It was a great trip and we beleive we have seen much of China and experienced a totally different way of life. China has so many layers and so much to see if you go with an open mind and wide eyes.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Walking the Wall would have to be the most inspirational. To actually be there and see the wall wind its way across the ridges and high points of the mountains. Talking with the local people and hear the proud voices of thier country. Although this was the highlight its closely followed by the Terracotta Warriors, the pandas, Yangshuo with the spectacular rock formations. The lovely water village of Tong li and Beijing with the old and new blending in. Xian was lovely, especially riding around the wall.
- What did you think of your group leader?
William was the best. He ensured that we all got to see China worts and all. We were a large group and of varing levels of fitness and abilities and he went out of his way to ensure we all got to experience the wonders of China.
His knowledge of the places we went to was excellant and ensured that we got to taste the subtle differences from various areas.
I was lucky enough to have a birthday while on the trip and he went out of his way to make it a special day.
Noel needed a fuse and he was very helpful and went shopping for Noel, it was much appreciated.
His advcie on handling the crowds was spot on and with such a large group we believe he managed remarkable well, keeping us together and safe.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Take you time to look about yourself, its not all about the highlights but also about the local sights and what is happening for the Chinese people as they go about their business.
The gardens are different from what we are used to but we realised that you need to sit and ponder and look out from all angles and see the beauty.
Definetly take wet wipes, toliet paper and hand sanitizer. A sleeping bag liner is a must for the over night trains.
Limit the luggage as you need to tranport your own often. We were there Sept/Oct when is was warm and only need to dress lightly.
The laundries are cheap and we found this very handy when staying in hotels for a few nights. Because of the humidity it can be hard to get things dry.
Leave the shopping until Shanghai so you do not have to carry it but also because there are great bargains which William will show you.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
When you do this trip be prepared to be busy and have a reasonable level of fitness.
We did all of the side trips and thought it was worth every bit.
We would recommend William as a guide.
We still can not believe we have been to China a dream come true.