I teach a class here in Seattle on Saturdays one day a quarter on Travel in China. As a tour operator I understand how difficult it is to compare tours and find out which one is the best value as well as a good tour. Travel is expensive today so most people want to compare tours but many people really do not understand the difference in costs. Hotels in the central area are best for tourists so they can freely walk around and see sights during their free time. Some tour companies put people either in the suburbs or neighborhoods outside the central area which are cheaper but very inconvenient as you must take a taxi every time you want to leave. The cost difference and time spent is not worth the savings but it makes the tour company look good with the lower cost. The best way to compare tours is contacting the tour company and asking for a reference list of former customers so you can get an independent assessment of their tours. You get what you pay for in China. There are deluxe tours and budget tours and your budget needs to be met as well. 5 star hotels have a wide range in China in costs. The best values are 4 star hotels. Within the hotels there are rooms usually at 4 or 5 different levels in cost. Tour operators generally book the cheapest of course unless you are on a private tour and request a Superior or Deluxe room. For more information contact us with your questions. We are always glad to give you advice whether you are a customer or not. Email me at email@example.com Our web site is www.interlakechinatours.com Our 25th Year of China only.