Everyone on the trip had a great time. Our tour director was knowledgeable, and we all enjoyed the food! The reason I did not rate it excellent was the layover on our trip. After being on a plane for fourteen hours, we had a ten hour layover before our next flight. Some of the kids felt sick. It was the only negative aspect of the entire experience.
NinaF / Group leader Hernando, Mississippi / Posted on March 21, 2018
My overall experience was extremely positive and I wish I never had to leave China. It was a fun and interesting learning experience that I wouldn’t give up for the world. If you are interested in the Chinese culture, art form, history, or language, this trip is a great choice for you.
Esw1042 / Student traveler Posted on October 29, 2017
This was my first student tour, but not the first time to China. I went with the expectation that students would be immersed in culture and history. #1 I am torn because many things were highlighted and many experinces were made availalbe. However, a lot of commercialism was also presented to the students. Examples: Tea Ceremony, Pearl Factory and Silk Factory were all meant to give a small look at what is part of Chinese culture, but it was pretty clear that these were opportunities for Chinese businesses to make a lot of money selling to students. I would have preferred that the students visit these various factories with out the high pitch sales afterwards. (After spending very little time in the factory, we were led to the showrooms.) The best value of the trip for me, was a visit to a home in the Hutong Area, the Olympic Complex, the Great Wall and the Peking/Kung Fu shows. Stick to these and only minimize the factory tours would have been a better value. #2 Both male and female students were on the same floor in the Hotel, I thought I had read that this would not be the case. #3 The Visa costs were pretty high and should have been given a "heads up" on these fees at the beginning.
Ctourist / Adult traveler Rio Rancho, NM / Posted on July 04, 2017
Had an amazing experience. Tour director was very helpful and very kind. There was enough time to experience things that we wanted to experience. Beijing is beautiful. The Great Wall was my favorite!
ChiTownGirl / Student traveler Chicago, IL / Posted on July 03, 2017
First time Traveler
Oh where to start....China is beyond amazing and if you have such a excellent planed tour with a one of a kind tour guide the tour becomes spectacular. Any first time travelers should feel safe in the hands of EF Tours and enjoy all of China, the people are friendly but also be careful with street vendors where they might swindle you for Taiwanese money instead of Yen. Bargaining is a key tool on your trip in China never take the starting price at first glance, you can bring the price down to 50%.
AVNI / Student traveler NYC / Posted on May 19, 2017
We had a wonderful time and learned so much. The students were able to place all that they had learned of Chinese history into its current cultural and historical context. Our guide, XIN, was exceptional and my students really loved every minute.
Chrissy4 / Group leader New York City, New York / Posted on April 23, 2017
I really enjoyed this trip. It was a great choice for my first travel abroad. My favorite part was the school visit. When I saw the banner they put up, I felt like a celebrity! I also really enjoyed teaching the students about something. Especially since I would've expected them to know about that particular subject... x3 Anywho, my least favorite part was the Birds Nest. It was freezing outside, and I hated it! Not to mention, it was really boring to look at, once we got inside. We had way too much time there. The Legend of Kung Fu show was amazing! If you're looking for an excuse to go to China, here it is!!! I feel like 3 hours at the Forbidden City was a good amount of time, enough that my feet started to hurt, but I also got a decent look at the city. The Great Wall... I feel like we were there for _plenty_ of time, but I also feel like more time would've been nice. The Temple of Heaven was boring. The Lama Temple... I don't think we needed quite that much time. Overall, though, I loved the trip. I'm glad I was able to take part!
Janinna / Student traveler Page, Arizona / Posted on March 27, 2017
Our tour of China and the Great Wall was awesome. Our tour guide was entertaining and extremely knowledgeable about his home country. I learned so much about Chinese history and culture in 7 days; more than I thought was possible to learn. This was the most educational trip I've ever taken in my entire life.
bobbo / Adult traveler Kansas City, Kansas / Posted on March 21, 2017
It was quite a culture shock on arriving in Beijing. Tour director was friendly, and helped us through language and cultural differences. It is a place of paradoxes; modern, yet ancient. Great overall experience.
Reneem / Group leader mora, NM / Posted on March 17, 2017
MY CHILD WAS TOTALLY AWWWD BYT THE EXPERIENCE. THE FOOD, THE PEOPLE, JUST THE WAY OF LIFE AND CULTURE. SHE HAD FUN BARTERING WITH THE VENDORS AND JUST LEARNING. IF IT WASN'T FOR EF TOURS MY CHILD WOULD NEVER HAVE GOTTEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THIS. IT SEEMS LIKE IT IS A LOT OF MONEY BUT FOR WHAT YOU GET IT ISN'T. SHE HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME SHE IS GOING ON THE TRIP TO AUSTIA, GERMANY & SWITZERLAND.
COOKIE98 / Parent FLORIDA / Posted on March 14, 2017