoin if we went off on our own. He kept us together like "sticky rice". He also emphasized how to avoid negative experiences (like pickpockets) and which toilets were cleanest.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: The breakfast bar at Traders was like being on a cruise ship, and maybe even better. The variety and quality was unmatched by any place else I've been.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: They were all good. There was enough variety that I could have plenty of what I liked and skip what I didn't care for.

 
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Kenneth & Regina B, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
This was the trip of a lifetime. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this trip. China Spree has done a fantastic job of building a tour experience that introduces one to all aspects of Chinese culture. They took care of every detail so that the daily tours were worry free. From the sumptuous American breakfasts and delicious Chinese lunches to the entertaining and informative tour guided walks through 4,000 year old historic structures, we were caught up in the wonder of Chinese culture and history. I went to China with no notion of how I would perceive this trip. It was a most wonderful immersion in the Chinese people and their history. I wouldn't trade this rare experience for anything. Thank you China Spree!! Sandy

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

Answer: The hotel was very comfortable and nice. The meals provided were delicious. The tour bus was clean and comfortable. But the best part was the tour guide. Peng was wonderful. With a degree in history, he was able to give us so much detail about all the wonderful places we visited. I learned so much!

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Peng was wonderful. He was kind, considerate, and very concerned with our happiness and wellbeing. He was very knowledgeable of the sites we toured. His degree in history made his narratives interesting and helpful. I feel as though I have made a wonderful new friend and am saddened that I will likely never see him again. He is a treasure!! China Spree don't let him go!! He was always available to us, staying in our hotel. He knew intimately all of the places we toured. He told us wonderful stories during our rides to and from the sites. He had a great sense of humor and was always smiling and approachable. He "went the extra mile" to help us with personal jaunts that were not on the tour schedule.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: I thoroughly enjoyed every meal we were served. No disappointments.

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. The English speaking tour guides will make this an informative and enjoyable tour. And China Spree will take care of all the details, so your trip is worry free.
 
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Sandra & James B, North Carolina
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

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

Answer: The Great Wall, the optional Peking duck day especially the rickshaw ride and trip to Mrs. Fang. Our tour guide Jing was amazing.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jing was friendly, clear spoken, smart. She handled many different personalities and styles of travelers with ease. She was a mother duck and we were her ducklings. She helped us check in and out of the hotel. She brought us, on time, to each activity and answered all questions. I couldn't recommend her enough.

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

Answer: My family of four traveled to Bejing with China Spree. It exceeded our expectations. The price is unbelievable. We saw 8 of the top 10 travel destinations in our 5 days of touring. Amazing. Our guide, Jing, was phenomenal. We even had some free time to swim, ice skate and brave the subway and explore on our own. I still can't believe we had 2 hotel rooms, 2 meals a day, all our entrance fees paid, our airfare as well. We will be looking into China Spree's other vacation options. They were so organized, and provided fantastic pre-trip information. It is not a "plop on the beach, read a book" vacation, but an amazing adventure our family will not forget. Go, just go.
 
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Heather & Desmond H, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Excellent Value! We thought this deal had to be too good to be true... but it wasn't! The trip beyond exceeded our expectations. I'm disappointed that I didn't share this deal with more family and friends. The ease of how this trip ran was great. The constant communication updates from China Spree, the guidance from our guide, all the sites we got to see. I truly experienced a trip of a lifetime and China Spree made all that possible at such an affordable rate. In fact I'm looking into going again with China Spree and this time taking my mom with me because we had such a wonderful time. I'd also like to thank our tour guide Lynn, who was so sweet and informative with our group! What are you waiting for, book now! :)

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

Answer: Members of my group were skeptical prior to leaving on our trip and I have to admit that I was a little nervous the days leading up to our departure. But there is absolutely not one thing I can think of that went wrong or I would change. The trip was fantastic. The highlight would be the People of china are so accommodating and our Tour Guide Lynn! She was fabulous and a great source of knowledge, you could see the pride she had in her country. The other highlight is obviously getting to walk the Great Wall - a truly lasting memory.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: She was Amazing! We truly were sad to leave Lynn. She was extremely friendly and made sure we all enjoyed our time. She answered all our questions and was very relate able. She had a great understanding of not only Chinese Culture but American Culture. I'd highly recommend a tour with Lynn.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Traders hotel is a very nice hotel, the Staff were all accommodating. There were so much to do in the hotel. I enjoyed having the hotel linked to the mall and having access to the subway. it was a great location.

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

Answer: I was nervous going to China but all my fears were dispelled. It was a great time. The people of China are friendly and make you almost feel like a celebrity with wanting to take pictures with you! Ha! The city feels completely safe and is really clean. I would highly recommend visiting. There is so much to see and do!
 
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Cassandra A, Princesa S, Catrina A & Mark P, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
I just returned from an 8-day Timeless Beijing Tour with China Spree. I believe the agency is an excellent operator for Chinese tour, and my tour guide Jing Liang is the best to represent its professionalism and mindset of full client satisfaction. The travel plan scheduled me and another six members flew from Houston one day ahead and we were picked up and arranged to check into the hotel by another local guide. Jing was attentive to call us separately to ensure everyone was ok and explained she did not meet us was due to she was waiting for pick up the rest of the group at the airport. And she gave us her phone number, told us she would be available all times during the trip and asked us not hesitates to call if she could be any help. On the first day Jing guided us through the entire trip schedules with an orientation; and briefed us with a daily schedule subsequently and continued till the departure. Each day she gave out practical travel and shopping advices, and used the transportation time to describe Beijing's local customs, people's everyday life, and common Chinese policies. The way she led the discussion always got a lot of feedbacks followed by more Q&As. When she did not have an answer for a question, she would look up the answer and got back to us. This was a huge difference from some other tour guides that might just made something up to get by and this was highly appreciated by my group members. She always remained cool and pleasant even when we were running behind schedule due to the heavy traffic or when someone wandered away. She made us feel the tour was effortless on her part, but everyone agreed that it required a lot of preparation and coordination with perfect mental and physical fitness. My group exclusively consists of people from US and Canada, her English was impeccable and the communication skills were outstanding. Also the experience was demonstrated in the mastery of describing the tour features as well as the culture of her country and people. She had a very easy-going and relaxing manner that made the entire trip very enjoyable. Quite often she made jokes using only native English speaking people could master. She was caring about group member's wellness. One example was that in each group meal she always came to each table to ensure everyone had a good meal and brought in extra drinks (e.g. beer, mineral water, etc.). She spent so much time to describe each Chinese dish to our curious minds and I was not sure she ever had a chance to eat. We also had a birthday cake one day to celebrate two member's birthdays. Another example was that in multiple occasions she became a shopping bags carrier just to alleviate some member's loads while making sure we got a good deal. I am very fortunate to have opportunities to travel to 20+ countries and have spent years working in countries outside US ; my experience tell me that a people represents his/her country more than any of its historic buildings and features. Overall Jing was the biggest contributor to this wonderful journey; and she would be most memorable feature to me when I recall this trip again.

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

Answer: Had Jing Liang as my tour guide, and thank you for this arrangement!

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

Answer: He/she shall try China Spree and enjoy the whole process.
 
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Chengchien W, Houston
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Great Trip, excellent for the price. It is and Adventure not a vacation. Expect the unexpected and just relax and have fun !

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

Answer: Yes loved the Great Wall experience and the Rickshaw bike ride thru the Hutong neighborhood. Also every since the 2008 Olympics I wanted to see the Bird Nest and I was so happy to finally get a chance to see it. I also enjoyed the Chinese food lunches and dinners.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jing was always readily available to ask questions and was very helpful, we will certainly request her if I return for another tour and when I recommend the tour to friends.

