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2 Experience Beijing and Hong Kong
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  1. Not authentic enough

    While the overnight accommodations were very nice, I felt we didn't get a very good feel for Chinese culture on our tour. We had a fairly good tour guide at the Forbidden City, but at all other sites, we were simply dropped off and left to wander for a few minutes or a couple of hours. For adults, this might be fine, but students need more guidance. Also--every day there was some kind of hard sell. The "Tea Ceremony" is a lesson on how to drink tea in a giant tea shop. It's not an actual tea ceremony as much as a sales pitch. There was a similar setup for silk goods and pearls. At each place, the tour bus dropped us off, and as we entered the huge shop, we were given numbered tags. I presume this was so EF could get some sort of commission for any purchases we made. The food was not authentic Chinese food (Believe me, I know ;-)). Rather, it's like going into a restaurant in the states and ordering american style food. It's not why people go to China. Lunch on our own? We were dropped at mall food courts. It was like eating at Panda Express. Chinese looking, but not really Chinese.
    ILoveTours / Adult traveller
    St. Louis, MO / Posted on July 07, 2015
  2. Rosylettuce / Adult traveller
    Posted on July 01, 2014

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