17 Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise

Tour Testimonials

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

Answer: I enjoyed all of it very much, and all the guides made it possible to travel almost without having to think.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Sunny and all the guides were great, helped with any problems we had and made traveling hassle free.

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

Answer: I would truly recommend this tour to everyone I know.
 
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Mary N, California
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
Well designed and tour well executed.

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

Answer: China would have been a very difficult country to travel on one's own. China Spree took care of all the details, paid attention to comfortable accommodation - important after a busy day - and provided good variety of meals to experience the culture and tradition of the different regions. China is what it is - no different from any other country. With the exception of the level of pollution, the Chinese people were very gracious and accepting of life. We found the cities very clean. All the guides and drivers went out of their way to make our trip a pleasant experience.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: We were a total number of seven initially and five more were added on later. Being a small group the National Guide Sunny went out of his to accommodate us. He has good English which makes him interesting to listen.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: They were all very good and situated in the best location which made it easy for us to move around on our own.

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

Answer: Visit China and accept the country as it is now. China will not remain the same as changes are inevitable and for the better.
 
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Celisa K, Alberta
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
The planning, organizing and execution by China Spree was the best we experienced. Being in a totally foreign company, were felt totally relaxed from the time we landed and the guide took over. The attention to detail in the schedules, the meals and above all, the national and local guides made us feel safe and it was awesome.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: National guide Sunny was very clear about providing instructions for the next day tour, the dos and donuts, stuck to the schedule, yet was flexible and humorous. Fortunately we were a small group, which made it easier for him to provide individual attention. He always made sure that we were all OK, and ensured we stuck to him like 'sticky rice'!

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

Answer: Use China Spree if you are planning a trip to China. They will not let you down.
 
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Hygino & Merlyn A, Turkey
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
Because of the quality of our guides and the behind-the-scenes care taken with logistics, meals, and lodging, everything about our China Spree trip was a pleasure. We would certainly use China Spree again and would recommend China Spree to others.

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

Answer: It's hard to choose. Virtually every segment of the trip, every single day, was memorable. So instead I'll mention our tour guide in Beijing, Lisa. I can't imagine a better guide than she was, even though I would give every one of our guides an "excellent" rating. Her outgoing personality, sense of humor, knowledge, kindness, and willingness to go beyond what might be expected of her made the three days in and around Beijing very special. I also want to mention how much fun it was that on a number of occasions Chinese tourists would ask to have their picture taken with one or another of our group. Language barrier was no obstacle. It was startling at first, to be to be escorted away to be photographed, but once we figured out what was happening, it was just fun.

 
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Richard Peter D & Anola Marie P, Missouri
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
China Spree delivered an unbelievable trip of a lifetime! The company is making a name for itself in China and is highly respected. The guides are wonderful people- very knowledgeable, personable and attentive to your every need. I have travelled many places in this world and taken many tours- this rates as the best I have ever taken. This trip was action packed over 17 days- moved quickly and had many components to it (i.e. internal air flights, boat rides, theater shows, cable car rides,etc.) Our guides never missed a beat keeping us on schedule while having a good time and always with big smiles. Highly recommend China Spree!

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

Answer: The Great Wall, the terra cotta warriors, the hike up Longchen to the dragon spine terraces, the Li River cruise, the Yangtze River cruise and going through the locks at Three Gorges Dam,Shanghai acrobats were all highlights of an amazing trip.

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

Answer: You won't be disappointed! China Spree delivered everything promised and more!
 
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Sheila S, Maryland
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

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

Answer: Each destination was different and individual that made each city visited a highlight for what each city offered. None of the cities were alike.

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: Felix seemed to truly care about "his children" as I called us. He wanted us to have a good experience and was very organized. He cared about China Spree and was proud and knowledgeable about his country. During this particular trip all got sick except for one participant and Felix and he went above and beyond in helping secure additional medicines.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: All seemed knowledgeable, friendly, and enjoyed their job. No complaints about any.