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

Answer: One of the top traveling places to visit and sightsee without breaking the bank !
 
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Zelma H & Elander B, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
We would highly recommend China Spree to all potential travelers to Beijing. We travel a lot and this ranks as the # 1 trip we have taken. I would use China Spree again for my next China trip!

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

Answer: Our tour guide (Lynn) was absolutely GREAT! We cannot say enough great things about her. She made our trip wonderful!!! Please tell her boss how much we enjoyed her service and how great she is!

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lynn was GREAT! Her English was very good. She was always happy and efficient. She kept the group organized and moving on schedule the entire week and always with a smile and humor. We cannot say enough great things about how wonderful Lynn is as a tour guide. I would want her as our tour guide the next time we travel to China! I think she is the best guide we have had anywhere we have traveled in the world.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: This was a great hotel. The location was perfect. The room quality was wonderful and very clean. The staff was always helpful and the breakfast had a huge selection of very good food every day.

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

Answer: We traveled in February which was really cold, but the lines everywhere were really small and we got to see things very easily. Just dress warm and bring a mask for the pollution. We also got to enjoy some of the Chinese New Year celebration, which was great.
 
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Lauren K & Linda V, Georgia
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
China Spree made our trip to China the absolute best we have ever taken. We are going to South America in June and we are wishing that Peru Spree was a possibility.

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

Answer: Our tour guide, Dong Lin (Lynn) was simply amazing. She was incredibly knowledgeable about all of the sites that we visited. The optional tour with the Hutong tour, lunch with the family and traditional Peking duck dinner was the highlight of the entire trip.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lynn's passion for her job was evident from the moment we met. She was positive and patient even though some of the travelers in our group had temporarily lost their luggage upon arrival. Lynn spoke English very well and had a diverse vocabulary. I have found myself repeating her explanation of the sights that we saw to family and friends because they were very clear and succinct. My wife and I both are certain that when we return to China we would not want anyone other than Lynn to show us around. She is adorable!

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: I thought the food was excellent. I even asked our tour guide if we were experiencing what actual Chinese residents ate because I liked everything. I think we experienced a very diverse set of meals and I particularly liked the family style arrangement. It gave us a real opportunity to get to know the others in our group.

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

Answer: China is a magical place filled with rich history and wonderful people. Do not be afraid or hesitant to go because China Spree makes the adventure easy and life changing
 
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Travis C & Luz B, Texas
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
This trip was excellent value for money, and every effort was made to provide an excellent service.

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

Answer: The trip to the temple of heaven.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Our tour guide, Dong Lin, was excellent. I don't think we could have had a better guide. She was fantastic.

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

Answer: This trip made a great introduction to china and it's culture
 
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Peta Anne Dorothy N, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
My husband and I just could not pass up the opportunity to book our trip with ChinaSpree. We had no intention of travelling to China in the near future but the affordability of the trip changed our minds. With such low cost, we were unsure of what to expect on our fist group tour experience. From the onset of the trip, we were continually impressed with the service, accommodations, itinerary and our wonderful tour guide. We and others in our group kept asking ourselves how it was possible to have such an amazing vacation for so little cost. ChinaSpree must be magic because we were in a great location, had wonderful food, saw the most amazing sights and can't wait to tour with ChinaSpree again. Thank you to all the ChinaSpree staff for giving us this experience!

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

Answer: Our tour guide, Lynn, was outstanding. We loved the experience we had at the Great Wall as well.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lynn was exceptional. She was very good at explaining the Chinese culture behind modern day practices as well as ancient customs. She was very informational without showing any bias. She shared more than information that was pertinent to the outings for the day and it made the trip more complete. She also was very helpful with where to buy certain items and how to navigate the city easily.

CS: Comment on your hotels

Answer: We only stayed at Traders and thought it was a very nice hotel. It is perfectly located, very convenient with the amenities we expected to find at any American hotel. We loved the breakfast every morning. It was outstanding.

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

Answer: The air quality is shocking and once you get past that, Beijing has the most incredible history! We saw sights that we never expected to see in our lifetime. We had a wonderful group of people and had so much fun with everyone. Even if China wasn't on your radar before, do not miss this opportunity to climb the Great Wall, walk where emperors walked, experience a life that is completely different from Western culture and eat some amazing food.
 
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Crystal Michelle & Jeremiah Lee L, New Mexico
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
I saw the low price for this trip on the internet and thought it couldn't possibly be true. I looked into it and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did- what a wonderful trip start to finish! Absolutely delighted with every detail. It may be a discount price but it is definitely not a discount tour. I would recommend this trip to anyone! My teenage children and I loved it and would go again.

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

Answer: My whole goal was to walk the great wall and it was everything I hoped it would be. We were able to spend several hours there. My children LOVED this day best!!! Another thing we really liked was spending time in the parks during morning exercize. Fabulous experience!!

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Our tour guide, Lynn, was amazing! Her Chinese name is Dong Lin. She was kind, understanding, knowledgeable, helpful, timely, and funny. She made the trip special.

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

Answer: We only stayed at the Traders Hotel of Beijing Shangri-la. It was GREAT! Comfortable beds, nice wake up calls, the bottles of water were fabulous, marvelous buffet breakfast, helpful concierge desk, beautiful and a wonderful location. (LOVED the doorbells)

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

Answer: I saw the low price for this trip on the internet and thought it couldn't possibly be true. I looked into it and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did- what a wonderful trip start to finish! Absolutely delighted with every detail. It may be a discount price but it is definitely not a discount tour. I would recommend this trip to anyone! My teenage children and I loved it and would go again. Our guide was friendly, spoke English well, gave us interesting insights, helped us find good toilets, and gave us useful tips. Hotel and food were great!
 
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Tammy, Malachi & Jackson W, Iowa
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
I thought this trip seemed dubious at first because of the amazing price and all the services, meals and quality it was promising. This trip ended up surpering me and surpassing my expectations. It has the best value for its price. I would go on another trip with China Spree hands down.

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

Answer: Everything was fantastic.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: She had great people skills, was pleasant and helpful.

 
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Betsy Lynn L & Molly Kathryn B, Virginia
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
My husband and I just could not pass up the opportunity to book our trip with ChinaSpree. We had no intention of travelling to China in the near future but the affordability of the trip changed our minds. With such low cost, we were unsure of what to expect on our fist group tour experience. From the onset of the trip, we were continually impressed with the service, accommodations, itinerary and our wonderful tour guide. We and others in our group kept asking ourselves how it was possible to have such an amazing vacation for so little cost. ChinaSpree must be magic because we were in a great location, had wonderful food, saw the most amazing sights and can't wait to tour with ChinaSpree again. Thank you to all the ChinaSpree staff for giving us this experience!

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: Lynn was exceptional. She was very good at explaining the Chinese culture behind modern day practices as well as ancient customs. She was very informational without showing any bias. She shared more than information that was pertinent to the outings for the day and it made the trip more complete. She also was very helpful with where to buy certain items and how to navigate the city easily.

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

Answer: The air quality is shocking and once you get past that, Beijing has the most incredible history! We saw sights that we never expected to see in our lifetime. We had a wonderful group of people and had so much fun with everyone. Even if China wasn't on your radar before, do not miss this opportunity to climb the Great Wall, walk where emperors walked, experience a life that is completely different from Western culture and eat some amazing food.
 
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Crystal Michelle & Jeremiah Lee L, New Mexico
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
I loved this experience. The tour guide was so friendly, the hotel was very nice, the tour hit the key spots and gave enough time to explore on our own, which is important to me, since I rarely will sign up for tours.

