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

Answer: The visit of the Yao Dong let us witness a real rural life at a traditional village in central China and also the visit to the Guilin's local farmers' fields and homes was eye opening and educational for my son; something we won't be able to experience if we had went to China by ourselves.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jing was informative and helpful. She kept the group on time and she was attentive to everyone's need. My husband had a gout attack on the first day of the trip so his foot was hurting a lot and couldn't walk. Jing was able to arrange a wheel chair for him so he didn't have to miss any part of the trip. She also make sure everybody had enough food and drinks, a lot of times she even served us and asked about our opinion of the food.

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

Answer: I will definitely use Chinaspree again, it will be great if Chinaspree go to Taiwan, Singapore and more Asia places.
 
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Chung Yin & Angela N, Florida
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
For those skeptics that initially ask what kind of trip can China Spree offer for the low prices they advertise, just take the trip and those skeptics will now become believers and ask how did China Spree provide such an extravagant trip for such a low price

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

Answer: There were so many highlights of our trip that it is hard to pick a particular site or experience.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Our national tour guide was excellent and she enhanced our experience. We don't think there is a better guide out there. She was personable, made herself available 24/7, and took us around Shanghai on our free day which was probably her free day also, exhibited an intense passion for her job and was extremely knowledgeable about her countries traditions and cultures. We don't recall our guide not being able to answer any question that was asked of her. Local guides were excellent and extremely knowledgeable.

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

Answer: China Spree will provide a tour of China that will exceed you expectations for the price!
 
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Mark & Christina D, Florida
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
This trip exceeded my expectations and gave me an experience of China that I value for the beauty, history and the experience of meeting Chinese people.

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

Answer: The beauty of China that we were able to see in such a short time was amazing. So much in such a short time!

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jing is extremely professional, personable, and knowledgeable about Chinese culture and customs.

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

Answer: Do it with China Spree.
 
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Timothy & Patricia S, Wisconsin
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
My husband and I are fairly seasoned travelers who have typically traveled on our own because we don't like to be tied down with groups. We decided, however, that to see as much of China as we could, in 17 days that a tour was the best route. We couldn't have made a better choice than China Spree. We saw far more on our trip than we would have been able to see on our own in that time span, and while occasionally we were a bit more rushed in seeing something than we would have liked, the tradeoff in the number of things we were able to see and experience was worth it. The national guide and local guides were terrific. Accommodations and food were excellent. Our highest recommendation goes to China Spree.

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

Answer: We have been asked this repeatedly by friends--and it's hard to decide on one or even two things! The Great Wall obviously stands out and we loved the area we went too. Fabulous choice. But the trip on the Li River, the visit to Xian were also fantastic. Then the "little" things like the ride in the rickshaw and lunch in the home were also fantastic.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: I cannot imagine a better guide than Lisa. She went out of her way on numerous occasions to make the trip the best possible for all of us. Her patience, sense of humor, desire and ability to quickly solve problems, reaction to and relationship with each participant was phenomenal. When we got diverted from Guilin, she was incredible in the way she took care of everything for us. I doubt that she slept at all that night, but she remained calm, upbeat and optimistic which she struggled with a multitudes of issues, an attitude that certainly affected positively the response of the participants. On our final "free" day in Shanghai Lisa volunteered to assist those interested in catching the subway and going to the market. Then when several participants asked about doing a harbor cruise that night, she made all the arrangements, handled all the logistics of getting us there and back (and everything was complicated by Putin's visit!). I could go on and on with details about the many things that Lisa did to make the trip so enjoyable. But let me just end by saying how much we appreciated her and how fortunate we feel to have had her for our guide. Local guides were all quite good, including the several not indicated above, but Lynn and Tony were on par with Lisa--that is, top of the line!!!

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: All of the hotels were outstanding. Our favorite was the Sheraton at Xian which was so incredibly large and luxurious, but all were excellent. The boat was, of course, by nature much smaller and a bit cramped but quite satisfactory.

