The tour was ok, but we felt rushed from start to finish. We were told we would be picked up 5.30-6.30pm, but the guide showed up at 4.20 (before we were ready). We were driven in a very nice car to the Red Theatre for the early 5.15 show. There were some spectacular bits to the show, but overall we were a bit disappointed - it wasn't really a kung fu show. The minute it finished (the guide was waiting at the exit door) we were driven to a decent restaurant for dinner. The guide kept checking us every ten minutes to see if we had finished our dinner, which pressured us to hurry. We were back at our hotel by 8pm, 3 1/2 hours after starting (and 1 1/2 hours was in travelling). It felt as though she could not wait to get rid of us. Not the best tour we have done, but admittedly it was Chinese National Week holidays, so the guide may have preferred to have been elsewhere.
Our guide was really lovely, and most informative on Sichuan lifestyle and culture. Dinner was superb - believe it when they say Sichuan food is spicy! The show had some great acts - the puppets were brilliant, the acrobatics were unbelievable and the final act - well you have to see it for yourself! (Some of the other acts were a bit ordinary though.) Over all a most enjoyable evening, however we thought it a bit strange that the guide AND the driver tucked into dinner with us at our table. On our (many) other tours the guide has sometimes joined us, but never the driver as well. We had been told that our meal was very special and too expensive for local people, so we felt our Viator payment had covered an extra meal.
Did not think Sumo would be our "thing", but booked it for the Japanese cultural experience. However we were most happy with this tour - sumo turned out to be very interesting, and we got right into it. The guide was brilliant, most informative and a lot of fun.
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