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2 Days Luxury Guilin Highlights Tour with Private Guide and Car Service

2 Days Luxury Guilin Highlights Tour with Private Guide and Car Service

By China Culture Tour
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Looking for an enjoyable, relaxed family holiday in Guilin, China? We craft you this 2 days private luxury Guilin tour, with which, you’ll explore the highlights of the city center and travel to Yangshuo by cruise, for stunning landscape and family fun in the idyllic countryside.
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Ages 0-110, max of 15 per group
Duration:2 days
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Ticket type:Mobile

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • 2 Lunches
  • Driver/guide
  • Breakfast
  • Bottled water
  • Minimum travelers: 2
  • Entry/Admission - Folded Brocade Hill (Diecai Hill)
  • Entry/Admission - Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
  • Entry/Admission - Solitary Beauty Peak
  • Entry/Admission - Daxu Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - Li River
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 85981P1

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 85981P1

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Amazing tour with the best guides
We had an amazing tour! Grace was very accessible, knowledgeable and helpful from the very beginning and throughout
Exceptional China Tour
My wife and I considered several tour operators for a personalized tour of China in 2018. By chance, we happened on
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The trip of a lifetime thanks to China Culture Tour and their amazing travel advisor, Nora Zheng! We were lookin
Excellent service
Nora of China Culture Tours was wonderful to work with planning our 10 day private tour of China. Unfortunately, d
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Trip cancelled due to Coronavirus
After corresponding with Grace regarding our tour of China unfortunately it was cancelled due to the Coronavirus ou
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Marta C
Fabulous Customer Service in Difficult Time
My friend and I had been looking forward to starting our 2 1/2 week China trip, booked through China Culture Tour,
Superlative customer care
Unfortunately we have had to cancel our 23 day tour of China next month (April) due to the Coronavirus and this ha
Excellent and Responsive Tour Company
Regretfully we had to cancel a beautiful 16 day custom tour planned for us by Miss Nora due to the current health c
Excellent Experience
My wife and I planned a customized 2+ week tour with a private guide and car service with Ms Nora Zheng. This was
Once in a lifetime holiday!
Grace expertly managed to bring together our family holiday for 14 people, aged 14 to 78 years. I can confirm that
Eye Opening and Delectable 10-day China Tour
I just concluded a 10-day tour of China with my adult son, arranged by Lydia of China Culture Tour. We visited Bei
A Memorable China Tour
A group of 4, my kids and I set off to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo and Guangzhou for a 12-day tour via Chi
AMAZING week in Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai
The whole China Culture Tour team did an incredible job organizing and executing our private tour. Grace provided t
Outstanding tour of Beijing, Xi’an, and Guilin – thank you Lydia!
I have taken my family on many adventures around the world, but this is the first where I left the planning up to s
Superb 2-week tour brilliantly organised
After much research we chose China Culture Tour for our two week multi-centre trip to China with private guides and
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31 reviews
Very good