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

Answer: Travel with China Spree!!
 
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Hubert & Verbie P, Tennessee
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
Great service, great value for money, great guides and very well organized exceeding our expectations

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

Answer: All the great sights e.g. the great wall, Terracotta worriers and Yangtze River cruise was amazing.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Clevin did an outstanding job and could not have done more.

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

Answer: Amazing country and must see!
 
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Dhia & Maysoon M, Surrey, Canada
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
Without the care of ChinaSpree and their organizational skills, this 17 day tour would not be possible. Anyone wants to go to china would be ill-advised to choose any other company than China Spree.

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

Answer: All good, best part is being accompanied all the way.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Clevin was fully aware of our movements, he told local guides what to do if they sitting he would prompt them to speak, he explained all the food, always the last person to get on the bus. If i go again to china i would only do so with his presence. You are very lucky to have someone like Clevin. All national guides should be like him. like us i assume he was totally exhausted after 17 days. Without the National guide the local guides would not perform as well.

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

Answer: China Spree has the best national Guides in china who will shadow you during your trip and attend to your every need.
 
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Wassim & Ghada T, Surrey, Canada
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

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

Answer: The great wall was amazing, as was the terra cotta, the trip was great, and But Lisa our national guide is what made it very special.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: All the guides were great, sorry I don't have their names here.

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

Answer: It's a different place and if you go expecting to see new things you will love it. If all you want is a standard American vacation with what you know and are unwilling to explore new things. DONT go. China Spree is First Class everything was beyond expectations. We want to book our next trip with China Spree and we don't care where they take us. FIRST CLASS operation.
 
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Charles G & Maurice S, Fort Lauderdale
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
We have traveled widely, but mostly on our own and never before in China. Due to the complexity of making advance arrangements in China and language barriers while in China, we chose to travel ax part of a group. China Spree exceeded our high expectations in all regard. The value for the money is extremely high. I can't imagine making a better choice.

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

Answer: Our country guide Jing was VERY diligent day in and day out. The four hotels were much better than expected given the price of the tour. We were fortunate to have a small and experienced group of travelers (13) which made everything work more easily.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Jing is very good at her job and in addition, she comes across as very sincere in caring for her clients.

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

Answer: China Spree will live up to your expectations, and then some!
 
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Timothy & Patricia S, Wisconsin
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
If this is your first visit to China, this tour will best primer for you to pleasantly discover the country, its culture and history. You will not need to worry or plan for anything, "China Spree" will take care of you from the moment you set foot in China until you take the plane back home. My sincere thanks to "China Spree" for making this trip most enjoyable and painless. I am seriously considering using "China Spree" for a discovery tour of Vietnam & Cambodia.

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

Answer: Very hard to pick but if pressed, I would say the cruise on the Yangtze and Xian terra cotta warriors.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Our National guide, Clevin, was the perfect guide for our group. He watched over us all the time with care and attended to all our needs and questions even though some of them were repetitive. He was courteous, always on time, informative and above all he was patient with us, a group of grumpy old men and women. If I ever do another trip to China, I will insist to have him as our national guide. Thank you Clevin you made our tour a spree.

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

Answer: Do not hesitate signing up with "China Spree" for this tour. As a world traveler, I was extremely impressed by the level of proficiency, care and attention our group had throughout this trip.
 
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Hussam E & Ilham M, Ontario
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
The trip was outstanding in every way. I felt well cared for and loved every stop and what we saw and experienced.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Alex was fun, kind, tireless, patient. Loved all of the guides. Forgot the names of the woman on our gorge river ride and of our guide in Shanghai.

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

Answer: Go and enjoy! The cities are so big and busy, it would be hard to travel on one's own. China was much cleaner than I expected.
 
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Carol R & Mary G, California
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
Have traveled for years on many tours, this was the best tour and value we have ever experiences. Everything was first rate especially the Guides and accommodations.

