I am amazed at how Islam has managed to flourish in China and appreciate the opportunity of being able to visit your country and experience its wonderful history through your efforts. Both Musa (Beijing) and Grace (Xian) were exceptionally knowledgeable and had a wealth of information to share with us, which was especially beneficial to my son who is studying Chinese history in university. Musa is a pleasant, patient and kind man who goes out of his way to make your trip enjoyable. He is an example to us all of how a Muslim should be. Grace is a professional and takes pride in her work and her country. She was patient and respectful of the time we took to pray.
While returning with a wealth of knowledge and a few kilos heavier from the wonderful food, we also had a few kilos extra from unscheduled pit stops for Chinese medicine, silk, etc. I am hoping the medicine will work and we will be healthier in a few months, but to give credit where it is due, they were able to pinpoint some medical conditions that we had. It was interesting to see how silk, jade, Chinese tea is made, etc. but we weren’t prepared for the sales pitches each time. Perhaps the tour guides can let you know in advance what to expect and which one you would be interested in, etc. All the restaurants we went to were excellent and it will be hard to find Chinese food as delicious as they were. The hotel in Beijing was cozy but the breakfast was disappointing as we expected something special from a halal restaurant. The drivers were excellent and deserve medals for their patience and driving skills in Beijing; and although they didn’t speak English, they were very friendly.
Overall, we had a wonderful trip even though the temperature was below zero. We thank you all for your efforts and for making it possible for Muslims to enjoy your country. We are already telling our friends all about it and will be happy to refer them to you. May ALLAH bless you and your families!