Lead to China
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Lead to China creates private China tours for leisure travelers, heritage tours for adoptive families, and tailor-made journeys for the discerning traveler. We are always confident to offer you a lifetime China travel, exactly around your needs and budgets.
Hefei, Anhui, China

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JamesAndi M
Saint Joseph, MO10 contributions
Dec 2019
We used Lead to China for a visit to our children's orphanage. We chose them because they were able to accommodate our request for a simple orphanage visit - morning only, at a reasonable price. No one else was able to even come close to accommodating this request or matching/beating their price. The paperwork we had to do ahead of time was reasonable and well explained, the communication was fantastic, and everything went absolutely seamless for our orphanage visit. Our guide, Shirley, was wonderful. She went above and beyond to make sure our kids got to see/learn what they wanted to learn about their finding places and the orphanage, and even inquired further than we had thought to and was able to connect us with more information about one of our kids than we thought existed! I highly recommend Lead to China, and especially Shirley, to anyone looking to visit their child's orphanage while in China.
Written February 4, 2020
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Barbara W
Grafton, North Dakota2 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
We took a 17 day trip to China for the main purpose of introducing our daughter (who was adopted from the Hunan Province) to her homeland. I contacted Lead to China to arrange the trip, as we did not want to go on a group tour and instead wanted our own driver and guide. I would HIGHLY recommend having your own driver and guide if you are going to tour on your own - a private guide is absolutely necessary to steer you through all of the transportation arrangements (high speed train, in-county flights) and to help with getting settled at the hotel. While there are some people who speak English at tourist hotels, that was very limited and we appreciated having our guide with us when we checked in and checked out of the hotel. At each new place we traveled to, we were always met by a guide and driver who were assigned to us for that portion of the trip, and they would deliver us to the train station or airport for the next leg of our journey. Upon arriving at the next destination, we would again be met by our guide and driver. It was very well arranged.

In advance of our trip, we worked out a detailed itinerary with Lead to China. We visited 7 cities (Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'an, GuiLin, Changsha, Shaoyang and Shanghai). Lead to China made all of our hotel reservations (4 and 5 star), and set up all of the daily tours, some evening events, and meals (we usually had breakfast and lunch every day and were on our own for supper). All of these expenses were part of the quote we received from Lead to China and there were no surprise expenses whatsoever.

Most importantly, Lead to China made all of the arrangements for us to visit our daughter's orphanage which was located in the Hunan province. We spent several days in her "village" of 3 million people, going to the place where she was found, seeing her orphanage file, meeting the orphanage director, etc. Again, we had a private guide with us the entire time who was able to translate everything.

We were very satisfied with our experience of booking this important family trip through Lead to China. Everything was exactly as we expected. Their prices were very reasonable. Their guides and drivers were professional. I would have no hesitation about recommending this travel company to others who are seeking a private tour through China.
Written January 6, 2017
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GinnyBNewYork
New York2 contributions
Nov 2015 • Family
We used Lead to China for an "adoption return tour" in Nanjing--that is, a visit to the orphanage where our daughter spent her first year and to the spot in Nanjing where she had been placed by her birth parents. This was of course a very special and unusual visit--not a standard tour. Our daughter, my husband, and I were all strongly moved by this visit, which was planned and guided with great skill by the Lead to China folks. We had a wonderful guide with us for the day--a knowledgeable, articulate and friendly gentleman--and a delightful driver. We spent the morning at Nanjing Children's Welfare Institute meeting with staff, interacting with children, and having a very tasty lunch. Then we were taken to the place by one of Nanjing's city gates where our daughter had been left by her parents. The experience overall was professionally managed but more important, we felt we were being welcomed back into part of our daughter's past that had been unknown to us. We are grateful for this.
Written December 29, 2015
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bgandnsmom
Valley Forge, PA8 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We booked a heritage tour with private orphanage visit for us and our daughter for summer 2020 which was postponed a year. They allowed us to put our paid deposit to the 2021 trip due to covid. We’ve been trying to get a hold of the company via email and website request, and have called their business numbers and get “this number can’t be connected” in Chinese and English. Has anyone heard if they are still in business? Or heard anything from them at all? We’d appreciate any information. Thanks in advance.
Written April 27, 2021
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Dear Customer, First of all, I want to apologize for my delay in replying to your request. Once the epidemic is effectively controlled and international travel is permitted bilaterally, we will contact you as soon as possible and restart the return travel service. Until then, thank you very much for your patience. You can rest assured that LTC will always be committed to providing high-quality heritage tours for Chinese adoptive families. Warm regards, Tracy
Written June 15, 2021
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Joyce L
1 contribution
Sep 2017 • Family
5 star hotels are 1 star hotels, without air conditioner with mold everywhere.

You are held hostage at shopping tour scams that lasts anywhere between 3-4 hours. The funniest part was how they were trying to tell use tea leaves can lower cholesterol, cure diabetes, and etc. I am a biology major this was all a huge laugh for me.
Hotels are located 30-40 min away from any modern civilization.

Tour guide would lecture you about how you should've known this was a "expected" for the price. They would add hidden charges.

