We are a family of 4. Since mom is on a wheelchair, we tried China Culture Tours for the first time to customize the trip to fit her pacing. And we are happy we chose CCT.
Lydia, CCT counterpart was very helpful from the first day of planning the itinerary even up to the time we have already returned from China. Jack from Shanghai, Sarah from Xi'an and Clark from Chengdu had been very, very helpful.
We encountered some health issues during the trip. With the help of all the tour guides, we were able to get through the trip. Special mention to Sarah who helped us bring mom to the hospital for her medical concerns. And special thanks to Clark who assisted us from calling him at the wee hour in the morning to ask for help, booking my ticket as my trip was cut short due to health problem up to checking-in for me and see me off at the airport. These extra efforts were all appreciated, and I would happily give ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ if there's one. 😊
CCT is very hands on. In times of need, you can really count on them. The trip was tailored based on our mom's capability; so it was slow paced, yet was fun. Every moment was well spent with her.
I am looking forward to my next China trip, and CCT will be my guide again. I will choose CCT over and over again for my succeeding China trips.
Review by Atiye2 months ago
Please forgive that this may be a lengthy post. I will start off by saying that this is my 3rd trip to China. Each summer I have been invited to give guest lectures in Shanghai; while in China I like to explore different areas. The first trip to China I researched tour agencies who could provide me with expertise and assistance in planning. I found China Culture Tour and read great reviews, so I contacted them. Nora planned my first experience and it was wonderful! I shared her contact information and my itinerary with colleagues who then contacted the company also with good results. The 2nd year my husband was able to travel with me. I contacted Nora and told her I wanted the exact itinerary from the first year, including the same guides because it was a wonderful introduction to Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing. He had a wonderful, unforgettable experience. So, it was only natural that on my 3rd year invitation I contacted Nora again and asked her suggestions on new areas to explore. We worked together to come up with an itinerary to Chengdu and Guilin. Again, I could not ask for a better itinerary or better guides. The customer service is impeccable. As a woman traveling alone I felt secure and confident in the plan and company.
The experiences and itinerary were so amazing, I was able to experience pandas as a panda keeper in the panda keeper volunteer program; I took an amazing river cruise, biked through incredible countryside, took a cooking and painting class, and bamboo rafted down the Li river. All of these were suggestions from China Culture Tour and were unforgettable memory making experiences in beautiful parts of China. Their expertise and suggestions were better than what I could have created on my own. The guides are always enthusiastic and helpful. Jessica in Chengdu took so many photos and videos for me (without being asked to) which was so nice as I was traveling alone. Mike in Guilin was great in helping to finesse the itinerary times to maximize the best experiences.
But more than creating a great itinerary and tourist experiences, this company including people like Nora and guides like Mike are what makes them stand out. Their customer service is outstanding! There were a couple of time on my China travels over the last 3 years that I have had "bumps in the road" one was my first year where I had some difficulty in the airport before I could even connect with my guide and she was able to help me resolve my issue. The next issue came from this last trip where my own flight arrangements (that I made outside of the tour company) had a flight canceled and rescheduled for 2 days later to return to the US. Mike was with me and helping me to navigate the airline ticket counter, helping me to translate, and trying to find me another flight to Beijing to make my connection to the US asap, while I was on the phone to my airline trying to get assistance from them. Nora was trying to use her powers to help as well. Again, this was not their responsibility as these were arrangements that I made, but their extra time, support and resources helped me to not only negotiate a different flight for later that afternoon with another airline, but they also were able to negotiate on my behalf to have a complimentary hotel room and food vouchers while I waited until the later flight. Nora typically, from the very first trip, communicates directly with me during my tours to see how things are going and to make sure everything is just right. This last time was no exception. She continued to communicate with me to make sure I made it back to the US OK after my initial flight schedule difficulty. This above and beyond personal service is why I would recommend them to anyone and everyone! They will be who I call if I get another invitation to China, in fact Nora is already tentatively planning my next China Adventure and I completely trust her guidance and advice based on my experiences in the past with them. I can't wait to return and experience new adventures!
