14 Day China's Best Treasures

Tour Testimonials

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,  September, 2012
 

 
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,  June, 2012
 

 
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. 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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Rachel Flora S & Agustin X, Pennsylvania
14-Day China's Best Treasures, July, 2011
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Dora Anita S & Kyle M, Michigan
14-Day China's Best Treasures, June, 2011
 

 
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!
 
China's Best Treasures
Shari Kay, B
14-Day China Best Treasures, May, 2011
 

 
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
 
China's Best Treasures
Steven & Susan R, Havertown, PA
14-Day China Best Treasures, May, 2011
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Ms. Buu & Mr. Such
14-Day China's Best Treasures, March, 2011
 

 
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
 
China's Best Treasures
Nokeo L, Iowa
14-Day China Best Treasures, March, 2011
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Ms. Raquel Marquez & Mr. Hans Joseph B, California
14-Day China Best Treasures, March, 2011
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Deborah N, Kansas
14-Day China's Best Treasures, June, 2010
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Juliet C, Florida
14-Day China's Best Treasures, September, 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 F
14 Day China Treasures
August 2010
 
Rick and Liz F, Taxas
14-Day China's Best Treasures, July, 2010
 

 
 
China's Best Treasures
Wayne & Karen E, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures, July, 2010
 

 
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, May, 2010
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Marilyn M, New York
14-Day China's Best Treasures, May, 2010
 

 
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!
 
China's Best Treasures
Kathy B, Ontario
14-Day China's Best Treasures, April, 2010
 

 
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
 
The Mighty Yangtze
Jackie and Marci M,
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze, March, 2010
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Amba G, Washington
14-Day China’s Best Treasures, November, 2009
 

 
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!
 
China's Best Treasures
Nan, Pennsylvania
14-Day China's Best Treasures, October, 2009
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Morgan, VA
14-Day China’s Best Treasures, October, 2009
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Teri, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures, October, 2009
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Lane & Carolyn, Utah
14-Day China's Best Treasures, October, 2009
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Debra, Colorado
14-Day China’s Best Treasures, October, 2009
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Gerald & Bozier, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures, October, 2009
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Mindy, Massachusetts
14-Day China’s Best Treasures , October, 2009
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
April, Kansas
14-Day China's Best Treasures, October, 2009
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Bryan, Georgia
14-Day China's Best Treasures, September, 2009
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Mauricio, New York
14-Day China's Best Treasures, September, 2009
 

 
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!
 
China's Best Treasures
Chuck, Florida
14-Day China’s Best Treasures, September, 2009
 

 
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!
 
China's Best Treasures
Tom, Colorado
14-Day China's Best Treasures, September, 2009
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Sheila, Illinois
14-Day China's Best Treasures, September, 2009
 

 
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.
 
China's Best Treasures
Wayne & Ginger, Kansas
14-Day China’s Best Treasures, September, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Ellen, Maryland
14-Day China's Best Treasures, August, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Mark & Bernadette,Ontario
14-Day China's Best Treasures, August, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Yvonne, La Romain
14-Day China's Best Treasures, July, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Martin, Indiana
14-Day China’s Best Treasures, July, 2009
 

 
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!!
 
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June, Texas
14-Day China's Best Treasures, July, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Teren, Florida
14-Day China's Best Treasures, July, 2009
 

 
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!
 
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Michelle, Florida
14-Day China's Best Treasures, July, 2009
 

 
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!
 
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Marilyn, New York
14-Day China's Best Treasures, June, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Mary, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures, June, 2009
 

 
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!
 
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Cassandra, Florida
14-Day China's Best Treasures, June, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Patricia
14-Day China's Best Treasures, June, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Susan
14-Day China's Best Treasures, June, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Victoria, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures, June, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Kerri & Marc,Florida
14-Day China's Best Treasures, June, 2009
 

 
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!)!
 
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MELISSA, Illinois
14-Day China's Best Treasures, June, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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The Gong Family, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures, June, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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FRED, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures, May, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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DR Caroll V,Oklahoma
14-Day China's Best Treasures, May, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Victoria
14-Day China’s Best Treasures , May, 2009
 

 
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!
 
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Michael, Florida
14-Day China's Best Treasures, May, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Brian & Judi, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures, April, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Victor, Henrico, Virginia
14-Day China's Best Treasures, April, 2009
 

 
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!
 
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Jimmy and Family -- Great Neck, NY
14-Day China's Best Treasures, April, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Peter & Janet --- Salisbury, Massachusetts
14-Day China's Best Treasures, March, 2009
 

 
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!
 
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Daniel & Carolyn, Arizona
14-Day China's Best Treasures, March, 2009
 

 
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.
 
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Joan, Washington
14-Day China's Best Treasures, February, 2009
 

 
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.
 
 
 
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Harry and Ellen, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures, September, 2008
 

 
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.
 
 
 
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Milton & Luan, La Canada, California
14-Day China's Best Treasures, June, 2010
 

 
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