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China Spree's great tour guides made the trip seamless. Wonderful accommodations. Excellent value. Rewarding trip.

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

Answer: 1) The Great Wall of China was incredible. We appreciated China Spree taking us to the area of the Wall that has fewer visitors so we were able to really enjoy the views in all directions. 2) The Giant Pandas at the Beijing Zoo. One climbed a tree while we were there. We have seen Pandas at US zoos several times, but have never seen one so active. 3) The Dragon Spine Terraces were breathtaking. 4) Li River cruise was beautiful. 5) Our local guide in Beijing, Andy, was great. Very knowledgeable, personable and with a good sense of humor. Our national guide, Alex, made the trip exceptional. He was very attentive to details and shared excellent information, particularly about his home city of Xi'an where he also served as the local guide.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Alex was always working hard to make sure everything was taken care of. His communications skills are excellent, he is very knowledgeable and he always went the extra mile. He worked hard to make sure no one became injured or got sick (emphasized sanitizing hands before meals). Andy in Beijing was excellent--very knowledgeable and personable.

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

Answer: China is a country of incredible wonders that you should not miss.
 
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Kathleen & Jacob F, Ohio
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree provides excellent value for the money. The hotel accommodations were superb, the tour guides were knowledgeable and the tours and sites were amazing. I would recommend China Spree for anyone going to China I will also use them again for travel to other destinations they service. A TRIP OF A LIFETIME!!!!!!!

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

Answer: Our tour guide - Lucy was delightful - she made the trip even more special. I loved the Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors, Panda Bears, Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghai!

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: National guide Lucy could not have done anything more----she is excellent at her job and a very kind and loving person. All of the guides were good - very well educated on their specific areas.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: All of the food was good and it was nice to have all different foods from different regions. All food was excellent.

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

Answer: China is a wonderful country full of so much history. The people are beautiful and kind and this is a trip I will forever cherish!
 
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Karen H, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
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
 

 
You exceeded our expectation. We have traveled a lot in the last few years and this rates on the top. It is a 5 star experience on a 3 star budget.

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

Answer: Of course the oblivious: The Great Wall, Forbidden City and the Terra Cotta Soldiers. We enjoyed each city and they each had unique qualities. Especially enjoyed both river cruises.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Sunny was responsive to every need. He plan activities for those interested on our free day in Shanghai and showed us how to use the subway system, took us to the market and arranged for the night cruise on the Huangpu River. He made us feel like he really cared about us and wanted us to have the best time possible.

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

Answer: Let China Spree take care of your visa applications it's worth every penny.
 
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Paul & Maria F, California
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
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
 

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

Answer: I would have to say that the highlight of the trip was our guide, Jo. She has a great personality, great dominion of the English language, was very patient with our specific family group, but knew how to keep everyone in check. As a destination, the entire trip was extremely well planned. Great start with Capital city at an extraordinary fast pace; terracotta warriors incredible. Then- the next two/three relaxing cities: Hangzhou, Suzhou and Tongli got us in a sort of meditating state, they were absolutely beautiful. Then, finally the impact of Shanghai with so many magnificent modern skyscrapers, great views of the city, luxurious skyline and hustle and bustle of this wonderful metropolis.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: All the hotels were very much to my liking. Part of my family liked the Beijing Marriott the best. Some the Shanghai Renaissance. In Beijing I must highlight the fact that there was an American Manager- Sean McClure- who was my guardian Angel. He was the highlight of that hotel for me. He is excellent, please pass on this comment to the hotel, I do not want the Manager to think there was no one that I could communicate with. I am sorry that the Hangzhou and Suzhou were only one night, not enough time to enjoy either.

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

Answer: I have already started to promote Chinaspree. The gentleman that helped me with my wheelchair in LAX yesterday on our return trip, is interested in travelling to China. I gave them your name and told them to not bother with any other tour operator. To book his trip with your company to get excellent quality and great bang for his buck. I can say with certainty that we all marveled at your excellent prices for the quality of tour guide, drivers, hotels, etc. that we got on this trip. THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT AFFORDABLE FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO TAKE MY ENTIRE FAMILY AND WITH SUCH GREAT QUALITY!!!
 
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Helena D, California
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
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
 

 
I have a newfound respect for China and its people. I didn't disrespect them beforehand, but just didn't know much about the culture and people. China offers so much in the ways of history, food, beauty, and culture that I'm pleased to have been able to experience. Though most people were surprised that I selected China as a vacation destination, I'm really glad that I did it. I recommend this trip to everyone and can definitely claim that China Spree offered one of the best tours possible for an amazing value.

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

Answer: The visit to the Great Wall was a highlight, as well as seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors and the boat ride on the Huangpu River in Shanghai (that was part of the optional tour.) I recommend that somehow, the boat tour in Shanghai be included in the tour. The other items in the optional tour were okay, visiting the bazaar and museum, but the boat tour was the highlight.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Peng made the tour extra special, I think. He was humorous and knowledgeable. We all laughed so much that even the bus drivers commented on how much fun we seemed to have. He really went above and beyond to make things flow smoothly for us.

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

Answer: I'd tell them to keep an open mind, don't be critical, accept the differences in culture as for what they are and sit back and enjoy the ride, especially if China Spree takes care of all the details for you!
 
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Talitha F & Kamryn H, Arizona
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
It was advertised as the trip of a lifetime and this turned out to be a perfectly accurate description. I cannot remember being so overwhelmed with sights, sounds and experiences on every single day. Great value for money, terrific tour guides, amazing locations and landscapes.

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

Answer: The trip down the Yangtze River.

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

Answer: Do it immediately. If you travel with energy and an open mind, you will not be disappointed.
 
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Thomas & Stephanie D, Oregon
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
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
 

 
ChinaSpree was able to surprise even seasoned travelers like my friend and me with the high quality of the very reasonable Mighty Yangtze Tour. We went into our trip expecting to be fascinated by a new country; however, we finished our trip with many exclamations of what a fabulous and unparalleled vacation value we had just experienced. The national tour guide,"Sunny" was so knowledgeable and helped each of the tour members with individual requests. The accommodations and transportation were very very good. food was also much better than expected.

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

Answer: Our tour guide, Sun Hongbin (Sunny) went out of his way to accommodate our desires. In particular, he was able to ensure that our tour group received excellent seats at the various cultural performances and, particularly for us, ensured the experience of holding a panda in Chengdu, which was without a doubt the highlight of our trip. Other wonderful highlights were walking the Great Wall at Mutianyu and seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors in their original dig sites.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Sunny exceeded our expectations in many ways. He was friendly but not overbearing. He shared information but also encouraged our questions. He helped individuals with problems with meals, with suitcases, with acquiring hard-to-find souvenirs, and ensuring our comfort at all times. This is a general suggestion about tour guides, local as well as national. While on a bus facing the group, the guide doesn't always see a momentary photo opportunity such as a passing temple or field or whatever. Many travelers have their cameras poised for these kinds of shots, so it is sometimes distracting to have to interrupt the guide to point out or ask what we just saw.

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

Answer: This is the tour for a great introduction to China. Especially try to donate to the Panda Research facility in Chengdu so you can hold a panda. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!!!
 
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Anita P & Anne O, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
Recommend this tour 100%. Bring a positive attitude and don't be afraid to hit the road when you have spare time. The exchange/conversion of the money is easy and also helps maintain mental agility. Don't be afraid to bargain with the merchants; this is expected and I would say probably welcomed. Always keep a smile in your face. Remember you are a guess in China and the food, customs are somewhat different to what we are used to.

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

Answer: The Great Wall of China. Although we had to walk a lot and climb a lot of steps I would do it again without thinking twice. The scenery is breath taking and very clean historical site. I'm a pharmacist so the trip to the medicine museum and the pharmacy was a great experience to me.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Clevin-very knowledgeable of his culture and country history. Very accessible to solve our problems or concerns. I lost my cap in a restaurant, brought to his attention and he called the restaurant and I got my cap back. Also another person left his camera in a restaurant and he was able to secure it and had it for the person shortly after. He ensure we had a wakeup call every day; everything was on time every day on schedule. Has good communication skills although sometimes he talks British English or terms and other times Australian English but we all managed to understand him. Great guy and always pleasant.

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

Answer: Don't delay; buy your ticket now. It is a great experience and it is reachable to even the small budgeted family. Oh yes, when you are asked to send your passport to China Spree's representative to get your China visa don't hesitate to do so. We did it and so many others too. We all experienced the same positive result; got our passport back, with the Chinese visa on time for the trip.
 
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Guillermo Q & Esther F, Texas
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

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

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

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

Answer: The ancient structures that date B.C. are amazingly impressive; imposing admiration and great wonder of such a feat.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa made China personal to us. She is a beautiful person and a wonderful employee! She should be valued for her hard work. She also has a gift for kindness and patience, especially in today's working world.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: The hotels were immaculate. We were very happy with all the amenities. We just wish we had more time to spend just in the hotels themselves! They were very beautiful.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: All meals were good. Especially in the Hutong area in Beijing. The meal at the home! Wonderful home cooking!

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

Answer: Our visit to China was one that was very impressive, beautiful, and interesting. They have accomplished Great things (especially in such a short period of time), dazzling the eye and amazing the senses. The country side will match any beauty found in the world. The ancient structures are very impressive! They give you a sense of accomplishment to stand before them and see them with your own eyes. At times, it is hard to determine how old China is. They are tearing down and building up at an alarming rate. But what is old and what is not- is very difficult to determine to say the least. Nevertheless, the China we saw (and what we are designed to see) is very impressive, and at times breathtakingly beautiful. A developing country with stark contrast and the idea of equality through communism is worth the visit alone. And once you get an eye full of the cherished Panda Bear, it will indeed bring a smile to anyone's face.
 
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Paul & Jenny C, California
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
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
 

 
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
 

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Both our hotels were excellent.

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

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

 
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
 

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

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

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

 
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
 

 
My husband and I, Hayden and Sandra, absolutely loved the services of China Spree, we will definitely use the services again if travelling in this part of the world. China Spree offered the best in Travel/Transport, Hotels, Restaurants/Meals/Food, Shopping, Cruise, Shows, Tour/historic sites visited, features and highlights, Tours Guides......All in all China Spree is the best.....we had a most brilliant and wonderful trip.

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

Answer: Our China tour and cruise were amazing, beautiful and definitely a fantastic learning experience. We have travelled many places but I believe China will be one that will stay with us in our memories forever. ..it reminded me so much of India. . Chinese people are so warm, educated, also the culture, way of life, ethnic minority, history and so much more were all very interesting to us.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Very pleasant and appropriate, very helpful and willing, educated and lots of knowledge of China, English well spoken most times...all round great experience.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: They were all beautiful and great....the best hotels!

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

Answer: Our China tour and cruise were amazing, beautiful and definitely a fantastic learning experience. We have travelled many places but I believe China will be one that will stay with us in our memories forever. ..it reminded me so much of India. . Chinese people are so warm, educated, also the culture, way of life, ethnic minority, history and so much more were all very interesting to us. China believe it or not has some of the best in Transport/Motor Vehicles and the bullet/fast train, Hotels, Restaurants/Meals/Food, Shopping, Cruise, Shows, Tour/historic sites visited, features and highlights, Tours Guides......All in all we had a most brilllant and wonderful trip.
 
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Sandra G & Hayden F, Trinidad & Tobago
16-Day The Dragon Heart of China & Yangtze
 

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

Answer: I did enjoy all of it, but the Terra Cotta Soldiers were overwhelming. I had no idea of the scope of the museum and did not know the history of how and when they were made. It was fantastic.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Song Pong (Nick) was fantastic!!! He was so knowledgeable about China in general and all the sites we visited. He was so helpful and doing everything to take care of all of us and be sure we were having a good time. He has a very warm personality and easy to talk to. I felt he really made our tour special. He said we all would be "family" on the tour and that was the feeling I had. Everyone on the tour was very easy to get to know and get along with.

CS: Comment on your hotels

Answer: I thought all the hotels were extremely nice. All the rooms were very good sized and clean. I was always amazed at the size of the buffets for breakfast. There was always such a variety.

CS: Comment on your group meals

Answer: The Peking Duck dinner was special as well as the Dim Sum dinner. I did enjoy all the meals and did have many different things that we don't have in USA. Eating in the private home was a special treat.

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

Answer: Tour with China Spree!!! The itinerary is super and the cost can't be beat. Pong, our tour guide was the best ever and all the hotels are great.
 
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James Frederick & Carol Ilene H, California
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

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

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

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

CS: Your comment on hotels

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

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

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

 
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
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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
 

 
Traveling with China Spree was easy and hassle free. Our country guide was excellent and make the entire process as smooth as possible. If you don't know the language, this may be the best way to see the highlights of China without the stress of doing it yourself. It's also affordable for students and you get excellent meals and accommodations. Overall, I enjoyed my trip with China Spree and would recommend it to my friends and family!

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

Answer: Of course walking the Great Wall was a surreal experience, but there were many times where I had to catch my breath and take it all in because parts of the experience are so unlike anything you can find in the United States.

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

Answer: Be prepared to see things that you've never seen before. If you are willing to explore a little on your own, off the beaten path, you will have experiences you will never forget. It is adventure worth taking!
 
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Stephanie Lynn G & Katherine Adele E, Arizona
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
China Spree has an excellent itinerary of cities and sights to see, and excellent guides who are pleasant and eager to help, so that you are well taken care of during your visit to China. The hotels are all centrally located and very comfortable, clean, all with great breakfast variety. In order to fill all your days with China's best sights, be ready to efficiently pack up and take a plane to the next city.

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

Answer: Sunny, Chanel, and Tony were all terrific, knowledgeable, caring, and helpful. At one point, our daughter left a passport on the plane, and Sunny efficiently retrieved it. Then I left my purse on the plane from Guilin to Shanghai, but was unsure if I had left it at the Guilin airport. Chanel went personally to the airport to check, and Sunny persistently called the airlines, and when the purse was found, even went to the airport to retrieve it on his day off. He even took the group shopping on his day off--way above the call of duty! What a great group you have.

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

Answer: China is quite an adventure--be ready to be amazed! Expect to experience this corner of the world and be taken way off your cultural comfort zone, in a great way. China is in every way the mysterious, magical place one imagines. However, it was a surprise, despite many of US imports are made in China, that the consumer goods in China are not appreciatively less expensive than goods bought in the US. There are readily available ATM's so there is no need to hoard a lot of cash beyond what one would comfortably be willing to carry, and most shops take credit cards for purchases.
 
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Thomas D & Nicholas Z, Florida
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree is an excellent value for the wonderful accommodations, the amount and quality of the sites you are taken to, the excellent information your guides offer, and the many special features you are treated to. We continue to sing China Sprees praises to friends and family, encouraging them to visit the orient

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

Answer: The people of China were our highlight. They were friendly, polite and welcoming.

CS: Comment on your hotels

Answer: All were excellent. Clean, spacious, and great breakfast offerings.

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

Answer: A visit to China is one of the best vacations we ever had. Though visiting the East is so different than the West, we found the people of China to be wonderful, interesting, friendly, accommodating and welcoming.
 
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Jeffery C, New Jersey,
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
This was 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
 

 
We experienced a cross section of China--from the modern to the traditional. Time was used efficiently--a lot of activities were packed into a day, but at a leisurely pace. Exellent tour guide, who was informative and very caring about the group. Our accommodations and restaurants were first rate. Extra activities were added when time permitted.

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

Answer: The Tang Dynasty stage show.

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

Answer: We liked all the China Spree features.

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

Answer: Peng is an exceptional guide! He quickly established a good rapport with our group. He was very well organized, knowlegable, charismatic and passionate to talk about his country. He was helpful and caring, even taking care of all our special needs when anyone was sick. Everywhere he paid attention to detail, even helping with serving meals in the restaurants. As a result, everything was well organized and executed with proficiency.

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

Answer: Best: Marriott--Shanghai centrally located with a beautiful room and view. The rest were very good.

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

Answer: All meals were exceptional. We enjoyed the variety and quality of food.

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

Answer: As far as we are concerned no change is needed.

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

Answer: China is a fascinating country that is undergoing modernization, against a backdrop of traditional customs. A most rewarding experience!
 
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Richard & Marion M, Manitoba
21-Day China Panorama
 

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

Answer: The great wall was amazing, as was the Yangzee river cruise. Our stateroom exceeded expectations. Our guide Leo in Xion was terrific, and extremely knowledgeable. He was outstanding, and gave us a real sense of the culture, and even taught us some language phrases. The guides in the other cities were all competent and knowledgeable. Very prompt and customer service oriented. Our Hong Kong accomodations at the Shangra-la were excellent. We were able to upgrade to a river view that was well worth the price. Perhaps you could offer that upgrade in the planning stages of the trip. The Li river trip was also a highlight, as well as the terra cotta warriors, and the floor show in Shanghai. Joe, who took care of us on the Yangtze river cruise was a total delight. Very attentive, and she has the best smile ever! She made us feel very special.

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

Answer: Choose China Spree's luxery tour if you enjoy beautiful accomodations, excellent cuisine and a small group environment. China Spree planned a trip that definitely lived up to it's luxery name, and was well worth the upgrade. China Spree's itinerary is a wonderful combintion of excursions to national treasures, and side trips to less traveled picturesque villages. There you have a chance to meet the local people, and see the local customs in action. China Spree's carries a five star rating with the guides and mainland tourist providers. When you go with China Spree, you are going with the best. Count on it!
 
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Robert & Deborah D, California
17-Day China's Imperial Wonders & Yangtze
 

 
We went on the all inclusive 15 day Mighty Yangtze tour On November 7, 2013. This was one of the best trips that we have been on. The tours were all well organized. We never felt rushed. There was always sufficient time for tours and personal time. The hotels were all very nice, 4 and 5 stars even by U.S. standards. Food is good and you get plenty of it, breakfast, lunch and dinners. There's a lot of walking but not continuously. Bring your camera, extra battery and SD card. The sites you see are fantastic. The Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Yangtze River Cruise and a whole lot more. Our national tour guides was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the trip She worked tirelessly to make sure the entire tour went smoothly. She was very accommodating. The local guides were also very knowledgeable. Go with an open mind and enjoy yourself. We met some great people in our tour group of 31 people. We highly recommend China Spree if you are planning a tour of China.

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

Answer: The Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Yangtze River Cruise were all great experiences for us. These were the wow factor for us. The people on the tour with us were also a great part of the tour. Our National Tour Guide Julie was just fantastic.

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: Julie was a sweetheart. She worked tirelessly to provide us with a enjoyable experience. Any problems that came up ie the problem person on the tour she handled professionally. I felt kinda sorry for Julie as this person was very high maintenance.

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

Answer: We thought all the hotels we stayed in were very good. They were all in great locations, outstanding service and the staff spoke English.

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 enjoy the moment. You will have a great time.
 
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Kohei I & May W, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

Answer: Enjoying the history aspect of China, we thoroughly enjoyed being able to see the "old China", with the palaces, gardens, old Hutong town, temples, Great Wall, rickshaw ride, shows etc. The New part of China especially in Shanghai was ok but reminded us too much of the states. We were more impressed with the Forbidden City and old China history as stated above

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 went above and beyond to make our trip memorable. She was professional, her communication skills was excellent and very knowledge of Chinese history and western cultures. What we enjoyed was her commitment to making our trip special and her loyalty to China Spree. This is a very important factor in making a corporation successful. She was wonderful.

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

Answer: We thoroughly enjoyed the Dim Sum meal as it was fabulous and very tasty. The Peking Duck was also very nice and the Noodle meal at the Terra Cotta museaum was wonderful

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

Answer: The experience we encountered from the beginning with booking our reservation through China Spree, obtaining Visa through China Spree and the wonderful itinerary was such an everlasting and memorable experience. Our tour guide, bus driver and overall itinerary will forever be imprinted in our hearts as being one of the best we have ever had. Thank you China Spree for making affordable trips, with quality in mind for many of us who are on a budget. You made it possible to fulfill our dream and we look forward to traveling through China Spree in the future.
 
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Hilda & Raymond S, Texas
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
This trip exceed all of my expiation. China Spree is a wonderful company and there first priority is you. They make your trip to China a trip of a lifetime, China has been on my Bucket list for a long time and all I can say is if it on yours just do it and make sure that you do it with China Spree. Part of my trip was made wonderful by my National tour Guide Julie who took care to make sure that all of our question and needs were meet. She made all of us feel very special. We also had wonderful local guides in each of our stops, Sarah in Beijing and Mai in Shanghai and all the other local guides on the trip. The food was amazing with a wide variety of local dishes, it was great to tastes the different tastes of the different regions. Hotels where always clean and conformable, and in great locations. I always felt very safe. On this trip I got to see all the sites in China that I had read about and some that I did not know about. The Guides that China Spree employees are very professional and have a great knowledge of China history and culture, and are willing to share this with you. They speak great English so language is never a problem. This trip was great value for the price, if I ever go back to China I know that I would use China Spree.

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

Answer: The whole trip was an Highlight, I would have to say that there was not an aspect of the trip that I did not enjoy. I always felt like China Spree as well as our National Tour Guide Julie had our best interested in mind.

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

Answer: I had none, the information on your internet explain exactly what would be entailed each day, I knew that each day that we would be very busy and that i was expected to do a lot of walking and climbing of stairs. The National tour Guide Julie or any of the local Guides took care of our needs As far as I am concern everything about the trip was perfect, the guides , the food, the hotels, the sights, I do not know how China Spree is able to offer everything that you do for the price of the trip.

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

Answer: None. I enjoyed every minute of my trip

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

Answer: Yes it was very interesting to visit the silk factory and find out how silk was made. Tongli was very different, it showed the waterways, but it also gave us a insight as to how the people live.

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: Julie made my trip to China exceptional, with her knowledge of China history, her caring nature, always making sure that we are ok and that we did not need anything. I have been on many tours and I would rate Julie as the best tour guide I have ever had. If you had any question Julie always had an answer for you. She took the time to explain everything to us from the sights we were seeing to the food we ate. Always has a smile on her face and very pleasant. Julie went above and be on her job with one of the women on our trip Her name was Ildiko Balogh, this women should not travel at all, there was no pleasing her at all. Julie should be commended on the way she handle this women with patience and being very professional. If I was the one that was dealing with this woman I would not of be as kind. If this women has anything to complain about Julie or the trip they should be not be consider, she is the type of traveler that should never leave her home. China Spree is very lucky to have a valuable employee like Julie she is a great ambassador for your company.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: Sarah and Mai had great knowledge of the history of the Region we were visiting and shared it with us. These two ladies are wonderful guides and also made my trip memorable, with the information they shared, being able to answer any question that I had, making sure that all of our needs were meet. Like Julie these two ladies are a great employees of China Spree.

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

Answer: All the hotels where very good. As a female traveller I felt very safe in all the Hotels. I like that the breakfast in the hotels we could have Chinese or American style food.

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: there was always a wide variety of dishes, I feel that you provided a wide choice of dishes and different taste at each meal.

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

Answer: You do not need to arrange for western style meals. I would of been very upset to not eat local dishes of China.

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

Answer: If China is one place you have always wanted to visit you have to go with China Spree. This company makes sure that you see all that China has to offer. From the time you step off the plane in China until you have to leave you will enjoy your trip. You get to see all the sites in China that you have read about, the tour guides that are with you are informative and very professional and know what you have to see and get you from one place to the next with ease. Since I have been home I have told all my friends that they have to go to China and do it with China Spree, they will not be disappointed. I know that I will use them again when I go back to China or any of the other counties that they now offer tours in. Judy
 
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Judith D & Kathleen R, Ontario
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
This trip exceed all of my expiation. China Spree is a wonderful company and there first priority is you. They make your trip to China a trip of a lifetime, China has been on my Bucket list for a long time and all I can say is if it on yours just do it and make sure that you do it with China Spree. Part of my trip was made wonderful by my National tour Guide Julie who took care to make sure that all of our question and needs were meet. She made all of us feel very special. We also had wonderful local guides in each of our stops, Sarah in Beijing and Mai in Shanghai and all the other local guides on the trip. The food was amazing with a wide variety of local dishes, it was great to tastes the different tastes of the different regions. Hotels where always clean and conformable, and in great locations. I always felt very safe. On this trip I got to see all the sites in China that I had read about and some that I did not know about. The Guides that China Spree employees are very professional and have a great knowledge of China history and culture, and are willing to share this with you. They speak great English so language is never a problem. This trip was great value for the price, if I ever go back to China I know that I would use China Spree.

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

Answer: The whole trip was an Highlight, I would have to say that there was not an aspect of the trip that I did not enjoy. I always felt like China Spree as well as our National Tour Guide Julie had our best interested in mind.

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

Answer: I had none, the information on your internet explain exactly what would be entailed each day, I knew that each day that we would be very busy and that i was expected to do a lot of walking and climbing of stairs. The National tour Guide Julie or any of the local Guides took care of our needs As far as I am concern everything about the trip was perfect, the guides , the food, the hotels, the sights, I do not know how China Spree is able to offer everything that you do for the price of the trip.

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

Answer: None. I enjoyed every minute of my trip

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

Answer: Yes it was very interesting to visit the silk factory and find out how silk was made. Tongli was very different, it showed the waterways, but it also gave us a insight as to how the people live.

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: Julie made my trip to China exceptional, with her knowledge of China history, her caring nature, always making sure that we are ok and that we did not need anything. I have been on many tours and I would rate Julie as the best tour guide I have ever had. If you had any question Julie always had an answer for you. She took the time to explain everything to us from the sights we were seeing to the food we ate. Always has a smile on her face and very pleasant. Julie went above and be on her job with one of the women on our trip Her name was Ildiko Balogh, this women should not travel at all, there was no pleasing her at all. Julie should be commended on the way she handle this women with patience and being very professional. If I was the one that was dealing with this woman I would not of be as kind. If this women has anything to complain about Julie or the trip they should be not be consider, she is the type of traveler that should never leave her home. China Spree is very lucky to have a valuable employee like Julie she is a great ambassador for your company.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: Sarah and Mai had great knowledge of the history of the Region we were visiting and shared it with us. These two ladies are wonderful guides and also made my trip memorable, with the information they shared, being able to answer any question that I had, making sure that all of our needs were meet. Like Julie these two ladies are a great employees of China Spree.

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

Answer: All the hotels where very good. As a female traveller I felt very safe in all the Hotels. I like that the breakfast in the hotels we could have Chinese or American style food.

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: there was always a wide variety of dishes, I feel that you provided a wide choice of dishes and different taste at each meal.

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

Answer: You do not need to arrange for western style meals. I would of been very upset to not eat local dishes of China.

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

Answer: If China is one place you have always wanted to visit you have to go with China Spree. This company makes sure that you see all that China has to offer. From the time you step off the plane in China until you have to leave you will enjoy your trip. You get to see all the sites in China that you have read about, the tour guides that are with you are informative and very professional and know what you have to see and get you from one place to the next with ease. Since I have been home I have told all my friends that they have to go to China and do it with China Spree, they will not be disappointed. I know that I will use them again when I go back to China or any of the other counties that they now offer tours in. Judy
 
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Judith D & Kathleen R, Ontario
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer: 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
 

 
This was the very first travel tour we ever took as we always plan our own vacations. I would like to say, that EVERY aspect of the tour,exceeded our expectations....accommodations, food, sightseeing, information gained and especially our tour guide. It is great value for your money and will give you a lifetime experience that you will remember forever! When I return to the East, the first tours I will check out will be with China Spree!

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

Answer: There are far too many AMAZING things to see in China to be able to single out one, though walking on the Great Wall was an unforgettable experience! I think the real key or highlight was our tour guide, Lisa. She was so well informed, kind, caring, patient, accommodating, personable, etc., etc, etc. I am convinced that having "the right guide" can make or break the tour.

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

Answer: She opted to make accommodations for everyone when and wherever possible. Her limitless patience, upbeat personality, warmth, and knowledge of China were fabulous. She was really a perfect guide every day in every way.

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

Answer: In genereal, the meal arrangement exceeded my expectations. I thought I would go vegetarian, but the quality of the meats was fine and I ate everything...fish, chicken, pork, shrimp, beef.

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

Answer: Enjoy the experience!!! Be open minded, respect and appreciate a culture different from your own. A trip to China is an enriching, memorable, cultural experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Remember, in life "It's not how many breaths you take, it's about how many moments take your breath away!"
 
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Dennis & Sherry L, New Jersey
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

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

Answer: Quality of hotels, excellent tour leaders, especially Jo, our national leader, who was very organized and a tough task master but kept us on schedule and was really very nurturing. We especially loved the Terracotta Warriors, Hong Kong, and the trip down the Yangtze, also the other boat trips. The food was excellent--I am partial to Chinese food and found it uniformly very good. Every meal was different but excellent. Loved the plug in in Shanghai to see the City Planning Museum and walk in the old market in Chongqing. Also, two home visits, lunch in Hutong home.

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 felt all the meals were really very good. We have eaten a lot of Chinese food in NY Chinatown and found the food on the trip very authentic and interesting. No two dishes were the same--quite a feat given the number of plates served!

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 them all. Much better than Chinese found in middle America.

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

Answer: China Spree operates a very well-organized and comprehensive tour. Their staff, both in the home office and during the tour, were very professional, friendly and helpful. We especially appreciated our national guide, Jo, who took very good care of us and resolved a series of problems that arose very efficiently and to our satisfaction. China is a unique place, far more modern than we'd expected. It felt safe and the people we met were friendly. I feel it has opened our understanding of the world we are moving into in the future in important ways. I would recommend this tour and tour company most highly.
 
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Karen& Bobby V, Rhode Island
22-Day Imperial China, Tibet & Hong Kong
 

 
Our experience with China Spree was very good from the minute I booked the trip to the time I arrived home. Pretrip, everything you needed to know was available to you. Questions could be answered via phone call or email and they always answered questions in a timely fashion. During the trip, the guides seemed to be available 24/7. Our national guide, Sunny shared his phone number and email so we could reach him 24 hours a day if we needed. The itinerary was spectacular and the timing manageable to see all the sights. All the guides were very knowledgable and shared many interesting facts about all the sights we went to. Our last day was a free day but Sunny spent most of the day with many of us. He guided us through shopping in Shanghai to accompanying us on a boat cruise on the Huangpo River. The skyscrapers are spectacular at night. Overall, the entire trip was A+. Cathy

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

Answer: I enjoyed everything. The time we were given to see everything worked out well. The amount of free time was well also. Did not spend a lot of time shopping so as to allow us to see the important sites.

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

Answer: Sunny is very knowledgable but also very caring. My husband had to leave halfway through the trip and Sunny was there to help him make emergency arrangements to fly home as well as take care of the others on our tour. He got us to the dinner and show on time while talking on the phone to help my husband make his flight reservations,

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: Although all the guides did an excellent job, Sunny and Kevin stand out as our favorites. They both have a passion for what they do and proved it all the while we spent with them. They answered all of our questions about their lives and so we got an insight about what life is like in China. They seemed to truly like their jobs and they attended to all of our individual needs as necessary.

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. The best and most memorable was the tea house in Guilin. Beautiful dishes. 2. Peking duck. 5. Dim Sum. 9. Jade Factory. 10. Hot Pot.

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 ate Chinese even on our free days. I did not tire of the Chinese food at all. The ability to have Western Breakfasts was plenty for me.

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

Answer: I would definitely recommend China Spree to everyone.
 
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David & Catherine S, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree provided a wonderful experience on our tour of the Middle Kingdom. The price could not be beat and our tour guide "Jo" was a real treasure - better than the finest jade or pearls! She provided us with the historical and cultural context not only for these primary sights, but for the little sights along the way that made it a particularly rich experience. I feel that now I not only have seen China, but I have much more knowledge about Chinese culture - where they have come from and where they are going.

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

Answer: Of course seeing the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Terra Cotta Army were highlights, but those are places that I could have experienced with any tour group. Really, the highlight was our tour guide Jo. She provided us with the historical and cultural context not only for these primary sights, but for the little sights along the way that made it a particularly rich experience. I feel that now I not only have seen China, but I know about Chinese culture, then and now.

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

Answer: I could find absolutely no fault in Jo's performance. She was knowledgeable, accommodating, tolerant, and funny! Her command of the English language was so great, it was hard to imagine that she had never been to the States. She is the primary reason why we had such a great trip. She even dealt with one very difficult person on our tour with tact and grace. She went out of her way to make sure that people had a great experiences, even offering additional tours and services that weren't on the itinerary. I am happy to provide Jo with an "excellent" rating.

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

Answer: All of the hotels were wonderful, so it is hard to pick one that is best. Perhaps the Crowne Plaza in Hangzhou - mostly because the atmosphere was a serene break from the cities. Don't make me pick one that I liked least - there wasn't one.

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

Answer: Just book it and experience all that China (and China Spree) has to offer. You will never regret it.
 
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Joanne M, New Jersey
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
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
 

 
We loved our experience on the 22-day trip with China Spree! The amount we learned and experienced was amazing, and we have returned with a new basis for understanding what is going on in the vast and important country of China. This is EXCELLENT value for the money and we will wholeheartedly recommend it to others.

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

Answer: 1) Developing a sense of China, its history, growth, problems and approaches. Since we returned we are now reading everything we find in the newspaper about China with new interest and background. A particular treat was the urban planning museum in Shanghai, added in by our guide! I suggest you include this in all the tours since people are very curious about what they are seeing and why it is the way it is. 2) Home visits to see how people live. 3) Fabulous Terra Cotta Warrior Museum!! Beautifully designed and breathtaking.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jo was magnificent -- attentive to detail and very helpful to me. We all came to respect her leadership which took a great burden off of us so we could enjoy things more. Wendy in Guilin Tony on Yangtze River, in general, they were very good.

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

Answer: Generally all were good selections.

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

Answer: We were impressed with the excellent service culture in China. People are willing and helpful, competent and quick to do what they can to be responsive.

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. You will be amazed at the richness and depth of Chinese culture; and astonished that China survived through the mid-20th century at all. Further, you will gain new insight into both the enormous problems, progress and challenges that are in the news every day.
 
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Margaret M & Dale O, Washington, D.C
22-Day Imperial China, Tibet & Hong Kong
 

 
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 was doubtful that I could possibly be satisfied with such a low priced tour. Was I wrong! Tremendous tour, tremendous value. I was nervous about whether I would feel safe or comfortable in China. My worries were unnecessary. I cannot wait to return. Thank you China Spree for possibly the best trip I have ever taken.

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

Answer: Everything was excellent and it is difficult to pick one thing. Our guide Nick (Pong) was absolutely outstanding and made everything a highlight. Pong is amazing. Whatever you are paying him, he deserves more. Friendly, intelligent, helpful, etc., etc., etc. In the future I will measure all tour guides against him and I'm afraid most will come up short.

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

Answer: Don't wait, go. You'll love it. And definitely use China Spree.
 
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Robert M, Carolina,
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
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
 

 
I had never taken an organized tour before and was very hesitant, but I was pleasantly surprised. I felt like I saw and learned so much more than I could have on my own. Having a guide to answer our questions as they arose was priceless. The whole trip felt so relaxed to me, even though we were on the move most of the time. I wouldn't change one thing in the itinerary. We saw so many beautiful and interesting sites. It's a great value and I will definitely be booking another trip through China Spree.

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

Answer: I enjoyed every site we saw, but my very favorite was the park at the Temple of Heaven where everyone was doing Tai Chi, exercising, playing cards, socializing. It was wonderful to see so many healthy, active older people.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa was one of the best parts of the trip. She was so organized and used our time so well. She was friendly, funny and knowledgeable. She helped us when our flight was delayed in Shanghai by getting them to hold our flight out of Beijing until we could get there. I loved her personal stories--they helped us understand the culture so much better. Excellent guide!

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

Answer: Take the trip!
 
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Robin O & Benjamin W, Oregon
9-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
China Spree is very organized. They take care of you from the moment you arrive at the airport until you leave. In a country where you cannot read an information or understand the language, this assistance is very reassuring. They provide excellent information prior to your trip and through your whole trip when you get there. They need to improve on two areas: meals and and "forced shopping stops". All other points are excellent.

CS: What material and information should China Spree have provided to better prepare you for your trip?

Answer: I want to applaud you for what you provide. Your check list was extremely useful. So, I believe you are doing a great job providing info prior to our trip.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Wei Li is: 1. Caring. He is always concerned with the welfare of each member of the group. 2. Service oriented: He tries to provide services that are not his responsibility like take us to a ATM to withdraw money (after we have made many attempts without success), ascertain that we are provided with different food (we have some food restriction, etc.) 3. Always on time: He was never late. 4. Patient: When one of the group members was late or had a problem. I could go on and on, but he is a real jewel of a guide. Please, don't lose him.

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

Answer: Go and visit China now, because in a few years the old China will disappear and what you will find there will be a civilization very similar to the Western one.
 
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Nilton & Tannia A, Ontario
18-Day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey
 

 
Our trip to China with China Spree was outstanding in every way. The guides, itinerary, meals,accommodations and travel within China were all excellent. We not only saw every important sight that you go to China to see but were surprised at how much we enjoyed the things that we had thought were just "throw-ins" and how much we learned about Chinese history and local cultures. The entire package was well paced but it allowed us to enjoy some local flavor away from the group. It was a truly wonderful experience.

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

Answer: First is the professionalism and knowledge of all of our guides. Our national guide, Julie, was outstanding and I can't say enough about her. Secondly was the surprise we got in visiting the lesser known sites. We were certainly looking forward to the Great Wall, Terra Cotta soldiers, Giant Pandas, Li River etc.

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: Julie was just on top of every issue, no matter how small to make our stay more enjoyable. She was flexible, adaptable and was always there to address questions. She made herself accessible at all times. She also has a great personality and sense of humor.

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

Answer: I had never traveled with a tour group prior to this trip. I find it hard to believe that many tour companies could compete with the package China Spree presents. Everything that was promised was delivered and the value was outstanding. I have already recommended China Spree to several friends who are considering travel to China and I would, without hesitation, travel with them again.
 
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Byron & Helen M, New Jersey
16-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

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

Answer: Personally, I prefer outdoor activities, so for me all the trips in Guilin area were just awesome and unforgettable. Also I really appreciate the outstanding job of Guilin's local representative Zhi Guo (Jack), he is highly competent specialist and a great person. And of course the water village of Tongli.

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

Answer: We would like to add a couple of words about our guides and the outstanding job they have done during our trip to make it not only excellent, but also an extraordinary. On our trip we had the privilege to be hosted by Ming Li (Ming is the best, most detail-oriented and dependable group guide we have ever met on our trips to the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and in the US), Lisa, Alex, Tony and Zhi Guo (Jack is highly competent specialist). These folks have a great sense of humor, which is extremely important to keep everybody in a good mood, always went the extra mile and did everything possible, and presumably impossible, to make this trip pleasant for each individual in the group. For instance, they arranged additional tours, which were not on our itinerary, made reservations for a massage therapy, helped with shopping, interpreting etc. Also Ming was buying local fruits and snacks to share the local taste and traditions with our group. We highly appreciate her help with purchasing extra luggage bags for our group (we all had a ton of shopping that required an extra space), she was helping to serve in restaurants when they were shorthanded and educated us about the differences and benefits of local dishes, always made sure that everybody had enough food, water, felt good and comfortable. Also Ming was helping our group-mates with their special requests (e.g. changing hotel room, locating currency exchange machines, suggesting restaurants and places to go on our spare time) and all of us were equal in importance to her, which is extremely hard to achieve. Without Ming this trip would not have been so fantastic and unforgettable as it was.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: These folks have a great sense of humor, which is extremely important to keep everybody in a good mood, always went the extra mile and did everything possible, and presumably impossible, to make this trip pleasant for each individual in the group. For instance, they arranged additional tours, which were not on our itinerary, made reservations for a massage therapy, helped with shopping, interpreting etc. Also I would like to recommend Zhi Guo (Jack) as a highly competent specialist for more detailed study and insight of culture, history and life stile in China.

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

Answer: We would like to thank China Spree for the outstanding job they have done in organizing our trip to China. Your service is phenomenal and fabulous. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed every minute of our trip.
 
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Constantine & Halyna M, Colorado
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

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

Answer: I could not pick just one highlight but our guide Julie (Zhu Wei Li) took a good trip and made it exceptional. We all fell in love with her and wanted to take her home with us. As it is a little bit of her will remain with us always. She was thorough, extremely well organized, personable, humorous and and knowledgeable and represented China and your organization very well. The other very positive highlight was the exceptional group of people in our tour. We bonded well, laughed a lot, and made many great friendships.

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

Answer: There was no least enjoyable part for most of us. The trip was fast paced but we couldn't figure out anything we would have eliminated if we had it to do over again.

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: The travel experience far exceeded any expectations we had. We all could have used a little more down time but the River Cruise and the free day helped provide that and came at a good time. However, we would not have sacrificed anything we saw or did in order to obtain more downtime.

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 what your competitors offer but cannot believe that they can deliver the value and comprehensive experience that your organization provided to us.

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

Answer: If the choice was between the two then I would definitely keep Tongli in the itinerary. That being said we enjoyed seeing Suzhou also.

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: You need a far exceed choice for the above. We have done a great deal of travel on cruise and land tour and Julie was hands down the best guide we have ever experienced. She put in long hours with a passion to please all of us. I hope you realize what a valuable asset you have in her. She insured we would be fans of China Spree and that we would never forget our China experience. As a result many in our group are considering an additional China Spree trip that we heard goes to Vietnam etc. She also is extremely humble.

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

Answer: All of them were very good choices in my opinion especially given the budget you had to work with. We had great meals, nice rooms and good service at all locations.

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

Answer: None. We had a wonderful experience from start to finish. We will be hard pressed to ever top

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 the meals were very good. We particularly enjoyed the breakfast buffets. While it would have been nice to have a little more meat in the menu, the meals were part of our China experience and we were happy to understand what the locals ate.

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: Many of the meals had some dishes that were similar but none were bad or mediocre in my opinion. Given the budget you had to work with for the tour price, I think they were an exceptional value.

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

Answer: I don't think you can make any major improvements without increasing the cost of the tours. Based on our discussion with most of the members of our group, the price is what attracted them to sign up and they were impressed with the overall value they received for that price.

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

Answer: This is the tour of a lifetime. Nothing we will ever do in the future will come close to our experience in China. It all seemed surreal. The prices were pretty much all inclusive and we saw and did it all. It is amazing to us that China Spree can provide value we received for the cost. I'm sure many people have paid much more and not done as much or received the quality experience that we did. If you decide to China and don't consider China Spree as a provider, it is to your detriment.
 
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Kenneth & Dianne C, Arizona
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
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
 

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

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

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

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

Answer: I was satisfied with all the tour features.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
I would be happy to share my experiences with any interested traveler. In fact, I would have no problem with your using my full name and e-mail address. Since that is probably not your policy, I will plan to post a critique on Trip Advisor. I want to sing the praises for China Spree.

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

Answer: What stands out the most is the quality of the guides !!! I could not be more emphatic in praising China Spree's selection of tour guides -- both national and local. Another highlight is the quality of the hotels throughout the trip. Another highlight is the amoount of of activities and sites we were able to pack into the 22 days. China Spree certainly gives the traveler his money's worth !!!

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

Answer: No tour guide solicited a good rating from us. However, I'm sure each of them knew that we would provide a great rating because we had such good rapport with each of them. Our National Guide was amazing. She went far beyond the call of duty in attending to individuals' needs. She really took care of the smallest details for us throughout the trip. She communicated very well and had the respect of every one in our group from the very beginning. We were so very lucky to have been assigned her as our National Guide throughout the entire trip, except for Hong Kong.

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: Jo's performance as our guide exceeded any expectations anybody could have had for the trip. She gave careful attention to so many details, working at night while we slept to ensure a smooth experience the next day. She was good at problem solving, making sure that we were all satisfied with our trip every day. She is very compassionate but still firmly demanding in terms of adherence to "rules" to ensure everybody's maximum enjoyment. Although small in stature, she's big in presence.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: My "scoring" might look like I was perhaps too generous in my praise. Actually, if there were another category higher than Excellent, I would have used that is several cases. Your guides make the trip enjoyable for your customers !!!

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

Answer: Just keep the great breakfasts. The buffet breakfasts were a great way to start the day. AND, coffee through out the country was GREAT !! We had been told that we should take Nescafe with us (that's instant coffee) because the coffee in China is not good. WRONG !! Every breakfast place had superb coffee. They have Expresso Machines and we had perfect coffee.

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

Answer: China Spree offers a superb adventure and a very enjoyable tour. The accommodations and sites toured exceeded all of my expectations.
 
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David H & James M, California
21-Day Imperial China, Tibet & Hong Kong
 

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

Answer: The sights we saw exceeded our expectations, but they were made more enjoyable by Kevin, our tour guide, who shared his knowledge continuously. He met every possible need on a daily basis. Transportation was always on time, he had tickets for all the sights, he helped an elderly gentleman throughout the trip to ensure his well being so he wouldn't miss anything. He was even ready to assist this couple to return to the USA should the need arise. This Kevin is a definite asset to your success. We've already corresponded since our return. He arranged each day to perfection

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Kevin, in our opinion, could not have provided any better service in any capacity. As I mentioned earlier, our days were scheduled perfectly, he was always there watching and counting us to be sure we were all together, he picked up throat lozenges for me one evening at 10:00 pm, he made sure I was in a non-smoking atmosphere in hotels (if possible), he assisted in getting me an airplane seat close to front since I suffer from Tinnitus, and we enjoyed being with him each day to learn about China and where we would be visiting next. He's a keeper for sure. All our guides in each city were knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and assisted in informing us where/how to shop in the various locations. We couldn't have asked for more. You probably wonder how we could rate each one as excellent. My husband and I have traveled all over the world, and this was our first group tour. We really did not know what to expect and were thoroughly surprised at how much we enjoyed being part of a group, and having the guides share so much knowledge for our being able to understand what we were seeing, plus learning about the Chinese culture. I will share this information with family and friends.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: Breakfast was exceptional at each hotel. Enjoyed meals on River Cruise. Enjoyed Fondue experience. Enjoyed meal at Hutong, Enjoyed Tea House

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

Answer: No, this trip was perfectly planned. All modes of transportation were available, tickets were obtained by Kevin, he made sure we were always together, worked with each of us to ensure our comfort and safety, made sure we were all set for each flight, our luggage was properly marked, etc. We looked forward to each and every day, and feel like we left a friend in Kevin behind in China. We all felt the same as we were leaving.

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. Plan to experience a fabulous vacation. Sights are spectacular. Architecture in cities is breathtaking. No one speaks English - must visit China via tour. Toilet facilities not up to our standards. Must be in good physical condition.
 
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Joseph & Anne Y, Vermont,
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
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
 

 
For anyone considering a trip to China, you should do it with a group and not independently. Group travel is much less stressful in a country like China. The language problem alone can be overwhelming. If you book a Luxury tour with China Spree you will not feel like you are being herded through the country in a large group. We felt like we had a custom tour because we were only a group of 8 people and our National guide dealt with all of us on a personal level and she cared about us as individuals, not just a group of travelers.

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

Answer: The peapod boat trip up the Shennon Stream was like nothing we had ever experienced before. We also enjoyed seeing the show with the Acrobats of China. They were amazing. Shanghai was our favorite city because it reminded us of a futuristic New York City with one foot still in its past. Our favorite meal was the late dinner we had the first night we were in Shanghai. We arrived in the city late because of a plane delay but the restaurant was able to accommodate us and put a a fabulous spread of dishes for us.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lisa was sincere and very considerate of everyone's needs. She was very helpful to my husband and me on so many occasions when we needed extra help. Walking stairs, climbing the Great Wall of China, walking up steep hills, making sure that the menu selections were to our liking, etc., etc. Lisa is the best National Guide we have ever had and we have been on many tours before this one.

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

Answer: To anyone considering a trip to China do not have any reservation about booking a tour with China Spree. We think they are the best choice for China touring. They fufilled our expectations completely. This was the trip of a lifetime for us.
 
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Glenda & Paul B, New Jersey
17-Day The Dragon Heart of China & Yangtze
 

 
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's 14 Day Best Treasures is a wonderful tour. We were able to get a glimpse of the China we had heard about........Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors, Shanghai Acrobats, Li River, landscapes, Tiananmen Square Forbidden City and the Chinese people, culture, and food. Our national tour guide, Lucy, was a true gem! The hotels were more than we expected. The Chinese people were so friendly and many spoke English, especially the younger ones. We were impressed by everything the tour offered!

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

Answer: Guilin's location was wonderful and we felt so safe walking the streets around the hotel. Marriott, Shanghai, had the best breakfast of any of the hotels. We really didn't find any fault with any of them.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lucy was a national guide and she was absolutely wonderful. She went above and beyond what was necessary to make this trip so very enjoyable. She is way above a 5* rating!! I did not go on one tour and she arranged a lunch for me at the hotel. She took people to the subway on her final day, even though she was not required to do so. She explained everything so well. She was just the "best" in all ways. As for local guides, their enthusiasm really added to the trip. They all had different styles and presentations, but all were very enjoyable and helpful.

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

Answer: We loved our national tour director, Lucy. She was the best part of the tour. We were impressed with the Shanghai Acrobatics as well as the expected awe with the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors.

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

Answer: We do not believe that you could find a better tour of China, especially for the cost and what all is included. There are no hidden costs, as everything is covered. Not many tours cover all excursions, almost all meals, provide top-rated hotels, and transportation to and from China and within China
 
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Ann & Robert M, Ohio
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
I have been considering a visit to China for several years, but it was not until my mother and sisters visited China and came back with rave reviews about China and China Spree that I began to take more serious look at going. Despite the fact that my family members gave both China and China Spree such rave reviews, I still did my own research on escorted tour companies and found China Spree to be the very best in all aspects. When I decided to use China Spree I found the experience to be a very rewarding as you took care of all the important details and solved all my concerns. Your National guide Ming is just perfect, and your local guides are excellent. Now I see that you are about to offer tours to other regions of the world(World Spree), and I could not be happier. It is now difficult for me to imagine any other tour group matching your standards.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Ming, Lisa, Alex, John and Tony all proved to be most excellent. As our national guide Ming was just fantastic. She rose above the crowd and performed at a level that will be very difficult to beat. Attention to detail, all guides showed that they have a vested interest in the group and that nothing was too much to ask of them. Just ask and they will deliver...no problem. A good guide will either make or break a tour. China Spree employs some very excellent guides both on the National and Local levels.

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

Answer: China is a very diverse and complicated country. Reading travel books and other sauces of information on China will not give the traveller a true insight into the nature of the country, it is only by going to China with a good tour company, who employs good and knowledgeable guides will the traveller truly see, feel, taste, smell the real China, and in my experience only China Spree will offer that service.
 