Review by Assaduzzaman2 months ago
The wonderful people of China Culture Tour truly delivered on their promise of "personalized luxury and quality" at every stage of our tour of southern China this July. Our travel advisor Ms Nora Feng listened to our wishes carefully and created super-quickly a detailed itinerary for a memorable tour complete with cultural heritage, natural wonders, historic sights, magnificent cities, rural ancient villages and hands-on experiences such as cycling in the countryside, picking tealeaves, cooking food, and even enjoying a private art lesson from a Chinese master. The most impressive and memorable part of our tour were our four absolutely fantastic, skilled tour guides. The fact that they all were locals and really knew the cities and regions where they lived gave us so much more perspective and insight than you would normally get as a tourist. All of them spoke perfect English, were very helpful, knowledgable and extremely flexible and attentive. It really felt that we were travelling with good friends! A big Thank You – Xie xie – to Ms Fei in Shanghai, Ms Fiona in Hangzhou, Ms April in Huangshan and Mr Cory in Guilin. You made our 30-anniversary trip a memorable one.
Review by JillianJ2 months ago
Nora was very accomodating & organized an amazing tour of all the highlights in Beijing. Our guide, Julie & our driver were puntual, patient, knowledgeable, so much fun & ensured that our stay in Beijing was just fabulous . They also provided prompt transfers to and from the airport and railway station.
Review by Babiinaz3 months ago
My family just returned from a 14 day tour (Shanghai, Guilin, Xi'an, Beijing) arranged by Lydia. From the beginning, Lydia had been extremely helpful, responsive, and adaptive to my requests and multiple changes in itinerary. Our group consisted of age range from teenagers to my father who was 86. The guides were fantastic, they were very knowledgeble and allowed us to tour at our own pace. A shout out to our tour guide Cory in Guilin who made every single person on the tour happy. Aside from the sights which speak for themselves, everything Lydia arranged was wonderful, from the hotels to the food to booking all the plane and train tickets. I would highly recommend CCT to anyone who wants to visit China on a private tour that is focused on culture.
Review by Markes4 months ago
My wife and I have no reservations recommending China Culture Tours. We echo the other reviews of this company. Lydia, the tour company representative, was nearly immediate in her responses, flexible to our request for changes and stayed in contact with us during our 9 days in China (even on her own holiday!). Our guide in Shanghai (Summer) was very welcoming (especially important on that first day in a new culture after a long flight) and paced us just right for our jet-lagged condition. Linda, our guide in Zhangiajie National Park was full of energy and fit our needs there perfectly (she even sang to us on a long van ride). Tom, our guide in Beijing, was perfectly fluent in English and as interested in our point of view as we were in his. He also greeted us each day with a different bottled coffee for when we needed a lift! All the guides were flexible to the extent our schedules allowed and we called a few audibles. The drivers that ushered us around safely are also worth mentioning--we always felt safe in their vehicles. Finally, when all was said and done, we think China Culture Tours was a quite reasonable value for such a personalized experience.
Review by Furness Laudermilk4 months ago
We had a fantastic private guided tour experience through China Culture Tour. We chose the six-day Picturesque & Rustic Guilin by Hiking & Kayaking tour. We worked with Grace to organize and customize our itinerary. She was highly responsive and professional to work with, always responding promptly to our questions. Grace even helped us with other parts of our trip (train tickets, admission tickets, etc.) going beyond the services involved with our paid tour. The company works with high quality hotels and offers lots of choice. We stayed at extremely charming hotels in both Longsheng and Yangshou, as well as a modern luxury hotel in Guilin. Car transportation was excellent, a very comfortable sedan, and the driver was skilled and very competent. And our guide Linda was absolutely a joy to travel with. She was extremely knowledgeable, doling out the history when needed but not more than we could absorb. She guided with passion, humor, and just plain fun. She adapted and adjusted our itinerary as needed based on weather (we had some rainy days) and traffic (we traveled during a holiday week), using her obvious experience, local contacts, and common sense. She chose local restaurants which she had clearly dined at herself and were here favorites. The food experiences during the tour were fantastic – must try the beer fish in Yangshou!
We highly recommend using China Culture Tour for you travel needs in China. We will certainly call on Grace on our next trip.
