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Number of Reviews: 18 Overall score: *****
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Pandas & Warriors

Pandas and Warriors

4
Well organized and enabled us to see a lot of Chinese highlights in two week. It did involve a lot of travel, which we knew beforehand on several days. We were lucky with a very compatible group (all boys of similar ages).
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Pandas & Warriors

Pandas and Warriors

5
We really couldn't fault this trip. The itinerary was a great mix of physical (Great Wall, cycling and then climbing Moon Hill in Yangshuo), history (Terracotta Army, Longmen caves), cultural (calligraphy, cooking lesson, kung fu), wildlife (pandas), and a mix of urban/rural. We used different modes of transport (flight, bullet train, overnight sleeper, bus) so the journeys were fun as well. The pace was just right - busy enough that you felt you were making the most of the time in China, but not frantic by any means. And, a great balance between organised activities and 'free time' when families could do their own thing. Above all, the success of the trip was because of our tour leader, Jing, who was absolutely amazing. (Jing also arranged specialist guides for Terracotta Army, cycling in Yangshuo, cooking - and these were all great as well.)
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Pandas and warriors

5
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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Pandas and Warrioirs

5
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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Pandas & Warriors

5
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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A fascinating trip

5
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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Pandas & Warriors

PANDAS & WARRIORS

5
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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PANDAS & WARRIORS FAMILY HOLIDAY

4
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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