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Errol B, Maryland,
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
Be prepared to be totally amazed by the history, culture and awe-inspiring sights. China Spree exceeded our expectations and helped create a trip of a lifetime. We have travelled far and wide and felt that this trip was well organized and a lot of attention given to the details. We were in a small group of 8 and even without a national guide we were well looked after. With so many internal flights in China we had ample support and our local guides were all very knowledgeable, informative and easy to communicate with. The itinerary was very comprehensive and explored different aspects of China. The hotels were excellent. We loved the different regional Chinese cuisines and the local beer! Breakfasts were western style with ample opportunity to try local items too. This was our first visit to China and Tibet and we would highly recommend China Spree to anyone who is interested in doing this tour. You will be in excellent hands!!

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

Answer: The trek to the Great Wall of China, The Terra Cotta Warriors and meeting the gentleman who dug the well that led to this amazing discovery Visiting Potala Palace in Lhasa Guilin - the visit to Longsheng the Dragon Spine Rice Terraces and the Li River cruise.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Pema our local tour guide in Lhasa, Tibet. He was extremely knowledgeable about the region, its history, religion and nomadic people. His passion and personal experiences made it a wonderful learning experience for us. Amy in Beijing was very welcoming, lively and enthusiastic. She also surprised us with a birthday cake during a lunch on my husband's birthday. We did not have a national guide as there were only 8 of us in the group. We felt that we had very good guides that spoke good English and because they were local, they shared a lot of knowledge about their particular region. They supported us at every airport. Everyone was very caring and let me know when there was a beef in the dish as I do not eat it.

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

Answer: You will be amazed by what you see. China has so much to offer. China Spree made our journey exciting and such a beautiful learning experience. Every day was a new adventure. Go with an open mind and China is truly yours to discover.
 
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Prakashchandra & Urmilla B, Ontario
21-Day Imperial China, Tibet & Hong Kong
 

 
We definitely would recommend China Spree (or its subsidiaries to other parts of East Asia) as its concern for the well-being and enjoyment of its clients is very evident in its organization and attention to details. The tour price is very reasonable given that the package tour could very well be described as a luxury tour given the excellent accommodations, daily meals, extensive tour itinerary and above all, outstanding guides who are dedicated in providing the very best efforts to meet high expectations of quality and service.

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

Answer: Go see China NOW as economical and political factors both in China and America may make a future trip difficult.
 
China's Best Treasures
Ednette & Donald, Chandler
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
I hereby propose that China Spree adopts a new slogan based on our experience with Ming Li (Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey-CS130420YT). Ming did an exemplary job of presenting the life and culture of China while juggling the innumerable tasks that went on behind the scenes. Often members of our group described Ming's great efficiency by saying: "She's makes the very difficult look effortless." Ming always went over and beyond what was required to ensure that our trip was pleasant, exciting, and educational. We have a whole new appreciation for Chinese culture, everyday Chinese life, and modern China through Ming's delightfully personal yet very professional work as our guide. So I herby propose the following slogan for China Spree to be used with any assignment that is of supreme importance and that absolutely must be done well. It is a variation of the the expression "Ding ding hao" that we learned on our trip. China Spree's new slogan: "Ming, Ming hao!" Thank you, China Spree, for organizing the trip of a lifetime for us. I will personally recommend you to anyone who expresses an interest in a trip to China.

Sincerely yours,

Judy B
 
Judy B, Alabama
18-Day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey
 

 
We had an absolutely wonderful travel experience with China Spree. We had never before heard of China Spree until we saw it’s name on postings in Tripadvisor. We exchanged some emails with a few of the tripadvisor folks who had toured with China Spree and that’s what sold us. Plus, we considered the cost to be very affordable and you really got a terrific value for your buck. We selected the China’s Best Treasures tour because the itinerary had all of the sites that we had ever dreamt of seeing in China, plus the extras such as the Dragon Spine Terraces, Yao Dong home, and Suzhou & Tongli water towns. This tour had obviously been planned thoroughly and attention had been given to everything from places to see and experience, to hotels, restaurants, transportation, and to the selection of wonderful guides. It truly was a "Best Treasures of China", from the ancient to the modern, from urban high rise cities to rural farmlands, from the incredible Li River vistas to the Pudong skyline: the tour covered it all and was extremely well choreographed. We felt as though we had truly seen all the facets of China and been provided glimpses into all it’s cultural diverity. We knew it would be fast paced because it was covering a lot of ground but we were very pleased that we never felt rushed and had ample time at each wonderful location to savor the experience. Ming Li was our National Guide and she was terrific. Ming was well organized and had very good communication skills. She was enthusiatic, engaging, fun, very knowledgeable and above all genuinely cared about every person in the group and that they were have a great experience. She managed the tour very well. We also couldn’t have been happier with the local guides (Lisa, Connie, and Ginger) who provided a wealth of information and interesting stories and anecdotes about every sight we visited. Overall, we give China Spree and A+.

CS:Comment on your tour guide

Ming truly enhanced our experience while on tour. We have traveled twice with Tauck World Discoveries (Italy & Tanzania) and they employ professional tour directors who are excellant. Ming is equal to them in every regard. She managed our group with a professional ease without being bossy nor talking down to people. Her communication skills were terrific and her instuctions were always clear. She was always alert to any special needs a person might have and was genuinely concerned that every person in our group was having a good experience. She provided very interesting talks on a variety of both historical and modern day subjects while we were in transit and was able to answer questions to everyone’s satisfaction. She helped us manage through the airports and helped obtain our boarding passes. She was great with all of our local guides and seem to have a genuine comraderie with them. Toward the end of the tour, all of us began calling her Momma Ming because she was taking such good care of us. She was well organized, engaging, fun, and very knowledgeable! WE LOVED HER!

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

Answer: China is a fascinating country with vast variances and shouldn’t be missed. And we will recommend China Spree to anyone who is considering traveling there.
 
China’s Best Treasures
James J & Patricia J,Arizona
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
We booked our trip pretty blindly, based only on the recomendation of a couple that we met on a cruise. From our first encounter with the first person at China Spree, we felt safe, secure and well taken care of. Everyone was helpful and knowledgable. The trip was so much more than I ever could have expected. We had a wonderful tour guide, a wonderful group of 22 travelers that didn’t take long to blend into one big happy family, wonderful clear weather and we found at least one western style toilet everywhere we went. The trip consisted of alot of contrasts. We had the perfect mix of history lesson, art, architecture, natural beauty and native culture. We visited the splendor of the forbidden city and then toured a Hutong (working class)local courtyard section of town and had lunch prepared for us by a local family. We visited the 4 story cultural museum in Shanghai and learned the art of bargaining with local street vendors. The Greal Wall and the terra cotta warriors defy description. I was awed by both. Seeing the process of silk making from the pupea chomping of the mulberry leaves to the silk being woven was facinating. Every morning, we would think to ourselves, what more could there possibly be to see, and then at the end of the day we would fall into bed exhausted and amazed at all that we had experienced that day. What a great trip!

CS: Comment on your tour guide

Answer: Ron had an uncanny ability to show up beside you right when you had a question. We would be standing there looking at something and suddenly Ron was there to explain what we were looking at. He was able to get us aisle sits on every flight, which I thought was amazing. We enjoyed his knowledge and frankness about conditions in China, in the past and the present. While all around us tour guides were yelling trying to keep their groups together, Ron had a clap rythmn that he used that was easy to identify. He had us trained like Pavlovs dogs, Ron would clap and 22 heads would pop up and we we all gather around. It was such an efficient way to gather. It didn’t take long for some of the kids in our group to take over the clapping rythmn for him.

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

Answer: Just do it and be prepared to go with the flow.
 
China’s Best Treasures
Sharon S, Oregon
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
From the outset of my tour, I took notice of the quality of communications from tour guides and the mutual respect bewteen tour guides in China and the owner of this company, Wilson Wu. The guides could very well have been owners of the company themselves! They delivered on Mr. Wu's tenets of excellence, customer service and value that are set forth in his letter on the China Spree home page. It was a wonderful experience. .

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

Answer: Old Chinese proverb: Tell me, I may hear. Show me, I may see. Involve me and I'll understand.
 
The Middle Kingdom
Drozd Jr L, California
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
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
 

 
This tour is simply the very best not only for the price but in quality! I have lived/traveled to most countries worldwide and spent time in the travel industry and have never come across such excellence. The itinerary is packed, yet manageable; the guide is superb; hotels are several cuts above the usual, a delightful bonus! I will certainly use and recommend this company often.

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

Answer: Our guide, Ron, was superb! His command of details, attention to all of us in every way, extensive knowledge, sincerity, friendliness in addition to 100% professionalism was exceptional!!! I have traveled/lived in most countries of the world and never encountered such a professional travel person. As for itinerary, all was wonderfully enjoyable and invaluable.

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

Answer: I preferred the Traders Hotel because of its WIFI availability at no charge....a very important aspect of a traveler's comfort level. However, the room at the Ocean Hotel was more spacious and impressive. Breakfasts were excellent and abundant! These were exceptionally nice hotels at the tour price...congratulations!

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

Answer: China Spree is the very best way to be introduced to China....
 
Jamelle M & Emily D, Carlifornia
8-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
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
 

 
CS:Comment on your tour guide

Answer: Lisa is awesome. She is what made our trip exceptional. She is a gem; she is fantastic; she loves her job with all her heart. We wanted to take her home "as our daughter." We left with a new perspective on China because of Lisa. Everyone loved Lisa. She is the best. We cannot believe our good fortune that we had Lisa as our guide. She loves her job, loves people, does a create job taking care of everyone's needs, answering questions, teaching us Chinese, telling jokes and stories...she made the whole trip worthwhile. We cannot say enough good things about Lisa. We were sad to leave her!!! She is outstanding. Lisa puts an excellent "face" to China Spree. We will recommend China Spree to our friends, but we would like them to be able to request they get a tour with Lisa as we know then that they will have a positive experience, too.
 
China's Golden Triangle
Paul Richard S & Jeanne Alice S, California
10-Day Golden Triangle
 

 
It was a well organized and a attractively priced trip that exceeded our expectations. Look no further and book with ChinaSpree.
 
China's Golden Triangle
Zhanna U & Michael L, New Jersey
10-Day Golden Triangle
 

 
It is a friendly beautiful country. It is a once in a lifetime experience and value priced. The trip exceeded our expectations. Kevin, (tour escort) was perfectly balanced guide. He was knowledgeable funny, and always available. He was always checking to make sure everyone was enjoying the trip. He went above and beyond on our trip. His love and pride of his country was inspiring. Everyday, he was organized and excited to show us China. He could handle all the different nationalities and personalities in our group. He exhibited a tremendous amount of knowledge along with sharing funny stories.
 
China's Golden Triangle
Lewis & Lori S, Maryland
10-Day Golden Triangle
 

 
I travel quite a bit and am generally able to plan my own trips through study, travel books and learning the language basics of the countries I travel to. I thought it best to travel on a tour, a planned itinerary and a National Guide in China due to the potential language/communication, and I was right about that. While China is becoming very Westernized and there are lots of English signage and restaurants in China, it was a smart move to tour China with an expert to guide us seamlessly through the itinerary. The National Guide was knowledgeable, entertaining and smoothed out any and all wrinkles along the way. He dealt with the restaurant staff, ticket agents, rickshaw drivers and salesmen in a efficient and timely manner that allowed the group to enjoy as much of the experiences as possible. Not having to worry about paying for meals or entry tickets to attractions helps keep people in a relaxed and happy mood which is essential when you are travelling. The local food was plentiful and very tasty and the western style breakfast buffets really help kick off the day on a good note and with a full stomach. The buses were spacious, clean and comfortable. The sights and attractions offered on the tour are spectacular and leave one with a sense of awe and wonder. The itinerary is packed full of fun and exciting thins to do, but still offers enough free time to relax and enjoy beautiful China. The price of the tour is extremely affordable and I left China feeling as if I got more than my monies worth and had all my expectations met or exceeded. I highly recommend the China Spree company for all your travel needs to China.

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

Tongli was a nice change of pace from the bustling cities, markets and tourist sites. It was beautiful. My wife absolutely loved the Summer Palace, while I thoroughly enjoyed the Temple of Heaven and the Yu Garden Bazaar. The Hot Pot lunch was exciting, fun and very tasty. Our National Guide, Emperor Ronald Wong, was absolutely fantastic. He was full of useful and interesting information about Beijing, Shanghai, China, the Chinese people and the Chinese way of life. He took great care of the group and worked diligently to make sure every step of our China journey was smooth and memorable. I will be signing up for the Tibet tour at some point in the future, but only if I can have Ronald as my guide. He was clearly very instrumental in making the experience exciting, fun and created memories that my wife and I will treasure for the rest of our lives.

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

Go. Just do it. Conquer any fears or reservations you may have about travelling to a communist country as you will be both pleasantly surprised and thrilled with your experience. The people are friendly and helpful, customer service is excellent, and the sights and sounds of China are both enchanting and memorable. China Spree and its tour guides provide the upmost in customer service and top quality value for the dollar. Don’t miss the chance to take the adventure of a lifetime to amazing China with China Spree. You will only regret it if you don’t go. Just do it!
 
A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
John & Paula K, California
8-Day A Tale of China’s Two Great Cities
 

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

Answer: I was once in front of a seafood restaurant in Bethesda, MD deciding whether to go in. An elderly couple were exiting and I asked them how this restaurant was. The gentlemen told me that if I did not totally enjoy it, he would pay for my meal (and he gave me his business card). He was absolutely correct. Were I able I would make the same offer to anyone equivocating on taking this trip. China Spree is excellent, the tour excellent and China an absolute delight - like being on a different planet.

CS: Tour Testimonial

Answer: I had never heard of Chinaspree - found it on the internet. I was skeptical - did some checking, etc. It is by far the best of many many tours, trips we have taken. I would recommend it without reservation, and I will make another trip.

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

Answer: We are well traveled and accustomed to high quality accommodations, etc. This was in all respects the best tour we have ever taken. Guides were top notch. Hotels excellent (Hangzhou choice might be better), meals were good to excellent. Most importantly we learned that China is an incredible country inhabited by very good and special people. A true delight!
 
Dr. Paul & Caroline L, Florida
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
I have always wanted to explore the ancient cultures of the world. I have been checking off places from my bucket list for a few years now; Italy and Greece were some of my favorite recent travels, and now it was China's turn. Although I have traveled extensively on my own to many countries in Europe I wanted a tour experience because of the language barrier and the convenience of having a tour guide to navigate this new country. I excitedly began to search on the internet for tour companies. (Note: I have taken four educational tours with Rick Steves' company, ETBD, so my standards are pretty high when it comes to tour companies.) I also looked at some travel forum websites like Frommer's, TripAdvisor, and Virtual Tourist to name a few. After I weighed the pros and cons of the companies that I researched I finally chose China Spree. I settled on an itinerary that gave me the best overall introduction to China for a fantastic price: China's Best Treasures. Having gone through this long process I was still questioning what I was getting myself into since I didn't know anyone personally who had used this company before. Crossing my fingers I paid the deposit for myself and my parents and made plans to go to Chicago to get my Chinese Visa. Well, I must say that my fears about the tour were gone as soon as I walked onto the Air China plane. This was a very comfortable air experience. As soon as we passed customs in Beijing there was a China Spree flag welcoming us to the vacation of my dreams! The minute I met Lisa I knew that this was going to be a good experience. She made it clear up front that her only desire was to make sure that this was the best tour and that she would do her very best to make sure that this happened. So, how can I sum up my 2 week intro to China? It was fabulous! Both my mother and retired father were very pleased with it as well. It was a good mix of ancient and modern, with city and rural scenes. Now let's talk basics: The hotels were modern and comfortable. They really surpassed my expectations. The Marriott Beijing and Pullman Shanghai were superior for their spaciousness and breakfast spreads. The food was plentiful and tasty all throughout the tour. Every single meal allowed us to find dishes on the revolving lazy-Susan that were delicious. If you tasted something you didn't like (this is very unlikely in my experience- and I'm kind of a picky eater), or it was too spicy, then there were other options to choose from. We always had enough food for everyone at the table, and it was interesting to have regional foods prepared for us to try. Peking duck, noodle dishes, hot pot (that was a fun experience), Mongolian BBQ, dumplings, oh, my... and Lisa bought fruit and candy along the way for us to try out, too! I usually lose weight when I tour, but not on this trip! The bathroom situation wasn't as bad as my mom thought it would be. Lisa made sure to include plenty of stops along the way for the group. She reminded us to use the facilities like a little mama and let us know if there were western or eastern toilets available. It is true that "squatters" are a test of balance, but I feel that it's just part of the whole experience- to "do as the Romans... rather, Chinese... do! " (Note: Most of the time there were western toilets to use.) By the end of the trip we were all pretty good at the bend-squat-aim-and hold- technique ;-) The tour scheduling is compact and your days are full, but there are restful periods to sit and have a drink, or just watch the passing scene while you wait for everyone to finish their "free time" photo ops and exploring. There were shopping stops- which we all took advantage of. I am not a shopping Diva, but if you are there are a lot of opportunities to look for treasures along the way. There are factory stops which begin as educational tours to show the process of cutting jade, or how silkworms are processed to make silk. A pearl factory, a silk rug factory, and a terracotta statue/lacquer workshop were all stops for this tour. If you wanted to drop some cash you could, but this also allowed for some free time to look around or relax for a moment before moving on. There were also times in the day to explore outdoor markets to try out your bargaining skills. I did not buy a lot, but I had fun at each place just looking around the workshops and display areas to admire the artistry and/or experience something new. The Best Treasures tour provided me with opportunities to see "the biggies" like the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, and modern Shanghai, but what I liked most about this tour was the opportunity to visit places that I probably wouldn't have done on my own- like driving through the countryside to reach the Dragon Spine Terraces where we hiked up to see the mountain-hugging villages and tribe people who farm these rice terraces. Or the Li River area with its hauntingly beautiful karst limestone scenery. The water town of Tongli and gardens in Suzhou were also enjoyable as they gave me another view of historic Chinese cities and the culture. We visited a home in Beijing's Hutong district to have a meal prepared by a housewife. We also saw the home of the farmer who discovered the Terracotta soldiers in a farm field. Our group loved our peek into a nursery school where we were entertained with some songs from the children. One girl was the star of the show. This is one of the great memories of the tour. I also enjoyed the drives in more rural parts of China. Seeing the homes, store fronts, various modes of transportation, fruit stands, animals and farm fields- all these vignettes helped me to "see" more of the true China. Another big bonus are the cultural programs like the Tang Dynasty dancing and music show. Coming from a musical background, I truly enjoyed this spectacle. We opted for the Kung Fu show in Beijing and the Light show in Guilin (by the 2008 Olympic Games opening ceremony director) which we enjoyed tremendously. Seeing all of the pageantry reminded us of the 2008 Olympics. The skilled Shanghai acrobats were included as a part of the tour. The national guide was professional, efficient and friendly. She always looked out for us. She tried to "spread the butter" but could become a "dragon lady" if the need arose to get the job done! The regional/city guides were all informative and spoke English well. The bus drivers were proficient at their job. Water was provided throughout the day for drinking. The plane rides from Beijing to Xi'an, Xi'an to Guilin, and Guilin to Shanghai were good. The times that we flew were thoughtfully manipulated so that tthe whole day wasn't lost. We had the time to sightsee in the morning before our flight or we had an evening activity if we flew in the AM. Finally, the tour members that I shared this experience with were the best. I couldn't have asked for a friendlier, relaxed group! They truly helped to make this a wonderful tour as well. So, how would I rate this tour overall? I give it an unwavering 10. It will remain one of the best travel experiences that I have ever had in my life. I think that the highest praise I can give is that I will recommend China Spree to my friends and family. I have already been thinking about returning to China in the future myself to see other parts of this fascinating country. Thank you, Lisa for your personalized attention, and China Spree, for providing me with the opportunity for the trip of a lifetime.
 
Deborah N, Kansas
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
We were hesitant at first to spend this much money with a company we had never heard of before. But after traveling with them all we can say is CHINA SPREE ROCKS!!!! The company has created a masterpiece blend of the typical tour sites (the Wall, Timinen Square, etc) with unique experiences suchas eating in a family’s home, a rickshaw ride around a lake, plays, shopping. Unlike other tour companies, all transportation, admission, and 90% of the meals were included. We were amazed, How does this company make money? They must get some really good group discounts. There is no way we could have planned this ourselves for double the price. Our tour guide Kevin was the best ever. His commitment and knowledge was excellent. We have become walking advertisements for this company and will highly recommend them to anyone going to China. Thanks for a trip of a lifetime!! Kevin and Wanda

CS:Comment on your tour guide

Answer: I have no idea how he could have been any better. He made this a trip to remember and we will tell everyone about China Spree
 
Kevin & Wanda D, Texas
10-day China’s Golden Triangle
 

 
Amazing experience, price and guide. 8 days may not have been enough. I wish China Spree offered other countries throughout the world, if they did I would use them for many other destinations in the future.

CS: Comment on your tour guide

Answer: Great personality, communication skills, and knowledge. Very passionate about her job and it shows. Knew all our names the first day and made sure every detail was accounted for. FANTASTIC!

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

Answer: Be aware that the bathrooms are not like we are used to. Do the optional tours. Plan to be constantly busy. Always negotiate pricing, take what you think is fair and divide it in half to start your bargaining, and walk away if they can’t do it, they will give you your price. Backpacks are handy.

 
Matthew F & Joshua W, Arizona
8-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
The trip was exceptional value. I was apprehensive about the quality for the the price. However, we stayed in fabulous hotels, and had a wonderful experience. I would not hesitate to recommend China Spree.
 
David & Gail W, Maryland
8-Day A Tale of China’s Two Great Cities
 

 
China Spree provides an amazing itinerary, excellent accommodations, and an exceptional staff to make your trip unforgettable. The selection of places to visit introduces the visitor to China’s culture, both past and present. There is beauty around every corner.

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

Answer: Oh, my goodness, where to start. Every day was amazing, each day’s journey seemed to exceed the previous days. How can you compare walking on the Great Wall to viewing the terra cotta warriors? The contrast between the big cities of Beijing and Shanghai to the countryside we visited when we went to the Silk factory was quite interesting. Okay, if I had to pick one thing that made our trip especially memorable, it was being with the people of China, the children especially. And Kevin, our tourguide, was outstanding. He shared so much about everyday life in China, answering our questions without hesitation.

CS: Comment on your tour guide

Answer: Kevin has a wonderful personality and definitely is a people person. He has a great sense of humor. It is obvious he loves his country and he shares his love with every person on his tour. He is a great ambassador for China, and an exceptional employee for China Spree. He is invaluable and you should never, ever let him go. He was always available, tireless in his efforts to make our vacation enjoyable. He succeeded - it is an unforgettable experience, and we can’t wait to come back. There were several times when unexpected things happened . . . for instance, my sister-in-law forgot a purse at one of the dinners, and Kevin called to make sure it was there, went with her by cab, and helped retrieve the purse. Also, I fell in the Forbidden City and injured my shoulder. When it didn’t seem to be getting better, Kevin took me to the Tourist’s Hospital in Xi’an to make sure nothing was broken. Both of these times, he was helping us when he was "off the clock" - he never complained and was soooo helpful. What a blessing to have such a guardian angel with us on our trip.

CS: Comment on your China Spree hotels

Answer: The Beijing hotel is #1, for the outstanding breakfast food and the room. The Ocean Hotel is #2 - superior rooms, breakfast wasn’t as good. That leaves the Grand Noble Hotel as #3, but not in a bad way. All three hotels were excellent in all areas. I guess after having such amazing accommodations in Beijing and Xian, we expected more from the Ocean Hotel for the breakfasts. But what they lacked in breakfasts, they made up for in the rooms, which were outstanding!

We have stayed in 4 star hotels in the United States and felt like they were tops. But they fall short of the 3 places we stayed in China. You provided us with accommodations that greatly exceeded our expectations, I can’t imagine there being anything better. THANK YOU!!!

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

Answer: Be prepared to fall in love with China.
 
Joyce & Vanessa R, California
10-Day China’s Golden Triangle
 

 
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.
 
Katherine & Leslie H, Oregon
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
Best value of any tour I have ever taken. Hotels accommodations were spectacular.

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

Answer: Go and enjoy this amazing country.
 
Stephen S, Colorado
8-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

 
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.
 
Bruce C, Ontario
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
China Spree is the best! In terms of value, variety, and quality China Spree provides an oppportunity for your experience of a lifetime in China.

CS: Comment on China Spree hotel

Answer: The hotel rooms were first class - way beyond what I expected.

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

Answer: Go to China, but only with China Spree!
 
Michelle F & Jennifer S, California
8-Day A Tale of China's Two Great Cities
 

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

Answer: Should a potential traveler be on the fence about booking with China Spree. There is no need to worry, if you read reviews they are about 99% great reviews. It speaks volumes about China Spree! You heard the term "You get what you paid for"...well, in this case "you get so much more than what you paid for" Through China Spree.
 
Garcia A & Rivera C, Georgia
8-Day A Tale of China’s Two Great Cities
 

 
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?
 
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.
 
Genie S, Florida
8-Day Timeless Beijing
 

 
CS: Comment on your tour guide

Answer: Ron did the best job that could be done by a human. He worked non-stop to make sure we enjoyed our trip. He and the trainee Sue even helped in serving food at one of the restaurants.

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

Answer: I would never travel to Chnia again without being with China Spree
 
Mahmoud & Rasmia J, Maryland
8-Day A Tale of China’s Two Great Cities
 

 
This trip was the best trip I have ever taken, and I have traveled often. I checked the trip out with the better business bureau before booking, because it seemed to good to be true for the price. China Spree had an excellent rating, and it turned out to be to good to be true for the cost. Our guide was fantastic and we were helped throughout the entire experience. I would recommend this trip to anyone. Our days were very full from morning to night. It was educational and fun.

CS: Comment on your tour guide

Answer: I can't say enough good things about Lynn. She went out of her way to be sure everything was great. Our days were power packed and exciting. She seemed like the every ready bunny, and she was always gracious. She found a way to solve any problem anyone was experiencing. Her knowledge and knack at explaining Chinese culture was excellent.

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

Answer: I would do it again.
 
Nancy H & Angela F, New York
10-Day China's Golden Triangle
 

 
We just returned from the 15-day, The Mighty Yangtze trip and can’t stop thinking about how wonderful this experience was. We were a small group of 12 with a phenomenal national guide, Maggie and excellent local guides at every destination. We decided on China Spree after researching several other companies. We definitely made the right decision and would travel with China Spree again with no hesitation. Before the trip, I was impressed with the pre-trip information that China Spree provides, such as suggested reading, arrival and departure information and other useful information. They really pay attention to details. Any questions that I emailed them about were promptly answered by phone. They tell you that you will receive the final information (tickets, etc.) two weeks before departure. Not only were they true to their word about that, they even sent us notification a few days ahead that the packet was sent out. My expectations at this point were now raised so I was afraid my now high expectations would not be met. From the moment we walked out of the baggage area at the Beijing airport we knew we were in good hands. The hotels were gorgeous and first rate, especially in Beijing and Shanghai. The itinerary is varied, flexible and well planned out. Everything was flawless. Much of the credit for such a wonderful trip should go to Maggie our national guide but I believe that after speaking to other China Spree groups that we came across, every national guide is exceptional. Maggie and all the local guides had excellent command of the English language. They were all knowledgeable, informative and patient. Maggie especially always made sure we were happy, taking control when necessary yet flexible when not. We thought China would be a "once in a lifetime" experience, but there is so much more to see that we would consider visiting again. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that it will be with China Spree.

CS: How's the pacing of the tour?

Answer: It was perfect! We liked that we were able to cover the entire itinerary plus a few extra things (for instance, the kindergarten) yet everything was so flexible. One day we encountered a road closure so the bus ride to Tongli took a little longer than expected. But because of the flexibility, all it meant was everything was pushed back a little and we didn’t miss anything because of the delay. A perfect carefree vacation!

CS: Comment on your National guide

Answer: Maggie was absolutely fantastic! She was very calm yet you knew she was in control. She speaks well and tells wonderful stories. Her delivery of the stories made it so much fun to listen to her. Maggie made the trip so enjoyable. She was patient, knowledgeable, funny and made us feel very comfortable. We knew immediately that we were in good hands with Maggie.

CS: Recommended packing and reading

Answer: Pack light. Don’t need to pack toothbrushes and toothpaste as it was always provided (never came across that before. We read Daughter of China: A True Story of Love and Betrayal by Meihong Xu and Larry Engelmann which was on the recommended reading list. We loved it and now that I’ve been to China, I want to read it again. We also enjoyed and would recommend Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman, another book on your list. We had with us the suggested book, The Yangzi River by Judy Bonavia, which we didn’t read in its entity but found very helpful while on the boat.

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

Answer: Look no further! China Spree is fantastic. And China is an exciting, beautiful and interesting country. Not to be missed.
 
Jill & Wendell W, New York
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
My mother, aunt, uncle, cousin and I recently returned from the Middle Kingdom tour led by the wonderful national guide, Ronald Wang. The trip was truly one of the most memorable, well executed, and inspiring experiences of my life. China Spree works with outstanding hotels, restaurants, guides, and entertainment programs. The itinerary allowed us to visit all the major sites (Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors, West Lake, Tiananmen Square, etc) without feeling rushed or overwhelmed. The highlight of the trip was definitely Ronald. Ronald went over and above any expectation to provide us with a comfortable, organized, and friendly experience. His knowledge of all the sites, as well as China history and culture, led me to refer to him as Professor Ron by the end of the trip. We truly felt like we were a part of his family, and that we were receiving a personal tour of his country. I highly recommend China Spree and Ronald. When I return to China to visit other parts, it will definitely be on a China Spree tour led by Ronald.
 
Grace T, Chicago
12-Day Middle Kingdom
 

 
Good day,

My 12-year-old son and I recently arrived back home from the Middle Kingdom tour I was on with my karate club, Purple Dragon. I thought you should know how happy we were with China Spree. The trip was extremely well organized and well thought-out. We saw a great number of attractions in a short period of time. Also, the food and accommodations were great.

Our guide, Jing, was particularly effective. She did not miss a single detail and worked tirelessly to attend to everyone’s needs. Everyone on the trip got personal attention from her, and she was smiling and willing to help regardless of what time of day it was. She is genuinely a treasure and an asset to your company.

Feel free to post my review on your website if you care to.

Yours truly, Sandra Filosof
 
Sandra F
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
We loved our trip with China Spree !! After seeing the cost and itinerary online, we thought it seemed too good to be true, but we were surprised that the actual trip even exceeded our expectations. We saw SO many beautiful places, learned so much from our talented tour guide George, ate absolutely delicious meals everyday, experienced so many fun activities, and collected a lot of memories that we will always treasure. China Spree definitely took care of every little detail, from surprising us with ice cream cones on a hot afternoon walk, to giving us "vip access" to the sites (driving us right up the entrance of the Terracotta Warriors, passing all the other tour buses that parked in the parking lot and left their people to walk ~20 min to the gate), choosing great restaurants that were very clean, beautiful hotels, and on and on.. We are definitely recommending China Spree to our friends and family and hope to take the trip to Tibet in the near future !

CS: Comment on your National guide

Answer: He was always attentive to everyone’s needs. He did a good job handling/controling the horrible couple in our group (he kept his patience and a smile on his face when they asked him if they had to "eat chinese food again" on the second day of the trip!). We always felt safe, knew what was going on, and didn’t have to worry about a single logistic aspect during the entire two weeks. He had really interesting stories, good sense of humor, and pride in his culture and history that taught us a lot.
 
Rachel Flora S & Agustin X, Pennsylvania
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
We really did not know what to expect with our trip to China, but it exceeded any expectations we had! It was an amazing journey, with a great balance of historical sights and cultural experiences. We saw all of the major sights (Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace,etc.) but also experienced a meal in a local resident's home, attended cooking school, went to a market where locals shop, visited rural homes, and learned how silk was made. We also really liked the itinerary of our 14 day China's Best Treasures as we went from urban areas, to the countryside for a breath of fresh air, and then on to Shanghai. We covered so much ground. Our guides were all excellent! Very well informed, professional and efficient and aimed to please. Our days were well planned to avoid huge crowds and maximize our time. We had a nice group of 12 people of various ages ranging from 14 to 79. Overall a wonderful experience! I would highly recommend China Spree.

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

Answer: Loved taking little bus over mountain pass to Longsheng and the hike in the mountains. The scenery was fantastic, people interesting. I felt a million miles away from home. I also liked the bike ride in Yangshuo, but I am an active person and enjoy physical activity.

CS: Comment on your National guide

Answer: Lucy was excellent, because she was always willing to help whatever was requested. She was friendly, sweet, positive, and enthusiastic and very well informed. She went out of her way to help us track down our lost luggage. She was available at any time of day or night.
 
Dora Anita S & Kyle M, Michigan
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
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.
 
Mark Chan & Debra Chu Y, California
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
My husband and I have enjoyed mostly independent travel in the past but decided that doing China on our own was just too daunting. In the past, we have found the regimentation of tours stressful, but in the case of China Spree, the opposite was true: we have never felt so relaxed on a trip. Our sightseeing was done efficiently with the cool bus waiting for us after every excursion. Airport check-ins and baggage handling were facilitated by our guides, excellent introductory information was supplied prior to and during every program, and our itinerary was beautifully balanced between monumental sights and intimate cultural ones (kindergarten visit, Hutong home visit, etc.). The Chengdu bamboo park day and Yangtze cruise were timed perfectly - a respite from our first week of hard-driving sight-seeing in Beijing and Xi’an. Our peapod boat excursion on the Shennong Stream was adventurous and great fun as was our "drag race" in the Hutong pedicab. The Yangtze cruise excursions were both informative and beautiful experiences. To sum up: our guides were expert and accomodating in every way, our meals were varied and delicious, and our daily attractions and experiences were truly thrilling. China Spree really delivers a peak experience.


CS: Comment on your National guide

Answer: We can’t think of any way Kevin could have been better! He was extremely well-informed, passionate in his presentations, personal in his recounting of his family relationships, wedding, etc., compassionate in caring for those with various issues, attentive to each and every one of our needs, and delightfully funny. His grasp of colloquial English was perfect and his personality was engaging, entertaining, and genuine. Awe-inspiring energy and commitment!!

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

Answer: Be prepared for a fast-paced, physically demanding itinerary and know that, although there isn’t a great deal of leisure time, your stamina will be richly rewarded. Expect to be enlightened intellectually and moved emotionally by the stunning scenery, exquisite culture, and fascinating history. You will be in very good hands with China Spree.
 
Barbara P & Thomas Edward K, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
This was a great trip that opened our eyes to past and current Chinese culture and customs and its thousands of years of history. Extremely educational and worthwhile. Go Now and Learn about Tomorrow's next Super Power!
 
Carmen N & William S, Florida
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
My expectations were exceeded! This is my 10th tour trip abroad and was the best organized and run of all! Don't miss this trip!
 
James & Barbara P, Florida
17-Day China's Imperial Wonders & Yangtze
 

 
Great tour, great value. We had a wonderful time. The tour went very smoothly thanks to the ourstanding efforts of the country and local guides. We enjoyed all the attractions on the itinerary and the variety of things that we visited.

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

Answer: Take a tour. Although we have never taken a group tour before, we were very glad that we took this one. It would have been impossible to see all that we did in the time available if we had been on our own. We would also not have experienced things with the same insight that our tour guides provided.
 
William & Margaret S, California
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
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.
 
Steven & Judith G, Florida
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

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

Answer: GO,go go with China Spree!! They provide much more quality than any other tour groups that I have researched. I was not dissapointed with your company. I am a world traveler and China appeared to really make an IMPRESSION on my view of this country’s place in the world.
 
Sheldon Eli & Sheila Ellen P, New York
16-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

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

Answer: China Spree made it easiest to book over the internet without a lot of unnecessary communication. The trip was well laid out and China Spree was very responsive when questions were asked. China Spree was very helpful throughout the trip to China. I was worried about the language barrier when traveling to China but the tour guides and everyone at China Spree is so knowledgeable they put you at ease. The trip allows you to see so many things in China that you come back not able to choose a favorite part. China Spree keeps you busy during the trip but it is well worth it when you think of all the amazing things you've seen.
 
Shaun Phillip & Kathryn Mary L, Bermuda
16-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
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.
 
Judy & John L, California
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
My wife and I just returned from the 12 day China Delight tour with China Spree. They are an extraordinary tour operator. Their marketing material stresses that customer satisfaction is their number one priority. They take this claim seriously. Their staff, both in their Washington state administrative office and their tour guides on location, do virtually everything they can to accommodate the requests of their guests. They delivered on every single claim they made in their promotional material. The accommodations provided were excellent. Each meal was in a different venue and offered variety and local color. The busses were modern, air conditioned and comfortable. The group size was manageable and allowed for individual attention. But the one factor that brought it all together was the exceptional tour guides who were entertaining, knowledgeable, well organized, and genuinely interested in the well being and enjoyment of their guests. Our "national" tour guide, Jing, shepherded us through the entire trip starting with a brief orientation meeting on our first morning and continuing till our departure. She carefully described our upcoming schedule each day, gave us practical travel and shopping advice, and used the time riding to meals and attractions to describe local customs, everyday life, and Chinese housing and social service policies. These discussions were full of give and take with the tour participants. It was like having a personal friend to answer all of your questions. But it didn’t end there. Jing gave us her cell phone number and was on call 24 hours. She was assisted by local guides in each city who shared their expertise on the history and unique characteristics of the cities they represented. All were friendly, well informed and candid. This is not a trip for the faint of heart, however. It is geared to serious travelers who are interested in absorbing as much as possible in the brief time available. The days are long and comprehensive, packed with a myriad of sights, tastes, and thought provoking impressions. This is the best packaged tour we have ever taken.

CS: Comment on your National guide

Answer: Jing Liang was absolutely incredible. She was tireless. It seemed she never slept. She met us when we got to the hotel late on the first night, made sure we were settled in, checked our satisfaction with the accomodations at each location and was up bright and early each day reviewing the daily itinerary. She got up at 4 AM on the last day to see us off. She was prompt, friendly and very much in charge. She was informative and entertaining on the bus, looked after us at each attraction, explained what we were seeing, gave us advice on local customs, and carefully described upcoming activities. She even watched over us when we were eating to familiarize us with the food and to make sure we were satisfied. She adapted to events beyond her control, such as traffic, weather, and crowds. She made it a point to connect with each and every person on the tour. She was so organized that she made it look effortless, but that kind of finess requires a great deal of preparation.

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

Answer: Take China Spree. They really care.
 
Stanley Norman & Sandra Lee C, New Jersey
12-Day China Delights
 

 
We have taken over half dozen conducted travel tours in various countries - Egypt, South Africa, Turkey, Kenya, Europe etc. This was the best conducted tour, well above expectations. The arrangements, hotels, itinerary with the an excellent National guide made the difference!!

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

Answer: Use the best in business - China Spree!!
 
Rajendra Prabhulal & Purnima Rajendra D, Texas
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
I have been traveling since my first trip oversea in 1967 to work and travel in Europe and have not stop. I have traveled with a backpack to ultra luxury, by myself and in groups, on business or pleasure and China Spree’s tour of China was the best I have every taken. We did not want it to end. Thank for a wonderful first experience of China.

CS: Comment on your National guide

Answer: He solved all problems before they even happened, he was always ahead of the game and solving an possible upcoming problem. He even saw what we were not eating during the first few meals and realized the group did like tofu so he ask us, got our opinion and then adjusted the menu for the rest of the trip

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

Answer: Go to China as soon as possible and as often as possible after your first trip, because it is such a vast country and there is so much to see, and use China Spree to make all arrangements
 
Richard C & Terry W, Pennsylvania
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
CS: Comment on your National guide

Answer: Edward was an excellent guide, he is organized, and knowledgable, a great problem solver and tried to please everyone on the tour. He appears to be a very caring person. For example, one night on the cruise tour and was sick and didn’t go to dinner. Edward called my room to check on me and later in the evening brought me fruits and breads to eat. He really went out of his way to do that, I thought that was very thoughtful.
 
Dorothy N & Richard L, South Carolina
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
Our National guide Lynn was a very enthusiastic, sincere, and helpful tour guide. She really cared about each person in the group and connected with all of us. She was always cheerful and enthusiastic. China is an impressive country. China Spree is a fantastic tour that can give you a taste of China in a fun and eventful way.
 
Susan H & Christine D, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
This trip exceeded my expectations in every way. China Spree provided amazing value for the overall cost -- in food, guides, sites and sights visited, hotels, transport and really, every aspect. Our national guide was superb -- warm, funny, efficient, responsive and skillful. She was always looking to expand on possibilities for us and to handle any question or request at any time. China Spree has paid attention to every aspect of every day -- they have taken care of things you would never think of -- and so the trip rolls along amazingly well with many,many fabulous experiences packed in. Even our trip to the Great Wall was designed to allow us an hour to walk along a breathtaking section with no crowds (we saw maybe 16 people!). BRAVO China Spree!

CS: Comment on your National guide

Answer: I cannot say enough about the talent and skill (and charm!) of Lisa. She could be running a big, multi-national company or campaign. She was just fabulous... and seemed to remember so many things so effortlessly. There was not one question or request that she did not remember to answer or handle. She even remembered that I wanted some little tiger balm tins and picked them up for me when I wasn’t even looking! Truly -- she is one in a million!! She helped MAKE the trip!!

CS: Comment on your local guides

Answer: They were all helpful, kind, informative and cheerful. The guide in Xian needs better "crowd control" skills -- he was a little under-assertive and our group was a little over-assertive. I was impressed with their receptivity to ALL questions and with their openness when it came to discussing policies and practices of the Chinese government and the impact that different eras have had on the culture, their families, their lives.

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

Answer: Make plans to GO TO CHINA!! (And go with CHINA SPREE !) China has the personpower, material resources, technology, brainpower, political will and money to do amazing things! They have an incredibly rich history and an unlimited future. Just go!
 
Shari Kay, B
14-Day China Best Treasures
 

 
I don’t know if all China spree tour groups are like ours. Ours was just such a good fit. We were all intelligent, well educated, and well traveled. We got along very well. We talked about that quite often and I wondered if perhaps there was something that China spree did to attract that sort of person or whether we were the only group like that. We laughed often even at the tour guides jokes. The 12 days went by way too fast but we will be in touch for many years, I just know it.

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

Answer: There were so many..... But I always tell the story of my sister in law Eva Benavides who went with us. 2 years ago I had total knee replacement and I worried about taking so a physical trip. Well, I decided that we were going to climb the hard part of the great wall as it was less crowded (for a reason I knew). The first easy part of it we were all fine. Then about every 15 minutes of the hour walk to the top she kept saying "How’s your knee, do you think you want to stop? If you do, I will walk down with you" She was exhasted and was looking for any excuse to stop" I told her, "no, I was not going to hate myself by coming all the way to China to not go to the top". And our group climbing that side did Me, David, Gloria, Eva, Mary, Alex, Robert, Janice, and Joanne that I can remember.

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

Answer: I agree with the testimonials that I read before I chose China Spree. I also can’t beleive that China spree makes any money at all. I chose the China Highlights tour because it was an inclusive tour (all extremely filling meals, all air travel, all shows, all buses, all tour guides, gondola ride, rickshaw ride, wonderful hotels, all entrance fees, all history lessons, and the culture visits. EVERYTHING (they wouldn’t pay for my pearls tho). Every tour that I read on China spree not inclusive said, tour optional, entrance fees optional, so I thought by the time I pay for all the extras, I might as well get an exclusive tour. I also went there apprhensively thinking that the other shoe was going to drop and there would be some sort of surprise fees. Instead there were extra things not even mentioned. For example, when you get off the plane in Beijing until the security gate in Shanghai Pudong Airport, your national guide is with you every step of the way. He takes care of your baggage, your meals, your tours, your tickets, your boarding passes, everything (except I asked him to make the rain stop and he didn’t but...). The tour goes effortlessly, or so it appears to us. It is a finely oiled machine but you are just along for an enjoyable ride. You will love it even if you don’t like Chinese food. But I loved the food, my guides, the buses, I loved everything immensely) One thing however that you must do is to take a small bounded notebook and quit enjoying yourself long enough to write down some of what the tour guides are saying and also where you are going and what pictures you take. The fast pace of the tour makes some of the memories run into others. It took me 3 weeks to organize my 2500 pictures because I couldn’t remember place names. I don’t know if other tour companies are as good, but I know China Spree and its tour was unbeleivable. For those who have never considered China (like me), it is unbeleivable and the people there love Americans and you don’t get that in most countries. They are also very very happy people. I wish I had written down more informatin. I beleive the first dynasty was the Qin but I am not sure. You will be entertained on bus rides with interesting China history. And you will find yourself repeating the information that you remember, hence, write it down. At the airport I got in an argument with another china spree group memeber when I told them that our tour guide was the best and she seemed to think that her’s was the best. So maybe they are are good and maybe our group was the best ever also. P.S. Don’t be surprised if you are asked to have your picture taken with them. Some of them from the country have never seen a blond evidently.
 
David & Roxana B, Texas
12-Day China Highlights
 

 
i still cannot figure out how you provided such great food, hotels, tour guides while including all the sites, side trips and entertainment for the money we spent.we have traveled with tauck and viking and found china spree the overall best value.

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

Answer: run, don't walk to book your trip to china with china spree.
 
Robert & Theodora, R
17-Day The Dragon Heart of China & Yangtze
 

 
Good morning Mr. Wu,

My wife and I just returned last week from our 21 day Panorama Tour (CS110427CP).
We want to let you know that the entire trip was not only amazing, but first class as well.
We were impressed with everything from start to finish:

- China Spree web site is detailed, well organized and very informative
- staff at the office are friendly and provide quick responses to questions
- all of the guides in China were fantastic (Kevin, Linda, Sue, Jack, Charlie, Tom and Celia).
  The service that they provided right up until our departures at the various airports was outstanding.
- all the places we visited in each city were well chosen and enjoyable
- food selection and proportions throughout the trip were excellent
- hotels that we stayed at were more like 6 star rather than the advertised 5 star

This was the first time that the two of us had elected to travel in a tour group. The "bar" has been set very high and we can only hope that our future tours can provide the service that China Spree provides. We certainly will be telling all of our travelling friends about the type and quality of tours that are available through China Spree.

You have an excellent tour business Mr. Wu. Be proud of your accomplishments, and always praise your entire staff both in the United States and in China. They certainly do an outstanding job.

Our only disappointment Mr. Wu is that China Spree does not offer tours to other parts of the world.

Thanks again to everyone at China Spree for making our trip to China an unforgettable experience.

We wish you well and continued success in the travel business.

Paul and Sue
Rockwood, Ontario. Canada
 
Paul & Sue R,Ontario
21-Day China Panorama
 

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

Answer: The Best of the Bests in all aspects of travelling.
 
Marcel R & Christiane B, Florida
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
Dear Wilson,

I have filled out your form, but I also wanted to follow up with an email.

In doing so, please accept my personal thanks for what you and your company did to make our trip an amazing experience. Your concern to give us an excellent trip was obvious, and every one of the 20 of us had very high praise for China Spree.

Here are some additional thoughts for section 9 of your form:

My wife and I are experienced travelers who have always done our own planning, and we were very apprehensive about taking a guided tour and somewhat skeptical about what we would receive. Our concerns were mediocre hotels, bad food, and a bored staff herding us through one history spot after another. But the reality was entirely different. We had a fabulous experience, and we are grateful to China Spree in so many ways.

Instead of seeing just the tourist sights as expected, we saw so many aspects of life, culture and change in China today. There was a general consensus in our group that none of us could ever have dreamt up, no less seen, nearly that much on our own. Our accommodations were great if not outright luxurious for 9 of the 12 nights, and quite adequate for the other three. The Marriott City Wall in Beijing, the Guilin Sheraton and the Shanghai Pullman were among the best hotels we’ve ever stayed at, and the hotel in Yongshao seemed the best one in that small town. The breakfasts were a sight in themselves, as the buffets were enormous and carried both Chinese and western food. With a very few exceptions, the other meals ranged from good to excellent, and were designed to give us an idea of Chinese culinary culture. We ate in a private woman’s home in Beijing, went to a fine Peking duck restaurant, took cooking lessons on the Li River, had a dumpling banquet, cooked a meal in a hot pot, etc.

China Spree seems to have anticipated every small detail, taken care of everything, and to have cut no corners to make our trip memorable. They took us to some pretty out of the way places, a few of which were not even on their itinerary (like a kindergarten in the country and some cave dwellings still in use). Their personnel are, however, their biggest asset. Our national guide, the extraordinary Lisa Li, is the queen of guides. She wove us into a virtual family, made everyone feel special, made sure we did not get taken when buying things, and helped us bargain for better prices when we were. She was our seemingly tireless advocate every minute, a fountain of energy and information, and worked to give us every advantage. One moment she is getting local people in a park to invite us to join them in their morning exercises, the next is saving us time by bringing us to the front of a long line, and the next is asking a woman who lives in an old village by the rice terraces above Guilin to allow us a look inside her home. Lisa was assisted by four local guides in the various cities who were all very good, so we generally had two guides with us despite our small number. This really added to the experience. Wilson Li in Beijing and Sue in Guilin merit particular praise.

I’m not sure how China Spree does it, but we paid very modestly for what we got. In terms of value for money, this trip gets an easy 10.

Best regards,
Steven
 
Steven & Susan R, Havertown, PA
14-Day China Best Treasures
 

 
WIlson and your entire team....

We will respond to the survey later, but just wanted to thank all the folks at ChinaSpree for a fantastic experience that GREATLY exceeded our high expectations. A special thanks goes out to Jayson Gao, the National Guide on our trip to China and Tibet. It was not only Jayson’s personality that made the trip terrific, but also his professionalism and ability to keep the group/trip on track. Everyone we encountered from the folks in Washington to all the local guides were most helpful, knowledgeable and people you wanted to talk to.

I’m a very experienced business traveler who has avoided tours for many years. Our physician, Dr. Gary xxxxx recommended China Spree, but I was very skeptical. Dr. xxxxx was right and I was in for a wonderful surprise. The China Spree trip was something special. Now I wish you folks had tours to other parts of the world. We’d be signing up for them. Please feel fee to use Winnie or me as a reference.

Best wishes for a great year and the success of your firm and people...
 
Bruce R, Marblehead, Massachusetts
18-Day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey
 

 
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
 

 
It was an amazing trip of a lifetime, the people of China are warm and welcoming to their guests, the sights and history were dazzling. The guides (national and local) were very knowledgable and made everything seem effortless. It was the first tour I have ever been on and was well worth the price. I could not have arranged such an extensive trip myself!

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

Answer: GO, you will be amazed!
 
