This was the 2nd week of our 3 week tour through China with Top China Travel (TCT). We could not fault the service at all. Being a private group of just 4 we were looked after so well. Always met at the airport/s or train station/s by the local guide & driver for the region we were visiting. We travelled in a comfortable van suitable for our group size.
The guides spoke English very well & it was good to get to know them & have some jocular fun with them. Also dropped off at the departure points (plane or train) well in time, with tickets already pre-purchased by the guide & shown how to get aboard the bullet train etc, until you could easily use your own initiative to get onto the train & where to stow your luggage.
Our guide (Hill) for this part of the tour (Guilin city in Guangxi province) showed us the memorable Reed Flute cave with its exquisite use of lighting to high-light different features within.
We visited the famous Longji rice terraces, (about a 2 hour drive from Guilin) these were located close to a minority group that inhabit the Ping'an Zhuang village where we had lunch - a beautiful & traditional Chinese meal that all of our group could enjoy & savour.
The next day we enjoyed a 4 hour cruise on the Li River - the boat was exceptional - big, clean, tidy with a lovely lunch provided, upper open deck for taking pics & enjoying the scenery - a trip well worth it. In the afternoon we strolled through the Hangshuo market place where the cruise ended.
Our guide dropped us off at the cruise start with our tickets he had already pre-purchased, then drove to Hangshuo where he picked us up - he gave us clear directions how to get to the cruise boat & where he would meet us at the other end - it was all too easy.
After the cruise & markets we enjoyed a 1/2 hour rafting experience on the Yulong River - a really great time being punted along by an oars(person).
We also visited a silk factory in Guilin, which was not part of our tour, but something we all wished to do & also buy some exceptional silk bedding.
Included was breakfast at the hotel each morning, plus lunch whilst sight-seeing. We bought our evening meals at the restaurant at the hotel we were staying in (Jolie Vue Boutique) - the scenery from the open deck area whilst eating is looking out onto the Li River & the Elephant Rock tourist area from the 7th floor - just so very,very nice.
I would recommend TCT to anyone who wishes to travel China with a well respected local tourist operator. An absolutely unreal experience. So wonderfully looked after, we felt quite spoilt with the service we received.