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

Answer: Hotel was a nice surprise. Tour guide lin dong was so much fun.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: She was fun and always on the look out for the guests. She answered questions with no attitude and was very eager to help everyone.

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

Answer: You must do this tour with China Spree!
 
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Dennis Michael B, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
 
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Nancy S, Virginia
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
While the entire tour met our expectations, I feel like you should not list the gratuity recommendations on the travel booklet. That is an insult in my opinion.

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

Answer: Having an American group with us was very nice. The highlight of our trip was the compassion and total awesome experience with Lisa Li, our tour guide.

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

Answer: If you are looking for an inexpensive travel experience, I would recommend China Spree. You will find their service to be professional, courteous and the overall experience is memorable. I had many questions about the trip and every question was answered. I was walked through the entire process with tender hands; as a first time International traveler, that was very important. China Spree and the Tour Guide was amazing!
 
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Amanda R, Elijah S & Athan B, Florida
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
This was absolutely the best tour I've ever taken. Normally I arrange my own tours when traveling, but as this was offered as a package deal, I took it. I cannot say enough good things about China Spree's service, knowledge, and choice of sights, hotels, shows, restaurants, etc.

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

Answer: I asked my friends on the trip with me what was their favorite thing we did. The answers varied from riding the rickshaws, going to the Chinese Acrobatic Show to Climbing the Great Wall to seeing the Pandas. The trip was so outstanding, it would be difficult to pick just one thing.

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

Answer: Don't hesitate to take a trip booked through China Spree. It is top-notch in every area. One thing I would like to add for future travelers. Please advise them not to buy electronics from the Silk Market as they are probably fake and will not work. (Iphone and Ipad completely useless)
 
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Charlotte C, Charleen H & Shannon M, Alabama
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
China Spree's trip is the best value I've ever seen. The flight is non-stop, the tours cover major tourist sites, the guides speak good English, the hotel is excellent--everything you get with a much more expensive tour. I'd travel with them again in a minut

CS: How did this China trip live up to your expectation?

Answer: Exceed my Expectation

 
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Loralee M & Scazzola K, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
The trip to Beijing totally lived up to my expectations! Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. Our tour group was small in number(14) which made it easy for us to "bond" and enjoy the experience together.

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

Answer: The Forbidden City and the summer palace were fascinating. The rickshaw ride in the Hotung area was truly memorable and the home cooked meal served by our friendly hostess was excellent.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa Li was friendly, very knowledgeable, patient, thorough, perky, open to any question and tireless in her efforts to make our tour a memorable one

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

Answer: Do not be afraid to go! It is worth the long plane ride to visit another culture with a fascinating history and a modern city of four star hotels, restaurants and shops.
 
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Sherry B & Dana B, Illinois
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Traveling with China Spree was a great experience for me and my friends. The trip was affordable with high quality adventures! The hotels were really nice, and the planned meals were great, too! Each day was planned efficiently, and my tour guide effectively executed the tours with her immense knowledge of the sites. At each destination, there was plenty of time for our tour guide's explanations, site seeing, picture taking, and bathroom breaks. For me, the best part was the tour group. Our tour guide fostered warmth and joy, and we all felt like a family during the trip.

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

Answer: I enjoyed my tour guide, Lisa, and the skillful bus driver, Yao. Lisa was fun and hospitable. She made me feel safe and comfortable. She also shared interesting and fun knowledge about Beijing and about the places we've visited. I also have to say the weather was unexpectedly great. My group and I were very lucky to come on a week when the skies were clear and blue, and the smog wasn't visible.

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

Answer: I stayed at Park Plaza Beijing Science Park for most of my trip and Trader's Hotel by Shangri-la for one night. They are both very nice hotels. I liked Trader's Hotel's location a lot more than Park Plaza's because of its proximity to markets and other sites. At Park Plaza, I like the receptionists and concierge staff. They had been helpful, patient, and kind. The cleaning staff are great, too. I also like that both hotels give complementary water bottles! The free water bottles helped me a lot.

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 don't think I'm a picky eater, and I enjoyed all the meals that China Spree had planned. I thought authentic Chinese food would look and taste different from what I'm used to seeing in the Bay Area in California, but perhaps my taste buds can't tell the difference between authentic Chinese food and Americanized Chinese food. Here's a list of the planned meals that I enjoyed on the trip: 1. Lunch at Hutong 2. Peking duck 3. Everything else not at breakfast 4. Breakfasts

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

Answer: Beijing has a rich history and a different culture from what I'm used to. Other than the marvelous sites, the bustling city is amazing, too. If you're planning on traveling to Beijing, come with an open mind and get ready for an adventure!
 
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Stephanie N, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Our expectations were exceeded when we arrived in China. It was one memorable event after another, from one day to the next. We even did a side trip to Xian. What an amazing sight, were the terra cotta warriors. We are SO impressed & pleased w/ China Spree for making this the vacation of a lifetime. We waited so very long to travel to China for the very first time & are SO happy we did it with China Spree.

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

Answer: We loved the Great Wall

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

Answer: Just do it!, I know you are hesitant and U are doubting.... Is this too good to be true. And, it is all true that China Spree has to offer.
 
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Stephen & Brigette Q, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
It was definitely nice to have structure and direction the first few days. However, we especially enjoying having the last two days to explore on our own. The Beijing tour was a good sampler of Chinese culture. It was interesting to see firsthand the overlay of modern culture and commerce atop the backdrop of ancient knowledge and tradition.

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

Answer: We especially enjoyed seeing older Chinese people in the park at the Temple of Heaven. The outdoor equipment for exercising, specifically for adults, is unique. I haven't seen anything like it in the U.S.

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: Every meal was good in some respects. 1- Marc like the food at the mall. 2- I liked going to the local restaurant, probably because it was one of my first experiences eating Chinese food in China.

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

Answer: It is actually a really good deal for the price. We didn't really know what to expect from a week long, inclusive trip that was cheaper than the typical price of airfare, but the trip was well organized, fun, and memorable.
 
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Marc & Michelle L, Minnesota
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
I would highly recommend China Spree to everyone who wants an amazing tour of Beijing. The price is amazing and the experience is unforgettable.

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

Answer: Everything was absolutely wonderful, but our guide, Amy, made the trip wonderful. She was knowledgable, humorous, patient, flexible, and professional. If we travel with China Spree again we will definitely request Amy.

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

Answer: Park Plaza is a very nice hotel and the breakfast buffet is amazing

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 thought all were excellent.

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

Answer: Make this trip a priority! It is too good to pass on.
 
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Arthur & Linda P, New York
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
best travel we had it was so cheep for what we got 4 star hotel great food and many places to go so far i never seen better then china spree

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

Answer: it was more then we expected excellent service

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 perfect

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: it was great food restaurants

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

Answer: all good

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

Answer: Lisa was our guide did an exellent job

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 smiling happy love to do anything nice person we all loved her

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

Answer: dont even think take my word on this ther the best in what they saying is all true and more then we thought it will be everyone was shock what we got and saw i will always go with this co thanks.
 
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Tony T & Aline K, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
As a testimonial I'd have to say that China Spree puts on an excellent trip for the value that you receive. They did an excellent job getting us ready for a trip to China before we left, during and when it was time to go home.

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

Answer: The hotel was excellent with the breakfast being the best I have ever eaten. Service at the hotel was great too. Our guide, Lisa was excellent and really worked to show us a great time and inform us of all the history and customs in China. She tried to give us valuable information that would help us out during our time in Beijing and for any further trips to China.

