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Climbing the Great Wall.

Climbing the Great Wall.

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Tour Beijing to Shanghai with Yangtze River Cruise

We were on a Wendy Wu escorted tour of China which is reviewed here. The tour started in Beijing, where there were three nights on the tour including the Great Wall. From Beijing we flew to Xian where we stayed for two nights and saw the Terracotta Warriors. From Xian we flew to Wuhan where we were taken by motor coach to the Yangtze River at Yichang. There we boarded the Victoria Katarina river cruise ship and stayed for four nights. Both the ship and amazing crew shows are reviewed. For a description of the daily shore excursions see the Yangtze River Excursions. We left the cruise ship in Chongqing. From there we flew to Guilin where we spent one night. From Guilin we took a river cruise boat on the Li River to Yangshuo where we stayed two nights in the presence of gorgeous scenery. The tour ended with two nights in Shanghai. Contact Us for more information.

Terracotta Warriors on display in large museum.

Terracotta Warriors on display in Terracotta Warriors Museum.

China

China is an amazing country with popular and historic sights to visit like the Great Wall, stunning scenery to see like the karst limestone mountains with sharp peaks in the southern part of the country, dazzling shows with colorful and beautiful costumes to enjoy, a fascinating culture different from the western world to learn about, and wonderful people to spend time with. China rates as one of the world's great destinations, one that you will want to go back to.

Scene from the Tang Dynasty Dancing Show in Xian.

Scene from the Tang Dynasty Dancing Show in Xian.

The People

China has many impressive sights to see, but no less impressive are the people themselves. We were all over the country, and the people had the same qualities wherever we were. We have traveled to many places in the world, but nowhere have I been so impressed with the people. They were very friendly, warm hearted, and helpful. They clearly enjoyed being with those of us from the western world. They wanted their pictures taken with us including selfies. Their little kids are taught to say “hello” or “hi.” On one occasion we were seated and a little girl came over to us and said "hi." Her mother than took a picture of her daughter standing in front of us. Many of the Chinese people speak good English, especially those in the tourism industry. English is a requirement in the schools, and their education is the same throughout the country as the government has set national standards.

Sunny and Rebecca in front of the Red Pagoda on shore excursion.

Sunny and Rebecca in front of the Red Pagoda on a shore excursion.

The Cities

The cities were very clean and had beautiful landscaping of trees, flowers, and other plants covering large areas. Everything was neatly trimmed, which obviously requires a large work force. We would sometimes see someone sweeping a sidewalk with a broom. Many cities have populations of millions. Chongqing, a city of 33 million, is the largest city in the world.

Scene from the crew's Chinese Dynasty Dance Show.

Scene 1 from the crew's Chinese Dynasty Dance Show.

The Hotels

The hotels are chosen based on quality, safety, location, and whether English is spoken. The hotels used are checked by the tour operator often. All of the hotels we stayed in were of high quality. They would have been rated at least First Class. All of the hotels had western style bathrooms. Traveling throughout the country you do not find western style toilets in all public facilities, including some airports.

WiFi

We had WiFi in our rooms at all of our hotels free of charge. On the Yangtze river cruise WiFi was available on the ship in our room for a reasonable charge. Note that in China they block Facebook and Google. You cannot do a Google search in China or login to a Google email account.

Panda eating seen on shore excursion to the Panda House at the Chongqing City Zoo.

Panda eating seen on shore excursion to the Panda House at the Chongqing City Zoo.

The Meals

The food we had in China was very good. It was planned that way as all meals were included on the tour. With the tour director or a guide always nearby there was never a language problem. On the land portion of our tour we had breakfast in the hotels with the exception of when we had an early start. Then we were provided with a box breakfast by the hotel. Both Chinese and western style breakfasts were offered. Most of our other meals were in restaurants especially chosen by the tour operator. Restaurants were selected that offered food which was popular in each region of the country that we visited. In some cases we could walk to the restaurants, but often we were taken by motor coach because the restaurant was too far away to walk to. If we had been on our own we would never have found these restaurants. The high quality of the meals we were served was an important part of and added to the enjoyment of our tour. On one day there was even a meal prepared by a Chinese family, and it was outstanding. For lunches and dinners we ate at round tables with a lazy Susan in the middle. You rotated the lazy Susan to the dishes that you wanted to sample. In my case I am vegetarian, and there was always plenty of selections that I could eat. On the river cruise part of our China tour we had buffet-style meals with a large selection of different dishes. The food was very good.

Sunny and Rebecca in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

Picturesque view of the Li River and boats with limestone karst mountains.