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

Answer: Best - Marriott City Center, Shanghai - terrific location, overall great experience. Perfect hotel to be the concluding hotel after a couple weeks in 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: Overall meals good. I felt all the meals were varied from each other and other than white rice did not feel eating the same thing. Enjoyed the Victoria Anna meals the most as offered the most diversity (western meals available).

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

Answer: We were impressed how modern and efficient China is. I would encourage anyone to visit China. I was amazed the number of folks in all areas of China society that spoke English. We felt China Spree gave great value and would be pleased to recommend to others. Over the years I know China Spree has tweaked to improved your product and hopefully some of our thoughts will be helpful as you continue to fine tune your product. Feel free to contact us to discuss any item more fully.
 
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Richard & Dorothy J, Florida
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
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: What's the number one way your National Guide could have improved your experience? None - Felix took excellent care of the group. if you rated him or her as "excellent", Please tell us why. Felix is a caring and extremely competent National Guide. We easily spent the 17 days with him. For me, it is a reflection of China Spree's service and professionalism to have Felix on your staff. Bravo.

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

Answer: All of the hotels were wonderful - no complaints at all.

 
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Donald & Maki R, Texas
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
We did not have any first-hand knowledge about China Spree and were a bit uncertain, but it was definitely the best tour company we have ever used. The cost/benefit equation is fabulous; the itinerary is fast-paced and robust; and the guides are top notch. The group size was ideal at 17. The logistics were seamless and the hotels were first-rate. We would definitely use this tour company for a future trip to Thailand. We have made 14 trips throughout Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia--10 trips were independent travel, and 4 trips were with three different tour companies. Our recent trip to China is among our top three travel experiences and China Spree is without a doubt the best tour company we have used.

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

Answer: The scope of the itinerary was awesome--lots of different experiences. And it was quick-paced, which we liked. We were impressed with the quality of our guide, Jim Mao. His attention to details and desire to make our trip memorable was exemplary. Itinerary highlights were the Great Wall, and the Terra Cotta Warriors. But there were so many others that were awesome.

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

Answer: Jim cared about our satisfaction and comfort; he tended to all of the smallest details. Also, he is very adept at the logistics of moving our group around. He was just great and made our vacation! It would be nice to have each couple introduce themselves at the beginning of the trip--name and home town etc. It is a nice ice breaker.

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

Answer: We have made 14 trips throughout Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia. Our recent trip to China was among the top three overall travel experiences. Don't miss it!
 
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Alan & Sue H, Florida
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
That is fine. I am recommending China Spree to any one who is interested.

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

Answer: Guilin is a beautiful place that should always be part of any China trip. Too many travelers see only the great wall and terra cotta warriors but miss Guilin which is truly the beauty of China.

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 actually felt like we had completed a marathon at the end of the trip but it was the right pace for us. I felt the itinerary was planned perfectly, starting with bustling Beijing and Xian cities, then slowing down to beautiful guilin, yantze river, and ending with shopping in Shanghai.

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: Peter is an excellent coordinator, communicator, and problem solver. Beyond that, he was totally patient with each member of the tour group. He made each person feel special besides meeting each and every one of our needs. We felt very fortunate to have had such a seasoned tour guide with us.

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 thought we'd be tired of eating Chinese by the end of the trip but we weren't. This shows that the variety of chinese meals was perfect. We got to taste Schezuan, muslin (curry), hot pot, dumplings, etc. Great variety of veggies. The meals on the victoria ship was a good break from eating only chinese.

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

Answer: It was much more like an adventure than a tour. You almost felt like Indiana Jones. At the end, I felt like I had run the marathon. What made this trip special other than the excellent hotels, meals, tour guides, was that we had a great group of travelers who were very friendly, flexible, supportive of each other, and all had a great sense of humor. This was the trip of a lifetime.
 
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Susan L, Hawaii
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
Outstanding experience far exceeded my expectations. If I was to travel to China again, I would travel with China Spree, no question. Superior guides, food, and accommodations with attention to detail. Every effort was made to assure a safe, high quality, and educational experience.

