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As a business person for 40 years, I know of the need to please the customer. Your destinations were well chosen. Accommodations were excellent and your organization was absolutely awesome. I am bewildered as to how you could put such a phenomenal trip together and have it come out so well. Personally, I cannot understand how you could put such a 21 trip together for such little money. Aren’t you suppose to be profitable??? We would take a trip with China Spree again and not hesitate for a minute. I salute your entire organization for each persons passion for excellence. When you sponsor other trips, please contact us first because we are in line waiting
- Arlene B, Sedona, AZ
What a trip! From the time we spotted Lisa, our Beijing guide, in the magnificent airport we were handled with care. I think each of us in our group of 9 were amazed at the gorgeous hotel--surpassed our expectations by a mile. Our first Chinese meal was in the Hutong -- at a home where the lady was proud to show us her home and her furniture purchased by her grandparents many years before. Every dish she brought from her tiny kitchen was more luscious than the one before. I still dream about the fried corn dish. Bus was clean, safe, roomy, with huge windows and a good driver. Hotels continued to amaze us. Meals got more elaborate as the days went by. We ate Chinese, and some of us became expert with the chopsticks. From the skyscrapers of Beijing and Shanghi to the Great Wall; from the Forbidden City to the multi-story mall at our hotel; from the rows and rows of apartments to the multi-story homes of the 'peasants' in the countryside,' from the bustling city streets to the lovely lake and parks of Hangzhou, we grew more amazed. We experienced history, the Chinese cultural revolution, and a capitalistic (??) China! We vacationed along side the people of China. Many families had come from far parts of the country to view the sights in amazement as we were doing. Some stopped for coversation, a photo, and even a hug! School children came in groups with a 'HELLO’ to us as they went by. Plate glass, matresses and plumbing parts were delivered on bicycles. Young professionals shopped or scurried about. We throughly enjoyed the trip. THANK YOU CHINA SPREE! What did you like about this tour? Personal attention to detail, excellent guides, wonderful hotels, variety and overwhelming amount of Chinese food in lovely restaurants, comfortable, large buses and safe bus driver. We saw the tourist sights, but got the feeling that we were also seeing at least a tiny glimpse of the real China The small group (ours was 9) was perfect. Not a lot of waiting for people, easy to stay in a group and to hear our guides’ information.
- Carolyn & George M
This tour exceeded my expectations. We were met at the airport by our national tour guide "Lucy". What a gem she is! I cannot imagine there being a better guide. Everything went smoothly from our point of view( so we know she did a great job). This tour is not for the faint of heart - they keep us busy seeing and doing everything we could possibly fit in. No one was complaining. We came here to experience China and we can say that we have. In addition to the highlights of the tour such as the Great Wall, Warriors and pandas - they had really awesome things planned that turned into awesome things. We took a rickshaw ride to a private home where they prepared a typical meal for us. We also went to a private apartment in the city and helped prepare dumplings. We watched a couple difference noodle making demos with sampling of course! We even got to visit a family to see their progress from a cave home to a wooden home as they could afford it. All and all it was these extra things added in with the larger expected things that made the trip so much better than I was expecting. We had three local guides and they all did an excellent job. The food was great. Breakfast buffets had a large selection including western foods. I would highly recommend this company if you want things to go smoothly! I hope to be able to take another trip with them. I loved this trip.
- Kimberly B
This tour exceeded my expectations. We were met at the airport by our national tour guide 'Lucy'. What a gem she is! I cannot imagine there being a better guide. Everything went smoothly from our point of view( so we know she did a great job). This tour is not for the faint of heart - they keep us busy seeing and doing everything we could possibly fit in. No one was complaining. We came here to experience China and we can say that we have. In addition to the highlights of the tour such as the Great Wall, Warriors and pandas - they had really awesome things planned that turned into awesome things. We took a rickshaw ride to a private home where they prepared a typical meal for us. We also went to a private apartment in the city and helped prepare dumplings. We watched a couple difference noodle making demos with sampling of course! We even got to visit a family to see their progress from a cave home to a wooden home as they could afford it. All and all it was these extra things added in with the larger expected things that made the trip so much better than I was expecting. We had three local guides and they all did an excellent job. The food was great. Breakfast buffets had a large selection including western foods. I would highly recommend this company if you want things to go smoothly! I hope to be able to take another trip with them. I loved this trip.
