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Perfect short break in Beijing.
This was my second tour with China Highlights and it did not disappoint. The booking and support before my trip was superb. Three day tour of Beijing was perfect. Ivy, my fabulous guide knew all the tricks for avoiding long queues; was knowledgeable; patient; and kind. I felt like I was being shown the sights by a friend and I can heartily recommend both China Highlights and Ivy. PS - the labyrinth in the Old Summer Palace was great fun and not something I would ever have discovered without Ivy. Thank you.
Trip with Chinalights
My experience with Cactus and Mr. Wu was outstanding. The timing and planning was good. Enough time spent at each place ( not very tiring). Forbidden city was impressive and truly a sight for sore eyes. Walking at the Summer Palace and the boat trip was refreshing. A day well spent with a very informative and well versed guide. Thank you Cactus for your excellent company and sharing of your vast knowledge and Mr Wu for a very sleek and smooth ride.
Trip with ChinaHighlingts
We had a fantastic time in Beijing with our guide Cactus who arranged all our visits and she was helpful to get small requests like the special pepper used in a dish we ate and even to find the little red book for me which was not sold anywhere but found in an old vintage shop near the Great Wall. She was a delight to talk to and her knowledge was very good. Energetic and full of fun, she even brought her own tea for us to try at lunch on our first day in Beijing. Her photo taking was very creative and added a nice dimension to the impressive s...ights from the forbidden city, Tiananmen Square and summer palace to hutongs and the Great Wall at night. She also arranged time with a retired 91 year old acrobat who lived in the hutong which was very special and we will remember her warmth and plucky personality. The trip to the old water town and night climb to the Great Wall was also a memorable highlight. Thank you Cactus and China highlights for another enjoyable trip!
Fantastic! Responsive, knowledgeable and attention to detail
We took a China Highlights tour to visit a Tulou cluster in rural Fujian. Alisa, who responded to our initial inquiry, was very helpful and responsive. Adam, our guide, was excellent. Friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. He was generous with his knowledge, very helpful, and made great recommendations. We’d recommend Adam and China highlights with no hesitation.
Thank you Cactus and China highlights
We had a big family tour this December in Beijing, consisting about 17 of us. China Highlights was able to cater to our needs and tailored the tour accordingly, since we had elderly.
Our local guide was helpful and thoughtful, she was also very knowledgeable with all the historical places, basically she was like a walking history book. We had a wonderful time with her and learnt a lot as well.
Overall, we were very happy with China Highlights tour and Cactus’ professionalism. Best of all China highlights is not a ‘shopping’ tour, they won’t force you to buy ‘things’. Instead they were more interested to introduce China to us.
Fabulous trip withCactus
Cactus was a wonderful guide for our entire Trip! We were taken to some excellent restaurants and saw all the sites We had planned to see. When issues arose Cactus was quick to help out. She went above and beyond to make us comfortable and stayed after hours to accommodate us for some of the activities. Cactus is very sweet and knowledgeable on many subjects regarding Chinese history and culture. We are very happy with our stay in Beijing and so thankful that we were able to have Cactus as our guide!
It's the people at China Highlights that made the trip special
Our family of 4 just returned from an 8 day tour of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. Because of the limited time, we decided to book a private family tour through China Highlights and it was the best decision we could have made. From the moment I contacted them, their service has been excellent. It began with Maggie who always responded within a day - answering questions, making suggestions and arranging the itinerary depending on our family's interest which was to get a good overview of the history and culture.
All three of our guides, Cactus, Mar...k and Chris in each city were awesome. They were friendly, considerate, flexible and were always professional in every detail. They spoke excellent english and were extremely knowledgable about Chinese history and culture. We enjoyed our conversations with all of them. When we first arrived in Beijing, our guide, Cactus, was there to greet us as soon as we got out of customs and for the next 3 days took excellent care of us. She adjusted our itinerary to account for weather conditions since most of the places we visited were outdoors and provided heating packs to help us stay warm. Her restaurant choices and food selections were also excellent and we definitely felt every lunch was a huge banquet feast. One thing we really appreciated about Cactus was her creativity in photography. Not only was she willing to take family photos, but she would often recommend locations and unique poses to best capture the surrounding. Our children, who are young adults, enjoyed the creative photos/videos she took and posted them on their instagram. One example is her overlapping an old photograph of the last Chinese emperor Puyi on one side of the picture with our family on the other side while standing on the same location in the Imperial Garden of the Forbidden City. Cactus was amazing but what made her truly unique was her passion, curiosity and interest to get to know us and letting us get to know her. We really got a better sense of China after 3 days and we felt we made a long term friend. Next we visited, Xi'an to see the Terracotta soldiers, the history museum, Muslim quarters and the ancient city wall. But a nice surprise that Mark arranged was for a practicing Buddhist to give us a tour of the temple in the Big Wild Goose Pagoda where we learned about the temple and received a private showing of an ancient sacred text up close. Another highlight in this city was having lunch at a local family's house where we learned how to make dumplings from scratch. It was interesting to see how a "middle class" family lives in modern China. Mark also checked in with us after we left Xi'an to make sure we connected with our next guide in Shanghai to ensure a smooth handoff. Although we only spent one day with Chris in Shanghai, we found him to be very professional, flexible, knowledgeable and helpful. Since we had a full last day on our own before flying out late at night, Chris suggested places we could visit on our own. He provided helpful information on how to get around on our own and made arrangements for the driver to take us to the airport. I can't say enough about the quality of the people at China Highlights and would definitely contact them for future travels or recommend them to friends and family. Thank you China Highlights for an amazing trip!