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

Answer: Excellent trip organization, excellent guides, fantastic food and accommodations. Truly memorable in every way; the variety and quality of sites visited and the informative commentary by our guides was outstanding. The location and quality of the 5 star hotels was superior.

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 communicator! Worked very hard to make sure everything went smoothly. Consistently made sure that every restaurant did not serve me any shrimp products as I am very shrimp allergic. Very attentive to the various needs of members of our group.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: They were all different in personality, but all were excellent! No criticism. Attentive, knowledgeable, personable, with excellent communication skills.

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

Answer: This tour was excellent. The range of diverse experiences beyond the typical tourist attractions enhanced the cultural experience and appreciation of China's history and diverse people. The level of activity was brisk with long days but had appropriate breaks.
 
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Richard C & Colleen C, Washington
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
ChinaSpree tours is OUTSTANDING in every aspect of an organized tour. They are highly customer focused and want to please all their tour participants. Accommodations, meals, tour information, guides with excellent communication skills, knowledge, willingness to openly share their experiences are over the top in all areas. Each of the local guides and especially the national guide (travels with you throughout the tour) are passionate about their job and truly enjoy sharing their country with us. The 17 day trip is packed with tours to well known areas as well as areas that reflect the life and times of the people of China. Visits to individual homes made this tour unique and allowed us to see the culture of China and not just the monuments, temples and historic places. If you are trying to decide on a tour to take to China, ChinaSpree will not disappoint.

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

Answer: Outstanding accommodations, food and travel experience. Your local guides were ALWAYS willing to share information about the site, their own personal experiences and were overwhelming excellent. Language was no problem for most guides. Cultural information was excellent. National Guide, Alex, was beyond expectation and over the top in willingingness to serve, showed compassion to all tour participants, knowledgeable, never complained (even when some of the participants were challenges), caring heart and concerned for our safety and our happiness. Outstanding!

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: Enjoyed the tours that took us into the lives of the Chinese people (e.g. Hutong visit to the ladies house, visiting the cave people, Rice terrace home visit and lunch at the restaurant was outstanding. Also enjoyed the silk factory tour. Overall all areas we visited were wonderful and enjoyable. No complaints and exceeded our expectations.

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: Alex was just an absolutely WONDERFUL guide and we all loved him! He was knowledgeable about the culture, shared his own life story, was always willing to help, concerned for our safety (always saying "watch out for your steps", able to problem solve quickly, never complained, had a real PASSION for what he was doing. He cared about all of us and took care of us so well. We will miss him! Would definitely tell my friends to ask him to do their tour via ChinaSpree.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: Tony in Shanghai was Excellent and energetic. Willing to flex went people in our group wanted to do some things differently (Some did not want to go to the museums). He arranged for us to go on a cruise on the Bund (not part of the Chinaspree tour but alot of us wanted to do it so he arranged tickets which we paid for. Sue was also excellent in her knowledge and delivery of the information.

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

Answer: Sheraton Xian was probably the best hotel we have stayed in ever and we travel a lot, mostly staying at Marriott hotels. Second best was probably the Marriot in Shanghai. Guilin was excellent but smaller than some of the other places. Food in all hotels was OUTSTANDING!

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

Answer: ChinaSpree tours is OUTSTANDING. Accommodations, food and tours exceeded our expectations. All guides are passionate and knowledgeable about sharing their China. There is alot of walking on these tours so consider doing this tour when you are physically able. The staff even have rated the bathrooms (some are not too clean in China) and let you know ahead of time when one is coming up for use. Chinaspree staff cares about each and every member of the tour. This is a 12 star tour group and you will not be disappointed.
 
