We booked a tour to Shanghai, Tai'shan, and Beijing, including the incredible Great Wall, through China Focus. The middle portion of the trip had us stopping at the Tai'shan Hotel. As a previous traveler in our party noted in their review, the bathrooms in our rooms were covered with large streaks of balck mold, the bed mattress was very uncomfortable, and a gaping hole in the wall existed behind the table separating the two beds in the room. See the attached photos. This hole showed bare wires and possibly made the room accessible to vermin.
The restaurant featured filthy table cloths and the rugs in the hotel were also filthy. China Focus explicitly states in their ad for our tour that you will only stay in the equivalent of 4 or 5 stars BY AMERICAN STANDARDS. This hotel doesn't rate anything but a condemned rating
Another warning to travelers who want to take the Bullet Train, there is no room for luggage that won't fir in the overhead of an ordinary airliner. As a result of this we lost access to our main luggage for almost four days because it had to be sent on a normal train. The Bullet Train is quite remarkable, clean, and smooth as silk even at 183 mph!
While ultimately we got China Focus to return $125 of the approximate $900 we spent when pro-rated, they were very disingenuous in their replies, and basically failed to acknowledge our complaints instead of acknowledging what we were saying.
My advice - don't use China Focus, and go see the Terra-cotta soldiers instead of wasting your precious time in Tian'shan.
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