I don't do tour groups but on rare occasion. I am not a fan of tour groups because they tend to be more expensive than they are worth, but I will glad say that the money I paid for the Travel China Guide in Xi'an was outstanding.
A groups of 5 Americans were first picked up at the airport and brought to our hotel. Tracey talked to us about the history of Xi'an for most of the ride and it was fascinating. She told us so much wonderful information about all the Dynasties.
I have been picked up by tours and then just had the guides be lumps. She was engaging, and friendly her English was strong and it was a great way to start Xi'an. The driver was safe and wasn't too fast or too slow.
The next day we went to the Terracotta Warriors and Han Yang Ling Museum. The Terracotta Warriors is not to be missed, but having Tracey there made it so much better. She knows her history and presents it in a great way.
She brought us to a great lunch spot where we got a tea service and wonderful noodles and then to the Han Yang Ling Museum that most people miss.
Its a great counter point to the Terracotta Warriors. The pits have a glass walkway over them. You get to see many artifacts still in place from after the ceiling collapsed, but its a very different perspective. The artifacts are samplers, there are tunnels not pits, but Tracy was so helpful in explaining the area, and the tunnels.
Tracy and Travel Guide China has made me feel that not all tours are too much money. They have been great and can't wait to see them on Wednesday for the next day tour!
I have spent alot of time singing the praises of Tracy and her skills, but Angela, a faceless person on WeChat has been great in all of her help as well. She shouldn't be overlooked, or Lexi who helped me with the initial planning and pricing!