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Hello Rita,

I am now back at my residence after a very memorable trip to Lhasa.

For this extra-ordinary trip, I cannot thank you enough for your help and support.

As is well known, a visit to Tibet/Lhasa requires various other Government permissions/permits. 

All of this was handled with seamless efficiency by you.

Normally, a trip of this sort to an exotic land and 'parts unknown' would be fraught with anxiety, with many last-minute plan changes and difficulties, but I must confess that everything went extremely smoothly and according to plan during this trip, and for this I must thank you and your organization for taking care of everything right up to the last detail.

I had insisted on the train journey from Xining to Lhasa (and return) by soft sleeper, and this too was no problem for you, with the tickets being purchased and delivered to my Xining Hotel without any hassles.

But, even the best arrangements can be improved upon, so I would like to give you two suggestions that might help to make this travel experience even more unforgettable.

1. I know that I had insisted on going by train from Xining to Lhasa, but I would suggest that you try and point out the physical difficulties to your clients (whenever they insist on going by train to Lhasa). 

Xining is situated at 2300M height, hence does not pose any problems. Lhasa is situated at 3600M and the possibility of  mild High-Altitude Sickness is common, but it is the train journey which traverses Tanggula Mountain Pass (5230M) which poses a challenge to most travelers, with severe headache and nausea lasting for a few days.

The best course of action would be to fly directly to Lhasa and then take the return by train (by which time the body has become somewhat acclimatized).

Further, after having read all the previous reviews, and the recommendation to take Diamox well before the journey, please note that Diamox is not available in many countries, hence you could recommend some Chinese medicine which is readily available in China (I took GAOYUANKANG capsules - given by the Lhasa Hotel doctor which helped me immensely). This should be included in your Confirmation Letter Advice column (or a general statement mentioning that various very effective Chinese medicines are available to combat the ill-effects of High Altitude Sickness, and that it is suggested to start taking the medicine on departure Xining).

2. I was fortunate to have attended a show of "Princess Wencheng" (Tibetan Culture Legendary Opus), and I can quite honestly state that I have never before seen any grand opera with such a massive stage (mountainside sloping upward), such a huge cast of characters (quite easily more than a thousand), such grandeur in costumes and presentation. Simply stunning props, sound and lighting, and even an English translation on the side screens.

I have seen many shows around the World, but this show is right there at the very top. It is somewhat expensive (tickets start at 380 Yuan), but, for those interested in Tibetan culture, History and pure spectacle this will be an unforgettable thrill.

Will it be possible for you and your company to make arrangements with the show's organizers and thus provide discounted tickets for your clients. 

It is also possible that your foreign clients (who will all be interested in Tibetan culture aside from the historical monuments) may not be aware of this show, and would gladly attend if given the chance. 

Lastly, I must thank my local tour guides Tashi and Chimee who took a lot of care, were very very knowledgeable, and tried their very best to ensure that we were well looked after (including helping the elder members of our group).

I would have no hesitation in recommending you to any traveler contemplating a visit to Tibet, as it will surely result in an efficient, hassle-free travel experience, something that we all look for, but quite often do not get.

With kind regards,

Dipankar Deb.   

 

 

 


June 15, 2015

Hi Ian,

My trip has gone really well thank you (apart from the minor issue of not originally being collected at the airport).

All the guides have been punctual and informative and nice!

I'd like to have spent more time in Tibet and Xian. Maybe I'll come back one day and plan a longer trip in China.

Thank you for your help!

I'm heading to to airport in 1 hour to fly home.

Kind regards

Toni


June 30, 2015

Dear Olivia,

THANK YOU so much for all your hard work in creating a wonderful trip for Glenn and me.  You are a great travel planner. And..... I am so glad we got to meet you in person!  Dinner was fun.  Thank you for the presents.  I just arrived home after a looooooooong day of airplane flights.  My wife saw the chopsticks you gave to me and loved them!  I did too.

Thanks again Olivia.  Because of you we will have so many wonderful memories of China.

With affection,    

Frank


June 13, 2015

Dear Wonder,

We are enjoying our last few days in Shanghai, before we fly home to Sydney. I've been here once before on a stopover, so it feels fairly familiar to me.

We just wanted to thank you for your patience and reliable organisation which have helped make our holiday a success. I have a few comments and suggestions which I will provide as feedback once we are back home. We have really enjoyed China, and may return in a few years to see places we didn't have time for this trip.

Kind regards,

Lex and Steve Lees


May 31, 2015

Hi Wonder,

We had a very nice trip to China. It was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you again for the lovely gifts  and all  your organisation in making our experience a success. 

Cheers, 

Val


May 23, 2015

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