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

Answer: Tour of a lifetime! Make sure your trip has 10 people because the national guide makes everything flow perfectly. Wish this company went more places would use them exclusively.
 
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Irwin & Judy G, New York
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
Overall my experience with China Spree was excellent.

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

Answer: My favorites were the Great Wall of China, the terra cotta soldiers and the city of Shanghai.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Our national guide Lisa was the best. Always went above and beyond, she was always there for us. Could not be a better tour guide AAAAA+++++.Local guides were all good.

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

Answer: China is definitely an experience worth seeing.
 
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Robert K & Steven L, Florida
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

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

Answer: Our tour guide, Kevin, was exceptional. He made sure we got the most out of each location and activity that was part of the tour.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Kevin anticipated our needs, provided us with much important information of what to expect and of local customs, information on things we might be interested in shopping for as well as what to expect for a "reasonable price". He was of great assistance to my friend who was somewhat challenged with the physical activity and assisted her in a manner that was respectful and helpful and allowed her to get the absolute most out of the tour without singling her out as different or having a special need.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: All of the meals were very good. Favorites were the Hutongs family meal, Dragon Terrace hotel meal, the porcupine fish meal in Shanghai, Peking duck dinner was amazing, dumpling dinner was also very good and extremely creative, I loved the meal that had a variety of vegetables including zucchini, eggplants, potatoes, yams, and the breakfast grilled tomatoes were delicious and so simple.

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

Answer: If you are thinking about a tour to China, don't look any further than China Spree! The tour group was small, our national guide, Kevin, was amazing and extremely knowledgeable, the accommodations were first class, the itinerary was diverse and very active with lots of walking including climbing and hiking on our tour. China Spree delivered on everything they promised and more! This is my second trip to China and the first time I traveled with China Spree. They far surpassed my expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone! From a practical standpoint remember that China is a large and diverse country as is the United States or Canada. Weather, terrain, customs and food vary from region to region. Expect to eat Chinese everyday regardless of the region. If that is too much for you make sure you have a good breakfast &/or bring a baggie to breakfast and make yourself a PB&J sandwich to tuck in your bag for later in the day or visit a McDonalds when you are out on you free time tours. Pack lightly so you have lots of room for those souvenirs, and don't forget a good pair of walking shoes and sunscreen. But most of all be prepared to learn much as you listen to your guides and travel through a country where growth and redevelopment combined with respect for history and culture have made this into an experience you will never forget!
 
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Ingrid O & Julianne S, Manitoba
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
This company and their tour guides provided a phenomenal experience. This is the first tour that I have taken and I have been on many where I can honestly say that everyone went above and beyond to ensure that all members of the tour experienced "authentic" China from the large, modern cities like Shanghai to Tongli, where many live in the old way. I would like to say at this point that the national tour guide for this trip, Kevin is so outstanding. I cannot praise him enough. He was like a mother hen watching over everyone trying to ensure that we saw and experienced everything China had to offer.

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

Answer: There was so many highlights of this trip that it would be impossible to pick a particular one, however, visiting the Great Wall, Terracotta Army, Yangtze cruise were phenomenal.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Kevin is an outstanding guide and an asset to your company. He was friendly, knowledgeable, interesting and compassionate. Every local guide was truly outstanding, informative and friendly. I honestly cannot say one negative thing about your employees or this trip.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Every hotel was clean and accommodating.

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

Answer: Don't think twice. Travel with China Spree as I am so please I am planning another trip with World Spree.
 