Review by Benco4 months ago
My husband and I had talked about visiting China for several years. Finally, this Spring (early April to early May 2019), my husband and I along with another couple whom we have been friends with for many years, decided to write up a list of sights we wanted to see (Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing (Yangtze River Cruise), Zhangjiajie, Shanghai, Xidi, Tunxi, Huangshang, and Hong Kong)and visit in the different parts of China.
We checked out the various tour companies, and based on the great reviews, we decided to contact China Cultural Tours via email to see if CCT would be able to provide an itinerary, at a reasonable cost, based upon the various sites we wanted to visit in China.
Nora Jung of CCT was great in providing us with a great itineary, at a reasonable cost. She even suggested to apply for a 10 year China Visa; as it was the same cost as a 1 year China Visa, which would allow us to visit China as many times as we wanted within the next 10 years. Nora also suggested setting up the WeChat app, to test between us before we left the US, as a way to communicate with her during our time in China.
Our trip was what I call "a trip of a life time!!!", one of the most memorable trips in my life. I attribute this to the excellent and seamless arrangements made by Nora Jung of CCT. Nora worked hard to make sure we were happy with the itinenary; both with the tours and the lodging. Nora gave us some very experienced and well informed tour guides with fluency in English. The tour guides were very helpful not only in arranging some fantastic restaurants where we could try some of the local cuisine, but also in actually helping us with the food selections.
Most notable among the tour guides, was Nancy in Beijing, whom I would highly recommend. She was very professional; suggested adjusting the schedule when the weather warranted it; willing to adjust schedule to meet our needs, etc. She even went as far as to take us onto the train, into our sleeper car, help put the luggage up, and provided us with a souvenir and snacks before seeing us off to our next stop: Datong and Pingyao.
The other tour guides that I would recommend are Jessica in Chengdu and Libby in Xidi,Tunxi, and Huangshang. Jessica was very enthusiastic and very helpful. She volunteered to take photos and videos during the entire time we spent in the Panda Preserve, working as part of the Panda Keeper Program. Libby was another very enthusiastic guide, who was very knowledgable of the towns of Xidi, Tunxi as well as Yellow Mountain.
I would highly recommend China Cultural Tours and Nora Jung of CCT to anyone who plans to visit China. I would definitely use their services again should we ever make a return visit to other parts of China.
Review by YOloxochitl4 months ago
My wife and I (60 and 63), we are from Brazil, returned after 21 day trip to China, all organized by the China Culture Tour (CCT). I decided to hire a Tour Operator because there would be many cities to be visited (Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Chengdu, Guilim, Yangshuo, Hangzhou, Shanguai) and the difficulty of language in making hotel reservations, transportation, tours. Normally I do not use it, I like myself to do all the programming and reservations, but it was the most accurate decision that I took to hire the CCT. I sent emails to several tourism companies in China, and the one that answered me most agile and tailored the program for me was the CCT. I was looking for a private trip, without running around and not having to go in "touristy" shops. Nora, who coordinated the whole trip, did an exemplary way, before and during the trip, keeping in touch with us almost daily to see if we were well and if we needed anything. In each city we had a guide and a driver to give us support: Tom (Beijing), Jonathan (Pingyao), Cristina (Xian), Ben (Chengdu), Cory (Guilin/Yangshuo), Derek (Hangzhou) and Catherine (Shanguai), all very helpful and timely. We felt very peaceful in arriving at the airport or at the train station and finding someone with a sign with our name or at the restaurant someone to help us choose the menu. The hotels, restaurants, tours, transfers, air and train tickets all booked by Nora. I was afraid to hire a chinese company from Guilin directly and have no way to complain if anything went wrong. But after this trip I highly recommend the CCT, we did 100% of everything that was planned! Nora and CCT, thank you for the unforgettable trip!
Review by Mueller4 months ago
Right from the moment I first contacted Lydia Huang at China Culture Tour I knew we were in good hands. Lydia was very responsive when we were planning our trip - was efficient and planned a great itinerary while ensuring we were consulted about hotel choices and activities we wanted to engage in.