Beautiful China tour in Taiwan is a lot better, however the one in China SCAM SCAM SCAM!
Written September 27, 2017
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Hello Joyce, we're really sorry for your bad experience in China, but have you sent to the wrong business? We've investigated customer data but haven't found any of your order information. LeadToChina has always insisted on providing our customers with good travel experience. We would rather believe that this is a real comment. If that is the case, we will launch a full-scale investigation and give you feedback. On the contrary, if this is a malicious slander, we believe that the masses have sharp eyes as well. Could you please make a response later? Thank you!
Written October 26, 2017
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hdiguer
Montreal, Canada4 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
We have spent 5 incredible days in Zhangjiajie forest, walking, climbing and listening to many stories and legends that our exceptional guide "Frank" was telling us.
Of course, the mountains, the whole area is a natural wonder but with "Frank" everything became magic! Frank is a very clever and sensitive man and it was a pleasure to be with him in Zhangjiajie Forest.
We warmly recommend "Lead to China". It's a very professional traveling agency. "Elva" , (our main conctact at the agency) was super quick to answer to our numerous questions and everything that she proposed was excellent. We did most of the trip in Hunan (2 weeks) and we found the people very warm and very welcomming.
Next time that we will go in China, we will not hesitate and we will travel again with Lead to China.
Written September 16, 2016
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KendraBenninger
Elora, Canada11 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
We truly enjoyed our travels across China. Our daughter Jasmine was returning to China to visit her birth country. She visited her orphanage in Hunan Province and met with one of her nannies and the director. Lead to China arranged the meeting with the orphanage, organizing a lunch together and touring and meeting the children that live there. Jasmine also saw her "finding spot." Jasmine now has an even greater connection to China. We had so many amazing experiences on our tour of China. We enjoyed seeing the Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Warriors, the Hutong area of Beijing, tasting Hot Pot, seeing and getting photos taken with Panda bears, touring ethnic minority villages, visiting Longji rice terraces, going on a river cruise and having a breathtaking view of the mountains...... I can't even begin to list all of the wonders that we saw on this trip. Lead to China exceeded our expectations. The tour guides were wonderful and gave us great insight into the culture and the history of China. They made us feel very welcome. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
Written July 24, 2016
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Gary W
Sydney, Australia14 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
Absolutely awesome. Our guide Frank and driver Mr. Woo were unbelievable, nothing was to much trouble for them. I highly recomend this company, they made our tour perfect.
Written March 12, 2016
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Mingercat8
Miami, FL70 contributions
Jul 2019
We just returned from a wonderful 15 day private tour of 6 cities in China completely arranged by Lead to China. Lisa was a pleasure to work with. Her kindness, flexibility, and attention to detail was amazing. She arranged all our guides and drivers, the hotels, intercity travel, sightseeing, some meals, and even a visit to my adopted daughter's hometown and orphanage. Everything was top class and all our plans went smoothly.

I was a bit hesitant dealing with an agency that was not local, but I can in all honesty say that my hesitations were unfounded. Our guides and drivers were accommodating and knowledgeable, the hotels were first class, the itinerary recommendations were excellent, and the restaurants were delicious. Furthermore, she worked diligently to ensure that everything fell within my budget.

I made some last minute changes to our itinerary while we were in China due to bad weather in an area we planned to visit and communicating with LTC was very easy. This was a huge plus because we were able to take advantage of our time and did not skip a beat!

I am very grateful to Lisa and the Lead to China team for having afforded my family a truly memorable vacation and would not hesitate in anyway to recommend this agency to anyone planning a trip to China.
Written August 8, 2019
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Dan F
Seattle, United States28 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
We just returned from a 14 day trip to Beijing and Zhejiang Province. We traveled as a private group of three and gave LTC a list of places we wanted to see. It included bullet trains and a trip to our son's orphanage and finding spot.

Our guide (Kevin) picked us up at the Beijing Airport and got us out to our car and driver. Kevin spoke very good English, and immediately put us at ease. He joked comfortably with us and our son and made sure we were checked into our hotel in Beijing. Our hotel, the Novotel Xin Qiao, was selected by Lead To China. Kevin got checked in and ensured we were set for the night. The hotel was clean and comfortable, centrally located, and made it easy to walk around. Kevin ensured we were picked up on time every day we were in Beijing. When he found out our son was going to celebrate his birthday during the trip, he even brought him a small gift. It is one of my son's favorite memories. Lead To China ensured we had access to all our choices despite the crazy beijing traffic. Kevin was patient and helpful, even when our son began to tire. Lead To China arranged for our bullet train tickets (all 12 of them) and it was flawless. Kevin got us and our luggage through the madness of the Beijing train station and onto our bullet train. Our guide in Hangzhou (Jane) had less English than Kevin but she tried hard.

Lead To China made the hotel reservations at the hotel we requested. No problem there, the sofitel Westlake even upgraded our room for free. Jand got us around Hangzhou without a problem, and to the bullet train to Wenzhou for a day trip to our son's orphanagea and finding spot. Melia was truly awesome and the perfect choice for us. She understood why these places were important to us and was willing to spend the time doing some heavy translating with the orphanage staff. During the translation she found the name and phone number of the police officer who picked up our son from the street and brought him to the orphanage. Then she tried the number and was able to speak directly to him. This link to our son's past was a highlight of our trip and that is the kind of care we received from Lead To China.

I give them five stars and would give six if I could.

One piece of advice I'don't give is to pay the 50% deposit as requested, and then pay the balance to your guide when you arrive. It is an option offered by LTC, and saved us several hundred dollars of PayPal service fees.
Written April 11, 2017
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