- Kimberly B
Wonderful tour - could not have been more pleased. We did & saw so much. The tour was well planned and gave us great insights into China and its people. Our tour guide - Felix- was superb. He made the tour exciting & informative. We enjoyed all the hotels and the Yangtze river cruise. The cruise on the Li river was also most enjoyable.
- Daniel A
We researched a trip to China in 2006. We were impressed with Wilson and learned that China Spree offers a very good tour for an excellent VALUE! After this trip, we continue to be impressed with the itinerary, value and the tour guides. Thank you Wilson Wu and China Spree. As always, the Great Wall and Tera Cotta Warriors were breath taking and majestic. Traveling with four grand children (ages 12 to 15) and introducing them to the sites and cultures of China was wonderful. Our tour guide, Kevin, was especially helpful in providing an enjoyable experience for our grand kids, ourselves and our other traveling family and friends. The Pandas experience was also a highlight as well as the opera where the kids enjoyed getting the makeup and the interaction with the actors. Kevin's interaction with the entire group was great. He was especially helpful when interacting with our grand kids and making certain that we, as the grandparents, were confident the kids were always close by and learning about the sites. His interaction with the kids was extraordinary. They learned much more about Chinese culture because of that interaction than simply taking a tour. He treated them to Chinese treats and they shared American goodies with him. He made a special effort to assist our kids and other people when they weren't feeling good (ie. altitude sickness in Tibet). We think he went above and beyond what was expected. We have traveled to seven continents and feel that he may be the best guide we have had. Amy in Chengdu was very enjoyable and enthusiastic. She was easy to understand and fun to listen to and had fun stories to tell us. Yulla in Lhasa was very knowledgeable with excellent English. Kevin served as the local guide in Xian and was extremely knowledgeable. China is a feast for the senses. It is full of diverse people and traditions, a smorgasbord of cuisines, and dazzling landscapes. We experienced the culture, history, art, and food, as well as the everyday life of the people of the various regions we visited--and it made for a fascinating trip!! We brought 4 of our grandchildren (ages 12-15) on this trip and they absorbed the information in the various 'Culture InSites Programs' and learned about centuries of history that were brilliantly disguised as fun!! A BIG thank you to Kevin for all he did to go above and beyond to make this trip unforgettable! Book a trip with China Spree--you will not be disappointed with your experience!!
- Gerald G
I recommended CS to fellow travelers that I met while on the trip. I have traveled all over the world and have used different tour companies and I rank China Spree right there up on the top. You got wonderful value for your money and no corners were cut. We couldn't figure out how they gave us so much for what we paid. Some of our group would like to travel to Thailand with CS. I think that is the highest compliment we could give to CS.
- Karen W, New York
If you're thinking of visiting China, China Spree is the way to go. For us, the entire trip was a highlight! Betty was the BEST. She was always available if needed. Pleasant , helpful, knowledgeable and went out of her way to see that we had the best trip and it was. China Spree is an excellent company that exceeded all our expectations. We will travel with World Spree again!
