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Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings.
This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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This trip has a packed itinerary and takes in several of China's most well-known sites. If you enjoy sightseeing and have an interest in Chinese history, culture and scenery then I would certainly recommend it. You should be prepared for some days where there is a lot of travel and also for some early starts, but they are included for a good reason (e.g. to see the pandas early while they are still awake, get to the Great Wall before large crowds of other visitors turn up etc.). With China having so much to offer you can't possibly see everything in the time available, but I felt that the organisers had made excellent use of the time and it's hard to imagine that we could have done a lot more than we did. As well as the main itinerary there are also a number of excellent optional shows and activities for those who want to experience even more!
It's hard to pick out one specific item that was the best, but for me the highlights included seeing the Great Wall at first hand, the Summer Palace in Beijing, Xian walls and Great Mosque, seeing the giant pandas so close, and cycling/boating while surrounded by the stunning scenery around Yangshuo. Also, if you get the chance, see the Shanghai acrobat show- it's awesome!
Our group leader, Kris (Chris?) was excellent. As well as being well-organised, ensuring we were all ready when we needed to be and dealing with any problems or complications that we encountered, she was also full of interesting information about the various places we visited. She also made sure that at mealtimes my girlfriend, who was the only vegetarian among us, always had something she could eat. She certainly enhanced my enjoyment of the trip.
Make sure you bring some imodium because there is a good chance of getting an upset stomach at some point. Chinese trains have hot water dispensers, so it's also worth bringing a plastic cup/beaker for tea/coffee. I'd read up a bit on China and Chinese history before the trip, and I found it enhanced my enjoyment because I had a better understanding of what we saw.
I'd been wanting to go to China for years when I booked this trip so by the time I actually went I was a little apprehensive that with such high expectations I might end up being disappointed. I wasn't. I'd certainly recommend the trip and on the basis of it I'd very much like to go back to China again.
This tour was very comprehensive, taking in many of China's top sites. This does mean alot of travelling between points but what you see definitely makes up for that. The hightlight for me in Beijing was the Great Wall appearing on a steep ridge. Onto Xian the scale and individual details of the Terracotta Warriers amazed everyone. Seeing the Giant Panda's so close and active by being first visitors of the day was brilliant. This is busy trip with optional shows in the evenings and stunning Yangshou a chance to improve your Cooking, Cycling and Calligraphy skills!
Crusing down the Yangtse surrounded by mighty cliffs, the excursion on smaller boats up the side gorges ending up being rowed in wooden boats was an adventure
Chris (Christened Panda by the group) was fantastic with 15 years experience she made the sometimes complex journey on trip smooth
Bring a robust cup for overnight trains (there are 3) and a wheeled case as China's stations are big and in the centre of cities often a trek to the bus. If your a big city fan think of booking additional sites in Shanghai to relax after the trip.
My 17 year old son and I thoroughly enjoyed our holiday to China. Over 20 days we visited most of the principal attractions of the country. The accommodation was good, the food was great and we had a very busy and active holiday together with the chance to have a rest and complete break too.
I really enjoyed cycling and then walking up to Moon Hill near Yangshuo because we travelled as a small group of five with our guide through rural China rather than being in a big City or town all of the time.
We walked up to the Great Wall and cycled the city walls of Xian (although this was not compulspory).
William did a very good job of keeping us all to schedule, locating our transport, making sure we didn't get lost. His greatest contribution was almost certainly ordering delicious meals for us twice a day. (He only ordered the belly pork once).
I didn't need to use my sheet sleeping bag on the overnight trains- we had clean laundry on all three nights. There was a towel in every hotel, the only place we didn't have a towel was on the trains. The food was great, plentiful and cheap- they have lots of KFC, Haagen Daas and MacDonalds if you really can't cope with Chinese cuisine every day. The breakfasts were the most mediocre but did include bacon, eggs, toast and other western style dishes. The raincoat I took with me was surplus to requirements- it was August and hot every day and everywhere- there were a couple of thunderstorms which we narrowly missed. Get used to the idea of "squat" toilets, you will need to use one at some point.
I was attracted to the holiday by the prospect of seeing the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors and the Forbidden Palace.
I've never done a cruise before and the cruise was a real revelation to me. The staff were really friendly and organised some great parties. The tour of the Three Gorges Dam was really impressive, but not something I had really expected to find quite so interesting.
Regulations have recently changed, meaning you now need additional supporting documentation in order to get your visa and confirm all arrrangements.
Full details of how to apply are in the Chinese Visa Information Sheet which comes with your original booking confirmation. Please read this carefully. If all your paperwork is in order, your visa normally comes back within a week or so, although you should allow up to 3 weeks to be on the safe side.
Joanna Zubr - China Operations
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