Joyce Barbara H, Arizona
21-Day Imperial China, Tibet & Hong Kong
 

 
Good morning Wilson,

I have recently returned from my China Spree Tour (Imperial China/Tibet and Hong Kong) and want to take this time to personally write to you about this exceptional trip although I will save most of my feedback for the online questionnaire.

I have traveled fairly extensively and recently toured India prior to this trip to China. The differences between your tour company and the company I used for India were extensive. First and foremost, Ming Li, our national tour guide, is the most exceptional guide I have ever had. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and concern for our well being was boundless. If you recall, I have a life threatening allergy to shellfish and had serious concerns about my ability to safely eat the food in China. During our first meal in Beijing, I was approached by Ming as well as Jack, our local guide, to inform me that every restaurant on our itinerary had already been notified about my allergy. Even with this information, I conveyed to Ming my own anxieties about eating the food. She went above and beyond to let me know what every dish on the table was, had chef’s come out of the kitchen to talk to me, and had special food made for me if there was even the slightest possibility that there was cross-contamination in the kitchen. The lengths to which Ming and in effect, your company, went to soothe my anxiety was extraordinary. This enabled me to fully enjoy my trip rather than continuously worrying about what I could or could not eat. In general, Ming’s ability to oversee the entire tour and to ensure that everyone’s needs were met was exceptional. I often wondered if she ever got any sleep or was she continuously just working beyond the scenes to make sure every little detail of the trip was attended to? I cannot say enough about this woman. You are extraordinarily fortunate to have someone of her caliber working for you.

It is rare that i contemplate returning to a place that I have visited as there are so many trips on my "to do" list. In this case, i can say that I know I will return to China and it will most certainly be with China Spree.

Thank you for making China Spree such a wonderful organization. It is obvious that your employees reflect the attitude of the company. Keep up the great work. I will surely be recommending you to my family and friends.

Sincerely,
Carolyn Wells
New York City
 
Carolyn W, New York
21-Day Imperial China, Tibet & Hong Kong
 

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

It is a cultural experience not to be missed. I learned so much about the culture and people and found the people warm, friendly and accepting and the cultural heritage indescribable. I cannot say enough about how much China has to offer from its past and present to the world. At one point, I am speaking in a video to someone and I quote myself, "I’m just about amazed out at this country". That’s how it was. I am a well-traveled person, and this trip has been the highlight of my travel experiences. I wish to go back. Don’t miss it. See the past and the future rolled into one.
 
Paula P & Gema G, California
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
China Spree was exceptional. I read many testimonials and was doubtful, but it's all true and more. The guides, hotels and features are all first rate. The guides and bus driver were extremely trustworthy. We all left our valuables in the bus on many occasions and never had a problem. I would recommend to all very highly.

CS: Comment on your National guide

Answer: Jim was superb in every way! I'm a prosecutor and regularly work with colleagues in the Courts, law enforcement and schools. I have already recommeded China Spree to many people, and specifically note that Jim should be requested. Jim was expert in every way. He was kind, sincere, thorough and always kept track of us without becomming overbearing. He was exceedingly knowledgable and we really loved his songs. I consider him a friend.

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

Answer: Just do it - It was one of the best two-weeks of my life. I went with my 15- year old son as an educational experience for him and ended up learning just as much, if not more, than he did. Our group was awesome. Everyone got along and became friends by the time we finished. I would go with China Spree again and will recommend to my family and friends. Ask for Jim Mao if possible - He is the perfect national guide.
 
Ms. Raquel Marquez & Mr. Hans Joseph B, California
14-Day China Best Treasures
 

 
My friends and I have been traveling internationally every year for the last decade, always on our own, never with a tour group. Because I was bring along my teenage daughter and elderly parents (67 and 71 years old), I wanted to find a tour that tailors to all different age group and physical ability. This was our first experience with group tours, and amazingly, China Spree exceeded our expectations in so many ways. The itinerary offered something for everyone at a pace that was fast enough to keep my friends and myself intellectually stimulated, my daughter from being bored, but slow enough so that my parents were able to manage. Our itinerary was packed with all the great historical sites, but what was more interesting was the cultural education aspect of our tour. We were able to visit and talk to local residents in their home, be it in a hutong, a cave, or in the mountains. It gave another dimension of understanding to our visit to China that other companies did not offer. Another great feature that China Spree provides is the tag-team of national and local tour guides. Our national guide, Jimmy was genuinely attentive, professional, and expounded warmth and happiness. Under his care, the quality of our stay in each city was superb and transitions from city to city was smooth and easy. If there was a request or even a suggestion, like stopping at the market to get peanut butter and jelly for the plane ride, or getting a tailor to visit our hotel room to make dresses for the ladies in our group, Jimmy was able incorporate it into our itinerary seamlessly. The accommodations at each city was wonderful. Every time we stepped into a new hotel, a collective sigh of "Wow" escaped our mouths as our eyes took in the extravagant decor. Our local guides actually live in the city we were touring. They were able to give us insight into the local current issues facing each region along with the history of each area we went to. All the guides spoke great English, and they were very aware of content vocabulary words used. They would patiently repeat the word and give a definition right after. Communication was not a problem at all. We definitely enjoyed having a variety of local guides, each of them with their own understanding and opinion of China's past, present, and future. It was an added bonus that our local guides held such different views of China. We all came away from this trip satisfied. It was well worth our time and money. Thank you China Spree.

CS: How do you like your National Guide?

Answer: His professionalism, respect for others, knowledge of Chinese culture and the touring industry, and mostly his caring nature makes Jimmy an outstanding guide. We were so lucky to have Jimmy as our tour guide. His clam yet always happy demeanor set a great tone for our group interactions. Following Jimmy's encouragement and example, our group traveled together so well and harmoniously, which added a lot of memorable moments to the tour. Jimmy is very patient and detail oriented. Whenever there is a suggestion or a request for something, Jimmy makes sure that it was done as soon as possible. My suitcase had busted by the time we arrived in Guilin, Jimmy arranged for the local guide to take me shopping first thing when we had some free time. My mom came to China with the expectation of buying fine quality calligraphy painting supplies. On his day off, Jimmy offered to take my mom and anyone else who wanted to come to the right shopping stores. The best thing about Jimmy is that he manages to take care of all of us always with a smile on his face and a laugh to end his sentences. We love the very apparent fact that Jimmy loves his job as a tour guide and the standards he holds for himself and strives to obtain is respectable and admirable. It was smooth sailing with Jimmy at the wheel.

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

Answer: Before we booked our tour with China Spree, we did about 4 months of research of other tour companies, from private tours to group tours. Benefit from our work; China Spree is definitely the company to travel with. They are quick to professionals, respectful, and quick to help in any way possible. There are no other company that will provide you the superb quality you will receive in the areas of accommodations and meals, knowledge of your guides, cultural and historical education, and if you are interested, intriguing conversations about contemporary and controversial issues facing China today.
 
Ms. Buu & Mr. Such, California
14-Day China Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree attended to every detail so as to provide a memorable trip to China that far exceeded our expectations. Our guides went well beyond what would have been normally expected and were more than willing to share their views on modern-day China. I left with a much deeper understand and appreciation of China.

CS: Comment on your tour guide

Answer: Your National guide Victor was outstanding! Every detail was expertly taken care of but more importantly, he was willing to discuss basically every question we had about China. I feel I came away with a much better understanding of modern-day China. Further, Victor went well above what would be normally expected of him to insure we had a successful visit to China.
 
James & Linda B, Pennsylvania
12-Day China Delights
 

 
We have been on many tours. China Spree, and our Guide Victor, undoubtedly did the best job of ANY tour we have been on. Our National guide Victor, was Helpful, Intelligent, Witty and extremely charming. No problem was too large. No problem was too small. {by that I mean he was willing to solve ANYTHING that came up] Absolutely the BEST TOUR GUIDE I have ever had.

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

Answer: China is an experience we would not have missed. CHINA SPREE is a wonderful tour company. They gave us a tour that was far above our expectations. We will Definitely return to China and will use ONLY China Spree to show us more of that fascinating country. It has a fantastic tour for the best price available.
 
Donna H, Minnesota
12-Day China Delights
 

 
Dear MR Wu,

Thank you for your company hospitality & guiding during our recent trip to China, Your service is phenomenal & fabulous . We have a wonderful time & enjoy every minute of our times. Base on my other past trips experiences, I am very proud to rate your services as 5 stars tour company,Each stars is represented to each services We received for our daily needed.
  • Experience & friendly staffs.
    The booking process & preparation for the trip went very smooth , Michelle is very nice friendly & skillful .
    Up on arrived in China our national guide ( Lynn) strep in & taking care us professional manner , she is working hard & tireless. She is making sure our rooms are ready when we arrive in the hotels ,our lug ages are in our room & our boarding past are handy when we arrive in the airports. She treat as like family members. Even on our free day she is help with our transportation need.

  • The itinerary is amazing.
    Chine's history turned pages day after day, we travel back half century ago in Forbidden City , go deeper to 2000 years ago in great Wall & Terra Cotta Warrior , hiking to the top of Dragon Back Bones then relaxing in Li River cruising, finally exploring Shanghai the future city of China.

  • Facility.
    All hotels are exceeded our expectation, they are the excellent accommodation & conveniences.
    Marriott Beijing is walking distance from Tiananmen Square, Xian Grand Noble is in Business central & next to night market, Guilin Sheraton is front view of Li river , Yangzhou New West Street is my fever ( Pearl in the Middle of the wonder land), Pullman Skyway Shanghai just a block away from metro system. All rooms are beautiful & elegant.

  • Foods.
    The rich & variety of local food are very interesting. We have been served the fancy food in famous restaurant
    Same as celebrity quest such as former first lady ( Hilary Clinton) & have a chance to taste the same food as the Local minority people on the top of dragon back bones.

  • Price.
    Not much to testify, people always said " You get what you pay". With China Spree we paid for the best , The Best of China Treasury.
    We are very pleasure with your services & looking forward to use your company again, hope to see Kung Ming province add to itinerary in the future.

Thank you
 
Nokeo L, Iowa
14-Day China Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree is a 5 star tour at a 3 star price. It is the best tour I have ever been on. Hotels,guides,sight seeing are the very best available. It is the very best tour company to China.

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

Answer: This was my third trip on China Spree. The guides treat you like family and go out of their was to make sure you have the very best tour. Jim was the very best national guide we could have had.
 
John Charles C, Texas
16-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
Dear China Spree,

Fond memories of our China Spree Mighty Yangzte trip (091008MY) of October, 2009 have not faded. Rather, these memories are enhanced by reflection. The trip was memorable, historic, fun. Every now and then I reread my journal to travel once more down the Mighty Yangtze and through ancient, as well as modern China. The armchair traveler can enjoy a trip over and over again. We loved traveling with China Spree.

I was delighted to receive your e-mail of November 10, 2010 informing me that I won second place in the Journal Contest just by doing what I like to do most--journaling my travels.

Thank you for a wonderful trip, an interesting contest and providing me with a winning experience.
 
Shirley W, Illinois
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
Well done . . . .
When my wife booked this trip I thought there had to be a catch. The price was just TOO GOOD to be true. I truly thought we would get to China and be disappointed in what was provided, the hotels or the entire tour. Much to my delight I was totally wrong and I apologize for doubting your ability to provide a top notch tour for an unbelievable price. The hotels were 5 star, the guides and buses great and the activities were exactly what we wanted out of a trip to China.

I would heartily recommend this trip to anyone interested in seeing China. Wow, what an experience.

Thank you very much
Joe Schwartz
 
Joe S , Idaho
10-Day China's Golden Triangle
 

 
We just completed the Mighty Yangtze 15-day trip and "Lucy" was our national guide. No need for me to echo each of the appreciations in so many testimonials so suffice it to say that the praises are truthful. This was the improbable made manifest; a low cost tour with high-end quality. First to mention was the group size. We had only 19 people and not a lemon in the bunch. A small group size limit was a requirement for us before we decided on our tour company. (My wife and I much prefer independent travel but the total lack of familiarity with Chinese language and characters made a guided tour essential if we wanted to maximize our understanding and exposure to the culture and historical sites.) To get a handle on the value I checked the cost for round trip air fare for an open-jaw from SFO to Beijing and returning from Shanghai. For $1900 more we got internal air flights, a four-day river cruise, usually three meals per day and eleven nights at five star hotels. The meals were locally influenced for seasonings and some featured items but they were basic Chinese Chinese (not the Americanized Chinese dishes we get here stateside). This was important, I guess, for a true flavor of the country but a steady diet of a cultural food gets boring. Towards the end I was dreaming of a plate of burritos appearing on one of those omnipresent lazy-suzans. The hotels were not just good, there were impressive. Really impressive! This was true for rooms, restaurants, amenities, location and services. And our local guides were informative and nearly always personable in a way that we were able to relate to. One or two were just knowledgeable but not quite able to connect with American/Canadian humor. Several were so well versed in American as to understand our references to our value on freedoms and yet respect for China’s accomplishments and struggles with a transition to a market economy and world influence. Each guide has a chosen English name. This was awkward for me at first; seemed to be an affectation. I quickly saw it as a convenience I valued when I realized the surname-first protocol and my difficulty in making associations for names. "Lucy" was our esteemed guide. What a gracious, attentive, effective and caring soul. She was a premier ambassador for her country while being our shepherd and benign family matriarch. If you’ve done group travel you know the aptness of the "herding cats" metaphor. Throughout the two weeks Lucy had each of us constantly purring. We saw too much in too short a time to feel satisfied that we’ve "seen" China. Even though we’ve been on six of the seven continents much remains in the world that we want to see for the first time. But if budget and opportunity combine we would look first to China Spree for a return visit to such a friendly and complex culture.

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

Answer: Maybe China Spree can be equalled but they can’t be beat for service and value.
 
Antonia Freeman & Thomas John H, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
This is just a short note to tell you that I was just started planning my vacation for 2011 to Brazil, but I CANNOT get my vacation to China out of my head. I had an absolute FABULOUS time, Victor and Eddie... I just cannot forget them because they were AWESOME! China Spree has set a high standard for me, so other travel companies beware. I am presently working with an agent now for my South America trip, but I could not help but tell her the experience, professionalism, and high standard which I received from your company. Again, thank you for your diligence in your commitment to excellence.
 
Juliet C, Apopka
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

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

Answer: "Don’t let the low prices concern you. This was a first class tour for sure. Everything you could want and more. From the pre-trip staff here in the U.S. to the National and local guides, we were so impressed with he quality of service every where. Everyone seemed so sincere and ready to help and serve us. At the end of the trip we felt like we were leaving our new friends behind."
 
Leila S, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
China Spree provided me with a tour well beyond my expectations. I have traveled with four other tour companies in Europe and Africa and was totally unfamiliar with travel in Asia or China Spree. I learned about it on the internet and was a bit nervous about booking. DO NOT HESITATE!! The best value I have ever had for my money. I traveled solo for the first time in my life and felt totally comfortable with everything. China is beautiful!!! Thank You, Eric and China Spree.

CS: How was the general performance of your guides?

Eric (National Guide) was delightful, considerate and obviously worked well with his local guides. His laid back personality was comfortable and caring. John, Sherry and Anthony were all great. All willing to listen and accomodate. All good educators and efficient at moving us. When a handful of us wanted to see a performance at West Lake that was not on the itenerary, Eric and Sherry made it happen for us! John made Beijing feel like home and Anthony was superb in his Garden tour especially.

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

Do not delay this experience, if you have ever had any inclination to go to China - book now!!! I left my heart there.
 
Nancy T, Alabama
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
11-4-2010

Mr. Wu and China Spree,

Although we know you have many many great testimonials on your website, we wanted to add ours as maybe it's a bit unique given we took our two girls, Sophia 11 and Eva 9 on the 14 Day China Treasures tour. I tried submitting this online and it did not go through so trying again!


My wife and kids had never been to China, and the kids had never been to Asia. I know both Sophia and Eva both consider our national tour guide, Ming, their lifelong friend! She was so considerate of them and paid special attention while not slowing down the group or getting distracted, a rare talent.

We thought this tour was the right size (17 people) and the mixture of major attractions with meals at local's homes and "off the beaten track" cities and sites really gave us a glimpse into the China culture. What a wonderful country! The kids kept journals and it really helped them internalize what they saw. We also appreciated how the guides gave their opinions as well as facts, so we got an idea of how they thought about their country and its place in the world today.

We had the best vacation of our lives, and the kids loved it and felt safe and secure the whole time. We will definitely use China Spree again and have already recommended to a number of our friends. The hotels were excellent and the meals and shows were great. What a wonderful tour you have put together.

Thanks for changing my kid's perspective on the world, and treating us so well

Best Regards,

Rick and Liz Froehlich
14 Day China Treasures
August 2010
 
Rick and Liz F, Taxas
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
 
Wayne & Karen E, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
Three years ago I ventured to China for the first time and had a fabulous 13-day tour with one of China Spree’s competitors. I saw and learned so much about China’s history, culture and people. The accommodations were more than expected, and the guides were very knowledgeable. I returned home wanting my children and other family members to see China to experience their ancestral land as I did. After comparing prices and value between different tour companies, we joined the 16-day China Spree Best of China & Hong Kong Tour this summer. I worried a little about revisiting China and traveling to many of the same major cities and towns for a second time, but happily, I found little comparison between the two tours. Indeed, the two tours were very different. I was seeing and experiencing new sites, and the local guides were even more informative. The hotel accommodations were the finest, always in central locations. Meals were at top restaurants offering a rich variety of local cuisine. China Spree offered so much more in terms of itinerary, accommodations, meals, and general service. What made the trip most successful for us was the continuous attention and care that Victor, our national tour guide, provided. He was an excellent host. Not only did Victor pay meticulous attention to coordinating the detailed logistics of our well-packed tour, he entertained us in song, humored us with jokes, and taught us to speak and read some Chinese. I would love to see more of China with China Spree. Perhaps a trip to Tibet!
 
Virginia L, California
16-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
I am so glad I chose to use China Spree for our tour to China and Hong Kong. When I first contacted them to arrange a tour, they were accommodating and professional. They helped me to find the tour which fit in with my time frame and places I wanted to visit, for an amazing price which included all meals, many exciting excursions and air fare. Their company sent conformations and arranged for visas promptly, eliminating any worry about details. When we first arrived in China, we were greeted by our wonderful tour guide, Ron, who proved to be the best tour guide imaginable. He was so organized on all the details - he took care of us better than our own mothers. He made sure we had bottled water, reminded us about passports, told amazingly interesting stories, demonstrating his historical knowledge as well as excellent story-telling skills. We also had terrific local guides in each of the the different cities visited, which added interest and variety of knowledge and perspective. Accommodations and food also proved to be above our expectations. The hotels were top quality, comfortable and beautiful. The food was amazing - at least 12 different dishes per meal, including local specialties. I especially appreciated and enjoyed the planned excursions which were many and varied. Our activities included riding a high speed maglev train, a journey to the top of the third tallest building in China, a gondola ride through the water town of Tongli, a walk through the beautiful Reed Flute Cave, a walk through the active Buddist temple at the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, a chance to see the adorable Pandas up close, to name just a few. We were able to do all these things without feeling rushed - we were given enough relaxation time in between activities, with trips to tea houses, gardens, and optional foot massages. The organization and attention to detail of this company is exceptional - all at an amazing value. I highly recommend China Spree as the tour company of choice when visiting China.

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

Answer: I definitely recommend a visit to China. It is an experience of a lifetime - not to be missed. There is so much to see and do - culture, history, entertainment, shopping, sight-seeing, and interacting with the Chinese people.
 
Wendy M, California
16-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
Travel is all the same. I mean, the Great Wall is the Great Wall whether you went there on your own or were part of a group. That's the bottom line, right? No. First, traveling is more than just seeing a landmark. If it were not, you may as well stay home and just "google" it. And surely you can be adventurous and go the do-it-yourself way.

Or, you can have an efficient, intelligent, and very accommodating coordinator show you around so you can focus less on the travel and more on the experience. China Spree, personified by Mr. Ron Wang, is such a coordinator. He is more than a travel guide. He is in fact your host - a most insightful host for that matter. He leaves nothing to chance to make your visit memorable and worry free. From making sure your bags are delivered to your room, to ensuring you stay hydrated with their free bottled water, Ron does not miss a beat. Everything the brochure said, he does (and more). The local guides, Vicky, Allen, and Raymond are very informative, attentive, and quite straightforward. They tell you how things are in their culture - no bull, no hesitation.

I can say a lot about China itself. But that's not why you're here perusing this site. I can, however, say that having traveled extensively (less South America and Antarctica) I do not miss any of the countries I've visited. But I do miss China. Thanks in large part to Ron Wang and his team.

On behalf of my wife Rose, my brother Rolando and his wife Ling, and my sister Susana and her husband Leonardo, "xie xie," China Spree.

Well said Bro. If I may add, the hotel choices were outstanding, specially the Garden Hotel in Suzhou. Bus transportation were very spacious. After a day of visiting fascinating sites, it helps to be able to be transported without worries and stay in a relaxing hotel with their excellent breakfast to start another day. The booklet sent by China Spree in preparation for the trip was informative, giving you the insights of things to bring, the sites, common Chinese phrases, etc. Like my bro said, we've traveled quite a bit and the trip to China was the one we miss most.

Cheers to Mr. Ron Wang and team. Thanks to China Spree for putting together an excellent package tour.

All the best,

Rogelio P. S
 
Rolando S and Ling C, New York
12-Day Middle Kingdom
 

 
As I start to write this, I know it will sound like too many testimonials that are already on your website. These same testimonials had me a little suspicious, as I read them intently last winter. Let's address them first. This trip sounds like it is too good to be true, but it is not. The hotels are really as stunningly gorgeous as the photos show, and you are not shuttled off to tiny, plain rooms. The guides are charming, funny, generous and open. They will enrich your experience in ways that travelling independently probably will not. I simply can't understand how China Spree can offer so much for so little. This may not be the cheapest tour in the industry, but it is close, and it clearly gives you the best value. I met other tour groups that had as many as 88 people on them! Our 14 people got along quite cozily. With a group so small, we could go to much smaller locations, and didn't spend more time waiting for people than seeing the sights. Though this testimonial is about China Spree, it is also about China. Going now, at this pivotal time of change was breath-taking and inspiring. All of the big sights did not let us down: the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, the Karst region were as stunning as we hoped. However, it was the smaller sites that had the biggest impact on us, the ones that are not included in other tours. Cautiously walking into someone's home to see how they live, can feel intrusive. Instead we found ourselves warmly greeted and made to feel welcome. This was true at our lunch in the hutong, the yadong in Xi'an and the farmhouse in Yangshuo. Hiking in the Long Sheng rice terraces was a high point of the trip. I chose China Spree in part because of this one day listed, and it far exceeded my expectations. The tour is run seamlessly, so that all the minor hassles inherent in moving from place to place (hotel reservations, airplane tickets, entrance tickets, luggage shifting) are all wafted away from you. Even something as tiny as dehydration is not an issue, since they always kept the bus plentifully stocked with water. They time things so beautifully that a wait of any kind is a rare thing whether it is shows, meals or rides. Wilson Wu has done wonders in planning a 14-day trip where the meals are not repetitive. I think that there were only 3 dishes that showed up more than once. Considering that there are approximately 24 meals and 7 dishes per meal, that is nothing short of a mathematical feat!
 
Trina S and Carl T, Rhode Island
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
The China Spree tour even exceeded my high expectations. The guides, high-quality hotels, diverse meals and, of course, the cities and sites visited were all excellent. Brian, our national guide, and all of the local guides took care of our every need and request from arrival to departure. I had been warned by friends who visited China on other tours that the food would be ‘monotonous'. China Spree worked especially hard to choose restaurants which served up especially tasty lunches and dinners with a huge choice of dishes, and the buffet breakfasts offered by the hotels provided a wide selection of items, both western and local. All in all it was a great trip with great value for the money. I highly recommend anyone considering a visit to China to book with China Spree.
 
Marilyn M, New York
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my trip with your company last August (2009). I apologize for the delayed response, but nonetheless I have absolutely nothing bad to say about my experience on the 16 Day Best of China and Hong Kong Tour. My tour only had 9 people so the tour guides were able to tailor the trip to our interests. Speaking of the tour guides, they were amazing!! So knowledgeable, personable and helpful. It was so nice to not have to wait on any ticket lines, everywhere we went it seemed like they were waiting for us because the tour guides had such good relationships with everyone. The hotels we stayed in were amazing, much better than I expected for the price of the trip. It was the best trip of my life and my only regret is that your company doesn’t give tours for other places in the world. I am usually a believer in the idea that you get what you pay for, but honestly this tour offered so much more than what I expected for the price...it is truly a great bang for your buck! I highly recommend this to anyone I know that is traveling to China. Thank you for everything!
 
Gina S, New York
16-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
Chinaspree is the only way to go if you want to see China up close and personal. Our guide Ronald Wang was fabulous, he took care of everything and was so knowledgable. He helped us to know the real China! Do not even bother to look elsewhere for your trip of a lifetime...you will have found it with Chinaspree!! The price is right, everything is included.. even flights, and the hotels and food is all first class. Wilson Wu is so helpful and accessable.. he will answer all your questions and help you decide which is the right tour for you. Never have I had such personal service with a tour company. Keep up the good work Chinaspree and Wilson, you are doing everything right!!

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: Ronald Wang was excellent, he took care of everything and is so knowledgable. We could just relax and enjoy everything. Also it is great that you fly everywhere so you don't spend all your time driving from place to place. You are able to fill even flying days with sightseeing. I didn't even have to think about the date or even what day of the week it was! All the hotels were lovely !

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

Answer: China will amaze and surprise you. You will love every minute and learn so much about this country and it's people. Don't hesitate... just go and see for yourself!
 
Kathy B, Ontario
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
Our trip with China Spree was an outstanding experience, and much more than we expected it would be! We not only saw many of the most important historical sites in China, but we had an opportunity to see some of the tranformation in both the city and the countryside. Our national guide, David, made our trip smooth and enjoyable! I doubt that one could find a better guide. We highly recommend China Spree your trip to China!

CS: The local guides you like best. Why?

Answer: I liked Lillian from Beijing and Sue from Guilin. Both women seemed to me to be sincere and gave us good background information. They were relaxed enough to make us feel comfortable, but capable of making adjustments when necessary. Both allowed us to see their personalities, as real people. Sue had to make very necessary adjustments when the Li River was too high, and our river trip was canceled. We first drove to the cave while the company decided what to do about the canceled trip on the Li River. We drove out to the mountains and had an opportunity to stop at a village where David asked the teacher of the school, if we could see the children at recess. As a retired teacher, I was thrilled to see the children who crowded around us. I started to count in English, and they knew what I was doing. The children were precious! We did see the mountains and people in the fields planting rice by hand and plowing with the water buffalo. When we needed a bathroom, the driver stopped at a gas station. Sue checked with us to see whether we could use the station bathroom which was an open drain without stalls. We said that we would use it. It was quite clean, but there were no doors. She stayed with us during the meals to make sure that everything was satisfactory.
 
Ellen P, Washington
16-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
We just got back from our 16-day tour of best of China and Hong Kong. The tour was very well organized and exceeded our expectations in every respect including the value of services, tours, sightseeing, hotels, food, transportation,etc. Tour guides and trip leader were well informed and spoke clearly. We highly recommend China Spree if you are planning any trip to China. The tour we took was really a great mix of the modern aspects of today,s China as well as the historical and picturesque sights such as Guilin, Zuzhou and Tongli.
 
Vera and Leon M, Tennessee
16-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
I feel that my trip to china could not have been better. We took the 21 day trip and did we see China. I spoke to other tours while I was there, to learn we recivied the best value, plus we had the best. Our host quide, who stayed with us, made anything possible. Our zipper broke on our suite case and our quide took by husband to buy one between tours. Any problem we had as a group he covered it. Never have I been any where that people took such care to cover your needs or concerns. I do not believe there will ever be a trip, at this price, done so well. I'm not sure by paying more, a lot more, there will ever be such a tour. Thank you China Spree for showing your country to me with such pride and honestly. I left China feeling that anything was possible if you believe.

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

Answer: You'll never believe it. The chinese love the west, so they are facinated with us and we stick out. You'll come back being able to climb steps, and over whelmed. It's bigger than you can imagine, everything is bigger and more.
 
Shari C, Missouri
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
We have taken other group tours and China Spree was the best. Our favorite part of our tour was Kevin our national guide who made our trip very enjoyable. He was very knowledgeable, very attentive to everyone's needs and caring. Like other testimonials that I read before our trip, we were skeptical of rave revues but now we understand them. China Spree has 5 star hotels & great itineraries. We enjoyed the Chinese people as they were very friendly. While we were on tours, we were fortunate to have some school children on field trips and they were adorable & very friendly. We took the 21 day Panorama tour on 3/28/10 to 4/17/10.

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

Answer: I would recommend a trip to China to everyone and of course with China Spree.
 
Anita R, Louisiana
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
Dear ChinaSpree, You are doing a fabulous service to people by arranging these tours. We just came back from the trip, one of the best trip we ever had. You have converted a non traveler into a traveler. Our guide Lin was fabulous. Our whole group fell in love with her. Our tour mates have become like a family to us. When does it happen that all 18 people in a group from diverse background gel like they have known each other for a long time. We can't say enough things about your local guides. They were all very knowledgeable, friendly and willing to share their country's rich heritage. I had no clue about China. China is absolutely fantastic, clean and very friendly. Your tour guide makes or breaks the trip and our was certainly made by Lin. I have recommended you to all my family and friends and will continue to do so. I can write pages and pages about our experience but you get the message. Keep educating people. Thanks Shanta and Harish Chawla Tour dates: 3/28 to 4/11
 
Shanta and Harish C, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
Dear Mr Wu,

I am writing you as a repeat customer to tell you of the delight your company has provided my wife and myself over the past few years.

The first tour we took with China Spree was Chinas Best Treasures in April 2007. It was our first time going to Asia and also the first real guided tour in our world travels. We were really skeptical about what you stated you were offering. All our worries went away when we met our National Guide Li Ming at the airport in Beijing. She made us feel very comfortable and when we arrived at the hotel, we were awed by the luxury and the comfort. Ming took the people in our group that were from all over the country and from many different backgrounds and made us into a very cohesive group. Our first day local guide Robert was particularly observant and along with Ming changed the itinerary to allow the entire group to enjoy the sights without pushing any physical limits. The remainder of the tour had great local guides and Ming, of course. The accommodations were all luxurious and the service by bus drivers and porters was impeccable. Needless to say the entire trip was made by the warmth and caring of Ming for all in our group. MING WAS GREAT. We call her our Chinese Daughter and stay in contact with her. China is an awe inspiring country and we did see some of its treasures.


The second tour with China Spree was the Mighty Yangtze (Mar 28 - Apr 11, 2010). I had request Ming as the National Guide and was disappointed when she was not available. I should not have worried as when we met Lin at the airport, you could see that she loved what she did very much and made us all very comfortable. We have been blessed to have two great groups to see China. This group became so close immediately that it seemed like a large family and Lin was the glue that held it together. Having been to China before I had requests not on the itinerary. The first day Andy, our local guide and Lin got last minute tickets to the Peking Opera and assured that we were there without disturbing the rest our the group (Request #1). The Yangtze Cruise was first class we were the only group to sing both in Chinese and English at the passenger show thanks to Lin's Chinese Lessons. It has been my wife's dream to hold a baby Panda and when we got to the preserve the local guide Helen had procured the required pass to do so (Request #2). All the local guides were excellent and showed us as much of their cities as possible in the time given. You had told me you upgraded the hotels but the main upgrade had to be location. They were right in the middle of the action. The food was excellent and gave us a taste of the different provinces, Our guides were so good that even though there were a couple of technical difficulties, they were able to turn them into adventures and give us a closer look at Chinese life in the cities without missing anything on the itinerary, Lin kept us together for the entire tour so much that we all returned from our free day to have dinner together. LIN IS GREAT. She is our second Chinese Daughter and we will stay in touch.

You have stated that there will be new itineraries in the next couple of years and we intend to be back, hopefully with one of our Chinese Daughters as National Guide. We are constantly recommending your company to friends and coworkers and have received great comments from those that have used China Spree.

Jackie and Marci M
China Spree Advocates
 
Jackie and Marci M,
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
We have just returned from an exciting trip to China organized and well planned by China Spree. Indeed China is one of the world’s oldest and most advanced civilizations in the world. In my opinion a memorable trip is one that you can never forget and such was the case visiting China for me and my wife Parvin. I was simply amazed by Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Tongli and Hangzhou’s architect, history, glitzy theaters, and vibrant economy. The person responsible to make this trip memorable was none other than Victor (Li Tong BO). Victor was just superb with minute details. He showed lots of patience and took great care of each one of us individally as well as collectively. In our living memory this was the best tour we ever had. I shall highly recommend to all my friends and colleagues. I must say as an educator that Victor has a tremendous amount of communication skills and is a thorough gentleman. Finally, China Spree is very fortunate to have Victor’s services.
 
Waris & Parvin S, California
12-Day China Delights
 

 
My name is Paul. I am a busy physician who does not have time for long vacations, but I love to travel. This China Triangle Tour was the best brief vacation of my life. The greatest sites of the one of the greatest cultures in just 8 days (excluding travel to China). It all went like a fantastic dream, like a breathtaking action movie. The organization of the trip was flowless. Excellent buses, hotels, food, Multiple great sites to see every day were lined up in such sequence that it was never boring. All admissions were free for us. Many of this sites would be otherwise with an expensive admission tickets after standing in long lines. To be honest, I do not understand how China Spree was able to afford to get such a high level of quality of everything and keep the price of the trip so low. All guides were very friendly and highly professional. They were constantly giving everyone a personal attention while being very respectful and nice. I am very impressed not just with China itself, but with the quality of organization and management of this trip.

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

Answer: Do not think twice. Go there while it is still affordable. GO WITH CHINA SPREE.
 
Paul G, Maryland
10-Day China's Golden Triangle
 

 
MY WIFE & I WERE REALLY APREHENSIVE ABOUT USING CHINA SPREE, AS WE HAD NEVER HEARD OF THIS AGENCY. WE WERE FAVORABLY SURPRISED BY THE EFFICIENCY & ORGANIZATION OF THIS AGENCY. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME TO SEE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT CULTURE. WE WERE SURPRISED TO SEE THAT CHINA IS BOTH A VERY MODERN & BACKWARD COUNTRY. THE TRAIN RIDE FROM BEIJING TO XIAM IS TRULY AN EXPERIENCE.

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

Answer: BE PREPARED, IT IS A DIFFERENT CULTURE, DON'T EXPECT EVERYTHING TO BE LIKE HOME, GO WITH THE FLOW, RELAX & ENJOY
 
TED G, Florida
10-Day China's Golden Triangle
 

 
This is the best travel deal and company you can find! It is exceptionally well organized and everything is top quality. I took all four of my kids (12. 13, 18, 18) and they all loved it. A life changing event for all of them! I was exceptionally nervous because it is 'too good to be true'. For those of you thinking this I have a suggestion; go to the Better Business Bureau site at: http://alaskaoregonwesternwashington.bbb.org/ because this is how I checked them out. It all looked good. I then made sure the address and phone number at the BBB site matched the internet information. I also Googled 'Chinaspree' to see if there were complaints but all of these independent reports said; 'Fantastic!'. I absolutely could not be more thrilled with the trip. I am doing everything I can to convince my friends that they must become Chinaspree clients! Hotels: Fantastic with top rate breakfasts. Organization: Perfect. Everything planned and on schedule. Location: China is an unbelievable location with two of the wonders of the world! Tours: Very interesting and had a variety of activities and sites. Guides: They did everything they possibly could to make this outstanding. Chinaspree: They deliver everything that they promise! Value: This trip can not be beat. Period!!
 
Lonnie L, Alaska
10-Day China's Golden Triangle
 

 
Traveling alone was a concern prior to the trip, but this was a wonderful trip. I enjoyed to get to know new people from all over the world. The trip was excellent. I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the hotels and the food. They far exceeded my expectations. The transportation was comfortable and enjoyable. Seeing the people of China was the most exciting experience. When we walked through the Heavenly Palace It was great fun to see people dancing playing cards, doing Tai Chi, etc. Our tour members joined in with the dancers and smiles and tears were common as we mingled and felt our commoness and not our differences. All of the various sights were magnificient. The great wall was inspiring even with the snow. Standing in Tinanmen Square and each palace felt like I was standing in the middle of a major piece of world history.

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

Answer: This is not home, so be prepared for a great unique experience with another culture and very different lifestyle. Be open and be willing to try new experiences and food. Be prepared to come home tired and satisfied with an excellent experience from a different culture. Nothing is perfect but this sure is a great opportunity to experience history and rapidly growing economy and a changing culture.
 
Jim H, California
10-Day China's Golden Triangle
 

 
I can't say enough good things about China Spree. We have been traveling around the world for over 30 years, always on our own. This was the first time we took a tour because we were a little nervous about getting around in China. It turns out it was one of the best trips we've ever taken. Everything was perfect. The itinerary gave us a good overview of China for the amount of time we had. We covered a lot of ground, and every arrangement, from airport to hotels to meals to entrances at sites, all went smoothly. The guides taught us a lot about China and really made everything seem so easy. They were helpful in planning our free days too. The group size was just right, and the hotels were very nice. China Spree did a great job of making China easy, fun, and educational, for a good price.

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

Answer: 10. Excellent. Lynn was extremely competent at all the arrangements, and she had a lot of knowledge about China so we learned a lot of the history and local culture. She also always gave us a feeling of comfort that we were being looked out for. Everything went smoothly, arrangements, connections, check-ins at hotel, meals, thanks to Lynn. She also took time to give us individual advice on a few things, e.g. for our free days.

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

Answer: Don't be afraid. Just dive in and go. it’s a fascinating place.
 
Amy S, New York
12-Day China Delights
 

 
WOW!!!! What a trip I had with China Spree and our marvelous national guide, Lynn. This company and Lynn managed every little detail for us, thereby diffusing any nervousness or hesitancy I may have had about traveling to China. I was on the China Delights tour in January, 2010 - a great time to visit by the way, fewer tourists!!! Each tour sight was well explained by Lynn so I understood the significance of what I was seeing as it related to the history and lives of the Chinese people. Every meal was superb. Loved, loved, loved the lunch prepared by a local family in Bejing!!! There was just the right amount of free time built in to this itinerary so I could explore on my own or just recooperate. And my accommodations were way beyond my expectations!! Think 5 star hotels every night!!!

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: Our national guide, Lynn!!!!!! She is absolutely fabulous! Learning about China - WOW was I misinformed about the people, the culture, the lifestyle. Seeing historical places I'd only heard about or read a little about. The food!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy Cow! did we ever eat well! Loved the lunch prepared at the home of a local family.

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: Lynn's knowledge and organizational skills. She really kept track of us all - including our passports and luggage, made sure we got whatever we asked for and kept checking with us to see if everything was OK. I never felt uninformed, lost, or that my questions were a bother to her. She was very excited to share her country and learn about the US. Loved that she arranged for a massage if we wanted to pay for one. I could have had a massage more often and I should have asked about it.

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

Answer: GO, GO, GO!! It is a trip of a lifetime. This is not the China you think you know!
 
Cyndee B, Florida
12-Day China Delights
 

 
China is a "must see" destination. After hosting the Olympics and being the 2010 site of the World Expo, everything is clean, freshly painted and a pleasure to visit. You will not believe all the building growth in the last 20 years...China's metroplitan cities show off their being a world leader with lots of interesting history to share with visitors too. China Spree is a top-of-the-line tour company...they and their guides make a trip to China run as smooth as silk. You will be pleasantly surprised by what you find in China...it's closer to life in the US than you ever imagined.

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

Answer: Now is a great time to visit China. You receive an exceedingly good value for your dollars. Everything is in tip-top shape after the Olympics and in preparation for hosting the World Expo in 2010. Your accomodations and food will exceed expectations!
 
Al B, Florida
12-Day China Delights
 

 
This trip far exceeded our expectations. Tours, lodging and food were exceptional. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and willing to receive and answer our questions. They spent long hours with us each day and were never in a hurry to rush home to their families. They enjoyed becoming acquainted with foreigners. It was surprising to us the importance of how numbers, color and compass direction play a big role in Chinese decision making. The two visits to non English speaking families provided a close and intimate experience. The families were friendly, enjoyable and very hospitable. This trip was a very worthwhile experience.

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

Answer: We will be ambassadors for China Spree. "Book your next trip with China Spree - they take care of your every need. If you want to travel to China, free of decision making, book with China Spree - they're well organized and provide exceptional tours, lodging and good foods . China Spree is number 1 in our estimation".
 
Joe & Judy A, California
10-Day China's Golden Triangle
 

 
Our family took a Golden Triangle tour with China Spree from January 8th to the 17th. Pre-tour arrangements such as visas to visit China were taken care by China Spree quickly and was effortless on our part. We were very well taken care of right from when we stepped into China until we went into the terminal to return to America. Hotel accommodations and meals were also excellent. Every day was well organized and time was used efficiently to that we may see as many beautiful and historical places in China as possible in 10 days. Our tour guides were knowledgeable, fluent in English, and by the end of our time together became our friends. The tour went just as promised. If you are considering visiting this great country, which you definitely should, I would absolutely recommend China Spree as the best tour company that can give you an affordable, enjoyable, and memorable trip to China.

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

Answer: A trip to China will open up travelers to an incredible history of one of the most culturally stimulating countries. There are many historical sites to visit and you can see everything from ancient to modern China.
 
Shaiful & Shamim & Sarah I, Pennsylvania
10-Day China’s Golden Triangle
 

 
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!
 
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.
 
Julie k, California
7-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!
 
Phil D, Minnesota
7-Day China Express -- Beijing Free-style Travel
 

 
We were absolutely "blown away" by our trip with Chinaspree. Everything about this trip exceeded our expectations. We can't say enough about it, and I keep talking to all my friends about what a great tour it was. They packed in the most wonderful highlights of China in each locale. Their tour guides were extraordinary; we had both a ntaional tour guide and local guides in each of the four regions. They were not only knowledgeable and fun to be with it, but went way out of our way to make sure the trip worked for each person, including the three children in our group. The food was not only plentiful but fantastic; we ate in private rooms and were served plate after plate of deliciousness. It felt like each meal was better than the last. Each locale had its own distinctive flavors. Some of the unique experiences were SO unique: aside from the normal wonderful sites one would want to see (Great Wall, Teracotta Warriors, Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, etc), there were so many surprises: the entertainment at night (Classical Chinese Music, Shanghai Acrobats, a production on the water in Guilin with a case of thousands), the silk factory process, where we learned how silk is made from cocoon to finished product, the Guilin River Trip, exquisite in its beauty and so interesting and fun, a rickshaw ride through old Beijing, a lunch in a family's home in Beijing, where we learned from the mom how to cook dumplings; a visit to a one room Yao Dung" where most of the people who don't live in the cities live in caves dug into the mountain: these experiences are so unique. We NEVER could have had such a rich and full trip trying to go on our own. It was absolutely delightful. 100 on a scale of 1-10. And I would repeat it in a second flat.

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: What impressed us most was the food, the excellence of the tour guides, how happy the people were; how taken care of people in China are (parks within 15 minutes of where people live in Shanghai); when they decimate an apartment complex, they give people larger rooms and transport all the businesses as well, retired people seem to be having such a good time in the parks. The country is so beautiful, and they are handling the rapid pace of growth well, we think. It did not seem crowded to us; there was a flow and ease about getting around. Guilin was absolutely beautiful, as was the Reed flute cave. The Terracotta Warriors took our breath away when we first walked in there.

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

Answer: How about 100? Lucy was absolutely amazing. She went way out of her way for us and EVERYONE, taking care of all requests, and even requests that were unspoken, finding ways to make it work for everyone all of the time.

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

Answer: would say go to China! It is unlike any picutres that you have in your head about what it's like. It's an amazing country, with wonderful people, beautiful and fascinating sites, and going now, while it is in its rapid growth phase, is the perfect time. We loved it! We loved everything about this trip. And I'd go with China Spree. They make it not only affordable, but super comfortable, almost luxurious. It was like having a five start experience all the way while paying fantastic prices. Talk about being economical! Unbelievable.
 
Amba G, Washington
14-Day China’s Best Treasures
 

 
After reading about China Spree in the WSJ, I checked out their website because of the incredible bargain that was being offered on the special packages. I then did some research, reading views on several other websites and forums, and did not come across any negative comments. I also compared it to packages being offered by other travel sites...China Spree did not have that problem (as per the reviews). All other travel sites that had similar price ranges for the tour did NOT include the airfare. So I ended up selecting China Spree. After arriving to China, Jim, the national tour guide was there, patiently waiting for us at the airport. He then counted, and counted again, to make sure everyone was present before we headed for the bus. Once we got to the bus, we just left our bags by the side, and the driver place it underside for us. This pattern was repeated throughout the trip - we rarely had to handle the bags ourselves. The porter would pick it up from outside our room, Jim would count to make sure all the bags were on, and then we would get it back at our next stop, again, delivered by the porter, straight to our room. When we got on the bus, Jim said he never lost anyone during any of the tours, and given how he always counted at least two times whenever we travelled anywhere, I could see how it would be next to impossible to lose someone. The tours that we went on were excellent, and very enjoyable. It got better over time because the first two days, everyone was still getting acquainted with each other. But by the time the third day rolled around, we had already spent 3 meals a day together, and 10 hours telling each other stories about our life, so even the bus rides were fun because we were all having fun listening to Jim telling stories, jokes, and sometimes even sing! All in all, I had a great time and would highly recommend China Spree for anyone desiring to travel to China.
 
Chi Fai C, New York
12-Day China Delights
 

 
This was our second trip to China in thirteen months. Our second trip with ChinaSpree was everything we hoped it would be and more. Our group, 28 people from around the US, were taken care of in every way possible. It started with excellent service in planning the trip, our visas taken care of for us, additional flights prior to leaving for China, etc. Once we landed in Beijing, we were met by our guide, Jim and from then on - everything was done to ensure our experience in China was a memorable one. The motorcoach was confortable, our luggage taken care of all along the way, hotel check-in taken care of - the hotel rooms were clean, modern, and the beds were the best! Entry into all exhibits - taken care of. Water provided every day for our use. Directing us towards the best of the "happy rooms" (toiets). Having planned the first trip ourselves the first time, taking a ChinaSpree tour for our second visit - we are already looking online for our next trip to China - and yes we will be going on another ChinaSpree tour - this time to include a trip to Tibet. I would highly recomment ChinaSpree for anyone planning a trip to China - you will want to return. They took care of everything and if we had any questions - either by emai or phone - all were answered prompty.

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

Answer: I never thought I would make a first trip to China - we went for the Paralympics in 2008. Our second trup was strictly due to the trip offered by ChinaSpree. We are hooked and are looking forward to another trip. If you haven't put China on your list of places to visit - I would highly recommend it.
 
Pete and Dianne F, California
12-Day China Delights
 

 
CS: What could we have done to make your trip more enjoyable?

Answer: China Spree runs an excellent basic tour to China. Though the price tag is budget, nothing about the travel suggests anything but a high class operation. The itinerary is carefully arranged with a wide variety of stimulating tours, talks, and visits. Hotel accomadations are exceptional and include 5 star U.S. style hotels. Every effort is made to provide variety in the dining experience with quality food at attractive locations. Guides are thoughtful and responsive with clear English speaking skills. Overland transport is in spacious motor coaches. Tours are smooth and well organized. Though part of a group you never feel part of a herd. They have thought of everything! We compared notes with visitors from other tour groups that we met along the way--and China Spree came out high , high on top without exception. Even if you had not previously planned to see China, do it now with China Spree, there will never be a better time to capture some of Old China before it is gone, to contrast it with New China before it is too glitzy and expensive.
 
Jeanne and Jerry G, Wisconsin
12-Day China Delights
 

 
Go in the spring, the summer, the fall, or even on the winter cold, have open mind, be adventures, and be the perfect guess.

China Spree
It is the company that keeps their prices low, their guides up to date, their motor coach running, the food and my bed warm. This company has the perfect relationship with their partners, the right connections with great communication skills and the best team. I will travel with them to any part of the world as long and as far they can take me.
 
Lucy T, California
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
China Spree is by far the best organized tour we have ever been on. They took care of every detail including the air transportation from our home town to San Francisco to Beijing and back. They took care of the Chinese visa. The days were packed full of interesting sights and delicious food. Among the more unusual highlights were the lunch in a local Beijing home and the outstanding theater performance shows. Accommodations were superior. When the untimely winter snowstorms and fog through our schedule off track, the competent guides made the best of the situation by organizing an interesting train ride from Xi'an to Shanghai instead of the canceled air flight. I strongly recommend China Spree to anyone who wants to travel to China; and I plan to use China Spree again sometime. I have complete confidence in them.

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

Answer: Learn the Chinese expressions that China Spree provides in their booklet, and get an additional phrase book. Using some of the expressions make the trip all the more fun. I would also recommend reading up a little on the major points of interest which the tour will include, and on China in general. This is more than just a recreational tour. This is an enriching, learning experience.
 
Carl G, Arizona
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
I don't know how to begin to sing the praises of this wonderful company-China Spree. Right from the beginnining, we were most impressed with the organization and thoroughness of the website and the helpful obliging staff at the company office. EVERTHING was clearly laid out- what to wear, what to bring. what to expect and on and on, to really whet our appetites for the trip. From the moment we arrived in Beijing untill we were seen off at the departure gate in Shanghai we were treated like royalty and were clearly made to feel that it was the intent of China Spree, via the tour guides to make this the most memorable special trip of all. Before departing for China, I remember looking at the lengthy testimonials and thinking how they could not be fabricated. Now that we have been away I know that all of these people (like us) cannot say enough good things about this tour, and therefore these lengthy discertations. Apart from the outstanding itinerary, outstanding 5 star hotels, great food and exceptional service by the various tour guides, I must say that the MOST impressive aspect of the whole experience was the unbelievable dedication to excellence by the China Spree and their intent on making this the trip of a lifetime for the clients. It must be noted how unbelievable the company handled a crisis at the time of a most unusual and untimely snowstorm in Xian. The airport was closed and 19,000 people were stranded. Our guide Lisa showed UNBELIEVABLE leadership as she rescued us from the airport and arranged our care. We were returned to the hotel and redirected the next day to Hong Kong all at the extra expense of the company - all with no fault of theirs and certainly no obligation to us, It was so very special to receive a personal phone call from the owner of the company apologizing for our inconvenience- clearly a class act!!!! The integrity of the company and the special way that we were made to feel will long be remembered. I congratulate you, China Spree, wishing you all the best in your future business years and thank you so very much for a WONDERFUL trip.