Beijing visit 2019
William is an excellent guide. Super attentive to both young and elder. Converse very well in English and very knowledgeable and well versed with Chinas history. Highly recommended if you are travelling with kids.
Thank You William and China Highlights for helping us make this wonderful memory with our family.
William, our guide In Beijing was very attentive to our needs and safety. He paid special attention my father who is in his 70s and helped him as he had some difficulty with moving around. My children especially enjoyed our tour with William as he made a special effort to befriend them and engage with them. He had a very deep and thorough understanding of Chinas history and gave us very clear and concise explanations of each tourist destination we visited. It was very easy to understand his explanations and his stories have left a very deep impression on all of us. We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves during this trip and are very thankful for William who always goes the extra mile to ensure that we are comfortable and safe.
Thank you Cactus and China Highlights for the trip of a lifetime!
From the moment that we cleared customs, Cactus was waiting for us with a smile on her face. We were a group of about 46 people and Cactus knew all of our names and faces on Day 1. She went above and beyond to accommodate everyone in our group and make each and every one of us happy during our 5 days in Beijing. Cactus did an excellent job showing us the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and arranging cool experiences such as a tea tasting, boat ride, and a rickshaw ride! She also provided our group with great show su...ggestions! My mom and I enjoyed a Kung Fu show and a water show while we were in Beijing. Cactus made our trip! She helped me have a custom stamp made for my boyfriend and delivered it to the hotel early the next morning. She also had a package sent to my friend at our hotel in Shanghai. If you go to Beijing, I highly recommend Cactus as your tour guide! She is very knowledgeable and has a heart of gold. Thank you Cactus and China Highlights for showing us your beautiful country!
The Trip of a Lifetime!
My daughter asked me to join her on a nine day trip to China recently. It was booked through China Highlights. I was a little worried at first, because we usually do our own thing when we travel, however, it turned out to be the best way to see many, many interesting things in just a few days. We were met at the airport, were taken to our hotel, and during the next few days taken to see all the sights In Beijing by a wonderful tour guide, Cactus. We went to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tianan men Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the...Summer Palace just to name a few of the things that were included. Cactus was informative, patient with our very large group (over 40 people), suggested very good things to do during free evenings, like the Golden Mask Dynasty and a Kung Fu show. I would definitely recommend China Highlights and Cactus, you will not be disappointed!
Great Company with the best guide, Cactus!
No all fees were completely transparent and explained. Took an amazing 9 day trip organized by China Highlights. Cactus was our tour guide in Beijing and I couldnt imagine a more knowledgeable, helpful, or kind guide. She made sure any request we had was met. While touring the city I was able to learn so much more about the city and the amazing history because of her knowledge and ability to communicate well. Our schedule was organized by China Highlights was fantastic. We were able to see all the main sights and also have some great food. I felt very safe and everything was well organized.
Be sure to use China Highlights as your China tour company and ask for Cactus!!
Great day in Beijing
I had a great day in Beijing with Cactus guide. I went to the Great Wall and the Forbidden City with her on a Tuesday (low season, middle of November). She knew the best time of the day for each attraction, avoiding big lines and crowds. She had a lot of information about these places, and she was helpful and funny. She also helped me buying the tickets, taking beautiful photos and ordering the lunch before our arrival at the restaurant. The car was comfortable, and I had free water during the trip. It was a very enjoyable tour, totally reccomend!
Highly recommend Cactus!
Cactus provided an amazing experience for us in Beijing. She went out of her way many times to ensure our needs and desires were met. She made us feel safe and at home. She met every need we had and was patient with every person. She was absolutely amazing. She has great people skills. She was organized. She was extremely knowedagble about China and Beijing. She provided a full experience from morning to night. She was understanding and sweet. She was kind every single day. She was never irritable or rude. She was extremely sweet and accommodat...ing. She made us feel comfortable. She made sure we were informed and safe at all times. She was accommodating and sensitive to food allergies and preferences. She managed the large group with grace. No one got sick or lost on her watch. She was personal and cared about each person in the group. She has fantastic guide skills and was extremely educated about history and sights. Her English was great and her humor was lovely. She was the best tour guide weve ever had on a trip. When we come back to China we only want Cactus! Thank you China Highlights for Cactus!
Amazing Experience for VIPKID Teachers with Cactus!
No - everything as expected. Amazing experience! I traveled to China with a large group (46) of teachers and their families. We are teachers from America who teach English to children in China. Cactus was our tour guide. She really personalized the trip for us. We had an itinerary which somehow she managed to follow and complete. Such a young lady with thousands of years of knowledge. Incredible. We learned so much - many fun and unusual facts which is the best part of having a tour guide. The support from the staff in the office - all the way till the end with Cactus was top class! Highly recommend!!!!!
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