A brilliant experience, made all the better with excellent travel companions and Kevin, a superb leader.My eyes could not believe it sometimes. It has said before, but it is so awesome to see that snaking Wall, before you and after you.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The sunset at Gubeikou, we only had a short time, I did take a photo on the way up, beautiful, just as well, the sun beat us to it. a 2nd chance the next day, but cloudy.
I also added the Ix'an extension, absolutely worth it. The sight of those tombs!
- What did you think of your group leader?
Kevin. An absolute diamond of a man. Nothing was too much trouble. he was always there with ideas and help.
On my free day after Beijing, I wanted to visit the Summer Palace. He arranged a taxi to collect me, make sure I knew directions for the subway home, maps etc. Catostrophe, the driver was involved in an accident, so, although on his day off, Kevin, phoned the hotel, got reception to message me, got me sorted with another driver etc. I had a wonderful day there, getting back in time to join my 4 fellow travellers for the Ix'an extension.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Go with the flow. The notes are absolutely correct. some accomadation is very basic, the first night on the Wall, especially, but the food was excellent. Take your wipes and sanitizer for sure. Quite cold too at night.
Be prepared for their version of a wet room! just wet everywhere. Your loo too.
That is, if it is not a squat one. start learning.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Again, my praise for Kevin. I had unfortunatly sustained an injury in my getting fit/prepared for the trek, so all fitness preparation had to be curtailed, say around 8 weeks before departure. So, I was poleaxed after the 2nd day. Kevin made sure I was OK all the time. Helping and assisting, as he did with the others in the group that required it. I decided to dip out on the second long day trek, my legs were just not responding, but again Kevin got me sorted. I was escorted by the coach driver to the end point, checked in and shown where I could walk at my leisure, this was at Jinshanling. another beautiful landscape. It rained and stormed here, the worst weather we experienced, but just showing what the country has to offer you.
Experience Fire Water, if only once. You are embracing China's drink. As a group we did it proud!