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15 Day The Mighty Yangtze

Tour Testimonials

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

CS: Your comment on group meals

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

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

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

 
I think this trip was worth every cent paid. The guides were knowledgeable and the itinerary rather grueling but I saw everything I expected and more. Go with an open mind for you are not in your hometown. Everything on this Chinaspree trip was done excellently.

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

Answer: Loved the antiquity and the interaction with your people mostly.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Lucy loves her country and she made us love her first and then her people. She is a treasure. I will not forget her or your wonderful country.

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

Answer: Go! It’s an experience you should not miss.
 
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Marie M, New Jersey
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

Answer: We enjoyed the overall experience. Each day was interesting. Taking a rickshaw to have lunch in the Hutong was great. The terra cotta warriors were amazing, the panda bears were fantastic. The cruise was beautiful. The food was interesting. Our guide, Sunny, helped make us feel part of the culture and history.

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

Answer: It was very interesting to visit the silk factory. Tongli was interesting.

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

Answer: Sunny was always available to answer questions, tell stories, give information about the Chinese culture and history. He was always watching out for us, striving to meet any needs we might have had. You could tell that he really enjoys bring a guide and getting to know the people in his group. He made sure everyone was comfortable with the food.

 
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Stephen B, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
I am so glad I went on this tour - it was wonderful from start to finish. Interesting tours and activities, knowledgeable and personable guides, good company, wonderful food, excellent accommodations - and this is their budget tour!! Amazing!

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

Answer: The visit to the hutong and the lunch in the family home. Trying out Chinese yo-yo in the park at Chengdu. The gentlemen there were very patient and friendly trying to show me how to get it going and keep it going! Going through the locks at Three Gorges Dam. I also went to the Urban Planning Museum in Shanghai on my free day enjoyed that - lots of history of Shanghai there.

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: Honestly, I don't think he could have improved it at all, he was so excellent. He was personable, funny, knowledgeable, organized, always there when you needed him but never in your face. He was on top of things all the time but in a very calm, laid back way - no fuss, but everything went like clock work. Also, after checking out of the hotel, on our very last day on the way to the airport in Shanghai, I realized that I had left a very expensive dental appliance in my hotel room. Sunny phoned the hotel from the bus, asked staff to check the room, and when they found it, arranged for it to be sent to my home in California. I received it just over a week after I got back. All done quietly and efficiently. That is excellent customer service!!

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: All of the local guides were very good. Their English, with the exception of Amanda (on the cruise) and May in Shanghai, was a little harder to understand than Sunny's, but still very good. Amanda and May spoke excellent English. They were all friendly, funny, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

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

Answer: Go for it! and don't hesitate to go with China Spree!
 
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Diana Z, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
I think China Spree provides a great experience in China. This was a tour that was all inclusive. There were no extra fees unless explicitly stated in their travel literature. Our primary tour guide, Sunny, really went out of his way to ensure that all the 10 members of our tour had a great experience. He was engaged with all aspects of the trip and made sure all went smoothly.

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

Answer: I was very in impressed with our tour guide, Sunny. He accompanied us the entire 15 day tour and made special efforts to make it an excellent tour. He really got to know each of us and was aware of any special accomodations any person needed.

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

Answer: I enjoyed both Suzhou and Tongli

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

Answer: I would highly recommend this tour (15 day The Mighty Yangtze). I felt like I experienced the real China that I probably would not have otherwise. The places we visited and experienced were varied and enriching. The hotels were very good. The meals were varied and included a number of different cuisines of China. Every day was interesting. I also felt the local guides were knowledgeable and helpful. The days are very busy from early morning until early evening. I also felt the literature China Spree provided before the trip was very helpful and their employees in Bellevue Washington were also very helpful.
 
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Patrice S, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
I honestly can't say enough good things about our trip with China Spree; from start to finish it was a wonderful and enjoyable experience. We got to see so many of the iconic places in China, with an ease that was unbelievable when you consider the distances covered to get to each of them. Our guide, Sunny, was absolutely terrific! All we had to do was enjoy seeing the sites and letting Sunny take care of the rest (which he did excellently).

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

Answer: Too many to mention.

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

Answer: Overall, yes. We enjoyed the gardens, learning about silk production, and taking a boat on the canals through Tongli.

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

Answer: If you've ever considered going to China; China Spree is the way to go!
 
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Richard & Terri A, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
When I read all the testimonials re: the trip (air & tour), the features, the excursions, the guides, the cost etc, I could not believe it , & I still cannot believe what a great deal we received! I would like to encourage people who are interested in visiting China to do it now, because with possible inflation looming due to cost of living rising in China future cost of China travel may increase substantially. I still don't know how China Spree can give a traveler such great value for a great tour of China. We would like to visit South Korea & Japan one day, so we hope China Spree will one day have tours to those 2 countries. If we travel to the Far East again, we will go with CS!

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

Answer: Our Tour was 15 Day "The Mighty Yangtze" February 27 to March 13, 2014. The cities, the sites, the features etc. were all highlights & well worth seeing, in particular, Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors, Pandas, Bullet Train, River Cruise, Yangtze River, Shanghai etc. National Guide Hongbin Sun aka "Sunny" was the best! I read all the testimonials re: guides, & Sunny met or exceeded everything I read. He was really helpful to my wife because of her frequent need of "The Happy Rooms" @ the different locales. Sunny is extremely knowledgeable, kind, enthusiastic etc. with a great demeanor. Local guides Walter@Chengdu, Allan@Chongqing, Nick@Fendu, Betty@Wushan, Max@3 Gorge Dam, & Holly@Yichang were all good, but Mei@Shanghai was excellent.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Sunny was always there for each member of our group, so we have absolutely no criticisms.