KodaDes from Oz
20 contributions
Sep 2020
This is my second time with China Culture Tours. I had dinner with Grace (thank you again) and Linda was an outstanding tour guide. We had to make a last minute change and the weather was challenging our best laid plans. However, Linda ably guided us and the selection of the hotels and the home-made lunch in Longji was a highlight. Linda was helpful, energetic and full of information. She was also very responsive to all our needs. I especially enjoyed her goading me on the climb all the mountain tops, and her flexibility in making sure we got to savor the local food. Thanks for a great time.
Written September 20, 2020
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Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
When my wife and I decided to visit China we wanted to go on a private tour.
We contacted a number of tour companies in China and chose "China Culture Tours" over the others because our tour organiser, Grace Wang, was friendly, fluent in English, had an excellent knowledge of all the sites we wanted to visit and responded quickly to all the questions we had.
Grace put together a great trip incorporating our ideas and hers. She gave us the best possible route and transport options and chose hotels highly recommended and always right in the middle of the old towns or in walking distance of all the attractions.Breakfast was included with all the hotels and lunches and dinners we organised ourselves which we found easier and cheaper.
Once we agreed on the itinerary and cost, she arranged the domestic flights, hotels and land tour. All we did was arrange our visa and flights in and out of the country.
The tour went very smoothly. We had a new guide and driver in each city we visited.
The guides were professional, friendly, helpful, spoke good English and had an amazing knowledge about their area and China's history.
If we were not happy about anything on the tour, Grace was easy to contact either via email or via the guide. We have nothing but praise about the tour company and do not hesitate to recommend them. They did everything to make our trip a memorable one.
Our highlights were : the Great Wall of China( Mutianyu part of the wall) and when you are there don't miss the China dream stone city which is included with the ticket. The Terracotta warriors in Xian. Jiuzhaigou national park was like fairyland with its waterfalls and lakes. The Li river from Guilin , floating down on a bamboo raft viewing the mountain Karsts. Jade dragon snow mountain near Lijiang. Went by cable car to the Yak meadow up to 3800m. Yangtze River cruise - a relaxing time while viewing the 3 gorges and passing through an amazing lock.
Written July 4, 2013
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Hi, Gvantwout, Thank you for taking the customized journey with CHINA CULTURE TOUR and sharing lots of travel experience and very beautiful photos! Next time when you are planning to China, we’d like to recommend that you visit Tibet or the Silk Road areas. Thank you again! China Culture Tour Team
Written August 21, 2013
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Colorado Springs, CO11 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
My first visit to China was in 1984, not too many years after China opened up to Western tourists. At the time, there weren‘t too many modern hotels, we flew on old Soviet TU 154s which resembled bombers more than commercial airliners, and modern trains did not exist. But I remember how friendly and curious the Chinese people were and so I wanted to show the country to my wife and experience the modern China.
We retraced my original itinerary of five cities (Beijing, Xi‘an, Guilin, Shanghai, Guangzhou and HongKong, but added several other cities for a 24 day tour. We ran across CCT while perusing the internet and contacted Grace Wang. We were a little apprehensive dealing with an agency which did not have an office stateside. The almost uniformly excellent review by previous travelers reassured us a great deal. To say we were not disappontment is an understatement. Grace was professional, helpful at all times, honest, trustworthy and a delight to work with. The trip came off as planned, with zero problems and it exceeded our expectations.
We decided to do the trip ouir way. We are retired and wanted an upscale experience. We chose Business (VIP, as it is stated in China) for domestic air travel (highly recommended; the extra cost is reasonable), on trains, and cruises (Li River cruise which was a highlight) and a three day Yangtze cruise which was fascinating).
We chose five star hotels and were not disappointed but would choose a different
hotel than the Ritz Carlton in Chengdu, mainly because of the location. These arrrangements are perfect for older people like we are as fhey minimized having to deal with bureaucracy, check-ins at airports and train stations, etc.
Grave gave us excellent advice and guided us through the whole process of planning our trip.she answered every inquiry ( there were many) promptly and in detail. She proved flexible, patient and reliable at all times. The guides she assigned to us, especially Helen in Beijing, Linda in Guilin, Amy in Xi’an, Candy in Shanghai and Cecilia in Hingkong were absolutely delightful and they allowed us to get to know them on a more personal level. Having a priviate car with driver and guide made everything a piece of cake (no small matter given the chaotic traffic in China’s big cities.
We loved the little touches Grace had arranged, from dumpling making in a private residence to a wonderful meal at the Da Dong restaurant in Beijing (duck!) and much more.
We would love to return to China and when we do, we will come back to Grace and CCT. The value for the money was excellent. Our local travel agent told us she could not compete.
We had a wonderful time and would recommend CCT wholeheartedly. Even if you cannot swing an upscale trip, Grace will accommodate you and make your trip memorable. Go for it!
Written December 13, 2018
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Bay Roberts, Canada20 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
China Culture Tours arranged our trip to China in September 2013.

We were looking for a company that would give us a private custom tour. I had previously done quite a bit of research on China and its attractions. So when I contacted Grace at China Culture Tours, I already had an idea of what I wanted to do. Grace was fantastic in helping me put together the perfect trip. Grace was very helpful and quick to reply to all my emails. I could not have asked for a better advisor. She recommended different options, did all the booking of flights and hotels and planned daily excursions. The trip was worrie-free for us.

