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Great trip. Our tour guide, Frank, made it truly extraordinary and delightful. He was soft spoken, knowledgable, warm, friendly, and really made this trip memorable.
Excellent tour and guide. I absolutely recommend it. Regards from México
The water village and The silk Factory wereboth verf Nice. The Guide Spike verf Well English. So we had a Great day and advies everybody to do this excursion with Viator.
This is a good tour. Highly recommend it over other similarly-priced day tours in Shanghai.
The 3 stops on this trip offered very different glimpses of the region. The Net Master's Garden may not be the largest of the famous gardens in Suzhou, but it was lovely. The tour of the silk factory was interesting and don't pass up the chance to touch the silkworms even if the intention is to introduce a commercial/souvenier element to the day. When you think of the history of silk you must think of China. And the trip to Zhouzhuang and time to explore the water village was an interesting contrast. I even enjoyed the view from the van window driving to and fro! The weak spot of the tour is the relatively uninspired lunch included in the tour.
Highly recommended although seemed quite expensive for a day. Both Maria the guide and the drivers were excellent, and I manages to see the Great Wall, a jade factory, the Olympic Park and the Forbidden City all in one day. I was taken to the airport far too early but I do understand that Beijing traffic can be very temperamental.
It was a rainy day and we were the only two on the tour but our guide Frank and the driver gave us a good trip in a new Buick van. Hangzhou is a beautiful city in the tea growing region and it was impressive to see the new highways and rail lines along the way. Did the West Lake boat trip in the rain and stopped at an impressive pagoda built by an emperor around the year 950.
Doing what: Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai
This trip was a huge disappointment. We slowly walked through some but not all of the sites listed in the tour description, and our guide talked very quietly, if at all. It seemed that we spent much of the day sitting and waiting to go to other more interesting sites, but this never happened. A few members of our group were disappointed enough that they left in the middle of the tour.
It was an interesting day, very fast paced. It did not start out great though.... At 5:30 am, on our way down in elevator, when the doors opened, the Guide that was shuttling us to airport said You are late. It turns out it was 5:32am-Apple time. Not a pleasant start. At airport we were given paperwork, but struggled to get past security as the paper barding pass was not accepted. After 3 tries of very mean airport personnel, we finally were able to get on. I personally think, that you know your own airport, Guide should have helped us print a boarding pass at the airport. Shanghai airport everyone is pushy, rude, and have no sense of personal space at all-to the point of feeling uncomfortable. Ran to gate, and got on plane, but we thought we would miss the plane with all the back and forth with boarding pass. Guide in Beijing was good. Great Wall was amazing, as were T Square and Forbidden City. Lunch at a Jade Store was good, but salespeople were indeed pushy, and follow you around the entire store. On our way back we were dropped off 3 hours prior to departure, which was a bit early. We could have gone somewhere else as we are only in Beijing once. Once dropped off at airport, Guide was in extreme hurry to leave us. Above complaints I am providing as this was an expensive tour and the described airport experience make a huge difference on stress and in how you spend the day.
Started tour by picking up tourists from 6 different hotels. This took 2.5 hours. Had the guide been explaining what we saw along the route, then it would not have been so bad. We went to a museum, were told to walk fast to get into queue, and when we got there the line was incredible. So guide changed plans and we went for a walk in the gardens. At this time he would tell us a bit about where we were, however, guide was soft spoken. One of the tourists complained that he could not hear what the guide was explaining. This little comment turned into a bit of an argument. Guide said that he was picking on him and that he had gotten up early at 5am and this was not fair, as it is humid today and very hot. This set the tone for the rest of the tour. It gave us the impression that this guide was new to tourism. For lunch we were basically on our own at a restaurant. I had no idea what were served to eat. The Pearl Factory employees were quite pushy, and I think we spent way too much time there. Then the Silk Factory was interesting to see how silk is spun, but the sales people were too pushy, once again. We are on vacation, and paying for a tour, I did not like having to continually say no thank you to sales people that have been trained to by pushy. No, thank you, I do not need a comforter, I live in Miami where it routinely is hotter than Shanghai. Sales people would literally follow you throughout store, even listening to the our conversation, and responding when we did not address them. We were kind, but I did see other tourists not be so kind. Guide made a heavy pitch at the end for us to be left in town and find our way back by taxi. I didn't think this was appropriate either.