All arrangements went very smoothly - transfers were seamless and we had enough flexibility to make changes to the itinerary as we travelled. Hotel choices were generally close to attractions but offered a good place to relax and contemplate the day's activities. And Lydia was available on WeChat whenever we need her help while we travelled. However all the arrangements were so well organised that this wasn't necessary.
In Beijing our tour guide Eva was outstanding. She was very enthusiastic in sharing the history of the main sites - the Great Wall, Forbidden Palace, Tianeman Square, Summer Palace etc. She was also a great joy to travel with and made us feel very welcome. She was attentive to our needs and very open to changing the itinerary when necessary with no fuss. Her choice of restaurants was excellent and she ensured that we had a great selection of local dishes in restaurants where locals ate rather than the "production line" restaurants for tourists that we visited in Xi'an. With a great sense of humour and a desire to make our visit to Beijing special she was a hit with all our party.
Review by Nilith Derrow5 months ago
We are a married couple who selected China Culture Tour based on numerous excellent reviews, and they did not disappoint. We worked with our trip coordinator, Lydia Huang, from the very start of our planning process. She provided us with great suggestions and comments on our personal desires and interests. Together, we developed a customized itinerary which worked very well throughout our nearly one month in China. We could not have made it work without Lydia's input before and during the trip. She did an outstanding job of making our trip worry free and enjoyable.
We found China to be very safe. The people of China are very friendly and helpful even when they speak little English. We recommend that other Western visitors continue to plan and come to China. It is a fascinating country. Don’t let the unpredictable political climate intimidate you to not come to China. You will enjoy the adventure.
Our itinerary, which included a guide and driver at nearly each stop, started in Beijing where we stayed in a traditional style hotel, had a city tour, and hiked the Great Wall. Our guide, Jin, was outstanding, spoke very good English and was very knowledgable. He made us feel comfortable in China from the start.
We easily and comfortably travelled by high speed train throughout China. Our next stop was Xi’an where our guide Amy expertly showed us the sites of that area to include the Terra Cotta Warriors. We then took the train to Chengdu to see the Pandas. Our guide here, Donna Lin, was outstanding and the visit to the Panda Research Center was a learning experience. We quickly developed a comfortable friendship with Donna and other guides.
Having drivers in each location is a must. Driving (and riding) can be very stressful and having someone else do it was absolutely necessary. Money well spent!
Our next event was a 3 day relaxing cruise on the Yangtze River. The boat was comfortable and clean, and the food was very good. We made several new friends who were independently traveling like us. After the cruise, we flew to Hangzhou where we had one of our trip highlights. We visited a local Tea Village where we experienced picking tea leaves and had an elegant tea ceremony by Nana our host.
Another highlight of our trip was visiting the Yellow Mountains and hiking the long, steep staircase mountain trails. The scenery was breath-taking especially at sunrise. After leaving the rugged mountains, we stayed in a remote village, Xidi, at the Pig’s Inn. This was another highlight of our trip since we experienced a rural village where we picked and cooked vegetables from a local farmer’s garden. Even though the family did not speak English, we thoroughly enjoyed our interaction with the local family with our guide’s helpful translating. We highly recommend that others experience this rural adventure.
We visited Shanghai where our guide, Martina, and driver drove us to Suzhou to see the beautiful gardens and Tongli Water Town. Even though Shanghai is a big westernized city, we thoroughly enjoyed the city especially strolling at night along the Bund. We rode the very fast Maglev train to the airport for our flight to Guilin. The Maglev is a quick experience not to be missed.
Guilin is home to China Culture and we had the pleasure of meeting our tour coordinator Lydia. We enjoyed the city and its beautiful lakes and gardens. From here, our guide, Jay, and driver drove us to the Longji rice terraces for a day of hiking. This was another highlight of our trip. We also ventured down the Li River on an enjoyable cruise. We highly recommend that others consider these two side trips from Guilin.
From here, we took a high speed train to Hong Kong where we independently toured the city and sites for two days. We completed our China adventure on the 28th day by flying to Tokyo for another adventure in Japan.