CS: Your comment on hotels

Answer: All hotels were as advertised-very, very good.

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

Answer: The 15 Day "The Mighty Yangtze" Tour far exceeded our expectations, so read the testimonials not just on CS, but other sites like Trip Advisor. and travel with an open mind. If you do the Tour, I hope you get Sunny as your guide-he is the best!
 
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Joseph & Catherine W, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

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

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

 
China is amazing. It was a great experience and I'm glad I decided to go with China Spree. Everything was good since the moment I spoke with them on the phone the first time until the last day of the tour.

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

Answer: Walking the Great Wall was an amazing experience.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Julie was very knowledgeable and most caring for each and everyone in the group. She was always making sure that we got the best service at all the hotels and restaurants. Always available for anything we may need. If I travel again with china Spree I would like to have her as my guide again.

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

Answer: China Spree delivers what they promise. It surpassed my expectations everything was great and I'm looking forward to take another tour with them.
 
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Dora C, Florida
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer: None. I enjoyed every minute of my trip

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

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

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

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

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

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

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

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

CS: Did you often come across repetitive dishes during your China trip? What were they? Please specify the bad or mediocre meals and restaurants that we should make change.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer: Everything. It started with our magnificent "National Guide Betty". She was exceptional! The selection of sights, the timing for each visit, the quality of hotels, transportation and overall organization of the trip. Also...this was an amazing experience for the money!

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: Absolutely none! It is obvious that you listen to your clients and make changes when necessary. We couldn't have picked a better tour or operation.

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

Answer: Absolutely. They provide a diverse perspective on the economy, the landscape, the people, the topography (even enjoyed the drive there) and the experience as a whole.

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

Answer: I can't think of anything she could or should have done better. She was professional, personal, passionate and proficient! She seemed to truly enjoy her job and her clients. She treated everyone with respect and care. WOW....you need to clone her!

 
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Susan G & Muriel L, Colorado
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
Excellent value, well organized tour. Would use China Spree again without a doubt.

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

Answer: Betty was a wonderful guide and was instrumental in making this a wonderful trip.

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

Answer: This is one country that you need the resources and knowledge of an excellent tour company.
 
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Jeffrey L & Jacqueline D, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

Answer: Each City and site were highlights. For my husband The Great Wall was paramount. For me sitting with a real Panda was a dream come true.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: I cannot find words to praise Betty enough. She was with us early in the morning and up late at night to see that everything and everyone was taken care of. Our baggage did not arrive in Beijing. She made numerous phone calls and kept us apprised of the situation until they were delivered. She was patient and kind, thoughtful, organized, efficient, knowledgeable, warm, funny. She provided us with an insight and understanding of China, it's history, culture, and people. She is the face of China for me. I am honored to know her.

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

Answer: This was the trip of a lifetime. It was a great value.
 
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Nancy & Robert P, Iowa
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
This trip is an excellent introduction to China. We were amazed at how many attractions were included in the price. We felt very safe, we enjoyed the food, our guides spoke very good English and we learned so much about the culture and way of life in China. Excellent value.

CS: Comment on your group meals

Answer: Most of the meals were very good with few exceptions. The lunch in the Hutong, Peking Duck dinner in Beijing and the Hot Pot in Shanghai were excellent.

 
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John & Barbara S, Ontario
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

Answer: Other than sights, we were impressed with hotels we stayed at and the quality of the meals.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: National guide Lucy is very caring, very knowledgeable. Very passionate about her job. Super organized

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

Answer: Excellent value, busy agenda but well worth it as you see and do a lot.
 
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Marcia & Timothy S, Ontario
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
The Mighty Yangtze tour promised to include China's most important sites and experiences. The China Spree guides not only delivered, they excelled to make the experience real. Our group found the experience first rate and excellent value. I wouldn't hesitate to travel with China Spree again

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

Answer: Lucy our national guide went way above expectations to insure everyone had a wonderful experience.

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

Answer: China was way beyond our expectations. We were overwhelmed with the progress and the technology. This is a truly modern country with a dramatic history.
 
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Irene & Brian H, Ontario
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
My wife and I are thoroughly impressed with China Spree. We usually like to avoid organized tours and adventure on our own but we had heard great things about China Spree so we took the plunge. We were not disappointed. We had an amazing national guide (Betty Cui) and a number of very good local guides. The pacing of the trip was excellent. There was always something to do, but we didn't spend hours on buses. Everything was very organized, and we felt we got the most out of our travel dollar.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Betty is amazing. She made the entire trip a success. She was very organized, and genuinely looked out for the specific needs of each member of the group.

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 culture. We were impressed by how kind and generous the people were toward Americans.
 
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Patrick & Cindy W, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
This trip was to celebrate our 45th anniversary and our retirement. We've traveled internationally to many places on mission trips, so have been frequent travelers. This trip exceeded our expectations - the price for all that we got was unheard of and were we ever delighted. Five-star hotels, outstanding food, the best guides anyone could ask for and the unbelievable sights we saw will never be forgotten. CHINA SPREE, you Are the Best!!!

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

Answer: I paid to hold the panda and that was wonderfully fun and of course the Great Wall, Terra Cotta soldiers stop - - I could go On and On!! Too many highlights.

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

Answer: Especially loved Tongli - couldn't spent much more time there. Wouldn't have minded more of the outlying, country settings but a great mixture of large cities/country, too.

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

Answer: All of our guides were excellent - so knowledgeable, friendly, great grasp of English and kept everything moving in each location. JULIE was topnotch and you need to know how valuable she is to your company and definitely hang on to that wonderful lady!