- Edward H, New York
China Spree is without a doubt the best tour company to use for traveling to China. It is THE BEST value for your money that you will ever get! The tour is extremely comprehensive and gives you a feeling for China and it's people. We highly recommend this tour through China Spree. You will be well pleased and amazed at the beauty and all that you see for your money. Our tour guide, Betty Cui, was the best tour guide we have ever had and we travel a lot. Betty made the tour more special than we ever expected. She went above and beyond her job. Betty was extremely knowledgeable and was there for us for whatever we needed. She gave of herself even when she didn't have to. She taught us majong, Chinese, and accompanied us on our free time day in Shanghai so we wouldn't get lost. Betty made our trip wonderful! As far as sites are concerned, we loved the Great Wall and the Yangtze River Cruise. The terra cotta warriors were also magnificent and fascinating. Walking up the dragon spine terraces and seeing the rice paddies and the village was amazing and beautiful. We loved everything that we saw and did on this trip! We liked all of the included features and sites. We would not change anything. All of our meals were very good. We enjoyed eating in the hutong in Beijing so we could get the feel for family life and cooking In that neighborhood. The food was delicious. We also liked the Tang Dinner and Show. The dumplings were excellent as well as all of the side dishes. We feel that all of the foods we had throughout the trip were very good. It was nice to taste foods from different regions and experience the local flavors. Eating in the cave in Yiang was a great experience. The food at the restaurant at Dragon Spine Terraces was very good too. We have to say that we enjoyed all the food and can't give a rating of 1 to 10. The food on the Victoria Anna was excellent. All of our meals were very good. We enjoyed eating in the hutong in Beijing so we could get the feel for family life and cooking In that neighborhood. The food was delicious. We also liked the Tang Dinner and Show. The dumplings were excellent as well as all of the side dishes. We feel that all of the foods we had throughout the trip were very good. It was nice to taste foods from different regions and experience the local flavors. Eating in the cave in Yiang was a great experience. The food at the restaurant at Dragon Spine Terraces was very good too. We have to say that we enjoyed all the food and can't give a rating of 1 to 10. If I was going to eliminate one restaurant maybe it would be the one in the mall, but even that was good. It is where we had the Peking duck and learned it is cut into 108 pieces! The food on the Victoria Anna was excellent. We feel there was enough variety and plenty of dishes to choose from at each meal. The amount of food far exceeded what we expected to get! Do not hesitate to go to China with China Spree! It is the best value for your money! China is a beautiful country, full of magnificent things to see and do. The people of China are friendly and helpful. This particular trip takes you to so many diverse places and amazing sites. You always feel safe and welcome in China. Book your trip today!
- Robert L, New York
China Spree's 14 Day China's Best Treasures Tour provided us with the best possible cultural experience in China. Despite a lifetime of independent European and Australian travel, as first time travelers in Asia, we would not have felt safe attempting this alone, and this tour really lived up to all its promises. The company preparation materials couldn't have been more detailed or more reliable, and this was matched by the proficiency of their guides and other staff along the way. Our tour guide, Julie, was simply fantastic in every way. She went out of her way to be helpful, and enthusiastically explained so much about the history and culture, making good use of what might otherwise have been 'downtime' as we rode the bus to each destination. No one aspect of the itinerary stands out: it was all an excellent learning experience, satisfying our curiosity about so many things. The food was fantastic too, and we soon came to realize that everything was going to be of equally high standard and we relaxed in that knowledge, without fear of any nasty surprises. Whether you have China on your bucket list, or you want to try something really adventurous for a first-time tour experience, you can rely on China Spree to do the job for you! At times you'll feel like you're on a different planet, at others, you'll wonder why you waited so long to do this. But all the time, you'll know you are doing the right thing. Travel is the best education experience that exists, and the only way to really know a little more of China is to go there.