We spent 28 days in China and thanks to China Culture Tour, our itinerary went exactly as planned from end to end. This speaks very highly of our tour company and coordinator who expertly exceeded our expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed our China experience and would use China Culture again if we return. We recommend that you use them too!
Review by Aaronharley5 months ago
A memorable visit to China.
Ours was a family trip of me,my wife and my daughter during the second fortnight of March 2019 when we visited Shanghai,Beijing,Xian and Chengdu.Largely made memorable due to the excellent and seamless arrangements made by China Culture Tour through their very efficient ambassador - Ms.Lydia Huang.She gave us some experienced and well informed tour guides with fluency in English and also arranged for some super restaurants to enjoy local cuisines. Notable among the tour guides was Linda in Beijing whom I could recommend to anyone - very professional,smiling and willing to adjust to your needs. I was a bit hesitant at first to contact a tour operator in China directly but as i exchanged messages with Lydia, my confidence in her and her Company grew and I no longer felt the need to go through an operator in London. Highly recommend China Culture Tours and we would certainly utilise their services again as we still have many places to visit in the Southern part of China including a visit to Guilin to meet their team - especially Lydia.Thank you China Culture Tours.
Review by WestHof Boxshall5 months ago
Can't say enough of good things about the service, meticulous, considerate and excellent all around. More importantly, all the tour guides and drivers we had were simply great. They asked what we liked rather than just taking wherever on the agenda. They asked about our food preference, they tried to accommodate teenager's picky diet. They shared their experience and knowledge about the places, the culture and understanding of what makes Yunnan special, the flowers, mountains, rivers, and history. It was such an amazing trip, from Stone Forest in Kunming to Erhai in Dali, to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang. My son got sick in Shangrila and our tour guide waited in a coffee shop outside the hotel for the whole day in case we needed him. I know I will go back and I will call for their service again.
Review by DeasyNur5 months ago
My wife and I recently came back from an 11 day trip to China to visit our son. We visited Beijing, Guilin and Hong Kong. I originally spoke to four tour operators before choosing China Cultural Tours. CCT stood out because, while all four tour operators seemed very competent, Nora was extremely responsive, patient and helpful throughout the planning stage. Additionally, CCT suggested a few things that the other operators did not (cooking lesson, local family visit, Hong Kong harbor sampan ride and a Yangshuo bike trip which unfortunately was canceled because of rain). I guess that is why they have "cultural" in their name - these experiences felt slightly less touristy compared to the more typical Great Wall, Forbidden City, Victoria's Peak parts of the trip. We are very happy that we picked CCT - our trip was nearly perfect in every way. We liked the activities, sites and the tour pace. We stayed at four excellent hotels which were among the nicest we have experienced. All restaurants that were included were very good. It was very convenient that CCT arranged for all transporation and admissions. The guides (Doris in Beijing, Mike in Guilin and Cecilia in Hong Kong) were all excellent. They were all informative, flexible and pleasant to spend time with. We had some rain in Guilin and Hong Kong and the guides tried, as best as they could, to rearrange the itinerary and work around the weather. They were mostly successful. The guides, as much as anything, made the trip very memorable. We strongly recommend CCT to anyone planning a trip to China.
Review by SoCaldad Tornberg6 months ago
I was trying to plan everything by myself and although I identified the "main" places to visit in each city (Beijing and Xian), I wasn't sure on how to plan for logistics such as transportation. As we had only around 6 days to visit two very important cities, we had almost no room for mistakes on transportation/planning.
I searched for tours online and found China Culture Tour to be the best rated on TripAdvisor in terms of quality and service. I sent an email to check it out and received a wonderful response from Lydia Huang. She was very flexible and fast in answering our emails despite the time difference. The schedule she designed for us also hit all the main attractions I had researched before and with someone explaining the history behind every place, we understood this country and its people better.
Both our guides, Amy in Xian and Sunny in Beijing, were amazing and spoke English perfectly. Amy was incredibly kind and friendly. We felt so welcomed and comfortable with her. As for Sunny, she was just awesome in every level as well. She gladly accompanied us to a place that was not on our schedule but that we really wanted to visit. Also, her knowledge and passion for the history of her country were very inspiring. We learned a lot from her! She even shared one of her copies of The Last Emperor with us. Amy and Sunny's company and guidance were the main reasons why this journey was a complete success and why we would recommend China Culture Tours to everybody!