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

If you want to experience China with a company you can trust, a company that specifically and clearly goes the extra mile to make your travel experience the BEST ever, don't waste your time looking for another place, rather sign up with the assurance that you will be looked after exceptionally well and be prepared to have a fabulous tour.
 
David R, Manitoba
15-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
Hi Mr Wu,

Nice to hear from you.....I refered a lot of my friends to use your travel agent and they are all happy. When they get back from vacation they thank me.... Have a safe New Year.

Rufina and Jose Albano
 
Rufina & Jose A, California
12-Day The Middle Kingdom, November, 2006
 

 
I have always questioned the validity of testimonials I read about any product or company on the internet, so when I searched for guided tours to China and read various positive testimonials about China Spree, I didn't take them completely seriously. I was, however, impressed with the Frommer recommendation. I was looking for a trip that would give me more time and more places than the local chamber of commerce tour would and I found that in "China's Best Treasures" itenerary. The actual trip so far exceeded my expectations that I could actually become a salesperson for this company. I never fail to mention China Spree in glowing terms when friends and family ask me about my trip. I tell them that it was the perfect trip in every way and that if they ever have the opportunity to go to China, they should check out the China Spree website and trust it --- they will not be disappointed. One additional comment: while at the airport, I met several other groups who had been on a different China Spree tour and both said that it also was a perfect trip and that their national guide was absolutely the best. I, of course, had to disagree because our Ron would be impossible to beat. Still, it was nice to hear that other groups had also had an excellent experience. Knowing that encourages me to come back to China, using China Spree as my tour company. Next time I plan to bring my entire family!

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

Answer: I would tell them not to miss a chance to see this amazing country. I would be happy to go back and do it all over again. I would also tell them to try to arrange to have Ron as a national guide.
 
Teri, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
I signed up with China Spree based solely on the rave review provided by a globe-trotting friend who took one of its China tours in 2007, when the company had only recently started. From my own experience and after talking to my fellow travelers, I am convinced that I could not have done better, or indeed nearly as well, with any other tour group, based on value, accommodations, meals and guide service. My expectations were therefore high, and yet were exceeded by China Spree's performance. One telling indicator is that the generally middle-aged clientele attracted by China Spree from my experience is well-educated, gregarious, sophisticated and a pleasure to interact with. The trip option I chose, the 14-day 'Best Treasures' tour, precisely served my interests and provided several pleasant surprises to sites that I was not previously aware of. The guide service was outstanding and included both an overall national guide and local guides, all fluent in English, courteous, attentive to individual client needs and very knowledgeable. Long bus rides were enhanced by mini lectures and humorous tales narrated by our guides. The lodgings at new and lavish five-star hotels also exceeded expectations and were something to look forward to after long and full days of touring and sight-seeing. Meals were also first-rate and included an "international" breakfast with a vast choice of dishes and, but for one "Western-style" dinner, excellent Chinese food at both lunch and dinner. A testimony to the food quality and hygienic preparation was that no one to my knowledge developed any kind of stomach ailments after any of the meals arranged by China Spree. Considering the many things that can go wrong on a first-time tour of an exotic and complex country like China, my China Spree tour in the fall of 2009 was the most efficiently planned and executed operation that I have experienced in years. I enthusiastically recommend China Spree to anyone with an adventurous travel spirit who is interested in visiting this fascinating and increasingly important country.

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

Answer: Ron Wang is clearly a 'Ten'. I cannot imagine how he could have improved on his overall performance. His command of English is most impressive, as well as his sense of humor, his deep knowledge of Chinese history and his attention to every detail. He took outstanding care of us at all times, especially me, as the group's oldest member with a degree of walking and climbing limitations.

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

Answer: Participants in their 60s and 70s or those who have any leg-related limitations should be aware that there is a considerable amount of walking and climbing involved, especially in the early days of the tour.
 
Morgan, VA
14-Day China’s Best Treasures
 

 
When my sister and I signed up for China Spree’s 14 day Best Treasures tour we were a little nervous, despite testimonials we read, that the quality of the tour could be as high as suggested, given the incredibly economical price. There was certainly no need to worry. The quality of the hotels, the food, the drivers, the arrangements, the attention to detail and especially the guides were all excellent. China is a fascinating country with the ancient and the modern so intertwined. China Spree definitely provides the best value for experiencing this personally.

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

Answer: Our guide, Ron Wang, made this trip a success for us. His experience of getting a group in the right place at the right time, his understanding of the needs of the group, his incredible attention to detail, his ability to share his knowledge of China, and his wonderful sense of humor made the trip a great experience for us. On a scale of 1 to 10 he must be at least a 12!

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 a spirit of adventure and you'll have an unforgettable experience!
 
Nan, Pennsylvania
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
We had a wonderful experience traveling in China with China Spree. Their tour guides are absolutely outstanding and the hotels they use are top-notch. I don't think you could get better value for your dollar anywhere else.

First and foremost, Lisa (Li Yue), our national tour guide. I find it difficult to express how much she added to the overall experience. She is a top-notch professional in every aspect of her job, demanding excellence from the hotels, drivers, local guides, restaurants, etc. She's genuine CEO material. At the same time, she was a lovable friend to all of us. I truly hated saying goodbye. Overall she's a great ambassador for China and a tremendous asset to your company.
 
Kent and Marie, Florida
15-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
Put all of your old impressions of China aside!!! For those of you who think the Chinese are unfriendly and pushy: you are dead wrong! I've traveled all over the world and I can say, they are the most friendly, accommodating, generous, intelligent people I've ever experienced. The sights are more spectacular than you can ever imagine: every place a delight! The food was wonderful, the streets clean. The best places, the best value can only be found by traveling ChinaSpree. Go!

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

Answer: Book with ChinaSpree!!!! Fabulous!!!!!
 
Patricia, Florida
15-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
My friend and I returned home after spending 17 exhilarating days in China. This journey far exceeded my wildest expectations. The intinerary included big cities, "little" cities, villages, the Yangtze river and Tibet (which was like traveling back to the 16th century.) The remarkable aspect of the China Spree tour was the diversity of what we saw and what we did: yes, we visited ancient sites (The Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian); we experienced the sheer magnitude of Beijing and Shanghai (both dwarf America's largest cities): but we also had the opportunity to have lunch in the home of a retired Chinese couple and visit a school in Tibet and we were welcomed into the home of a Tibetan family. From the day of arrival, to our departure, our tour manager, Lucy attended to every detail to make the journey comfortable. She was there to shepard us through airports, deal with traffic jams, and smooth out every minor problem. And the local guides provided us with a wealth of history and backround information which enhanced our experiences and made them very special. One cannot appreciate the transformation that is occuring all over China until you see it with your own eyes. It is amazing!

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

Answer: Seeing China today is like going back in time a thousand years, and at the very same time witness indescribeable change (a little like going from a rickshaw pulled by a person to high-speed rail transport in a brief moment of time). One caution: "China is not easy." This trip is physically demanding. (Lhasa,Tibet, is 12,000 feet above sea level.) If you are prepared to make effort, you will be rewarded with a journey you will not soon forget.
 
Herbert N, Illinois
18-Day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey
 

 
I have used three other tour companies and China Spree was the most outstanding. I would recommend them to anyone traveling to China or anywhere else they provide tour service. Everytime I had a question and contacted China Spree the person answering the phone had the answer and everyone was pleasant to deal with. They were quite honest in describing the tours, the conditions to expect and went out of there way to ensure we each had a wonderfull experience. The personal touch really came through. I would be glad to personally talk to anyone having questions about using China Spree. Thanks for making the trip a wonderful experience.
 
Ralph, Ohio
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
I had never been on a tour before, usually when I travel, I travel with friends and they take care of me. My tour with China spree was one of the best travel experences I have ever had. The arrangements were so easy and convienient. I paid one fee, and all the travel arrangements were made, from my plane from my home town, to Beijing, all the travel arrangements once inside China, including the plane trips inside China, all the resturant meals, and hotels. The tour guide went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we were well taken care of and the treated us with great respect. They were just as excited to take care of us as were were excited to be in China. If I had tried to plan this trip myslf it would have cost more than twice as much. This was one of the best time I have ever had in my life.

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

Answer: 10 +++ Bill was a very hard worker, always very happy and cheerful. He was always full of energy. I am a vegetarian and he always make sure I got plenty of vegetarian food at the resturants. He was always looking out for our safety, for example he would always let us know where to watch for unexpected steps so that we would not fall. After every meal, he would look under the tables to make sure we did not leave anything behind. He even took the time to make sure we got the seat that we wanted on the plane. Some people wanted isle seats and I always wanted a window seat, and he made sure that I always got one. He always made sure we the toilet was close by and he walk us to the toilet if we needed it. That is very important if you are in a foreign country. Even though he has been a tour guide for many years, he was never bored, never unattentive, always very alert, never seemed like he was in a rut or that he was following a routine. If there was anything we wanted, he got it for us. I wanted a big Chinese flag, and he found one for me.

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

Answer: It was the best money I ever spent.
 
Anthony, Arizona
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
David and I visited China in October of 2009 and we had a wonderful experience due to China Spree and the weather. We had no bad weather which always makes an adventurous vacation more fun. Our national guide, Bill Huang (you may want to request him) was the other reason everything went better than we had expected. He is very aware of the needs and wants of his guests. We saw all the national sites of the Middle Kingdom that we knew to see and we were given time to enjoy them, and we saw much more as well. We visited places that we would not have known to look for. We were given the history of China, our questions were answered; we met and mingled with the Chinese people, and we experienced life in China. All this was enjoyed with the comfort of clean, nice buses and very good drivers. We did not have one driver among four that made us gasp even once. We did not need to handle our luggage except to identify it. Our hotels were all very nice, clean, friendly, and the rooms spacious. The food.....we thought of eating Chinese the day we returned home. The breakfasts in the hotels were banquets, and the lunch and dinner meals always offered us at least one new and different flavor. Traveling from city to city was made painless. Though he would never promise us easy travel, Huang was always able to secure boarding passes and check in without lines and hassles and our seat assignment wishes were always considered. We only worried that we may never again be able to get ourselves around in our travels of the world without China Spree.

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

Answer: Bill Huang, out national guide, was simply outstanding. We know your score is 1-10 but we would rate him higher. He just made the trip for all of us. His is intelligent, efficient, thorough, while personable, humorous, and genuinely concerned that his guests see and enjoy doing all they expect to do.

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

Answer: Go to China. Do not hesitate. The sites and history are understood best by being there. The people you meet will you not forget. The Chinese, as we came to know them, are a warm and humorous people. Visit with a guide; without a guide you will miss more than you want to. The language, you can learn a few words. The people will help you. If you are going to use a tour group.....i recommend China Spree
 
David and Margo, Colorado
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
Just returned from a 21-day trip to China with China Spree and I can not stop telling everyone how wonderful it was. The food was delicious, each hotel was more impressive than the one before, the trip was interesting, organized, and entertaining. But, the absolute best thing on our trip was our tour guide, Jim. He kept all of us on a tight schedule, and always made everyday an adventure -- a very lovely adventure. He was attentive to everyone's individual needs and made sure that he did everything humanly possible to fullfill those needs. He was kind and compassionate and his energy, humor and knowledge made the trip one that I will never forget.

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

Answer: 50!!! Jim went over and above to make the trip the best it could be. We had one very difficult couple on this trip and yet Jim not only did his best to satisfy them, but never neglected any of us in the process. Jim never lost his temper or his patience and stayed focused and organized for the duration of the trip.

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

Answer: If you are thinking about travelling to China --- go with China Spree. You will have a trip of a lifetime. And ---- request Jim!!!!
 
Doreen, California
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
I was very nervous to go to China because of the cultural differences and stories I had heard, but after my trip with Chinaspree, I would go back to China in an instant. This is a great way to get to know China. China is a huge country and there are so many things to see, the Best of China and Hong Kong Tour gives you great insight to it all. I was not ready to come home from my vacation. At the end of the trip, I wished that I had signed up for the 21 day tour so I could stay longer. Chinaspree is a great company. Their tour guides are amazing. I had Ming as my national guide and I could not have asked for a better guide. She spoke great English, was very friendly and knowledgeable about China and US customs and she really cared about our experience. She wanted us to have a great time and to fall in love with China, so she made sure we were having fun and liked all the spots we went too. She was amazing. If I took another tour with Chinaspree, I would want her as my guide. The local guides were great too, everyone spoke great English and was friendly. Chinaspree really hires good people to show you around the country. The food was amazing. I never got tired of the food. We weren't eating the same meals every night, so there was always a new dish to try with new flavors. You can tell Chinaspree has gone through so much work to pick the right dishes for us. The hotels were great. I have never stayed in such nice hotels before. Some of the beds are a bit harder than what I was use to but still very comfortable and the breakfast at the hotel was very good too. I went on the best of China and Hong Kong tour in October and I would highly recommend it. I saw everything I wanted to and more. I saw all the big stuff- the Great Wall, the Forbidden city, the Bird's Nest, the bund in Shanghai, the Terra Cotta Soldiers and then I went places and saw things I never knew existed like Tongli or Guilin. These were great towns that really represented the China I imagine. I would go on another Chinapsree tour in an instant. They really take care of their travelers and make it so easy for you while in China. It is a great tour company.

CS: Did any tour guide solicite you for excellence rating?

Answer: No.

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: How good the food was and the fact that I never got tired of it. The quality of the hotels. I loved the Great Wall. The smaller towns were amazing, like Tongli and Guilin. Guilin was a great town, I could have stayed there longer. I wanted to see more of the town.

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

Answer: 10. Ming was out national tour guide and I could not have asked for a better guide. She was knowledgeable, friendly, spoke amazing English and she cared. She wanted you to have a good time and enjoy China, she always made sure we were enjoying ourselves and getting the most from our experience

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

Answer: The food is wonderful; don't be worried about not liking it. The bathrooms are not as bad as you expect them to be. The tour guides tell you which ones to go to and there is almost always at least one western style restroom but be sure to bring toilet paper with you no matter where you go and hand sanitizer. The people are friendly but it would be good to learn how to say a few phrases like "how much is this" and different numbers for bargaining with the vendors. If you go in October, bring a scarf, gloves, and a couple of warmer items since Beijing was really cold and windy. Overall, you will have a blast. Bring lots of memory cards; you will take a lot of pictures.
 
Laura S, California
15-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
Just got back from 14 day China's Best Treasures, the tour was the most spectacular trip i have ever been on it blended cultural sites and beautiful scenery all in one.. I bonded with our group and had such a fun exciting time. Everything is handled for you by experts. So relax and open your mind to another world.

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

Lisa...she impressed me the most. I loved her knowledge and humor and she brought China and all it's wonders up close and personal to her tour. Next to her it was Hiking the Great Wall with all it's majestic beauty, Terra Cotta Warriors and the Show by Zhang Yimou on the Li River against its limestone peaks..

Lisa was China's Best Treasure.. She is a perfect example of Excellent Customer Service.. She really made each person in our group feel special and i personally watched her turn from sweetheat to Dragon Lady when one hotel messed up our rooms...Lets just say she knows how to get things done. We could not be more pleased.

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

Answer: This trip is an adventure of a lifetime and the amazing sites will always be in your memories and photo's.
 
Debra, Colorado
14-Day China’s Best Treasures
 

 
A last minute business trip to China gave us an opportunity to tour this mysterious but alluring country. But we only had 5 days to connect with a tour group. Fortunately, we learned of China Spree and asked if we could join their "China's Best Treasures" group that was arriving in Beijing in just a few days. Their initial reaction was understandable -- "not possible" -- there were too many hotels, airlines and other details to arrange. But Wilson Wu, the Managing Director stepped in and made it all happen. We were amazed! Service above and beyond all expectations! Upon joining the group we discovered an energy ball named Lisa, who worked day and night to take care of our every need. When 4 members of our group were delayed in New York, Lisa made special arrangements for them to see the most important sites in Beijing that they had missed. Who else but China Spree would do such a thing? Over and over we found China Spree going beyond what was required in order to care for individual needs and interests. For example, in Guilin my wife and I wanted to take a countryside bicycle ride and hike that the other group members weren't interested in. Our local guide went with us to the bicycle shop, negotiated an excellent rental rate AND a personal guide, and then contacted the personal guide by phone along our way to make certain everything was going well. Who else but China Spree would do such a thing? On our last day our schedule necessitated an early morning departure, well before the rest of the group. And who shows up in the lobby, before sunrise, to wish us well, make sure we had a box breakfast and give instructions to the taxi driver? -- LISA! Who else but China Spree.... Needless to say, we were amazed and delighted with the service and style of the China Spree tour. The selection of sites to visit was outstanding. The hotels were far better than we anticipated. The food was always carefully selected and "safe". And we felt secure and comfortable all the way from beginning to end. We kept asking each other, "How can they do this for the price we paid?" We have a large family and are excited about the prospects of bringing them all to China under the guidance of China Spree. What better recommendation could we give? Thanks, China Spree, Wilson Wu, and Lisa!!

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

Answer: 10+++ Lisa was refreshing, fun, personable. We loved her cheerful Ni hao each morning, her Chinese lessons every day, and how she unified our group. She stopped at nothing to see that we had everything we required. Her sense of humor, knowledge of English and willingness to learn were evident as she conversed, joked and teased. Lisa is a tourist's dream guide.

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

Answer: For us, China held so many mysteries and uncertainties. Our anxiety for traveling in China was great but being with China Spree alleviated all of that. From the very first meeting with our guide and the very first day in Beijing we felt comfortable, safe and well informed throughout the 12-day tour. Surprisingly, we didn't have to worry about security, the food, or the accommodations.
 
Lane & Carolyn, Utah
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree offered us an outstanding monetary value. It was hard to believe for the price that we were offered so much. In addition, we had an excellent tour guide whose English was very good and who was very knowledgable about local and national history. She looked after us like a mother hen, always anticipating every need. Lisa helped us to bargain for expensive items and taught us how to barter and deal with the street vendors. The tour itself was well-planned and had a flexible itinerary if the group needed a little more time at various places. Lots of bottled water was always available on the coach and no one got sick on the trip. All hotels were top-notch and the good food offered was varied with both American and Chinese offerings. Adjustments were made for people with special food needs. We are already planning a return tour with China Spree and are recruiting our friends to go along. If you get Lisa as your guide, we must rate China Spree as the best tour we have ever taken.

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: Everything. The hotels were wonderful with excellent service and food. A tour guide can make a trip wonderful, terrible or boring. Lisa Li was extraordinary: great sense of humor, knew lots of historical facts, looked after us like a mother hen, every need or wish was immediately taken care of.

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

Lisa Li is a 10 plus, see comments above. The trip would not have been as enjoyable with another guide. She was very professional, had great personality and was attentative to every need, always thought ahead and was ready for whatever we might need or ask for. Flexible when we stayed too long because of enjoyment or ready to change a particular site for another time if better suited. Lisa helped us to bargain for better prices and helped us learn to bargain with the locals.

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

Answer: Bring toliet paper and sunscreen and drink lots of water every day. If you see something you want to buy, get it then, you probably won't see the item again. Be sure to bring currency that is as new and crisp as possible, especially in larger denominations.
 
Gerald & Bozier, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
The mixture of cities and towns was a good line up in the itinerary. I liked that we started in Beijing, went west, down south, then ended up in Shanghai. I got a variety of different cultures from the trip. It was amazing to see the Great Hall, Forbidden City, Guilin mountain views, local markets, and the gardens in Suzhou. The show Impression was a must! The tour guide Lisa was professional and knowledge. She provided good information for each stop we made. Also, she was ahead of us in preparing for transportation and hotel stays. The trip was comfortable. I like having free times to explore on my own at the same time having a framework for the 14 days while I was in China. Any time I got a chance to interact with the locals, it was fantastic as well. The last day of free day in Shanghai was a good change of pace.
 
Mindy, Massachusetts
14-Day China’s Best Treasures
 

 
CS: What could we have done to make your trip more enjoyable?

Answer: I highly recommend the China Spree Panorama Tour for anyone seeking to experience the broad spectrum of contemporary China. From pastoral scenes lifted right out of traditional Chinese landscape paintings to urban centers bursting from change, from leisurely cruises to a high speed magnetic train, from ancient temples to outbursts of modern design, you will sample all the richness and color of this exciting country. Our national and local guides were always informative and ever reliable, caring for our needs as a group and for us as individuals. This is the great benefit of small group travel with China Spree. The result was a truly memorable tour, designed to showcase China and achieved with great efficiency, fine accommodations, and with good spirit and a real sense of the joy of travel.

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

Answer: Put aside any concerns about hotel choices, food selection, health issues, etc. and be open to the varied experiences that make up modern China, knowing that you are in competent and caring hands with China Spree.
 
Robert,New York
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
If you book a China Spree tour, you will not be disappointed. You may think the lower price means less value, but, believe me, you will be amazed at how the nice the hotels are, how good the food is, how well organized the tour is and how good the guides are. We had an excellent national guide and, fortunately, only 10 people in our group. Our guide set the tone for a delightful, positive experience, and the itinerary included everything we wanted to see and more. I can't say enough good things about our China Spree trip, 14-day Best of China and Hong Kong. We had never been on an organized tour before, and this turned out to be one of the best trips we've ever taken.

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: The guide - Lynn - was charming, well informed, took care of our every need. She was spectacular. The hotels were far beyond what we expected - luxury hotels. The food was out of this world, even though it was always Chinese; but there was so much variety, it didn't get tiresome. The itinerary was all-inclusive and featured the absolute best parts of what we wanted to see of China.

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

Answer: The Chinese people were wonderful - they were so open and friendly and interested in us, a very vibrant society, not at all the image I had of them.
 
Richelle & David, Colorado
15-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
The Mighty Yangtze 15 day tour is a wonderfully comprehensive look at Chinese culture. From the imposing Great Wall to the hustle and bustle of modern Shanghaii, we covered all the major attractions in an incredibly short time. Using domestic flights allowed us to move quickly and efficiently from one area of the country to another. The hotels were superb and the local guides very knowledgeable. Lucy, our tour director, was the best. She could handle any situation with diplomacy and was able to smooth out any bumps that occurred along the way. For the money, this trip is definitely a winner.

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

Answer: China Spree has fine tuned this trip (Mighty Yangtze) to perfection. The accomodations are superb, the guides excellent, and the number of sites visited in two weeks, unbelievable.
 
Barbara,North Carolina
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
For anyone looking to plan the "trip of a lifetime" this is it! China Spree was outstanding. However, I must say now it is the first of what I hope will be many trips to China! The guides are outstanding. I learned so much about China, the fabulous people and saw the most amazing sites I've ever seen. "It simply breath taking," is what one woman on our tour kept saying. She was right. China Spree provided "breath taking" events every day at several locations. You will not be bored or disappointed! The accommodations were lovely. We took the 14 day trip, but now I wish it had been 21! (Too bad I have to keep working for a living!) If you are thinking about taking this trip, don't put it off! You will be glad you went with this outstanding tour company.

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

Answer: Tour Manager? Do you mean national guide? If so Amber was a 20! I would love to host her in America if you decide to do an exchange and have your guides learn about America culture too.

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

Answer: China is a beautiful country! Modern, yet culturally preserved, learn first hand about the "breath taking" sites, adventures and people. Don't put it off - this is fun, exciting and relaxing all at the same time.
 
April, Kansas
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
I was so impressed with China Spree that I encouraged my sister and her husband to book with them-they leave next week. Our tour was so well organized and it included all first class accomodations, delicious meals and all of our entrance fees.Having a National Guide follow you takes the worry out of any situation that could arise. Having local guides at each destination ensured that you were well informed on each point of interest.Our group was small enough that we have now made new life-long friends! We travel a couple of times a year and this was one of our best trips-ever!!

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

Answer: China, is an adventure of a lifetime. China Spree makes it easy, fun-and affordable!
 
Pattie, Manitoba
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
Hello China Spree,

I just got back from my trip thru China with Chinaspree. Wow! What an amazing trip I went on. The hotels were all 5 star, the food was excellent ( I used to hate Chinese food, but now I love it) the sites were amazing, and the Tour Guide went above and beyond my expectations. I cannot say enough praises for Lynn Dong, she held the group together like sticky rice! We were always two dollar around her and she always made sure we used the Happy Room! Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to be on this trip. Lynn Dong definitely deserves a Raise!!!!!! I made sure I tipped her 2 times more than the reqested amount. Please give her an oppotunity to come here to America so she can learn more about our country. I know she would love it. This trip was a five Star experience at a 3 star price. I don't know how you did it, but it will bring memmories that last a lifetime.

Like I tell anyone who wants to travel to China I say this:
"If you want to travel to China you must consider China Spree!!! You would be stupid if you didn't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Thank you for a great and memorable trip.
 
Bryan, Georgia
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
What most impressed us was the professionalism of China Spree. Everything was taken care of to the last detail. Nothing was left to chance. The accommodations were super and the meals were very good, considering the differences in habits. We felt protected and taken care of the entire trip. We don't stop talking about the trip, and certainly will recommend it to all our friends.
 
Mauricio, New York
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
We are from Canada and were very hesitant about booking a trip online with an American company. We were very doubtful that the quality could be any good for such a remarkable price. We checked the company out thoroughly and found nothing bad, so we took the plunge and booked the trip. We were astonished at what an absolutely fantastic trip we got for the money. There is nothing we can complain about from the ease of booking to the wonderful hotels, great food, superb tour guides, and everything they include (places we went and things we saw). Our national tour guide, Ming, was absolutely fantastic. She made everything wonderful for us. The tour was well organized and everything went smoothly. We have absolutely nothing bad to say about Chinaspree. We thank them for making this a trip of a lifetime we will remember always.

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

Answer: Mighty Ming was an 11 to us! We loved her. She was very knowledgeable, very personable and was consistently striving to make sure we were all happy at all times. If there was anything that bothered us, she made sure it got corrected right away.
 
Andrea, Ontario
15-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
We really enjoy our time in China thanks to ChinaSpree. There is not a moment that we are bored. The food selection is great especially compared to other tour company I had used in the past... All the tour guides are knowledage and friendly. If anyone has Victor as a tour leader, please ask him to sing. He has such a wonderful voice! He will do anything in his power to make sure all the travelers are happy, which take great patience and understanding. This particular tour is great combination because there is time for history, culture shows , different region cusine and most importantly, shopping.

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: food.
 
Dianna and David, Texas
14-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
After quite a bit of research, reading reviews on tripadvisor.com, fordors and frommers, and speaking to several prior travelers, my research led me to believe that a tour made the most sense for a frist trip given the culture and the potential sensitivity of quality travel, hotel and food arrangements. I decided to join the Best of China/Hong Kong tour with my wife, daughter and best friend. A major requirement for me was to take a tour with a National Tour guide. We were amazing ly lucky to meet Vctor, who was the best guide one could imagine - an engaging, friendly, smart, driven person whose only goal was for all travelers to have a fantastic time. Victor and ChinaSpree exceeded our expectations. I know we will return one day, and that we will see Vicotr once again. In fact, I would not return to China without Victor!!!!!

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

Answer: ChinaSpree offers excellent value and tour guides that are driven to make your vacation a lasting memory. It is a perfect introduction to a very different culture . . . and, while I am certain that all of their employees are terrific, play it safe and make certain that Victor is your National Guide!
 
Chuck, Florida
14-Day China’s Best Treasures
 

 
For the last five years I was dreaming about taking a trip to China but my wife would have none of it.. Because of her rheumatoid arthritis condition she was afraid to take such a long trip, especially to remote Tibet. She also had misgivings about the number of inter-China flights during the tour. This year I was finally close to talking her into taking the trip but she made it conditional and wanted some of our family to go with us. I was able to persuade our daughter and her husband as well as my sister to join us on this trip. So now we were five people agreeable to make the trip. The question now was what tour group would we go with. I had already done considerable research on the internet looking for a suitable tour company. After months of searching I narrowed it down to China Spree and xxxxx xxxxx. I did not know either of the two companies but I knew that if I chose the wrong company I would have to answer to the other four members of my family. I read many, if not all, of the testimonials for both companies. I compared itineraries as well as costs. I finally chose China Spree over xxxxx xxxxx since I felt that a new company would do their best to deliver on their promises and give us the most for our money. We all took the trip and as it turned out we were not disappointed and all had a very enjoyable trip. China Spree really and truly delivered all and more that they had promised. My wife's fears and misgivings turned out to be unwarranted. Even though my wife and I are in our early seventies, we were able to keep up with the rest of the group. Tibet, which had worried by wife became one of the most favorite places and everyone was very glad that it was part of the itinerary. The trip went like clockwork. Everything was so well planned and organized that the waiting around was kept to a bare minimum. Everyone connected with our trip did their utmost and performed to the best of their abilities. Our national guide Jim Mao was the greatest. He deserves a 20 on the scale of 1 to 10. He was always looking for ways to make the whole trip an unforgettable experience for all of us. He really exceeded in this endeavor. He deserves a lot of credit for this wonderful and enjoyable trip that we were able to take. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Beijing to the point we said our good-bye's in the Shanghai airport (after taking the incredible MagLev train we were put at ease and knew and felt that we were in good hands and well taken care of by Jim. Jim is the greatest. All the local guides were very good and knowledgeable as well as very helpful in all respects. We were amazed how well they spoke the English language without ever having travelled outside of China. They were all amazing. We have travelled a lot but mostly in Europe and always on our own. We did not know what to expect travelling with a tour group. We must say that we were really pleasantly surprised on how well the the trip went for all of us. My family of five could not come up with any criticism on anything which says a lot of how the entire trip was handled and carried out. I had redeemed myself with my family members by having chosen China Spree and all agreed that we could not have done better. We were given a new cultural experience in a large and very interesting country that was most enjoyable and changed our impression of China completely and mostly for the better. We all were very glad that we had chosen to take this trip with China Spree. We certainly will not have any problems or reluctance to recommend China Spree to other members of our family , to friends and other aquaintances or whoever may be planning a trip to China. Well done, China Spree. Keep up that good work.

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

Answer: Go ahead and check out as many tour companies as you like and then compare them to China Spree. If you do your reasearch thoroughly we are sure that in the end you will decide on China Spree just like we did. You will be in for an unforgettable experience.
 
Edward,Pennsylvania
18-Day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey
 

 
I did an obscene amount of research in choosing a China trip for both my grandmother and I to truly enjoy. I flipped through every brochure, scoured every website, compared every review I could get my hands on. We chose China Spree based on affordability and the list of features included. It proved to be one of the best travel decisions I've ever made. Our journey across China and Tibet could not have been more phenomenal. A great trip starts with the people. Jim Mao is a master of his craft. I cannot imagine a better guide. Charm, wit, knowledge, persistence and an infectious laugh, Jim had it all and he won us over immediately. The local guides followed his lead and they were all organized, informed, accommodating and patient. Our fellow travelers, too, were a wonderful group of smart, interesting people and it was a joy to share this experience with them. During my research, I wanted to find a tour that met the needs of a 27 year old as well as those of a 76 year old. I wanted authenticity, information, culture, comfort and fun. I wanted to avoid tourist traps, shopping and wasted time. I knew I wanted to interact with locals, get into the street markets, eat crazy foods, go out to the bars and drink with complete strangers and somehow get by without sleeping because I wanted to see as much as humanly possible in our 17 days there. I also knew my grandmother wanted the safety and comfort of those 5-star hotels, that she wanted to see folk shows and dancing, that she wanted to buy some souvenirs for her other grandkids and that she didn't ever want to be rushed or tired. In every sense, in meeting every want, need and requirement, China Spree delivered, exceedingly. They showed us an enormous country, its vast history, its promising future, its tireless people and their beautiful traditions... all of this, without so much as breaking a sweat. In all her years of traveling, my grandmother says she'd never had the pleasure of being on such a well-organized tour, with such expert and accommodating employees. She thanks me for finding China Spree and I'll forever thank them, Jim Mao, the local guides and all the people with us on the tour for making our trip as fantastic as it was.

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

Answer: 10. 15 if possible. Jim was amazing. He cared about every person's individual needs and juggled that with the needs of the tour as a whole. Any problem that came up was addressed promptly and solved in no time at all. He helped a couple who had a health emergency the very first day and saw to it that they got proper care and got back to Beijing when they regrettably had to leave the tour. He handled lost baggage. He found me a memory card for my camera when I desperately needed one. He kept my grandmother company when she was too tired to walk around the temples in Tibet. We loved Jim and I would take another trip with him in a heartbeat.

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

Answer: When traveling to China, there's China Spree... and then everybody else.
 
Paul, Illinois
17-Day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey
 

 
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 !!!
 
Marcia, New York
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
Dear Mr. Wu, It was a very pleasant experience to travel with China Spree..The tour was very well coordinated. Baggages were handled in very professional and timely manner. Our Tour manager Amber as very helpful all the way to the end. She kept us well informed. The days in Beijing were long but well balanced so that we could see everything without being too tired. The historical monuments in Beijing are very spread out and needed long walks and many steps to climb and yet our local tour guide Richard veerd us through it all in a relaxed manner. I even climbed the Great wall with the help of Amber and my walking stick. I did TaiChi on the wall. The summer Palace and the lake were so cool. We also had a boat ride. The Marriot Hotel in Beijing was a five star hotel with all its comfort. Our bus was very well equipped and comfortable . Actually the walking was good for us after the long flight from San Francisco to Beijing.

After the busy days in Beijing where we immersed into the old culture and new marvels of 21st century architectures we flew to Yichang to embark on our ship for the Yangtze cruise. Next four days of relaxing experience was very beneficial. There was plenty to do in the ship. Every day when we docked we had shore excursions already included in the package. The cruise was an unforgettable experience. The gorges were spectacular, the dam was a marvel of engineering and architecture, We also saw how the displaced people are adapting to the new environment in their new homes. One day we took another small boat to go to the Wu gorge and then again yet another peapod boat to sail along the narrow gorges. We thank you for thoughtfully putting together all this program. Our trip to the snowy jade cave along the Yangtze River was very adventurous but worth it. Most probably this cave was a bit hard for people with walking problem but we had the option of staying in the ship. I liked it anyway and I got some help in the cave. Our stay in Chongqiung was short but the local guide was very helpful and efficient, I heard that 30 million people live in Chonquing, but we did not see many people in the street. Probably they were all at work. We had memorable lunch prepared for us by the "Iron Chef". We had glimpse of old town Chongquing which is about to be demolished in 2 months to make room for the new. Our local guide took us to the train station for our trip to Chengdu. This was also a ver pleasant experience . First we are a bit nervous to find so many people at the station. But everything went very smoothly thanks to our local guide and the man in charge of our luggage. We did not feel a thing .We walked into the train and arrived in Chengdu before time. It was a beautiful train ride. Chengdu dinner was very good, the optional changing faces(sichuan Opera) show was very enjoyable. The Panda Preserve was a lot of walk and not my cup of tea. Although it was quite a place. The hotel was very comfortable with excellent service. Our next flight to Xian was memorable. It was the hometown o our tour manager Amber .She took very special care in showing us everything. The archeological finds of the Terracota warriors were amazing. Our tour manager was able to take us all the way near the exhibits.. We were very fortunate to be able to avoid so much walking. The whole area was so peaceful and so well maintained. Of course now it is designated a world heritage site and the eighth wonder of the world. These are very old relics. I specially enjoyed the Buddhist temple in Xian. The Chinese Monk traveled to India and brought back many Budhist Sutras (500BC) . I also enjoyed the Tang Dynasty show at Xian. The trip to Tongli was charming. We also had a gondola ride in the canal, a very romantic place. Our stay in Shanghai was short. Shanghai hotel was most spectacular.Sanghai's skyline was most modern . The Acrobatic show was marvelous and part of or package. We visited the new Shanghai in th Pudong area and was very much impressed by its skyline, the TV Tower and the tallest tower in China (Hyatt Hotel) We also rode Maglev the fastest train on track to go to the airport. All in all we had sixteen days of spectacular experience.

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

Answer: If you choose to take a china trip with China Spree you will be in good hands and could count on them.
 
Hena, Maryland
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
I have been fortunate to travel all over the world with various land groups, as well as on cruise ships, but I have never had a more pleasureable trip than I had while traveling with China Spree. This is truly an exceptional company. They handled every detail in a very precise manner from making certain that we had our Chinese Visa to getting on the plane safely on our return home. They employ some of the finest English-speaking Chinese tour guides that were well-educated and very knowledgeable about aspect of our journey. The accomodations were superb as was the transportation, both land and air. The food was a little different than I expected. The restaurants were beautiful and clean, but true Chinese food is not at all like American-Chinese. Maybe I'm just spoiled. I had a wonderful trip and would not hesitate to travel with this company again, or to recomment them to my friends.

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

Answer: China is beautiful. There is so much to see that you feel like your head is on a swivel. The people are lovely and very polite and quick to share information about their culture. If you have the opportunity to travel there, please do; but make certain that it is with China Spree.
 
Jim K, Ohio
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
Dear China Spree, Thank you for providing us with a truly amazing, once-in-a-lifetime travel adventure! Since China has so many historical, political, and cultural wonders to explore your tour was a perfect introduction to its many splendors. One of the smartest decisions we made was to rely on your thoughtfully organized and well executed itinerary. Navigating China's airports, roads, sights, and restaurants without the expertise of your experienced guides and tour bus drivers would have been impossible on our own. Despite the experience gained from traveling to many countries on several continents, we felt comforted having full-time guides with us every step of the way. There's no doubt that our expectations were greatly exceeded and that we received great value for our money. We will enthusiastically recommend China Spree to our friends and associates and look forward to comparing their experiences with our own. Best Regards, Arthur and Ines Bryant Redmond, WA (USA)
 
Arthur, Washington
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
We loved our China's Best Treasures tour with China Spree. Our tour guide Lisa was absolutely fantastic. She had great information, was fun, and looked after our every need. It was great that we didn't have to go by the itinerary word for word. We would change a day here or there because of what the group wanted or what was happening in the city that day. The sightseeing was fantastic, and the shopping was just the right amount. Plus the hotels were amazing. Very luxurious for us who are budget travellers. The price for the tour is great too. China Spree arranged our connecting flights and visas and everything went smoothly. When I go back to China, I will definitely go with China Spree!

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: Our guide Lisa made the trip fantastic for us. Besides the places we went, she was the absolute best thing about the trip. We loved Forbidden City, the rice terraces outside Guilin, the dim sum dinner and show, the Terra Cotta warriors, the buddhist temple, walking on the wall, our hotels in Beijing and Shanghai were amazing, the show in Yangshou, and Li river cruise. Our guide Jack in Guilin was also great. I also liked that we didn't have to stick exactly to our itinerary. We changed the day we went to the Forbidden City because of the rehearsal for Oct 1 parade and we skipped a second silk tour because no one in the group wanted to go.

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: Lisa. She was fantastic in arranging anything we wanted, helping when there were any problems, or attending to any of our needs. I don't eat red meat or pork and at every meal she was very careful to tell me what was in each dish. I was very impressed with the quality of hotels we stayed in. I'm more of a budget traveller and it was very nice to stay in such great hotels.

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

Answer: 10 absolutely. I can't imagine any way she could have been better. Not only was she a perfect guide, but she is a nice and genuine person as well.

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

Answer: You'll be happy you chose China Spree. They made the trip very easy and took care of our every need. Highly recommended!
 
Tom, Colorado
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
I am so glad I went on this trip to China with Chinaspree. I liked being part of a small group (there were 19 in our group) because I was able to get to know everybody well. We also looked out for each other, especially when one of our tour members developed a pinched nerve in her left hip and was in severe pain. Our tour guide, Lisa, was excellent and she worked tirelessly on our behalf. She was particularly helpful to me with an incident regarding two street vendors who cheated me out of an extra 200 yuan. I would have let it go but Lisa put on her "Dragon Lady" persona and fought for me. We were able to see the famous sights all tourists go to see, like Tianenmen Square and the Terra Cotta Warriors, but we also got to have lunch with a local family in the hutongs of Beijing, meet a family of yao dong dwellers, go on a Li River cruise and view the stunning scenery and wildlife, visit the rice paddies of Long Sheng, and have a free day in Shanghai. I will treasure the memory of my free day in Shanghai as I got to personally meet my penfriend Peter, whom I had corresponded with for 13 years. I felt like a resident riding the city buses of Shanghai and appreciated Peter's expertise in bargaining with the vendors on my behalf.

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: There were so many things I like that it would take a long time to list them all. Briefly, here are my favorite things: our national guide, Li Yuan a.k.a. Lisa, our local guides Jack (Guilin) and Susan (Shanghai), our skillful drivers, the small size of the group (19), the other tour members, the wonderful hotels, all the included excursions and meals, the light show in Yangshuo, the Li River cruise, the "discovery" experiences, and the smoothness of getting to and from each place.

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

Answer: Our tour manager, Lisa, should be rated a 10-plus. She was very personable and allowed us to get to know her well. Most tour guides are rather aloof, which is necessary when you are herding around a group of 40 or more wide-eyed tourists. Being part of a small group allowed us to get to know Lisa and each other on a more intimate level. Lisa's general performance was excellent, excellent, excellent! She got to know each of us well and had a good sense of humor. We taught her the phrase "clear as mud" after she told us about once telling a tour group that she was "spreading butter on them" instead of "buttering them up."

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

Answer: Do go with an open mind. China is trying hard to maket itself to Westerners: signs are in both Chinese and English and the vendors know pidgin English. But be prepared for "eastern style" toilets, which are difficult for Western women to use. I have greater respect for Chinese women now! It's also hard to deal with the aggresive sales tactics of the street vendors. Coming from a culture in which the price stated is the final price in most cases, bargaining is a bit intimidating and the vendors' aggression can get annoying. But it's all part of the experience of being in another country and culture and it enriches one's life.
 
Sheila, Illinois
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
The tour far exceeded our expectations. It began with our tour guide, Lisa. She was the best ever tour guide, a 10 plus. She took care of all of our needs. The ininerary allowed us to see both the new and the old China. It is pretty had to impress me, but I had to say "wow and awesome" a number of times at the scenic places that we visited. The 10 course lunches and dinners allowed us to try many regional dishes. I particularly liked the Peking duck dinner, and in general enjoyed eating my way through China. When we talk to people about our trip, we will definitely tell them about and recommend China Spree. Thank you China Spree for a great experience and trip.

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

Answer: Lisa is the best ever tour guide. She is more than a 10, more like a 10 X 10. She took care of all of us from the very beginning until we said goodby at the Shanghai airport. She had a warm smile that greeted us every morning, a sense of humor, and was a very knowledgeable tour guide. She was adaptable and was able to handle any problems that came up quickly and efficently.

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

Answer: Choose China Spree. You won't be disappointed. You will have a great experience and adventure.
 
Wayne & Ginger, Kansas
14-Day China’s Best Treasures
 

 
Thank you China Spree and Jim Mao. We cannot say enough about the service we received on this tour. I really do not know how you provide all the service for the price you charge. Our hotels were outstanding, the food was delicious. We were worried about having Chinese food so many days. Because you travel to so many regions in China the food is always different. From the moment we arrived at the Beijing airport we were treated like royals. Our bags were always taken care of. We saw other tour groups with large numbers and saw they spent much of their time gathering everyone. The change of the cruise ship was a great decision on China Sprees part, I had researched the previous ship and found several bad reviews. We loved the ship. The room was fine and the food on the ship was outstanding. China Spree has some of the greatest guides. Jim Mao, our national guide was outstanding. He was everywhere addressing anything that happened. One of our flights was cancelled by the airlines and he was on top of everything. He got us on a different airline with just a few minutes difference.

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

Answer: I would give Jim Mao a 20. He was everywhere. He was knowledgeable. He was entertaining and just made the trip enjoyable. I had no idea a manager would work so hard. He was at the airport when we arrived and saw us off. It was sad to leave him.

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

Answer: Take the trip. You will not be sorry. We were worried about the language and food. You will not have any worries. You are in very safe hotels. The bus drivers are very courteous and great drivers. The guides are all outstanding. Their are several locations with steps but the group will wait for you. You are given time to shop and explore on your own. It will be the trip of a lifetime.
 
Barbara, Florida
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
This was our first trip to China and we went with a somewhat lower expectation. The trip turned out to be wonderful and exceeded even our most wildest expectation. The itinerary included so many variety that we felt we really got to see every part of the cities we visited. Our tour guide, Ronald was fantastic, knowledgeable and spoke perfect English and also had lots of humor. We also enjoyed the fact the group was small and we got to know everyone. This tour was also amazing that we had a wide age span. Our youngest tourist is 24 and our oldest is 84 and that made our meal conversations extremely exciting with different views and comments. The ultimate plus was the group consisted of really positive people. The hotels we stayed were 5 stars all the way. Meals were great with so much food. The massages Ronald arranged for us really helped after climbing the great wall. We would love to travel with China Spree again and especially with Ronald soon. Thank you for the most memorable experience.

CS: What could we have done to make your trip more enjoyable?

Answer: I don't really think there is anything more my mom, my partner and myself could have asked to make this trip more enjoyable. We honestly had a fantastic time. We felt our stars must have all lined up to have such a wonderful small group of travelers who all got along well and a guide who was more than accommodating.

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

Answer: Go with a smaller group like Chinasprees groups. You will be able to learn so much more from your guide and for yourself. It is a fascinating country with a long history, but has also become a world class country. Go with an open mind and really enjoy what the local people can offer.
 
Andy & Yuchi, California
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
China Sprre has given our group a true picture of both Old and New China. The company lives up to all of its promises. I have traveled extensively and can only say good things about China Spree. This China Delight Trip was better than any I have taken. Thank-you, Cina Spree for a wonderful experience.

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

Answer: Take it. You'll love it.
 
Alma, California
12-Day China Delights
 

 
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.

Mary

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

 
China Spree is detail oriented, all tour guides met us at all our locations. Drivers were safe and excellent. Most of the Hotels were 5 stars the Pullman was fantastic. I have been to China eight times this by far was the best tour company. Look forward to using them again
 
Stephen, Missouri
17-Day Yangtze Cruise & Hong Kong
 

 
China Spree offered one of the most comprehensive and delightful trips we could have imagined. The tour guides were exceptional and the itinerary was very well executed. the hotels, the meals and the transporation was outstanding. This was truly the trip of a lifetime.

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

Answer: Our tour Manager Amber Yan rates 10+++. She did an outstanding job. She was extremely attentive to individual needs and she was delightful to travel with. She arranged a special birthday celebration for my wife on her birthday that was a memorable experience. She was the best tour guide we have ever travelled with.

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

Answer: Don’t hesitate to travel with China Spree.
 
Michael, Missouri
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
My wife and I have taken many tours and have traveled over every continent except Antarctica. We have never had a tour as well-managed as this trip to China and Tibet by China Spree. All of the tour guides were excellent and the national tour guide went out of his way to help us and inform us in every way possible. We saw remarkable sights in China and Tibet and stayed at excellent hotels. We always had an abundance and a great variety of food. All questions were always answered in a pleasant manner and each member of the tour group was treated with great respect. In addition, we found the people of China and Tibet whom we met in traveling to be most cordial and helpful. Certainly, this tour by China Spree offers the greatest quality at the most economical price and you always stay in excellent hotels with excellent food. It remains Number 1 on our list of many tours we have taken.

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

Answer: China is a great country with many unusual sights, with an incredibly long and interesting history. Its economy is growing, the cities and countryside are modernizing, and its facilities are very comfortable for the American traveler. The toilet facilities may not always be the most amenable for American traveler but generally they are quite adequate. The Chinese people are friendly, seem genuinely fond of Americans, and were personally helpful to us on any occasion in which we needed their help. They seemed as eager to learn about Americans as we were to learn about them. Unfortunately, their larger cities are acquiring some of the same traffic problems that we have in the U.S. However, China continues to find solutions to their traffic problems as their construction of subways, freeways, and bypasses around the city illustrate. Go to China and Tibet with China Spree and you will treasure the experience.
 
Bert and Kay,Georgia
17-Day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey
 

 
The Best of China and Hong Kong was fabulous! From the moment we set foot in Beijing we were guided through the vast countryside with class. Our National Guide, Victor, was terrific. He took care of all the details so we could relax and enjoy our trip. Each city had a local guide who was an expert on their area. We were able to see all the highlights in each city. We thought we'd be tired of the food but were surprised at the variety at each meal. The portions were more than adequate and the variety was never ending. The hotels greatly exceeded our expectations! First class, 5 Star - fabulous! Every hotel had robes, slippers, toothbrushes, combs, shampoo, conditioner, in-room safe, complimentary bottled water. I'm a swimmer and the pool in Hong Kong (underwater music) and Shanghai were unreal. There were workout facilities and some hotels had steam and/or sauna. We were a bit unsure when we booked: new company, really low price - but we are thrilled we went with China Spree. They know how to do China! Bee Dee

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

Answer: Victor Li was FABULOUS. On a scale of 1-10 he was a 10 1/2 at least. He was friendly, personable, knowledgeable and very organized. He took care of all the details so we could relax and enjoy the tour. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone considering China Spree.

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

Answer: This is the way to go! China Spree has it all covered - fabulous hotels, great meals, sightseeing to all the "must see" places - and all at a VERY reasonable price. This is a First Class operation. You won't be sorry you booked with China Spree. (P.S. ask for your National Guide to be Victor Li).
 
Bee, Florida
14-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
Dear Chinaspree, I want to thank you for the excellent tour experience you provided for us. Your services are outstanding. The guides were very friendly and professional. The tour stops were very beautiful. The restaurants and food offered were delicious. We really enjoyed our vacation in China. I would absolutely recommend your company to my friends and family.

Amy, Buffalo NY.

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

Answer: I would recomment visiting China as a vacation to everyone. I would recomment Chinaspree because of the extremely positive experience we had on our vacation.
 
Amy, New York
14-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
For an American Making His Or Her First Trip To China And Is Skeptical About Going,You Can Put Your Fears Away When your Travel Arrangements are made By China Spree.They Start With You From The Beginning,Getting your visa,Flights,all paper workand anything else .What they promise you you get and more.Our friends said that the trip is inexpensive and to not expect to get everything that they say.However were they wrong, From tthe hotels, food, sightseeng,the guides,transportation,guides,and tourdirector,all were delivered beyondour expections.Especially our tour director,who was with from the minute we arrived to last minute when we left.She was outstanding and certainlly help make this trip for us most memorable.Thank you Lisa and china spree.

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: The trip taught us a great many things about china that the average american does not no.It also gave us a cross section view of the new and old china.It also cleared up many misconseptions about china.

