We took the private Li River hiking tour from China Expedition Tours in October 2019. For us it was a very spontaneous decision. We contacted the company just 1 day before the trip but everything ended up being just perfect! They reacted quickly, everything was organized as promised incl. convenient payment method. So, in the morning our private English-speaking guide - Alex was expecting us at the lobby of our hotel. The driver was also waiting for us in the spacious and very clean car parked in front of the hotel.
The hiking itself was brilliant. Firstly, we visited the panoramic spots, where we really enjoyed the breathtaking views of Li River and mountains from above. Than the driver dropped us with Alex at one of the villages, where we started our journey along the river through ancient villages, local farms, wild nature and peacefulness. We went the paths you have absolutely no chance to find on your own as they were hidden in the woods and mountains. Alex was so helpful and informative! He showed us many interesting things (such as ancient paths, the cotton and mandarine fields, etc.) and explained a lot about local culture and way of life. He answered every single question we asked and was taking care of us on every stage of our journey. We made a stop for brunch and shared the food with each other on the peaceful riverbank. On late afternoon we arrived to designated place where the driver was already waiting for us to bring us back to our hotel. We asked Alex to give us advice, where to buy a tasteful tea from Guilin. He was glad to show us his favorite local tea store, where we could enjoy delicious teas and get the insights into tea culture of China.
Don't hesitate to book this hiking tour! it's worth every penny!!
We would like to thank China Expedition Tour and especially Alex from the bottom of our hearts for this unbelievable experience! We hope to be able to see him again in the future and take another tour with China Expedition Tour also in other cities of China.
Date of experience: 15/10/2019-15/10/2019
Todd A Hall
The trip was awesome!Every guide was an excellent ambassador for their city every place except for Guangzhou . Our guide, Louis, didn't take us to the tower there. I thought it was included with our tour...but I didn't question him. Also the hotel was not in a fun location and a bit unsettling.
So overall, we had a great time with Randy, Rock, Ruby, Tiger and Ann. While in Guilin, Tiger thought we were not having fun because of the rain; actually that made it more fun and gives us a fun story to share with friends, but I think that is why we didn't meet you.
Can you do us a favor and give Tiger this email address, we would love to thank him more!
Thanks and keep smiling!
Todd and Tom
Date of experience: 16/05/2017-03/06/2017
Alex, Our tour was wonderful! I felt like we visited the top sights in China and we did it thoroughly. The hotels were beautiful and every meal offered a huge selection and exceptional service. I would gladly recommend China Expedition Tour to anyone wanting to visit China! From the very first question until the last day, the service was impeccable. Quick response and explanations of all inquiries. Excellent! Sincerely!
Date of experience: 20/08/2014-03/09/2014
We had a wonderful trip down the LiRiver near Guilin with China Expeditions, and had a lot of fun at the rice terraces!
Date of experience: 13/04/2018-17/04/2018
Sherrie and Gary Blundell
Thanks for an extremely well organised tour.It was fantastic to have somebody there to meet us at every airport and to have a seat as planned at every airport.
All our guides were very helpful and spoke good English.
Our favourite was Zoe from xi'an . She was very flexible and knowledgeable.
The best hotel was the new world hotel in Xi'an.
The homestay in Guilin was amazing, we couldn't believe the views. Guilin is a beautiful city and our hotel room provided views of the river. Unfortunately the hostess could not speak English and the host was away on business. Amber stayed with us until quite late to ensure we were comfortable. Amber spoke the best English of all our guides.
We saw an incredible acrobatic show in shanghai and would like to thank Tony for changing us to the Circus World show. We had wonderful seats in the middle of the stage. I think this was the best show we saw. The Yangshou river light show was good but 280yuan per person was a little expensive. It would be good to make you customers aware to the optional tours and how much they cost so that they can plan their time and budget appropriately.
The only disappointment was the Yangtse River Cruise. We paid for a room to accommodate 3 people. On arrival we were taken to the room and told that we could squeeze a bed into the room but we should upgrade. I had to agree, we could not fit into the room if we had another bed in there. A double room was not appropriate for a family of three. So we had no alternative to upgrade to an Executive room with plenty of room to accommodate 3people. This room was extremely comfortable but cost 990yuan extra. We would have preferred to have paid for the correct room first.
As we did not have accommodation vouchers we did not know what was booked so had to believe them that the booked room was inadequate. Lunch was not included on the last day of the cruise as indicated on the itinerary. The food and service on the cruise was not 5 star and they were regularly trying to upsell us. Morning Tea and afternoon tea were not included and coffee was extra except at breakfast. On a 5 star ship you would not have to pay for anything except alcoholic drinks.
Our room in Shanghai was too small to fit our luggage and 3 beds. Once again we could have upgraded for 100yuan a night. This is definitely something you should consider in the future. We would prefer to pay a little extra to be comfortable but would prefer to be offered this in advance, not on the day of arrival.
Sherrie and Gary Blundell
Date of experience: 23/09/2017-08/10/2017
I traveled to China with a college group in January as part of a Winter Term course at my school. I would not know where to begin planning a trip to a country as diverse as China, but our itinerary put together by Alex Guan was superb! We went to six major cities and we had a genuine cultural experience. We got to see everything from the Great Wall in Beijing to the Li River in Guilin and everything in between!
A particular highlight of the trip was that China Expedition Tours took our group to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall - this section of the Great Wall is very well preserved and is much less crowded with tourists. Most other tour groups would have taken us to another section of the Wall which would have been more crowded. The little things like this detail of our trip made our experience with China Expedition Tours exceptionally good.
Alex stayed with our group throughout our trip as a national guide. Everywhere we went we got an exciting history of attractions we visited and we had local guides with impeccable knowledge of their cities. Alex and our local guides did an amazing job of keeping our group on schedule so we got the most out of our trip and made every location a unique experience. Everyone at China Expedition Tours cared deeply about our enjoyment of the trip and went above and beyond what we would have expected from any tour group.
More than just giving us an incredible trip, we made lasting friendships with the people at China Expedition Tours that I know I will be back to visit in the future. I would not trust anyone else in China with planning a future trip!
Date of experience: 06/01/2017-21/01/2017
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