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David & Karen H, California,
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
I believe China Spree has nailed the tour business. Your organizational skills and thought to every possible detail are beyond any expectation. The meals were delightful, the hotels outstanding and the tour guides were all exceptional. When China Spree goes global, please let me know. I'll definitely sign up.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jim is a national treasure. He was knowledgeable, diligent, watched over us like a mother hen, attentive, punctual, thorough, and was extremely funny. We spent most of our times on the bus laughing. We now know what your national flag is and that we sleep like dead pigs. Local guides were all outstanding in their own way. Duan stood out above the others because of his superior education, but the others cannot be diminished. The only reason I gave Ginger a good on Passion for the job is that she didn't offer as much information as the others. We were all curious about things going by outside the bus but she didn't offer any explanation. During down times, if the guides would just watch what's happening outside the bus windows, that would give them more to talk about when they have exhausted all their prepared information.

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

Answer: Visit China, you'll be glad you did.
 
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Jane G & Gary L, New Mexico
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
We are seasoned, choosy travelers and we enjoyed touring with China Spree; truly exceptional value and experiences.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: National guide Jing is a true professional and extremely refined. She made sure to explain everything very clearly. I suffered an injury to my foot while in Guillin just before the Yangtzee cruise, which I decided to see a doctor for when I returned home. She was very kind and obtained crutches for me, and also informed me what shore excursions involved a lot of walking and/or stairs to allow me to make a decision. She even went to a pharmacy to get some medication for me that the cruise doctor had recommended. I appreciated that very much. She was always there, providing personal attention to everyone in the group. She was the glue that kept us together and we became a very cohesive "family group" by the end of the tour, all of which I attribute to her. Local guides are all excellent and very committed to the job and making China Spree look good. Keep it up.

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

Answer: The most memorable highlight was the hutong tour and the lunch that the lady prepared for us was the most delicious meal I enjoyed the entire trip. The silk factory tour was great; even though it was a sell at the end I didn't mind because what I learned and saw was worth it.

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

Answer: You spell it out pretty well in your booklet. Travelers to China need to put up with the inconvenience of some western comforts (such as toilets) in order to experience the richness of its history and culture.
 
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Maria F & Marcelo R, Florida
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
China Spree is an excellent company to travel with. We enjoyed our tour of China because of excellent guides and excellent accommodations. The places we saw, the experiences we had were made special because our guides made them special.

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

Answer: The visit to the Terra Cotta Warriors was the highlight. This is what we would come back to see if more excavation is completed

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Peter is an excellent guide. He was kind to everyone in our group. He paid attention to our needs and was watchful of all members of our group. Peter answered our questions clearly and was willing to have discussions about differences between our country and China. David was another guide who ended up taking part of our group to the airport for our flights home. When our flights were delayed due to weather, David was able to help us with rebooking flights and getting us to a hotel for the night.

CS: Comment on your hotels

Answer: They were all excellent! We had no problems.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: It is too hard to look back and evaluate individual meals after consuming about 45 meals. They were all good or excellent, all were authentic, none were poor.

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

Answer: Visit China with China Spree if you want a positive experience. Be open to new things, new foods, a new language, and new people in your lives!
 
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Dean & Diane C, Wisconsin
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
China is a truly inspirational country: vibrant, alive, forward-moving with a can-do entrepreneurial attitude that reminds me of what we used to be. Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and The Great Wall exceeded expectations; Xian's Terra Cotta Warriors and the Tang Dynasty Theater were both amazing; Guilin's Dragon Spine Terraces and the Li River Cruise were spectacular; the Yangtze River cruise and Three Gorges Dam were incredible; Shanghai was very impressive and Tongli and Suzhou were thoroughly enjoyable. I would recommend this trip to everyone with the only exception of people with breathing problems (air pollution) and mobility problems (there was some quite strenuous hiking and climbing involved occasionally).

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Peter was charming, humorous and informative. He was also flexible and made small modifications in the schedule when asked. He was interesting and informative when discussing the political environment in China and was able to give us a different perspective on the situation.

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

Answer: This is a great trip. Take it!
 
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Steven & Ruth H, New York
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
The overall quality of China Spree's tour far exceeded any of the tours I've taken with other well known, national travel companies. China Spree delivered in all ways - I recommend them 100%. You won't be disappointed.