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

Answer: 10 - 10 - 10 - 10Lisa was JUST AMAZING.With zest and enthusiasm towards her job each and every morning is a welcome sight to see.She is not only intellegent,warm,friendly,enthusiastic about china it seems to rub off on everyone around her. We do not know if all tour directors in your company are as good as her,but i feel if this is the training they get from your company then you are certainlly going in the right direction.LIsa was on call 24/7 every day attending to our needs all the time.Even on a free day for us she was there,handling request,making suggestionsand guiding us with our own requests.For me personally she was a big help with shopping and made sure we got value for our money we spent.I and my wife Felt that she made this trip for us more specialas we celebrated my birthday. We did not tell lisa that it was my birthday. She took it upon herself to find this out and helped us celebrate it all together. It certainlly made me fell special.Thank you lisa.

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

Answer: I would recommend China Spree as a travel company to anyone .They are honest and deliver exactlly what they promise and more.it was a pleasure to travel china feeling secure and safe and at the same time having a wonderful time.
 
Jerome & Sheila, New York
12-Day China Delights
 

 
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.
 
Joan, New Mexico
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
I enjoyed the tour China Spree offered. The Hotel accomodaitons, and the food were excellent. The sightseeing was breathtaking. Guided, by a caring and personable national tour guide, you will be able to experience the hospitality of local common people, and admire the booming economy of modern China. You'll never feel lost in this strange and mysterious country such as is China. Although it seems like a hectic schedule, you will have enough time to relax and pamper yourself with the excellent accomodaitions of luxurious hotels. Indeed you will feel at home while far away from home. I would indeed recommed this tour, and am planning on joining China Spree to visit other regions of China in the near future.

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

Answer: Lisa was very friendly, and accomodating, genuine and sincere. She defended our interests like a Dragon Lady, and was like a mother to all of us. She kept the group together like a big family. I think she deserves the best score. I give her a 10.
 
Virgilio, Nevada
12-Day China Delights
 

 
I highly recommend anyone looking for a tour to China to book through China Spree. My sister and I chose China Spree for our first trip to China, and we had a fantastic time. The company was helpful and friendly from the first contact through the trip itself. Everyone was very prompt and responsive to any questions we had and made sure we were well prepared for our introduction to China, as they sent us a pre-trip packet which was invaluable. Once we got to China, our tour guide, Lisa, was exceptional. She welcomed us to China and gave us a more intimate look into Chinese life than we expected. Our tour took us to incredible sights of China, all while being able to enjoy the ride. China Spree provided a hassle-free, adventurous and fun trip. Everyone involved from China Spree made this an unforgettable trip for an unbelievable value.

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: The efficiency of the tour guides, Lisa and Suzy. They were fantastic. Also, the smoothness of the trip- everything from the bus transportation to the hotels to the sightseeing stops. Everything was so well-organized.

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

Answer: Lisa was a 10. She was better than a 10, actually. She was happy the entire time, tried to work with hotel and airline staff to ensure quick processing and smooth travel. Lisa was funny, friendly and extremely informative. She really made everyone feel welcome and answered all of our questions. She made the trip very special.
 
Brittany,Virginia
12-Day China Delights
 

 
My wife and I took the Best Treasures trip in August 2009. This trip was a real bargain at the China Spree price. We usually travel as independent travelers and arrange everything ourselves, but for our first trip to China, using this organized tour was really the way to go. We were impressed by the hotels, flights, food, and sites that we saw. The services of Ronald Wang as our host guide allowed us to tour with a feeling of personal safety while providing valuable insight into life in China now and in the past. Our group was of a modest size (11) and everyone meshed well together as friends. Everything ran smoothly and to our satisfaction...well done China Spree!

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

Answer: We think Ronald Wang is awesome and deserves the highest rating. He is very well educated and provided a lot of insight. We felt that he went overboard looking out for our best interest and well being. His efforts made us feel safe wherever we went. We particularly liked it that he was able to provide a living experience from growing up in the Mao era of the 1960's & 70's. Quite frankly we liked Ron because although he lives in China, he was like us (commonality). He was the same age as most of our group, we all had similar educations, and his family is similar to all our families. He could be one of our friends back home.

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

Answer: Now is the time to go and see China because it is changing at such a dramatic rate. The current low cost of this vacation makes it well within reach of many travelers...they just don’t know it.
 
Mark & Bernadette,Ontario
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
Our family of four (two adults and two teen / 20s children) took the China Best Treasures tour led by Ron. The group was eleven in total, large enough to create new friendships and small enough to allow us to move through the two weeks with little hassle or delay. Since this was our first time to China, it was a great introduction to the sites you'd want to see plus it provided enough variety to keep all of us interested. Ron was a terrific leader and in many ways became an extension of our families during the two weeks. He was very knowledgable about all aspects of China's history through the current time, but he has a wonderful grasp of the English language and was able to weave in his unique sense of humor to always keep us interested and amused. We did quite a bit of research before choosing China Spree. We found that their tours are competitively priced and provice many of the same accommodations and sights that the more expensive tours charge. Their group size is also smaller than many of the other tours offered at a similar price point. We would highly recommend both China Spree and this particular tour for an intro to China; we are looking forward to taking other China Spree tours in the future.

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

Answer: We loved out National Guide Ronald. We could not have asked for a better person to help make our time in China very memorable. Ron presented the material very well. He did not come across as if he memorized the facts. His English is wonderful. He has a great sense of humor. Ron is a very personable person. We enjoyed being with him and had a difficult time saying good bye.

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

Answer: When traveling to China you need to remember it is an adventure you will come across situations that will take you out of your comfort zone- not having a a toilet seat is one of them. This all part of the expereince and the flavor of the culture. You can not depend on using credit cards as we do in the states,you need cash mostly...Umbrellas are not only good for the rain,but can be use for the the hot sun.
 
Ellen, Maryland
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree is the best tour company I have ever dealt with. They offered excellent support and service prior to the trip. Once we got there, everything met or exceeded my expectations. I can't say enough about our national guide Jim. He was right on top of everything making sure that we had the best possible experience every step of the way. He was always smiling and friendly, sang us songs, and made the whole experience quite memorable. The local guides were all very knowledgeable and spoke English very well. The hotels were top notch and the food was excellent and mostly local and not "touristy." Being from Canada, I had many reservations about booking with a U.S. company on-line who would only accept a cash payment from me. However, if anyone who reading this is considering China Spree and has similar doubts, relax, this is a great company that puts the European tours I've done with the typical western travel companies to shame. China Spree really put the customer first and went out of their way to make my trip an awesome experience! I would highly recommend China Spree to anyone considering a tour of China.

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: Everything! The guide, Jim Mao, was the best guide I have ever had. He was always happy and friendly. He made sure we got everything that was promised to us (including full glasses of beer at the dinner table!). He really made the whole experience exceptional. We also enjoyed eating local food and not tourist food for most meals as has been the case on past tours I have done in Europe. The food was really very good. The shows and the sites were fantastic, and the local guides were all very knowledgeable, approachable, and very friendly. You have assembled an excellent team of guides. China Spree should be commended for their excellent customer service as well. I heard many fellow travelers commenting on the great service they received in the US from Michelle.

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: Jim, Jim, Jim!!! What a guy and what a guide. He continued to deliver throughout the trip. Aside from him, I loved everything that we visited with Shanghai and Beijing being my major highlights. I got to walk on the great wall, see Tienanmen Square, go up the Jin Mao at night in Shanghai, and my wife got to hold a panda. What more could we have asked for. Plus, we stayed at hotels that were as good or better than most hotels I had stayed at in the US and Canada, and better than most I have stayed at in Europe. All for a really good price. Also, the shows were simply fantastic. I can't believe the value we got for the money.
 
Ron, Alberta
15-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
As a family, we have been on numerous tours across the globe (Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa) with many of the more well known tour operators (Globus, Grand Circle, Trafalgar, etc.) and I can honestly say that our tour in China was probably the best operated tour that I have been a part of. The tour had a great itinerary (the main reason for our selecting the trip), was very cost competitive, and essentially all inclusive. Many other tours that we have been on require you to pay extra for many optional tours and only include water with the occasional meal that is provided. The China Spree tour which was for 22 days only had 4 add-on optional tours, had every meal but 4 included (2 of which were on our free day in Shanghai) and every meal had 2 drinks included. The China Spree tour also focused on the reason we came to China, to see China. The guides gave plenty of time (both with instruction and free) to see and explore all of the major sites (Great Wall, Terra-Cotta Warriors, etc.) Other tours that we have been on in the past left me feeling like I had not had sufficient time to explore. After completing my tour, I would give China Spree my highest recommendation. You can feel confident that they will have all the bases covered, will treat you like a VIP, even if you are in a small group (we had only 5 of us on our tour) and make sure that your trip to China is a holiday that you will not forget.
 
Ben, Michigan
21-Day China’s Ancient Capitals & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
The Ancient Capital and Yangtze River Cruise 21 day tour was great! From the informative and courteous local guides to the numerous attractions visited, I felt like I learned about and truly experienced China. You definitely get more than you paid for! Where other tour companies would have added addition charges for excursions to attractions, this tour had it included. From the people I met and the sites I saw, this will be a trip that I will remember for a very long time. I was very impressed and would recommend it to anyone.

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

Answer: Definitely go with a tour company if you want to see all of China in one trip and definitely choose China Spree!! Their tour guides will make you feel like your happiness and comfort are their number one priority!
 
Catherine, Michigan
21-Day China's Ancient Capitals & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
I would happily recommend China Spree to anyone wanting to travel with a tour group in China. Our group only had 10 people total (all American) and we were like family by the end of the trip. Our national and local guides were extremely knowledge and friendly. The price was great for what we received on this trip. The hotels we stayed in were nice, even compared to American hotels. There weren't any superfluous shopping stops, none that we didn't want to stop into anyways. The meals we got three times a day were delicious and filling (mostly chinese food served family style). Since the groups are smaller, it allows a little bit more flexibility as compared to other tours. I would highly recommend China Spree to anyone from the US traveling to China.
 
Mary,California
12-Day China Delights
 

 
Our 14-day China's Best Treasures Tour will always be treasured in my memory. We have travelled extensively and this is one of the best arranged, informative, and comfortable. The hotels were outstanding. Chinaspree is on the way to becoming No. 1 for tours to China.

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

Answer: Prepare to be surprised.
 
Yvonne, La Romain
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
We picked China Spree from a group we found on the internet. We were apprehensive about choosing a company with no personal recommendations. We have arranged and traveled on maybe 15+ tours before with high school students and realize there can be big differences in companies. A group of 3 of us joined the tour and we just got back a week ago. I can not tell you how much we loved it. Anybody can write a testimonial, but I can truly say that we are total believers in China Spree after our experience. I had traveled to China several times on business, but never seen the sights. So, we were glad to have English speaking, knowledgeable guides and they orchestrated the trip with precision. We had several guides and each was fantastic. This tour company gave us a great trip for a very reasonable price. The tour is for anyone that wants to visit China and experience this interesting and diverse country in a very practical and comfortable manner. We loved it and we loved China Spree. We had an incident on our trip that called for representatives to go far above and beyond the call of duty in the early morning hours. The representatives demonstated great care and compassion and took care of a couple with a medical emergency at home with great professionalism. You won't be sorry if you choose China Spree.

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip?

Answer: The guides, the tour buses, the attention to detail, the fact that your representatives came and got 2 of our tour members and took them to the airport due to a family emergency and then met them in Beijing and helped them there. Now THAT is customer service.. We are dedicated China Spree fans now and have already recommended your company to many of our associates.

CS: The local guides, per your opinion, need improvement. Please specify in details

Answer: If I put in one word of criticism about any guide, I would be doing them a disservice. We were VERY pleased. My wife has led 17 tours of high school kids mostly to Spain and they always had tour guides, so she knows good ones from bad ones. She said the China Spree guides were some of the best she has ever experienced.

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

Answer: The people are friendly, the country is safe and clean, the bathrooms available and the food great. Don't miss the chance to experience China.
 
Martin, Indiana
14-Day China’s Best Treasures
 

 
I had an amazing time on my trip with China Spree. The local tour guides were excellent and provided support whenever it was requested of them. They were flexible and able to accommodate the trip to meet our needs. For example, our tour group really enjoyed shopping so the tour guides were flexible and gave us extra shopping free time when requested. They accompanied us to the restaurants for meals and made sure to answer questions about the food. The guides also helped us check in at the airport as a group so we could share the weight limit on our luggage. They also checked us into hotels and made group arrangements for tickets at each of the sightseeing spots so we didnt have to wait on any lines. I enjoyed that nearly everything was payed for so that I only had to worry about carrying money for purchasing souvenirs. All the hotels, food and entrance fees to sightseeing locations were paid for and they even provided water bottles for us each day. The tour guides were also helpful with providing tips on how to bargain in the markets, how to spot fake items (jade, pearls, money, etc) Oh, and the hotels...they were so nice. I wasn't sure what to expect. I wasn't sure if 4 stars in China meant the same thing that it does in the US, but I was very impressed with the cleanliness, friendliness and beautiful modern decor of the hotels. Overall, I could not have expected a more pleasant tour experience. I highly recommend China Spree to everyone!

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

Answer: Bring toilet paper, don't over pack and go to China with an open mind. You will be impressed by how much there is to see and experience.
 
Gina, New York
14-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
CS: What could we have done to make your trip more enjoyable?

Answer: My husband and I experience with China Spree was very good. When booking, we had our concerns about ratio price/quality, but our surprise was that everything went good. I would never take this trip without a tour and resulted that this company had everything arranged for us, tickets (we did not have to stay in long lines), restaurants (meal was served in a very short time), shows (we had good seats), Hotels may vary in qualitiy but overall good. Nice experience!
 
Patrizia & Roberto, Texas
14-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
China Spree delivers everything it promises and a bit more. The hotels were a very pleasant surprise, and our National Guide, Ming Li, was a real gem.

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: The hotels were excellent, the trip organization was good, the bus was air conditioned, and our National Tour Guide, Ming Li, was simply great, the best guide I have ever had. The local guides were also good, especially "Shirley" in Beijing. I especially liked the Temple of Heaven park because I could observe locals at leisure.

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

Answer: Take your laptop with you as all hotels had in-room wifi coverage. Only the Shanghai Renaissance charged for this service. The cities on this tour were modern so do not fret excessively over cleanliness. Bring a raincoat. Taxis are quite inexpensive; a 15-20 minute fare was around $5 U.S. Take an extra valise or bag to take items home. Be ready to negotiate for most items in the bazaars or from vendors. A vendor might ask 480 rmb for an item and you might end up paying 30 or 40 rmb after negotiation. If you can unlock your cellphone, China (especially Beijing) prepaid sim cards are inexpensive.
 
Henry, Oregon
12-Day China Delights
 

 
Our China Spree trip was one of the best values for a vaction trip we have ever taken. When I would tell people how much are ALL INCLUSIVE 12 day trip to China was costing us, they couldn't believe it. And then, to make it even better, the hotels we stayed in far exceeded our expectations. We visited China last year during the Summer Para-Olympics. We enjoyed it so much that when we saw an ad for China Spree and what they offered we decided to go again. Even though we had seen most of the sights in Beijing, we knew we would be traveling to other locations that we hadn't visited. It was still fun to visit the same locations in Beijing and have a tour guide give us more detailed information. At all the places we had been before, we still saw new things that we had missed during our previous trip. We were in a small group of 15 people and had a lot of fun getting to know them and our tour guide was such a wonderful guide. She was so concerned about our enjoyment of the tour at all times and provided so much good information and answered all our questions so well. We feel as though we have made a good friend in China! We enjoyed the trip so much that we are already considering another trip with China Spree to see areas that we missed on this trip! Because Chinese hotel beds tend to be very hard which American tourists don't like, our tour guide told us that she has personally visited all the potential hotels that they would use and jumped on the beds to make sure they would only book hotels with soft beds! This is just one example of the amount of care China Spree takes in trying to make the trip as enjoyable as possible.

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

Answer: If you want to see China, this is the best way to go. There is no way that you would be able to do everything we did for the same amount of money and still get all the meals and stay in hotels as wonderful as the ones we stayed in. Highly, highly, highly reccomended. Ding, ding, ding, ding, hau!
 
Michael, Utah
12-Day China Delights
 

 
We took the Best Treasures of China tour, The itinerary was outstanding, touching not only the standard, and must, visit highlights of the cities, but also side trips that provided some insights into the lives of Chinese people in this big and diverse country. The tour guides are thoughtful and professional and cannot be better. We stayed at excellent hotels in all of the different cities and the tour buses are airconditioned and comfortable, except Xian. The tour is an exceptional value.

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

Answer: Go!!
 
June, Texas
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
In July 2009, my girlfriend and I took the 14 day Best of China Treasures offered by China Spree. We were both extremely pleased with everything. THE SITES CHOSEN, THE HOTELS AND THE MEALS WERE EXCELLENT OVERALL. I must say that everything far exceeded our expectations. For the price, we were expecting that they would shortcut somewhere such as occasionally a poorer hotel or a bad meal. But, China Spree delivered the value even though the cost was equal to or lower than other travel services in China. I recommend this to anyone wanting to spend a couple of weeks getting to know China cultures, people and sites.

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: Seemed like a good value versus other tours. Also, it took us to places that "real people" go. The hotels and meals were excellent. And our guide, Dung Lynn was superb. Very concientious and thoughtful. She was always focused on our needs and being sure that we got to the right places.

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

Answer: Chinese people are courteous, caring and they work hard.
 
Teren, Florida
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree is definitely a travel company that will show you everything. It is for travelers who really want to see China. It's for the travelers that want to go out, be out, and take in as much as possible. It is for the travelers that would like everything planned, nothing to worry about, who want to be along for the ride of their lives. China Spree is for the travelers who want to learn about and enjoy a different culture. Who not only want to relax and have a good time, but also be kept busy and constantly entertained. I am so happy that we chose China Spree, anything else would have been a mistake.

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: Things that stick out most on our trip was just everything. I don't even know where to start. Even the small towns that I've never heard of were so interesting. I was really excited about Xian and the Great Wall, but I really loved eating in the Hutongs also. I loved the big cities and the "small" towns. Some of the places we'd stop to eat would be a building I probably wouldn't have chosen, but the food was so good. The whole two weeks was very planned out, it went very smoothly. When we would arrive somewhere there was always a bus waiting for us and bell boys to carry our luggage. It was all just orchestrated perfectly.

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

Answer: Ronald Wang is no doubt a 10. If I could rank him higher I would. He really loves what he does and it is easy to tell in the way he led our group. He was entertaining, knowledgeable, helpful, and so so kind. He had everything timed perfectly. I credit Ron with making our trip run as smoothly as it did, and that is a big deal to me because nobody likes the feeling of being unsure. I trusted him, and by the end of the trip I was most sad to leave him. I really felt like I knew him and he was a friend. He knew everybody's name the first day and that's hard because there were 20 of us! He gave us tips on where to buy "real" souvenirs and not the fake ones that so easily trick us tourists. He gave us mini history lessons every bus ride and told us about each place we were going. This helped make those spots special and memorable. I felt like Ron wanted to show us a good time, that he wanted to be there, NOT that he HAD to be there. I remember my husband and I and my mom and dad all talking about how lucky we thought we were that we got Ron as a tour guide because surely there are guides that aren't as wonderful as Ron.

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

Answer: China Spree is such a good travel company. I cannot say enough good things about them. I whole heartedly believe that I could not have done all they did, and seen all that I did with any other company. You will not be disappointed. I am a seasoned traveler who usually plans out vacations myself, but I can say there is no way I could have planned this so smoothly. Everything is top-notch, highest quality, the guides, the food, the hotels, etc, but you'll also get to see the small villages and towns, the way locals live.
 
Andrew & Michelle, Indiana
14-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: Our guides made the trip. We were in a small group and did not have a national guide, but honestly there was no need. They were both incredibly well informed and very flexible to our needs as a group. Specifically we were there during the total solar eclipse on July 22nd and our guide completely altered the schedule so that we would have the entire morning on the day of the eclipse. The schedule remained paced in a way that was completely do-able however. Our guides also made sure we were given what the tour had said we would be, namely on several occasions the restaurants were resistant to us getting two glasses of drinks. Cici (our local guide in Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai) was particularly excellent at handling restaurant staff. The trip was paced well, Beijing was busy and we had slower days and the trip continued so it did not seem like we were exhausted and overwhelmed. The hotel choices were excellent. The restaurant choices were amazing! The food was wonderful and our group always found several dishes at each meal that we really liked! Although China can be a hard trip on children the age of our son (9), our guides were SPECTACULAR with him. They went out of their way to make sure he was enjoying himself and give him enough time to do everything. Our guide in Shanghai specifically helped us find a bathroom he had heard about because he had mentioned it so much. Both our guides were very concerned with our safety in the streets but our Beijing guide, Michael, went out of his way, often holding his hand specifically during the visit. At no time did we feel really rushed because we were a group, it was like traveling with family and our guides were the best thing about the tour and I hope you continue to use both of them! Both spoke excellent English, much much better than we were expecting! They were great ambassadors for their country.

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

Answer: You will enjoy this trip! China was full of items of historical and cultural significance and they will be awe inspiring. Be open to new things and you will find yourself cataloging an enormous amount of unforgettable memories and experiences.
 
Kelly, Tennessee
12-Day China Delights
 

 
If you want to time travel to China's ancient and mysterious past. If you want to see China's bustling, electric, and modern present. If you want to get a clear view into the world's future. Choose to travel with China Spree. They are the best.

CS: Comment on China Spree tour guides

Answer: All were excellent. Michael, a bit of a city slicker, knows his way around. He's an entertainer too who always has a joke or a story to tell. Ambrosia is a moveable university professor. Eric has patience for questions. Owen knew every passenger by their first name, a very bright young man. Gracie is efficient and also fun. Richard is so intelligent. He encourages questions with a big and confident smile. A once in a lifetime opportunity to see the pandas with Richard. William in Hong Kong has his finger on that city's pulse. Jack is a great one too with a wonderful speaking voice. He encourages questions and is quite capable. Kelly, an expert, took us on a journey from romantic Hangzhou to the futuristic Shanghai.

CS: The local guides, per your opinion, need improvement. Please specify in details

Answer: No suggestions for improvement. In general the attitude of the guides included - keep everyone safe, do not allow anyone to get lost, follow the printed itinerary, encourage and answer questions, and let's have fun doing it.

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

Answer: The Chinese people are friendly. You will be surprised, awe-struck, and amazed. You haven't seen anything yet.
 
Thomas, Florida
16-Day Yangtze Cruise & Hong Kong
 

 
When looking to book my honeymoon, I happened to stumble upon Chinaspree. What a great find! I could not believe the prices, and my wife and I decided to take a shot. It was the best decision we've made early in our marriage. Everything was top notch. The service, meals, accomodations, and schedule exceeded our expectations. It is a well run tour by a great company.

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

Answer: China was the greatest place I have been so far in the world.
 
Michael, Pennsylvania
16-Day Yangtze Cruise & Hong Kong
 

 
This was one of the best travel bargains I have ever had. The quality of the accommodations was uniformly excellent. The breakfast buffets at these hotels were all quite good - and a couple were outstanding. The dinners and lunches were very fine and again some of them were top notch. And it was great that so many meals were included - unlike most tours which often provide only 2 or 3 dinners. The guides were top quality and flexible with demanding Americans! China Spree is working hard to make sure their tours are great value and in my opinion, they have succeeded very well indeed.

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: The guides and the quality of the hotels. I was also very impressed with Tongli, Suzhou at night and Hangzhou. I am glad that I saw these places. Some of the meals were excellent. All were fine.

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

Answer: Read the material that China Spree sends you before the trip and you cannot go wrong. It was an excellent way to prepare for the trip.
 
Tom, California
12-Day China Delights
 

 
CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: The things I liked best about this trip are 1. The People of the People's Republic of China are Beautiful, Friendly, Talented, Hard Working and more 2.Air China. The service was super fine. 3.The tour guides who did their best to host us and inform us and have fun. 4. The drivers who never looked back and keep going forward to get us there on time safely in fine buses. 5. The hotels were so luxurious. Each one was like a visit to heaven with a feast for breakfast.. 5Star 6. The itinerary brought us to destinations we will cherish in our mind's eye. beyond our imagination 7. The ancient beauties and the modern wonders of architecture and the Chinese people that built them, 8. The Yangtze River Cruise because of the relaxation, the entertainment, the comfort and the food, extras. The video provided by the cinematographer was award winning quality at affordable price. The amenities on the Century Cruise Line were luxurious. The activities filled the afternoon and evenings with excitement. meet the Captain Champagne Toast, Crew Talent Show and Dance, 9. The endless banquet of delightful dishes at every meal. The bountiful food and drink was so generous. 10. Sharing the Total Solar Eclipse was so special: the phenomenon was better than Science Fiction TV 11. The lessons we learned: That the People's Republic of China is a peaceful, safe, free, beautiful place. with wonderful potential to lead the world like a friendly Panda to new prosperity and achievement. 12. The New York City Broadway Quality of Show excursions. These included the Kung Fu Show, the Asian Cultural Show, the Acrobatic Show.

CS: What would you change about this trip?

Answer: I will be honest. Speaking for the entire group who spoke among each other: there needs to be more time to rest, acclimate yourself to the travel, have free time to explore on your own and to shop. ( You see we have a big circle of friends who we promise to bring back surprises and treasures, like t shirts, souvenirs. The reason for this is 1. We go on vacation for new adventures (true) however this is sometime best discovered on your own time. 2. We as Americans are very hard workers often 12 hours a day and more. We have an expression "Work hard, Play hard. " Some of the historic excursions could be abbreviated to half the time. e.g. a half day instead of a whole day. I do not say this out of disrespect. It is just that the learning could be condensed and covered in half the time. We can get the idea of the magnificence of this ancient culture sooner . In our particular tour so many treasures were viewed over the course of 15 days that it can be exhausting.

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: We were most impressed with the welcome of the typical Chinese person even in the Beijing Hutong. We felt that as Americans our presence made the Chinese people happy. It was an unsolicited reaction from almost everyone we met. It is not a behavior you could pay for or stage like a play. This of course is a wonderful feeling. It is very encouraging and we will always remember that in the future the great People's Republic of China is our friend. We were impressed with the ease that so many Chinese have getting along with each other. In other words, how they respect themselves and one another. When Americans ask us this question this is the answer we give them. We get the sense that the Chinese People are optimistic about their future for good reason.

CS: How was the general performance of your guides?

Answer: These were extremely hard working persons who displayed many virtues, especially patience. Many time we as passengers had requests that would require explanations or special needs met. The guides were totally accommodating. We are most grateful to them and would return the hospitality to them here in the states.

CS: The local guides you like best. Why?

Answer: Michael in Beijing was able to verbalize much history in a story like fashion to keep our interest. Good sense of humor too and compassionate about the heat and the long walks. Ambrosia was tireless in covering the Terra Cotta warriors. She has much pride in her city of Xian. Eric made friends with my son Anthony and on the long bus ride taught him some more Mandarin which he studies on Rosetta Stone. It is an excellent program. Owen was the TV quality entertainment host. he had everyone's attention and lots of fun. Gracie went along with our play and was part of our cruise guest show. She is so charming. Richard informed us about Dr.Sun Yat Sen and helped us connect to the train and the airport with ease. William knows Hong Kong and covered the best spots. Everyone commented on his sophistication. Jack got us to the Panda Zoo and to Stilwell Museum. He is fascinating on the growing economy. Kelly in Shanghai was a dear and told us stories about East Lake and

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

Answer: If you want to be treated like a celebrity, take this tour. You will learn what life on the other side of the world is like. Vibrant and Awe Inspiring. Get out of the shop and the office and the store and the class room and experience the real world in the Peoples Republic of China. Learn for yourself that this is a free nation because it could not have accomplished the achievements thus far without the willingness of the people. See what a truly unified people can do. This is a country with vast possibilities and promise. See the natural beauty, Travel forward and backward in time to see this culture. See for yourself and don't just believe that the East is living in the last century. China is our friend and we would enjoy knowing China better.
 
Margaret Lee, Florida
16-Day Yangtze Cruise & Hong Kong
 

 
CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: Everything. Value for the cost. Good accommodations. Our national guide Ronald was great. Ron's knowledge and insight was very good and he did the most to make our trip the best it could be. This was the first tour I had ever been on and I had apprehension about it. Any concerns I had were put at ease within the first day.

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

Answer: Ronald our Tour Manager was great, he definitely cared about us all not only as a group but as individuals. Ron is a man who cares about his job and seems to but his all into it. He is an asset to China Spree and I would rate him as a 10.
 
John, California
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: I was most surprised by the quality of the food. I remember from our previous trip that all of the food tasted the same by the end. Although we were tired of Chinese food by the end of the tour, I still thought that the variety and quality was excellent. The dumpling dinner in Xian was my family’s favorite food.

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

Answer: 11.... Ronald Wang was excellent. His English was perfect and he was easy to understand. We especially enjoyed his willingness to share his personal experiences about what it was like to grow up in China. It really made the immediate history come alive for us. I felt that our 16-year old received a better impression of what life outside of the US could be like. Without Ronald’s insight, the tour would have felt much more isolated. I’m not sure I would have gotten as good a feeling for the country. Our tour group was 22 people, but he managed to keep us moving without feeling rushed. Ronald was flexible about working with people’s desires and the weather so I felt we got to see everything at the best times of day. If I were coming back to China I would definitely try to get on one of his tours.
 
Barbara, Oregon
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
Traveling China with China Spree was the best choice we made this year. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Beijing to the moment we left from Shanghai, absolutely everything was organized for us. The food was delicious and everyone had their favorites. The hotel accomodations were all extremely luxurious and we felt very comfortable throughout the trip with the different transportation methods as well. Jim Mao, our national guide was another Treasure that made our trip that much more enjoyable. He went above and beyond to make everybody happy and made sure everything was always perfectly planned. We never had to wait in line anywhere! He made us feel right at home in a country so far away. I would definately recommend China Spree for traveling to China!

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: Our tour guides were all extremely friendly, knowleadgable, and outgoing. Especially Jim Mao made our trip very special and brought our group together like a family. I also like the family style lunches and dinners because it allowed us to get to know all the other families. I also liked the combination of museums and sightseeing with more active days like the rice terraces.

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

Answer: Our national guide Jim Mao, was very organized and worked hard to make everybody happy. He made our busrides pass by so fast because he taught us some Chinese and gave us details about both our itinerary and the places we were traveling to. He deserves a 10 without a doubt. I would recommend China Spree to be done with Jim Mao to any of my friends/family!
 
Michelle, Florida
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree does an amazing job with every aspect of their tours. How are able to provide such excellent hotels and itineraries at such economic rates? I have no idea. We asked our last (and favorite) local guide in Shanghai what she thought about China Spree since she provides tours for many travel companies, and she said she felt that China Spree provided the best value for your money. She commented on the fact that Wilson returns to China several times a year to check on the hotels and try out new restaurants, whereas other tour companies keep the same itineraries, hotels, and restaurants without ever returning ensure that the quality is maintained. She also mentioned that the China Spree travelers always seem really happy with their trips, which we certainly were. All this to say, our group of eight travelers was thrilled with China Spree at the end of our trip and it was interesting to hear her point of view considering her experience with such a wide variety of travel companies.

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: The pacing was perfect, the hotels were amazing (except for Guilin), the tour guides were great, we learned a ton, the price was very affordable, and everything went perfectly.

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

Answer: I highly recommend anyone and everyone who is planning a trip to China for the first time to travel with China Spree. It is the best deal out there and you receive first rate service. As a history teacher, I gained a wealth of information about China from the local guides and brought back plenty of artifacts and photos to inspire my students. The hotels were amazing and the itinerary set the perfect pace for us to see the wonders of China without killing us off in the process. My favorite experiences were those where we got to be with the local people such as the lunch in the Hutongs and joining in a fan dance in Beijing, the Dragon Spine rice terraces with the Zhuong, Miao, and Yao minority people, and the tuk tuk ride to the farm in Yangshuo.
 
Valerie, California
21-Day China Panorama
 

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

 
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.
 
Richard, California
16-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.
 
Sonya, California
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
China Spree surpassed my expectations. The overall tour expericence was excellent. If you want to see China and experience the wonderful Chinese culture, China Spree offers a convenient way to see all of the highlights of China and more. I wouldn't hesitate to tour with them again.
 
Gerald, Utah
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
I would recommend China Spree to any body who is interested in visiting China. The trip exceeded our expectation. Most of the time we stayed in Five star hotels. The locations of the Hotels were very good. Our group size was 18. The national Guide came with us through out the trip. The shows were breath taking. No optional tours like the other company do. everything is included including meals. We have traveled out of the country with well known Tour operators. This is the first time we used China spree. I would not hesitate to say they were for better than those famous well known tour operators. No body can beat their price.

CS: What would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: I would definitely go with China Spree. They exceeded our expectation. Five star hotels, Sightseeing, Acrobatic show, Tang Dynasty Show and meals are included in there price. No other tour company does all these for the price we paid. The tour guides go beyond the expectations to make everybody happy in the group. Groups are small.
 
Ms. Murphy, Florida
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
I am so impressed with China Spree! Our tour was just great -- more than I dreamed it would be and was also a wonderful value. We went on the Best Treasures tour in July, 2009. Our accommodations were all better than I expected. Every hotel room was very clean and even luxurious. Our meals were great. Most meals were Chinese and served family style. The food was very good, but not so different from American style Chinese food that you should be concerned about it being too foreign. We had about 12-15 different dishes -- no kidding -- served at each meal. The food was plentiful and with each meal you have your choice of bottled water, soda, or beer. China Spree handled every aspect of the tour process from registration to our return home professionally. They are really on top of things. Everything went as planned and with no surprises. We had a group of 15 people and had a tour guide that accompanied us for the whole trip as well as an additional guide at each of the locations within China. That is, an additional guide with us between each domestic flight. Our guides were knowledgeable and fun to be with. They spoke English well. They knew what they were doing in terms of leading a group as well. We always felt safe and knew that we could depend on them to help us with whatever we might need. Our tour kept us busy throughout the day. We would typically leave the hotel at 8 AM visit one or two sites, have lunch at a convenient location and go onto the next site. We sometimes ate dinner before returning to the hotel or sometimes had an hour or so back at the hotel before we went to dinner. After dinner, there were sometimes other activities. There were only one or two activities that were optional with an additional fee. These were reasonably priced and it made sense that they should be optional. For example, there was a Kung Foo show option in Beijing the night of the first full day. Some people were really exhausted and chose not to go. Others were not interested. We did go. The show was reasonable -- as I recall about $30 per person -- and was well worth the money. We could never have done this trip as efficiently on our own. It was great to sit back, let China Spree do the work, and have the benefit of their expertise and knowledge at our fingertips! I never thought that I would consider a second trip to China, but now I hope to go back again soon. Thank you China Spree!

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: It was perfect! The balance with free time and planned time was very good. The local guides were knowledgeable and excellent. I especially would like to compliment Michael in Beijing. He has a great personality for the job, is a born storyteller. He was fabulous! Lisa in Xian was sweet and very helpful and knowledgeable as well. I can't say enough to compliment our national guide, Jim Mao. He made us feel safe, welcome and was a font of knowledge. This was my first guided tour. I would generally prefer the independence of traveling on my own. I think that in a country as complex and different that your tour was the perfect choice. You kept us busy, our accommodations and meals were superb, the itinerary included EVERYTHING I could have hoped for. The experience of your guides and the organization of your company was excellent. Things went smoothly every step of the way.

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

Answer: It will be the trip of your life! Relax and rest assured that China Spree will make your experience great!
 
Marilyn, New York
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
This is the first time I have taken a trip with China Spree. Not only a fun trip but educational and culturally rewarding. Our tour director Ron Wang was an exceptional guide and took great care to make sure our group had everything we needed to make our tour enjoyable. No problems or worries. He was there. It was hard to come back home and have to handle the everyday things that for 2 weeks we relied on him to to take care of. The cruise on the Yangtze was amazing and the scenery breathtaking. This tour included so much that many other tours give as optional. Cultural shows of dance and music were included and lots of food. Our days were filled, but there was plenty of time to relax and shop. I am a single traveler and felt well taken care of and safe. Experience this beautiful country you go to and enjoy to the fullest!

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

Answer: On the several trips I've taken in the past, a good tour director is essential for a mood setting trip. It can make or break the whole experience. Ron Wang was an exceptional guide. He took great care to make sure our group of 20 had everything we needed to make our tour enjoyable.
 
Mary, Alabama
14-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
My husband and I are pleased to recommend a trip with China Spree because they are a professional business that cares about their clients. From start to finish, our booking process was smooth. When we arrived in Beijing, our guide met us and greeted us with a friendly smile. From then on, we were in good hands. Ronald, our national guide became our friend. He made us feel comfortable and welcome in his home, China. We felt we could ask him any question at any time. He was even kind enough to translate to a doctor that I needed to see. Our safety and comfort was important to our national guide. The sites are amazing! There is so much history to learn about in China. The hotels were top-notch. Every meal had a great variety of tasty dishes. Shopping was fun as well. We would go back on a China Spree tour in a heartbeat because it was such a positive experience.
 
Vikki & Herb, New Hampshire
14-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
We were excited to go to China, but were not ready for just how wonderful the trip turned out to be. China Spree was excellent in preparation and planning, and Ron Wang was an exceptional Guide. The hotels were amazing, the food was wonderful (and all meals included), and the pace was fast but achievable. We did an amazing amount in two weeks, but loved every minute. China is more modern than we anticipated in the cities, and very fast paced. June is very hot, but we really enjoyed every moment of the trip. Thanks China Spree for a wonderful trip, we will recommend you to many others.

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

Answer: Ron Wang was at the very least a 10, can't imagine anyone better. His english is excellent, he understands americans and our ways, and makes things work. He works hard for his tourists, and is always looking for ways to improve the experience. We will come back just to see Ron.
 
Bob & Priscilla, Washington
14-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
We could not have imagined a better trip! We were initially attracted by the reasonable prices (much better than anything else we saw) and the trip itself was even better than we had expected. Our national guide was phenomenal and we were totally relaxed knowing that he had taken care of everything. Although the website says that their trips are not particularly relaxed, I was more relaxed than I usually am when I travel because I didn't have to worry about anything. We saw a ton of stuff in just two weeks, but I never felt rushed at all.

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

Answer: 10. Our guide - Ron Wang - was fabulous! We were also very happy about how well organized and timed everything was. I didn't feel like I had to worry about anything. He was very well organized, very professional, but also personable and engaging.

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

Answer: Don't expect it to be the like the US; just enjoy it for what it is!
 
Allie, California
14-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
I have traveled to four continents several times. I have lived in several countries and have experienced my fair share of great travel experiences and not so great. China Spree, without a doubt, is one of the BEST. The guides were friendly and always worked to make the group happy, the hotels are amazing and make you feel like you are on a luxury vacation, and the customer service of China Spree impeacable! I looked at A LOT of companies- by price, by ratings, by itinerary- and China Spree was the best. Thanks to them I Know I will be returning to China... and I do plan to use the company again. I HIGHLY reccomend you travel to China with China Spree. As a side note, my sister went to China with another company three months before me and her experience was totally different from mine. Its like we did not see the same country! China Spree is the best!

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

Answer: China Spree is the best way to see China... an amazing country that MUST be visited!
 
Magaly, Pennsylvania
12-Day China Delights
 

 
I had no desire to go and see China and my husband who turned 50 said I don't want a party I just want to go see China . So, I was a reluctant travellor. I had probably no expectations and I certainly was concerned abou the language barrier. Well, let me tell you, I had a great time and I learned so much history and enjoyed myself immensely. First I had no idea that China was so impressive with regards to the sight seeing and the shopping is amazing. I am so glad I went!
 
Colette, Florida
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
China Spree has a great thing going. They not onky hire tour guides with personalities and a wealth of knowledge about the tour sites, but also personalize the trip by providing a meal in a local home and giving us a true flavor of the people and the country, I researched several tour companies and selected China Spree for price and the quaility they seemed to offer in the tour locations, accomodations and the all inclusiveness of the package. They far exceeded my expectations.

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

Answer: China Spree is the real deal. I would recommend them to all travelers to China.
 
Brenda, Texas
12-Day China Delights
 

 
We have never taken a tour before. I have heard horror stories from other travellers who went on tours and complain about other companies accomodations, food, the hectic pace and cold impersonal guides. None of this applies to China Spree. The rooms were great, the days were full but not exhausting, the food was abundant and delicious and the guides, without exception, were exceptional. From the time I first contacted China Spree on the phone to simply inquire about the trip, I was treated politely and respectfully with absolutely no pressure. Leading up to the day of the trip every question and concern I had was answered fully and honestly in a reasonable amount of time. When we landed in China and first met our guide, we were warmly greeted by George who was to be our guide and go-to person for the duration of the trip. He was with us from the beginning to the end. His attention to detail, his pleasant attitude and his knowledge made this, without a doubt, the most stress-free, comfortable vacation I have ever had. While George shepherded us throughout the country, local guides joined in and gave us detailed information about the area and what we were seeing. They answered all of our questions and knew their subjects intimately. Each of them had an infectious energy and a passion to share their country with us. While the mysteries of the Orient were revealed to us, we were treated like valued, honored guests. It wasn't simply a tour of tourist attractions though. We were taken into an individual home and served a typical meal. We took a ride on the canal in Suzhou and witnessed unpretentious daily life. We were given the opprotunity to roam about on our own and experience China up close and personal. A great deal of credit for this this trip, this experience, lies with our national guide George. I can only speak of our tour, but If he and the people I initally spoke with on the phone are any indication of the quality of China Spree's other tours this is a remarkable company. They didn't simply take our money and hustle us around to various tourist sites, there was a real commitment to providing us with the best experience possible. Examples of their willingness to help were demonstrated first when I asked if there were any "paper cuts" we could buy. They are designs cut out of paper using scissors and are quite delicate and beautiful. George looked several places and asked several people for us over several days. The group got involved and finally, at one of the little stores we stopped at between cities, one of our companions found what we were looking for. The cohesion and commraderie that had been developed by the guides paid off. Also, when one of our fellow travellers was passively involved in an accident, a quick call to the local guide resulted in a conversation between the guide and the officer that extracted our companion from what could have been a very messy incident. For the last week we have been passing out those beautiful paper cuts to friends and work mates, telling stories of our adventures in China and extolling the virtues of China Spree and their guides. This is a vacation we will remember and talk about for years to come.

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: The Great Wall trip. We had pleanty of time to explore it and get a real sense of history and size, the canal trip was an excellent look into the lives of local people, I loved the opprotunities to walk in the parks and see the people exercising, dancing, and just enjoying the time out with family. It's more interesting to me to see how people live than look at artifacts in glass display cases.

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

Answer: George Li is amazing! The man's untiring attention to detail, his ability to shepherd us around and maintain a pleasant attitude with a real sense of humor was amazing and very much apprecited. It was a subject that several of us in the group talked about. George Li managed to quickly become not just a guide but a trusted and well liked friend showing us his country with a real sense of pride and joy.

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

Answer: If you want travel that is more than a get away or an escape, if you want to experience China instead of simply see it, let China Spree show you the way. It's time and money well spent and the journey will enrich you well beyond the tour.
 
Richard, Iowa
12-Day The Middle Kingdom, June, 200
 

 
This was our first trip to China and China Spree made us feel comfortable the entire time! The tour guides were very knowledgeable, professional and personable. We saw a great deal of the sites in China during our fourteen day trip, and our tour guides always gave us background information on everything we saw. The hotels and food were excellent! I would definetly use China Spree again and recommend it to anyone who wanted to see China!

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

Answer: Visiting China for the first time is daunting! China Spree made the trip enjoyable and exciting while giving us a tour of China's treasures. It was a great trip.
 
Mary, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree has greatly exceeded my expectations and provided me, my husband and friends a memorable tour of this beautiful country. In the very beginning our tour guide met each of us with friendliness and made us all feel welcomed. Not knowing what to expect , I was very surprised to find that our accomodations were nothing but 1st class. The food was exceptionally delcious and the people were so very gracious. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable about their country and they made every effort to make sure that when we went back home we took a piece of this beautiful country with us. China Spree made every effort to provide a tour that included all the magnificient places that they could possibly fit into a 14 day tour which started from the Tiananmen Square, to the Great Wall, to the Li River, the Long Sheng's Dragon Spine Terraces and everything in between. We have learned so much. Thank you China Spree for giving me an experience that I will always remember and cherish!

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: For starters I loved the tour guides. Ron, Linda and Carl were friendly, knowledgeable, humorous, helpful and tolerant. I miss Ron - he was like family. He took such good care of our group and he made everything easy for us. Your country is beautiful, the people are so very gracious, the food was so delicious and our accomadations were 1st class throughout the entire trip. My husband and I loved our trip and we made so many new friends in our tour group. My memories are Beautiful!

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

Answer: It would be an absolute must that you schedule your trip with China Spree. China Spree provides you with tour guides who are knowledgeable about their country, they are personable and very helpful. China Spree will make sure you have 1st class accomodations all the way so sit back and enjoy the experience!
 
Cassandra, Florida
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
The 15 Day Best of China and Hong Kong exceeded my expectations and was worth every penny. It was a great way to see China. I have absolutely no regrets about any portion of the trip. The small group size and national guide allowed me to see more of China than I would have either by myself or with a larger tour group. Everything was very well organized and professional.

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

Answer: You hear and read about China in the news, but until you actually visit China you are missing out on a great experience.
 
Jonathan, Wisconsin
15-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
We just returned from a wonderful trip to China with China Spree. We were on the 15 day best of China and Hong Kong tour. The national tour guide, Ming, was outstanding as were the local guides assigned to us in each location where we traveled. The hotels were first rate and the food was excellent. The motor coaches were very comfortable and the sites that we visited were all interesting and we managed to visit every site that we wanted to see during our visit. China Spree certainly is the most caring of all tour companies that we have traveled with over the years. My wife and I were quarantined for 2 1/2 days by the Chinese Government because a family on the plane that we took from Washington DC to Beijing had a confirmed case of the H1N1 virus. China Spree made certain that we could stay in our hotel. They negotiated with the Chinese officials and the hotel to ensure that we would be comfortable. They assigned the local guide to look in after us and bring us meals. They payed for our hotel room and flew us to our next destination after we were released from quarantine. They had the local tour guide take us to the airport and check us in. The local guide brought us flowers and the China Spree representative in China came to see us as well to ensure that we were safe. China Spree certainly took care of us. They were fabulous. I whole heartedly recommend touring China with China Spree. Lenny Loewentritt

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

Answer: Our tour manager Ming is rated a 10. She was very knowledgable and very caring. She was warm and everyone on the trip felt very fortunate to have Ming as our national guide. She had a tremendous knowledge and was able to communicate with all of us very well.

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

Answer: You can feel totally confident that you will get the best value and you will stay at excellent hotels, see the great sites and have excellent guides throughout your tour. If you plan to go to China, China Spree is a great choice for a tour company.
 
Lennard, Maryland
15-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
Dear China Spree,

Thank you for an awesome and unforgettable china trip filled with memories and great experiences.

This photo is of myself, Brian Yee, on a recent China Spree trip from June 18 - July 3, 2008. I am on the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. It was on the harder side and relatively deserted on this portion and was marveling the idea of 'actually' being on the Great Wall! I'm in China, on the Great Wall... might as well do a kung fu kick to top it all off! What a fantastic trip!

Brian
Happy China Spree Traveler
 
Brian L, California
15-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
Our national guide, Lisa Li, was nothing short of sensational. She sweated all the details and addressed any and all problems. Miraculously, when we awoke in the morning, we discovered Lisa had solved the problem overnight. She was very sincerely and personally commited towards each group member having an extraordinary experience. China Spree's tour booklet was very comprehensive and informative.
 
Patricia
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
My expectations of China were far exceeded with the help of China Spree. A seasoned traveler I have experienced the best and worst of exotic locations. I would rank China Spree at the top of my list in terms of making you feel comfortable, keeping you informed, providing superb accommodations, an excellent menu, sites to see, etc....for such a young company they do a tremendous job and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a guide while in China...

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: The whole trip was fascinating....nothing was NOT fun!

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

Answer: I would give Amber a 10. she was so helpful, willing to help, always wanted to listen to what you had to say and just a delight to have. CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Have an open mind....it is a very different culture from the west.
 
Clint William, Oregon
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
I cannot imagine a more wonderful two week tour of China for our group of returning parents and Chinese adopted girls. The trip exceeded all our expectations. The itinerary was full of memorable highlights like the Great Wall, the Long Sheng rice paddies, the Li River cruise and our bicycle ride on the top of the old Xi 'an city wall. Everything ran smoothly. The hotels, buses, and meals were all of the highest caliber. Beyond the well thought through and well delivered tour, we all LOVED our national tour guide, Lisa Li. She was warm, caring, knowledgeable, and flexible. She worked non-stop to make sure our trip was the best it could be. We appreciated the excellent staff work of China Spree in China and the United States. We have come back with memories that will last our lifetime along with a much greater understanding of China's past and present. Thank you, China Spree!

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

Answer: Ding, ding, ding hao! Excellent. On a scale of 1-10 Lisa Li gets a 20!! She is responsible for turning a good tour into a fantastic tour for us. She was personable with everyone, she shared stories from her family life that everyone loved, she was always on top of the logistics - getting us the right rooms and making sure that the buses and food were on time. She was knowledgeable about all the sites were visited. She was flexible when we needed more time. Both adults and our girls loved her like family at the end of the trip.

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

Answer: Be prepared for a fast pace and lots of walking. Buy souvenirs whenever you can. We waited until the end and then ran out of time.
 
Susan
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
My 12-year old daughter and I went on this trip with another mother-daughter pair. I have travelled quite a bit independently and was was a little concerned about taking a package tour. I dreaded the idea of alighting everywhere from a tour bus and just looking at what the guide pointed at, but I could see the tour would be less expensive and easier than trying to put together the same trip ourselves. The bus and guides turned out to be great advantages! We saw much more than we would have without the guides and the bus, and never felt trapped. The bus saved us a lot of time over other transportation and was very comfortable and handy as a 'home base' to stash extra clothing, purchases or things we might want later. We always had a case of bottled water on the bus, and shared snacks. The kids took over the back of the bus, passing iPods back and forth and playing cards on longer trips. Often, we were eager to climb on the bus and sit down and enjoy the AC after a couple of hours of sightseeing. The guides ensured we got to the sites when they were open but less crowded and managed all of our transportation. I hadn't realized how much time and energy I normally spend while traveling on that, but it made this trip very relaxing and stress-free. We had free time to wander around on our own at most of the major sites (for example we had several hours at the Great Wall). Because each of our guides was also a local resident and rode on the bus with us, we were able to quiz them about their families and how they lived and they were all very friendly and open. The national guide who was with us for the entire trip was a seasoned professional, and took full responsibility for ensuring that each of us was comfortable and having fun every day of the trip. I am a vegetarian and have been to China twice in the past. Based on that experience, I expected to lose weight on this trip, as I have on past trips to China. Instead, I am afraid I ate my way through China. China Spree took us to some good restaurants, and ensured we were well-served. At every meal the guides had notified the restaurant in advance and not only pointed out what was vegetarian when it was brought to the table, but got additional vegetarian dishes just for me. Every meal was different, and most were really delicious. I would recommend China Spree to anyone going to China, particularly anyone who hasn't been there before and wants to pack a lot of sightseeing into one trip. The China Spree Best Treasures trip is a nice mix of historical sites and natural beauty. An equivalent trip in the US would cover the monuments in Washington DC and the Boston area, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, a steamboat cruise down the Mississippi with a broadway show in New York City - imagine doing that in two weeks!

