Mr. Bart Hobson
Dec 02, 2019
Itinerary Traveled:15 Days Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangtze River Cruise and Shanghai
Our tour was everything we hoped it would be, and we are very happy we signed on with Elysian Tour. Our guides were great, our accommodations top-rate, and the sites we visited were varied and fascinating. We especially enjoyed our Mount Qingcheng hike and our two bike rides - if we were doing it over, we'd add a bike ride around the City Wall of Xi'an! Should we be fortunate enough to return to China, we would try to spend more time outdoors in the countryside, hiking and biking.
Our guides helped us find wonderful food, either arranging reservations or providing tips on how to find good local restaurants. Our new favorite foods are Hot Pot and whole grilled fish. We recommend getting out of the hotel (except for breakfast) and trying local food.
The Yangtze cruise was perfect and the Three Gorges were really captivating. After the cruise, we checked in the Les Suites Orient in Shanghai. We were originally given a room that looked directly into a lit up office, but the hotel soon changed a far better room with a lovely view of the city upon our request.
We would advise clients to always request an early start to the day. Many places are less crowded first thing in the morning. We'd be happy to be references for othertravelers.
P.S. We saw many Chinese brides being photographed, especially in Shanghai. Then just before I sat down to write this, I looked out the window and two Hmong brides were being photographed in front of our house. Small world!
Thanks again for an incredible tour.
Bart and Lila Hobson