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'm not familiar with features from competitor travel sites but what I really appreciate Spree Travel was able to offer us was VALUE, there is no way a competitor travel agency or company could have offered all that we received on this trip. The trip was very valuable and really hope that we will be able to find a value with Spree travel for one of the other tours that they offer. I think that Spree does a GREAT job on what they offered on this tour and hope that if we are able to go on another tour that we are able to receive as much of more value for our money.

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

Answer: I think think every feature from the moment that you arrive was great and didn't think anything was unnecessary.

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

Answer: Our guide Lisa was great and tried to give us the best tour possible and any information that would make the tour good for us.

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: Lisa took the time to take care of all 38 persons on the trip, she offered us information and understanding of the Chinese Culture and experience that helped us have a excellent trip and tour.

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

Answer: Everything was pretty complete.

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

Answer: Chose China Spree if you have never traveled to China before.
 
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Bernard F & Magdalena P, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

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

Answer: Our tour guide Amy was absolutely amazing! She was charming, energetic, knowledgable, friendly and patient. She was definitely the highlight of our trip. One instance that stood out the most was when we were caught in afternoon traffic and we had to make it to the Acrobatics Show. Amy had planned for us to have dinner before the show but due to the traffic we had to go direclty to the theater. In an effort to please everyone, Amy went out of her way to purchase us KFC wings and delivered them right to our seats at the theater.

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 in terms of logistics, the bus driver was exceptional and the tour guide was always on 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: Amy was simply amazing! She was very knowledgeable about the culture and had many interesting stories to tell. What stood out the most to me and my partner was that she was always in an outstanding mood and filled with tons of positive energy. I couldn't have asked for a better guide.

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

Answer: I only stayed at the Park Plaza at Science Park in Beijing. Breakfast was amazing, the room was great and was always kept clean, hotel is in a good location (close to a Walmart and some eateries)

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 don't think you should arrange western style meals, after all people who come to China are likely open to trying local food. You could always note in the trip details that restaurants such as Pizza Hut, KFC and other western foods are easily available (for instance, there was a KFC and Pizza Hut within walking distance of our Park Plaza hotel).

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

Answer: I think it was great; the only thing you could do (for those who are not as open minded as myself) is to include in the trip details the availability of Western food (maybe name a couple of places within walking distance of the hotel). I know there were a few people on the tour that did not really eat any of the planned meals so that may have helped them.

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

Answer: From the moment I booked the trip with Travel Zoo to my return yesterday, everything was phenomenal. China Spree was extremely well organized, they provided all the necesary information in a very timely manner and assisted with any questions / concerns we had. The trip itself was a huge success, all the guided tours were amazing as well as the accomodations and the food. I was surprised to find so many great people on the trip, it was such an enjoyable experience. From talking to everybody we met over there, I didn't hear of a single person complaining about China Spree, it was all positive!
 
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Didier C & Katherine C, Texas
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

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

Answer: The Air China plane ride from Houston to Beijing and back---the food was absolutely wonderful and the service was 5 star. The Great Wall, and my husband eating 3 fresh, fried scorpions in the Beijing Square, on his bucket list, and Lisa Li, the tour guide, the most wonderful human being, the people, the culture, the experience---best trip of our lifetime-----ohh wait, did you say one highlight??

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----NOTHING----NOTHING----NOTHING---

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: NOTHING---NOTHING----NOTHING----

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: We have never experienced such personal and pleasing service from a tour guide---she was so very friendly, helpful, intelligent, and had a smile on her face the entire trip----we feel blessed to have been with her!!!

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

Answer: Jianguo Hotel Beijing---ohh my gosh---it is like being in heaven---best location, best service, best food, and the smell of this hotel was beyond 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: 10

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: NO---we enjoyed every single meal, and the Peking Duck was so fabulous that we wanted to cry.

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: We loved every meal, and did not become tired of the Chinese Food; however, we were in Beijing for the 8 days, so don't know about eating them longer than that, but again, the food was so fresh and delicious that we looked forward to eating them with great anticipation daily.

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: In China, because it is much fresher---every meal agreed with us.
 
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Donald & Paula K, Texas
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Overall this trip was excellent and above expectations. I would recommend it highly for an overview of China, its history and the beauty of the country. I am a grandmother and I did not feel threatened or unsafe at any time on this trip. The people of China are very helpful and courteous. Great time!!

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

Answer: The great wall was so spectacular and the optional tour to a Chinese home in the Hutong was wonderful. Our guide Daniel, was exceptional. He was attuned to our every need and I felt his friendship immediately. He made me feel so well taken care of and his English was great. It was not just that he spoke well but that he understood American customs so well that he met our every need. We all laughed a lot and that was good medicine. Everything about the trip was so above expectation. The hotel staff was helpful and our room was very comfortable. The people on our tour were the best and I expect to be in touch with some of them here in the states.

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 at Glory Mall, meal in Chinese home, Chinese pancake on the street, hotel breakfast. All were good.

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: Did not have any bad 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: We were able to get western style meals when we wanted them so no problems with food.

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

Answer: Try it, you will love it!
 
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Mary T & Susan R, New York
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
China Spree is the only tour company to take to China. They give you the best tour for your money. They give you everything and include everything up front. They do not nickel and dime you to death. They go to the best places and you stay in the best hotels and the meals are excellent. The tour guides are the best and are very knowledgeable and caring. The go out of their way to make sure you are taken care of and have the best tours. The places you visit are the top sightseeing places.

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

Answer: We had the best tour guide that you could have - Lisa Li. She was the best of the best!!!!!

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: There were no problems. Lisa took care of everything so there would be no problems.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: Lisa was the best of the best!!! She went out of her way to make sure we had the best tour ever. When I saw that she was our guide at the airport, I was very excited as I had her as a guide this past March!!! She is excellent and loves to show us her China!!!!!

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 were good. Houtong meal was the best. No problem with any of the 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: There is no need to on this tour as your dinners are left up to us.

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: Chinese - it looks the same but the taste is better as the seasonings are better.

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

Answer: all was good!

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

Answer: Take China Spree as they are the only tour company to take to China!!!!!
 
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John C, Texas
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
This was the most incredible trip I have ever taken!! China Spree took wonderful care of us from beginning to end. Our tour guide (Daniel) was amazing. His knowledge of China, his fun personality, and his devotion to all of us was truly sincere and made our trip one of a kind. I can't say enough good things about China Spree! I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone!

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

Answer: I really loved our travel guide Daniel. He was so kind and friendly and very knowledgeable of China. We always felt safe with him. He looked out for us everywhere, even to our departure at the airport. If all of your tour guides are like Daniel, your company will continue to succeed. Because of him, our trip was absolutely amazing! Please extend my thanks to Daniel. : -) In terms of the tours, I enjoyed the acrobatic show, Temple of Heaven, and Hutong tour the most.

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: Again, everything was perfect. We were able to see many things in a very short period of time.

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 would always recommend China Spree. The food and tours were excellent, and having a fun and knowledgeable tour guide made the trip spectacular!

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

Answer: I enjoyed everything on this trip!

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 Jade Market - 6 Hutong Tour - 1

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 prefer China. Our version of Chinese food is too full of MSG and is too rich.

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

Answer: Take this trip!!! It was absolutely amazing!!!
 
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Clara S & Paula B, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
China spree was one of the best tours I have ever taken....would highly recommend. Very knowledgable and much attention to detail. The trip far exceeded my expectations.

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

Answer: It absolutely exceeded my expectations....I have already recommended it to several people in the airport on my way home.....Daniel our tour guide was professional, attentive and gave us his all.

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

Answer: Nothing....everything was Great!!

