We just returned from a 2 week vacation in China. Before we went there was much that we wanted to see. The time that we were in Beijing and Xian, required a lot of train station and airport pick ups as well as several things we wanted to see spread out all over the place. In addition to that we needed someone to purchase train tickets for us. I had the idea of trying to compact this 5 days and all these expenses through one tour company. We had a few we were looking at. All seemed good enough. 2 of them were on line (one of them being travelchinaguide.com). I was a little concerned at first buy purchasing a tour through the internet, I wanted to keep all options open. In the end we chose to go with travelchinaguide.com. They were not quite the cheapest but they were just a few more dollars then the lowest. They seemed more reputable, their website was amazing probably my go to site for all information I needed. (I had several books from the library). I was looking at a local travel agent to provide us with a tour group they would recommend. When we went to the travel agency they were using tcg.com website to research some of the questions we had. This was the deciding factor to go with tcg.com.
The tour was great. I could not think of any complaints.
The Guides were on-time, organized, knew what to show us and what was going on.
We had finished in Luoyang early and they were even able to re-arrange train tickets back to Xian early.
The drivers in northern China, are really bad, compared to north American standards. but all of our drivers were better then the locals.
Food was good, we felt bad that we always had food leftover and we were too full. We had a picky eater with us and I did not notice much complaining.
If I were to do this again I would book our whole vacation through tcg.com. Originally we were not really prepared so we first purchased our hotels, then our international flight, then we came across tcg.com. In the end they probably would of made our whole planning a lot easier (maybe cheaper) if we would have incorporated the hotel booking in with our tour.
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