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Thomas & Maryann T, New York
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
China Spree presents you with an in-depth quality first class experience at an extremely reasonable price. Judging from our national tour guide, Kevin, and all the local guides as well, they then make sure that their guides have a deep knowledge and understanding of their country, as well as an ability to relate to people and make them feel comfortable, happy and safe in their new environment. Kevin surpassed these qualities one hundredth fold. He anticipated what we were thinking or what we needed before we even knew it ourselves! I keep going over my notes so as not to forget every amazing thing we saw. No time was wasted and every site was worth the time. The cruise came just at the right time, because we could relax a little and take in the scenery. China is full of natural beauty, such as the Li River and the Three Gorges. It is full of man-made wonders such as the Great Wall and the Terre Cotta warriors. It is full of beautiful modern cities with more trees, flowers and manicured parks then I thought I would ever see in China. You will actually be surprised by many things you see and learn. Don't be afraid you ask questions. Interact with the people. Maybe you will be lucky like we were, in the Jujing Park in Shanghai. There was an impromptu Karaoke show going on, and when the elderly Chinese man who was singing saw us, he broke into his English rendition of Autumn Leaves, just for us! A highlight of the trip!!

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

Answer: Our guide Kevin. We learned so much from him about China and he made us feel safe and with "no worries". I think Shanghai was my favorite, to see the beautiful buildings, the Bund at night, the Shanghai Museum, the gardens (a local man approached us and sang a great rendition of Autumn Leaves) and the French Concession, and off course the old city.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: I have done a fair amount of traveling and Kevin was the best. He taught us so much about China and I think enjoyed us as much as we enjoyed him. He even went out and bought cough medicine for me, and fixed another traveler's suitcase. He anticipated what we were feeling or thinking even before we knew we were feeling or thinking it! I am sure he got indigestion because he was constantly checking on us during our meals, explaining the food and making sure we had everything we needed. I can't remember any others by name. They were all excellent!!

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: I don't know if I have ever stayed at what is considered a 5 star hotel but the Marriott Parkview Shanghai seemed to be in my view. The Beijing and Xian hotels were also beautiful but the Shanghai hotel was my favorite.

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

Answer: Don't wait--Go!
 
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Lisa & James C, Ohio
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
This was an excellent tour, very well organized, staying in luxurious hotels, eating excellent food (Chinese except at breakfast). We had a fantastic trip; we saw so much and learnt about life in China from our national and local guides. We do not know how it could be improved!

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

Answer: Climbing Great Wall and terracotta warriors were perhaps the most extraordinary.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Kevin was excellent in all respects. Attentive and thoughtful and organized everything as well as he could. He retrieved my earrings left in Xian hotel, tried to find a new memory card and many other helpful tasks for the group. He even had bags checked in at some airports for us. Always friendly nothing was too much for him. Lovely guides before and after Yangtze cruise. Ginger I particularly liked as she shared her experiences of education system with us. May in Shanghai told us her experience of being separated from her parents during Cultural Revolution which I found very moving and interesting.

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

Answer: If you are planning to visit China go with China Spree!
 
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Susan & David L, United Kingdom
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
I would highly recommend China Spree for a trip to China. They offered many unique features like visits into private homes that would not be available on your own. The entire trip was high end in that the hotels were great and the special attention of tour guides and drivers was very, very good. My experience was that I came home feeling very spoiled.

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

Answer: Tongli was my favorite but I wish there had been a bit more time to explore on my own.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Kevin in Beijing and Sue in Guilin were both exceptional. Kevin gave us appropriate time to explore, was personable, knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. I felt all of the guides gave us good attention.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Marriott was the best in both locations for size and quality although there are no complaints with Sheraton. The size of the stateroom was great on Victoria Anna and the services.

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

Answer: Savor every moment, enjoy conversations with your guides to learn more about the culture, enjoy your fellow travelers and remember that for each person in your group it is a trip of a lifetime so accommodate each other.
 
