This tour appeared to go badly when I got myself muddled and booked it for the following day - when I would have left China! - instead of trying to be joined into an activity on the day of booking. The woman to whom I spoke on the phone - Alana? - could not have been more patient with my stupidity and magically summoned up a guide and driver to collect me within about 30 minutes of my very garbled and frantic phone call. Snow, my guide, was charming company, well-informed about matters relevant to what we were seeing but with excellent English, so able to speak with me about other interesting features of everyday life in China, our smiling driver conveyed that my safety was in good hands and - along with the beautiful traditional garden in Zhujiajiao - the other highlight was the very friendly manageress of the farm we visited, who generously let me eat so many of her loquats! With Alana too, I thank you for leaving me with such good memories: what we saw was interesting, but what was really memorable and engaging was speaking with Alana and meeting and spending time with the three of you. Along with other experiences of lovely Chinese people, your kindness and friendliness will be what I will remember. I warmly recommend this company and this tour.