I loved finally seeing the Great Wall and enjoyed the lengthy time we spent walking along it. There were very few people on the wall despite being a busy Chinese holiday. We took a cable car up walked up to Tower 21 and back down to Tower 6..where we took the toboggan down to lunch!
I loved the bamboo rafting esp when we went over the mini waterfalls!! The first raft ride involved noisy outboard motors which although took us along a scenic route the quieter pole pushed bamboo ride the next day was much more as I had expected.
I enjoyed the cycle rides along the city wall in Xian and through the rice field to Moon Hill.
The cooking class was fantastic..now I know why my sitr frys never tasted as good as they smelt!!
Spending time with my husband and holding hands whilst we cycled the wall in X'ian.
Do the bamboo river ride with poles not the out board motor.
Do the sight seeing on/ off bus in Shanghi..the info via the headphones is great.
Do the river cruise in Shanghi at night...breathtaking
Do the night market in Beijing to try deep fried scorpions (no I didn't but you could!!)
Cocktalls at sunset in the Grand Hyatt (ok it was a bit foggy but great to see the night lights coming on over Shanghi)
Do take a river boat ride in Tongli.
We sadly missed the chance to see the terrace fields which was not mentioned or offered as a day trip in Yangshoo, early start at 07 30, great 'rice' experience according to some other travellers who took it.
Hotel in Tongli was beautiful but needs to be reviewed from house keeping point of view big time!!
Exodus could review the bus/transport used ok for me with little legs but very uncomfortable for most esp with luggage crammed on. This has been mentioned previously so would have expected it to be sorted out by now.
Everyone we met was friendly and a polite repeated no, smile and no eye contact seemed to put off hawkers etc. I did not find them a problem.
Go with an open mind, learn hello, thank you, and ice cold beer please, add an extra 100 pounds to the optional extras and have a fabulous holiday!!
Well done Exodus!