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I would like to recommend China Spree to anyone trying to decide on a company for an organized tour of China. I usually travel independently and originally planned to travel independently in China, but could not find the time to organize this. I spent hours on Fodors and other websites reading reviews of various China tour companies and finally decided on China Spree. I have no affiliation with this company and was not asked by them to write this review; I am only doing it to help others who may be interested.

I was impressed with China Spree both before and during the tour. They were extremely organized and responsive to my questions and the information they sent in advance was very thorough. Everything was delivered as promised, and in fact, there were a few extras. I just returned from a tour, and the national tour leader was excellent. She made every effort to make sure we all had a safe and enjoyable trip and indeed, no one experienced any significant problems on the trip. The local tour guides were generally very good and generally spoke very good English. All were very personable and friendly.

I was concerned that the food would be bad. In fact, for the most part the meals were quite good and certainly extremely ample. All were served family style and generally in local restaurants. They really made an effort to serve different types of food reflecting the different regions at the different restaurants. There were a lot of vegetable dishes and they provided extra vegetable dishes for a vegetarian in our group.

The amount of time for me in each location was about right. I hate factory/shopping stops and there was one in each city (eg, jade factory, silk factory), lasting for a total of about 1-1.5 hours. In one location, I escaped and took a pleasant walk outside. In the others, I was fairly happy to use a nice restroom and rest a bit. The amount of time seemed a reasonable tradeoff to me, as I am sure I would have wasted far more time had I been on my own trying to get around, getting lost, etc. Being on a tour really took all the stress out of traveling, and allowed more time at the actual sites of interest.

The hotels were all good, and most were Sheratons or Marriotts. All had in-room safes large enough for my iPad and other valuables. All had free wifi in the public areas, so I was able to email and Skype each evening and morning. All had huge, very nice breakfast buffets.

Finally, I was lucky to be on a tour where everyone was very pleasant, flexible and compatible. There were about 23 of us. Age range was generally 50s and 60s, although there were two young women in their 20s accompanied by the mother of one. The tour was moderately active and at times involved a lot of walking, standing and stair climbing. It would not be good for someone who was not in reasonable physical shape or for someone who requires assistance in walking.

Everyone on our tour was extremely happy with the tour. My husband and I were so happy with it we are now considering going on another China Spree tour.

Hope this is helpful!

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