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Jason L

Jason L

Singapore

Dec092009

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Terracotta Warriors Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an

Xian, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
I was lucky enough to get a private tour since no one else booked the tour on that day! My guide was extremely accommodating and knowledgeable, and a lady driver who was highly skilled on the roads! It also helped that the guide was able to converse in both English and Mandarin. The whole tour was really a big history lesson of Xi'an. First, we went to the Big Goose Pagoda for a walkabout. Then we went to the Banpo Museum, which I rather enjoyed! It was akin to seeing the Roman ruins, except the Banpo version is a matriarchal Chinese settlement thousands of years ago. After the museum, we went to this factory where they make the terracotta warriors. Admittedly, while it was interesting to see, prices here are way higher than what you can get at the street markets in town. Unless you want to purchase a life size warrior, you are better off getting them at 10 yuan a set somewhere else. Of course, the highlight was after lunch, the Terracotta Warriors Bing Ma Yong. My guide took great effort to explain in detail what was going on. We went to all the pits and the museum. Even though it was absolutely freezing there's no heating nor doors, I enjoyed the visit very much! Our last stop was the South Gate of the city walls, which was a good hour back into town. I imagine that if the tour was in summer, it would be brilliant, but as I was the only one on the wall, there's really nothing much to see with the pollution and fog surrounding us. Overall, I felt that this tour was comprehensive and absolutely worth going for.

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  • South Gate City Walls
  • Big Goose Pagoda
  • Banpo Museum
  • Bing Ma Yong

Dec152008

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. There wasn't much travelling, and there was alot of standing around, but the guide totally astounded me with her knowledge of the artifacts in the museums. It was such a pleasure learning from an expert such as her. The Sistine Chapel was absolutely stunning after I knew the history of it! However, the tour doesn't bring you around St. Peter's though, which I thought would be a better finish.

Dec112008

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Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

Milan, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The Last Supper was incredible. I wasn't expecting a painting of such a large scale! The guide was also knowledgeable and very professional. Despite the drizzle, she kept our spirits up and was very enthusiastic all the way. I think that really made a difference to an otherwise dreary day.

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