This holiday was a superb introduction to China, cleverly geared to engage adults and teenagers alike. The famous sights were all covered, but simply walking down a street or making a journey was equally rewarding. The holiday oozed experiences, but was perfectly paced so that maximum enjoyment could be achieved without it being over tiring.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
This holiday is so full of highlights it is almost impossible to select a single outstanding experience.
Trekking on the Great Wall; although this is one of the must-see sights of the world, it succeeded in surpassing our expectations. It was a really good choice that Exodus made to take us to Simatai – we didn’t see another soul until we reached the reconstructed part of the wall.
Cycling the city wall in Xi’an was fantastic and later bartering in the Muslim Quarter was a fun experience not to be missed.
The whole of the time spent at Yangshuo was out of this world, from the uniquely special scenery to the cookery school to the cycling and calligraphy, cormorant fishing, the water show, local market, etc.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Mark was invaluable. His patience, knowledge, humour, caring attitude and stamina were exceptional. He could not have done more to make the trip more enjoyable or easier. He regularly went out of his way to help even with things not directly related to the trip. He ensured that every single person in the group had maximum enjoyment for the whole 16 days. A measure of the impact he had on us all was the lack of a dry eye when we had to wave goodbye to him at Hong Kong airport at the end of the trip.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Don’t have any reservations about the food. Trust your guide and it will be outstanding. The food was, almost without exception, fresh, tasty and delicious and everyone became remarkably adept at using chopsticks in no time at all!
Travel light. Many transfers were part and parcel of experiencing so many highlights. If you become short of clothing it is really cheap to pick up a t-shirt etc anywhere in China, and when you get to Yangshuo laundry is extremely cheap.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
The sights and experiences we had on this trip will stay with us forever be we parent or teenager. The contrast of the simplicity of life in the rural areas to the cosmopolitan affluence we saw in Hong Kong was remarkable and added a depth to the holiday that in future years may not be so apparent.
We seemed to travel by every mode of transport known to man apart from a submarine and this just heightened the experience even more.
We travelled with a great group of people and there was not a bored teenager amongst us!
We unreservedly recommend this holiday.