Yangshuo & Li River Cruise

The town of Yangshuo is just north east of the city of Guilin, one of the best places to spend some interesting time in China.  From Guilin you can take the day cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo which is famous for the Impression Sanjie Liu show on the river with over 900 local people.  The Li River cruise in itself is one of the most beautiful day cruises past the countryside dotted with haystack like hills and rural scenery.  Yangshuo is a small town in which to spend a day on your own or with a local guide such as Wendy who will take you around and perhaps have lunch at her home too. Leaving the large cities and into the small towns and villages leaves you with the full experience of what I call the “Real China“.   It remains one of my favorite places to visit when I am in China myself.  Not far away too are more interesting places to visit that few tourists ever get to visit.  Let my 26 years of planning tour itineraries for clients to their specific interests help you in planning your tour.Li-River-Cruise-BoatWendyLi-River0005Fall-20070006

Use of Guides in China

Some people question the use of guides when travelling in different countries.  I have to agree with them sometimes especially in countries where it is easy to get around and English is a major 2nd. language.  China is not one of those.  Guides add greatly to a tour in China.  The language problem is one with so many different dialects or completely different languages.  Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing are all different from each other to name some of the most important ones.  There are 57 different nationalities in China each with their own language and sub languages.  Thus just for languages the guide can be very important to you.  Sightseeing is another one which is most important as you may walk right by an important sight without knowing it without a good guide.  Your particular interests can be taken into consideration with a guide as well without having to see sights that may not be as interesting to you but are included in a standard tour.  It is why I do mostly Private Customized Tours to my customer’s special interests.  One must also know that guides MUST have a Special Permit issued by the government which shows they have had special training in guiding tourists.  It is illegal to act as a guide for tourists without this permit and the guide can be arrested and you left holding the bag so to speak.  For more information on guides email me at interlak@eskimo.com   My name is Dave and I am always glad to help.  Guide-and-Driverimage15Group-LectureGuides-and-Tipping

50% OFF on Yangtze River Cruise

If you book a Yangtze River Cruise by April 1st with at least a 10 day China Tour customized to your interests, you will receive the cruise at 50% off.  Just mention that you want the 50% off deal on the Yangtze River Cruise.  Note we use the 5 Star Century Cruise Line  www.centuryrivercruises.com   Booking must be completed by April 1st with the sailing date completed by Oct. 31st.    We do customized private tours to your special interests and whether it is a budget tour or a deluxe tour.  All receive the same professional tour plan.  You should be able to see and do what you are interested in rather than a stock tour with general interests.  Contact us for details.  My friends call me “China Dave” and you can email me at   interlak@eskimo.com  We have been here in Seattle for 26 years doing Tours To China.  Ask us for a list of references of people you may contact about their tours and our services.  We are rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.   We look forward to planning a tour just for you. Yangshuo Resort0003dadnpandasabout100

China – Many Cultures in One Country

China is like a tour of many countries with over 57 different cultures within its borders.  Each has their own dress, language and unique customs.  Over 90% are Han Chinese which we often think of as the typical Chinese.  Same as when people refer to us as Americans.  I answer, “What does an American look like?”   We Americans are of many races and cultures as well.  There are many different cultures in south China between Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi provinces to visit with many just miles apart.  Far western China is the home to many different cultures as well often mistaken for middle                              (continued below photos)ShowsKashgar0001Facing-Potala-Palace_07Cloisonne0001Shi-Mao-Ting-or-SherryMs.-LiMusuo-Nancys-China-2012-497General-Chinaeastern people.  Tibet has several cultures too.  Only 1/3rd of the Tibetans live within the Tibetan borders.  The others live in North India, and the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai.  During the late fall many Tibetan tribal people come to Lhasa to trade their goods and buy needed supplies for the year.   Left over money after selling their goods and buying supplies is often spent on having a good time before returning to their homes in the remote areas of Tibet.  After travelling throughout China and Tibet for the past 25 years I have learned to appreciate the wonders of an ancient culture that continues to fascinate me over and over again.  Friendly people, great food, ancient cultures and modern China is all in one country to visit.  We specialize in showing you your special interests with customized private tours to your needs and requests.

Yangtze River Cruise

One of the best cruises in the world is the Yangtze River cruise.  Not a long cruise, one lasting about 4 days but one of the most beautiful river cruises in a very historic and interesting country.  The 3 Gorges are fantastic and the side trips off the boat the same.   The Yangtze river is very smooth and one hardly realizes they are really sailing.  Going through the Largest Locks in the world and then visiting them on land is something to be remembered.  There are many ship lines on the river however one needs to be very careful which line they choose.  Some are not as clean as they should be and if the cost is very cheap, there is a reason for that.  A top choice line is not that much more but the comforts and amendments are important for a memorable cruise.  I represent the Century Line with new ships, great food and activities of all kinds including some off ship sightseeing and evening shows all included.  To check them out go to www.centuryrivercruises.com    I have special prices for you when booking a land tour of 10 days or more.  For more information contact us at www.interlakechinatours.com    My name is Dave and we have over 25 years experience in China travel and rated A+ by the BBB of Seattle. Yangshuo Resort0003