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

Answer:

Daniel our tour guide was the Best....his knowledge, professionalism and attentiveness were fabulous. I travel internationally all the time. I have travelled extensively in Europe, Japan, S. Korea, Thailand, Phillipines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Bali, central America, Australia and New Zealand. Daniel stood out as one of the best tour guides. I have also lived in Japan, Italy

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: As I stated above his knowledge, professionalism and attentiveness were above par!!!

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

Answer: The location was fabulous....market close by, subway entrance close by, walked 3 blocks and found a hutong so had local flavor, massage shop close by, good restaurants close by.....Location was just Great!

CS: Are there any specific problems you experienced regarding the accommodations we provided for you during your trip?

Answer: All Good

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: We had enough free time to eat a Western Meal if we wanted and Breakfast had enough variety to allow for Western Breakfast.....loved all the fruit and the coffee was excellent ....wish I had bought some to bring back home

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: All Good

CS: If you are vegetarian, did you find the meals we provide acceptable to vegetarians in terms of variety and quality? Did you have enough to eat? Did your tour guide assist you with your special dietary request? What could China Spree have done to make it more convenient for vegetarians or those with special dietary requests?

Answer: All Good

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

Answer: All Good
 
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Mary T & Susan R, North Carolina
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Our experience TRULY exceeded all our expectations! The hotels were excellent. The breakfasts were outstanding. The tour guide was phenomenal. Everything went so smoothly and according to plan. We feel we got more value for our money than we could have expected!

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

Answer: Our tour guide Lisa Li exceeded all of our expectations. Her warmth, kindness and knowledge were beyond anything we could have hoped for in a tour guide. The trip wouldn't have been the same without her!

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: Lisa was an integral part of making this an enjoyable trip. Her attitude and warmth made us enjoy seeing her everyday. She always cared to make sure that each and every person was satisfied. She made us feel like family. She was always on time and stayed late to make sure everyone was settled in and comfortable in our hotel. Her knowledge about all the places we visited made it a truly enjoyable experience. She's a true asset to China Spree and our experience would not have been as good without her.

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

Answer: Do NOT miss out on this trip. China Spree is the best way to tour China. You won't regret it! We are planning to use China Spree again in the future.
 
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Odi & Liat M, Texas
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
I cannot say enough good things about our trip. We went on the 8 day Timeless Beijing in late November and had the time of our lives. Our tour guide was Lisa, who is just fantastic. She is very passionate about her job and goes out of her way to provide comfort to her guests. And definitely book the optional tours! We enjoyed those days so much and I would have been very sad to miss them. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this trip. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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

Answer: Our tour guide, Lisa, really made our trip fantastic. I think she was the highlight that made our trip so memorable and comfortable. I will always remember how caring, knowledgable, and friendly she is.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: Lisa did everything perfectly. I honestly don't have anything but great things to say about her. She is such a genuine person and very lovely. Her passion for her job shines through. She is so knowledgeable and had no trouble answering any question thrown at her. Her understanding of the English language and American culture also struck me. She was very open with us and assured us we could ask her anything. I loved her.

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: While there were a lot of Chinese meals, I don't think it merits getting western style food. If someone decides to visit China, it's natural to expect Chinese cuisine. If someone gets tired of the meals, they have several free dinners to go get a hamburger.

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

Answer: Throw away all of your preconceived notions about China. Go and have fun! You are in good hands with this company and their tour guides.
 
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Jared & Kimberly M, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
I would encourage anyone to give China Spree a try. This was my very first tour, and I was pleasantly surprised. The price is unbeatable. It is fun traveling in a group, I met very interesting people on our group. There were 35 of us, which was a nice number. The tour guide really made the trip so nice with all her knowledgeable information and her great personality.

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

Answer: Our guide, Lisa Li, was exceptional.

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: The Chinese acrobat show was a tour highlight for me.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: Lisa Li had a great personality, so personable. She made us feel very cared for, and we cared for her back. Always patient, always willing to answer questions. Always asking for our input if there was a decision to be made. Kept track of everyone really well. Great vocabulary. Knows Beijing well.

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

Answer: The breakfast was great. Concierge always available and knowledgeable.

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 were good and plentiful.

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

Answer: I was pleased with the food, overall.

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

Answer: Beijing is a modern, international city. It is not "third world". Don't be afraid to travel to major cities in China. They are clean and modern. And you can find food that you will be happy to eat.
 
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Janice & Jane B, Texas
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
My first thought when I saw the Special Offer for 8 Days Beijing was "This cannot be for real". My trip was so much fun, interesting, I learned so much about the culture, history ( especially in Beijing ), saw so many amazing things in my week in China - and I am already thinking about coming back to China with Chinaspree. I can only recommend visiting with Chinaspree !

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

Answer: First highlight : our Guide Lynn Dong - she greeted us at the airport with a big smile and set the tone for a vacation filled with giggles, laughter, lots of information... she managed to guide us in a way that at the end we all felt like one big family. ( I had been very apprehensive before the trip about guided tours - and was so pleasantly surprised). Every day had new highlights, the sights, the colors, the history. The visit at the Great Wall stands out, as well as our optional tour point visiting a family in a Hutong. At the end of our visit there we all wanted to take the hosts back home with us :) The food - I love the fact that we ate Chinese style - If in China, do as the Chinese ! Did not see a section to comment on our bus driver : He was amazing ! Greeted us with a smile every day - helped some of our tour members out by assisting to get on the bus if needed, excellent driver !

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: N/A It was PERFECT !

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

Answer: It was perfect !

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

Answer: Lynn was professional, has an infectious giggle, explained and told us so many interesting things beside the historical information of the sites we visited and the culture. She set the tone for our whole group, which in turn encouraged our group to reach out to each other, and feel like "family". I think she made every single one of us special, and talking to other people in my group we all agreed on how lucky we were to have Lynn as our guide !

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 - Visit at the Hutong Family. Every place else got 2nd place ( still an excellent)

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 in China do as the Chinese do ! I can have western style meals the rest of the year !

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 every bite !

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

Answer: It was an absolutely wonderful experience ! I would visit China again in a heartbeat !
 
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Angela S, Nevada
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Fantastic trip. Well worth the money and everything that was supposed to happen, did. Great tour guide, nice bus, great accommodations. I don't think you could improve anything

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

Answer: Loved the Summer Palace, Great Wall

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: She was fantastic. Interesting, great knowledge of Chinese and American cultures. Very organized and always approachable. Great stories. She kept everything running so smoothly. Great personality.

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 great. Especially liked the family dinner in Hutong.

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: Liked China better. Similar but always fresh

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

Answer: Go for it!! You won't be disappointed. Very professional group and great bargain for a high class trip.
 
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Helen & Thomas R, Massachusetts
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
This tour by far exceeded my expectations. Everything was extremely well organized from the moment you land in China until you receive your tickets to leave. The hotel was great, the food was great and the guide did a bang up job.

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

Answer: The whole trip was well organized from start to finish.

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: Sarah did an excellent job. She kept us on time and on task. She was open for questions and a pleasure to speak with.

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 were good. The highlights were the peking duck dinner.

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 really enjoyed the cuisine in China and to be honest I thought it would be even more different from what I eat in the states. I traveled with five others and we loved it and this included one that never like Chinese food in the states.

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

Answer: You guys did great.

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

Answer: If you've been thinking about a trip to China, there isn't a better way to go. Stop making excuses and book it. You won't be sorry.
 
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Kenneth & Lupita S, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
China Spree's Beijing tour far exceeded our expectations. Our guide helped us with learning about China and making each journey rewarding. Dong Lin was available for help at all times, and she was ALWAYS encouraging, warm, and friendly!! Going to the Great Wall was a dream of a lifetime, as was the entire trip. But, to have walked on that historical wall was amazing.