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: To have such a large group of 31, she was very precise on details of meeting, going from place to place and was so kind and friendly and with such a bubbly personality!

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

Answer: All were fantastic - really can't do a ranking they were all so good! Great job....

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: Once again, no notes to help me with listing in order - -didn't have a bad meal the entire time!

CS: Did you often come across repetitive dishes during your China trip? What were they? Please specify the bad or mediocre meals and restaurants that we should make change.

Answer: everything was varied and loved trying different regional offerings...

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

Answer: You won't believe what your package price pays for and we would travel with China Spree again without hesitation. Great experience from the initial questions at the stateside office to committing to the trip, paying and all the help we needed from beginning to end!
 
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Tommy & Wendell W, Kentucky
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

Answer: I ABSOLUTELY LOVEEEEEEE our tour guide. His name is Nick (Pong). He definitely deserves a raise. He got along with everyone and made the tour very personal. HE was very funny and even took us out on some nights. He showed us the local bars and clubs after the tour at night. Very professional, very funny. I don't think anyone had a problem with him. We all adored him.

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

Answer: NICK WAS EXCELLENT!!! I would definitely go on another tour with him even if it's the same exact one!

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: Spoke very good English. Very funny, very smart, very professional.

 
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Andrew & Catherine D, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer: Go with an open mind and enjoy the moment. You will have a great time.
 
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Kohei I & May W, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
China Spree was amazingly organized. Every aspect was better than we anticipated. This was our first guided group tour and we were shocked at how much we were able to do for the price. Our guides worked so hard to insure everything went well for each individual right down to arranging wake up calls and checking with each room to make sure everything was okay after we checked into each hotel. Luggage was delivered to our rooms and picked up outside our rooms when we moved on. We would definitely travel through China Spree again.

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

Answer: Julie was our national guide and she was amazing. Things could not have gone more smoothly. She went above and beyond (even for special requests).

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

Answer: This was an incredibly educational and interesting trip. China has such a long history and is so different from America in so many ways yet so modern and similar in other ways. We found every day to be amazing and are so glad we made this journey.
 
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Michael & Myna P, Washington
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
THis trip was EVERYTHING I had hoped for and then some!! I could not Ha e been happier that I traveled through China with China Spree!

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

Answer: There were many highlights. I especially liked the contrast between old and new.

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

Answer: I simply CANNOT SAY ENOUGH about Julie our National guide. She absolutely made our trip. She was personable, professional and did her very best to ensure we all got the information and help we needed. This, i might add, while trying to pacify extremely poor traveler who tried her best to monopolize her time constantly. Julie went way out of her way many times to do whatever she could do to pacify her while still being attentive to the rest of the group. She had WAY more patience than I. ( I would have left that traveler by the side of the road!!)

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

Answer: Julie was most competent, very friendly and truly made our tip fantastic

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

Answer: I thought all the hotels chosen were extremely well chosen.

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

Answer: You won't regret your decision to visit China. There's so much to see and experience you'll be glad you decided to go!
 
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Dorothy T, New Jersey
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
Most people wait until retirement to see the world but with the value you get from China Spree, you can start with China NOW!!!! And now that China Spree is adding tours outside of China, I will be able to see the world long before I retire. ---Princess

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

Answer: While my husband's highlight was the Great Wall of China, mine was definitely the service, especially from our tour guide Julie. She was truly amazing and i have to say that she made our experience much more enjoyable and memorable. The way she spoke of China and the knowledge she imparted to us made me want to go back to each city to experience even more of China. Julie was attentive to all of our needs as a group while still managing to attend to us individually. We consider her "the master of all tour guides". She was even able to get me to try certain foods that I might have passed on, had she not visited our tables regularly during meal times. I really hope she is our tour guide for our next trip with China Spree.

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

Answer: Julie is excellent in every way because she pays attention to detail, she has so much knowledge and she speaks of China in ways that leave you wanting more. I did not care to learn Chinese until Julie made it seem so easy to learn what she taught us on the bus each morning. Julie has set the bar really high for other tour guides....you should be proud to have her at China Spree.

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

Answer: They were all better than I expected, I was impressed

 
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Jonathan & Princess S, Florida
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

Answer: I greatly enjoyed Tongli. The gondola ride through the canal seeing all the restaurants, local houses and the people going about their daily activities. Tongli is its own little village; very quaint.

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

Answer: Julie was our national guide and she was excellent. She is a beautiful person inside and out. Very personable. She did everything she could to make our trip wonderful, from directing us to nearby convenience stores, to nearby banks with ATM's when the hotels ATM's were not working. If she could not accompany us, she had the local guide go with us to the ATM's or convenience stores. We always felt safe. She freely answered questions, displayed the utmost patience. There was a rather needy client on our trip who basically used Julie as her personal assistant. This client was not able to keep up with the group and Julie offered her a wheelchair but the lady refused. Therefore Julie and this client were always way behind the rest of the group. Julie could be with other members of our tour and this difficult client would pull Julie away. Anyone would have taken pictures for this client, but the client mostly asked Julie to take pictures for her. This client did hardly anything for herself. I feel that she took great advantage of Julie but Julie never lost patience with this lady. She was always kind and professional with her. Julie went above and beyond the call of duty to keep this difficult client happy. Julie is an excellent tour guide and I hope China Spree continues to keep her as a guide.