Worth the trip to get out of Shanghai and see true chine just 2 hours away from the big city
We only had 24 hours in Shanghai and this 8 hour tour proved to be the perfect snapshot of the city. Our tour guide Frank was fantastic. We were taken care of at every turn and given adequate time to explore each site.
This was a really great tour - the tour guide Frank was lovely and very knowledgeable. We started at the Museum, this was okay but a little dry - I think it was a matter of too much time to just skim, and not enough time to really look at it properly. What I suggest is to choose just one or two of the galleries and really spend some time in those rather than trying to race through them all. The furniture is very good, and so it the coins. Next stop was the Jade Buddha temple - truthfully the Jade Buddha was okay, but the rest of the temple was amazing - loved the Hall of the 4 Kings - and the laughing Buddha. Was lovely to hear a bit about the history of Buddhism in China and how it was brought from India. It was then off to the Silk factory - very interesting - but be warned the sales people will hook into you like limpets - firmly tell them nicely you would like some time alone to discuss/make your own decisions. Saying that there are some lovely scarves, duvets, and covers and clothing to choose from. We then had lunch at a nice restaurant - plenty of food. We then went to the Pearl centre - once again - I thought this was just ok - truthfully I think the one in the Isle of Wight is actually better - and the pearls though good quality, were expensive.
So then we went to the Bund - which is not the name of the river, but instead it is the name of the war memorial. This was a very interesting talk and the view is lovely.
We then went to my favourite part of the tour which was the Yuyuan Garden. You go through an incredibly busy part of Shanghai to get to it - look out for the Turtles by the zig zag bridge but it is a wonderful place with lots of history. Look out for the Dragon Wall and the Chinese Theatre. I imagine it would be incredibly peaceful if there were not so many people - but even with all the tourists it was just lovely.We finished in the French Quarter where we strolled around the section looking at all the shops and restaurants -Wonderful!
Really enjoyed this tour, our guide was excellent and very informative. We covered pretty much everything you need to in Shanghai! The reason for one less star is the bus was a bit old and run down with lack of airconditioning.
Excellent tour, I highly recommend getting to these two cities if you have an extra day in Shanghai. Our guide even took the extra time to walk us to Old Shanghai once we were back in the city.
beautiful place to see, lots of tourist but deserve a look
Jennifer M Australia
A good all round introduction to Shanghai and the hotel pick up and drop off is very convenient. I joined this trip as a lone traveller, so a good way to enjoy the city if not already familiar. The shopping stops silk and pearls are not enjoyable as there is pressure to buy and not enough time to truly look. The temple and museum were very worthwhile. I travelled on a Sunday so the traffic was acceptable.
This tour was not my fav, it was more of a shopping trip than a tourist trip , the guide was not realy very good at explaining the sites, most of th etouring around you could have done yourself with a private driver , and the food near the silk factory was very average , and not enough and very little in the way of refreshments . A trip that promised so much , actually delivered very little in the way of everlasting memories , plus you HAVE to give the guide a Tip.
Very bad experience with this trip... they pick us at the hotel in shanghai with a private car, without any identification, after we landed in beijing we wait it the airport more than 1 hour until our guide person pick us with our name written in chinese... then we go to the great wall, this was the only good part of the trip, the hotel in beijing is very disgusting, dirty and broken curtains, dirty carpet, bathrooms with sewage smell, pipelines above the floor, very disgusting hotel, even the location of this hotel was not good to walk around it... next day we went to forbidden city after that to the airport... we do not recommend this trip to anyone... very bad experience...
Great tour. The sights, of course, are spectacular. In terms of the tour, the guide was excellent. Very personable and very good English. Arrangements were great. Pickup at my hotel and transfer to the airport. Pickup at Xi'an airport. Pickup back in Shanghai and return to my hotel. All were professionally handled. Highly recommend this tour.
Doing what: Xi'an in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air
great trip, the guide was lovely, perfect day excursion
Good and informative tour with a very good guide
Not my favorite tour. I felt l like we were being paraded into showrooms and stores just to spend money with the locals. Other tours I have had in other cities didn't parade us through shops and stores like this.
I imagined floating down the river in a water boat getting an overview of the history of the towns. In reality, the tour was 7 hours, three destinations and we spent half in the van, SO touristy, people trying to sell you things everywhere - the water boat was 10 mins. Guide was friendly, good eng.
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