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

Answer: The entire trip greatly exceeded my expectations! I learned many new things about China as well as seeing other sites and having other experiences first-hand. Walking on the Great Wall of China was a dream come true. The history of it and the beauty of the Great Wall are unsurpassed. However, we loved the entire trip with all the new and unique experiences.

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. Our tour guide, Dong Lin, was amazing! She really helped make our experience unique. We could not have had a better tour.

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 do not know any competitors. We loved China Spree and the care given to us.

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

Answer: Dong Lin, was the BEST!!!! We loved being on her tour!!! She deserves the most excellent of ratings. She did NOT solicit our input for an excellent rating--she earned 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: Dong Lin made the tour unforgettable. Her knowledge was outstanding, and her vivacious so were not sure if he would ever be able to understand or hear a tour guide. The acoustics on the bus were excellent with the microphone, and he could usually hear her outdoors. She needed NO improvement!

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

Answer: The hotel room was stellar! I had worried about accommodations before the trip, but our room exceeded our expectations--just as the whole trip did.

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 LOVED the Chinese meals. The breakfast in the hotel took care of any "western" need I might have had. I still cannot believe I ate Peiking duck. I was afraid to try it, but our waitress was so helpful in teaching us how to eat it! (I have never eaten a duck in 64 years! I did not think I could eat one!) Every meal was enjoyable. I also learned "egg rolls" are basically a Western convention!)

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 loved the Chinese food in China. I like it here, too. Ironically we ate dinner in San Francisco in Chinatown on our way back to Minnesota. It was poor in comparison to what we ate in China. We really liked the food. My very favorite was probably the fried noodles for breakfast at the hotel, but all Chinese food was very, very good.

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

Answer: I thought the meals were great!!!

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

Answer: China Spree offers you a marvelous opportunity to visit China with our well-qualified guide and fantastic bus driver. China Spree makes arrangements to take you to a diversity of places and sites that one would not normally encounter on one's own. The hotel arrangements were luxurious and all food was outstanding. I highly recommend China Spree and will not hesitate to tell my friends!
 
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Judith & John R, Minnesota
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
We had a great time with the China spree tour. It exceeded my expectations. They have a good english speaking tour guide. The price of the trip is very worth it. The hotel has good buffet breakfast. I will go with china spree next time if I am planning to see another part of China.

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

Answer: when we went to the great wall and the different kind of chinese food we had.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: Sarah was very organized and very informative. She knows her chinese history and she is updated on what is going on in China. She is always on time and she even have the hotel provide us a to go breakfast box because our flight was early. She tries her best to answer all our questions. She even gave us her cell phone number just in case we have any questions.

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

Answer: Go China Spree if you are going to China. No regrets. They have the best tour. The price is worth it. My friend went on a tour twice to China and she said China spree is the best.
 
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Anna A, Connecticut
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

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

Answer: The trip to Huton district was truly a great experience. Our travel Guide, Dong Lin, was by far the best travel guide we have experienced, funny, knowledgeable and passionate about her work, she definately added to the experience.

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

Answer: Only stayed at one hotel. Rooms were clean and comfortable, staff were polite and helpful, breakfast was well catered

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 were well prepared and presented. I did not find any meals to be unpalatable.

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 breakfast included western style choices. No additional western food need be served. When in China...eat as the locals do.

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 food in China was definately the better food, authentically prepared and healthier than the North American Chinese food that has been "westernized".

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

Answer: I found that the tour as it is, perfect in content and length. The value for money and the places visited outstanding.

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

Answer: I would definitely recommend this tour to future travelers. Our stay was exceptional, the hotel exceeded our expectations and our guide was outstanding, she made the trip all the better. We visited a lot of places that were historical and interesting, as well as places that were of local interest. The optional tour of the Huton district was the highlight of our trip, eating lunch and meeting a local family who were warm and welcoming. I would absolutely book with China Spree again.
 
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Barbara & Michael F, Arizona
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
We very much enjoyed this, our first trip to China, and we would not hesitate to recommend China Spree to friends and family. We travel extensively, but this is the first time we have gone on a tour, and we are very glad we did. We feel we got so much more from the trip than we would have traveling on our own, as Sara was very informative and we were able to ask questions freely.

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

Answer: The Great Wall is something I've always thought would be an amazing thing to see, and it did not disappoint.

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

Answer: We enjoyed all the sites, so would not make any changes. We especially liked the acrobatics show.

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: Sara was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. She had a good sense of humor and kept us entertained with interesting stories. I cannot think of any thing she needs to do to improve her performance, she was an excellent guide.

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 our meals were very good, but the best was the very first lunch we had at an upscale mall. I do not recall the name of the restaurant however. We also very much enjoyed the home cooked meal in the Hutong area, at a private home there.

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: We do not believe we ever had any repetition, or if we did, we were not aware of it. All the meals were very good and there seemed to always be lots of variety.

CS: Comment on your tour guidesI 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: We do not agree at all, we feel that when in China, we should be served authentic Chinese food, and that is what you did. Besides, we were provided with western food every morning at the breakfast buffet, which was very nice, but Chinese food for lunch and dinner was what we expected and appreciated.

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 very much preferred the food we were served on our trip

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

Answer: No improvement needed, and make sure you continue to include the home cooked meal in the Hutong area.

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

Answer: I would say do not hesitate to travel to China, but book a tour with China Spree, you will not be disappointed. Just be careful crossing the street!
 
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William & Victoria G, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
We found this trip a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Having been on a previous tour (with a different tour company) we can honestly say that China Spree was far superior. They were well organized, well run and excellently priced. We have recommended China Spree to all our friends and would definitely travel with them again.

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

Answer: We loved how well organized the tour was. The hotel was wonderful and centrally located. The tour guide and tour was wonderful. As I stated we had gone on an organized tour to Russia which was kosher as we are observant Jews and we were terribly disappointed. We have already recommended your tour to many of our friends.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: Our guide was wonderful. Six of us traveled together and we are kosher and therefore could not eat your lunches. Of course, we brought our own lunches and were perfectly content. Yet, Sarah was so accomodatng and had the restaurant offer us fresh vegetables which we could eat. This was more than we expected and she went way above the call of duty.

 
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Solomon & Frieda R, New York
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

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

Answer: I have never puchases a package tour before so I was somewhat apprehensive. But the price was right and I agreed to the package and made the best of it. Since this is my one and only package tour/trip of this kind I can only speak for the experience of this trip. In my opinion, the tour guide is the key element to this type of trip. Our guide, Jing, was amazingly good. We did have one other guide who met us at the airport on our arrival and took is back to the airport on our last day. The difference between him and Jing were night and day. She was very articulate and professional. Her english was perfect and she has a very easy going manner that made the entire trip very relaxing, even when we were running behind schedule or people wandered off and got lost. She was so knowledgeable and shared the history of China with great pride and confidence. I think the true test in mastering a foreign language is when you are able to make jokes and use the language in the manner of native speakers and Jing did just that. She was helpful in every way possible and when she did not have an answer, she looked up the answer and got back to us. She helped us with directions, taxis, trains, hotel problems, ...you name it and she was right there with an answer. So, to answer your question, the highlight of the trip was our wonderful, knowledgeable and mild mannered guide. I know this for a fact because traveling on my own in foreign countries, I have taken a tour here and a tour there and I have had guides who claim to speak english but could only mutter a short rehearsed 30 seconds of english for foreigners before switching back to their native language for 10 minutes of explanation for the locals. This can make a single tour a miserable experience much less a full day. So again, having Jing for 4 full days of tours and travel was not just a pleasure but a privilege!!

