I sent these e-mail to myfriends and I'll share my pictures with you two excellent tour guides as well.
This e-mail is for those who follow my various adventures. I just got back from my latest adventure, a trip to China for the 2009 July 22 solar eclipse in Anji, near Hangzhou, not too far from Shanghai. Other destinations were Guilin, Yangshuo, and Beijing. Once again, my impression of China is one of energy and vitality. Besides doing the eclipse and the usual tourist stuff, I managed to run early every morning so I got to see various places in China waking up to a new day and I saw a couple of friends in Beijing.
I can cheerfully recommend all three tours I took, details on request.
Check out http://the-adam.com/stuff/htm/chin2009.htm for my picture thumbnails. There's a write-up web page to come sometime later, but these are all my digital snapshots. (Sorry if I'm sending these again to some of you, but at least I updated the border images to be from this trip instead of last one in 2008).
The thumbnail-array pictures have captions if you hold the mouse pointer over the small image and links to larger images, the usual.
Adam N. Rosenberg
Aug. 02 2009
Tour guide in Shanghai is very good. The guide in Suzhou has excellent English and is very knowledgable.
All food and restaurants are excellent apart from lunch after Eclipse.
Our driver is very professional and always on time, courteous and helpful.
All cities felt very safe, even at night. We'll come to China and use your service again.
Please see the comments as following during our tour:
Beijing Guide: always available, fun, experienced.
Xi’An Guide: Very good French
Kelly’s Courtyard: Perfect to experience local lifestyle
Sofitel on Renmin Square hotel: Very good rooms. Comfortable. Responsive Staff. Ideal location. This was a good choice after spending 2 nights on the train!
Food and Restaurants: Suited our needs
Visits: Well documented. Interesting.
Car and driver: Good space, clean, punctual driver.
Flights or trains: Suited our needs.
Other comments: We recommend Absolute China Tours. You took care of us in a remarkable way. We will choose this agency again for a future trip to China.
We are very satisfied to have chosen Absolute China Tours. You were always responsive to our needs, you have chosen the most remarkable places. The guides reassured us, helped us and made us feel not lost. They also walked us to and from the stations. We were very conscious that having a guide that spoke our language made us feel less “foreigner”. They greatly facilitated our trip. We wish to come back to China with a “customized tour”.
We really enjoyed the food and the restaurants picked. We were impressed by cleanness and quality of food.
Sightseeing: Great selections but missed to include others such as “Summer Palace” or visit to “TV Tower” (later requested).
All drivers were really good with the exception of the 1st driver in Shanghai who crashed the car with us!
Flight and train ride are OK.
Our comments in hotels in China, when picking “4” star hotels, pick western chains such as “Mercure” since staff is more attentive and speak English. And rooms follow the expected standard.
We would like to thank you very much for organising our trip to China.
We thoroughly enjoyed it - the places we went , the things we saw and the people we met.
We found that everything was very well organised and the guides and drivers were all very good. The guides all had great knowledge of the places we visited and were very helpful. The gifts we received during our holiday were very much appreciated. Also the traditional food that we got to sample along the way were all very tasty and enjoyable.
We were very impressed with the whole experience that if friends want to visit we will recommend your company and we will contact you when we wish to visit other parts of your country.
Thank you for all your help