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Number of Reviews: 16 Overall score: *****
Great Wall, China
Review posted by Deanne Hutchinson
***** Written

Pandas and warriors

This was an excellent trip, well organised, well thought out, with travel times between destinations allowing for enough time to fully appreciate the experience. Our guide (Dennis) was exceptional, passionate about his country, it's history, it's politics, it's culture, and clealry enjoyed emersing us in our experiences. The children had a fantastic time discovering a new culture and ways of living, they learnt to speak some chinese, tried new foods that they would never dream of trying at home, and learnt to appreciate thier own culture a lifestyle.
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Great Wall, China
Review posted by Elizabeth Poe
***** Written

Pandas and Warrioirs

Excellent trip and highly recommended. It would be impossible to see and do as much as we did within the time scale if you were an independent traveller in china. It's an intense journey full of noise , smells and colours. We left with so many wonderful memories and it's a journey that will never be forgotten.
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Great Wall, China
Review posted by Brian Adams
***** Written

Pandas & Warriors

This was a fantastic introduction to the ‘highlights’ of this fascinating and ancient country leaving us all with life long memories. The schedule can be a bit hectic, too hectic for some possibly. There were lots of early starts and a lot of travelling, but certainly our group were really prepared to go the extra mile to fit everything in, including being first in the queue for the Terracotta Army and on the Great Wall at 4-30 am! China as we know is a rapidly changing country. The increased urbanisation and the rising affluence means that the cities are very busy and the tourist attractions are packed with ‘local’ tourists. This is something that we were not prepared for. We felt in the end that it was just part of the China experience. With our guides help, using public transport in the big cities was easy and cheap. Although beautiful and fascinating in parts, we found the Shaolin Monastery disappointing. The Kung Fu show as tacky and ‘Butlinesque’ however Shaolin had been one of the things that attracted us to the trip. In the afternoon we did visit a Kung Fu school which was much more interesting. Seeing the sheer scale of the these schools with their thousands of Bruce Lee wanabees was astonishing.
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Great Wall, China
Review posted by Pippa Hyde
***** Written

A fascinating trip

An illuminating and often astonishing introduction to a populous, exponentially developing, hugely impressive but also contradictory country. A week after coming home, I am still processing the experiences and thinking about everything we saw.
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Great Wall, China
***** Written

PANDAS & WARRIORS

A wonderful adventure! We really got a good feel for how modern China is developing (William was very informative and honest). It was inspiring to find that the Chinese are so proud of their country's past and present acheivements (their perceivement of it anyway). It was wonderful to see the elderly in the parks enjoying themselves and their friendliness was unexpected. I have taken home a great respect for Chinese people and their traditions. 
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Great Wall, China
***** Written

PANDAS & WARRIORS FAMILY HOLIDAY

A great trip with a real insight into everyday life in China.  We enjoyed the variety of activities from sunrise on the Great Wall to the cooking school, panda hug and market shopping.  Generally the hotels were of a good standard and the food great.
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Great Wall, China
***** Written

PANDAS & WARRIORS FAMILY HOLIDAY

Exciting country, a great way to learn about a different way of living, excellent mix of culture, activity and "local" colour. Enjoyed greatly by the whole family, including 2 teenagers!
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Great Wall, China
***** Written

PANDAS & WARRIORS FAMILY HOLIDAY

The itinerary was fantastic. China is a big country and the travel can be a bit hectic at times. Most of the locations were generally well chosen. The Shaolin temple was distasteful and tacky. It was nothing like what we had imagined and an overnight train journey to see it ,seemed so unecessary in the end.Totally avoidable and Exodus should probably remove it from the itinerary/replace it. Yangshuo was the absolute highlight. What a beautiful place! The Panda Reserve at Chengdu was another disappointment, but something unavoidable ,as the children do look forward to it.Hong-kong was quite a 'sterile' place generally except for the giant Buddha on Lantau Island.Immigration into Hong-kong was a nightmare and very stressful.Michael,our guide was absolutely great,very helpful,sociable and generally very friendly.The children enjoyed each other's company and had a great time together.  We saw most of the highlights of China and it was a great educational experience for the children. They made lots of new friends as did the adults.
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