We were very impressed with the level of service we received from all the tour guides and drivers. Each day we received 2 bottles of water from the driver. This was just a small thing, but it really made a difference to us, and it shows such a high level of caring and service. Something you don't often get from other tour companies.

Every aspect of our trip was planned and executed perfectly.

We even had the chance to meet Grace in Guilin. It was such a pleasure to put a face to the name.

If you are considering a trip to China, I would HIGHLY recommend that you contact Grace at China Culture tours.
Written September 18, 2013
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Dear Jennf17, Thank you for your review and your time with Grace in Guilin. We always try our best to make our tour more flexible, better service and happier ending. Kind regards, China Culture Tour
Written October 15, 2013
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Thirroul, Australia17 contributions
Sep 2019
Everything ran like clockwork on our 30 day tour of China thanks to Lydia’s organisation and our wonderful tour guides and drivers. Even before we arrived we found Lydia to be thorough and flexible providing an inexhaustible stream of information and suggestions over the several months we were planning the trip. She also kept in contact all through our visit to make sure things were running smoothly.
We started with a fabulous 6 days in Beijing. Our guide, Tom, provided fantastic service all through our stay up to and including settling us into our seats on the train to Xi’an. His knowledge of Beijing, Chinese history, culture and food was impressive as was his ability to answer all our many and varied questions. As well as efficiently shepherding us through our itinerary (including a hike on the Great Wall) he also took time and effort to organise extra activities for evening events and helped us plan our free days - making suggestions, providing background, and explaining transport options. It was an absolute pleasure to spend 6 days with Tom and he made our visit to Beijing a great success.
Tom was followed by the wonderful Christina in Xi’an, Kevin in Chengdu, Brandon in Lijiang, Cory in Guilin/Yangshuo, Martina in Shanghai and David in Huangshan. All had first class English. Their knowledge of their cities and China was extensive and they could answer all the questions we threw at them no matter on what topic. They were always early and could cope with any unexpected turn of events as well as making great suggestions for our free time and making sure we could cope with public transport etc. Christina helped us squeeze in a visit to the tomb of Jingdi even though it wasn’t on our formal itinerary. We were very grateful not to have missed this wonderful site. Kevin gave us an interesting view of Chengdu that went beyond pandas and we had a great day going to Leshan to see the Giant Buddha. Brandon, in Lijiang, coped seamlessly with the fact that 2 of our itinerary choices were unexpectedly closed. We were very disappointed that Tiger Leaping Gorge was closed but Brandon’s alternative itinerary was great and we enjoyed learning about Naxi culture from him and enjoyed his immense knowledge and sense of humour. At Guilin Cory introduced us to a lovely old gentleman in Daxu who showed us his collection of old implements – it was fascinating and not to be missed. He also led us on a great hike through the rice terraces and villages in Longsheng county, even avoiding the crowds of tourists, and also on a lovely biking trip in the countryside around Yangshuo.
The final leg of our tour took us from Yangshuo to Chongqing for a Yangtze cruise which was fascinating. Apart from the amazing scenery a highlight was a ‘ride’ in the ship lift at the dam. From Yichang, Helen ushered us from the cruise to a lovely lunch to the train to Shanghai. We were met in Shanghai by the delightful Martina who as well as being a lovely guide was passionate about Shanghai. As well as guiding, she shepherded us in and out of Shanghai through 2 stations and the airport on several occasions as we went to Huangshan for 3 days and returned. David provided expert guidance at Huangshan allowing us to maximise our time on the mountain. When we were due to leave Shanghai our flight was cancelled due to a typhoon and we had to stay an extra day which entailed an extra night at our hotel and changed travel to the airport all of which happened over the National Day holiday. Martina and the car company handled all of this without any bother.
We found traffic in China quiet daunting, but all our drivers did a great job – they were always on time or early, friendly and safe and patient drivers. We wholeheartedly recommend Lydia at China Culture Tours as an organiser and Tom, Christina, Kevin, Brandon, Cory, David & Martina for their willingness and ability to share their knowledge, enthusiasm, efficiency and friendliness. Our enjoyment and understanding of China would not have been the same without them.