CS: Other comments on your local guides

Answer: As I stated earlies, the tour guide is the key element to this type of trip. Our guide, Jing, was amazingly good. We did have one other guide who met us at the airport on our arrival and took is back to the airport on our last day. The difference between him and Jing were night and day. She was very articulate and professional. Her english was perfect and she has a very easy going manner that made the entire trip very relaxing, even when we were running behind schedule or people wandered off and got lost. She was so knowledgeable and shared the history of China with great pride and confidence. I think the true test in mastering a foreign language is when you are able to make jokes and use the language in the manner of native speakers and Jing did just that. She was helpful in every way possible and when she did not have an answer, she looked up the answer and got back to us. She helped us with directions, taxis, trains, hotel problems, ...you name it and she was right there with an answer. So, to answer your question, the highlight of the trip was our wonderful, knowledgeable and mild mannered guide. I know this for a fact because traveling on my own in foreign countries, I have taken a tour here and a tour there and I have had guides who claim to speak english but could only mutter a short rehearsed 30 seconds of english for foreigners before switching back to their native language for 10 minutes of explanation for the locals. This can make a single tour a miserable experience much less a full day. So again, having Jing for 4 full days of tours and travel was not just a pleasure but a privilege!!

 
The Mighty Yangtze
John E & Joyce A, Colorado
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

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

Answer: The tour guide, Jing, made the trip. She was so good and attentive to our needs and explained every step so well, from the beginning to the end when she even went with us to the flight check in to ensure we got on the flight.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Only stayed in the Penta and felt the quality was excellent. Room met most standards for a good US hotel. Was very convenient to shopping malls which are attached and used. The neighborhood was good with many dinning options very near. The breakfast was varied and very good...omlets, fresh baked goods, coffee, ect. a good experience.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jing made the trip...she was more than excellent. Very excellent English, attractive, funny, informative, looked out for our needs, watched out for us at all times. Answered any and all questions. told information about Chinese life both past and present. No matter what you pay her, she is still underpaid. Watching other guides with other groups it was obvious how much better she was. Cannot think of any way Jing could improve on her performance or skills. She was unbelievable. We have been on other tours in other countries and she is by far the best guide we have ever had. She is the face of China Spree in China and gave your company a great feel. If we ever go back we would schedule the trip around when she was available. Bus driver was also very good.

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

Answer: The trip will exceed your expectations and will definitely be worth the time and expense. China Spree did almost everything well
 
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Sheryl & Clarence S, Carolina
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Highly recommended!!!

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Our tour guide was excellent. She was very knowledgeable, informative and easily approachable. China Spree should provide a trip to her to America for a job well done. She has never been to The U.S.

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

Answer: Pursue the trip...
 
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John W, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
China Spree makes the decision to visit China extremely easy and affordable. The tour and accommodations exceeded all expectations. The tour guide was experienced enough to make each day's activities go smoothly. There was never a time that we felt rushed and the pacing was never tiring.

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

Answer: Our guide, Lynn, was intelligent, well-spoken, and funny. She answered questions with knowledge and experience.

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

Answer: For potential travelers, please go to China now while the value is still there. China Spree honestly made this a stress-free vacation.
 
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Noel & Jane K, Virginia
8-Day Timeless Beijing, October, 2013
 

 
From Doug in Houston, TX USA----The Beijing trip was great. 14 hour non-stop flight on Air China in a new Boeing 777 aircraft. Our Tour Leader took care of everything. Her English, positive attitude, sense of humor and command of American slang impressed me. We saw much more than we would have seen if we had travelled without China Spree. The hotel and buffet breakfast were extremely good. The bus was immaculate and the driver excellent. The Chinese food was also very good. The trip was a tremendous value. I am amazed China Spree made money at the October/November prices.

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

Answer: Our Tour Leader-Lyn-was wonderful. She had great knowledge of Ciuna and spoke excellent English.

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: She was knowledgeable, funny, positive and spoke great English. Her command of slang words was impressive. If I went back to another China Spree tour in China, I would ask that Lyn be in charge of the trip.

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

Answer: Sign up and go. You will be well taken care of by China Spree.
 
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Douglas O & Virgie M, Texas
8-Day Timeless Beijing, October, 2013
 

 
We recently went on your Timeless Beijing 8 day trip. We left on February 24th. It was an outstanding experience ! From the time of arrival until our departure at the airport, everything was first class ! The value, for the money, was unbelievable. The key elements, that made the trip were: 1) Amy , our tour guide, was with out a doubt, the best ! She explained everything in a wonderful way. Her pride in her country was wonderful 2) The hotel could not have been better. The full American breakfast, started the day perfectly ! 3) The sites were a great experience. We covered so much ground in such a short period of time. 4) Our bus driver could not have done a better job. He was great! We have told more people about China Spree and their professionalism. Thanks for providing us with a great view of a wonderful culture.
 
Timeless Beijing
Patrick S, Iowa
8-Day Timeless Beijing  
 

 
Hi Jim,

Patricia and I both wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the trip to China last week. The trip exceeded our expectations but the biggest reason was your being our guide! Your kindness, patience, cultural and china history knowledge, and the attention to detail that you provided was beyond the call of duty. For you to go as far as helping us at the airport, to return home safely was unbelievable. And yes your singing on the bus topped each day off! When we had a chance to sit, relax and discuss our trip with our close friends the O’Malleys, we cannot explain how much we enjoyed your company and of our fellow travelers. See two pictures attached!



Please remember if you ever have an opportunity to visit the USA and in particular the State of Rhode Island please consider letting us show you our beautiful state!

Sincerely,

Steve & Patricia W
 
Timeless Beijing
Steven & Patricia W, Rhode Island
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
We are long experence travlers and have used many tour companies. We have had some bad ones but most of then are pretty good. We have to say with out one bit of hesitation China Spree is the best and I mean the best tour company we have ever used. The guide, the price and the itinary was top notch. It doesn't get better than China Spree.

CS: Comment on your tour guide

Answer: I have been on many many tours over the years and I have never seen a guide like Kevin. He was funny, well informed had a good grasp of English. As I said, he was like a mother hen, he didn't miss a thing. If he felt you had something wrong he was on it right away to mend it. He was there at 8am to meet us and he stayed around the hotel after the tour to answer any questions or to give advice. When I couldn't get a umbrella from our hotel he got one from the manager. At one of our lunches we could not find four seats together so we could have lunch with my daughter and her husband. Kevin without upsetting anyone had two couples move so we could sit together. At the airport we were told there were no window seats. Kevin pulled his magic and we got one. This man is worth his weight in gold and as a former business owner I can tell you, you should never lose him. People like this will continue to make your business successful.

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

Answer: China was never high on our bucket list. We when we saw what China Spree was offering we decided to book a tour. After spending seven days experiencing the food,culture and the friendly people I would highly recommened visiting this country. It is beautiful and has so much history. We were so happy with what we found we are now talking about going back real soon.
 
Christopher William A & Christine Lucy E, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
This was a great trip at a great value-- we would not have been able to see as many sights in the same period of time if we had been on our own. Our guide provided many historical and cultural insights that enhanced the whole experience.

CS: Comment on your tour guide

Answer: He was very smart and told us a lot about the culture and history and the changes that have been taking place in china over the past several decades. We only had one guide-- Kevin. So he was out nation guide and local guide. He took care of our special meal requests and helped us with our connecting flight at the Beijing airport when we were delayed. He was the best part of the trip.
 
Timeless Beijing
Katherine & Leslie H, Oregon
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Anyone I know planning a trip to China would be crazy not to do it through China Spree. From the time the trip is booked to the time you get home, you're treated like a special guest and made to feel welcome in a different country. I wasn't sure what to expect from China or the tour guide, but our tour guide was a very special person who made everything fun and informative. Nothing is left to chance. The meals were great, the bus driver was great and polite, and the itinerary gave us a look at most of the place anyone who visits China has to see. It was a great experience and I'd do it again in a heartbeat if I had the chance.

