17 Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise (2011)

Tour Testimonials

China Spree offers a great itinerary at a fantastic price. Their Cultural InSites program provides an education and view into the local life of the area. You are provided with tours of other cities that are not available with other tour companies. If there are any problems or concerns, all you have to do is notify the guides. They will in turn inform China Spree (Wilson Wu), and the problem will be solved. I am highly impressed!!

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

Answer: My family & I were all impressed with China Spree’s professionalism in and out of the office,the quality of tours & guide were all fantastic, 99% of the hotels were 5 star. You truly get great value for every penny you pay. I would highly recommend China Spree to anyone that is looking for quality & value in a tour company. If China Spree offered tours to other countries I would definitely use them.
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Mark Chan & Debra Chu Y, California
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise  06/12/2011 - 06/28/2011

China Spree exceed my expectations. Their guides were of very high caliber and they were quite well organized. This is a complex trip with many stops, many restaurants, many sights, etc. but China Spree's ability to handle the complex logistics well made it seem to flow easily.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Xin was the backbone of this trip. She was one of the hardest working, most caring and open guides I have ever met. She seemed to genuinely care about our well being and was always there when we needed her. She was sensitive to our needs and physical condition (most of us were around 70 years). There were 2 incidents (flight cancelled, group member lost passport) where she remained calm and solved the problem in a mature and professioinal manner. We appreciated her so much that we gave her 2 1/2X the suggested tip. We felt very lucky to have her as our guild. You are lucky to have her as an employee.

The local guides were very knowledgable and intelligent. The did a good job at teaching us about the Chinese culture and traditions. All were fluent in English and were always ready to answer our questions.

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

Answer: I have not traveled with the competitors so I can't compare, but I don't think we could have done any better AND considering all you got, the price was very reasonable.
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Steven & Judith G, Florida
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise  05/22/2011 - 06/07/2011

The expectation for a trip normally exceedes the acctual trip. Our China Spree vacation exceeded, in every way,all of our expectations and more. Thank you for a most remarkable trip.

CS: Comment on your National guide

Answer: There was NEVER a time when Victor didn’t have EVERYTHING totally under control for all of us

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

Answer: We would highly recommend China Spree to anyone wanting an exceptional vacation at reasonable prices. China Spree includes so many more sites to see than any other company. It’s not a trip for people who don’t like to walk and hike up steep places. And there isn’t much free time, which we were so happy. In a foreign country, we like to have a guide. And even on our Free time Victor would offer to take whomever to some places not on the list of sites.
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Judy & John L, California
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise  05/15/2011 - 05/31/2011

We are adventurous travelers that have seen much of the world, and we'd never taken part in a group tour like this. We were delighted with the trip in every way. It requires giving up a little autonomy, but you end up seeing and doing so much more when you place yourselves in the hands of such experienced guides. Our group was wonderful. We not only saw a splendid new part of our world, we made many new friends.

CS: Comment on your National Guide.

Answer: I honestly can't think of a single way Julie could have done a better job. Everyone in our group loved Julie. She worked hard for us around the clock. It was very clear she cared deeply that we enjoy our trip. She was always pleasant and enthusiastic, and on the few occasions where it looked like something might not be going as it should (if a restaurant or facility wasn't doing it's job properly), she protected us like a mama bear, insisting that we received the best treatment. She was insightful, and displayed a deep understanding of not only Chinese culture, but Western Culture, too, and was able to communicate that knowledge very well. Julie is one of the main reasons our trip was so wonderful.

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

Answer: Great value (don't know how they do it). It's a "must do" trip.
Paul Leslie & Bridget Pryor R, California
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise   04/10/2011 - 04/26/2011

I have just returned from China Spree's 16 Day Grand China and Yangtze Cruise.(Sept.15-Oct.1.2009) I want to let you know that from beginning to end, this tour exceeded my expectations. Our national guide, Ronald, became a friend and mentor. He went out of his way to meet the needs of 16 very different individuals, and he did it successfully with a smile on his face and kindness in his heart. With him as our guide, I never had a worry and I felt extremely secure under his "care". All excursions and cruises were carefully planned and, with Ronald's help, left me with a new knowledge of Chinese culture, and a tremendous respect for this ancient country which still seems to be young and growing. I felt most fortunate to be traveling with a wonderful group. I became ill during the trip, and my traveling companions went out of their way to show me their concern and caring. I met them as strangers, and now think of them as friends. I send my thanks to them all and even greater thanks to China Spree for making it all possible!!!

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: Our national guide, Ronald, was excellent. He really took care of his group--answering our questions, giving us a thorough education about China, making sure we were happy and comfortable. His presence made me feel very secure!!!!! Excursions were always enjoyable, and accommodations were truly "5 star!!!

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

Answer: Go with an open mind, and fill it with wonder and amazement !!!
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Marcia, New York
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise  09/15/2009 - 10/01/2009

If you are looking for a truly excellent and reasonably priced tour to China, I recommend China Spree highly. I have traveled with theme twice lately, in 2008 and again in 2009. Both times, I found their tour arrangements and tour guides to be excellent in every way. As a frequent visitor to China, I rate them as the best, and I am planning to travel with them again.


CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: The entire program ran smoothly and nicely. The five-star hotels are above expectations, one better than the other. Above all, the National Tour Guide, Ronald Wang I-pin, was exceptionally good or excellence. He is best I have encountered in my all my tour trips to China (total 14 times).

Since I am a frequent visitor to China, I would say the splendid 5-star hotels that you had selected for us. They are true show-cases of the immense development and progress that China has made in the 21st century so far.

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

Answer: The 16 Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise is especially organized to enable the participants to have a good understanding of the history and culture of China, including 21st century China.
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Mary, California
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise  08/25/2009 - 09/10/2009

Wang Yiping - Ronald - is an exceptional tour guide. His command of the nuances of the English language - vocabulary, grammar, idioms, intonation, inflection, pacing - make him a pleasure to hear. He is incredibly knowledgeable about Chinese history (ancient and modern), culture and modern social issues and knows how and when to speak of them for the best impact. He is willing to talk about himself, his family, and his own history and thus becomes something more than a "tour guide"; he becomes someone to whom we can relate personally. His sense of humor, patience, sensitivity to others were ever present on this trip. At the operational level, Ron is nothing short of miraculous. He organized baggage transfers, plane check ins, etc., to be nearly painless. Restaurants under his watch were ready and waiting for us. His response to unexpected and emergency situations was effective in solving the problems without disrupting the entire group. He reminded us frequently of his availability to us under any circumstances and made it easy for us to reach him. China Spree is lucky to have a guide of this caliber. Treat him well.
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Joan, New Mexico
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise  08/04/2009 - 08/20/2009

We had a fantastic trip, and would recommend China Spree to all future tourists. Our national tour guide was fantastic. The pace was busy but gave us the opportunity to assimilate so much more than we would have ever been able to learn about the culture and history of China on our own.

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: EVERYTHING! Lucy Yu was a fantastic national guide...patient, caring, informative and able to keep to schedule. Local guides, Robert, Lisa, Peter and Karian did very well in the local cities. We enjoyed the cruise too. Crew was excellent. Food good all the way aorund. Most importantly, we felt that we really were able to interface with the people of China. Hotels were good. All in all we thought the trip was fantastic and have already recommended to two other individuals who plan to see China that they use China Spree. We also had our 12 1/2 year old granddaughter with us. She was comfortable, learned so much...and fit in well. The Xian warriors and Guilen experiences were great. Tongli Gardens and Shanghai weere great too.

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

Answer: China is an amazing country, and China Spree offers the opportunity to explore, learn and enjoy the culture, cuisine, and fantastic scenery in a most enjoyable way. This is a great value for the price. We highly recommend the trip.
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Marian, Tom & Juliette, Texas
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise  07/21/200 - 08/05/2009

This was my first trip out of the U.S. and I'm glad I took the tour with China Spree. Meals and travel were all taken care of. Our national guide was incredible, helping us along the way, every step of the way. I saw so many sights and met so many people and have come away with a better appreciation of a country and culture I knew little about.

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

Answer: Be flexible, don't complain about other cultures because that's why you traveled in the first place, do not expect everything to be the same as at home. Bring extra camera batteries.
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Richard, California
16-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise  07/07/2009 - 07/22/2009

This was a first trip to China for my parents, 12 year old niece and I and we could not have been happier with China Spree! We were exceptional pleased with the content and value we received for our money. This is also the first time that I personally have been on vacation with a tour group. I was initially wary because I normally love to travel and explore on my own, however, I am so glad I traveled on this tour. China is a magnificent, but confusing county and there is no way I could have maneuvered my way around to even half the places in this amount of time or on this budget. Also, the knowledge, antidotes and insights given by our guides was invaluable.

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: Extremely good national guide Lucy Yu. Trip went very smoothly and Lucy went out of her way to accommodate and assist our group. My 12 year old niece was traveling with us as the only child in our group and Lucy made extra efforts to make sure she was engaged, included and looked after. Also very much enjoyed the hotel selection, especially the Pullman in Shanghai.

CS: Comment on your Tour Manager, using rate 1-10 while 10 is the best

Answer: Lucy is a 10!! We could not have asked for a better guide. Lovely lady with great sense of humor, much knowledge or country and culture. She really helped make our tour group cohesive and a "family". No detail was too small and she went out of her way to help fix even the smallest problems.
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Sonya, California
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise  06/30/2009 - 07/15/2009

Having just returned from our trip, April 2009 we are really excited to recommend China Spree as a great choice for a visit to China. We feel we have visited all the major cities but enjoyed the local culture as well with the Culture Insite Programs. Our expectations during the whole trip from itinerary, accommodations, national guide, local guides and tour size were met. The smaller group size made it more like a family and connected us with one another. All of us on the trip would vote Jim Mao as the # 1 National Guide. His attention to detail, knowledge and caring made him so special to all of us. We have so many memorable moments it is difficult to pick just one. Walking the Great Wall and sailing the Yangtze River were inspiring. Enjoying a lunch with a local family in the Hutong an education in learning that all people are the same no matter where they live in the world... Thank You China Spree!!!!
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Ronald & Rosemarie -- Fortmyers Beach, FL
16-Day "Grand China & Yangtze Cruise"  04/07/2009 - 04/22/2009

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