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: LongSheng was beautiful, and very interesting. That was my favorite day and site on the trip. After that, I enjoyed visiting the kindergarten next door to the Yao Dong we visited and the lunch in a Hutong household in Beijing. Overall however, our national tour guide was the best thing about our trip.

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

Answer: Jim is a 10. He seemed genuinely happy with his job, friendly, and concerned that each of us have a good time. He is also very practical and an excellent time-manager. He had us everywhere on time, even though he didn't seem to be watching his watch or worrying about it. He took care of us in every sense, ensuring we had our passports and belongings, drank enough water, put on bug repellant, and avoided pickpocketers. He noticed my daughter had a cold, and offered to take me to a pharmacy to get some remedies, which we did. He recommended some evening events, such as foot massages in Guilin, that were not on the itinerary, even though doing so extended his own working day.
 
Victoria, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree gave us the trip of a lifetime on our "panorama tour:" a thoughtful, varied itinerary in just the right order, with a mixture of exercise and rest; a top-notch national guide and good local guides, superb organization, fabulous hotels way beyond our expectation, tasty meals, and interesting optional experiences, such as the amazing light show in Yangshuo. The thorough China Spree website answered all our questions, provided historical background, and gave on-target advice about clothing, adaptors, and photographic equipment and batteries. And, with its great testimonials, it attracted a great group of people with whom we enjoyed traveling. I'm delighted to be able to encourage others to embark on their own adventures in China with China Spree as their guide!
 
Lois, Virginia
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
We had never traveled with a tour group and were a little apprehensive about having all our time and activities preplanned. However, from the time we arrived until the time we departed everything was wonderful. We never felt pressured or rushed. We were given ample time to see all sights and do our shopping. The people in our group[ were from all over the country and different walks of life yet we became a "family" for the time we were in China. Our trip was truly a memorable once in a lifetime event. Since returning home, we have recommended China Spree to several friends who have expressed an interest in visiting China.

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

Answer: We rate Ronald Wang as an 11! He was knowledgeable, personable and a all around great guy. He always had a smile and great stories to tell as well as giving us interesting history lessons and an insight into modern day China.

CS: What would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Relax and enjoy learning about a way of life that is very different from the one you know.
 
Kerri & Marc,Florida
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
My mother and I recently went on the China's Best Treasures tour. It was PHENOMONAL! We have traveled to many countries throughout the past couple years and taken a few tours, but China Spree was by far the best tour we'd ever been on! It is a new company, which makes many people a little scared, but trust me, you will NOT be disappointed! I passed our itinerary on to a few friends who had already traveled to China, they could not believe everything we were going to see, and for such a low price! On our flight home, we already started looking into the Silk Road tour with China Spree. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give them an 11! Bravo China Spree!

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

Answer: RONALD WANG - HE REALLY KNEW A LOT ABOUT THE VARIOUS SITES AND HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY. HE WAS MORE THAN WILLING TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS WE MAY HAVE HAD, EVEN SOME THAT OTHER GUIDES WOULD HESITATE ABOUT ANSWERING. HE TOOK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US UNDER HIS WING AND WATCHED OUT FOR OUR SAFETY. HE NEVER ONCE BASHED ON ANOTHER TOUR COMPANY, BUT HE COULD NOT SAY ENOUGH POSITIVE THINGS ABOUT CHINA SPREE. HE REALLY WENT ABOVE AN BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY (HE EVEN SENT ME A BIRTHDAY FRUIT BASKET. MY BIRTHDAY WAS JUNE 7, THE DATE OF OUR ARRIVAL) HE WAS AN EXCELLENT GUIDE! ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10, WITH 10 BEING THE HIGHEST, I WOULD GIVE HIM AN 11.

CS: According to your experience from this trip what would you suggest to those who are going to traveling to China?

Answer: Forget trying to do it on your own. Book China Spree (with Ronald Wang!)!
 
MELISSA, Illinois
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree first impressed me with the detail of their website; next with the immediate and helpful responses to all emails during the planning stages of my trip; and finally with the care and consideration shown during my visit. The varied aspects of the tour, emphasizing both city and country life, was impressive. The comfortable accommodations and delicious food were an added bonus. Our Tour Manager, Lucy Yu, is a National Treasure. I will, and indeed have already, recommend China Spree to my friends.

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

Answer: Lucy Yu was pleasant yet exuded confidence. She was obviously knowledgeable and experienced and always gave the impression of being able to resolve any problem. She has a splendid manner of conciliation, being able to cope with all types of personalities.
 
Sherry, California
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
This was our first oversees trip as a family (6 of us). Our family includes 3 teen-agers and a tween. Earlier this year we decided it was good time for all of us to take our "dream" vacation to China and explore our Chinese heritage. Having never been to China before, we wanted to take the best tour available. We researched many other tour companies, and were almost ready to book with another popular tour company, but when we spoke with some relatives, we changed our mind. Our relatives, had taken the China Spree 14 day China's Best Treasures tour, last year and only had positive things to say out it. After doing more research, we decided to take the same tour. We were not disappointed. Our national tour guide, Ronald Wang, was excellent, as were the local guides. All of them were very knowledgable and informative. It was an unbelievable trip; the intinerary is packed full of sightseeing, exploring and educational experiences. Our 4 kids were never bored. They absorbed everything they heard, saw, smelled (daughter #1 couldn't get use to the incense smells) and tasted (the kids all learned to like eggplant, especially the eggplant dish at the rice terrance restaurant in Long Sheng). There was alway ample time to shop. Our 2 teen-aged boys loved to bargain shop and their favorite show was the Kung Fu show. At every show we attended, we had excellent seats. The Culture InSites is also one of the reason why we booked with China Spree. The lunch at a Hutong home was interesting and the visit to a village/farm in Xian gave us a look into how our ancestor lived. Overall, the food was good; we liked how all of the hotels served western types of breakfast foods, too. The accomodations were excellent, mostly 4-5 star. We all got along well and made lots of new friends. None of us wanted the tour to end, we were having so much fun! We look forward (especially the kids) in booking another China Spree tour in the future, possibly the Silk Roads and letting #1 tour guide, Ronald Wang lead the way.

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

Answer: Honestly, Ronald Wang, was the BEST! Definately a 10 ++. Ronald was always looking out for all of us, making sure we were all safe, and together and having enough bottled water (very important). He would point out the "Happy House" (toilets), for us. "Never miss an opportunity", Ronald would say. He knew us women. We all learned a lot from him and I personally, enjoyed listening about his personal experiences as a tour guide and his personal life.

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

Answer: You will not be disappointed. Our family of 6 is already looking forward to another China Spree tour in the future. Plus, 2 of our Chinese friends have booked a 16 day tour for later this year because of our recommendations. They even want our tour guide, Ronald Wang.
 
The Gong Family, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
China spree is an excellent company. It was a true pleasure to just pack my bags and say "where to next" without worry of it being up to my standards. The hotels were excellent, sites were unforgetable, food was a feast to say the least. The guides were so knowledgable, my family learned so much, we had a true appreciation for the culture. China Spree had a unique "culture sites" program where you visit and have lunch at a familys home and was really interesting. Nothing was left for to chance, everything was taken care of and ran smoothly. They really know what they are doing. I didn't have a single bad moment. Even my husband and son who didn't want to go to china and complained about having to go, at the end of the trip they both said it was the best trip ever. I am happy to say that we are looking forward to using China Spree again.

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

Answer: George was a big fat 10++, truly worked very hard for us. I saw him always asking one by one if we needed anything, if everything was good. He did a great job of managing a group. Was informative. I could see the pride in his country, and how he wanted us see it. I could honestly say HE made the trip from great to excellent.

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

Answer: To expect the unexpected, submerge in the culture and enjoy yourself. Life is a trip to enjoy.
 
Aleida, California
15-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
When we first considered booking a tour with China Spree we were a little hesitant because we did not know anyone who had been on a tour with China Spree. But, after checking with the Better Business Bureau, and reading comments on a variety of internet travel sites about China Spree, we believed China Spree would be a reputable company and provide a good tour. We took a chance and were thrilled with the results. China Spree provided a tour that exceeded our expectations. The hotels were excellent; the food was good; and the tours were absolutely thrilling. We were told that the hotels booked by China Spree would not be as nice as other tour companies. But it was funny when we saw those same tour groups staying in the same hotels we were in with China Spree! And when we attended some of the shows, the China Spree group had the best seats in the house -- even better than groups on the more expensive tours with other companies. I don’t know how China Spree can host such a great tour for such a reasonable price. We paid less for our tour than we would have with some of the other companies, but we always felt China Spree was first class. I will recommend China Spree to anyone considering a tour of China. Our family loved it!

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: The warmth and friendliness of the guide, George Li. He was the glue that bonded everyone and all the experiences. We were so fortunate to have him as a guide. Also, we were very impressed with the cultural exchanges, including dancing in the park with locals, and having lunch in the hutong. I wish we could have had more cultural exchanges in other places.

CS: According to your experience from this trip what would you suggest to those who are going to traveling to China?

Answer: Pack light and only bring clothes that wash and dry quickly and easily. Bring two pairs of shoes -- sandals for days when your feet swell from traveling on airplanes, and walking shoes for other days. Be prepared for a few uncomfortable public toilets (always keep toilet paper with you). Have plenty of film, batteries and camera cards with you. Keep a detailed journal. Learn a few Chinese words. Relax and enjoy the people of China! Bring plenty of cash -- credit cards are not accepted in most places.
 
Debra, Florida
15-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
From our first on-line inquiry about this trip China Spree was most helpful and informative. Their assistance with the Chinese Visa applications was especially helpful. All paperwork for the trip was handled efficiently. Even the additional form required due to the flu breakout was easily taken care of. The trip was conducted as described, with the National Guide having the discretion to adjust the schedule to suit local conditions including weather changes. We would recommend this trip to anyone in good health who is looking for a fast paced and well planned informative trip to the areas covered in this itinerary.

CS: According to your experience from this trip what would you suggest to those who are going to traveling to China?

Answer: Be prepared for a fast paced adventure including long days and early morning starts, but with very good hotels, meals, tour buses, air transfers, and excellent guides.
 
Lynn & Iris, Louisiana
14-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
Our entire experience with China Spree was excellent. From the moment we booked the tour online, until we returned home, everything went according to the itinerary. Our tour manager, Kevin, rocks. He took care of everything, so all my family had to do was enjoy the sights of China. AND we enjoyed everything. If you are thinking of traveling to China, then China Spree is the only way to go. Be sure to ask for Kevin as your tour manager.

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

Answer: I have traveled extensively on tours, as part of my work. I have never given a tour manager a 10, but I am giving Kevin one now. He is a 10. He rates a 10 for his organizational skills, his communication skills, and his people skills. His English is excellent, and he is very enjoyable to just sit and chat with. He went out of his way to make sure the tour was so much more than just a sightseeing trip. Kevin worked hard, and he never stopped making sure everything was perfect.

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

Answer: Never leave the hotel without your toilet paper. China is a very different kind of place. If you treat it as such, and just go with the flow, you'll love it as much as we did. The Chinese people are very friendly and happy, so join them and smile.
 
Vicki, Colorado
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
We enjoyed the 17 day trip of China including a 4 day Yangtze River Cruise and would HIGHLY recommend this trip ! The groups are small and as a result you share an intamacy with your guides and fellow travelers. I think you bring home more special memories as a result !!
 
Diane, California
16-Day Yangtze Cruise & Hong Kong
 

 
We toured China with China Spree's 12-day China Delight tour and had the most wonderful experience. From the first time we met our guide Lynn Dong in Bejing to when she left us at the airport in Shinghai we had an adventure of a lifetime. China is a clean and beautiful country. Our guides led us through an adventure in China filled with culture, friendly people and sights that included one of the wonders of the world. We toured China with a group of 13 family members including 7 children who all came home with memories that will last a lifetime. I believe that the highlite of the tour for them was the Great Wall. Thanks for the memories!

CS: According to your experience from this trip what would you suggest to those who are going to traveling to China?

Answer: I have been telling them already, "Be prepared for an Adventure of a Lifetime"
 
Jacqueline, Florida
12-Day China Delights
 

 
My trip with China Spree was first-rate. This trip exceeded my expectations in every regard. We could not have done more in two weeks. I am very fortunate to have chosen China Spree. The Tour Manager, Ming, was excellent in every aspect of her job. The tour group consisted of just twelve most congenial people. Food and hotels were varied and uniformly excellent. A China Spree tour is a definite bargain with no sacrifice of quality for the price.

Rick

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: The thing I remember most is the friendliness and courtesy of the Chinese people. i would like to have had an opportunity to talk with more people to get their impressions and opinions and learn more about daily life in China. Perhaps it sounds uncritical but I enjoyed every aspect of this trip. I have traveled somewhat extensively and China was a great experience.

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

Answer: Our Tour Manager, Ming, deserves a 10. She gave careful attention to details and was always well organized. She had the ability of being available whenever needed but allowing tour members to participate and did not feel she always had to be the center of all activity. As a result, tour members became friends and this added greatly to the enjoyment of thee tour. I have taken tours in other countries and Ming is the best tour manager I have encountered.

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

Answer: Be flexible and try everything.
 
DR Caroll V,Oklahoma
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
My trip was in June 2009, we had a nice sized group, only 12 people, but still full treatment, we were very well looked after, from beginning to end, the sites were amazing, the hotels were very good quality, and the endless food, i would definately recomend China Spree, i will be using them when i go back to Tibet and the Silk road in 2011, the guides were amazing, especially Ming, Thanx so much,

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: the guides, the country, the culture, the historic siites, the food, the way we were treated,

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

Answer: if you are thinking of going to china, i assure you, you won't find better value for your money, totally first class treatment.
 
FRED, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
George Lin, I cannot say enough good things about him. He is the very best. The scenery, the hotel, the food was all good but George brought it to life. All you had to do was make your need known and it would be taken care of. The trip was all that I expected and more. So much packed into so little time. It was definately worth the money. It will leave you wanting to return to see more. The hospitalty on the people of China was remarkable

CS: According to your experience from this trip what would you suggest to those who are going to traveling to China?

Answer: The stair master at the gym is you best friend before the trip, especially if you are from a flat place like Florida.
 
Christopher, Florida
15-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
I had been very impressed my China Spree Tour. It was well orginized and the guides are very accomodating, informative and helpful. I had been on other tours in Europe and the China Spree Tour is one of the best. It was well worth the price we paid.
 
Victoria
14-Day China’s Best Treasures
 

 
This was our (I and my honeymoon wife, Barbara) first overseas guided tour. The trip was fantastic and exceeded our expectations. One I would highly recommend. We saw many of China's treasures, monuments and interesting and informative factory tours where our guide was helpful in the sales transactions.. Our guide, Lisa, was the very best. Add to this the excellent coach drivers. The camaraderie which built among our tour guide and eighteen of us created one happy family. All of which resulted in a tour which went far beyond our highest expectations. The tour (honeymoon for us) was a great, reasonable in cost, and one to treasure.

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

Answer: Every day was well orchestrated by Lisa, our terrific guide, and filled with history, Chinese lessons, and interesting anecdotes. We were also entertained by Lisa teaching us the 'Watermelon" Taichi. Lisa is definitely a 10!

CS: What would you like to say to potential travelers to China?

Answer: Before they finalize a trip to China, they should check with what China Spree has to offer!
 
Gustave Jules, Maryland
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
This was our (I and my honeymoon wife, Barbara) first overseas guided tour. The trip was fantastic and exceeded our expectations. One I would highly recommend. We saw many of China’s treasures, monuments and interesting and informative factory tours where our guide was helpful in the sales transactions.. Our guide, Lisa, was the very best. Add to this the excellent coach drivers. The camaraderie which built among our tour guide and eighteen of us created one happy family. All of which resulted in a tour which went far beyond our highest expectations. The tour (honeymoon for us) was a great, reasonable in cost, and one to treasure.

CS: According to your experience from this trip what would you suggest to those who are going to traveling to China?

Answer: Before they finalize a trip to China, they should check with what China Spree has to offer.
 
Gustave J, Maryland
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
Happy New Year to everyone at China Spree. Remembering our experiences in China do put a smile on our faces.
 
John J & Susan E, Wisconsin
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
Excellent organisation, excellent tour, small group, knowledgeable guides, friendly guides national and local. For price that you pay you can see and enjoy almost everythig of magnificent China.

CS: According to your experience from this trip what would you suggest to those who are going to traveling to China?

Answer: Look China with positive eyes and you will enjoy your trip and everytning from panda to Li river.
 
Zoran & Brigita, California
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
My wife and I are experience travelers, and have never been on a tour in any of our travels in the past. We were, in fact, very leary of going on a tour that would limit our personal options, but were also well aware that travel to China would be more difficult than we thought we could manage on our own. We researched for months and discovered China Spree. I cannot say enough about their well thought out itinerary, exceptional national and local tour guides, excellent hotels, and exciting and informative local tours. We made lifelong friends on the trip, including every member of our group of twelve. Having such a small group allowed us to really get to know one another, and form friendships that have continued. Several of us are planning to get together on future trips, and we hope to make more with China Spree.

CS: According to your experience from this trip what would you suggest to those who are going to traveling to China?

Answer: The tour is arduous and you need to be in decent shape to make it through the long days. But it’s well worth it. Also, PACK LIGHT!! You need half of what you think you need, and you can cut that back by another 25%. Good shoes, underwear that you can wash and dry overnight, and a good camera. Easy packing clothing that you can wear day in and day out.
 
Jay & Donna, Washington
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
China Spree was my first tour and it has really raised my expectations for other tour agencies. The price is very affordable and at least half what other agencies charge. The guides are very educated and knowledgeable and make you feel at home. I would change absolutely nothing about my trip to China. I still at awe about all the things I got to see, the food, the service, the hotels and the tour was so inexpensive. I first was not sure about the trip because of the price and the air travel was included in the price! But I took the chance and I am glad I did. Everything was beyond my expectations. I saw other tours (ones that charged more) in the same hotels we were staying. In some of the sites we went to the other tours looked less organized and I could sometimes I could hear their guide and they were always inferior to China Spree's guides. I am glad I choose China Spree and will be using their services again and I will recommend it to anyone interested traveling to China.

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

Answer: 11- Ron was excellent. His management was so good that I worried about nothing regarding the tour. I had complete trust and faith in him and this made the trip enjoyable. He made everyone feel welcome and I do not know how he managed to make us all feel like we were a huge family with Ron serving as head of the family. His knowledge was very good and he always had and answer or solution to everything. I can express the admiration, respect, and gratitude I feel towards Ron.

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 with a rich history and most of the time at was at awe at what I saw. It seemed everything was at least a thousand years old the sites were breath taking. I had to keep repeating to myself that I was actually in China and seeing all these amazing things.
 
Vanessa, Texas
14-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
China Spree provided my wife and I with an excellent experience at an unbelievable price. Their professionalism and concern for each traveler's safety and satisfaction are impossible to top. I have no doubt that we made the right choice!
 
Joseph, Arizona
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
What an amazing trip! If you're looking for a very good and honest tour company, China Spree is the way to go. I have learned so many amazing things from my stay in China; I only wished I had booked a longer stay. China Spree took care of everything - once you step off the plane in Beijing you are taken care of until you leave for home. Excellent meals, excellent hotels, flawless service from the bus driver to the tour guides, everything you can imagine; not to mention all the amazing destinations your tour will take you to (depending on the package). When it came down to choosing which tour company to use I'm so happy I went with China Spree; you won't be disappointed. I would recommend you ask for Jim Mao as your national tour guide, he made the trip that much more special and unique. In the beginning I was debating whether to go to China by ourselves and make all the travel arrangements. Thank God we didn't, it would've been a bit of a hassle; our guides took care of our domestic flights, meals plentiful and served up quickly, our hotel arrangements, our transportation within the cities, our tickets for the cultural sites, any special requests we had. It just put your mind at ease to know you had such good people taking care of everything, and it allowed us to really sit back and enjoy the ride. Also worth mentioning is that large groups get priority access to most of the historical sites, so we really didn't stand in the long lines for the individual entrance. I was a bit skeptical a first putting all my trust in one company - but the quality and service we got was unsurpassed and I would definitely recommend China Spree to anyone wanting to experience China. When the opportunity comes to visit China again, I'll be booking with China Spree.

Mike

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: The people - very friendly, open, and kind hearted. Their pride and respect for all things ancient and sacred, the tour guides who helped us every step of the way as well.

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

Answer: Get ready to be amazed and pleasantly surprised. China offers so much history, amazing cultural experiences, beautiful modern cities, and so much more. I heard that China has changed so much in the past 10 years and you can really tell. The people are very friendly and I recommend you take it day by day - time flies when you're having fun!
 
Michael, Florida
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree's Mighty Yangtze tour exceeded the expectations of my wife and I in every way. The trip not only included the major points of interest such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terricotta Warriors, etc. but also a much needed and relaxing trip up the river with side excursions. Competent national and local guides are key to the success of any trip and China Spree's guides are excellent. They all speak excellent English and removed the frustrations of foreign travel while providing a rich background of history and culture as part of their service. I highly recommend China Spree!

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

Answer: Fully read and follow the before trip suggestions in the booklet; it will save you a lot of frustrations while in country.
 
William Cass, California
14-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
I travelled on the Middle Kingdom Tour with Chinaspree in April 2009 and had a really wonderful time. The tour was well organized, the hotels, food and sightseeing were great. Our national guide Kevin was extremely helpful, kept us entertained with stories and anecdotes and made us feel like family. I would recommend Chinaspree to all tourists who want to visit China.
 
Sushama, North Carolina
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
My tour with China Spree far surpassed my expectations. The quality of the hotels, food and guides was superb. If I can ever go back China, I intend to look at China Spree first. China was clean, comfortable and the people we dealt with were friendly and helpful.
 
Maryann Dunn -- Green Vally, Arizona
12-Day 2009 China Delights
 

 
China Spree's "Best Treasures" tour more than met our expectations. All aspects, hotels, meals, transportation, sights, guides and tour director were fabulous. The tour was was well thought out and exactly as described, but so much more! Our tour director, Jim Mao, was professional, flexible, funny, and loved by all. He did everything possible to accomodate the needs of each and everyone of our group. We would recommend China Spree, and especially Jim Mao to family, friends and future China travelers.

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

Answer: Jim Mao was above a 10. He expertly led our group with humor, flexibility, genuine caring for each of us and with great love for China. He began as our tour director and shortly became a friend. He is a great ambassador for the People's Republic of China. We will always remember him with great fondness.

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

Answer: The People's Republic of China is a big WOW! We were amazed by this beautiful country, it's architecture, natural beauty, historical sights, and friendly people. China Spree does a very good job of showing beautiful China to touring groups.
 
Brian & Judi, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
Having just come back on China's Best Treasures tour (cs090411BT) , April 11-24 2009, I strongly recomment China Spree as number one choice for any potential traveler. I thoroughly enjoyed working with China Spree from the booking process to the end of the trip. They exceeded our expectation in every way. Our trip was a enjoyable and memorable one.
 
Victor, Henrico, Virginia
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
My husband and I both loved our Middle Kingdom trip with China Spree and will recommend this trip to our friends. We saw and did a great variety of things, from visits to several World Heritage Sites like the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terra Cotta army, to having lunch at a small Hutong home; from seeing big urban centers like Bejing and Shanghai, to seeing the intimate gardens at Suzhou; from seeing priceless art objects at the Shanghai museum to shopping for simple folk art crafts at the Old Shanghai Bazaar. I had several memorable interactions with local people including dancing with local women, helping to stretch silk for a silk quilt, and trying to knot silk in the production of a silk rug. Our guide was excellent and spoke perfect English. Every day was packed full of adventure. This trip exceeded our expectations in every way.
 
Ron & Connie -- Morgantown West Virginia
12-Day "The Middle Kingdom"
 

 
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!!!!
 
Ronald & Rosemarie -- Fortmyers Beach, FL
16-Day "Grand China & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
Dear China Spree We had a marvelous time on your 14-day tour to Beijin, Xian, Gui Lin, SuZhou and Shanghai, with stops at Long Sheng and Tong Li. Your itinerary is vastly superior to all others that we considered. To top it off, we had such wonderful tour guides, especially our national guide, Lynn, that we would consider her part of our family. Thank you for a wonderful experience, especially for our teenage children. It was crystal clear that our comfort, safety and enjoyment were top priorities. We certainly relished the attentive care that was given to us on this wonderful trip. Keep up the good work!
 
Jimmy and Family -- Great Neck, NY
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
Our ChinaSpree trip exceeded our expectations. The itinerary schedule was full of China's best cultural and historical sites. The variety of evening entertainment ranged from Opera to Chinese Acrobats. We toured factories for silk production. Had a relaxing 4 days on the Yangtze/Three Gorge Project with daily excursions and evening entertainment. Some of the highlights for us were the Terra Cotta Soldiers, the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and the Panda Reserve. Meals and accommodations were superb. Fees charged by ChinaSpree were reasonable and all inclusive. The tour group was a comfortable 20. ChinaSpree planned a busy itinerary which we appreciated .

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

Answer: Definately a 10....We appreciated Ronald's attention to our safety, details, and comfort. We really enjoyed the background information and historical perspectives that he provided. Ronald Wang was really the personality,front man for not only China Spree but for the whole of China. It was because of Ronald that this trip was so memorable for us. He is an excellent ambassador of China.

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

Answer: Don't fear the food...its all family style dining with 10 choices of dishes excellently prepared. All the hotel accommodations were excellent. Bottled water provided. Expect a firmer and slightly shorter bed than Americans are accustomed to...yet we found them to be comfortable. Some of the historical sites and excursions contain many stairs that may be difficult for some people.
 
Michael & Pamela, Indiana
14-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
We can't rave enough about China Spree. Like most other testimonials on their website, we also marveled about the value, the the quality of hotels, meals, attractions, motor coaches and national and local guides. Believe all you read in all of the testimonials. It is all true.

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

Answer: Have no fear with China Spree as the tour operator. It is an amazing safe country where you need three weeks to do it all.
 
Philip & Judy, New York
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
If you are adventurous but like to be pampered, China Spree should take you on your next big outing. I would describe our trip using the concept of "Fengshui." It meandered like wind and water... smoothly and gently with the right amount of current and swirls to make it interesting. Chinese art and traditions are full of symbolism. Your guides will take you to venues that will unlock the ancient mysteries while demonstrating how the past informs the present and leads you to an understanding of China's place in the world of the future. "China's Best Treasures" is well named. This tour is flawlessly designed, as flawless as a pearl from the South China Sea.
 
Peter & Janet --- Salisbury, Massachusetts
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
We took this tour (China's Best Treasures) in July 2009 when it was very wet, hot and humid. Our primary purpose was to view the solar eclipse on July 22. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see it because of rain. In spite of that disappointment, though, we enjoyed the tour immensely because China Spree thought of so many wonderful sights and experiences for us. All of our guides were well-informed, helpful and fun. The tour was amazingly well thought out and well run. Everything went like clockwork without a single glitch.

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

Answer: China is full of surprises - from the impressive tree-lined streets of Beijing to the skyscrapers of Shanghai to the manicured rice paddies of the countryside. People are welcoming and pleasant everywhere. Go with China Spree!
 
Daniel & Carolyn, Arizona
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
Dear China Spree. Nee How and thank you for the fabulous trip to China. The national guide was invaluable for imparting information and making the entire trip run smoothly. I couldn't have done it without him. The hotels far exceed my expectations - extremely luxurious, great views and locations for walking. The food was fabulous and never ending. The Yangtzee cruise allowed the opportunity to see the rural side of China. Most sightseeing excursions were included in the price of the tour. It was perfect to have the tour all inclusive. The only extra money I needed was for souvenirs and miscellaneous items. The Chinese people are welcoming, kind and generous, and the country beautiful. Again, thanks for making this a trip of a lifetime. I can't wait to take another trip with China Spree as a return traveler to China. She-eh She-eh. Marcella Siefken The Might Yangtze Tour

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: Everything. If you ever need someone to tell anyone how wonderful the tour was, please feel free to give my name. The hotels were five star, the meals were wonderful, the bus rides comfortable, the national guide, Ron was fabulous and local guides were great. The trip far exceeded any of my expectations. Your country is one of the most beautiful in the world and your people were kind, generous and helpful. Thanks to all.

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

Answer: Don't hesistate to take a trip to China with China Spree. A trip of a lifetime...and go sooner than later.
 
Marcella, California
14-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
Dear China Spree, Thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful and enjoyable tour. Our tour of the Middle Kingdom in February 2009 was absolutely fantastic and was one of the best and most memorable trips we have ever had. As seasoned travelers, that is saying a lot! We have been raving about our trip ever since we got back a few days ago. We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of our trip, from the sites we saw, to the great hotels, and the delicious meals we had. The highlight of the trip for us was our wonderful national guide, Ming Li. She was so extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and organized. As far as we are concerned, Ming Li is one of the greatest treasures of China! We highly recommend China Spree and would definitely love to go another China Spree tour in the future. Thanks again!

Q: What did you like about this trip?
A: We loved how well organized this trip was and how we were able to see all of the major sites in the areas we visited. We also loved the vast amount of information our tour guide, Ming Li, shared with us not only about the sites, but also regarding Chinese culture and language. It helped us to have a fuller appreciation of what we were seeing.

Q: What tour arrangements or scenic spots are unnecessary to be included in the itinerary?
A: We can't think of any places that were unnecessary, and were happy with all of the tour arrangements and hotels we stayed in.

Q: Things that impressed you most on this trip.
A: How professional and knowledgeable our tour guide was and how organized she was.

Q: Comment regarding your Tour Manager. A: A scale of 1 to 10 is too limiting. Ming Li deserves a 100! She was absolutely fantastic and made the trip so enjoyable for all of us.


Megan & Randy

Highlands Ranch, Colorado

The Middle Kingdom tour, Feb. 10-21, 2009
 
 
 
Megan & Randy, Colorado
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
We chose the 14 day China's Best Treasures Tour with China Spree and we were delighted. Not only were all accommodations first rate, all were air conditioned and clean with western style bathrooms. The meals were delicious with very generous portions, no one went away hungry. The Li River Cruise was the highlight of the tour for me, but everything else was also beautiful and interesting. The optional shows were entertaining and I still wonder how did those performers do the things they did? The person that made our tour such a success was our national guide, Jim Mao. He was knowledgeable, entertaining and a delight to travel with. This tour was the most memorable trip if my life.

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

Answer: Jim Mao can be described in two words "THE BEST"!!!!!! He was always there with answers, always making sure everyone had what they needed. He has a wonderful sense of humor. He is a 10 in our book!

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

Answer: China Spree won't disappoint. The cost is right, the accommodations very nice, good meals and the sights, nothing else like them in the world.
 
Joan, Washington
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
We enjoyed our China's Best Treasures tour with China Spree immensely. From the courtesy and helpfulness of those booking the tour to the capabilities and knowledge of those executing it, the tour was a rewarding experience that we will not soon forget. It is not a tour for the faint of heart, but those with a robust enthusiasm for discovery would unquestionably enjoy this trip. With thanks to the entire China Spree operation.
 
 
 
Harry and Ellen, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
We were somewhat hesitant to book with China Spree as they were a new company with a short track record. After our 15 day China and Hong Kong trip in November 2008 we could not have chosen better. Their price for the trip lent itself to 3 -4 star hotels and economy food. Let me tell you that this was not the case. All the hotels were 5 Star or above and new. The food was excellent and we never left a meal not stuffed to capacity. Our National Tour Guide George Lee was always there to answer any questions, make sure the luggage was always with us when we traveled by in-country air (5 flights) and keep us on track and on schedule. He was the very best we have ever encountered. In each city China Spree provided local tour guides that were very knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed each of their individual personalities. We cannot recommend China Spree highly enough for your trip to China. From booking your trip to completion they were always available to answer questions to do what was necessary to make your experience enjoyable and interesting. We would book with China Spree again.
 
 
 
Fran and Len,Texas
15-Day Best of China & Hong Kong
 

 
You cannot find a better company than China Spree for value and overall experiences. The hotels exceeded our expectations with good buffet breakfasts and good coffee each morning. The tours each day were comprehensive and gave us a good understanding of life in China We particularly enjoyed the hutong tour with local lunch. The "Emperor" river boat with balcony included wonderful day tours. All of this overseen by a most professional national guide, George Li. He solved any problem with aplomb and ease, taking great care of each member of our "family." Even the four in-country flights were pleasant with good aircraft and local guides to ease through the airports. I would definitely choose China Spree for any future tour and strongly recommend it to my friends. Kathy Bowen/Palm Desert, California

lease rate your tour manager from 1-10 while 10 is the best.
You have a secret weapon in Guide George Li! He is a number 20! His years of experience show in how he manages all the small details of the tour. He solved our problems with ease and calmness. Give that man a raise and keep him on your payroll for a long, long time.
 
 
 
Kathleen & Melvin Bowen, California
16-Day Yangtze Cruise & Hong Kong
 

 
My husband, and I, have travelled extensively. No where have we enjoyed such incredibly good value for our money. The days were filled with interesting sightseeing. The evenings were spent in very good hotels. The best part was our caring, warm and competent national guide. We will never forget her, as she made our trip one of the most wonderful experiences of our lives.
 
Arthur & Andrea, New Jersey
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
The Ancient Capitals and Yangtze Cruise tour is a very ambitious 21-day tour and not for the faint of heart. A friend and I went, hoping for the best, and we got much more than we had expected. History, grand hotels, beautiful river scenery, knowledgeable friendly guides. We used 20 different kinds of transportation: our feet, rickshaws, buses, boats, trains, planes, etc. We came back with a greater understanding of this Ancient Culture and how it is undergoing change in today's world. 100-story buildings within sight of ancient city housing; proud reconstruction of destroyed cultural sites; the Olympics "effect". The World Expo is scheduled for Shanghai in 2010 -- I hope ChinaSpree arranges a tour to include it. If so, I'll be back!

Q: What did you like about this trip?
1) Size of tour group; 2) Quality of hotels and the cruise ship on Yangtze River; 3) National tour guide's knowledge, language skills and overall expertise. 4) Tour itinerary - compared sites ChinaSpree would visit with another company's itinerary for 21-day trip. ChinaSpree had more places and activities listed. 5) Tour price

Q: What could we have done to make your trip more enjoyable?
This tour far exceeded my expectations; I don't know what more you could have done.

Q: Please rate your national guide from 1-10 while 10 is the best.
Jim Mao rates a 10+. He was magic -- the tour flowed smoothly under his guidance. He worked with us to make us all happy, suggested alternative activities, solved minor problems easily.

Q:What would you like to say to potential China Spree travelers?
Do it! And eat what's put in front of you! Our ChinaSpree national guide had personally visited each and then chosen the restaurants and menus for the tour. The food was abundant and excellent.
 
Colleen -- Durham, North Carolina
21-Day "China Ancient Capitals & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
This was the best tour I have experience. The National Guide was excellent and she performed at the highest standard. You were never abandon and your needs were always met. The iterrary was excellent. The value for dollars spent was extraordinary. I would highly recommend this adventure. It is not a vacation but an excellent way to see, taste, feel and experience the Chinese culture.
 
Diane Adoma -- El Dorado Hills, CA
14-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
We were expecting a great time in China and Chinaspree exceeded our expectations. They were ahead of us at every turn, anticipating our needs and removing any roadblocks to our total enjoyment. The facilities we stayed in were first class, the food varied and delicious (The eggplant was prepared in several unique & delicious ways, etc.), the guides were knowledgeable and fun to be with. The local people we met helped us to understand China's past, present, and future. We both agree this is the best trip we've ever had and we regretted having to return home so soon.

Q:Please rate your tour manager from 1-10 while 10 is the best.
Lynn Dong was the most efficient, caring, and delightful guide imaginable. She always got us where we were supposed to be without seeming to rush us along. Informative, funny, just a delight each day. We would rate her a strong 11 or more!

Q: What would you like to say to potential China Spree travelers?
Take the longer tour; you'll be glad you did.
 
Patrick & Bobbie Allaire, Tigard, Oregon
14-Day "The Mighty Yangtze"
 

 
We were expecting a great time in China and Chinaspree exceeded our expectations. They were ahead of us at every turn, anticipating our needs and removing any roadblocks to our total enjoyment. The facilities we stayed in were first class, the food varied and delicious (The eggplant was prepared in several unique & delicious ways, etc.), the guides were knowledgeable and fun to be with. The local people we met helped us to understand China's past, present, and future. We both agree this is the best trip we've ever had and we regretted having to return home so soon.

Q:Please rate your tour manager from 1-10 while 10 is the best.
Lynn Dong was the most efficient, caring, and delightful guide imaginable. She always got us where we were supposed to be without seeming to rush us along. Informative, funny, just a delight each day. We would rate her a strong 11 or more!

Q: What would you like to say to potential China Spree travelers?
Take the longer tour; you'll be glad you did.
 
Patrick & Bobbie Allaire, Tigard, Oregon
14-Day "The Mighty Yangtze"
 

 
Wow what a great trip!! This was our family's first overseas trip and it couldn't have been better. We saw China in the midst of incredible transition and right before the Olympics! We saw alot in 15 days. All the sites we visited were very memorable and interesting. The big cities and rural areas all gave us a full flavor for China. Our accomodations were incredible, the guides were informative and took great care of us, and the travel went very smoothly. I don't know how Chinaspree does it for such a reasonable cost but don't be afraid that they will cut corners. We have never had such good service on airlines and several of the hotels rival many 5 star hotels in the US. On top of all that, the people in China are wonderful and at each city we felt the local guides were our friends by the end of our stay. We're a family of 5 and it was the best vacation ever!

What did you like about this tour?
Very complete view of China. We were busy the whole time. The sites we saw were excellent. We loved the free time we had in Hong Kong. It was at a good point in the trip to rest and relax. Guilin was so beautiful.

What would you like to say to potential China Spree travelers?
Chinaspree offers incredible value. Don't be worried about pollution or safety. China is an incredibly friendly country to visit and you will be well taken care of by Chinaspree.
 
Mark Mantei -- Snohomish, WA
15-Day "Best of China & Hong Kong"
 

 
China Spree was the best adventure we ever had. The hotels where wonderful. The guides are knowledgeable, helpful, and enlighting on the history and culture of China. What was presented to us far exceeded our expectations. The food was great. Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, the Great Wall, and the canals of Tongli will long remain in our memories. China Spree is an unbelieveably excellent value.
 
Robert Chetian -- Bedford, TX
12-Day "China Delights"
 

 
What a trip! From the time we spotted Lisa, our Beijing guide, in the magnificent airport we were handled with care. I think each of us in our group of 9 were amazed at the gorgeous hotel--surpassed our expectations by a mile. Our first Chinese meal was in the Hutong -- at a home where the lady was proud to show us her home and her furniture purchased by her grandparents many years before. Every dish she brought from her tiny kitchen was more luscious than the one before. I still dream about the fried corn dish. Bus was clean, safe, roomy, with huge windows and a good driver. Hotels continued to amaze us. Meals got more elaborate as the days went by. We ate Chinese, and some of us became expert with the chopsticks. From the skyscrapers of Beijing and Shanghi to the Great Wall; from the Forbidden City to the multi-story mall at our hotel; from the rows and rows of apartments to the multi-story homes of the "peasants" in the countryside," from the bustling city streets to the lovely lake and parks of Hangzhou, we grew more amazed. We experienced history, the Chinese cultural revolution, and a capitalistic (??) China! We vacationed along side the people of China. Many families had come from far parts of the country to view the sights in amazement as we were doing. Some stopped for coversation, a photo, and even a hug! School children came in groups with a "HELLO' to us as they went by. Plate glass, matresses and plumbing parts were delivered on bicycles. Young professionals shopped or scurried about. We throughly enjoyed the trip. THANK YOU CHINA SPREE!

What did you like about this tour?
Personal attention to detail, excellent guides, wonderful hotels, variety and overwhelming amount of Chinese food in lovely restaurants, comfortable, large buses and safe bus driver. We saw the tourist sights, but got the feeling that we were also seeing at least a tiny glimpse of the real China The small group (ours was 9) was perfect. Not a lot of waiting for people, easy to stay in a group and to hear our guides' information.
 
Carolyn & George Moore
12-Day "China Delights"
 

 
China Spree's tour plan was a superb mixture of historical sites, entertainment, arts and crafts sites, dining and shopping opportunities. The guides were first rate, with fine language skills and an impressive command of historical and current information. The drivers and transportation was also exceptional. Hotel selection in each city provided walking access to nightlife and shopping. This was the best tour package we have ever tried. Jack and Cathy Breig
 
Jack Breig
China Highlights
 

 
As a business person for 40 years, I know of the need to please the customer. Your destinations were well chosen. Accommodations were excellent and your organization was absolutely awesome. I am bewildered as to how you could put such a phenomenal trip together and have it come out so well. Personally, I cannot understand how you could put such a 21 trip together for such little money. Aren't you suppose to be profitable??? We would take a trip with China Spree again and not hesitate for a minute. I salute your entire organization for each persons passion for excellence. When you sponsor other trips, please contact us first because we are in line waiting
 
Arlene Benson -- Sedona, AZ
21-Day "China Panorama"
 

 
We found China Spree on the internet and read various reviews about this company, all great, and decided to book our trip to China with them. We then started to tell our friends about it, and three couples arranged to take this trip before we did. They all came back raving about how wonderful everything was. Therefore, even before we left, we knew we were in for a special experience and talked three more people into joining our trip. We were not disappointed. Everything that China Spree promised, was delivered and more. The planned itinerary was varied and every day was packed full of amazing experiences. The country is magnificent in its beauty and its people. Each day we marveled at what we saw and did. Each hotel was gorgeous and when we walked in, sometimes to beautiful piano music, we began to laugh because we had not expected to be so impressed with our accommodations.The guides were wonderful, helpful and very informative. We cannot say enough about our China Spree experience .
 
Ted & Rebecca Goldberg -- Toronto, Canada
21-Day "China Panorama"
 

 
I chose China Spree from the information I saw online for a group tour with friends. Since it was my choice, I felt responsible and a little nervous before the trip- hoping it would be a good tour. I had no reason to worry! The tour was well organized, booked good hotels and excellent restaurants. Our national guide met us at the Beijing airport and was fantastic! She took over, and we could all relax. I was impressed with all the guides, the country and especially the people. China Spree arranged several activities that allowed us to interact with the local people. By the end of the tour, I had a much greater knowledge of Chinese history and culture as well as a good friend there- our tour guide, Lucy. I would definitely recommend China Spree to my friends.
 
Carol Albanese -- El Dorado Hills, CA
15-Day "Best of China & Hong Kong"
 

 
I have only superlatives to describe my China Spree Trip. Our guides were wonderful, the accommodations were first class and the performances we attended all had wonderful seats. We were treated like VIP's the entire trip..The entire trip was superb; Guilin was my favorite. I loved the lake, the scenery and the show, Expressions. I also loved the Yangtze Cruitse and the tours included on that portion of the trip. Climbing the Great Wall was an unbelievable experience; I never thought I would be able to see it, let alone climb it! China is an incredible country and China Spree and the National and local guides presented their country in a wonderful way. It was truly my trip of a lifetime.

Please rate your tour manager from scale 1-10 while 10 is the best.
If number 10 is the highest - I would rate our National Guide, Ming a 12. She was considerate, informative, and willing to meet our every need. She is an absolute jewel! The trip would not have been as enjoyable without Ming. She made our trip and the transition from city to city to stress-free.
 
Linda S -- Gansevoort, New York
21-Day "China Ancient Capitals & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
China Spree is one of a kind. You will have a tour of a lifetime with amazing people to go to amazing places. I felt like a royalty in their care. China Spree is beyond comparison. A high class tour for a very low price.

Please rate your tour manager from scale 1-10 while 10 is the best.
On a scale of 1 to 10, George Lee gets a 1000! I travel a lot; but I have never met anyone more concerned, caring, knowledgeable, and efficient as our national guide in China. I do not eat Pork. No one could have cared more about that than George did. It was absolutely heart warming how attentive he was at every meal to make sure I did not accidentally eat a dish of pork. He made my tour beyond fantastic. I am almost speechless. He is a wonderful person. George would also patiently wait behind without showing any sign of impatience for that tourist who has to shop a little in every place no matter how rushed we were. Also George had a genuine pride for his country which was impressive and admirable.
 
Saiyida Aleya -- Dix Hills, NY
14-Day "China Best Treasures"
 

 
I traveled with my father who is 76 and had been to China 20 years ago. We enjoyed everything about the tour. The hotels were really 5 star! The schedule was very organized and every days itinerary went by like clockwork. The group size was just ll people which made it almost like a family trip. I will probably stay in touch with all of them and continue our friendship. Our national guide was "George" and he was wonderful. He was there waiting for us when we cleared customs, and was there waving goodby as we cleared security to leave. My father was very impressed with the tour in comparison to his tour 20 years ago. He has even told everyone that it was the best tour that he has ever taken (and he has traveled extensively). I was at the beauty salon just yesterday and the woman next to me was talking about how she would like to go to China, but was nervous about the travel and safety. I had to join in the conversation and tell her all about my experience with China Spree. She wrote down the information and hopefully will be a new China Spree fan, as I am.
 
Roxianne Lee -- Aransas Pass, TX
14-Day "The Mighty Yangtze"
 

 
Our China Spree tour (Grand China and Yangtze River Cruise) was a truly enjoyable experience: from the transatlantic flight to our last day in Shanghai. The cities and sights chosen for us to visit were interesting both historically and as part of a wonderful cultural adventure. We enjoyed very much climbing the great wall in Beijing, the Temple of Heaven and visiting the Hutongs. In Xi'an all but one member of our group had a wonderful foot massage and marveled at the Terra Cotta warriors. The Yangtze River Cruise was the highlight of the tour: apart from the Three Gorges Dam project and the other attractions built in, it was wonderful to just relax on the balcony off our cabin and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the gorges as well as the colorful life of the river as we sailed along. The smaller cruise along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo was equally impressive with the stunning karst pinnacles, the bamboo rafts, cormorants and water buffalo. The West street market in Yangshuo was an adventure as well: there stalls and stores overflowed with every type of souvenir and Chinese keepsake and the process of bartering with the vendors became a game in itself and an opportunity to fully participate and contribute to the life and energy of the place. The last few day of our tour were spent in Shanghai and we all had a wonderful time a favorite for quite a few in our group. I would recommend China Spree to anyone interested in getting to know something of the country and wanting to enjoy it's most prominent attractions. The tour was well organized and the guides friendly, professional and knowledgeable.
 
Mark McWatt
16-Day "Grand China & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
I was very impressed with how organized the tour was from start to finish. I felt like China Spree prepared me well for all details of traveling and the tour.

Please rate your tour manager from scale 1-10 while 10 is the best.
Jim Mao is a 10. He bends over backwards to make every member of the tour happy. I've never seen anyone work so hard to make everyone happy. He is extremely courteous, and helpful. In addition to the wonderful care he takes of the group, he is well informed and very well prepared. He presents a days travel agenda clearly but is also flexible to accommodate individual needs and requests. I would gladly take a tour led by Jim again, he is an asset to any organization he works with.
 
Elizabeth Steiner
12-Day "China Delights"
 

 
I liked the choice of hotels, the sites visited and the helpfulness and concerns of the national and the local guides. They went beyond their duties to make our trip memorable. My whole concept about China changed after this trip simply because of the unsavory things portrayed in the western media. Now I have a very good picture about China and will disseminate it to the people here. For potential China Spree travelers, I'll tell them not to think twice about going to China but to just go ahead and enjoy the beauty and grandeur of China. It's well worth it!!!
 
Ophelia -- Toronto, Canada
12-Day "China Delights"
 

 
Our fears about traveling in China were laid to rest by touring with China Spree. We were totally taken care of, and acclimated to each city by excellent national and local guides. Our accommodations were better than expected, as were the meals. We experienced a wide variety of historical, commercial, and cultural sites, that gave true insight to the people and culture of China. We rode by plane, train, bus, rickshaw, and different types of boats. Even with a language barrier, we always felt safe and comfortable wherever we went. Great care was taken to make sure that we did not eat or drink anything that could cause a problem.

Please rate your tour manager from scale 1-10 while 10 is the best.
10+ Dong Lin was outstanding. She became more than a tour guide. She was more like our "mother" in China. She cared about each and every member of the group and spent time learning personal facts about each one. All were equal in importance to her. Her personality and sense of humor caused everyone to adore her and not want to say goodbye.
 
Michael McGoldrick -- Morton, Pennsylvania
21-Day "China Panorama"
 

 
China Spree exceeded my expectations in almost every way. Excellent, caring, and informative tour guides led us on an amazing itinerary. We were taken care of every step of the way, and enjoyed the trip of a lifetime without worries. I was especially impressed with the personalized flexibility and accomodation for each family on the tour.
 
Katrina Munsell
15-Day "Best of China & Hong Kong"
 

 
I would recommend Chinia Spree to anyone and will considerng another China Spree trip for myself. It is the best value for the dollar that I have seen. In this case, you get more than you pay for. The trip was run efficiently and professionally. They are making every attempt to satisfy customers as evidenced by asking for feedback consistenty throughout the trip. They are accomodating and professional.
 
Maria Y. -- Denver, North Carolina
14-Day "The Mighty Yangtze"
 

 
If you are considering a tour of China, trust China Spree to make your experience everything you imagined and more. Very personable...highly professional...provide great variety of destinations and take care of every need you might have in a foreign land. You will sleep in first class hotels which helps prepare you for amazing sightseeing during the day. They recommend best ways to engage shopping, take care of all tipping, restroom accomodations, meals, money changing...My only wish is they were up and running in India because I would go with them again. They are remarkable!
 