Overall, my husband and I had an awesome experience. It really helps a lot to have a driver and a car around to go to the next place as soon as you are done with another. I think this was the key as to why we were able to go to almost all the main tourist locations in the cities we visited. Also, our tour guides chose amazing places for lunch! Other friends were travelling on their own and they didn't had the same experience we had. They weren't able to hit all the main attractions, did not know the history behind the places, got food poisoning and had no special experiences such as the calligraphy or the dumpling class. If you are going to China just invest in doing it the right way, with China Culture Tours!
Review by GJenk6 months ago
I have been on 2 guided group tours with other companies before and was happy with both. I wanted to take my 14 year old granddaughter and was concerned about her being bored since tours of China tend to be older groups. I searched and searched reading reviews and decided to go with another company based on reviews and price. Twice the person I was speaking with did not respond to my emails for days and decided to go with China Culture Tours. I am so happy with my decision. I also chose a private tour for my granddaughters sake.
First let me say I worked with Nora and I changed my itinerary several times. Nora was completely accommodating. She made the changes and kept me informed on every level. Nora even checked on us making sure we were happy while we were on our trip. We decided to go with a private guided tour in Beijing and Xi’an since it is not easy to get around without one. We continued our trip without a tour guide in Hong Kong because we have family there.
The trip was perfect from beginning to end. Our tour guides Nancy in Beijing and Sarah in Xi’an were both very knowledgeable and helpful. They made sure we were happy with all. They were flexible and informed us of everything giving us options. Their English was quite good and we communicated with no problems. I would recommend both very highly! When a 14 year old tells you they will never forget the tour guides, that says a lot.
We opted to go with 4/5 star hotels and it was worth every penny! We stayed at the New World Hotel in Beijing and the Wyndham Grand in Xi’an. Wow, wow, wow! They treated us with 5 star class all the way through. The pool and breakfast buffet at the New World Hotel Beijing were over the top! The bed was a bit too firm for me but everything else made up for it. We were surrounded by shopping and restaurants for our leisure time and felt very safe.
The Wyndham Grand in Xi’an‘s breakfast buffet was also amazing and the room was perfect. There is a street festival that is situated for blocks that is directly behind the hotel. It has music, street food, entertainment and shopping that was amazing. It was beautiful and super clean. There was something for everyone.
We took the bullet train from Beijing to Xi’an and loved it. It was a smooth clean ride and we saw China in a different view. We did not upgrade to first class and we were fine with it.
As for the Great Wall, Imperial Palace, Terracotta Warriors and all of the other places we visited they speak for themselves!
I was super skeptical and nervous about who to book with. I definitely made the right decision. Thank you China Culture Tours, Nora, Nancy (see you later not goodbye) and Sarah you made our trip amazing!
Review by Peppesox Boldea9 months ago
This review is late in being written.I cannot say enough good things about China Culture Tours. We used them for a Shanghai - Beijing tour in April 2018. Right from the first time I contacted them, I was impressed. I received a response within 24 hours with excellent detail. The guides we had in Shanghai and Beijing were so great. We were well taken care of. Right from when we were met at the airport to when they brought us to our ship.
I highly recommend them if you are wanting to tour China.
Review by Katarina9 months ago
My husband and I just travelled to China for the first time in October. Our trip was unbelievable thanks to China Culture Tour. I did my research with many companies and I am so glad we booked with them. Nora (our trip advisor) was incredible. I still can't believe we were so lucky to have found her. She was with us at every step of the way, while we were working on the itinerary and during our trip. She was unbelievably patient in answering all our questions even before booking with them. She is attentive, thorough and answered all my messages within 30 minutes, even with our time difference. As soon as we arrived to China, all our guides (Lili, Amy and Pan) made us feel right at home. They were again, very attentive, well spoken, perfect English, knowledgeable, funny and so proud of their beautiful country. We decided to go with a private car and guide and it was the best decision we could have taken. Nora, arranged everything for us. The only thing we had to do was enjoy, eat a wonderful cuisine and discover an icredible country with an extrodinary culture! Thank you CHINA CULTURE TOUR and NORA for a magnificent experience. I HIGHLY recommend this company. You will not regret it!