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: See above as to why I feel Julie is an excellent tour guide. I wish she wouldn't have spent so much time with the difficult client but I honestly do not think she had a choice. This client used up so much of Julie's time that Julie honestly did not have very much time to interact with other tour members as much as she would have liked. I know I would have liked to have spent more time with Julie but it just was not possible. Julie did the best she could in having to deal with a difficult client. Should I ever return to China, I would request her as my guide and I would recommend her to anyone I know who may go to china.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: Yangtze river cruise Angela was the cruise director but the guide at Feng Du was Debbie and she was very fun. Sarah is knowledgeable, fun and has a sense of humor and loves to help others. Vivienne is fun, bubbly and very helpful. Mei speaks excellent English, is very knowledgeable; excellent at helping negotiate bargains.

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

Answer: You cannot beat the price considering everything you get to see and do on this trip. Every city has exciting things to see and do. If you go to China with China Spree, I highly recommend Julie as a national guide. She is excellent. Do be prepared for a hectic tour schedule with not much down time; but losing a little sleep and being a little tired is so completely worth the sacrifice. I am so glad I went on this tour. I loved it all
 
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James & Rhonda L, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
China Spree did a very excellant job of planning my trip. There guides are all the best and explain everything to you so that you understand it and will go out of there way to please and help you. They all know English very good.

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

Answer: She went way out of her way to please each and eveyone of us and take care of any prblem we had. Don`t know how she had so much energy.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: I can`t remember all my local guides names (I`m not very good at names) but they all did a very great job to help us and tell us about the history of everything.

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

Answer: I liked them all

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

Answer: I liked all the meals and they all rated a #1. The home cooked meal in her house stood out the most and the spicy ones

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

Answer: It's a once in a life time trip you will always remember the rest of your life. It was on my bucket list since I retired (and a little Kid). Now I can cross it of my list, I've done it. (Make sure to take your camera. I took over 2,000 pictures after I deleted over 400 pictures that didn't turn out just right)and I'm not really a camera person. If you have Gout, try the Doctor on the yangtze river cruise part (Acupunchture)He said he could cure it in 2 visit(I've had this for over 10 years)all I can say is, so far I don't anymore. Just unbeleavable!
 
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Johnnie F, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
China Spree has a wonderful web site with lots of good information.

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

Answer: Julie our guide for the trip was outstanding in every way as well as the other local guides. Their knowledge, concern and goodness made the trip very enjoyable and wonderful.

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

Answer: Julie showed a lot of concern for the welfare of all the people. She has such a good heart and is so humble, these were part of her being and was real. Sara in Beijing did a wonderful job as well, the other guides were great also, but did not spent that much time with them.

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

Answer: The information that China Spree provides about the amount of walking and the difficulty of the paths, steps and slopes is true. However, you can adjust the trip when it is difficult with the cooperation of the guides.
 
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Richard & Rosemary C, Missour
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
This was the trip of a lifetime! Something fun and exciting to look forward to every day. An UNBELIEVEABLE value for the money.

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

Answer: There were so many "favorites" it's hard to choose but maybe the 3 day cruise and the rickshaw ride and the meal prepared afterwards.

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: Again our overall experience was wonderful. I feel like there was so much value packed into the trip at such an excellent price. I cannot really think of one thing I would have had done differently. The tour was so well organized and our national guide Julie kept everything running seemlessly.

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

Answer: The visit to Tongli was among my top favorites. The town was very quaint and the bargain shopping was great.

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: Part of what made our trip so magical was Julie. She is a delight. She was kind and caring and took a genuine interest in everyone in our group. Her communication and problem solving skills were excellent. As I mentioned above we had 1 member of our group who was quite difficult to deal with and Julie handled the situation like a pro. She made herself available to all of us without hesitation and the love of her country and culture is evident. Again, I cannot express enough how this wonderful woman impacted our trip. Instead of a tourist she made my husband and I feel so welcome like a visitor to her own home.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: All of the local guides your provided were exceptional. They were all friendly and the love of their country and job was evident.

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

Answer: All of the hotels were excellent.

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

Answer: China is an amazingly beautiful country. Go to China with China Spree and ask for Julie as your national guide!
 
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Robert & Dorothy B, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
China Spree did a very excellant job of planning my trip. There guides are all the best and explain everything to you so that you understand it and will go out of there way to please and help you. They all know English very good.

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

Answer: Great Wall of China and the little boats ride up the yantzee with Coco

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

Answer: Julie went way out of her way to please each and eveyone of us and take care of any prblem we had. Don't know how she had so much energy.

CS: Other comments on your local guide.

Answer: I can't remember all my local guides names (I'm not very good at names) but they all did a very great job to help us and tell us about the history of everything.

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

Answer: I liked them all

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

Answer: I liked all the meals and they all rated a #1. The home cooked meal in her house stood out the most and the spicy ones

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

Answer: It's a once in a life time trip you will always remember the rest of your life. It was on my bucket list since I retired (and a little Kid). Now I can cross it of my list, I've done it. (Make sure to take your camera. I took over 2,000 pictures after I deleted over 400 pictures that didn't turn out just right)and I'm not really a camera person. If you have Gout, try the Doctor on the yangtze river cruise part (Acupunchture)He said he could cure it in 2 visit(I've had this for over 10 years)all I can say is, so far I don't anymore. Just unbeleavable!
 
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Johnnie F, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer: I do not know what your competitors offer but cannot believe that they can deliver the value and comprehensive experience that your organization provided to us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CS: Did you often come across repetitive dishes during your China trip? What were they? Please specify the bad or mediocre meals and restaurants that we should make change.

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

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

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

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

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

 
I have traveled extensively. Never have I been more pleased with a tour. China Spree goes all out to see that tourists are exposed to meaningful places, events and facilities. Our national guide was a master at keeping 36 tourists not only happy, but elated about what we were seeing and doing.

