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Apr252013

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Small-Group Bike Tour: Highlights of Shanghai Including the Bund and Xintiandi

Shanghai, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This tour is a unique way to see and experience the innermost parts of the dense city of Shanghai. With a knowledgeable tour guide, you visit places inaccessible by tour bus and cover more distance than is possible on foot. Riding in Shanghai traffic is a serious challenge, though, not for children or the feeble.

Apr242013

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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

Shanghai, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I expected Suzhou, about an hour's motorway drive outside Shanghai, to be a sleepy village, but instead, it is now a major manufacturing area. We visited a traditional Chinese house and garden that was less traveled and more quaint than the Old City in Shanghai. The Zhouzhuang Water Village is newly renovated, but the attempt to recreate the old-world charm is mostly successful.

Apr212013

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Shixiaguan Great Wall Hiking Adventure with Transport from Beijing

Beijing, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour was an extraordinary opportunity to visit a distant but lightly-traveled part of the Great Wall. Our guide spoke only Chinese, but her love of this part of China was readily apparent. Other people we encountered on the trail were able to fill in the translation. The hike was very strenuous and challenging, quickly climbing and descending 1430 feet, sometimes on mere stone rubble. Only fit persons with significant hiking experience should attempt it.

Apr202013

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Beijing's Present and Past: Olympic Park and Hutong Tour

Beijing, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Beijing's Hutong neighborhood of small alleys is too small for a tour bus, and, really, too small even for automobiles; rickshaw is the ideal mode of transportation. The opportunity to visit a real home in this neighborhood is extraordinary. It turns out that the Olympic Aquatic Center "Water Cube" provides public swimming sessions, either in a family-style water park, or for lap swimmers in the "warm-up" pool; had I been prepared, I would have left the tour at the end for a swim!

Apr142013

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Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This tour is a good way to get out of the crowded city of Hong Kong. You visit a lovely beach area, then see the very impressive giant Buddha. The return is by gondola, which sweeps from a newly renovated touristic village over virgin countryside back to the city. At the terminus of the gondola is a new public swimming facility; had I been prepared, I would have left the tour at the end for a jump in a pool!

Apr132013

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Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Macau is a formerly Portuguese outpost just minutes away from the Chinese border. With this location, it is now most influenced by the changes in the modern Chinese economy and culture. This tour explains the past, present and future of Macau. We spent a few minutes at a casino in the old part of town; if you want to see the spectacular Vegas-style Cotai Strip, plan on leaving the tour at the end and making your way back to Shanghai on your own -- easily done with complementary casino transport to and from the jet-ferry station.

Apr112013

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Symphony of Lights Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Hong Kong at night is a most spectacular sight and this tour is a most spectacular way to experience it. After the 13 minute light show, coordinated among the major skyscrapers of the city, completes, the water tour continues to other parts of the harbor where more stunning vistas await.

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