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It was one year ago today that we left on our fabulous 16 day China trip. We have so many wonderful memories from that 2 weeks. We still talk about all the things we saw, the people we met, the kind, funny guides in each city, and all the food we ate! I wanted to extend another thank you to you and Lotus travel for making it truly a dream trip that we will always remember.
2011--Vietnam--here we come!!
Fondly, Lisa Bara

Guilin Photo Gallery

We had a wonderful time and lots of great family memories. First we have told others that Lotus was excellent and we would go with them again in a heart beat. We've even talked about wanting to take the girls back the summer before their senior year in high school. It is hard to pick all the highlights, but we would all say that one of our favorite parts of the trip was going to Xian, seeing the Terracotta Warriors and bike riding on the city wall. That was a lot of fun. Every place we went had its own uniqueness. The orphanage visits were very special. Hallee did see her "nanny" and was able to eat lunch with her. We are extremely grateful to Lotus Travel for connecting us with her. We brought a photo album for the nanny and got lots of pictures. The same orphanage director was there as was 5 yrs ago and we also were able to feed the babies. There were lots of tears on our part. We also met the two ladies who brought Hallee to the orphanage and we got their pictures. At Julee's orphanage we met up with the same guide we had 7 years ago. We also met one of Julee's teachers. The orphanage had a banner for her with "Welcome back Xianyi". They treated her royally and even presented her with a beautiful porcelain vase. We do want to thank you for helping us make this a very memorable trip for our family. It was such a pleasure to work with both Marie and Sunny at Lotus. While in China we had great accommodations, guides, food and tours. Any glitches were taken care of. We have highly recommended you to our friends. A BIG THANK YOU AGAIN!
- The Zinck Familyl

“Off Path”  &  2nd or 3rd Return Trips

We can help you explore beyond the traditional spots and experience a real “slice of life” during your visit to China!    We’ll arrange travel to several of the lesser-known location “gems” of China. These trips offer ideal locales to experience the variety and vibrancy of China. Your family can volunteer together if desired. You can get closer to daily life in China.  Choose to make your trip count for the most. Interested? Email Louie@lotustours.net

Guilin, Longsheng, SanJiang, Zhaoxing, Congjiang, Rongjiang, Kaili, Guiyang

After you relax with the beauty of the karst landscapes surrounding you in Guilin and Yangshou and adjust to your surroundings, you will get to hike the Longshen terraces and  explore the Dong minority with its flower bridges, drum towers and uniquely beautiful singing.  As you visit  Zhaoxing, known as the “land of festivals” and the cradle of ancient music, you can relax as you revel in the culture of this region.  Continue on to the remote beauty and visit a local Miao family noted for making Lusheng (bamboo reed pipe) and enjoy a dinner made with Miao people's cuisine, sour soup fish in hotpot.

Chengdu,JiuZhaiGou,Mt. Leshan, Mt. EMei,Xian,Mt. Hua Shan

Enjoy relaxation in one of the tea houses in Chengdu, which is known for its city parks and relaxed urban life, as well as being home to the world famouse pandas.  You will also explore the “Yellowstone” of China when you visit JiuzhaiGou and take a peek at Huanglong, famous for its colorful lakes, snow-capped peaks, glaciers, mountain landscape, diverse forest ecosystems, waterfall and hot springs.  You will see the world’s largest stone Buddha and will see the Mt. Ermei, which majestic cliffs, deep valleys, flying waterfalls, sea cloud and verdant forests, which is referred to as  'a beauty spot under heaven' by Chinese people.

Shanghai,Suzhou,Mt. Huangshan,Hangzhou
Though you begin this trip in the metropolis of Shanghai, e will visit two different worlds on this trip through China.  While you will get to experience both modern Shanghai and old town Shanghai, you will also get to explore the beautiful mountaintop experience as you stay at a luxury hotel at the top of the amazing Huangshan Mountain, with its grand vistas and sunrise observation deck. This tour also takes you to explore "China's most beautiful village" of Wuyuan and allows you time to explore the ancient water cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou, also called the “Venice of the East.”   It’s a trip that will take you to many places that you will appreciate, and  many others may not expect to see while visiting China.  It’s an amazing trip with breath-taking vistas and visits to quaint cities and local residences.
Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Urumqi, Turpan
You can retrace some of the path, known as the “Silk Road” on this journey. You will also get to explore the rarely visited JiaYuGuan Fortress of the Great Wall, which is fortress was considered to be both the western tip of the Great Wall and the western boundary of the Chinese empire. We will take you further into exploration as you visit the Dunhuang Museum, which displays exquisite Buddhist art and manuscripts and historical connection to the passage of numerous monks who traveled the Silk Road. In this unique and arid countryside, you will get to visit the “Singing Sand Dunes” of Dunghuang before you stop and visit the Lake of Heaven in Urumqui. Yes, this is an “off path” trip for those interested in exploring cultural roots.
Beijing, Xian, Wuhan, Guangzhou

After visiting the cultural hot spots of Beijing, and taking it all in, relax and enjoy a family "home-stay" in Wuhan, language lessons, and learn traditional Kung Fu as you get off the "beaten path" for a while. This "camp" style tour offers it all!! In a few weeks, you can visit major sites of China, do some "summer camp" activities and spend time living with a middle class Chinese family.

Beijing, Xian, Mt. WuDang, YiChang, Yangtze River Cruise, Chongqing, Guangzhou
You can explore the cultural icons in Beijing, and also take a cruise along the famed Yangtze River after you pay your respects at the ZiXiao Temple where you can learn taichi shadow boxing, also known as WuDang Kung Fu.  After learning this skill on this trip, you will also visit the treasure trove of Xian’s Ancient Warriors and Horses Museum, which houses the largest excavation project that is also a World Heritage UNESCO site.  On your cruise the famed Yangtze River you will also choose your excursions such as one to Daning River with its excitement and awe of bygone days of river travel in China via pole cane propelled boats
Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Chengdu
This trip is one you may have dreamt about and it is not for the faint of heart as you travel to Tibet and to elevations of roughly 15,000 feet above sea level!! Enjoy key sites of multiple ethnic and minority groups. Visit Lijiang, Shangri-La, Tibet and take in the local flavor of these unspoiled areas in outermost regions of China. Visit the home of a local Tibetan family and enjoy a tea-drinking ceremony. Visit the most recognizable Tibetan symbol—the Potala Palace. Have your best camera along – this is clearly a trip of a lifetime!

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