Review by Birgy10 months ago
Although intrepid in travel, I always have a worry that the company I have researched on the internet will turn out to be dud and my money will be lost. This most certainly did not apply to China Culture Tours. I sent our wish list to the company and within 24 hours had a reply from Nora Zheng, with all the hotels we asked for (boutique Chinese style), the flights, itinerary, trains and price. She got the job. This got better ... we tweaked the itinerary slightly with Nora's help; she called me to establish a good connection, which was terrific. She spelled out how to get our visa, in fact everything we needed to know about a three week tour to China. We were not disappointed. Our tour, from Beijing (guide Jin), to Xian by train (Amy, who was resourceful when we were gridlocked by the marathon) to Guilin (where we met Nora as CC Tours are based there) and then with our wonderful guide Linda to Yangshao and the Li Valley; by plane to Shanghai then Hangshao (sweet Rachel) and finally to Suzhou, Venice of China, with Mrs Deng whose English was superb. Not once was there a hitch. The hotels were great, the 'extras' Nora found - making dumplings, cookery course, Tai Chi lesson, rickshaw rides, were so interesting, especially as we made the dumplings in a private home. Several meals were taken with families who are doing private enterprise, all excellent. The whole nearly three weeks we had three average meals and the rest were very good. The parks and streets were clean and manicured; the public loos (a revelation to me) were clean - though bring your own tissues for occasional need - and we are in awe of Chinese enterprise and scale. I couldn't be happier!
Review by JasonYL Yedowitz10 months ago
We recently came back from our very first trip to China and can I just say that China Culture Tours was simply the best in business. I highly recommend this for anyone visiting China for the first time, or even those who have been before. Grace was outstanding in tailoring the trip to suit our requirements. After reading positive reviews about CCT, I gave Grace a phone call. She listened attentively to my request and within the next few hours in the same day, she forwarded me the suggested itinerary, including the quotation. Her experience and professionalism were reflected from the detailed information she outlined on the quotation. From there onwards, all my subsequent enquiries were met only with a speedy response. She was even there to remind us when to apply for a visa, when to pay for the tours etc. As everything was taken care of by Grace, the whole process proceeded easily and smoothly from start to finish. She was just remarkable.
My parents and I learned so much through the history and culture of every place we visited. The variety of food and cuisines offered was great and the dumpling making experience with locals was a highlight.
All of our guides went above and beyond their duties, in particular Eva, in Beijing, and Linda, in Guilin and Yangshuo. We loved having you as our guides and truly enjoyed your company during our China trip.
The whole trip went incredibly fast. All we have left was sweet memories and special bonds with the people who we’d remember for years to come. We know for sure that this won’t be our last trip to China but the first of many more to come. When we are ready for our next trip, we will definitely be going with China Culture Tours again.
Review by Outi11 months ago
Customized tour for about 15-16 days, including Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yangtze cruise, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong and Macau. Nora of China Culture Tour has done an outstanding job arranging the tour. On a tour of this magnitude, a few slip ups are to be expected, but we liked the speed with which Nora addressed such issues.
Review by Juliete11 months ago
I went to China for the first time to meet my son who has been working there. I got to see where he lives and tour Tibet with him. The trip of a lifetime!
Lydia was very helpful from the very beginning planning my trip to China and to Tibet. She made arrangements for a guide to meet me at the airport when I landed and helped me with every aspect of the tour. The guides were very knowledgeable. Pasang was our guide for Tibet. He knew all the details about everything! Amazing!
Lydia checked with me every day or two to make sure everything was going well. And when my passport went missing on the way home she was available on the spot to help. She sent me the documents I would need and guided me to the correct police area in the airport. Luckily, the passport was found and turned in to security.. but it was so nice to have an ally who would help!
The trip was amazing! When our ticket to potala temple was cancelled due to government visitors, they rearranged our schedule to accommodate. We visited so many temples! Saw a glacier.. and a holy lake. We Had our pictures taken with a Tibetan mastiff and sat on a yak! We stood at base camp on Mount Everest! Amazing!! And walked on the Great Wall. I never dreamed I would see and do these things..
