Emails got responses within hours, if not faster. And, since they know China intimately, they are able to provide much better answers to any questions we had along the way. While in China, we were taken care of at every step. In all cases, our local guides were there waiting for us at the airport with clearly marked signs.
All of them had great in-depth knowledge of their local area and were able to provide extensive history and cultural information. All spoke very good English.
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The guides would also go out of their way to accommodate any special needs and to deal with any issues. Our guide continually checked up on it and personally picked up the missing luggage at the airport. If we had any special requests for meals, etc. And, by having local guides at each location, we were able to sample different specialties of the area.
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Toward the end of the trip, we joined up with another small Laurus group on a different itinerary. At that point, we were large enough to have a country guide, as well as local guides for each location. Because Laurus offers so many China itineraries, we were able to select the one that best matched our interests. They also provided a mix of organized tours and free time which also worked well for us.
All of the accommodations provided by Laurus were first-rate and in great locations. All hotels truly are 4 and 5 stars!! We were more than pleased with those arrangements!! We are grateful to Frommers for connecting us with this company. Live Help Current Tour List. Je lui ai fait un ATG est muelle sens plus mais ceci un regarde yummy aussi!
Hedwig Le mineur serait il voit des chiffres en bas en visant banc de peine et le 10 minute misconduct le temps commencerait. Lawrence Shepard Davis, CA Professor Shepard's home address, phone and fax numbers as well as e-mail address were included in his original letter to Frommer's. Lengthy e—mails home evolved into travel writing and he has contributed to several. Jen Lin—Liu has worked as a freelance journalist based in China for 5years. Though born in Chicago, she was raised in southern California and studied at Columbia University.
She is currently writing a book about how and what modern China eats.
Sharon Owyang, born in Singapore and a graduate of Harvard University, divides her time between film and television projects in the U. She speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, and enough Shanghainese to be a curiosity to the locals.
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She would like to thank Karen Xiaoling Wang for her excellent work as a fact—checker and occasional translator. After living several years in Germany as a freelance travel writer for major U. When not sleeping in far—flung hotels, she resides in Lawrence, Kansas, with her two sons, a dog, and a cat. Lee Wing—sze, born and raised in Hong Kong, is a freelance writer, translator, and avid traveler.
Her dream is to travel every country on the earth. Christopher D. He has lived and worked in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, and, unable to keep his comments to himself, has written extensively in both English and Chinese, most recently for Time Out and Intercontinental Press. Last year he bought a retirement house in Thailand, but even that cannot seem to keep him away from China, and he is currently residing in Dali, Yunnan Province.
This title offers insider tips on China's top attractions, plus extensive coverage of unique and off-the-tourist-track regions and villages. It contains outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not. One guidebook will remind me of a hypercautious uncle; another an infectiously enthusiastic, but not always terribly discriminating, college roommate. When new to a series, I often look at the suggestions for further reading.
A healthy selection of novels and personal views of a country, rather than more standard works of nonfiction, makes me feel a guide and I will be compatible. My well-traveled daughter, who is 29, uses another measuring stick: she looks at a volume that covers her town, or one she knows well, to get a sense of a guidebook's savvy.
While I have certainly had memorable trips inspired by one-shot guides, the big series have a reassuring reach and track record. Here is a personal guide to some of the best-known guidebooks:.
But Fodor's is pitched a few notches higher than Frommer's, aimed at a fairly discerning traveler with an appetite for background and the occasional surprise. When Fodor's and I traveled to Philadelphia together, for instance, I appreciated its realistic account of the city's crime and the flight to the suburbs.
A regular feature, ''Off the Beaten Track,'' supplied quirky places, including Bryn Athyn, a glorious suburban cathedral built according to the medieval guild system. Among Fodor's near-standard features is the ''Time Out,'' which offers suggestions for food and drink on a walking tour; sections devoted to children's attractions and free sights; and thoughtful shopping recommendations.
Sights are organized according to neighborhood walking tours, with additional sights listed by categories historical buildings, zoos, libraries. And, almost always a good omen in a guidebook, the authors of different sections are identified and described. Fodor's, with guides updated usually every year, hires high-end journalists who live in the destinations; it also commissions or reprints essays by writers like Paul Fussell, Frances Mayes and Peter Mayle. Writers of the travel-writing ilk get only brief identifications.
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Nobody would claim that Frommer's, with about titles, offers more than a greatest-hits approach to history and culture, but virtues include good walking-tour maps and charts metric and clothing-size conversions, city-to-city distances as well as canny suggestions for reading and listening to music before you go. Major guides are revised yearly, others every two years.
Frommer's will also get you reasonably fed and housed and point out the most obvious sights. When I traveled to Segovia with Frommer's guide to Spain, for example, it led me to the charming, old-fashioned Gran Hotel las Sirenas, on the town's prettiest plaza, and a restaurant, El Bernardino, which was a bit touristy but good value. But after absorbing the six, cursorily described sights in the guide, the traveler who wants anything more in-depth in Segovia will have to go elsewhere.
The newest Green Guides are adding what the publishers describe as highly selective recommendations for hotels and restaurants, but for more complete listings, see the Red Guides. Michelin's focus means much more information about Segovia's history as a medieval wool town and its Romanesque architecture.