We saw a lot of things of this trip both historical and tourist locations. The hotels we stayed in and the restaurants were of very low quality with problems in the bathrooms, dirty rooms, etc. We were also presented with many upcharges to events and activities that had not been mentioned ahead of time. In fact, one day in Yangshuo the main activity provided by EF ended at 10 am and the rest of the day was all uncharge activities organized by the Yangshuo tour guide. There was also too much push for us to shop at markets and gift shops. One shopping experience a day is sufficient. A lot of this trip was very disappointing.
TrishV / Adult traveler Washington DC / Posted on July 10, 2016
too much shopping
This tour hit the highlights, but could have been better. We spent hours of time in street souvenir markets in every location. We were rushed through historic/cultural sites such as the Terra Cotta Warriors, The Summer Palace, and museums. The tour advertised expertly guided tours of each city, which we did not have. The tour guides did give information as we rode the bus, but we were not given a tour, just verbal information.
3rdwheel / Adult traveler Grahamsville, New York / Posted on July 07, 2016
Our daughter had a fabulous time! She is still raving about her experiences and everything they did! Everything went smoothly and she built some new friendships with folks on her tour and with some folks she met while in China!
What a great life experience for all of them to remember
Thank you so much!
Wonderful2016 / Student traveler Posted on July 07, 2016
This tour was well organized and covered a large amount of information. All the guides were good and very informative. It allowed for more then just a sight seeing experience and provided in depth information.
Teemo / Student traveler Ann Arbor Michigan / Posted on July 03, 2016
What an experience
I am glad I went on this trip with my child and experienced China as it is now. From crossing the boundaries of time standing on the Great Wall to finally knowing what real Chinese food is supposed to taste like-there was much to see and do. It easily could have been an extra week or two to see and experience more. It will not be anything I forget anytime soon!
However, I will say that the trip arrangements made by EF could have been better as, despite the amount paid before going, there were still quite a lot of "optional" excursions. These excursions were not displayed on the EF site so it was a bit of a shock upon arrival. Side events like the acrobat show (amazing!), the farming community and the local fishermen using birds to fish could all have easily been included in the cost of the initial trip given they took place in our free time.
MS101 / Adult traveler Posted on July 02, 2016
Beware: Local Guides May Be Awful
Beijing was a very hectic and up-pace city where we were constantly bouncing from place to place, with hardly a minute of actual free time to do whatever, which would have been very important to our group because we are proficient in the Chinese language and don't necessarily want the gift-wrapped and sugar coated tour EF provided us with at times. Many local guides were condescending and lacked the inside view point and cultural understanding of Americans necessary for human interaction between group and tour guide; for example, many of them made obscene or misogynistic jokes and telling us how to say things like "你好“ every morning. Furthermore, they completely failed us on every meal they provided, with very few vegetarian options (even though the menus we found at some restaurants contained plenty, they wouldn't order them for us). Complaining aside, this was a fantastic experience and I would gladly do it all over again simply because of how much more relaxed the tour became once we hit the streets in Yangshuo.
Geof / Student traveler Arlington, Vermont / Posted on May 13, 2016
I have been on several tours with my students from school. This has to be the best tour ever. We saw so many amazing things and had such a fantastic learning experience in China. We can not wait to go back again.
Historyman / Group leader Middleburgh, NY / Posted on May 13, 2016
More sights, less shopping.
Seeing what modern and ancient China had to offer was truly an incredible experience. That being said, too much of our allotted "free time" was spent in shops instead of photographic areas of interest (The Bund, Great Wall, etc.) The trip was great, but could have been better with a different strategy regarding fee time.
Miquely / Adult traveler Manchester, CT / Posted on April 22, 2016
Once in a lifetime experience
Loved this tour! Saw a good balance of urban and rural sites with an amazing tour guide. The people were friendly, willing to communicate and be helpful, and always curious.
JJet / Adult traveler Madison, WI USA / Posted on March 31, 2016
I went to China
Overall enjoy trip, but did not have enough money for extra excursions and we had a lot of difficulty with using ATM and Banks for exchange. Need to be more upfront with possible additional costs and for this trip recommend carrying more currency than other destinations. We even had to pay for towels! Perhaps provide tour stops with estimated prices before going on trip so can be prepared. Guide was very good and easy to understand. Lunch time was little too long could get by with only an hour. Favorite stop was Terra Cotta Warriors. Like Great Wall experience. Didn't like the tea but fruit drinks were good. It was fun riding the wall (bikes). It was a great experience and now I can say I went to China.
Lordnelson / Student traveler Canfield Ohio / Posted on July 11, 2015