Judy was truly indispensable into making this trip so memorable.
Initially we were going to just spend time in Dalian, visiting a relative that works in the city. Nothing special, we were probably just going to be taken out here and there. As long as we got to spend time to the person we came all the way out there to see, we would be happy and satisfied. Two months before the trip through, my brother in law decided to join us, and was asking to be taken to different places outside of Dalian. I probably spent a day or two looking for guides and tours online, reading reviews and everything in between before finally deciding to take a chance on Judy and we are really glad we did.
First of all Judy is amazing. Quick to respond and answer questions, she was able to flesh out our plans into something more coherent and enjoyable. She took the initiative to look at train schedules in advance, give guidance on how much time the traveling will actually take, and make sure we had transportation from our hotel to the train station and vice versa. With her advise I was able to book everything online and we were ready to go.
Our first day of private tours set up by Judy we met Zoe, who was just the best person. Very kind and easy to talk to, her along with the driver made sure we had a great time visiting the Red Beach at Panjin. We requested local restaurants and they took us to this seafood place that probably had the best fish i've ever eaten. Zoe was very considerate and made sure we even caught our train to the next destination before leaving. Oh yeah, that first driver from Dalian that made sure we caught the train to Panjin properly, we would have missed the train if it wasn't for him. He went beyond what I thought he should have done, very grateful.
The second day we visited the Shanghai pass in Qinhuangdao. We met Jason this time, and he was so kind a just a wealth of knowledge. Again, easy to get along with and attentive to our needs, Jason and the driver really made it a great day. We got to visit the Wall of China in that section and learned a lot of history as well, with Jason translating a lot of the history on the walls as well as adding additional perspectives. Jason like Zoe, made sure we caught our train properly. It was a good two days, one full of nature and another full of history, a great mix.
During all this time I was in constant communication with Judy, and I am only too grateful that she was able to accommodate all my last minute requests. Sometimes, you can't just plan everything out and it turned out we needed a couple more private drivers to some of our destinations. Judy made these last minute arrangements painless and overall helped the entire trip go wonderfully for everyone involved. There wasn't a moment of stress on the trip because of her help.
Anyways that's it. Had a wonderful time and it couldn't have been done without Judy, Zoe, Jason, and the wonderful drivers that were involved in our trip! ^_^