- Marion & Barry Z, Wisconsin
Gosh, I don't know where to start. How can I possibly describe our 21 day trip in a short summary? It was absolutely fabulous and far exceeded our expectations. I feel like we just went on a trip of a lifetime: beautiful cities, well-preserved and fascinating historical sites, fabulous hotels, incredible meals, fantastic shows, unbelievably beautiful scenery, and well-informed and caring tour guides. My husband and I were amazed at the price and the quality of our tour. We had researched other tour companies before choosing China Spree and China Spree came out on top. But after our tour, we must say it was WAY on top. We will definitely book more tours with China Spree (World Spree) and encourage friends to take advantage of these amazing tours. We chose the longest China tour and are glad we did. We would have spent WAY more money trying to go to all the places and see all the things we saw. I don't know how China Spree does it, but we're so glad we're able to take advantage of their generous tours. We're already talking about Vietnam, Thailand, etc. Then the Silk Road. We will try to go on any and all World Spree destinations based on our experience in China. I just have to add that our guides were terrific. In particular, our national guide, Sunny, was outstanding. He added so much to our overall enjoyment of the trip and looked after our individual needs and concerns in a truly unselfish and professional manner. I would suggest you book a trip as soon as possible. Don't wait to go some other time. Do it now. The cost is so reasonable and the trip so enjoyable. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. My husband and I have traveled extensively all over the world, but China was a country that we had not visited. We are so glad we went to see one of the most interesting and pertinent countries in the world with the help of China Spree.
- Donald & Pamela B, California
I just returned from my first trip to China. I am a single woman who traveled with a friend but was very nervous about choosing which tour group to go with. It was fabulous and the price was amazing! The hotels were gorgeous and everything went smoothly from the moment we arrived at the JFK airport. Our guide, Julie, was extremely knowledgeable and spoke English beautifully. I came back feeling like i had seen all the most wonderful highlights of China and couldn't believe how unexpectedly beautiful this country is!!!! Everything seemed to have been thought of by China Spree beforehand..including some evening shows and even an offer to order a massage one evening. They were willing to change things around if the group wanted to try something not on the itinerary such as a ride on one of the fastest trains in the world (also an additional cost that we were happy to pay). It was a fabulous trip and I tell all my friends to try this tour company if they want to see China. I was very nervous to book but all my concerns were needless as this was a wonderful, well run trip and the most amazing value!!! Be prepared for a fabulous trip to a most beautiful country!!
- Michelle W, New York
My wife and I had never been to China before. We are in our mid-30s and chose China Spree based on the positive reviews we saw online. Our tour with China Spree honestly exceeded all our expectations. Our guide was phenomenal, the itinerary was excellent, the hotels and food were great, and the people in our group were so fun. Everything about the tour was seamless--things went so smoothly and well. I cannot imagine a better way to see and experience China than with China Spree. We will be recommending China Spree to all our family and friends, and I am sure we will use them again. It is amazing to me that China Spree can provide such an incredible experience at such an affordable cost. This was the trip of a lifetime for us and we loved all of it. Thank you, China Spree!!
- Dr. Nathan S, Texas
The main concerns for non-Chinese speaking travelers are communication and transportation. China Spree's tour removed all those potential issues by getting you to and from major attractions in less time than you could do it yourself. Wherever we went, we moved straight to the front of the line. Our guide adjusted our itinerary as we went to keep us out of traffic or large crowds so we got more time to enjoy the sights and sounds of China. Great trip! Great value! Wonderful experience for all ages. The travelers in our group ranged from 7 to 80 years old. We made many new friends.
- Richard & Kathleen B, Connecticut
Take this tour!! The China Spree Mighty Yangtse tour was an incredible value. They offer things that other tours do not. The quantity and quality of food was outstanding. There was no 'forced' shopping. Absolutely no pressure to buy things. In fact, there was only a limited amount of time that shopping was possible. The tour kept a fast pace and always focused on educational things. I’ve already recommended this tour to several of my friends. There were so many highlights, it would be hard to choose just one. Besides the obvious ones (Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors), I loved mingling with the Chinese people at the park near the Temple of Heaven, seeing Tongli and visiting the Chinese Garden. I also loved riding the rickshaw to the private home for lunch and seeing the Panda Breeding Research center. There were really too many to count! I don’t think our tour guide could have done anything better. She was a fabulous guide. She was friendly, funny, knowledgeable and congenial. She managed to keep us all moving along with a cheerful demeanor. On our last day in Shanghai, after the official end of the tour, Julie used her own personal time to organize an outing for most of us (those who were interested) to ride the MagLev train and then take the metro to bazaar in Yu Garden. We felt like we had made a real friend in Julie. I would recommend her to anyone taking the China Spree tour. All of the meals were exceptionally good. I was very impressed by the quality as well as the quantity. I’ve told all my friends about the food.