Written October 11, 2019
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new jersey20 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
In September 2016, my wife and I along with another couple went to China and used with Grace for our visit. I had found her agency on line and after multiple emails and phone calls with great planning, we were finally ready to go to China. I honestly did not know what to expect. I spoke very little Chinese, only a couple of hundred words I learned on the Internet and I was a little apprehensive but excited to go.
Every single detail was planned with Grace in advance, and boy did she deliver.
Everything promised was delivered. We started out in Beijing, met by our guide at the airport. We were taken to a wonderful hotel, the Red Wall Garden hotel ( a boutique hotel with phenomenal service) and only then did the guide- Andy leave and promised to return the next day. Right on schedule Andy and the driver picked us up and we went to the Great Wall. Andy climbed up with us , rather than taking the cable car, and we had a magnificent time. We had multiple other visits in Beijing including the Forbidden City, Tiannaman Square, the Olympic site, a Peking Duck restaurant and the Summer Palace which was beautiful.
We then went to the airport to fly to Xian- Unfortunately the car broke down on the way, and unbelievably our driver was able to get it restarted, and we made it to the airport on time. Andy checked us in for our flight so no problem there. On our way to Xian, again picked up by our guide, Robbie. Robbie was very personable and went out of his way to do everything he could. We did not care for the hotel service, or the smoking in the rooms, or the attitude of the front desk. We called Grace, and she came to the rescue. We were upgraded to a better room. still not our favorite hotel the Tang Dynasty Hotel is better avoided for better hotels in Xian. We had bicycle riding on the wall , we had the famous Terracotta Soldiers to see , a pottery factory, a Buddhist temple etc. Robbie was exceptional. At one point, at my request, he took me to a high end department store where the tailor measured me for a suit. They did not take American credit cards, and Robbie offered to pay with his and I would pay him back when I got home. What service!! Way beyond the call of duty. On to Guilin, where we had another very good guide. We had a 10 mile bicycle trip, saw water buffalo, brides taking photos, and rice patty workers tilling the field. We actually met Grace at night for dinner who was kind enough to pay for us as again no American credit cards were taken. We detailed Grace about everything. We went on to the Yangtze River cruise- the Victoria Line- the Jenna. beautiful views and we upgraded our stateroom. The basic room was not adequate but it was only 200$usd to upgrade on board- much much more if done ahead of time- we had been told by Grace
The cruise was good, but not great, the food was fair at best. The views and the trip to Goddess Stream were magnificent. I would opt for a higher grade cruise the next time. Met at the dock, another guide and driver drove us to the airport and then on to Shanghai. Jack was our guide and also extremely good . He took us everywhere, suggested the acrobatic show which was an extreme highlight. The driver even waited for us till 9pm so we would not need a taxi. We saw the Jewish ghetto,
and the last day were supposed to have a half day tour, but incredibly Jack and the driver toured with us all day long!! Sadly, we left for the US. The Fairmont Hotel in Shanghai was one of the most wonderful experiences in a hotel I have ever experienced.
I cannot say enough about how seamless this trip was, and I do believe that there is nothing anyone could have done better than Grace in organizing it. It was truly custom made for the two couples, guides were superb everywhere, and I have listed only a few of the highlights. They ordered lunch for us, even a few dinners!!!
I will go back to China, and I will definitely be going with Grace and China Culture tour,
I was truly as comfortable as I would have been in the US
Written October 20, 2016
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Gatineau, Canada2 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