Taylor Hartman -- Sandy, Utah
15-Day "Best of China & Hong Kong"
 

 
14 days China’s Best TreasuresMy family of four have been contemplating a first time trip to China for the last two years. We have been having the desire to visit China to accquaire some understanding of our chinese heritage. Researching for the best tour was quite a challenge for me. After having read many itineraries from many different tour companies, Chinaspree is the one that met our needs the best. I chose Chinaspree’s 14 days China’s Best Treasures because of the toursistic attractions they offered. Basically all the tour companies offer you the same thing, but Chinaspree offered more than the basics and I felt this would help enhence my children’s cultural education. The highlight of our trip was the visit to the Dragon Spine Rice Terraces. This sightseeing spot was not included in any tour that I researched online. The experience was exceptional and the sight was something that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. Chinaspree handled all the logistics for the tour in the most thorough way. Their guides treated us like "imperials" and our entire time in China ran so smoothly we really felt spoiled. I have traveled with tour groups before, and this is by far the best tour I’ve taken, not only for the sights I visited, but also for the way evrything was handled both before the trip and during our trip. Needles to say having everything included in this trip was a big plus. We did not have to fork out more money for anything expect for a couple of optional tours we took in the evenings. In addition, unlike the other tours, Chinaspree did not schedule in two hours everyday for shopping. We did have enough time to shop, but by no means time was wasted to accomplish this task. Also at the end of our trip we had a whole day free to do whatever we wanted and we did most of our shopping then. The small groups that Chinaspree offers is defenitely a big plus. During this trip there were only 13 passengers and we truly became a family; everyone got along so well that at the end we were huging each other and saying good bye. The Meglev ride to the aiport at the end of our trip was like icing over the cake, what a way to end a wonderful trip. My husband commented, "the person who set up the itineray for this trip really made sure we had a chance to experience a little bit of everything. He did a terrific job." If I were to go back to China I would not waste time looking for another company, unless Chinaspree changes their standard, I would defenitely use them again.

Please comment on your tour manager.

Tom, our national guide deserves at 10+ rating for his unsurpassed dedication to our group. He went our of his way to see that everyone is happy with their visit to China. Some of the things he did for us that made our stay in China so pleasant:- My daughter slipped and fell at a private garden tour and skinned her elbow. Tom ran out to get her a bandaid (something that was not necessary, but he fell responsible for it).- When we decided to go to the evening market in Beijing, Tom accompanied us on this venture to insure we would not get lost.- Tom made sure we all had something to eat after our flight from Beijing to Xian was delaited 4 hours.- Tom and Shelly took us to scout the Yu Bazaar and the knock off market in Beijing so we would know what to do on our free day.- When our group decided to walk to the Bund in Shanghai on an evening on our free day to see the lights, Tom accompanied us and led the way.- Tom was like a mother hen always reminding us to stay safe, keep our posessions close to us, giving us advice on purchasing things so that we are not taken up by the local merchants, etc. What else can i say, everything we needed, Tom was there for us.
 
Luan C, California
14-Day China Best Treasures
 

 
As seasoned travellers, we were apprehensive about going with Chinaspree since our travel agent was not familiar with the company. In the end we decided to work directly with Chinaspree because it had the tour that fit our schedule and went to all the paces we wanted to see. As it turned out, choosing Chinaspree was the best decision we made for our visit to China. We were more than pleased with the guides, hotels, service, food, local sites, cost, etc. The efforts to accommodate our vegetarian diet at all meals was outstanding. The site visits were terrific and you didn’t feel rushed nor did you feel you were wasting time. Our national guide, Jim Mao, was outstanding in every way. He looked after our every need and always made sure we had the necessary documents when traveling from place to place. All the local guides were very good as well and did their best to make sure we saw all the local sites that showcased their community. I think having only ten persons in our tour was a big plus. Everyone got along very well and looked out for each other. We can’t say enough about the tour except that we would like to do it all over again. We highly recommend Chinaspree to anyone who wants a pampered adventure at a very reasonable price.

Things that impressed you most on this trip?
The sites we visited were all great but it was the people and the way we were treated that impressed us the most. We don’t know how you provide the level of service that you do for the money charged. I spoke to various people on other Chinaspree tours and they all felt the same way.

Comment on your tour manager:
Jim Mao was fabulous and deserves a 10 plus. He looked after our every need, was always there to help, and we felt he had our best interests at heart at all times. He was warm, outgoing, and always met you with a smile.

Comment on your local guides:
All of the guides were well versed on their particular city or local, had good speaking skills, and took real good care of us. They were all great in their own particular way. Time has passed and I have forgotten their names but Carl was exceptional and the lady in Shanghai was as well.

What would you say to prospective China Spree travelers?
Go with an open mind and you will be amazed with Chinaspree.
 
Arthur & Bonnie Dearborn --Boca Raton, Florida
15-Day "Best of China & Hong Kong"
 

 
We have traveled several times from the USA to Europe, always on our own without a tour company. This was our first trip to Asia and our first tour, and we really didn't know what to expect. We were skeptical that ChinaSpree could deliver everything that was advertised on their website, especially at such a bargain price. ChinaSpree delivered everything that was promised and more, and the entire trip was a truly wonderful experience. We have discussed our China trip with friends who travel frequently and have recommended ChinaSpree to them, and they are excited about experiencing what we did.

Please rate your tour manager from scale 1-10 while 10 is the best.
Lucy Yu, our National Guide, rates a 20! She was very capable guiding a varied group, very knowledgeable, proud of her country, a lady, and an excellent hostess for people visiting China. This was a wonderful trip, and we feel that Lucy is most responsible for this.
 
April and Mark Ferron -- Connecticut
16-Day "Grand China & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
This trip was wonderful. We had a knowledgeable guide, the accomodations were excellent, the sights were amazing, the planes, vans, buses, etc. were all on time and everything went well. China has been relatively unknown to us Americans and it was good to visit and learn about the culture. I would like to go again and would highly recommend this trip. We were also pleased with the reasonable cost of the trip.
 
Lester and Joanne Harrison
16-Day Yangtze Cruise & Hong Kong
 

 
As an artist and art historian who has studied China for 30 years, this trip was a dream come true. I don’t feel like I went to another specific little part of the world, I feel as though I came to understand a greater part of the world. I recommend a three-week tour to anyone who wants to take the trouble to see China at all. Go for it! Sure it’s not like the West, it’s not supposed to be! Our guides and other people who helped us on the tour were so kind and helpful. If I only had one trip to take to the Orient, China Spree would be my choice. The amount of sightseeing, the wonderful accommodations, and the bounteous food make this a truly world-class bargain!
 
James Hutchinson -- MA Ashland Oregon
21-Day "China Panorama"
 

 
Our China Spree trip was one of my best travel trips. From the moment we found their web site, which is so informative, to the time we left our last stop, we had a wonderful trip. The description of the Middle Kingdom tour was exactly what we got. The national guide, Lynn Dong, was superb! She paid attention to all the little details that made our trip stress free. The trip provided a good balance between visiting historic sites and allowing free time to do your own thing.

Please comment on your tour manager.

On a scale of 1 to 10: She is 10, Lynn is so friendly, positive and cheerful. She made everyone, even the most difficult tourist, feel welcome. She paid attention to details that made our trip stressless, such as making sure we had our passports before leaving the hotel, checking her bags last to take on any of our misplaced liquids, keeping us informed of many local customs.
 
Geralyne G -- San Bruno, CA
12-Day "The Middle Kingdom"
 

 
I TOLD MY WIFE BEFORE THE TRIP THAT IF THE SERVICE ON THE TOUR WAS AS GOOD AS BEFORE THE TOUR, THEN WE ARE IN FOR A TREAT. AND IT WAS ,IT EXEDED ALL EXPECTATIONS , AND YOU CAN QUOTE ME ON THIS.
 
MARIO CENTO -- Clermont, Florida
The Middle Kingdom tour
 

 
Question by China Spree: What do you like about this trip?
Answer: Cam > I liked the national tour guide, the size of the tour at 19 people, the accommodations, and the sights in China. Shawn > George Lee was awesome, the food phenomenal, and all the transportation went off without a hitch.

Question by China Spree: Things that impressed you most on this trip
Answer:Cam > Our national guide, George Li, was professional, and he ensured that everyone on the tour saw all of the sights promised. Shawn > George, George, and George. Then the marvelous progress China has made in improving its infrastructure while keeping its traditions. George made sure we saw it all.

Question by China Spree: Please comment on your Tour Manager
Answer:Cam > I rate our national guide George Li a 10! He went above and beyond my expectations. He took the tour group to shopping places by bus though he did not have to. Shawn > 11! He was so phenomenal I am now sure of two things. One, we didn’t tip him enough (although we gave more than recommended). Two, you couldn’t possibly be paying him enough.

Question by China Spree: How is the general performance of your guides?
Answer:Cam > All of the guides were good, but George Li was the best! Shawn > This is difficult. Given the excellent, exceptional performance of George others may suffer in the comparison. I still found peter Wong in Guilin (he arranged an extra night tour of the bridges), Ling Ling in Beijing, and Shing Ling in Shanghai very worthy of commendation.

Our China Spree tour was fantastic. Our national guide George Li ensured that we saw all of the sites, and he took care of everything. He and China Spree exceeded all our expectations. The tour, called the Best of China & Hong Kong, covered the expected highlights of the country plus added many more we didn't know about. Many nights had evening theatrical performances for an additional exposure to unique Chinese culture and entertainment. You would go crazy making up the same extraordinary package for yourself and you'd easily spend more money. Save yourself the frustration and let China Spree arrange all the details. You can relax and not worry about anything. Yes, this is not a lay about the ship cruise. You will do a lot of walking. But each night you will enjoy great food, the relaxing atmosphere of being in a small group, and each day packed with wonderful experiences you will treasure for your entire life. China Spree will make you want to come back to China!
 
Carmeron Tennyson & Shawn Mcclenahan -- Woodland Hills, CA
"Best of China & Hong Kong"
 

 
China was not at the top of my must-see list. However, since my experience with ChinaSpree and their incredible staff of knowledgeable and pleasant guides, I'm ready to go back. We originally had to cancel and reschedule our Mighty Yangtze trip. This transaction went smoothly with great understanding. We enjoyed ourselves far beyond our expectations. The small group was perfect. Meals were fine, transportation was excellent, guides charming and intelligent. I'm so glad we had Chinaspree to show us how remarkable China is.

What would you like to say to the prospective China Spree travelers?
Give yourself time after the trip to recover from the time change. Allow yourself to experience whatever food is offered. 99% of it is very good if you try it. If you like something, buy more than one! Bring a large picture card for your digital camera.
 
Gail O'Keefe -- Clovis, CA
14-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
Just finishing our Best of China and HongKong tour. I found each one of your tour guides to be exceptionally knowledgeable, helpful, and gracious. We were 1 day out of Chendu at the time of the earthquake and all arrangements needed to reroute us including air travel and accommodations were done without any problems. I cannot compliment you enough. Jessica in Beijin, Bobo in Xian, Robert and our second guide for Canton, Anna in Hong Kong, Ding Ding in Guilin, and Suzi in Shanghai - wonderful in every respect. We enjoyed many wonderful meals and the hotels were far above what I normally stay at-quite luxurious. Many thanks for giving me the trip of a lifetime. I will happily recommend your tours to everyone I know. Best wishes for a good year. Bri from Austin, Tx.
 
Brianna Adams -- Austin, TX
15-Day Best of China and Hong Kong
 

 
We went on China Spree Best Treasures May 19-June 1, 2008. All the guides were top notch, very knowledgeable, Our national guide, Angela was great, very knowledgeable and especially very personable. The places we saw exceeded our expectations. Expect as everyone says, nota vacation, but an adventure, which is well worth seeing. China Spree overall was a first class tour for a reasonable price and would definitely recommend to anyone that was going to China.
 
Jay and Bernice S. -- Davie, Florida
14-Day "China Best Treasures"
 

 
I was a neophyte international traveler as I began looking for a tour group to China. How does one put faith in information gleaned from the internet? (I later found out that there are indeed other online websites for people wanting to get more unsolicited information about particular tour groups, hotels, etc., but I didn't know that at the time.) I took solace from China Spree's website with the amount of information it carried as well as the multitude of links provided. We carefully compared advantages and disadvantages of three to four different tour companies and China Spree was a clear winner. The all-inclusive package was just that. The size of our group (17) was so much more comfortable than other groups I talked with which included upwards of 50 people. The feature of a national tour guide (for us, the wonderful Angela) who traveled with us throughout our trip made me feel secure in the great unknown of a vastly different culture. The clincher was the Dragon Spine Rice Terraces! No other company offered that option which looked so appealing and, in actuality, was so much more than I expected! My motive for visiting China was to see my daughter who lives in Beijing. China Spree was quite helpful in helping us arrange four extra days in the capital before meeting up with our group. They also worked it out so she could join us for the Peking Duck dinner in Beijing (an on-the-fly request) and for two nights in our hotel in Shanghai before we flew home. So, for me, China Spree offered the most interesting overall tour and the availability of a wonderful reunion with my daughter. If I ever get the chance to return to China, I will DEFINITELY choose China Spree again and recommend them to my friends.
 
Wendy Carlson & Robert Shopnitze -- Golden, Colorado
14-Day China Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree provides an EXCELLENT tour. They have thought ahead and have every possible issue covered in a very through manner. We were more then pleased with this entire trip. The national tour guide was knowledgable and an absolute pleasure with which to travel. The local guides were also excellent. The cruise was wonderful and local transportation was way above average. The hotel accomadations were what we would rate as 4 and 5 star in the United States. We only wish this company provided tours in other parts of the world--we would travel with them. EXCELLENT tour with EXCELLENT expereinces, with EXCELLENT staff. China Spree lived up to everything they said they would provide, and MORE !!!!
 
Ron Schmidt -- Lawrence, Kansas
16-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
I researched many different companies and narrowed it down to two-then to one-china spree got our vote as the most complete package for the least amount of money, better hotels and more all inclusives in terms of special shows and museum admissions-we rarely had to reach for more money except to tip and a an occasional meal on our own... I was in the travel industry in the past and feel i did my homework and decided that there was certainly ''more bang for the buck'' with china spree--I also has a fair amount of questions to ask and i feel that wilson wu and the other staff at china spree went out of their way to answer me.

What would you like to say to the prospective China Spree clients?
pack lighter than you think-everything but razors are provided in each hotel including toothbrushes--go with an open mind that this is a whole new experience for most of us and do some reading before you go0it helps a lot!
 
Charles Harrington -- ashland, Oregon
21-Day "China Panorama"
 

 
As an artist and art historian who has studied China for 30 years, this trip was a dream come true. I don't feel like I went to another specific little part of the world, I feel as though I came to understand a greater part of the world. I recommend China Spree 21-Day China Panorama tour to anyone who wants to take the trouble to see China at all. Go for it! Sure it's not like the West, it's not supposed to be! Our guides and other people who helped us on the tour were so kind and helpful. If I only had one trip to take to the Orient, China Spree would be my choice. The amount of sightseeing, the wonderful accommodations, and the bounteous food make this a truly world-class bargain!
 
 
 
James H , MA Ashland Oregon
21-Day China Panorama
 

 
JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF MY MAY 8TH TOUR OF THE ANCIENT CAPITOLS AND Y. CRUISE, BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO WAIT TILL I GOT HOME TO TELL YOU HOW WONDERFUL THE TRIP HAS BEEN. OUR NATIONAL GUIDE, SPRING, HAS BEEN GREAT,ALWAYS VOLUNTEERING TO DO THE LITTLE EXTRA THINGS THAT MAKE THE GROUP HAPPY, THE ITINERARY FANTASTIC, THE HOTELS AND MEALS ARE VERY GOOD, THE CITY GUIDES VERY KNOWLEDGABLE AND GOOD,THE WHOLE TRIP IS SUCH A GREAT VALUE , AND EVERYTHING WAS SO WELL ORGANIZED. IT HAS ALL BEEN VERY WELL DONE AND OUR ENTIRE GROUP OF 13 SAYS TO TELL YOU THAT THEY AGREE ALSO. SO, THANKYOU, CHINA SPREE, FOR A JOB WELL DONE. WE WILL BE HIGHLY RECOMMENDING YOU. SINCERELY, LINDA BROWN
 
Linda B
21-Day China Ancient Capitals & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
We are experienced travellers and have travelled about any way that can be imagined. We can think of no better way to tour China than by taking advantage of a China Spree tour like the one we had (the 12 Days China Delights tour). Our national guide, Jeffrey Liu, was friendly and took care of all of the trip's many and complex details almost invisibly and without stress. We were always on time and in the right place with all details handled in advance. Our local guides were eager and proud to give us the best possible experience of their cities, regions, and country. Our hotels exceeded our expectations and we were introduced to some amazing Chinese cuisine in some of the tour's restaurants. Our travel group was a truly amazing bunch of wonderful people and most of us are stil in touch after the trip. The locations and attractions we visited gave us a picture of China that demonstrated its beauty, the friendliness of its people, and the country's incredble progress in recent years. China has a great future and we are proud that we have seen its potential with our own eyes. Before selecting China Spree, we intensively researched the published reviews and they were almost all highly favorable. We were not disappointed. On the contrary, we consider this one of the best guided travel experiences we have had.
 
Mayda Obradovic-Tobler and John Tobler -- San Diego, California
12 Days "China Delights" tour
 

 
China Spree gave us the most amazing tour at a very fair price. Every details was worked out perfectly and our national guide was not only one of the nicest people I have ever met, but she took care of everything. It was as carefree as being a kid again! If there was ever any problem, she had it solved within minutes. She took care of every detail from getting us up on time in the morning to getting us to and from airports, making sure we had the visas and passports, etc. But more than that she taught us about the Chinese people and culture, she sang to us, laugh us to speak some Chinese, and just went out of her way to give us the best trip ever. She had an amazing ability to take a group of 10 travelers with varing interests and please every one of us!

The trip was simply wonderful! The hotels were beautiful, the food was delicious and plentiful and our guide did her very best to please several people in our group who had very strict dietary restrictions. We met people along the way from other tours and I am convinced that we had a better tour at a better price than any other tour out there. I would highly recommend China Spree to anyone who wants to visit China. Thank you, China Spree for a great vacation!!
 
Lucy & Skip Rennell -- Seminole, Florida
21-Day "China Panorama"
 

 
We really liked our National guide Tom Liu. He was caring, accommodating, and flexible. He tried very hard to incorporate our interest into the schedule, ie visits to markets, school, and hospital. He took very good care of us. He went out of his way to satisfy our individual interest.

At first we were skeptical because of the low price which included airfare, but after talking with several people who had already traveled with China Spree we decided to give them a try. We had traveled with several high end tour companies, but felt we were paying a lot for 5 star hotels when you checked in at 6, went to dinner, came back and went to bed then were on your way by 8AM. All of the hotels on this tour were clean and comfortable and the service excellent. We also felt we got a closer look at the real Chinese people in their daily lives. Our guides were excellent and all the people in our tour group were a lot of fun.
 
Thad Merriman
"China Ancient Capitals & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
This was the first time that my wife and I visited China. I, quite frankly, did not have a real desire to visit China and let the decision to my wife. Now I’m glad that we made the trip. We both did some advance reading and coupled with the trip we have a much better understanding of China and its people. We’re glad that we were able to travel with ChinaSpree and find it hard to believe what all we saw and accomplished in our 21 day trip at the reasonable price paid. Great value!
 
Richard Lentz
21-Day "China Ancient Capitals & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
China Spree’s China’s Best Treasures tour is an excellent overview of modern and ancient urban and rural life in China. It is chock full of experiences that provide a wonderful understanding of China’s imperial history, its profound societal changes, and its struggle to manage a huge and diverse population. The facilities provided for lodging, transportation and interpretation were excellent. The guides were informative and excellent. At the end of two weeks our understanding of this vast and complicated country was very rewarding. We would recommend this tour to anyone wanting a thorough exposure to modern and ancient China.
 
Alan & Marcia Ringgold
14-Day China Best Treasures
 

 
Questions from China Spree: Where did you learn about China Spree?

4 of my cousins did this tour in October with China Spree. They talked us out of going to Disneyland and going on your tour. Convincing 3 children 9,12, and 13 of not going to Disneyland, was actually pretty easy.

Questions from China Spree: Please comment on your Tour Manager and rate 1-10 while 10 is the best.

10 ++++ I can not put in words what a wonderful man our national guide was, he made our trip effortless, When we were in the airport , our tour group was the only American group not getting stopped at security because Jim was very clear on what not to carry on the plane. The thing that we loved about Jim was his comfort with us. When he was asked to sing a Chinese song on the bus to the group, he had no fear in singing a traditional song and later explained the meaning to us.

My wife and 3 children and I have never gone on a tour to another country together. This was a first, and we entered upon this with a little fear and caution. We were the youngest adults and had the only children in the group. We had reservations of the kids not understanding the language, not understanding the customs or alienating the older individuals in our group simply because the kids have a fair amount of energy. Because of our Lead guide Jim, we lost all those thoughts of fear after the first few hours. Jim acted like a family member to all of us. He embraced our children, as if his own. Through his actions we all melded together as one large extended family. Everyone was looking after everyone and Jim and the local guides were always looking after us. No one was forgotten and everyone made sure of that, especially Jim. As far as the customs and language, again the guides explained to us in terms that all of us including my 9 yr old daughter, could understand, By doing this, the trip was that much more enjoyable for all. If we find the time and the funds we will surely attempt another trip with China Spree. We can not say enough good things about the guides that shared their country with us.
 
Matt, Gina, Josh, Kevin, Claire McCarthy
14-Day "China Best Treasures"
 

 
The trip exceeded my expectations in every way. It was fantastic. I have already recommended China Spree to several friends. The guides were excellent knowledgeable and did extra things to answer all questions and help us get around. The hotels and restaurants were luxurious and very clean. There were always many staff to serve our needs. Cruise was relaxing, informative and fun. We were in the middle of so much beautiful natural surroundings.
 
Pat Metcalf
Private group from Jos Tour. 16-Day "Yangtze Cruise & Hong Kong"
 

 
The China Spree Grand China and Yangtze Cruise was a great adventure. The sights we saw on a daily schedule were fantastic. Every bit of our trip was perfectly choreographed by top national and local guides. With small groups of no more than 20, it allowed us to travel from point to point as an extended family. We know we received a great value for our money and there is no way we could have gotten to see all that we did for this kind of money with any other company. I would recommend China Spree to anyone considering going to China, as they did a splendid job on our tour of 16 days. You will not be disappointed I am sure of that. Thank you China Spree!
 
Lynn LaFontaine -- Rhode Island
16-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
We spent months doing research on the various tour companies and options for our trip to China. We decided on China Spree based on the itinerary and the value of the package. Having never been on a group tour before, we were a little nervous, however the China's Best Treasures trip with China Spree exceeded all of our expectations. Right from the moment we met our national guide in Beijing we felt well taken care of. The trip was so well organized that we didn't need to "think" at all. The finest details were all taken care of for us (wake up calls, food preferences, reservations, etc.), and the transportation and lodging were all first class. Without worrying about details we were able to spend all our time enjoying the country and learning from the excellent local guides. The sites we visited were all well thought out, and provided a nice mix of culture, landscape, history, local customs, and free time. The guides were very experienced in knowing the best times of day to visit the sites, the appropriate length of time to spend, and other information to make our visits as enjoyable as possible. All the guides went out of their way to be accommodating to our groups needs. The anxiety we had about traveling in a group tour were completely unfounded on this trip. Having a group allowed for a variety of dishes at every meal, the itinerary allowed for varying interests of the group members to be met, and the incredible organization allowed for efficient transportation, lodging check in, and all other aspects of the tour. We have highly recommend China Spree to our friends and family, and hope that we are able to take another tour soon ourselves.
 
Jaenette and Kristian Coyne
14-Day China Best Treasures
 

 
We had a great trip. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend China Spree. They took care of all the details, and we didn’t encounter a single glitch in their planning and program with exception of bad traffic. Our national guide was genuine, honest, friendly, and a 1st class lady. She did an extraordinary job of taking care of us and our needs. The other guides were good as well. The accomodations were certainly adequate and in most instances as nice or nicer than we might expect in the U.S.. The people were friendly and helpful. We always felt safe, and secure. We were a bit aprehensive before we went about restroom facilities etc. but sanitation was a not that much of a problem. All in all it was a wonderful experience.
 
Calvin & Diane J -- Burley, Idaho
16-Day "Grand China & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
My husband and I took "The Mighty Yangtze" tour this Spring and we loved it. The National Guide made the trip a delight as he was always available to handle any questions along the way, ease our travel arrangements, and make sure we did all the things we hoped to do - and the sights were just FANTASTIC. We visited the Great Wall in the snow which made it even more majestic than usual! We stiudeied the terracotta warriors and walked slowly through the beautiful ancient temples and palaces. In the evening the acrobats and Kung Fu performers had us on the edge of our chairs, and the markets and bazaars were fun and rewarding. Along the way we learned alot about Chinese history but also got to talk to modern city dwellers while visiting a modernised hutong and a kindergarten. The cities of Beijing and Shanghai were huge and impressive and we seem to sample so much! The other people on our tour were interesting and we were lucky to have a few younger people of various ages on the trip which brought different viewpoints and experiences. The trip was all we expected and more. China is awesome and China Spree did a good job giving us a taste of it in two short weeks.
Comment on your national guide: He was the best thing - he was far better than the others and able to really make the trip worthwhile. We watched other tour groups and their leaders and knew how lucky we were with Kevin. Thank you.
 
margaret Converse
"The Mighty Yangtze".
 

 
Questions from China Spree: Please comment on your Tour Manager and rate 1-10 while 10 is the best.

10+, I have traveled to 29 countries prior to China, usually on my own because I am adventuresome and don't like to be "herded" around in a group. Ming never made me feel this way. She was delightful, insightful, caring, knowledgable, efficient, effective, and made the tour the great success that it was. I rank this as my BEST ever trip, including some other pretty interesting places. Much of this was due to Ming's great leadership. She kept things punctual, kept us well informed of plans, shared cultural as well as historical background information. She became a friend and she promoted China and the Chinese people like nothing else I could imagine. I'd rate her an 11!!!!

I took thie ChinaSpree Panorama 21 day tour in April 2008 because a friend who traveled on the same tour had done extensive online research into China tour companies. This appeared to be the best value for the money based on my friend's extensive research. It WAS! It was everything I expected and more! I enjoyed EVERYTHING (except 2 meals)! Our national guide was incredible, delightful, and efficient, , with an extensive knowledge, great helpfulness, excellent English, caring, insightful, funny. She made the trip excellent. At each location we had a local tour guide who was also knowledgeable, helpful, spoke good English, and took great care of us, from getting us everywhere in a timely fashion to teaching us language phrases, local customs, history, and more. I usually travel on my own because I am adventuresome and don't like to be "herded" around like a group. I never felt that way with ChinaSpree, and the group and guide experience intensified the enjoyment, ease, and knowledge that I took from the experience. Everyone in our group felt that ChinaSpree had some extra clout, as we had the best dinner tables at the front of the theater, went to the front of the lines often, etc. l Iiked the itinerary. We were busy and kept moving at a good pace, with enough time to rest in between days filled with incredible sights from morning to night. There were some great evening shows included too and a wide range of tourist destinations. The hotels were awesome. I don't stay at such nice places when I travel in the states because I am a teacher on a modest budget. I was very impressed with the high quality of hotels, with good locations, wonderful breakfast buffets, and service and ammenities. The best was the Park Hotel in Guilin because of the setting and terrific walks around the lakes. Everywhere we went the restaurants served incredible food. While I like Chinese food generally, I can be a picky eater. I literally ate my way across China and loved every bite of it!! Meals being served family style on a lazy susan enhanced the meal by promoting a family feeling and allowing everyone to taste and choose as they wished. The small group (14) made the tour more enjoyable. There was such personal service by our guides, good group dynamics, and we kept to our timetable and schedule quite well. Transportation, including buses and drivers, was excellent. Water was provided on the buses (and in the hotel rooms) every day and if you needed more, you could buy it from the driver easily and reasonably. I rank this as my BEST ever trip, much of this was due to our guide's great leadership. She kept things punctual, kept us well informed of plans, shared cultural as well as historical background information and became a friend as she promoted China and the Chinese people like nothing else I could imagine. I highly recommend traveling with ChinaSpree.

Questions from China Spree: Based on your experience from this trip what would you suggest to those who are planning to visit China?

DO IT! DO IT WITH CHINASPREE! Do it with Ming Li! I am currently planning to do it again. And I've only been back one week.
 
Jan Smith
21-Day "China Panorama"
 

 
My wife and I would encourage anyone to use China Spree for their trip to China! We chose the Middle Kingdom tour and China Spree exceeded our expectations in every way. Our National Guide was tremendous, ensuring we were well cared for, entertained and informed every step of the way. Our Local Guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and enjoyed sharing their pride in their country with us. The itinerary was very ambitious but ensured we saw and experienced as much as possible while permitting us enough time to re-energize before our next adventure. We definitely got the maximum value for our vacation dollar! We had anticipated making only visit to China but now we hope to be able to return for other tours and are confident China Spree will take great care of us again (though they will never be able to beat the National Guide we enjoyed on this visit, 10!! Lynn showed a sincere interest in all of us. She ensured we were well taken care of, entertained and educated about what we were seeing and experiencing. And her patience is endless.).
 
Duane & Carole Brock
"The Middle Kingdom"
 

 
When we booked the China Delights tour with Chinaspree, we were glad for the endorsement from the Frommers website because the prices looked too good to be true. I checked out all the hotels on the TripAdvisor website to make sure they were nice. When we finally went on the tour, we were amazed! For a beer budget, you get lots of champagne. The hotels were all first class. The Tour Guides all spoke excellent English, were interesting and knowledgable and made everything fun. Breakfast buffets offered wide assortments of hot and cold foods, both Asian and Western. All other meals were delicious and plentiful. One thing that really impressed us was how important it was to our guides that we had an excellent experience. They were full of good advice for our health and safety. And they were enthusiastic for us all to understand and enjoy the Chinese culture and experience. This trip far exceeded all our expectations. We would definitely recommend this trip to our family and friends.
 
Scott & Judy La -- Newport Beach, California
Chinese New Year tour 12-Day "China Delights"
 

 
I was more than pleased with my China Delights tour with China Spree. Having travelled with many other companies on organized tours( Gate 1, Friendly Planet, Grand Circle, etc.)I found that my experience with China Spree was the best in comparison. In my opinion the tour , accomodations and guides were top notch. I will travel with China Spree again and would highly recommend China Spree.
 
Gregory R -- Jackson Heights, New York
Chinese New Year tour 12-Day "China Delights"
 

 
China Spree offers a great tour for the money. Actually, the entire cost of the tour and air transportation is just a bit more than a round trip plane ticket to China would cost! In my opinion, China Spree keeps costs down (in part) by being efficient, using Air China (a good airline that is not as well known as some of the others crossing a Pacific)...

Great values are abundant! My husband and I took the Middle Kingdom tour in late April 2008, and felt as though we had gotten a real "taste" of China after seeing the highlights of each area we visited (cultural venues, modern buildings, historic structures, natural beauty) while traveling by air, bus, boat, rickshaw and foot. Our tour group was small; we totally enjoyed everyone's company.

One guide stayed with the group the entire trip and was joined by several local guides with area expertise. One hotel we stayed in was a five star hotel and the rest were classified as being four star accommodations. All meals were included eleven our of the twelve days of the tour. Breakfast became my favorite meal since some of the hotels offered an extensive and delicious selection of western and Asian food!

The hard beds one always hears about in association with China were indeed hard (think - good for your back) but they were still comfortable enough for me to get a good night sleep most of the time.

I found China Spree to be very responsive to my needs; they always responded to questions within 24 hours or less, and went out of their way to help me make additional travel arrangements. The billing statements and scheduling were accurate, and the company provided very useful information of what was needed prior to the trip. China has an old and interesting culture. Seeing historic sights, people conducting their everyday lives, enjoying a few great shows and interacting with local people proved to be a winning combination of activities resulting in a most enjoyable tour. I definitely recommend this tour for any age group. You will come home with memories that last a life time and feel as though you saw a different China than the one portrayed only in Western political venues.
 
Joan Martin -- Aurora, Colorado
12 Day "China Delights" ,
 

 
Just returned from The Middle Kingdom Tour -- and cannot say enough great things about China and ChinaSpree. Trip was good -- far, far exceeded my expectations. Other than 13+ hours on the plane, absolutely everything was great. The hotels were all excellent; (wait til you see the Skyway Landis in Shanghai!); the food fun, filling and interesting (one of the very best meals was at the home in the Hutong!); the local guides were all excellent, friendly, informative. We were really shown all the best highlights -- the bus was comfy -- the drivers very good (which they have to be to drive in China!). Our afternoon at the Great Wall was just amazing -- it is almost mystical. All the arrangements by ChinaSpree were done; we never had any delays, or problems checking into/out of hotels; our meals were all ready when we arrived; the local guides were all at hand. Excellent! Now a word about our National Guide (Ming Li) -- she was absolutely, postiively THE BEST!!! Totally professional, attentive to every request, and great fun! She really made the trip as close to perfect as it could be. I've traveled on several other tours -- and Ming was by far the best guide ever. She is a true asset to ChinaSpree. I would without hesitation recommend ChinaSpree to anyone planning to travel in China. You certainly cannot match the price -- or the services received!

Q:What would you like to say to potential China Spree travelers?
Travel with ChinaSpree!! (And learn how to "hover" ......)
 
Maureen -- Clinton, NJ
12-Day The Middle Kingdom Tour,
 

 
I have been to China several times on business through our Beijing office and wanted to bring my wife- we were used to staying in nice places and eating at a variety of good restaurants--We had two couples -and were a bit unsure of how a tour group would stack up- We were very pleased with China Spree --the nice selection of Hotels and sight seeing planned--The Tour guides and drivers were excellent - very prompt and knowledgeable-the selection of lunches and dinners at the hotels were geared towards Western tastes-we are more venturesome and opted to eat at local restaurants-which was easy to do with 4 people-and it was great---the planned breakfasts at the hotels were very good and easy. All around a very good experience- Thanks to Helen and Wilson
 
Gary Hill
080723FIT,
 

 
My family of four has been contemplating a first time trip to China for the last two years. We have been having the desire to visit China to acquire some understanding of our Chinese heritage. Researching for the best tour was quite a challenge for me. After having read many itineraries from many different tour companies, China Spree is the one that met our needs the best. I chose China Spree's 14 days China's Best Treasures because of the tourist attractions they offered. Basically all the tour companies offer you the same thing, but China Spree offered more than the basics and I felt this would help enhance my children's cultural education. The highlight of our trip was the visit to the Dragon Spine Rice Terraces. This sightseeing spot was not included in any tour that I researched online. The experience was exceptional and the sight was something that we'll remember for the rest of our lives. China Spree handled all the logistics for the tour in the most thorough way. Their guides treated us like "imperials" and our entire time in China ran so smoothly we really felt spoiled. I have traveled with tour groups before, and this is by far the best tour I've taken, not only for the sights I visited, but also for the way everything was handled both before the trip and during our trip. Needles to say having everything included in this trip was a big plus. We did not have to fork out more money for anything expect for a couple of optional tours we took in the evenings. In addition, unlike the other tours, China Spree did not schedule in two hours everyday for shopping. We did have enough time to shop, but by no means was time wasted to accomplish this task. Also at the end of our trip we had a whole day free to do whatever we wanted and we did most of our shopping then. The small group that China Spree offers is definitely a big plus. During this trip there were only 13 passengers and we truly became a family; everyone got along so well that at the end we were hugging each other and saying good bye. The Maglev ride to the airport at the end of our trip was like icing over the cake, what a way to end a wonderful trip. My husband commented, "The person who set up the itinerary for this trip really made sure we had a chance to experience a little bit of everything. He did a terrific job." If I were to go back to China I would not waste time looking for another company, unless China Spree changes their standard, I would definitely use them again.
 
 
 
Milton & Luan, La Canada, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures
 

 
Initially I wasn't excited about going to China, but decided to go with friends. What a wonderful experience and I am so happy I went! China Spree is what made it so great. What made it distinctive was the wonderful variety of sights and adventures, from the cities to the agricultural countryside and everyday life in China. Our National Guide was wonderful and added so much with her wealth of information and her anticipation of our every need. China Spree made sure everything went smoothly, we had every day filled with new places to go and things to do and there were no glitches in hotels, food or events. It was almost too good to be true. I would HIGHLY recommend China Spree to anyone considering going to China.

What would you like about this tour?
Everything! A good cross-section of people and places. Particularly liked that we went out into the agricultural area of small villages so we could see everyday life.

Please rate your tour manager from scale 1-10 while 10 is the best.
Ming Li was outstanding! Every day the members of our group commented on how wonderful it was to have her. She was professional, personable, helpful, knowledgeable, and anticipated every need. There isn't a person in our group who had one negative thing to say about her. She had a wealth of knowledge and made sure our group had everything we needed or wanted. There aren't adequate adjectives to express how much we liked her and appreciated all she did. Give her a 10++++
 
Fern A. Cotton
21-Day "China Ancient Capitals & Yangtze Cruise",
 

 
This trip was amazing and truly a trip of a lifetime. The pictures of China do not come close to the full beauty of the architecture, surrounding and people. The price of the trip is amazing too. I searched for 3 weeks straight, every website out there for trips, and China Spree offered the most included activities, food and 4-5 star rated hotels, all at the cheapest price. I was hesitant thinking :"this is too good to be true!" It was all BETTER than imagined. I don't know how they do it, because I calculated what it would cost to do everything and the cost was way more if done ourselves and the coordination would have been grueling. They have the timing down perfectly so that you do not feel rushed, nor bored. China is so beautiful and Lynn, our national guide, made sure it was a very memorable experience. She made sure everyone's needs were satisfied and went out of her way every day to make sure everyone on her tour had a "ding ding ding how" day (very very very good day!). Examples of this is that she noticed when certain food dishes were not fully eaten compared to those that were, and would then adjust the order for next time. When some of us wanted to get silk clothing made or massages, the guides arranged this for us where we had to do nothing. The timing of the tour with the activities, including free transportation, was all arranged. I had a dress made and the tailor came to my hotel, I designed the dress and picked out the fabric, and then he was there the next night for a fitting and it was delivered the next morning - fitting and looking better than I could have imagined. My husband and I travel all of the world, and this is by far the best trip we have every taken. We highly recommend it!

Your comment on your tour manager:
This trip was amazing and truly a trip of a lifetime. China is so beautiful and Lynn, our guide, made sure it was a very memorable experience. She is not only an amazing tour guide, she is an amazing person. She made sure everyone's needs were satisfied and went out of her way every day to make sure everyone on her tour had a "ding ding ding how" day (very very very good day!).

What would you like to say to the prospective China Spree travelers?
The toilets are not as scary as they sound. Try it a few times and then you will not have to wait for the 1-2 western style toilets. Always bring wet wipes with you though. You can never take too many pictures! Bring lots of 1 dollar bills as suggested. And always negotiate unless explicitly stated you can not. The vendor may start very high - do not let this intimidate you. You can get most things such as t-shits, chopsticks in silk sleeves, hats, silk paintings for under $5/piece. Try all of the food, it better than the Chinese food in the USA - way better. I had never seen my husband eat veggies until this trip! Enjoy every moment!
 
Kellee Frazier & Paul Welter -- Eden Prairie, Minnesota
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
China Spree exceeded our expectations! Air China is a great carrier that flew us to the beautiful Beijing Airport and from there we were escorted in clean motor coaches to our destinations. The hotels are beautiful and the breakfast buffets are a pleasant surprise. The free days in Beijing and Shanghai allowed us to explore and shop on our own. The tour guides are passionate about China and they share their love of China with you. They really take care of you every step of the way, even on the free days! The value is incredible! How do you offer the trip we experienced for the price? Our itinerary immersed us into the Asian culture and we found the people of China to be friendly and equally interested in us, heaing a random "hello'" as we returned "nee how". The sights and history are truly wonderful and will have you wanting to return again! We were planning our return visit before we left!
 
Kimberly Doane
12 Day "China Delights",
 

 
China Spree is a wonderful company to book your vacation tour through. Attempting to make all the plans and arrangements that are included in the China Spree tours would be difficult and frustrating if not impossible for a person to make personally; expecially if visiting to China for the first time. The guides are first rate; pleasant, helpful, and accomodating as well as being very knowledgeable in the Chinese culture, languages, and visited areas. For being rated as "four star" hotels, I would say that the accomodations are better than all hotels I've stayed at in the US. (Granted, I've never stayed at The Ritz or equivalent hotels, but you know what I mean.) When you read reviews of a company's performance you often wonder if all the good things that are said can really be true. In this case, I've found that they really are, and in many cases exceeded my expectations for group travel. Definitely consider China Spree for your next vacation tour operator! I plan to take a longer trip with China Spree as soon as I can. That's something I can't say about another tour company that I used to vacation in Europe.

Comment on the hotels I was impressed by all the hotels. I have to admit I didn't expect the quality of the accomodations we received. I traveled as a single, and expected to receive small rooms with few amenities, but instead was given beautiful rooms that were in fact larger and probably nicer than some of the doubles. All the hotels had very good breakfast buffets, but the ones in Souzhou and Hanzhou were exceptional. I admit I had to take pictures of some of the rooms, just becaused I was amazed at how nice they were. I don't think I've stayed at hotels in the US that were as nice!

According to your experience from this trip what would you suggest to those who are going to traveling to China? Don't try to experience China by making all the arrangements on your own. China Spree has somehow managed to arrange beautiful, memorable trips which include all the highlights, while maintaining high quality at very reasonable prices. Even at twice the cost, the trip would be worthwhile.
 
Barbara Wade
12 Day "China Delights",
 

 
This trip can be called a trip of a lifetime in the sense that the cost of the tour was very reasonable, the sites we visited were great and the tour guides were very helpful and entertaining. the Hotels that we had stayed in were also great.
 
Maria Cecilia Ong -- Glendale, California
12-Day "China Delights"
 

 
I don't know how China Spree fits so much in for the price. We kept waiting for a bad hotel, an awful dinner or a boring tour day. It never happened. The organization was incredible. We had plenty of time to enjoy each stop. Our guides couldn't have been friendlier or more proffesional. The small group size was just right. We had lots of laughs and new experiences.
 
Anne Shultz -- Tucson, Arizona
12-Day "The Middle Kingdom"
 

 
Mr. Wu and the girls at the chinaspree office need to be congratulated for arranging this middle kingdom tour of China.This was the first time my family and I were visiting P.R. of China. In the time at hand we had a very good glimpse of China, her rich history and culture. Everything including the visa, the overseas and domestic travel and lodging was handled by Mr. Wu’s staff for us. The best part of the tour was our English speaking national and local tour guides that took care of us as their own family. Most of our meals were included in the tour. Not knowing the language we couldn’t have gone on our own to eat leave alone understand the menu. The local guides selected the menu and took us to the restaurant. Cindy our national guide made sure that we had enough time for breakfast and met in the hotel lobby to travel for the day. All our guides were very good and helping. We had an opportunity to ride the subway on our own in Beijing and Shanghai. and the local guides gave us directions without discouraging us. The guides also told us what and where to buy stuff when asked. Overall this was an enjoyable experience. I would definetely inform my friends and family to select chinaspree for visiting China.
 
Pushpa Deshmukh -- Phoenix, Arizona
12-Day "The Middle Kingdom"
 

 
Hi Everybody, Just returned home from the most incredible tour I have ever been on..... actually, it was the first tour that I have ever taken. The only other time I have traveled internationally was when I was a contestant on The Amazing Race. (That trip was a race so not much of a tour even though it was on a whirlwind schedule.) The China Delights tour to Beijing, Souzou, Hangzou and Shanghai was fantastic! Our adorable guide, Julia Zhang, made everything perfect for us even to the point of having bottled water just when we needed it. When we were with masses of people in the points of interest, she always "brought up the rear" and kept a close eye on the stragglers so that no one was ever "missing". Any of you who have been to China know that the shopping and street vendors are everywhere and most of us have a tendency to wander if we see something we can’t live without. The hotels were fab! I am a concierge in a 5 star hotel and I can attest to these being 4 star, even by USA standards. Every hotel had a concierge who was most helpful with the language barrier and directions. The food was great and my only complaint was that there was too much of it. My traveling partner, Betty, and I even found some good Chinese wine, Great Wall, that we couldn’t get enough of. I want to go again, soon!
 
Peggy Kuhn -- Jeffersonville, Indiana
12-Day "China Delights"
 

 
Our first trip to China was a wonderful experience thanks to China Spree. The guides were fantastic. They were always willing to share information about the sights, history, culture and traditions. Everything was very organized and ran smoothly allowing us to see as much as possible in a short amount of time.
 
John and Kristin -- New Jersey
12-Day The Middle Kingdom
 

 
Mr. Wu, you have put together a truly delightful trip in China Delights. Long enough to enjoy the various cities, not a boring moment and neither was it short that we felt rushed. You have done it very well. We are thinking of a repeat trip to China with you (hope the value continues) I have already told all our friends about Chinaspree.
 
Taposhi Stewart -- St. Louis, Missouri
12-Day "China Delights"
 

 
We just returned from a 11-day tour on the Middle Kingdom. We would highly recommend China Spree to anyone considering visiting China. You will be pleased beyond your expectations with the tour and accomodations afforded us. The sights are amazing. What you have seen pictures of in books cannot compare to seeing them in person. The Great Wall and to actually walk on it is an experience you will never forget. The terra Cotta soldiers in Xian is beyond belief. The tour guide (LYNN) we had the entire 11 days was wonderful beyond words. If China is on your itinerary we would highly recommend China Spree.

Words cannot express how wonderful LYNN was from beginning to the end of the tour. She was most helpful in all aspects of our trip, from teaching us Chinese to local customs. She made us feel at home like one of the family. We could ask her anything and she would find an answer for us. She is what made out trip one to remember always and should we ever go on another tour we would like to have LYNN. We rate LYNN 10 PLUS , she is the GREATEST...
 
Joe and Rosemary Gregurich -- Sanford, North Carolina
12-Day "The Middle Kingdom"
 

 
I have now taken two tours to China with China Spree. After interviewing several Companies about travel to China, the personnel of this Company convinced me that their itinerary was more interesting than some of the other Companies, and assured me that I would have a great time. I had never traveled to China before, so I decided to trust their judgement. I must admit that I haven’t traveled with any other Company because once I traveled with China Spree, I was hooked. Not only did I have the greatest cultural experience of my lifetime, but I couldn’t wait to get back to China. I shared the story of my experience with several of my friends, and within 3 months after my return home, several of my friends were headed to China with China Spree. Upon their return home, they immediately called me to say they had the greatest cultural experience of their lifetime too. They also wanted to go back to China. We decided to put another group together, and just this past November of 2007, we traveled back to China with 35 of our friends and acquaintances. What a fantastic trip! China Spree did a fantastic job of accomodating us and assisting us as we toured throughout several cities in China. As it currently stands, we are tentatively planning another trip to China in 2009, but with a different itinerary. And, yes we plan to travel with, none other than China Spree, because as far as we are all concerned, China Spree ’rocks’. The tour guides are all wonderful. They share wonderful historical and current cultural information about their country, tell very interesting stories, are they were all very accomodating. They protected us as if we were their children, thereby making us feel very secure. I would very highly recommend China Spree to anyone who has a desire to travel to China.
 
Marilyn White -- Sacramento, CA
12-Day "China Delights"
 

 
I tried China SPree just by chance and I was overjoyed by their performance. I would not cease to recommend this tour company to anyone. Our food was excellent, the guides were excellent, and the hotels we stayed at were excellent. Overall I would rate China Spree as a five star touir company. I would definitely travel with them anytime.
 
Bob Nodolf -- 4126 Sandhill Drive
12-Day "China Delights"
 

 
We took the 16 day Grand China and yangstze tour in October of 2007. It had surprised me prior to the trip that there was not one complaint about the company. When we took our tour we found this to be true. We were so well taken care of and saw and experienced so many things it was unbelieveable. Each part of the tour was very special and we felt that we saw it in the best possible way. The hotels were very comfortable and the guides helpful. I am wondering how they managed to offer us so much at such a reasonable price. I should also say that they were very patient with all of my questions prior to the trip. Many thanks to Wilson Wu, Helen and Lily for helping me to prepare for this journey. I would advise anyone to take this tour!
 
Catherine gail Shaw -- Toronto, Canada
16-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
NANCY'S CHINA VACATION POEM

A trip to China we decided to book,

To see the world you have to look,

And looked forward with glee,

To trying new dishes,

And sampling the fishes,

Our tour guide's name was Shude,

He'd do anything for you he could,

To climb the Great Wall,

Was double happiness for all,

We learned new words like "Nee Hau!"

And paid our respects to Chairman Mao,

We bargained for treasures,

To bid low was a pleasure,

On dumplings we dined,

And drank Dynasty Wine,

There's a hole in the floor to take piss,

Our bathrooms at home we really miss,

Peace and tranquility at the Temple of Heaven,

It's a hard thing to find in 2007,

We made lots of new friends,

We'll be sad when it ends,

So, hang on to your wife,

And live a long happy life.

---- Nancy O'Reilly, CS071020GY
 
Nancy O -- Windsor, Ontario, Canada
16-Day "Grand China & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
The Middle Kingdom tour is very well done. You always feel comfortable and secure. The places we saw were awesome, from the Great Wall, to the Terra Cotta Warriors, to the buildings of Shanghaii. The small group(16) we traveled with became like family which made things even more enjoyable. Our guides were not only knowledgable but also had a good sense of humor. We would recommend ChiaSpree to anyone interested in a very fine China trip.
 
Christopher R -- Ballston Spa, New York
12-Day "The Middle Kingdom"
 

 
I was a first-time China traveler and did not know what to expect for my first overseas trip. China Spree's National Guide met us as we exited the plane in Beijing and basically took care of us throughout the trip!! Our luggage was loaded onto the bus at the airport and showed up in our hotel room shortly after our arrival. Hotel accommodations were excellent in all our destination cities and the staff provided top-notch service and cleaniness. Very impressive!! Breakfast was in the hotel each morning and then it was out the adjacent door to an awaiting bus that took us to our first destination of the day. We were busy all day long and enjoyed good Chinese meals along the way. Whenever we was flying to another city, our National Guide would collect our passports and tickets and go to the airport to get our boarding passes in advance. That meant that upon arrival at the airport, we exited the bus, obtained our boarding passes from our Guide; went thru security; and got on the airplane. Luggage again was taken care of by the bus driver. Great service!! Very Impressive!! Other benefits included third row seats at the Chinese Acrobats and numerous upgrades at various other functions. We thoroughly enjoyed our China vacation and China Spree certainly went above and beyond their obligations to see that we had the best of everything. If I ever plan to return to China, then China Spree will get my business. I have also mentioned China Spree to my friends and family to help guide them in the right direction on their next China trip.
 
Walter L. Banks -- New Franklin, Missouri
16-Day "Grand China & Yangtze Cruise".
 

