We cannot thank Peicy and the team at ETC enough for their organisation, choice of hotels, choice of guides and general care and thoughts of our wellbeing. With ETC the trip is built around you as an individual or group; you can book whatever level of service you want (e.g. what star hotels you want to stay at) and change things as you need (we added in an extra trip to Tianjin to pick up our son and a return flight for our son to Tianjin at the end of the trip whilst we flew back to the UK).
The service is truly exceptional, you have local guides meet you at each of the different places you stay and escort you around giving you lots of history about the culture and way of life, you have a driver and car at your disposal, the hotels we stayed at and the food provided were all fantastic - with everything except some evening meals included in the price: we visited the Great Wall, temples, gardens, the Terracotta Army, the Three Gorges and ghost towns on our tour that included Beijing, Xi’an (by bullet train at 309km/h!), a river cruise on the Yangtze and Shanghai (via internal flight). Everything went without a hitch and all the guides were friendly and professional and wanted to help.
This trip opened our eyes to a China not often seen or heard about - the people in particular are very friendly and clearly very proud of both their country and their heritage - and we will definitely go again in the future and use ETC to organise the trip. I would also recommend them to anyone else planning a trip.