PALLAVITA SAHA

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PALLAVITA SAHA

PALLAVITA SAHA

United Kingdom

Sep172011

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Great Wall of China Small Group Day Trip from Beijing

Beijing, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a great trip - we were just two on the trip and Vivian, our guide was very good and patient and gave as all the time required to do the trek and spend as much time as we wanted on the wall. The foot massage that followed was excellent and really helped in recovering from the hard trek :-). Only two suggestions - 1. This is definitely not 11.5 hours as stated, we started at 7 AM and was done with the tour by 4:00 PM - the information should be corrected 2. The tour itinerary stated that we will be dropped back at the starting point but Vivian said that is not the case and we would have to make our way back from the foot massage location. She walked us to the subway however I think the correct information should be provided as I had made arrangements to be picked up from the start point which I had to re-arrange.

Sep162011

Tour/Activity

Beijing Historical Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven

Beijing, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I was the only one on this tour on the particular day and Jackie was really great - he was flexible and was fine with me taking more time than planned at certain places. This tour was also shorter than stated in the itinerary but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Jackie had lots of information and knowledge. Only suggestion would be that we could be given some free time in Forbidden City to wander around and do our own thing.

Sep152011

Tour/Activity

Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden

Beijing, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a good tour - Jackie was taken the guide and he gave lots of information and tidbits and good helpful hints on how not to get conned etc around the city. I had a lovely group of people with me and we all had fun. The summer palace is lovely as is the Lama temple. Really good experience!!!

Sep142011

Tour/Activity

Beijing International Transfer: Airport (PEK) to Hotel Roundtrip

Beijing, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I was glad that I had booked the transfer as my flight was delayed and I arrived very late at Beijing. In addition the hotel i was staying is not well known (even though its at a great location) so I found later that most taxis struggled to find it - so it was great to find the driver waiting at the airport patiently and driving me to the hotel safely. Very professional and very nice! The price is equal to what any hotel will charge you hence its fine - local taxis may be cheaper and local transport like subway much much cheaper but this has more convenience and comfort specially with the language challenges.

Sep112011

Tour/Activity

Best of Shanghai Day Tour including Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund

Shanghai, China

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

This was the most disappointing of my tours in China - I was the only one on the tour which had its advantages but I felt the disadvantages more. The guide Joe was ok - he gave the bare minimum information and was not as informative as Jackie in Beijing. In many places when I asked for more time at a certain place, I was left on my own but I noticed many other guides walking around with tourists and giving lots of information (at the Bund, Old Town and Museum). I dont know if this was not included in the agenda but should be as the guide is there with us anyways. We also went to a pearl factory and jade shop and I really felt pressured to buy and felt this was more a shopping excursion than a sightseeing trip. Again this was shorter than stated (started at 9 AM and I was back at the hotel by 3:30 PM - Joe had offered that I take another 15 mins more at the Old Town but even with that it would have been less than 7 hours).

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