My husband and I travelled to China last October, from the 4th through to November 6th. We really didn’t want to do one of those large organized group tours where you’re stuck following the Tour’s itinerary. I had a pretty good idea of where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see so that style of travel just wasn’t going to cut it for us. However, seeing as it was our first trip to China and there would be the inevitable language barrier, I thought it would be wise to get some help with bookings and finding private guides. After contacting three such travel agencies based in China who say they specialize in private tours, I was most impressed with how flexible Grace from China Culture Tours was. She was able to help me create an itinerary that fit our needs. I’d already booked our plane tickets to arrive October 4 thinking the October 1 national holiday festivities would be all done by then. Little did I know they lasted 8 days! Grace assured me that it would all be fine, and it was. It wasn’t a crushing experience as many online would lead you to believe. Don’t get me wrong, there are huge crowds, but everything flowed extremely well and we never felt as though we were missing out on anything because of the crowd. Our guide in Beijing, Jin, was terrific. We had 7 days in Beijing, but could have used at least another 2 days. We loved Beijing. From there we took the train to Pingyao. I’d read much about it online and really wanted to go. I’m glad Grace convinced me that 2 days was plenty. And it was. It’s a lovely little town, but it’s now set up as a tourist attraction where most shops are selling souvenir type goods. ( I do regret not buying some of the malt rice vinegar that’s made there though. A must for dipping dumplings.) We stayed at the Jing’s Residence in the ancient town. The accommodations were lovely, the food was terrific and the staff were delightful. I am glad we saw it, but in hindsight we could have taken a pass on Pingyao. We then took the train to X’ian to see the jaw dropping Terracotta Warriors. We were warmly greeted at the train station by our terrific guide, Summer. Her English was impeccable and her knowledge of X’ian is amazing. She is a great ambassador for her city. I wished we’d had more time in X’ian. It’s well worth 4 days if you can swing it. From there we went to Luoyang where we were greeted by Lisa, another terrific guide. Her English as well was terrific. The walled part of the city is well worth exploring. But the pièce de résistance is the Longmen Grottos. A must see. We left Luoyang wishing we had more time. Always a good sign. Then off to Shanghai for 6 days. We probably could have done it in 3 days. From there to the surprisingly beautiful Qingdao. There’s more than just the beer factory/museum to enjoy there. We flew to Nanjing from Qingdao, then down to Guilin where we were greeted by our outstanding guide Linda. Guilin, Yangshuo and surrounding areas of minority villages and Rice Terrasses were the highlight of our time in China. I’d go back there in a heartbeat. Spectacular! And the food was great. Wishing we could bring Linda with us for the remainder of our trip we sadly had to say goodby to her and her fabulous part of the country, to fly to HongKong for a few days before heading home to Canada on Nov.6. The trip was all we expected and much, much more, thanks to Grace from China Culture Tours, and our amazing guides Summer(X’ian), Lisa(Luoyang) and Linda(Guilin-Yangshuo-Longsheng,etc,..)
China is a very safe country. We never once felt unsafe. It’s also a spectacularly beautiful country. If you’re planning to visit China you can’t go wrong enlisting Grace from China Culture Tours’ help.
Written February 26, 2018
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Walnut Creek, CA253 contributions
Sep 2019
We were looking for a trip to China as a way to celebrate our 50th anniversaryand browsed TripAdvisor for ideas. China Culture Tour (CCT) seemed to fit our needs along with a couple of other companies. After contacting CCT by e-mail, it quickly became likely that Grace and her company would be a good bet. We exchanged many e-mails in order to put together an itinerary and finalized it in a phone call. The bet we made turned into a 23 day private tour that started in Beijing and ended in Shanghai. In between we enjoyed train and boat travel, the many highlights of Chinese tourism as well as some interesting person to person learning opportunities including visits to apartments as well as a rice farmers home for lunches, a visit to a Shanghai neighborhood to find out how folks live which included a fabulous home cooked meal and a wonderful visit to a continuing care facility. CCT hired local guides in each city to make arrival, departure and everything in between work seamlessly. We had a worry free trip of a lifetime. Among the guides we enjoyed, there were three exceptional guides who deserve a shout out. Linda in Guilin & Yangshuo, Kevin in Chengdu and Rainbow in Hangzou went above and beyond to make our trip a wonderful experience. Grace is to be commended for her dedication and expertise as well as the superior organizational skills and follow up that she brings to her profession. We cannot thank her enough for a perfect trip to China. We did have an opportunity to meet Grace in Guilin and spend some time with her and she is just as gracious and welcoming in person as she was when we were putting the trip together with her.
Written October 23, 2019
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Frankie Toh
67 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We took a 3-days luxury private (no shopping) tour of Shanghai with an English speaking tour guide Ms Fei and a private vehicle with driver.