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

Answer: We got a wonderful cross section of the old and the new of China. Kevin was an exceptionally professional and knowledgeable wide. Walking the Great Wall and visiting the panda reserve were especially educational and stimulating.

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: Kevin was always two steps ahead of us in planning. He had people to take our luggage to the airport, to get boarding passes. He knew the best times to go to the various sites when crowds were less. The hotels and ship we stayed on were all very up-scale; breakfast choices were plentiful and delicious. Kevin was very sensitive to the needs of those who needed special diets or who could not walk or climb too well.

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

Answer: I was completely pleased with this tour. It was my first visit to China and I think we got a very good cross section of the population and how people live.

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

Answer: Psychologically, he prepared us: to be on time always, to let him know if we were leaving the group or staying behind for any reason. When we all gathered as a group, he said something to the effect "This is going to be a great group. I can sense it." He set down some basic guidelines, gave us cards with his cell phone number in the event we got separated from the group and explained what to do. His directions were always very clear and re-enforced. He was very sensitive to the needs of every person in our group--all 36 of us.

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

Answer: Restaurants were usually prepared for us when we arrived (and sometimes, because of traffic, we needed to arrive late). The hotels and ship all had a wonderful array of food. Nobody had to go hungry because they could not find anything they liked. I like the variety of restaurants. Some were fancier than others; but it was also good to see how and where the locals eat too. The meal in the Beijing Hutong was very interesting and meaningful.

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--far more advanced than I could have imagined. This trip shows the prosperity as well as the poverty; beauty abounds in the people and the scenery. History is everywhere. I cannot say enough about how well organized and varied this tour was, much of it because of the national guide who has much experience as a tour guide in China. The guide filled us in on historical events and dynasties.
 
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Paul L, Oregon
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
China Spree offers outstanding value for travelers to China. The tours are well planned with excellent venues and great meals. In addition, I cant say enough about our guides and in particular our National guide, they made the trip special on a personal level while providing great cultural information as well as excellent travel organization and group management.

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

Answer: The highlight was our national guide Houxin (Kevin). He was so wonderful it made the trip for us. Any tour can take you to the forbidden city but the personal touch and care provided by Houxin is what makes the experience special. In terms of local highlights, I am a nature person so the visits to the various parks and gardens as well as going through the three gorges was the most enjoyable.

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

Answer: All meals were excellent! One of the more pleasant aspects of the trip. I really appreciated our guides making sure that the service was at a high level as well at times serving us with drinks and explaining the various meal choices.

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

Answer: Enjoy the experience and be surprised. Note that China is anything but a communist country now and the prosperity, the architecture and the modern amenities that you will find in cities like Beijing and Shanghai are staggering. The past is well preserved but the future is definitely here!
 
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Hagop & Nora I, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

Answer: Kevin our national guide was extraordinary! High provided excellent insights into the site we visited, shared his personal story so we could learn more about China, had a great sense of humor, and was very efficient. I was a first time traveler so his care was essential in making my trip fantastic with no worries.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: I was very impressed withthe quality of our guides. They all were very informative. My only other travel experience was a trip tp Europe where the guide seemed mainly intent ongetting us to purchase things in the stores where he got a kick back. The guides on this trip wre very traveler focused. THey shated stories about their lives which helped me feel I larned more than just the amazing sites we vistited.

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

Answer: Do it! The trip was fantastic! I was initially apprehensive, because the friends I was traveling with had to cancel because of health problems. Traveling as a single was great because the group was very inclusive and Kevin, our guide was so efficient. I alweays felt secure and accepted.

 
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Pamela D, Iowa
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
The highest compliment I can pay your company is: You did more than you said you would do--and you did it on a very high level. You did not cut any corners!

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

Answer: Kevin could not have done anymore for us---he took care of everything and looked over us all of the time. I got sick and he got medicine for me and constantly was checking on me. He is absolutely the best of the best. You have a treasure in him. His enthusiasm for his job was contagious and just made the whole experience a delight. Our highest compliment is our wish you had tours to other countries led by him.

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

Answer: Don't agonize on choosing a tour. Just go with China Spree. They do what they say they are going to--it is not advertising hype!
 
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Marilyn & Ronald C, Ohio
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
Great comprehensive trip of China with excellent guides, hotels, meals and venues. This trip is an excellent value for the amount of money we paid. The math doesn't work but we benefitted from this unbelievable deal!!

CS: Your comment on group meals

Answer: Peking duck and boiling pot come to mind as the best. Also we rejoiced when we made it to Schezuan province as we like spicy food. The dumplings at the show in Xi'an were also excellent.

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

Answer: Go before they raise the cost!!
 
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Thurman W & Mary C, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

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

CS: Comment on your tour guides

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

CS: Your comment on group meals

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

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

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

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

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

 
Our recent trip with China Spree (15 Day The Mighty Yangtze) was excellent value. It was well organized from the first contact until the end of the trip. A lot of thought was put into the itinerary so that we got the maximum cultural experience possible in two weeks. It was an absolutely worry-free vacation.

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

Answer: There were many highlights: walking on The Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Warriors, the garden in Chegdu, the Giant Panda Breeding Research Center, sitting on the balcony of our room on the cruise ship, watching the Yangtze River ,the trip in the "peapod boat up the Shennon Stream, the acrobats,and walking along The Bund in Shanghai.

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

Answer: We would highly recommend China Spree Vacations.
 