We did have some affects of the altitude sickness. My son was very sick one night and vomited on the way back to our hotel. I had diarrhea for a couple weeks.. lasting after I got home. Luckily Lydia had given me a list of recommended things to bring. that was very helpful! I had Imodium in my pack. And Zofran. I had also visited my Dr before I left and got a prescription of diamox that we took. I think it would have been much worse. I would recommend bringing several small packs of kleenex and baby wipes.. the bathroom situation is very different than in the US. Often no tissue and sometimes no running water. Especially due to the diarrhea, it was good to have these on hand. I will be better prepared next time!
I can’t thank the guides enough! Pasang in Tibet, and Jin in Beijing.. and especially Lydia for paying attention to every detail and being there to guide me in one of the most amazing adventures I have been on!
Review by Vorakarn Holzhammer1 year ago
We used China Culture Tour to organize a four day family trip to the Guilin China area. Our principal guide, Mike, did an excellent job in structuring activities, Presenting details on China’s history and culture, and supporting all of our needs. Hotel choice was superb, as was the choice of activities and restaurants. We really appreciated the flexibility to modify activity choice and duration, based upon our own reactions to sites and activities. All financial transactions were handled well and with integrity. Really enjoyed having dinner with Grace, who is the lead employee in the region. Would highly recommend this company for any length of a China tour. China is a beautiful and amazing place to visit
Review by LesVioletHills1 year ago
This is the 2nd time I’ve used this company and I have to say I’m still so pleased with the service and attention to detail! Nora has worked with me to develop personalized itineraries and the guides, drivers, attractions and food have been wonderful. I have personally recommended this company to two colleagues and one was able to book with them. Their experience was just as positive. Nora checked on us during our tour to make sure everything was going smooth. I like their personal investment in their clients. I will definitely use them again if I’m able to plan another visit to China.
Review by Halperin1 year ago
I have wanted to visit China for almost two decades and I finally got to do it this fall. My husband and I traveled for 27 days with the assistance and guidance of Nora with China Culture Tours. From the very beginning I could tell that Nora's goal was to make sure I got to do exactly what it is I wanted to experience. We did not want a group tour and we did not want a "shopping tour." We wanted a guided custom trip just for the two of us. They make it easy for you by listing the many destinations in China you could select from. After creating a wish list we refined it by eliminating areas that were very similar to one another, being careful that Nora knew our limitations (my husband has balance issues), problems with past travel (altitude sickness); and most importantly sharing what I hoped to see. In all cases Nora came up with a way to make it happen. Since our trip would be a total of 30 days (we added 3 days in Hong Kong on our own) Nora suggested that we build in a few free days. What a blessing these were! We had one after 8 or 9 days and the 2nd free day was at the 18 day mark. I worried about our age (both my husband and I just turned 70) but we are active so I did not want to slow the pace of our travel. I thought we could "do whatever the average person could handle in a day." We did it but I must admit we were very tired at the end of the day. We stayed in boutique hotels and loved the experience. Here are some tips: 1. You will see many ancient historical sites, ancient towns, pagodas and temples. It is also fun to see the locals in action. I suggest going out in the evening to see the beautiful lights and find out where everyone is going! People in China don't stay home at night. 2. In Beijing when at the Forbidden City be sure to allow enough time to have at least 30 minutes in the garden. It is stunning, shaded and relaxing. Enjoy it! 3. In 30 days we saw many sights, including volunteering for a day at a panda center (cleaning out enclosures and yards, making food for the pandas and learning about China's efforts to introduce them to the wild) and the Terra Cotta Warriors. However, the three not to miss spots in my opinion were the Yellow Mountains (if you are lucky the peaks of the mountains will be jutting above the clouds), the Longji Terraced Rice Fields and Guilin/Longsheng. We photographed the cormorant fisherman in Xingping after the absolutely wonderful Li River Cruise. The karst mountains are not to be missed. Nora put this all together without one hitch! I can't recommend China Culture Tours highly enough.