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Annette E, Cayman Islands
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
China Spree offers an incredible China experience - with excellent value for cost. Besides offering an amazing itinerary, the national and local guides are incredible - knowledgeable, personable and attentive to your needs. The experience includes visiting iconic sites such as the Great Wall of China, Terracotta warriors, Li River, Yangtze and 3 Gorges Dam as well as Shanghai, as well as providing an opportunity for you to experience the authentic food of China. Lucie

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

Answer: I especially appreciated the commentary provided by our guides, both national and local and their willingness to share details of life in China.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: I loved Kevin. He was amazing - very skilled at what he does, very responsive to our needs, funny, kind, thoughtful. He prepared us for possible difficulties - like the crowds, and for those with mobility issues, the physical demands and options in this regard. I would encourage the organization to keep him on the payroll!!! I also really liked Jack in Guilin. He was quiet and soft spoken but a wealth of knowledge, including of current events and willing to share his insights. Our guide in Chongqing was also very good. I think his name was Jack too, but I may be wrong. He shared his love of pandas and explained some of the changes facing Chongqing with demolition of old neighborhoods to make way for the new. Mei in Shanghai was also very good. She had an infectious enthusiasm about things, such as the production of silk, enjoying the night lights of Shanghai and Chinese gardens. Sorry I went through all this above. I should mention that one of the river guides on the Yangtze cruise - a young man whose name I can't remember - was also very good, very knowledgeable about the 3 gorges dam project and its impact.

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

Answer: You won't regret a tour to China with China Spree - it will be a trip of a lifetime!
 
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Stephen M & Lucie B, Ontario
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
Our tour with China Spree was a 5-star experience from start to finish. The accommodations and food all were beyond our expectations and our national guide, Kevin, was amazing. Everyone on our tour was impressed with the quality and amount of service we were given. I liked the fact that almost everything was included and that all of our days were full. Even though we saw many varied things we always had adequate time at each site to explore. We never felt rushed and each day was a new adventure.

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

Answer: We enjoyed everything...The trip was one highlight after another. I really liked the rickshaw ride. It was unique and we happened to have perfect weather that day which made it even more enjoyable. My husband said one of his favorite things was the gondola ride in the rain.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Kevin is extremely personable and also very knowledgeable. He was very accommodating to everyone including those with special needs. He took time to plan ahead making everything easy and convenient for us. He did an amazing job! He is a credit to your company. We liked all of the local guides. Many of them shared information about their lives that was particularly interesting. Guides that we had that were excellent include Jamie in Chongqing and Ginger in Yichang. I hope I'm not forgetting any because they all were good.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: Our favorite hotel was the Marriott Parkview in Shanghai followed by the Marriott City Wall. The Sheraton Xian was also beautiful but we didn't think the breakfast was as good as at the Marriott. The ship was actually better than we expected and it was nice that they had some western food (hamburgers and pizza) for variety.

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 to visit. We loved the friendliness of the people and the impressive sites. By touring with China Spree we were able to enjoy ourselves without worrying about the details and we were able to see much more than we would have been able to see if we had traveled on our own.
 
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Gary & Linda H, California
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

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

Answer: The Great Wall, Dragon Spine Rice Terraces, the people of China.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Alex was always there for us! He showed genuine interest in each person in the group, always making sure we were together and answering questions. From the moment we met him at the airport to our final goodbye, he never stopped smiling, teaching and helping us with whatever we needed! I could not imagine a better tour guide - even though he wasn't feeling well at times, he always went above and beyond what we expected! He was fantastic!

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: All were excellent! I couldn't say which was best or least!

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

Answer: China Spree is absolutely the best travel company we have ever dealt with. Imagine 17 days in China with the best tours, tour guides, hotels, flying to 4 different cities and escorted all the way without any problems. It was an incredible journey and adventure and an honor to be with the Chinese people. Xie Xie China Spree, Bob& Terry
 
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Robert & Therese G, Florida
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
We took the 17 day Grand China and Yangtze Cruise tour. The food was good and the guides were excellent. We were a very small group, so we didn't have a national guide. It wasn't a problem as our local guides were waiting when we got off the plane. They took care of everything, were very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. We saw all the tourist things, but we also met regular families and learned about their life. This tour is fast paced because you get to see so much. We would recommend this tour for anyone wanting to see a lot of China in a short time.