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Susan M & Thomas H, Illinois
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
We were so thrilled with this trip! Can't believe China Spree can provide all the wonderful things we did, all the great hotels we stayed at, all the wonderful sites we saw, all the different modes of transportation we took,(from rickshaw to high speed trains) all the wonderful meals we had and we never paid a penny more that our original trip price. Can't believe the wonderful National guide, Julie, and all the knowledgeable local guides they provided making our journey so memorable. We can't thank China Spree enough for the best trip of our life. We're already planning our next China spree trip for next year!

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

Answer: Evert site we visited was a highlight, but my two favorites were the Terra Cotta Warriors and Tongli.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Julie was our "Mother hen". She made everything move so easily. We never felt hurried yet we always arrived at our destination in plenty of time. Luggage was handled without any hassle on our part. Amazing how she got us through all the airports, train stations, boat, peapod boats, rickshaw, etc. without our having to lift a finger. How she got us all our room keys and luggage to our doors, still amazes us. She is a wonderful representative of China and made us feel as though we were really welcome in her country. She will always be a friend to us and she made our group of twenty one into a tight knit family. Tony went above and beyond as a local guide. He also was so knowledgeable about Shanghai, Suzhou and Tongli. He was also there on our free day and helped us through the subway system, as most of us had never ridden on one before. He also helped some of the people how had bought things get them back to our hotel at the end of the day. He is a real asset to China Spree.

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

If you want an all out China experience, look no further than China Spree! They really know how to get it done!!!
 
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Elizabeth & Kenneth B, Arizona
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

Answer: We like to travel on our own so we had pretty low expectations and were hesitant to choose any group tour of China. China Spree was much better than we expected and was a very good deal.

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

Answer: Our tour guide, Julie, was the best part of the trip. She was personable, informative and helpful. For the sights, the Great Wall and the terra cotta warriors were the highlights.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Julie was personable, funny, educational, and informative. She related a lot of stories about living in China and how things have been changing. That's what we want to hear. I know she helped a few of the people in our group with medical problems and other issues. In short, she was GREAT! Give her a raise.
 
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Daniel & Sharon R, Nevada
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
This was the most unforgettable travel experienced of a lifetime and China Spree delivered an amazing 5 stars journey at a budget price.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: We got lost twice--In one of the temple in Beijing and there were so many people and I don't how she(national guide-Jo) managed to always find us (Other people in the group also were rescued by Jo). In the Panda Research Center we left the group during free time and went to a store and couldn't find our way and she found us. She was always attentive and making sure that our meals were fine and that our tours were interesting. She went beyond her requirement to make sure that our trip was a pleasant experience. She notice the dishes that we enjoyed, eggplant and she always made sure similar dishes with eggplant were included. In summary Jo was an outstanding guide who was always available to answer our questions, to enhance our experience during our trip to China by explaining Chinese culture and history (Things that you don't find in a book.). She went out of her way to be sure everything was great and our tours were packed with excitement. She had a knack for solving any problem anyone was experiencing. Xian--I might not remember her name but I do remember her bubbly personality. In the Yangtze Cruise

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

Answer: Giant Panda in Chengdu is an experience not to be missed. Now I see why the Peking Duck was the favorite dinner of the emperors. Didn't care for dumplings until the Dumpling Banquet--WHAT VARIETY!!! Arrived one day early in Beijing and went to the Silk Market which was nearby and was amazed at the endless negotiation before reaching the right price. Cosmopolitan Shanghai and its fascinating architecture.

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

Answer: The trip with China Spree exceeded all my expectations and I can't imagine any other company topping that. The trip was a wonderful experience and education of what a vast and wonderful country China is.
 
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Lissa V & Alexandra D, Florida
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
An excellent first trip to China experience. We saw so much in 2 weeks. Incredible number of memories we will have with us forever. We highly recommend this trip.

CS: Comment on your tour guides

Answer: Kevin was excellent in all ways. He gave us so much information about Chinese culture (including teaching us Chinese words). He had a great sense of humor and high passion for his job. We have no recommendations for him to improve...he was perfect!

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

Answer: This is an outstanding trip for the money. Very heavily scheduled with long days. You should not consider this trip if you are physically impaired. Lots of walking, climbing and standing. For us, it was an excellent pace
 
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William & Susan B, Vernon
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

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

CS: How's the pacing of the tour?

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

CS: Comment on your National guide

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

CS: Recommended packing and reading

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

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

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

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


CS: Comment on your National guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Dear Mr Wu,

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amy, Buffalo NY.

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

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

 
China Spree is definitely a travel company that will show you everything. It is for travelers who really want to see China. It's for the travelers that want to go out, be out, and take in as much as possible. It is for the travelers that would like everything planned, nothing to worry about, who want to be along for the ride of their lives. China Spree is for the travelers who want to learn about and enjoy a different culture. Who not only want to relax and have a good time, but also be kept busy and constantly entertained. I am so happy that we chose China Spree, anything else would have been a mistake.

CS: Things that impressed you most on this trip

Answer: Things that stick out most on our trip was just everything. I don't even know where to start. Even the small towns that I've never heard of were so interesting. I was really excited about Xian and the Great Wall, but I really loved eating in the Hutongs also. I loved the big cities and the "small" towns. Some of the places we'd stop to eat would be a building I probably wouldn't have chosen, but the food was so good. The whole two weeks was very planned out, it went very smoothly. When we would arrive somewhere there was always a bus waiting for us and bell boys to carry our luggage. It was all just orchestrated perfectly.