- Judy M, Missouri
We had an absolutely wonderful travel experience with China Spree. We had never before heard of China Spree until we saw it's name on postings in Tripadvisor. We exchanged some emails with a few of the tripadvisor folks who had toured with China Spree and that's what sold us. Plus, we considered the cost to be very affordable and you really got a terrific value for your buck. We selected the China's Best Treasures tour because the itinerary had all of the sites that we had ever dreamt of seeing in China, plus the extras such as the Dragon Spine Terraces, Yao Dong home, and Suzhou & Tongli water towns. This tour had obviously been planned thoroughly and attention had been given to everything from places to see and experience, to hotels, restaurants, transportation, and to the selection of wonderful guides. It truly was a 'Best Treasures of China', from the ancient to the modern, from urban high rise cities to rural farmlands, from the incredible Li River vistas to the Pudong skyline: the tour covered it all and was extremely well choreographed. We felt as though we had truly seen all the facets of China and been provided glimpses into all it's cultural diverity. We knew it would be fast paced because it was covering a lot of ground but we were very pleased that we never felt rushed and had ample time at each wonderful location to savor the experience. Ming Li was our National Guide and she was terrific. Ming was well organized and had very good communication skills. She was enthusiatic, engaging, fun, very knowledgeable and above all genuinely cared about every person in the group and that they were have a great experience. She managed the tour very well. We also couldn't have been happier with the local guides (Lisa, Connie, and Ginger) who provided a wealth of information and interesting stories and anecdotes about every sight we visited. Overall, we give China Spree and A+. CS:Comment on your tour guide Ming truly enhanced our experience while on tour. We have traveled twice with Tauck World Discoveries (Italy & Tanzania) and they employ professional tour directors who are excellant. Ming is equal to them in every regard. She managed our group with a professional ease without being bossy nor talking down to people. Her communication skills were terrific and her instuctions were always clear. She was always alert to any special needs a person might have and was genuinely concerned that every person in our group was having a good experience. She provided very interesting talks on a variety of both historical and modern day subjects while we were in transit and was able to answer questions to everyone's satisfaction. She helped us manage through the airports and helped obtain our boarding passes. She was great with all of our local guides and seem to have a genuine comraderie with them. Toward the end of the tour, all of us began calling her Momma Ming because she was taking such good care of us. She was well organized, engaging, fun, and very knowledgeable! WE LOVED HER! CS:Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China? Answer: China is a fascinating country with vast variances and shouldn't be missed. And we will recommend China Spree to anyone who is considering traveling there.
