We took a chance on Chinatours.com and won big time. My wife and I asked Chinatours to arrange for us a 3 weeks private tour of China. We found out about them through the Internet, but based on my previous travel for business in China I knew that we can trust them to the minute details. And, indeed, we had a wonderful experience. At every airport and station there were their guide and driver awaiting us with a great smile and warmth, The car was alwyays perfectly clean and tidy with water supply for us. Taking us to our hotel (we took 5 stars hotels that added to our enjoyment). We did not have to worry about anything. The guide (he or she) were always there for us' keeping a parental worrying eye to see that we are always okay.
We had flights and trains and cruises and it was simply perfectly arranged ahead.
All we had to do was simply to enjoy the views, the people and learn from the guides about Chinese history and customs. My wife is vegeterian and stil they made sure that in every restaurant she could get a vegi meal. Myself, I love all kinds of foods and the places we were taken to eat served excellent food. Weather in China during our tour (Julay August) was hot and yet we enjoyed and the guides eased on us according to weather and according to our pace. It was one of the best tours I have experienced (I travelled quite a lot). It was only us twa and the guide and driver. This way is the best. No delays because of others in a group. Just the two of us and China. And one more word. Do not worry about health problems. I had a wisdom tooth problem and the guide took us to hospital in Beijing and the treatment was perfect. A week later I had to have stiches removal and the guide took me to hospital in Xianghai. Both places were wonderful. Best doctors and best western medicine.
The only tghing to worry about in China is the way they drive! Do not try to cross the street at pedestrians cross on your own. When we had to, we clinged to locals holding their hands.
Do not try to drive a car in China. Yet, we saw not even a single car accident. If you wonder why, please visit China's Acrobats show in Beijing theatre. You will watch 5 motorcycles spinning inside an iron cage all together. It is an amazing demonstration of chineses chracter- very accurate very quick and very precise. Amazing! And so is their everyday driving! Do not try it.
We loved China, we loved the tour and we highly recommend Chinatours.com.