Itinerary as follows:
Day 1
1. Oriental Pearl Tower
2. Shanghai Tower
3. A La Carte lunch at Xianqiangfang Restaurant
4. Yuyuan Garden

Day 2
1. A day at Caoyang Village
- Caoyang local wet market
- Old folks home
- Home cooked lunch

Day 3
1. Round trip VIP ride on the Maglev train from Longyang station to Pudong airport and back.
2. Tongli Ancient Water Town.
3. Lunch at Tongli Water Town
4. Boat cruise in Tongli.

Overall, our guide Ms Fei has performed extremely well in guiding us on this special 3-days tour. The most memorable attraction is the Tongli Ancient Water Town tour.

Not forgetting Ms Lydia Huang of China Culture Tour who has done a good job in recommending us this wonderful 3-days luxury tour of Shanghai.
Written June 21, 2019
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San Francisco, CA13 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
China Culture Tours Performed Exceptionally Well

We recently returned from a 29-day private custom tour of China which China Culture Tours (CCT) assisted us in planning, organizing and realizing. CCT, spearheaded by Lydia Huang, did a wonderful job. We visited Beijing, 7 nights; Shanghai, 5 nights; Yangtze River Cruise, 4 nights; Chongqing, 1 night; Guilin, 3 nights; Yangshuo 2 nights, Shenzhen, 2 nights; Hong Kong, 5 nights. We are 68 -70 years old and my wife has limited mobility so we brought a wheelchair with us which we ended up using it more than we anticipated. Other than Hong Kong, China is not yet particularly wheelchair friendly. Hong Kong, however, may be the most wheelchair friendly city in the world, certainly more so than San Francisco where we're from.

We knew which cities we wanted to visit. CCT helped us with planning how long we should spend in each city, where we should stay, exactly what we should do each day, and intercity transport. CCT organized tour guides, cars, drivers and wheelchair “pushers,” intercity flights, train and auto journeys, the Yangtze River cruise ship including the specific cabin on the ship. Given my wife's disability, we stayed at disabled/wheelchair friendly hotels with accessible rooms. CCT helped us identify such hotels but we found it more economical to book the hotels we wanted ourselves as we were able to get better rates than CCT through sites like Agoda, Ctrip,, etc. Trip Advisor is a great place to start to find best hotel rates! CCT has long-term relationships with many hotels and can probably get better rates on those hotels.

Lydia was exceptional and extremely patient—she worked with us for nine months to plan and organize the trip—we first contacted CCT on 1/20/17 and departed for Beijing on Oct 6. She was always pleasant and easy to work with. Initially, we communicated via email, and then in August, we began talking using Skype. Lydia's is fully fluent in English—both verbal and writing. Her follow-up and responsiveness were excellent, her recommendations/suggestions valuable, and attention to detail outstanding. One of the treats of our tour was meeting Lydia for dinner in Guilin after having worked with her long distance for months. Throughout the tour, we could always reach Lydia very quickly if we had questions or wanted to make a change, usually via WeChat.

The guides, drivers, and pushers all performed well, and the majority were very good to superb. All were very conscientious, always looking to be helpful in any way they could. Everyone was in good humor and enjoyable to be with. The guides were all well informed and ready to share their knowledge and answer all of our questions which never ended. Several of the guides introduced us to local restaurants for lunch which served exceptional cuisine. The vehicles were all spotless, recent models. We were always greeted at the earliest possible location in the airports and train stations, assisted with our baggage, and escorted to the security check on departure. Everyone was always on time or, more likely, early. In 29 days we did not have a single incident or snafu or major problem Things went like clockwork. We want to give particular recognition to Michael Song in Guilin/Yangshuo, Jerry Hu in Beijing, Frank in Yingchang, and Eleven in Shenzhen. They were are real standouts, excellent guides, and friends.

At the beginning, we contacted two of the other top China custom tour companies. We found all responsive and I would bet the other two would have performed well. But as time passed we found that CCT just felt right, that there was a particularly good fit. We always felt fairly and honestly treated. We also believe that CCT was cost competitive. In sum, we strongly recommend China Culture Tours and Lydia Huang to anyone planning a China trip.
Written December 11, 2017
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