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

Answer: We really liked the Terracotta Warriors and in Guilin we went to a farm house with the sweetest old ladies.

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

Answer: Go with China Spree. They'll take good care of you. Chinese culture and traditions are different than those in North America. Be respectful of these differences. Listen to the guides, you may learn something.
 
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Gerald & Cynthia K, Arkansas
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
The trip should satisfy anyones need to see China. If one figures the cost versus the return you get more than you pay for. The itinerary was fantastic, guides were better than any other travel experience we have had. Transportation within China, being on planes, makes the best use of the travelers time.

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

Answer: Value everything about the trip was over the top. The hotels, the guides, the itinerary, the transportation within China, the tours. All excellent

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

Answer: I would like for China Spree to have part two tours which go to other sites so one can justify another visit. I would certainly go again, but to other areas. China Spree does an excellent job at being a travel hub
 
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Frank & Katherine G, Arizona
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Alex was wonderful! He was very knowledgeable, interesting, helpful, fun, funny, friendly, open, honest and always available. There was nothing he could have done any better than he did.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: All of the hotels and ship were excellent. I can't list them in any order or complain about anything.

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: I enjoyed all of the meals. Of course sometimes some were better than others, but I can't remember specifically one that I did not like.

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

Answer: I enjoyed my trip to China with China Spree that I cannot find ONE THING to complain about. Once I booked my trip the China Spree office staff was very helpful with the few questions I had and the information on the website was helpful and informative. The itinerary was varied and interesting and yes, the days are fast paced but they need to be in order to see all the wonders of China; but they are not so fast paced that we are too tired to enjoy our experience. All the arrangements in China are excellent and we were treated to first class service during our whole trip. The guides are wonderful. Everyone is so happy we are there and excited to tell us about their country. I have NO complaints and will gladly recommend China Spree to anyone. In fact, our group hopes to travel to another destination with China Spree/World Spree in the future because we had such an amazing, wonderful experience. Excellent value for money. A wonderful trip. Thank you China Spree for your excellent care in planning, preparation and execution of the tour. WONDERFUL!
 
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Susan B, California
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

 
I loved everything about our trip. We had an amazing trip with wonderful guides. The hotel accommodations were 5 star in my opinion I would recommend this tour to anyone going to China. The price of the tour was great. I talked to other travelers and they paid a lot more money and didn't get to do as much as we did. They also said their hotels weren't near as nice. China Spree did and amazing job! Thanks

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

Answer: There are so many! I loved seeing and climbing on the Great Wall, I was amazed at how many things we were able to do! The hotels we top notch!

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Alex was amazing. I can't say enough about how good he is. He is a natural as a guide and has the personality to go with it. Fei Fei was also good. Alex was so on top of everything and took care of everyone. Learned our names quickly, and was just wonderful.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: I loved all of them!

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 ready to experience an new side of the world. So different than we live in America.
 
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Sharon K, Utah
17-Day Grand China & Yangtze Cruise
 

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

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

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

 
Well designed and tour well executed.

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

CS: Your comment on hotels

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

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

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

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

Answer: Best - Marriott City Center, Shanghai - terrific location, overall great experience. Perfect hotel to be the concluding hotel after a couple weeks in China.

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

Answer: Overall meals good. I felt all the meals were varied from each other and other than white rice did not feel eating the same thing. Enjoyed the Victoria Anna meals the most as offered the most diversity (western meals available).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

CS: Comment on your hotels

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

CS: Your comment on group meals

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

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

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

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

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

CS: Your comment on group meals

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

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

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

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

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

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

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

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your National Guide.

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

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

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

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

CS: What did you like about this trip?

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

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

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

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

CS: What did you like about this trip?

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

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

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

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

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

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

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

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

 
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