A great introduction to a wonderful and varied country. A mixture of old and new, accompanied by a fantastic group of people.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
My “I can’t believe I’m here” moment was on the Great Wall (and on returning to the UK, I still look at my shoes and think to myself “wow, these shoes have walked on the Great Wall of China”!!). The holiday provided many other highlights, particularly the terracotta warriors, the cookery class in Yangshuo and the bamboo raft ride along the River Li. Oh yes, and my first experience of Tai Chi on a very early and wet morning.
- What did you think of your group leader?
“Charlie’s Group” couldn’t have been in better hands. Charlie was well organised and informative and looked after us from start to finish.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
I would suggest adding a couple of days onto the holiday to wind down a little and to see more of Hong Kong (or at least a day or two at home before heading back to work!). As the length of the holiday was relatively short for such a vast country, the itinerary was packed with very little relaxation. This was fine as I knew this would be the case, but a day or two to recharge the batteries before heading home would have been welcome.
Also, a suitcase on wheels would have been really useful when walking to catch the overnight trains and the ferry to Guangzhou. The length of walk to each was not long, but would have been easier if I could have wheeled along a case behind me!
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Could I suggest to Exodus that instead of visiting the cave near Yangshuo, the nearby rice terraces (which we saw advertised at the cave) are included on the itinerary. The terraces provide the classic snapshot of Chinese countryside and several of us exclaimed as we left the cave that we would have preferred this as an alternative.
Finally, if you buy a Chairman Mao watch from a street trader in Tiananmen Square, don’t expect it work for more than 5 minutes!