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I never got a chance to tell you how much my wife and I enjoyed the tour of China that you arranged.

Molly,

I never got a chance to tell you how much my wife and I enjoyed the tour of China that you arranged. I've posted the following on TripAdvisor.

Rick Rosthal

The Link of the great Poster on the Trip Advisor:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294211-i642-k6125226-Discover_China_Tours-China.html


My wife and I spent six weeks in China in September - November 2012. The first part of the trip was with Uniworld (disappointing) and three weeks were a private tour arranged with Discover China Tours.
We couldn't have been more happy with our experience.
We dealt with Molly and she was wonderful. We are both active in our mid 60's and we wanted to visit the Southwest part of the country, particularly some places not normally visited by foreigners. During the planning of the trip, we went back and forth putting together our itinerary and she was most helpful. Sometimes we accepted her recommendations and sometimes she modified the tour plan to accomodate our desires. In the end we had a full and memorable tour which gave us just what we wanted.
While in China we visited several places and had different tour guides and drivers in each of the locations. Each guide would leave us at the entry to security at the airport or at the proper waiting area for the train and our next guide would pick us up when we arrived. Each transfer went without a hitch. We had six guides during the trip and I would rate one as good, three as very good and two as excellent and I'm a hard grader.
I know that it is a bit scary to wire money to a Chinese account and then hope that the service is provided as promised, but Discover China Tours gave us everything that we paid for.
Two recommendations I would make is that you have a cell phone with China Mobile while in the country. DCT recommends this and it's a very good idea. Coverage is excellent and I found it reassuring (maybe I'm too nervous) to be able to text our next tour guide the day before just to say that I was looking forward to seeing them and then to get a text back from them. My second recommendation is to have some device (a smart phone, tablet or laptop)  to be able to get email in case they have to get in touch with you. WiFi is generally available in the hotels.
DCT handles tours throughout China. Some of the places we went were: Kunming, LiJiang, Dali, Lugu Lake, Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu, Ya'an, Guilin.