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

Answer: There were so many highlights it's hard to single out one. China was nothing like I expected it to be. The guides were fantastic, the hotel rooms in Beijing & Shanghai exceeded my expectations, the factory tours and shows were great, and with rare exception the food was amazing.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Felix really looked after us at all times be it crossing a road safely or dealing with our luggage or ensuring the meals were ready upon our arrival. He dealt with a missing e-book (mine) and for a couple of the travellers, the urgent need for a washroom (not me). He knew which washrooms ("happy" rooms as he referred to them) would be comfortable for us rating them as 1 star through to 5 star. (As a female, this was most appreciated.) He simply could not have done more. He answered our questions about life in China such as explaining the "one child rule", minorities, retirement ages, education, and so on.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: Most meals were very nice. I was impressed that someone had taken the time to vary the menu items for each of the dinners. I didn't take particular note of the dinners as to which was best, but going from memory the ones that come I particularly enjoyed include Peking Duck in Beijing, the dim sum banquet in Xian, the lunch up at the Dragon Spine Terraces (rice cooked in bamboo), the dinner in the tea house (can't remember the city, but the presentation of the dinner items were nicer than anywhere else) and the last dinner in Shanghai which was in a lovely building with antiques.

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

Answer: China is not what we westerners think it is. The cities are modern, immaculately clean, and green - trees and plantings are everywhere. Beautiful parks, historic sites and a long history make China a trip you should have on your bucket list
 
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Carol W, BC Canada
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
We selected China Spree based on friends reports. Another friend took our introduction to China Spree and visited before our trip and also had a great time. We had high expectations and every one of them was exceeded, from the selection of the sites to visit, the time spent at different locations and the knowledge of our national and local guides. Only first class hotels, restaurants, buses and guides were used. Everything turned out to be easier than we thought, from arrival to departure.

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

Answer: The trip was extremely well organized and ran like clockwork. Our national guide, Felix, was everywhere all the time making sure every one in the group was happy and keeping everyone informed as to what our plans were and if there were delays, the reasons. He was sensitive to everyone's needs and desires. I also want to point out that everything (hotel, transportation, local guides) were all the best we could have hoped for.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: There was nothing missing in Felix's performance. he was with us all of the time; anticipating needs and requirements; making sure everyone was satisfied and always looking for ways to improve things for us. Local guides were extremely helpful and fun to be with. we all enjoyed learning more about their lives and plans.

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

Answer: Be prepared to be in awe of some of the sights. you can see pictures of the Wall or Terra Cotta Warriors but being there is quite different. pictures cannot do justice. be prepared to walk and enjoy. Take a back up camera. Let China Spree set it up and be prepared to have a great trip
 
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Mark & Nancy F, Connecticut
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
CS: Why did you choose China Spree in the first place? Have you ever compared China Spree to our competition? If yes, please specify the name of our competitors and why you eventually choose China Spree.

Answer: After studying a dozen of your competitors (I prefer not to name them) we opted for China Spree for these reasons. 1.- The Hotels. 2.- The meals all included. 3.- The only company that goes to Long Sheng's rice terraces.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: I think that most of my fellow travelers will agree with me that we had the BEST guides. Betty, our national guide, was so helpful that I think that every body gave her some extra tips. I needed to find a Pharmacy and she took me there, even though it was almost time to depart from the hotel. I would have never find it by myself. In every town, she was the last one IN LINE to be sure that nobody was lost. I have traveled all over the world and I can say, without hesitation, that she is the very best I have ever met. Congratulations to you for picking her.

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

Answer: Do as I did; search the Internet. You will come to the conclusion that there is no better deal when going to china than CHINA SPREE.
 
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Jesus & Maria A, Texas
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
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
 

 
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
 

 
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
 

 
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.
 
Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
Marian, Tom & Juliette, Texas
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
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.
 
Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
Sonya, California
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
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