 
Anyone interested in taking a trip to China should have a look at what "Chinaspree.com" has to offer. We knew China Spree from a fellow passenger on an early boat cruise we were on. He mentioned that if you ever want to go to China checkout "Chinespree.com " on the internet. That we did. We did and we were extremely glad that we did. We took the "21 day China Panorama'" Oct 13,2007 and were extremely pleased with the itinerary .China is a big country with lots to see. What we saw was awesome and memorable this trip will not be soon forgotten. Our group had a total of 19 persons with two very knowledgeable tour guides, no question stumped them. Our group being small was nice and easy to manage. Their max. is 20 persons per group. At resturants we took up only two tables making it easy to converse with each other. Our buses were not full, lots of room for whatever we were carrying. We met some tour groups with 40 persons. This to me is to large, with a large group you will always be waiting someone or just the difficult in hearing what the tours guides are saying. Our guides handled all our needs and requests. My wife says we were pampered. I guess I have to agree with her. All we had to do was be on time for the tour and enjoy ourselves and we did. The places we stayed , the resturants, modes of travel (that was lots) were all top notch. Just an added note to Canadians which we are. Chinaspree flies out of the States only. To make our connection in New York we drove to Buffalo from Toronto did some shopping then flew from Buffalo to JFK. The airfare was reasonable.
 
Bill & Iris M -- Toronto, Canada
21-Day "China Panorama"
 

 
I would recomend this tour, or any tour put together by China Spree to anyone and feel confident they would have the time of their lives. Willson Wu was extremely helpful in the arrangements, the National tour guide made our trip carefree. The local tour guides more or less held our hands and made it so the only thing we had to do was have a good time. I came away with tremendous knowledge of the Chinese people, their custom and their beliefs. The knowledge passed on to us about China's customs and history, and appreciation of their history will be fondly with me for the rest of my life. I find it hard to talk about anything else with my friends and family... I had the most wonderful time of my life, our small group became very close and the most comforting part was having Lilly as our China tour guide. We had to worry about nothing; everything was taken care of with elegance and poise. Lilly is way beyond her years in compassion and consideration for others. She helped the local guides and was ALWAYS there for us and our needs. Her knowledge of China, the customs and the people are second to none. I can't say enough for her. Charlie, our guide in Shanghai was second on my list of helpful, amusing, knowledgeable and just a perfectly nice guy. The accommodations throughout the trip were well above what I expected. I only wished that China Spree could have tours in other countries in the world. Everything was great. All the extra side tours were colorful and interesting also.
 
Frank B -- York, Pennsylvania
16 Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise tour
 

 
I just returned from the two-week China's Best Treasures tour. When friends ask me about my trip to China, I have two things to say. "Go." And, "go with China Spree." I have now visited 37 countries, and this trip was by far my most enjoyable. My fear is, the 2008 Olympics will cause China to be discovered, and many of the joys and delights I experienced will go the way of anything that gets "discovered" and achieves overnight popularity. The things that surprised me the most were how modern the cities are, and how happy and friendly the people are. As wonderful as China is, I know a large part of my enjoyment was due to the impeccable planning, care, and attention of the China Spree staff. I'm already rethinking my next trip - taking a look at other China Spree tours. Too bad there's not a Paraguay Spree or "Sprees" to lots of other countries.

China Spree Questions: Please rate the performance of your national guide from 1 to 10 while 10 is the best.

Is there an 11? I've never seen a guide more concerned for the safety, well being, and enjoyment of his tour group. If the tour had been two weeks longer, I would have become totally helpless, since I had the confidence in Jeffery for me to become totally dependent on him to take care of everything.
 
Richard Perreault -- Chamblee, Georgia
14-Day "China Best Treasures"
 

 
My husband and I were amazed that China Spree could include so many sightseeing experiences, wonderful hotels, and outstanding food at the price we paid. In addition, we were well satisfied with the city guides and our tour guide and wouldn't hesitate to recommend China Spree to anyone.
 
Shirley J --Sacramento, California
21 Day China Panorama tour
 

 
Attention Lily, Just a note to tell you how wonderful and great our trip was to China, Yangtze River and Tibet Odyssey. This was our 7th trip to China in the past 18 years and this was the best by far. Everything was on schedule to the minute. The hotels in China were all 4 or 5 stars plus. The hotel in Tibet was far above what we had expected - very clean, modern and good food. The water was hotel after 6 am too. We can not say enough good things about Spring, our national tour director. She was the best we have ever had in all our travels to over 75 countries. Never seen any person as caring and thoughtful as Spring. The local guides were all very good too. In all of the flights, tours, meals etc, we never had to wait five minutes. Bus drivers were always waiting for us at all times. We also had plenty of food that was presented in a pleasant way. The days were very busy, but always interesting. The only one thing hat may be improved - just a little more free time to shop. You may us for reference if you have someone that would like to talk about your tip. Best regards,
 
Norman & Mary L -- Logansport, Indiana
15-Day "Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey"
 

 
....WOW....WOW....WOW

We have just returned form The China Spree, Grand China & Yangtze Cruise (079025GY0SFO) and I can tell you that we feel we got at least 110% of what you promised.

The hotels were all wonderful, in fact the Jianguo Garden in Beijing and the New Century in Shanghai were 5 stars in every respect. Rooms were clean, spacious and quiet and the staff was great...

The meals throughout were wonderful. Each table was overflowing with great Chinese food to the point that we often couldn't eat it all...The dumpling dinner in Xi'an was a real treat. We never thought that so many different foods could be made into dumplings. One suggestion is that you may wish to include one or two non-Chinese meals during the trip so that there would be a little variety. On our last free day in Shanghai, ½ of our group went to Pizza Hut and the others went to McDonalds so that we could savor some good old American junk.

The attractions we saw were awesome and varied; we especially liked the Hutong tour in Beijing.

But they best part of our tour was George Li, our national guide. He was our teacher, parent and friend, all in one. He watched over us at every turn to make sure we left nothing behind on the bus and was extremely attentive to ensure that no one was left behind in a museum, temple or shopping stop. He controlled our baggage (just as you had promised) so that once we turned it over to him when we landed in Beijing we never had to think about it until we checked in at Shanghai for our flight to San Francisco. The most amazing thing about George was that he was able to adjust our itinerary, at a moment's notice, to avoid traffic jams, national day celebration crowds and, yes even a Typhoon.

The other special thing about our trip was our group. By limiting the size of the group we were able to get to know all of our companions, and when we left Shanghai we felt that we had 12 new and dear friends. We have already emailed or spoken to some of them and will be visiting them on our travels in the future.

We will certainly recommend China Spree to any of our friends who are considering China. We still don't understand how you can provide so much quality at the extremely reasonable price.

Once again, thank you for making our first retirement trip so special.
 
Gary & Ruth R -- West Orange, NJ
16-Day "Grand China & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
My wife and I both work for major hotels in Las Vegas, and we deal with all types of travelers everyday. Our vacation to China on the Best of China and Hong Kong tour was fantastic ! Every detail was taken care of and every concern was quickly addressed. The hotels were very nice with all of the Western conveniences that we expect when traveling to large cities in the U.S. The meals were good and plentiful. We tried some new dishes, but nothing that was too spicy or unusual. Everyone on our tour seemed very satisfied with the selections. The pace of the trip was brisk but not overly strenuous. We felt tired and satisfied at the end of each day. The sites were amazing ! We could have easily spent weeks in each of the cities that we visited. I feel that we really did see the Best of China in the limited time that we had to spend. China Spree did a wonderful job of providing this experience in the most stress free way.
 
John & Lecia Conte -- Las Vegas, NV
15-Day "Best of China & Hong Kong"
 

 
Dear China Spree, Thank you so much for introducing me to the wonderful people of China! The people were friendly and helpful to us everywhere we went. We were prepared ahead of time for what we might encounter. The hotels were first-class, the meals incredible, and the guides were so very knowledgeable. We were pampered beyond belief, compared with other tours that we saw. For example, we had free bottled water on the bus and did not have to carry our own bags in the hotels. The China Spree groups are small enough that we developed a one-to-one relationship with our guides. We were "family." I cannot imagine going to Asia with anyone but China Spree.
 
Clarice Schorzman --Vancouver, Washington.
16-Day "Yangtze Cruise & Hong Kong"
 

 
Many people have asked me about our recent trip to China. My first response is that the trip was wonderful due to choosing China Spree as our tour company. On our vacations, we like to see as many sites as possible, and this is also the goal of China Spree for its customers. Our tour guides were dedicated to providing extensive visiting time at as many sites as possible during each day of the tour since China Spree believes that its customers want a good return for their investment. Also, we cannot say enough about the quality of our tour guides. Our national tour guide, Kevin, was flawless in his management of the tour with no missed connections or extensive idle time. Kevin was so helpful and caring with all of the tour members that he became a good friend to everyone. On the last day of the tour, everyone was sad to leave him. During a personal crisis on the tour, Kevin helped us late at night; and he showed up early in the morning to make sure that he got us on the bus so that we didn't miss anything on the tour schedule. The local guides were also equally informative and friendly, and they all spoke very good English. All of the hotels, accommodations, and restaurants on the tour were 5 star or near. We found the other people on the tour to be very friendly and active. These people seemed to be very experienced travelers, and we believe that their travel knowledge led them to choose China Spree. As an added bonus, our guides were able to put us up front by the stage for the cultural and acrobat shows. I would certainly recommend China Spree for anyone who wants to see as much of China as possible in a short time for a very reasonable price. Your visit to China will only be as good as your tour company makes it, and China Spree will provide you with an unforgettable visit to China. However, if you want to sit around in your hotel for half the day, don't choose China Spree.
 
Craig & Dolores Johler --Saint Louis, Missouri
16-Day "Grand China & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
Without hesitation we highly recommend China Spree for your trip to China. What makes a great trip? For one thing when your expectations are exceeded you have to give credit where credit is due. We have been on trips where the actual product is very different from what was advertised. First class hotels turn out to be dumps, included meals turn out to be box lunches and bowls of mush. Tour guides that don't know what they are talking about, etc.
China Spree on the other hand has it all right. Their National Guides are absolutely the best in the industry, the itinerary is so detailed and is carried out exactly as billed. The food is excellent, the hotels are 4-5 star, the local guides and local transportation are all first class. You could not ask for more but you sure could pay more for less with another tour company. We talked to others who were with other groups and we quickly found that we had clearly picked the best with China Spree. If you can afford the time and the price of the 21 day China Panorama - go for it! You may be really tired when it is over but you will have gained memories that will last the rest of your life. We will go back to China again and we will absolutely book with China Spree. Make your reservation now for the trip of your life.

Please rate your tour manager from scale 1-10 while 10 is the best.
Ming is a 10!! Without her care and concern for our welfare and total enjoyment of the trip it may not have been as wonderful. She is so knowledgeable and focused on service - words cannot do her justice.
 
Stephen Lyczak -- Downers Grove, Illinois
21-Day "China Panorama"
 

 
The trip was wonderful! Since returning from China, I have had the opportunity to hear about someone else's experience on a higher priced tour, and read an article from a Dallas Newspaper comparing two China trips with well known tour companies (again higher priced). Before having this information, I came home very satisfied with my China trip booked through China Spree. After obtaining the comparisons, I was even happier that I chose China Spree. I was amazed at how well organized the trip was; the Hotels were of top quality (much more elegant than I expected), the food was plentiful and mostly regional and served in what we would call family style, so there was the opportunity to try dishes that one might not order; and there was also enough variety so that if you are not so adventurous, to find something to eat that you would be happy with. Breakfasts were Buffet and offered a mixture of East and West cuisine; so again, plenty of choises. Eating was very much a Chineese experience, and added greatly to the China Travel experience. Our National Guide, Lucy, was wonderful; as were all our Local Guides. Besides for explaining the sights, the guides shared with us so much of local customs and traditions (each area had unique cultural features). Lucy was with us throughout the trip and acted like a mother hen, always ready to explain things, helping organize our experience, explaining clearly anything we needed to know for our excusion, the next day, etc. Lucy very much added to our China experience. I think one of the things that impressed me with my trip was that meals were meals, and sights were sights. As anyone who has taken a planned european tour knows, often the sight listed is really a lunch stop and often leaves little time to see the sight you expected to see, unless you forgo lunch; or as seasoned travelers learn, you have to be creative about your lunch so you can see the sight. This was not an issue at all on the China Spree tour. I never felt rushed at the sights, and as we went through the sights there were frequent periodic free time periods provided to explore and take pictures. Instead of a block of time, the free time periods, were doled out genorously in parcels of time as we progressed through the sights. I was very satisfied with my trip, and would definitely reccomend China Spree. Would I use them again for a different itinerary? Definitely. I was excited about going, I expected some inconveniences that never materialized (eg. I expected to deal with maybe tight travel accomodations and was so pleasantly suprized at the roomy transportation. I expected an extented van or mini bus since China Spree limits the size of the tour group. I was amazed that for our group of 20 persons we throughout China were transported in full size modern buses!) China Spree exceeded my expectations in so many areas.
 
Mary rasmussen -- South River, New Jersey
16-Day "Grand China & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
If you go to China use ChinaSpree! If you don't use ChinaSpree, don't go to China! ChinaSpree will exceed your expectations in every way. The price of the trip and the quality and ease to understand the tour guides was exceptional. I just came home yesterday and am writing today to tell ChinaSpree how satisfied my wife and I and everyone in our group is. We will look at ChinaSpree on all other travel to Asia and any other location they may provide. Look no further, choose ChinaSpree and stop worrying. They are better than everyone in price, locations to visit and local and national tour guides. They are all easy to understand and a pleasure to be with. I loved every second of our trip! The money you save on travel with ChinaSpree you can use on buying presents in the Government factory stores. If 10 is the best I would give LUCY a 20 because she was exceptional!!!. Our tour guide LUCY was excellent. She was so professional and caring in every way. She went out of her way to make our trip delightful. She is as asset to your company and We will travel with Chinaspree again because of people like her. If you go to China use ChinaSpree, if you don't use ChinaSpree, don't go to China! (LUCY MADE US WANT TO USE CHINASPREE AGAIN.) Lucy was easy to understand and gave us detail on everything that we were going to see and do. She made recommendations on what to see on free time and each time it was the best. She made us feel like family and we all loved her. She truly was the best guide I have ever had on all the trips I have taken in the last 25 years. Lucy is China's BEST TREASURE!!! There is no doubt in my mind!!!! Keep her forever, give her a raise, she is worth every YUAN you give her. I just came home yesterday and wanted to tell you how pleased I was with LUCY today. She is the best in every way and should be used when a VIP from the USA or other country visits China. I know they will be as pleased as we are. Thank you ChinaSpree for a wonderful trip and please thank LUCY again for us.
 
Charles & Tamara Radetzky -- Bensalem, Pennsylvania
14-Day "China Best Treasures"
 

 
Please feel free to post the below letter on your testimonial site on the Chinaspree.com website. We had such a great experience -- and simply cannot speak highly enough of our guide, Mr. Tom Hoyang. He was a tremendous guide, an asset to our entire group, and moreover, we now count him as a friend. He made the entire experience memorable and enjoyable! Should you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to let us know. I did submit the letter below via the online comment/question form, but also wanted to email it to your group as well to make sure you received it. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear ChinaSpree, Now that we are settled back into "regular" life, we wanted to take a moment and send you a note of thanks for providing us a breathtakingly wonderful trip (Yangtze Cruise and Tibet Odyssey, September 2-16, 2007)! As young travelers, we were very hesitant about booking a tour with a group. We have traveled the world quite extensively (always on our own) and had the stereotype that tour groups were for the retired or not-so-well-traveled. I am happy to report that our experience with China Spree has changed that mode of thought. We absolutely cannot recommend this tour enough. To plan the logistics of seeing all the sights we visited over those two weeks would have taken months of planning and would have been twice as expensive as the tour package price. Our group was small and manageable at only 16 people who bonded together and became friends. The country has innumerable ancient and modern assets to offer, but we would have to say that the trip to Tibet was the absolute highlight. The Tibetan people and the preservation of the culture steeped in the Buddhist way of life is something that we will always remember and cherish. In fact, we can still close our eyes and envision the region’s beauty and smell the yak butter fragrance that wafts from Lhasa’s many temples. Making the trip special was the national and local guides that accompanied us throughout the trip. All the guides were well informed, friendly and pleasant. Tom Hoyang, our national guide, was with us from the time we got off the plane in China until we boarded our flight to leave. Tom was more than a guide, he was a friend who diplomatically worked with the group to find ways to make our trip memorable. To all potential travelers considering a trip to China, we say look no further. We researched dozens of companies before booking with ChinaSpree and are convinced we made the right choice. And when we had questions about which tour was best for us, the director of the company, Mr. Wilson Wu, called and talked to us for over a half hour to ensure that we were making the right decisions. ChinaSpree made this journey an incredibly rewarding experience. Many thanks to your tour group for providing an enriching cultural experience at an affordable price! Sincerely,
 
Jeff & Eileen Schoenfeldt -- Fitchburg, Wisconsin
Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey
 

 
Dear China Spree, Jack and I have been on other tours but never anything approaching our Sept 2-Sept 16 Yangtze Cruise and Tibet Odyssey. Our guide, Tom Hoyang, was the kindest-hearted person I have ever met, except, possibly, for Penba, our local guide in Lhasa (15 years a monk in the Serra Monastery!)... Between these two well-informed natural teachers (and simply beautiful people) we gained insights into the real soul of the deeply religious Tibetans who have so little but enjoy such inner peace; and into the rapidly changing cultures of the diverse Chinese peoples. I didn't know what impressions I would come away with, but, after so many exchanges of sincere smiles and so many conversations with the young people, on the river cruise, at restaurants, during massages (wonderful foot and reflexology massages!!) I found the people to be bright, open, gentle and kind. I was stunned with how beautiful and modern Beijing and Shanghai have become! Of course, the old parts of the cities were the most captivating. I loved the ancient temples and palaces, but was most deeply affected by seeing ordinary people living ordinary lives. Our walk through Chongqings Old Town was a favorite, as were our visits to private homes and to the orphanage, under construction in a village outside Lhasa. I could go on and on and never begin to highlight all the wonders which are still dominating most of my waking hours. I still can't believe all we experienced in such a short time. Our group of 16 delightful travel companions has made us many permanent new friends. Like so many of the testimonials, I, too, would like to express my appreciation for receiving so much at such an affordable price! Thank you, China Spree!!
 
Sandra & Jack Lynch -- weidman, Michigan
15-Day "Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey"
 

 
You get alot for your money. China is changing by the day and I would recommend going as soon as possible. Every other person we talked to that was on a different China Spree tour had nothing but good things to say about their experience. For those who are thinking about it be prepared to do alot of walking and think of China as an adventure, because it is. We did a 16 day tour, that included five cities.Took four flights and a 3 day cruise on the Yangtze river. When you consider that all flights, hotels, meals, cruise and tours are included you just cannot go wrong. The Chinese people are friendly and although most do not speak another language they try to communicate as best as possible. The guides and in most customer service related jobs, such as hotels and some retail they do speak English. Also English is on most road signs and in public places. The small groups of 20 are also ideal and by the time your trip is finished you have made 20 new friends. Over all go for it and go with China Spree you will not be disappointed.
 
Mario Betancourt -- Parker, Co
16-Day "Grand China & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
We just returned from the Chinaspree.com 14 day China’s Best Treasures tour. I have questioned the validity of testimonials from companies over concern that they were written by the tour company and not individuals who had actually taken the tours so I did not put full faith in those on the Chinaspree website but they ended up being correct. I have traveled a lot over the years and this was the best trip that I have ever taken. The tour guides, hotels, itinerary, airlines, and food were all exceptional with not one complaint. The small size of the Chinaspree tours was extremely critical to the success of the trip. There was no time wasted dealing with large groups. There was intimate contact with the tour guides greatly enhancing the experience. The days were packed with activities and no time was wasted. We went all the way to China to experience everything and we did. You truly wonder how they can give you everything they did for the price. I will definitely take another Chinaspree tour at some future time as there are many other areas of China to see. This was written by a true traveler who prior to finding Chinaspree on the internet did not know of their existence so it is unbiased. Gerald Karpman Camarillo, CA
 
Gerald Karpman -- Camarillo, CA
14-Day "China Best Treasures"
 

 
We found ChinaSpree when we started looking into tours to China. The itinerary and dates they offered were just what we were looking for and the price was competitive with other tour operators. We were a bit nervous about the fact that we had never heard of them, but we called and talked to one of the agents and she was very knowledgeable and professional, which allayed our concerns. Eventually we took the plunge and signed up for the Yangtze River and Tibet Odyssey. The tour itself turned out to be everything ChinaSpree said it would be. Our national guide was wonderful, and the other members of our group were all very nice people. I have to say, I thought I had done a lot of traveling, but everybody who was in this group has traveled very extensively; some had already been to China more than once. I think the aspect of this tour that attracted these well-traveled folks was the chance to go to Tibet. I was impressed by ChinaSpree's professionalism. All of the paperwork, Visas, and travel documents were completed on schedule, we always had knowledgeable local guides, punctual transportation, and comfortable accommodations. When we were going to see the Great Wall, we ran into terrible traffic, which threatened to cut short our time there. Our guide quickly juggled the schedule so that we could keep the original allotted time without losing any other items on the itinerary. We were all very grateful. This is not a "leisure" vacation where you kick back and relax - it is a cultural adventure of the very best kind. The days were sometimes very long because there was so much to see. But we all knew we were not going to be back again soon, and we wanted to see as much as possible, so no complaints. I came home from this trip tired but at the same time rejuvenated - I had no time to think about my job or my ordinary life; I was completely immersed in a strange and wonderful odyssey that constantly challenged my preconceptions about China and Tibet. It was everything a trip of this kind should be. Well done, ChinaSpree!
 
David Leonard -- West Chester, Pennsylvania
15-Day "Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey"
 

 
My wife and me just got back from China. We had a wonderful trip. It was worth every penny we spent. You delivered everything you promised, and a whole lots more. We had a wonderful time and a most memorable experience. We are still surprised at how much value we received. The flight accommodations were superb, the hotels far exceeded our expectations, the local guides were well informed and very helpful, the tours were well planned, informative and always on time. The greatest plus of the entire trip was the national guide (Olivia - Duan Rong). She took a personal interest in meeting all needs of each person. She was timely in her organization of the tour, added special details to the information from the local guides, set a very positive mood with her humor and personality. She has excellent communications skills. She is a very good asset to your organization and a marvelous ambassador of China. We will recommend China Spree to others who have an interest in travelling to China (Hint: ask for Olivia). From deep in our hearts thank you to your entire organization for a job well done.
 
" Alejandro & Carmen Virella -- San Juan, Puerto Rico
16-Day "Grand China & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
I enjoy traveling and have always made my own arrangements from air travel to ground transportation to hotels. My trip to China was a first; I decided to take a guided tour. China Spree did not disappoint. The tour was highly organized and efficient. The guides were helpful, friendly and knowledgeable, taking good care of the tour group every step of the journey. Members of the group shared lots of laughs as we toured the country and saw too many wonderful things to describe here. I call it, "The Trip of a Lifetime" and have been recommending China Spree non-stop to all my friends, relatives and co-workers since arriving home. My trip to China will always hold a special place in my memory as one of my favorite international excursions.
 
Darrin Doman -- Salt Lake City, Utah
14-Day "China Best Treasures"
 

 
Chinaspree was a very reliable company to book our cruise with. The guides, both national and local, were pleasant, humorous, caring and informative at all times. The days were literally PACKED with activities, which kept the children occupied and the parents fascinated continuously. There was not time to rest, except during meals and on the bus. So, be prepared to be moving all the time! The food was always plentiful and delicious, always catering to the vegetarian, if you should have them in your group! The cruise was relaxing, with the daily tours so much fun! The buffet meals at breakfast and lunch were outstanding, with much attentions to detail at dinners! Transportation was always ready to go - extremely punctual and ever present! I would not think twice about going again. This was a trip of a lifetime that I so enjoyed with my children. We were absolutely well taken care of and at no time were we ever in any kind of danger. Congratulations to the whole crew of ChinaSpree for putting out a QUALITY travelling package! Many thanks!!
 
Georgianna Chen -- Omaha, Nebraska
16-Day "Grand China & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
My wife and I have taken several escorted tours in Europe and Central America and would rank our China Spree tour as of our best experiences based upon its comprehensive itinerary and value for the money. Our initial concerns regarding the low price, a possible language barrier and the reputed sanitary issues were absolved as we embarked on the tour. The prearranged meals afforded us true flavors of the areas of the country we visited without any concern about what we were eating; the hotel accommodations were excellent and perhaps a little better than what we normally stay at in the USA (on a retirees pension and a teachers salary) and the air, river and bus modes of transportation were better than expected. Our national guide's English and her explanations of what we were seeing and were to see were excellent. Her knowledge of American culture provided her just enough to appreciate us as guests and what we might want to know.
 
Alan Schwartzman -- Augusta, Georgia
16 Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise tour
 

 
Just by luck our group came across China Spree on the web. We were very skeptical at first, because we were unfamiliar with the company. After talking to Wilson on the phone, I felt very optimistic that this would be a great trip. Wilson suggested "China's Best Treasures" because our group had not been to China before. I wasn't familiar with most of the stops on the trip, but felt that if China Spree is recommending this trip it should be good. The trip was amazing! Everything was first rate. Our hotels were wonderful, the food was wonderful, and our guides were amazing! I can't believe how much China Spree packed into one day. The each stop was very educational. The trip could not have been better! Our guides did everything humanly possible to make our trip special. Every single person in our group had the same high opinion of the trip and of China Spree. The trip was absolutely perfect. I highly recommended China Spree to all my friends.
 
bryan Hiveley -- MIami, Florida
14-day "China Best Treasures"
 

 
Dear Wilson and Helen, We just completed the 16-day "Yangtze Cruise and Hong Kong" Tour, which also included Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou and Shanghai. We've traveled the world with tour agencies ranging from Insight to Abercrombie & Kent, and we can't imagine visiting China with anyone other than China Spree. You deliver everything you promise, and a whole lot more. First of all, you INCLUDE more sights and places (even Hong Kong) than most travel agencies, and at the most reasonable price. Secondly, we love your commitment to keeping the group to twenty people or less. Our group numbered twelve, and by the end of our trip, we all agreed that we were lucky indeed to be on a China Spree tour. We saw many tour groups of thirty or forty or more people, who were struggling to hear their guides and crowded in their buses, problems we did not have. We were also impressed by the excellent, clearly understandable English of ALL the China Spree guides. Not once did we walk away from an attraction wondering what we'd just seen. Not only that, our guides were extremely knowledgeable and totally professional, yet caring and sensitive to our groups' wishes and needs. We cannot compliment them enough. We must admit that before we arrived in China, we worried slightly about our accommodations, as it seemed unbelievable that you were offering so much for such a reasonable price. However, all the hotels were wonderful, with beautiful lobbies and lovely, comfortable and spacious rooms. In addition, we were pleased that all meals in mainland China were included, and we were astounded at the quality and quantity of all the food everywhere - it was delicious. We're already planning on another China Spree tour in the next year or two to other parts of China. We cannot praise you enough, and we give you a 10++ rating - the very highest possible! Thank you for the trip of a lifetime. Sincerely, Jane and Henry Holland Mary Bond
 
Jane & Henry Holland, and Mary Bond -- Phoenix, Arizona
16-Day "Yangtze Cruise & Hong Kong"
 

 
China Spree offers excellent value. It combines the economy of "economy" tours with the personal attention and limited size of more upscale tour companies. The itineraries include some stops often omitted from less expensive tours, such as a home-visit, a kindergarten class, the Yao community at Long Sheng. After painstakingly comparing at least a half dozen companies and then choosing this one, we saw all the other, more expensive, tours at the same hotels and restaurants we patronized!
 
Suzanne Kaplan -- West Bloomfield, Michigan
21-day "China Panorama" tour
 

 
Good Morning Lily, Helen, Wilson...

Harry Tucker and I returned from our China Spree Middle Kingdom trip one month ago and I apologize for the delay in giving you some feedback. We had a delightful time, and a most memorable experience. We marvel at how much value we received. The flight accommodations were superb, the hotels far exceeded our expectations, the tours were well planned, informative and well paced, the local guides were well informed and helpful. The greatest plus of the entire trip was the national tour director, Bill Huang. He took a personal interest in meeting all needs of each tour participant. He was timely in his conduct and organization of the tour, added special insight to the information from the local guides, set a positive mood with his humor and personality and, in short, was simply outstanding. He was the best I have ever experienced. I do trust this assessment of Bill will find its way to his direct organizational report and that he will be properly accommodated. Again, he is a credit to your organization and a marvelous ambassador of China. We have and will continue to recommend your company to others (and hopefully will be in Bill's group) who have an interest in travel to China. Again, a heartfelt "thank you" to your entire organization for a job superbly well done.
 
Wayne Heatherly -- Knoxville, Tennessee
The Middle Kingdom tour
 

 
Dear Wilson We just got back from China. We had a wonderful trip. You were right. It was worth every penny we spent. I am copying this e-mail to all the travelers in our group to prompt them to send you their own impressions. China has obviously see a phenomenal metamorphosis. From a third world it has leap-frogged to become one of the economic powerhouses of the world. This was in evidence everywhere. Couched within all this, lies the soul of China......warmth, efficiency, loads of culture, tradition, friendliness and beauty.......most aptly symbolized by our National Guide Angela. Angela was worth her weight in gold. She handled our small group with age ranges of 10 to 68 with grace, fun and dependability. She was sick herself a couple of times and still never deserted us. She helped at all times and was clearly the best guide I have ever had... I would also like to recommend your tour to others and will be glad to receive e-mail from any future customers who need a recommendation about China Spree. The hotels were all great...We really enjoyed the Dumpling meal and Mongolian Barbecue...Allowing us to travel in a small group for the same price as bigger groups is your best advertisement. I left China wanting to go back and visit again!!! My head is filled with memories of art, history, palaces, huggable Chinese babies, museums, shopping, Shanghai skyscrapers, the Maglev train, the awe of nature in the Three Gorges, The Yangtzee Cruise, massages, paintings,......and laughter, learning and fun. Thank You again for a memorable trip.
 
Dr. Crasta -- Rockville Center, NY
group of 17. Private, custom tour of "Best of China & Yangtze Cruise"
 

 
This is the second time I’ve done a group travel trip. This one was by far superior. It included many things not included by other companies like the Shanghai acrobats and a dance show. With other companies, those would have been extras. China was fun and I felt very safe wandering around on my free time. China Spree guides went the extra mile providing many extras like bottles of water daily for the touring so we didn’t have to worry about getting that. The trip was well-organized, thoughtful and overall well-run. They didn’t miss a beat. We just showed up at the different sites, meals and venues and everything was ready to go. I liked not having to worry about a thing just seeing and experiencing China. The people in our group were great and the way China Spree arranged meals and sightseeing, it allowed us to bond or operate independently if we so desired. I also appreciated that China Spree didn’t bombard us with so-called factory tours. It seemed like on my previous group tour to another country, we got stuck doing those often.
 
Ines Alicea -- Alexandria, Virginia
12-Day "The Middle Kingdom",
 

 
China Spree provided us with an exceptional tour for the price. The informative guides brought the Chinese culture and history alive from ancient history right back up to the present. The cultural events were very interesting and costumes beautiful. I especially liked the way China Spree let us experience not only how the emperors lived, but also allowed us to see how the local present day people go about their days. We ate at a local residence and traveled by rickshaw though the local streets to see more of the current day Beijing. Our hotels were modern, clean and tastefully decorated. Our rooms - well equiped for our comfort with everything from bathrobes and slippers to toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, soaps and shampoos. I think China Spree did a wonderful job taking care of us and filling our days with adventure. I highly recommend this company.
 
Sue Belair -- Cato, Wisconsin
12-Day "The Middle Kingdom",
 

 
When I decided to go to China with China Spree I did not know about this company at all except what I read in their website. But even from the time preceding our trip when we start our business with this company I realized that they are working very professionally: they replied on our phone calls immediately, answer all questions, send all information I requested. But the trip itself exceeds my expectations. Small group -19 people, very interesting itinerary, comfortable 4*hotels, big very clean Motor coaches with numbers of seats two times exceed the numbers of tourists, good Chinese food, the best national guide John who was with us the whole trip and did his best to make our trip to unforgettable experience. I think that because the company is comparatively new they are trying to do their best to establish themselves and this is why all is perfect. I would recommend this company to everyone. Just go with China Spree! Small group, excellent service, very interesting itinerary.
 
Yulia Shvarts -- San Jose, California
14 Day The Mighty Yangtze tour
 

 
Wilson:

Pam and I returned yesterday evening after, what is probably the most memorable vacation/adventure we've ever taken.
It was a wonderful experience to see China, as presented by China Spree. We left feeling we had seen everything we had ever wanted to see, and this in the company of our friends, Denise Adams and Hugo Rey, together with ten of the most wonderful people we've ever met. We all thoroughly enjoyed each other!
Your "team" was outstanding! John Ma, as our National Guide could not have done more to make us feel at home in China, and was there to help us every step of the way. he is a very special individual, and should friends of ours wish to follow us, we would strongly recommend they go on a tour on which John is the NTG. A great rapport developed between John and the group nicknamed - Chairma Ma and the Gang of Fourteen!
Of the local guides, we were particularly impressed by Robert Tang in Beijing. He was an incredibly knowledgeable and personable individual, and was a great credit to you and your company.
Should anyone wish a "reference" on China Spree, we would be delighted to hear from them. Please feel free to pass along our e-mail address to anyone who wants to talk with people who have taken your tours. You can be certain that we will give you a first class reference.
 
Tony Lord and Pam Chase -- Palm Desert, California
14 Day The Mighty Yangtze tour
 

 
I loved how you put us in the right frame of mind in your tour handbook with the parting words of advice: "Be patient, flexible, open and good natured. China is a learning experience, not an escape; an adventure, not a getaway; a new challenge, not necessarily a holiday" We were kept busy, saw a lot, great group of people, knowledgeable and personable guides, variety of food, everything arranged and went smoothly, clear directions on how much to tip
 
Nancy Sue Gierhart -- Palo Alto, California1
17 Day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey Tour
 

 
I have just returned from my 12 day China Spree trip to the Middle Kingdom. From the time I booked the tour, to the time we arrived at the Beijing airport and met our local and National guide, our needs were taken care of by a representative from China Spree. The vans we toured in were large for the group size and extremely comfortable. The guides, both local and national were knowledgeable about all aspects of life in China. The hotels we stayed in were comfortable and done in a western style. Truly the size of the group-ours was only 13, made it possible to see as much as we did, and to have the time to take in all the sights and sounds. Wilson has organized a trip that literally will appeal to a diversified group of people, giving them a wonderful, and memorable Chinese experience. I am one person who wouldn't think twice of returning to China and booking thru China Spree.
 
Cecile Sandra Smith --Clifton Park, New York
12 Day The Middle Kingdom tour
 

 
Highly recommend this tour for people making their first trip to China. Includes all mainstream places of interest. Strenuous, but balanced with the wonderful Yangtze River Cruise in the middle. Very nice, clean hotels and good food, mostly Chinese, but with western style breakfast buffets. Small group. Good guides. The price beats anything comparable I've seen on the Internet.
 
Vera Berger -- San Diego, California
14 Day The Mighty Yangtze tour
 

 
Our tour with Chinaspree was fantastic. We would recommend Chinaspree to anyone that wants a first class tour of China. The places of interest were awesome, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall, The Terra Cotta Warriors, The Forbidden City, Etc. It would be hard to convey the wonderful time we had with this tour group . We feel fortunate to have made this journey. It was an adventure, education and eye opener to a wonderful world of good people, beautiful country and interesting culture.
 
Walter & Mary Merkler -- wall, New Jersey
14 Day China Best Treasures
 

 
Especially if this is your first trip to the Orient, China Spree is an excellent choice. Their tours are priced low and it is hard to imagine how you could possibly do it cheaper and see so many things. Travel was painless using Air China and buses. Hotels were good to excellent and no unpleasant surprises. Tour directors were very friendly and answer all your questions -- even politically sensitive ones! If China Spree offered trips to Japan or Viet Nam I would go with them there also!
 
Richard T. Fell -- Englewood, Colorado
12 Day The Middle Kingdom tour
 

 
I have been to over 80 countries and have been involved as a participant, planner, and/or tour director for many tours in Asia and worldwide. I went on China Spree's Middle Kingdom as one of 12 passengers with a last-minute booking when some unexpected free time became available to me. I chose it based on the dates, great itinerary, small group size, and apparent value for the dollar. The tour exceeded my expectations in all regards! It was a wonderful introduction to China and the itinerary was simply outstanding. The National Guide/Tour Director, Li Ming, was superb in every way. In addition to seeing awesome sights, our national and local guides really gave us a feel for the country and a real understanding of the Chinese people and contemporary Chinese culture. The value offered for the dollar on this trip was exceptional. The amount of free time was perfect. Everything was extremely well-organized thanks to China Spree and our terrific National Guide. I highly recommend China Spree based on my experience!.
 
Dr. John Freedman -- Santa Rosa, California
12 Day The Middle Kingdom tour
 

 
Having just returned from China Spree's 14 day tour of China's Best Treasures, I can't say how pleased we were with the trip. From the moment we landed in Bejing and met Angela, our tour guide, to the very last day, we had a fantastic time. The trip exceeded our expectations. To experience the culture and sights of China was in itself extraordinary. Having China Spree take care of all of the details made the trip that much more rewarding and stress free. My fiancee and I recommend China Spree for anyone who is planning a trip to China. The value can't be beat!
 
Krys Borysewicz -- Old Bridge, New Jersey.
14 Day China Best Treasures
 

 
China Spree did an excellent job of planning our Grand China & Yangtze Cruise, having thought of just about everything. Our tour guides were excellent, very knowledgeable, always cheerful, and very accommodating. The hotels were first class, even by American standards, and the meals were typical Chinese and very plentiful... The tour was truly all inclusive except for tips to the tour guides and cruise personnel. It is amazing that a tour of this high a caliber could be put together at such a reasonable cost, and that made our vacation so much more enjoyable. I would highly recommend using China Spree as your agent for any tour to China.
 
Charles Schneider --Pleasanton, California
16 Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise tour
 

 
China Spree delivered on all its promises. Four and five star hotels, balcony rooms on the cruise ship, knowledgeable guides with good English skills, excellent food and a jam packed itinerary. We had an excellent national guide and know that he made the trip even better. We also had a wonderful group of people. I'm sure that impacted the trip. We have not used a tour package before and had some concerns about it. We missed the sense of mastery from finding our own way, but there is much to be said for having everything planned and scheduled for you when the territory, the language and the culture are all new. All we had to do was show up in the lobby on schedule and follow the China Spree flag. Our guides and wonderful bus drivers took care of everything. Of course there were a couple of times when I would have allocated my time a little differently - after seeing various sights. I could have spent a whole day at the Summer Palace and might have delved deeper into the Forbidden Citiy's side courts. But I am sure we would have seen much less in the 14 days planning on our own. I don't know how China Spree delivers so much for so little, but I hope they keep it up and I recommend them to anyone looking for a low cost/high quality tour of China.
 
Cindy & Paul Shellum --Sterrett, Alabama
14 Day The Mighty Yangtze tour
 

 
We have just returned from visiting China with China Spree. We had never taken an organized tour before, but since this was going to be our first trip to Asia, we felt that a tour would be more suitable. China Spree's prices seemed so reasonable compared to other tours that we were hesitant. The itinerary was extensive and practically all-inclusive, but it seemed almost too good to be true. We needn't have worried. China Spree handled everything expertly. The hotels, transportation, guides and tours were all first-rate. We received excellent value for money and the trip was the experience of a life-time. We highly recommend China Spree, and wish that our journey was just beginning.
 
Bob and Stella Lima -- Largo, Florida
21 Day China Panorama tour
 

 
We just got back form the China Tibet trip and I wanted to thank you for putting together such a great trip. I will tell anyone wishing to go to China to book through China Spree. The local guides and the National guides were great. Everything went off without a hitch... The trip was great and a very good value. Thanks again for a super trip.
 
Cheryl Harris & Dave Rowell --Manitou Springs, Colorado
17 Day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey
 

 
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the China's Best Treasures by China Spree. We were especially impressed with the friendly and courteous care given by all who made the trip so memorable for us. Within the time available, we saw all that one could possibly expect of the important sights. The accommodations were nice. The national and local tour leaders did a wonderful job of adding to our enjoyment by helping us understand what we saw. We consider the China Spree to be an outstanding value. (And I know of what I speak because I have been on numerous foreign tours given by well known tour companies). If you plan to travel by China Spree, you do not have to be apprehensive about the tour. You will be well cared for. Your welfare is uppermost in the minds of your guides.
 
Paul Nixon -- Fredericksburg, Texas
14 Day China Best Treasures
 

 
In June of 2006, I went on a trip to the Middle Kingdom with China Spree. I was not expecting the excellence at every corner. Beginning with Wilson, China Spree answered all of our questions and kept us informed. We were met by a national and local guide at the airport, and they never left our side. The guides were awesome--experienced, knowledgeable, and entertaining. They were considerate of our necessities and answered our questions with stories and snipits of history and cultural traditions. I always felt they were there for us, anticipating our needs and giving us advice for times on our own. The food was amazing and plentiful. The buffet breakfast was delicious (especially the noodles and steak!). Every meal was more than we could possible eat, with a nice variety of experiences. I felt as though I had stepped into a history book. The sights we were taken to were so amazing. I had enough time to explore each place and was given all of the information I needed. I can't wait to return to China via China Spree!
 
Karen Knowles -- Encino, California
12 Day The Middle Kingdom tour
 

 
I recommend China Spree to anyone who is considering a trip to China. The country is to be experienced and not merely seen, and China Spree did everything possible to attend to your needs so that you could focus your attention on everything else around you. The value for this trip is amazing, and the attention to detail is impressive. I especially enjoyed the Culture InSites experiences (such as having lunch in a private home in the hutongs) for another side of life in China. When I tell people that I experienced so many wonderful things in 2 weeks, they do not believe me. I always tell them that China Spree made it possible.
 
Kelly Merkel -- Jersey City, New Jersey
14 Day The Mighty Yangtze tour
 

 
This is an unsolicited letter highly recommending China Spree to any and all potential travelers. I am a high school educator and fulfilled my long awaited dream of traveling to China in June 2006. I discovered China Spree quite by accident. The China's Best Treasures tour had a little of everything and I was not disappointed. I wanted to experience the arts, architecture, culture and natural beauty of the country, with the longest continuous history on earth. I was hesitant to commit financially to this tour without knowing more about the company. I was also nervous about sending my passport to the company in order to obtain a Visa. Wilson Wu assured me that I would love the tour. It went beyond my expectations. The company prepares prospective travelers and handled all the transactions efficiently and personably. I was traveling by myself, so I took advantage of all the optional excursions and experiences. Since 1974, I have desired to see the karst limestone peaks of Guilin. As we cruised the Li River, the description, "Best Scenery Under the Heavens" was no exaggeration. The limestone caves were incredible, but nothing prepares one for the magnificence of the Great Wall or the awesome Terra Cotta Army in person. The walled city of Xian and the beautiful "Venice of the East" Suzhou were pleasant surprises. The museums were interesting and filled with the treasures of a civilization. The Song market town, Daxu, rice paddies, the classic Chinese gardens were beautiful. The temples, tea rooms, silk factories and markets are all memories to last a lifetime. The Pudong of Shanhai looks like something out of a science fiction novel. Never have I seen such a futuristic city. I took the optional cruise seeing the "Oriental Pearl" all lit up and ending with fireworks. The cultural shows I loved, including the Tang Dynasty Cultural show, the Legend of Kung Fu, the Shanghai Acrobats and the phenomenal Impression with 600 performers on the Li River. The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tianamen Square and the pandas at the Beijing Zoo were a delight. The Beijing Hutong district visit to the local kindergarten, rickshaw ride and authentic family cooking gave us some semblance of not just being a tourist. One cannot discuss this tour without commenting on the food, with excellent flavors and presentations. The people we encountered were friendly and I experienced some wonderful spontaneous cultural exchanges. All the travelers on my tour were friendly. The ages ranged from teen to retired. The national guide, Daisy, took care of all our needs. Special thanks to Nancy in Beijing and Jack in Yangshao. They taught us language and helped to demystify the characters. I cannot point to one thing and say that was the best. Everything and every place was a unique adventure, a dream fulfilled. If anyone wishes to contact me about particulars, my number is 802-388-xxxx. Thanks again to Wilson Wu and his reassurance.
 
Pam Pezzulo -- Middlebury, Vermont
14 Day China Best Treasures
 

 
I have traveled in China before and when I saw what Chinaspree was offering for such a low price I thought, "well if they deliver half of what they say it will still be great". I have had some rough trips in my life and if I stay in a run down hotel and eat rice most nights then so be it. At least I am getting to see places in China. Well for the first few days I kept thinking this is too good to be true and it's got to get bad soon. But it only got better! We stayed in nicer hotels than we stay at in the states. The service was always excellent and the food... oh the food! Always too much and always terrific. My teenage son and I studied Chinese before we went and we made it a trip priority to use it as often as possible. This made the trip. The people we met were always nice but as soon as we spoke some Chinese the atmosphere became electric, the biggest smiles broke out and we felt like friends and not tourists. I highly recommend you learn some Chinese. Just for the smiles it will bring. On our travels we saw and mixed with rich and poor. We saw palaces and we saw shacks. We saw unbelievable beauty and unbelievable grit. But when we left we knew we had seen China!

To see pictures and video go to www.windsend.com Look for China 2006. Click on it and the Username is chinaspree and the password is bill.
 
Thomas Taylor and Patrick Taylor -- Flagstaff, Arizona
21 Day China Panorama tour
 

 
This trip far exceeded our expectations for a first trip to China. China Spree provided first class service from the moment we were met at the airport in Beijing, until we left our National tour guide in Shanghai. We would highly recommend traveling with China Spree to our families and friends. They are very well organized and only want the best experience for their clients. This trip can't be beat for the price and itinerary. After we came home, we told everyone that going to China was the highlight of the year. We would love to go back anytime! Be ready for an experience of your lifetime. It was fun to visit the places in person after only reading about climbing the Great Wall of China or viewing the Terra Cotta Warriors.
 
John & Larraine Roe -- Sandy, Utah
15 Day Best of China & Hong Kong tour
 

 
Everything about our trip was outstanding! Angela, our national guide was personable and knowledgeable. The local guides were just as knowledgeable and helpful. They complemented each other wonderfully. All accommodations were very good and travel throughout was very easy. There is no doubt that we got more than our money's worth. The trip was very thorough and very well planned. Food was plentiful and very good. We went to a number of shows which were very entertaining. Our comfort level was very high throughout the trip. One of the main reasons that we went with China Spree was the size of the group--20 people. We saw many other tour groups with many more people. 20 is a very manageable number. Our Yangtze Cruise on the President I was outstanding. What we saw, how we were treated was excellent. The staff on the boat could not have been more accommodating and helpful. There is no doubt or question that if we were to go to China again, it would be with China Spree.
 
Martha & Alan Steinharter -- Riverside, California
16 Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise tour
 

 
My trip to China with Chinaspree was absolutely amazing! The whole trip took my breath away. I was able to travel with great people and experience such a unique place and different culture. We were able to see everything that we were told we would see. I was inspired by everything we saw from the Great Wall to the Terra Cotta Warriors. The food was delicious, I couldn't get enough. The small groups allowed you to get to know the people you traveled with as well as allowing us to experience a personalized tour. We could see some of the bigger tour groups when we moved from place to place. They were not getting the same experience as we were. The small groups allowed us to go to places the bigger groups couldn't and we were actually able to hear out tour guides. Everything we needed was taken care of for us and the price was perfect for our budget. We didn't need to worry about anything from the moment we stepped off the plane to the moment we had to say goodbye to the amazing country of China. Thank you Chinaspree!
 
Alena Mazotas -- Shelton, Connecticut
12 Day The Middle Kingdom tour
 

 
This was the first time I have been on a tour from start to finish with a group. All in all this was one of the best trips I have been on in my life. (I have been traveling for 27 years - half my life); have been to 35 or so countries on 6 continents. I decided on China Spree's 16 day Grand China & Yangtzee cruise after browsing thru numerous trips and tour agencies and decided on this particular trip for including what I thought were some of the main Chinese cities and sightseeing; including the Yangtze River cruise; knowing the area behind the 3 Gorges dam was already filling up with water and the landscape would be changed there forever! I would have to say for the value, it was an incredible trip. I was amazed at the price differential relative to most other companies with similar itineraries. Guides were terrific; very knowledgeable and generally tried not to overwhelm us with too much information.
 
James Glick -- Kansas City, Kansas
16 Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
I took several hundred digital photos and nearly thirty minutes of video clips to help me relive the many sights and sounds of this trip. I'm glad I have them ... The group bonded surprisingly quickly being from very different backgrounds and parts of the country. Meals and hotels were truly outstanding and far better than anticipated from the pricing of this package. I would like to travel with ChinaSpree again...
 
Bob Kennedy -- Houston, TX
14 Day China Best Treasures
 

 
I have always been interested in China but this trip has really sparked my interest. So much so that my travel mate and I want to go back again this year and take one of the Silk Road tours. We saw and experienced so many things on the trip that were beyond my expectations such as the river trip, lunch with a family in the Hutong part of Beijing, the Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Soldiers, and the city of Guilin. We were well taken care of in terms of transportation, hotels, food, guides and I never felt insecure in this foreign country. I would highly recommend this trip or any trip with China Spree. We really got our money's worth. And I'm going back.
 
Marsha Bollinger -- Los Osos, California
16 Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise Tour
 

 
Chinaspree rocks!! We went on the Mighty Yangtze tour from 4/16 - 4/29 and it was FANTASTIC!!! The entire tour was very well organized -- and an unbelievable price that included international and domestic airfare, all hotels (which were quite comfortable, although in general beds in China are firmer than we are used to), all meals but 1 lunch and 2 dinners, admission to all the sights (Great Wall, Forbidden City, TerraCotta Warriors, etc -- check out the itinerary at chinaspree.com), a national guide with us the entire trip and local guides for each city. We loved our national guide -- informative, helpful, friendly, excellent English, and the local guides were also well informed and excellent communicators in English. Wilson Wu was responsive to all our questions and really seems to want to make this the best experience for his clients. I think that it is very telling that when he called us to ask about our trip, he said "I don't want praise -- tell me what you didn't like so I can improve it for the next group". We had a hard time finding anything to criticize...I would unequivocally recommend chinaspree to anyone considering a visit to China.
 
Kelly Shanahan -- Soth Lake Tahoe, California
14 Day The Mighty Yangtze tour
 

 
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