First time on a tour and first time at China, good overall.
Did not like the water availability during the arranged dinner of the tour, most of the time the temperature during the tour was over 100ºF and only availble was a 7 ounce glass of water not cold, nor ice neither.
Ejom / Adult traveler Dorado, Puerto Rico USA / Posted on July 19, 2017
Great Tour Guide.
My tour director was really the icing on the cake! She was able to answer every question we had and went above and beyond to make sure our trip was safe and fun. She cared for us like she had known us our whole life. It is this relationship that makes me want to go back to China along with the great food and culture.
Dame12345 / Student traveler Philadelphia / Posted on July 19, 2017
I am writing this review as a parent of a student who went. It must have been an amazing experience because he not only came home and had a ton to tell us (usually we have a hrad time getting two words out of him on things like this) but he actually took pictures (not to mention was in a lot of pictures from other people and smiling). He said he enjoyed everything they did, although some experiences were better than others (as is to be expected).
The one thing my wife and I had an issue with is the crecit card. We were told by EFT that taking a lot of cash would not be necessary as a Visa is accepted in China. That may be but for the first several days of the tour, my son told us they weren't anywhere that took credit cards at all. He had to find an ATM and take money out (costing money to do so). Plus, when his card had an issue it was deactiviated for 24 hours, leaving him stranded with no money of his own (fortunately, being on a tour he had people who were able to help him out until everything got corrected).
EFT needs to correct this statement and let any travelers know they should have cash available when going to China - just in case.
madman / Parent Philadelphia, PA / Posted on July 16, 2017
Eye opening adventure
We had an amazing time at such a controversial country. Honestly I was a little bit scared to go just because of the things we hear on the news, but it is all completely false. They are such kind people and the culture is so interesting and different than any other! The days were jam packed with activities. We were running from 7 am to 9 pm. Every day we did something awesome including seeing 2 of the 8 wonders of the world! All in all I totally 11/10 recommend this trip!:)
Alzh / Student traveler Milford, PA / Posted on July 15, 2017
The Time of Our Lives in China!
Our experience was compelling and enlightening. It was our school's first time to China. We had an absolute blast in Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai. We would absolutely go back.
TeacherManBMP / Group leader Dingmans Ferry, PA / Posted on July 15, 2017
High School teacher
This tour is the most culturally rich tour I have been on in my 4 years with EF. The students and adults were exposed to everything that you can associate with being Chinese. We climbed the Great Wall, participated in a Tai Chi class, visit the museum of the Terracotta warriors, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, sat in a session to learn how to identify real Pearls, learned the process of making a silk fabric, learned how to write some Chinese characters, made a hot pot dish with instructions from our hosts at the hotel. Too many wonderful experiences to list here. It was awesome
Businesswoman / Group leader Paterson, New Jersey / Posted on July 14, 2017
China 2017 - Had an amazing time
This was the trip of a lifetime. We got to see many of the top attractions in a short period of time. The EF tour was well organized and the guides were great. We moved fast, but we're able to cram so much into a short time. My favorites were the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, and biking on the city wall in Xian.
DavefromBaltimore / Adult traveler Baltimore, MD / Posted on July 12, 2017
Amazing except for air travel
The international and domestic flights on this tour were all delayed and seemed poorly organized (on the part of the airlines). I would recommend to not use AirCanada or Chinese Eastern Air.
Other than that, tour was amazing!
ExplorerMama / Adult traveler Houston, TX / Posted on July 11, 2017
Great mix of history and culture
This trip itinerary was incredible. For one, it was the perfect mix of large, can't miss tourist activities and smaller cultural experiences. The students loved learning calligraphy and going to the silk factory. Also, the meals were the best of any that I've experienced on an EF tour. Great variety and quantity.
DMMP / Group leader Chicago, IL / Posted on July 08, 2017
We saw everything
Our tour guide was the most amazing part of this tour. I don't know that we would have had as good of a time if it weren't for him. The daily activities were exhausting and he always made sure we were smiling. I think we saw everything there was to see in China - Great Wall, Tienamen Square, Forbidden City, Terra Cotta Warriors, Xi'an City Wall, The Bund. The hotel in Shanghai was less than desirable. They put some of us in rooms that were under construction and some of us in rooms that were remodeled. Our tour guide made sure all of us were in good rooms for the 2nd night.
csb1 / Adult traveler Tiffin, Iowa / Posted on July 03, 2017