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We can be considered world travellers being blessed to be able to visit multiple continents yearly. We have enjoyed meeting so many amazing people while taking time away from hurried lives. Most of our trips have been to main cities and on beaten paths with the odd sojourn to less travelled roads and have loved it all. A huge thank you to sites like viator to assist us in choosing our activities.

Sep262014

Tour/Activity

Experience Beijing: Chinese Cooking Class and Market Tour

Beijing, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The experience was very good... finding the location was very easy, clearly marked even with the streams of local folks going about their day. The Market visit was good but it would have been better to be able to pick our own food. Then the cooking class..Chunyi was very friendly and good at explaining why we're doing what we did. The food we prepared tasted almost as good as her version... the only thing I thought was disappointing was that I asked Chunyi to join us for dinner she declined, stating it was too early for her to eat lunch...which is fair enough...however, I went into the hutong for water and found she was eating with her colleague...

Sep272013

Tour/Activity

Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We enjoyed the tour and was extremely impressed with our Guide. He had full and colourful commentary on the Island, its history and people. The juxtaposition of past and present has us realizing that as the tourists demand more the culture erodes and morphs into a commercial existence and instead of experiencing the true day to day living of the natives we are simply guided through the new commercial landscape. As negative this sounds we were thrilled to catch a glimpse of the true beauty of the island, learn about Budha's history and be privy to the amazing views. We loved the cable car ride and were awed by the size and story of the construction of the world's largest sitting Budha. The ability to move so many folks in such an orderly manner was impressive. We loved the vegetarian meal that was served but missed an opportunity to learn more about the Monestary and the Monks.

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  • Lantau Island Fishing Village

Sep242013

Tour/Activity

Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

As much as I learned about Macau I was disenchanted with the fact that the operator spoke most of the time about the casinos. My personal preference is for history and culture and had I known that this tour was a half day chat about the history of the casinos' presence on Macau I would have passed. Lunch was not until 2 pm and since I boarded the first bus at 7:30 am I was glad to have packed some of my own food. This tour was a thinly disguised effort at promoting the casinos and two very specific shops. Lunch was acceptable.

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