Internal Flights

China is a big country. The only way that you can visit different parts of the country in a reasonable period of time is to fly to some destinations. At the airports the tour operator took care of the check in luggage, airline ticketing, and seat assignments. All of our internal flights were with different Chinese airlines. All of the flights were of high quality and more enjoyable than on carriers in the United States. The airlines in China serve you meals and the service is outstanding. The airport security is much more rigorous in China than the U.S.A. They always pat you down, and this can be done by either a man or a woman. Your carry-on bags go through X-ray machines and they often open bags in your presence and search them. I always found the security people to be very professional.

Scene from the Impression Liu Sanjie Show Performed at night in the Li River.

Scene from the Impression Liu Sanjie Show Performed at night in the Li River.

Escorted tour versus independent tour

You can visit China on an independent or hosted tour. Instead we chose to do an escorted tour for the following reasons:

  1. The culture and language in China are much different than what we are accustomed to.
  2. Everything is planned to make sure that you have time to see the important sights. Even so, there is free time for you to do some things on your own on some days.
  3. You are met at the airport upon arrival and taken to your hotel where you meet your tour director. On internal flights you are taken to and from airports and receive help checking in for your flights. At the end of the tour you are taken to the airport to make your flight back home.
  4. The tour is a very relaxing way to travel. When traveling on the motor coach you just sit back and enjoy the scenery. There are frequent stops for snacks, the bathroom, or photo opportunities.
  5. The tour director stays with you on the entire trip to coordinate everything and also tells you about the history of the countries and places you visit. It is a great way to learn.
  6. In cities, museums, archaeological sites, and other important places you visit you have the services of knowledgeable local guides. They can show you things that individuals are not allowed to see on their own.
  7. The tour director and all local guides speak fluent English as well as the languages of the countries you are visiting. Not knowing the languages of the countries you visit is simply not a problem on these tours.
  8. You stay in nice hotels.
  9. You meet very interesting and nice people in your group, and it is not unusual for friendships to continue after your tour ends. It is possible that you will have people in your group from English speaking countries such as Australia, England, and others in addition to the USA. We find this adds another dimension to the tours and makes them more fun.
  10. Most importantly, you get much more for your money as nearly everything is included in the escorted tour price. For an individual to pay for everything separately the total price would be much more.

Oriental Pearl Tower at night seen from river cruise ship.

Oriental Pearl Tower at night seen from river cruise ship in Shanghai.

Some Tour Highlights

The tour operator was Wendy Wu Tours. We chose them because they are one of the highest rated tour operator in China. They offer different tours, and we can help you decide which tour is best for you and take care of the booking for you at no extra cost. In the following some of the important highlights are listed for each destination we visited:

There is actually much more to see on this tour. It is a great tour of China.

Tour Conductor and Local Guides

Rebecca and tour director Addison with the Huangpu River in the background in Shanghai.

Rebecca and tour director Addison with the Huangpu River in the background in Shanghai.

Our national tour director was Addison. Since he was from Xian he also served as our local guide the 2 nights/3 days that we were there. In all cases he was excellent, and he did a great job of organizing our tour and keeping things on track. All of the Local Guides were generally very good. During our 3 nights/4 days in Beijing our local guide was Grace. During our 2 nights/3 days in and around Guilin and Yangshuo in Southern China our local guide was Ping (Effie). Both Grace and Ping were excellent.

Local Guide Grace telling our group about the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Local Guide Grace telling our tour group about the Forbidden City in Beijing.


Local guide Ping (Effie) in Guilin, Li River, Yangshuo, and countryside.

Local guide Ping (Effie) in Guilin, Li River, Yangshuo, and countryside.

Tour Beijing to Shanghai with Yangtze River Cruise

We were on a Wendy Wu escorted tour of China which is reviewed here. The tour started in Beijing, where there were three nights on the tour including the Great Wall. From Beijing we flew to Xian where we stayed for two nights and saw the Terracotta Warriors. From Xian we flew to Wuhan where we were taken by motor coach to the Yangtze River at Yichang. There we boarded the Victoria Katarina river cruise ship and stayed for four nights. Both the ship and amazing crew shows are reviewed. For a description of the daily shore excursions see the Yangtze River Excursions. We left the cruise ship in Chongqing. From there we flew to Guilin where we spent one night. From Guilin we took a river cruise boat on the Li River to Yangshuo where we stayed two nights in the presence of gorgeous scenery. The tour ended with two nights in Shanghai. Contact Us for more information.s

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