- James J & Patricia J, Arizona
Hi Jim, Patricia and I both wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the trip to China last week. The trip exceeded our expectations but the biggest reason was your being our guide! Your kindness, patience, cultural and china history knowledge, and the attention to detail that you provided was beyond the call of duty. For you to go as far as helping us at the airport, to return home safely was unbelievable. And yes your singing on the bus topped each day off! When we had a chance to sit, relax and discuss our trip with our close friends the O'Malleys, we cannot explain how much we enjoyed your company and of our fellow travelers. See two pictures attached! Please remember if you ever have an opportunity to visit the USA and in particular the State of Rhode Island please consider letting us show you our beautiful state! Sincerely, Steve & Patricia W
- Steven & Patricia W, Rhode Island
We were hesitant at first to spend this much money with a company we had never heard of before. But after traveling with them all we can say is CHINA SPREE ROCKS!!!! The company has created a masterpiece blend of the typical tour sites (the Wall, Timinen Square, etc) with unique experiences suchas eating in a family's home, a rickshaw ride around a lake, plays, shopping. Unlike other tour companies, all transportation, admission, and 90% of the meals were included. We were amazed, How does this company make money? They must get some really good group discounts. There is no way we could have planned this ourselves for double the price. Our tour guide Kevin was the best ever. His commitment and knowledge was excellent. We have become walking advertisements for this company and will highly recommend them to anyone going to China. Thanks for a trip of a lifetime!! Kevin and Wanda CS:Comment on your tour guide Answer: I have no idea how he could have been any better. He made this a trip to remember and we will tell everyone about China Spree
- Kevin & Wanda D, Texas
China Spree provides an amazing itinerary, excellent accommodations, and an exceptional staff to make your trip unforgettable. The selection of places to visit introduces the visitor to China's culture, both past and present. There is beauty around every corner. CS: Was there a particular highlight of your China trip you wish to share? Answer: Oh, my goodness, where to start. Every day was amazing, each day's journey seemed to exceed the previous days. How can you compare walking on the Great Wall to viewing the terra cotta warriors? The contrast between the big cities of Beijing and Shanghai to the countryside we visited when we went to the Silk factory was quite interesting. Okay, if I had to pick one thing that made our trip especially memorable, it was being with the people of China, the children especially. And Kevin, our tourguide, was outstanding. He shared so much about everyday life in China, answering our questions without hesitation. CS: Comment on your tour guide Answer: Kevin has a wonderful personality and definitely is a people person. He has a great sense of humor. It is obvious he loves his country and he shares his love with every person on his tour. He is a great ambassador for China, and an exceptional employee for China Spree. He is invaluable and you should never, ever let him go. He was always available, tireless in his efforts to make our vacation enjoyable. He succeeded - it is an unforgettable experience, and we can't wait to come back. There were several times when unexpected things happened . . . for instance, my sister-in-law forgot a purse at one of the dinners, and Kevin called to make sure it was there, went with her by cab, and helped retrieve the purse. Also, I fell in the Forbidden City and injured my shoulder. When it didn't seem to be getting better, Kevin took me to the Tourist's Hospital in Xi'an to make sure nothing was broken. Both of these times, he was helping us when he was 'off the clock' - he never complained and was soooo helpful. What a blessing to have such a guardian angel with us on our trip. CS: Comment on your China Spree hotels Answer: The Beijing hotel is #1, for the outstanding breakfast food and the room. The Ocean Hotel is #2 - superior rooms, breakfast wasn't as good. That leaves the Grand Noble Hotel as #3, but not in a bad way. All three hotels were excellent in all areas. I guess after having such amazing accommodations in Beijing and Xian, we expected more from the Ocean Hotel for the breakfasts. But what they lacked in breakfasts, they made up for in the rooms, which were outstanding! We have stayed in 4 star hotels in the United States and felt like they were tops. But they fall short of the 3 places we stayed in China. You provided us with accommodations that greatly exceeded our expectations, I can't imagine there being anything better. THANK YOU!!! CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China? Answer: Be prepared to fall in love with China.
- Joyce & Vanessa R, California
This trip was the best trip I have ever taken, and I have traveled often. I checked the trip out with the better business bureau before booking, because it seemed to good to be true for the price. China Spree had an excellent rating, and it turned out to be to good to be true for the cost. Our guide was fantastic and we were helped throughout the entire experience. I would recommend this trip to anyone. Our days were very full from morning to night. It was educational and fun. CS: Comment on your tour guide Answer: I can’t say enough good things about Lynn. She went out of her way to be sure everything was great. Our days were power packed and exciting. She seemed like the every ready bunny, and she was always gracious. She found a way to solve any problem anyone was experiencing. Her knowledge and knack at explaining Chinese culture was excellent. CS: Based on your experience from this trip what would you like to say to potential travelers to China? Answer: I would do it again.
- Nancy H & Angela F, New York