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

Answer: Ronald Wang is no doubt a 10. If I could rank him higher I would. He really loves what he does and it is easy to tell in the way he led our group. He was entertaining, knowledgeable, helpful, and so so kind. He had everything timed perfectly. I credit Ron with making our trip run as smoothly as it did, and that is a big deal to me because nobody likes the feeling of being unsure. I trusted him, and by the end of the trip I was most sad to leave him. I really felt like I knew him and he was a friend. He knew everybody's name the first day and that's hard because there were 20 of us! He gave us tips on where to buy "real" souvenirs and not the fake ones that so easily trick us tourists. He gave us mini history lessons every bus ride and told us about each place we were going. This helped make those spots special and memorable. I felt like Ron wanted to show us a good time, that he wanted to be there, NOT that he HAD to be there. I remember my husband and I and my mom and dad all talking about how lucky we thought we were that we got Ron as a tour guide because surely there are guides that aren't as wonderful as Ron.

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

Answer: China Spree is such a good travel company. I cannot say enough good things about them. I whole heartedly believe that I could not have done all they did, and seen all that I did with any other company. You will not be disappointed. I am a seasoned traveler who usually plans out vacations myself, but I can say there is no way I could have planned this so smoothly. Everything is top-notch, highest quality, the guides, the food, the hotels, etc, but you'll also get to see the small villages and towns, the way locals live.
 
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Andrew & Michelle, Indiana
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
This is the first time I have taken a trip with China Spree. Not only a fun trip but educational and culturally rewarding. Our tour director Ron Wang was an exceptional guide and took great care to make sure our group had everything we needed to make our tour enjoyable. No problems or worries. He was there. It was hard to come back home and have to handle the everyday things that for 2 weeks we relied on him to to take care of. The cruise on the Yangtze was amazing and the scenery breathtaking. This tour included so much that many other tours give as optional. Cultural shows of dance and music were included and lots of food. Our days were filled, but there was plenty of time to relax and shop. I am a single traveler and felt well taken care of and safe. Experience this beautiful country you go to and enjoy to the fullest!

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

Answer: On the several trips I've taken in the past, a good tour director is essential for a mood setting trip. It can make or break the whole experience. Ron Wang was an exceptional guide. He took great care to make sure our group of 20 had everything we needed to make our tour enjoyable.
 
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Mary, Alabama
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
My husband and I are pleased to recommend a trip with China Spree because they are a professional business that cares about their clients. From start to finish, our booking process was smooth. When we arrived in Beijing, our guide met us and greeted us with a friendly smile. From then on, we were in good hands. Ronald, our national guide became our friend. He made us feel comfortable and welcome in his home, China. We felt we could ask him any question at any time. He was even kind enough to translate to a doctor that I needed to see. Our safety and comfort was important to our national guide. The sites are amazing! There is so much history to learn about in China. The hotels were top-notch. Every meal had a great variety of tasty dishes. Shopping was fun as well. We would go back on a China Spree tour in a heartbeat because it was such a positive experience.
 
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Vikki & Herb, New Hampshire
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
We could not have imagined a better trip! We were initially attracted by the reasonable prices (much better than anything else we saw) and the trip itself was even better than we had expected. Our national guide was phenomenal and we were totally relaxed knowing that he had taken care of everything. Although the website says that their trips are not particularly relaxed, I was more relaxed than I usually am when I travel because I didn't have to worry about anything. We saw a ton of stuff in just two weeks, but I never felt rushed at all.

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

Answer: 10. Our guide - Ron Wang - was fabulous! We were also very happy about how well organized and timed everything was. I didn't feel like I had to worry about anything. He was very well organized, very professional, but also personable and engaging.

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

Answer: Don't expect it to be the like the US; just enjoy it for what it is!
 
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Allie, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
We were excited to go to China, but were not ready for just how wonderful the trip turned out to be. China Spree was excellent in preparation and planning, and Ron Wang was an exceptional Guide. The hotels were amazing, the food was wonderful (and all meals included), and the pace was fast but achievable. We did an amazing amount in two weeks, but loved every minute. China is more modern than we anticipated in the cities, and very fast paced. June is very hot, but we really enjoyed every moment of the trip. Thanks China Spree for a wonderful trip, we will recommend you to many others.

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

Answer: Ron Wang was at the very least a 10, can't imagine anyone better. His english is excellent, he understands americans and our ways, and makes things work. He works hard for his tourists, and is always looking for ways to improve the experience. We will come back just to see Ron.
 
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Bob & Priscilla, Washington
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
From our first on-line inquiry about this trip China Spree was most helpful and informative. Their assistance with the Chinese Visa applications was especially helpful. All paperwork for the trip was handled efficiently. Even the additional form required due to the flu breakout was easily taken care of. The trip was conducted as described, with the National Guide having the discretion to adjust the schedule to suit local conditions including weather changes. We would recommend this trip to anyone in good health who is looking for a fast paced and well planned informative trip to the areas covered in this itinerary.

CS: According to your experience from this trip what would you suggest to those who are going to traveling to China?

Answer: Be prepared for a fast paced adventure including long days and early morning starts, but with very good hotels, meals, tour buses, air transfers, and excellent guides.
 
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Lynn & Iris, Louisiana
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
Our entire experience with China Spree was excellent. From the moment we booked the tour online, until we returned home, everything went according to the itinerary. Our tour manager, Kevin, rocks. He took care of everything, so all my family had to do was enjoy the sights of China. AND we enjoyed everything. If you are thinking of traveling to China, then China Spree is the only way to go. Be sure to ask for Kevin as your tour manager.

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

Answer: I have traveled extensively on tours, as part of my work. I have never given a tour manager a 10, but I am giving Kevin one now. He is a 10. He rates a 10 for his organizational skills, his communication skills, and his people skills. His English is excellent, and he is very enjoyable to just sit and chat with. He went out of his way to make sure the tour was so much more than just a sightseeing trip. Kevin worked hard, and he never stopped making sure everything was perfect.

