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Hi - Has anyone bought a grab one voucher for China?  I've just bought 2 travel vouchers and the company is Sinorama Travel.  Love to hear of any body else who has purchased and their experiences.  I've had a look on Trip Advisor and some speak well of them and some don't.  

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I purchased a China grab one voucher a few years ago. The company was Nexus Holidays. It was so good i booked another 2 trips with them. No problems at all. Everything as stated. Tiring but great.

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Thanks for this Jack as hubby is a little apprehensive.  I saw Nexus and both companies stay at pretty much the same places.  Is the accommodation very far away from the cities?  I've booked 5 excursions out of 7 with them, but as you say it does look like you are on the go every day.  

We're flying into Beijing (won't tell us the airline until a month before, but we need to get from Wgtn to Ak on flights so am hoping there are some deals).  Catch the bullet train down to Suzhou, onto Hangzhou, Huangshan and then onto Shanghai.  It's 11 days'.  

If you have any tips or advise I'd appreciate it.  Thanks

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No the hotels were not out. Often dinner was late so I didn't go out again. Do not feel pressure into buying at any outlet. Alot of things you can pick up at the markets cheaper. Did you choose The Golden Mask Dynasty? It was really good.

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Thanks heaps for this Jack.  Interesting to note that markets are cheaper than the outlets as there are a few they take you around.  I actually googled The Golden Mask Dynasty and decided to book this with the company.  So pleased you recommended it.  

We are staying the first 3 nights at the Wyndham Beijing North (which seemed quite far out) & plan to do the Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City with the tour in the morning then head off on our own after lunch to see the pandas at the Beijing Zoo and wandering the streets instead of doing the afternoon tour of Temple of Heaven, rickshaw around the hutong and have a Beijing duck.  I'm looking into catching a bus or train back to the hotel and if this fails catch a taxi.  

Did you go up Yellow Mountain in Huangshan?  It costs $179 each & thought NZ has such spectacular scenery that this is just another mountain and if it's raining then couldn't see anything anyway.  

No not seen that site, but will look at it now.  Thanks

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Sounds good. You can also hire the rickshaw ride around the hutong independently. .

We didn't go up Yellow Mountain so can not comment on this. Yes I find that the "spectacular scenery" when traveling is often not comparable with NZ. We were in Chile and my fellow travelers were ouing and ahing about the scenery and I thought it was just like the waterfalls and bush near home and looked like Lake Taupo and the mountains. I prefer to see something different.from home. 

Go with an open mind and enjoy.

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Oh good as I was hoping we could hire the rickshaw ride ourselves.  I looked at Nexus holidays and they seemed to stay at the Wyndham Beijing North Hotel also.  Is this where you stayed and is it easy to get a bus or train from town back?  

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Sorry I can not recall the hotel in Beijing but our days were so fill I didn't take any private evening trips. The hotel reception where all very helpful

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Hi BB Just saw this posted today on trademe.co.nz/communities/travel which will be of interest to you 

We just came back 1 month ago from a trip to china with sinorama. They have lots of different packages we did the 15 day dream of china tour. All the hotels were beautiful and yes they were 5 star not as above suggesting 5 star is only 3 star. All the meals were fabulous the tour guide was amazing he stayed with our group for the whole 2 weeks then we also got specialist guides in the different cities. The only issue with china is there is lots of travelling between sights so you get used to the inside of a bus we were the youngest in our group most were in their 50's and up but were a great group to travel with. This tour would suit pretty much most people you don't need to be super fit to do it. example we walked right up to tower 12 at the great wall but most others only made it a fraction of the way we had a meeting point at the bottom so you could go as far as you wanted too, without holding anyone else back or being held back. We thought it was great value for money and extremely well organised.

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Thanks so much for this info Jack.  Just read it out to hubby who was extremely interested.  He's actually said he was in denial about going to China, but is now starting to look forward to going.  I have been with trade me for years, but didn't know about a travel site.  Thanks again Jack.

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