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Our guide Sally in Dali was outstanding - not only did she know and told us about local Bai and other customs, she really knew a lot about the history of the places we visited, and although she spoke the least English of all the guides, really told us a lot about many small and large issues.She pointed things out to us and clearly was on task with us the whole way while driving.
Client: (Female) Ask Margit about her experience Age: 45-60 Nationality: United States
Tour Date: December 20, 2009 - December 31, 2009  
FeedBack Date: January 29, 2010
Itinerary: 12 Days Shanghai, Guilin, Yangshuo, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Chengdu Tour

Dear Vanessa,

Maybe the Yulong snow mountain was the most memorable attraction we visited.

Our guide Sally in Dali was outstanding - not only did she know and told us about local Bai and other customs, she really knew a lot about the history of the places we visited, and although she spoke the least English of all the guides, really told us a lot about many small and large issues.She pointed things out to us and clearly was on task with us the whole way while driving. With Sally, Zhou/Michael (whose English is nearly perfect) and Norman I had interesting discussions about their personal situations that taught me a lot about some social and political issues in the current situation in China, how people feel about marriage, religion, educational system, and got answers to questions that other tourists would not ask (like problems and implications of moving a Hu Kou). I appreciated their being so open about personal experiences.

We liked the Eva Inn in Guilin quite a lot, and the Landscape hotel in Dali. Wow was to be welcomed early morning by a Bai guide in native dress at the airport and within less than an hour standing with her in the mud of a Bai village open market among groceries, meat, chickens and listening to her haggle in local dialect to buy us a buckwheat cake.Wow was to be short of breath at 4680 m height (yu long xue shan) overlooking snow and a glazier.

Definitely don't miss biking in Yangshuo - within 5 min you are on a village street where you might bike for considerable time without seeing a single other person (rare in China), see wonderful landscape, and watch some locals and see their houses.Dynamic Yunnan is a wonderful performance of high artistic value - definitely worth it. No matter where you are, try to get up early some mornings and ask your tour guide the way to a local park - no matter where, you can watch people do Tai Chi, or dance-exercise to music - join if you feel like it, they will be curious and welcome you (I did that is Yangshuo and ChengDu).

Margit

Customer Comment & Rating
Driver & Guide
"Our guide Sally in Dali was outstanding - not only did she know and told us about local Bai and other customs, she really knew a lot about the history of the places we visited, and although she spoke the least English of all the guides, really told us a lot about many small and large issues.She pointed things out to us and clearly was on task with us the whole way while driving."

The Real Evaluation for the Destionation(s)

  • Guilin
  • Chengdu
  • Kunming
  • Lijiang
  • Dali
  • Leshan
  • Yangshuo
Guide
Attitude & Services 5
Knowledge of Subjects 5
Command of English 5
Flexibility 5
Local Arrangements 5
Attractions
Reed Flute Cave 5
Fubo Hill 5
Elephant Trunk Hill 5
Li River Cruise 5
Restaurant
Yiyuan Sichuan Cuisine Restaurant(A La Carte)(Lunch) 5
Hotel
Location 5
Service 5
Room Comfort 5
Breakfast/Meals 5
Cleanliness 5
Location 5
Service 5
Room Comfort 5
Breakfast/Meals 5
Cleanliness 5