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

Answer: Never leave the hotel without your toilet paper. China is a very different kind of place. If you treat it as such, and just go with the flow, you'll love it as much as we did. The Chinese people are very friendly and happy, so join them and smile.
 
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Vicki, Colorado
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
China Spree was my first tour and it has really raised my expectations for other tour agencies. The price is very affordable and at least half what other agencies charge. The guides are very educated and knowledgeable and make you feel at home. I would change absolutely nothing about my trip to China. I still at awe about all the things I got to see, the food, the service, the hotels and the tour was so inexpensive. I first was not sure about the trip because of the price and the air travel was included in the price! But I took the chance and I am glad I did. Everything was beyond my expectations. I saw other tours (ones that charged more) in the same hotels we were staying. In some of the sites we went to the other tours looked less organized and I could sometimes I could hear their guide and they were always inferior to China Spree's guides. I am glad I choose China Spree and will be using their services again and I will recommend it to anyone interested traveling to China.

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

Answer: 11- Ron was excellent. His management was so good that I worried about nothing regarding the tour. I had complete trust and faith in him and this made the trip enjoyable. He made everyone feel welcome and I do not know how he managed to make us all feel like we were a huge family with Ron serving as head of the family. His knowledge was very good and he always had and answer or solution to everything. I can express the admiration, respect, and gratitude I feel towards Ron.

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

Answer: China is an amazing country with a rich history and most of the time at was at awe at what I saw. It seemed everything was at least a thousand years old the sites were breath taking. I had to keep repeating to myself that I was actually in China and seeing all these amazing things.
 
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Vanessa, Texas
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
China Spree's Mighty Yangtze tour exceeded the expectations of my wife and I in every way. The trip not only included the major points of interest such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terricotta Warriors, etc. but also a much needed and relaxing trip up the river with side excursions. Competent national and local guides are key to the success of any trip and China Spree's guides are excellent. They all speak excellent English and removed the frustrations of foreign travel while providing a rich background of history and culture as part of their service. I highly recommend China Spree!

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

Answer: Fully read and follow the before trip suggestions in the booklet; it will save you a lot of frustrations while in country.
 
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William Cass, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
Our ChinaSpree trip exceeded our expectations. The itinerary schedule was full of China's best cultural and historical sites. The variety of evening entertainment ranged from Opera to Chinese Acrobats. We toured factories for silk production. Had a relaxing 4 days on the Yangtze/Three Gorge Project with daily excursions and evening entertainment. Some of the highlights for us were the Terra Cotta Soldiers, the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and the Panda Reserve. Meals and accommodations were superb. Fees charged by ChinaSpree were reasonable and all inclusive. The tour group was a comfortable 20. ChinaSpree planned a busy itinerary which we appreciated .

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

Answer: Definately a 10....We appreciated Ronald's attention to our safety, details, and comfort. We really enjoyed the background information and historical perspectives that he provided. Ronald Wang was really the personality,front man for not only China Spree but for the whole of China. It was because of Ronald that this trip was so memorable for us. He is an excellent ambassador of China.

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

Answer: Don't fear the food...its all family style dining with 10 choices of dishes excellently prepared. All the hotel accommodations were excellent. Bottled water provided. Expect a firmer and slightly shorter bed than Americans are accustomed to...yet we found them to be comfortable. Some of the historical sites and excursions contain many stairs that may be difficult for some people.
 
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Michael & Pamela, Indiana
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
Dear China Spree. Nee How and thank you for the fabulous trip to China. The national guide was invaluable for imparting information and making the entire trip run smoothly. I couldn't have done it without him. The hotels far exceed my expectations - extremely luxurious, great views and locations for walking. The food was fabulous and never ending. The Yangtzee cruise allowed the opportunity to see the rural side of China. Most sightseeing excursions were included in the price of the tour. It was perfect to have the tour all inclusive. The only extra money I needed was for souvenirs and miscellaneous items. The Chinese people are welcoming, kind and generous, and the country beautiful. Again, thanks for making this a trip of a lifetime. I can't wait to take another trip with China Spree as a return traveler to China. She-eh She-eh. Marcella Siefken The Might Yangtze Tour

CS: What did you like about this trip?

Answer: Everything. If you ever need someone to tell anyone how wonderful the tour was, please feel free to give my name. The hotels were five star, the meals were wonderful, the bus rides comfortable, the national guide, Ron was fabulous and local guides were great. The trip far exceeded any of my expectations. Your country is one of the most beautiful in the world and your people were kind, generous and helpful. Thanks to all.

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

Answer: Don't hesistate to take a trip to China with China Spree. A trip of a lifetime...and go sooner than later.
 
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Marcella, California
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
We were expecting a great time in China and Chinaspree exceeded our expectations. They were ahead of us at every turn, anticipating our needs and removing any roadblocks to our total enjoyment. The facilities we stayed in were first class, the food varied and delicious (The eggplant was prepared in several unique & delicious ways, etc.), the guides were knowledgeable and fun to be with. The local people we met helped us to understand China's past, present, and future. We both agree this is the best trip we've ever had and we regretted having to return home so soon.

Q:Please rate your tour manager from 1-10 while 10 is the best.
Lynn Dong was the most efficient, caring, and delightful guide imaginable. She always got us where we were supposed to be without seeming to rush us along. Informative, funny, just a delight each day. We would rate her a strong 11 or more!

Q: What would you like to say to potential China Spree travelers?
Take the longer tour; you'll be glad you did.
 
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Patrick & Bobbie Allaire, Tigard, Oregon
15-Day The Mighty Yangtze
 

 
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