CS: Comment on your tour guide

Answer: George was outstanding. As I said before, he made himself available even when we had our free time if we needed any help or guidance. His knowledge of Chinese culture gave us all great insight into Chinese life, more so than we could have read or picked up in some guide book. And he is passionate about his country and he genuinely enjoys his job.

Climbing the Great Wall of China. It's always been a dream of mine and I believe no visit to China is complete without making it a definite part of the visit. Aside from that, I would have to say "George", our tour guide, was simply outstanding. He gave us insight into Chinese life and even offered us his mobile phone number in case we needed any help or guidance while we were on our own time. That's going above and beyond as far as I'm concerned. I've never seen that before in any of my travels.

CS: Comment on China Spree hotel

Answer: When I booked the tour, I thought we'd be staying at a different hotel so I was a little disappointed when the tour itinerary arrived and it was a different hotel than what I had researched. However, the Hotel was a terrific place to stay. Its location was great, next to subway and within walking distance of some great restaurants. Staff and service was wonderful and the breakfast was an impressive array of food to suit any and all tastes.

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

Answer: Book a trip through China Spree and you're guaranteed a trouble-free holiday and see some of the world's greatest treasures.
 
Timeless Beijing
Bruce C, Ontario
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
The tour was a great overview of what makes China such a fascinating country. In 8 days we saw many of the sights you have read about in history books or seen on tv. You get both a good mix of tour time with a lot of information about the history and culture of China as well as time for independent exploration. Talk to locals, ask questions, walk down that interesting street, ask to join in a game of badminton or tai chi, brave the metro and the markets, haggle like you never haggled before! The experience will not be forgotten!

Lynn (tour escort) was excellent in keeping us entertained and informed about what we were seeing and Chinese culture. She tried to make sure everyone was having fun and answering many questions, including some "rude" questions from fellow travelers. She was very talkative and upbeat.

Go to China and go now! More and more people are finding out how easy it can be to visit this amazing country. So stop thinking about it and book before it becomes more expensive or more crowded with tourists.
 
Timeless Beijing
Eric S & Anthony G, New York
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Her (Jo) attitude, Knowledge of china, local resources, politics, locations, logistics, the people, social information etc. etc. Her language skills and vocabulary. Her friendliness, patience and tolerance. Her willingness to self-disclose personal information to help us understand relevant issues. We couldn’t ask for a better guide.
 
Timeless Beijing
Bruce L, Arizona
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
An excellent overall value. This is an adventure more than a relaxing vacation. The people are friendly and gracious. If you can connect with local people by all means do so. It will enhance your trip immensely. Do some research into the history of the places you will be visiting to get the most out of your experience. The people in your tour group will be equally wonderful. We likely made some life long friends by being open and willing to share our experiences with others. This is the deal of a lifetime for the money.

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

Answer: Read, research, and be humble. Go with as few preconceptions as possible and enjoy the people and culture. Try new things and don’t limit yourself. When will you ever be in China again?
 
Timeless Beijing
Shelly & Kevin M, California
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
I was initially apprehensive about the China Spree tour to Beijing because I couldn't believe that quality and activities for the proposed trip could be provided for the cost listed. Everything went like clockwork with my flight arrangements, upon arriving in Beijing the hotel was excellent as far as amenities and location. Our tour guide, Lisa, was knowledgable and very careful to ensure that we had a safe and enjoyable experience in China and the tours were fantastic. China Spree delivered exactly what they promised and definitely exceeded my expectations.

CS: Comment on your tour guide

Answer: Lisa related personal experiences as well as recounting historical facts to make the China experience more substantial. She also appropriately used humor to make the trip fun and interesting.
 
Timeless Beijing
Genie S, Florida
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
China Spree and staff are exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly and consise. Our family of 6 (four boys) traveled to Beijing, on China Airlines. You will be very pleased when you arrive into Beijing and get through their security process. Very quick, organized and friendly. Faster than anything the US has to offer. A big smile from your guide, ours was Shirley. Very organized. Bus to the hotel nice and comfortable, and the hotel was great. Walking distance to many attractions, with easy access to a very simple and friendly subway system! Hotel had great restaurants to choose from, breakfast every morning with many food groups to please anyone. Beijing itself, incredible.. Again, friendly and amazing! Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Bell and Drum Towers- all wonderful! We just needed a few more days there! Looking forward to coming back, spending more time at the Great Wall, and travelling to other cities. We didn't worry about a thing.. Our 4 boys ages 10-16 years were very comfortable and even took the subway by themselves a few times. They had fun playing hacky sac with the locals. Truly an amazing and wonderful trip..

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: Well organized, Shirley was the perfect hostess, she met all of our needs anytime we had requests.. Our hotel was great- nice people, great food, nice rooms.. Conviently located- loved being by the subway and walking distance to so many places...The Great Wall- the friendly people, beautiful parks, Bell and Drum tower- of course the Temple of Heaven and Forbidden City too...

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

Answer: It's safe, friendly well organized (streets, subways) and the food is great.History wise, mind boggling! Really incredible... Everyone should walk on the Great Wall!
 
China Express: Beijing Free-style Travel
Kelly V, Idaho
7-Day China Express -- Beijing Free-style Travel
 

 
Our family, including our two teen boys have traveled to over 30 countries around the world. This of all our trips has been the single best experience. It has the balance of adventure with the safety of a tour guide. One can organize travel on their own or with the group depending on your comfort level. There are so many wonderful experiences in China....the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiennamen Square as the typical tourist sites. But more adventure awaits in the local ancient villages of the Hutongs and watching the senior citizens in the Temple of Heaven do their typical activities. Our family joined in by playing the local "hackeysack" games with the locals and attending a Kung Fu show in the evening. Even we were daring to go to the indoor Silk Market where we bargained our way to many exiting purchases. The hotel in Beijing was perfect location. Loved the rooms, noise level perfect and all the amenities and breakfast was fabulous.

I thought I would lose weight this trip because the food might be too adventurous. I found this the best Chinese food I have ever had. Even eating around the Hutongs and buying food from local vendors was so fabulous. Finally, across the hotel is the Wu Market. Dare to go in and you will be sure to have an adventure. Definitely buy some candy from the candy stalls and pastrys as well. You will never regret it. Be sure to know that you have to pay separate at each stall instead of at a register. Try the candied fruit on a stick that look like mini candy apples. The whole trip we saw Chinese people eating these and wondered what they were. We finally tried one the last day and highly recommend this sweet dessert.

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

Answer: A trip full of safety and adventure and good times. You cannot pass this trip up!!!! It is perfect for all age groups.
 
China Express: Beijing Free-style Travel
Julie k, California
8-Day China Express -- Beijing Free-style Travel
 

 
This was my first time taking a tour through a travel company like this, and of course it was to a place halfway around the world. I was a bit nervous about sending money -- let alone my passport! -- to people and a company I did not know. Were they trustworthy? Would I get scammed? It was a bit of an act of faith for me to do this. And I am glad I did! Everything fell into place as described. The arrangements were smooth, the buses and guides were where they were supposed to be when they were supposed to be there. We made all of our stops. The guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. The hotel was top-notch. I am very glad to have had my first tour-package arrangement go so well, because I suspect it will make me more open to doing something like this again in the future.

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

Answer: Do it!
 
China Express: Beijing Free-style Travel
Phil D, Minnesota
8-Day China Express -- Beijing Free-style Travel
 

 
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