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  • Reviewed March 2019
    Graham and Celia Bryan

    What's wild about Yunnan

    As a first visit to China, this trip is perfect. There's not much about it that is 'wild' - it seems that everything in China has been turned into an amenity and is carefully managed and controlled as part of a growing tourist industry. So if you're looking for untouched natural environments this isn't the trip for you. The local ethnic minorities are still holding onto their culture and this contrasts with the vibrant modernity of the cities. The food is very much part of the experience! We had just 8 clients in our group which was perfect. What the experience would be like with 16 is difficult to imagine.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Extending the trip to visit the Giant Panda Centre is well worth while. Truly iconic animals - adored by the Chinese. The grandeur of Tiger Leaping Gorge is worth experiencing. The rice terraces of Yuanyang are a full-blown, carefully managed tourist experience which is rather curious and detracts somewhat from the authenticity. However, if you 'go with the flow' they are well worth seeing! The architecture and cultural sites visited are all very interesting.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was charming. He spoke good English and was good-humoured throughout. He was sensitive to the needs of clients in the group and willing to engage in conversations about Chinese history and culture.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go to China with an open mind. It is was it is - changing fast! If you want to see something of China but don't want to do the 'usual' tourist high-lights, this is an excellent trip. We came back feeling we had learned a lot and have a better 'handle' on Chinese culture and history. It's a busy trip with some very long drives, so not for the 'faint-hearted'. We went end of February and the first week of the trip was pretty cold, so go prepared. We stayed off-line throughout: go on - be brave - it's such fun just watching the Chinese obsession with their smart phones instead!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you Exodus for adding another trip to your 'portfolio'.
  • Reviewed June 2018

    Highly recommended. Fantastic scenery, culture and food!

    I was blown away by the variety of this trip, from the sheer walls of Tiger Leaping Gorge which we did a day trek through (not many companies offer this), to the historic towns of Dali and Lijiang, the UNESCO rice terraces stretching to the horizon in Yuangyang Country, and contemporary Kunming. I was expecting grand scenery but the unexpected highlights for me were the people and the food - we met people from at least five different ethnic minority groups, dressed in their traditional clothes. Visiting the local markets was an experience and a half, the noise, smells and hustle and bustle - just nice seeing people going about their daily life. The food was incredible - lots of fresh produce, different delicacies as you move from north to south Yunnan. I was also impressed by the quality of the hotels - some were modern international properties but we also stayed in some beautiful historic hotels full of rustic charm too, and all were centrally located.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many to list! If I had to pick.. probably an unplanned visit the local market in Yuangyang Country.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader (Leon) was exceptional - he was highly efficient and organised - nothing was too much trouble. His personality came out more and more as the trip went on and he had us all in stitches (not always intentionally I don't think) as he took to the microphone on the bus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take some warm clothing for the evenings.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Gillian and Donald Wilson

    Wild Yunnan

    Thanks to our fantastic guide, Jane, we had a real insight into the culture and history of Yunnan. She filled our days (completely!) with a taste of real life. Tiger Leaping Gorge was not so intimidating as we had thought, no particular narrow paths or sheer drops to worry about. Part of the hike was blocked, but Jane took us on an exhilarating walk from our guest house down to the river below. The cities of Dali and Jianshui were very interesting and we all enjoyed these very much, and of course the sureal scenery of the rice terraces, and meeting freindly locals in their villages. Food was excellent, lots of fresh unusual vegetables, and such a variety...we ate very well. All in all a fabulous trip, full of variey and interest all the way through, and definately recommended.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking through the rice terraces and the villages, and also Tiger Leaping Gorge and watching the sun go down from the terrace on Tina's Guest House.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent, passionate and enthusiastic about her country, very knowledgeable, loved to take us to various markets and to sample lots of different and unusual foods.She had a good rapport with the locals and ourselves, and we enjoyed her company.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In Dali we tried to change Stirling in a bank, but could only do this if we opened and account...not sure if this is the case thoughout the province, so would suggest changing at the airports or hotels where this facility is available. ATMs are numerous, but we did not use them as we had stirling with us.
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