IMPERIAL CHINA & YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

Anyone going on this solo trip or thinking of doing so???

Debs38

Hi Sue

 Both myself and my friend James are going.  We are from the Bedford / Luton area. 

 Have you booked up yet?

 Debs

suelib

Hi, yes have booked up - very excited. Im from Surrey travelling on my own

Sue 

Debs38

Sue

Good to hear you are all booked up.  Last time I looked there was only about 3 places left.  Not sure if this is based on 12 or 16 though. 

Getting very excited too.  Can't wait!!  Just got to sort my visa and injections now :-)

 Debs X

suelib

Sorting my visa and injections too! I guess you fly from Luton? My flight is from Heathrow with a change in Copenhagen. Yes not many spaces left. the more the merrier!

Suex 

Debs38

We have japanese B done as well to be on the safe side, are you?  Damn expensive though!

We are also flying from Heathrow but we fly out on the Saturday night so arrive a day before everyone else.  We are also tagging on Hong Kong at the end of the tour.  Will be worn out by the end :-)

Yes, the more the merrier I agree. 

So how old are you and what do you do?  I'm 38 and a PA, James is 40 and works in engineering and robotics.

chat soon

Debs x

suelib

Not having Japanese B. Will just wrap up well and use lots of repellant! They recommended rabies vaccine to me! I'll stay away from dogs too!

Im 49 and an instrumental teacher (sax, clarinet).

When I was looking for a holiday my decisions went from 10 days to 2 weeks to 3 weeks, and I think 3 weeks will do it for me lol.Any longer and I just might not come back! Ive been to Hong Kong anyway so I am able to see more of China instead. 

Counting down the days

 Suex 

Debs38

Had my first Jap B, one more to go and a booster for Rabies.  Probably would have been okay without but decided to go ahead to put my mind at rest.  Injections will be costing more than the holiday at this rate :-)

We were originally going on a tour with Intrepid that included Hong Kong then realised the price didn't even include flights!  This Exodus trip includes much more on its itinerary, we can tag on Hong Kong ourselves and it works out cheaper than our original one overall.  Does mean being away from work for 24 days, but hey why not!!  :-)  If you are paying all that money for the flight it makes sense to try and do a longer trip I feel.  This Exodus tour also has soft berths, hotels and higher class on the boat journey, which I think will make a real difference.  Reckon its going to be a fantastic trip!  Can't wait.

Counting down the days too.

 See you soon!

 

Debs X

Polo

Hi Sue and Debs,

I have booked on the trip leaving in August too and my visa has just arrived back from the embassy.  I have just read through your postings and would like to add a couple of queries.

Are you guys going to take malaria pills?  It looks like 4 days of the trip are in a higher risk area.

Also, I am not sure what the best way to take money over there will be.  Have you made any decisions yet? 

Kate

Debs38

Hi Kate

 Just been speaking to my friend James about this and we have had conflicting stories.  I was told by my nurse that the high risk area was around the Guillin area and boat trip and to take tablets about 6 days before arriving there.  Then for 6 weeks after.  When James went to the travel clinic he was told that everywhere had a risk but much lower in some areas than others so he is taking them 2 weeks before flying out then one every 2 days when he is there.  Not sure what to believe, but looking at the map I would say its high risk like you say for at least 4 days so I am covering myself for that.   Not sure what Sue is doing, not sure what advice she received?

With regards to money not thought that much about it.  I read somewhere that dollars are easier to change.  Also that if you want to return any money you have to have the receipt you got it with to exchange it back.  I will probably take some currency and a few dollars, the rest I will get from the cash machine.  The tour rep will tell us which machines take UK cards.  I have a Halifax credit card that charges no fees to draw out money abroad.  How about you Sue what are you doing?

Hope this helps. 

 Debs x

Polo

Hi Debs

Thanks for getting back to me.  I think I am going to get some malarone to cover the few days we are in the higher risk area just to be on the safe side too. 

I need to sort out a credit card too that doesn't charge for withdrawals.  I need to look into that a bit more this week.

Thanks,

Kate

Debs38

No worries.  Just thought of another question, what kind of luggage is everyone taking.  Wheelie cases or backpack.  Not sure what will be easier?

 Thanks

 Debs x

suelib

Hi all. I havent been to my tracel clinic yet - I applied to them 9 weeks prior to the trip but can only see me at the end of July!!! I have some friends from China and Thailand and they say it is best to take malaria tablets as there is a small risk everywhere. If you have to take them 6 weeks after the trip it is better I think to take them for the entire trip. HOWEVER my family (without me :( ) went to China a couple of years ago to the same places we are going and they were advised they didnt need tablets at all. They went to 3 different doctors too!

 I have read uk money is ok out there but US dollars may be more exchangeable. I am taking some cash and English money and my debit card. 

I will be taking a wheelie - NOT carrying a back pack! 

Sue x 

Debs38

Thanks Sue.  

So many things to think of!  Hopefully we have covered everything :-)

 Chat soon

Debs X

Polo

Hi Sue,

I have been reading through the FAQs from the exodus staff that have been on the trip and they say a wheelie suitcase will be fine to take.  So I am definitely going with this option.

I had mixed advice from the travel clinic regarding malaria pills.  It looks like we will be in a high risk area for four days so I am just taking enough to cover this period. 

I am getting so excited about the trip. 

Kate 

Am also booked on this trip and now my visa has arrived am getting increasingly excited..

I have travelled with Exodus once before and found them very good.

I see lots of chat about malaria - for me I will just be taking some 50% DEET spray but individuals need to make whatever call they feel is the right one for them as no answer is 100% right or wrong.

I am on the group flight and will be travelling in from Oxford - perhaps we should all meet up for a coffee at the airport?

Cheers
Pete

Aniko

I am also travelling with you and have been reading your posts, thought I say hello. I will not be on the group flight but will meet you guys in Beijing.

Just one note on the luggage. Having read some posts of previous participants, it seems that there will be a lot of going up and down stairs at stations, getting on and off trains, the boat etc, so it might not be a bad idea to carry a rucksack instead a wheelie. I bought one with wheels so I can also pull it where possible. I seems very handy. I usually find it impossible to travel light, so I tried to find the best solution, I hope it works out well.

Less than a month to go, how exciting!

Polo

I am travelling up from Somerset and will be on the group flight too. 

Just finished ready Colin Thuburon's 'Behind the Wall'.  Would recommend it to you if you like travel writing.  He goes to a food market where they sell bags of kittens to eat!  It has made me wonder if I should say I am vegetarian for the trip!

Debs38

Hi Pete and Aniko

I'm travelling up the day before so won't be able to meet up at the airport.  Just got my visa through too.  Thank goodness got it back as the Chinese Embassy have changed everything and Exodus are issuing new letters.  What a nightmare!!  Hope everyone got theirs before the changeover.  

 I am taking malaria tablets but will also cover up.  Pete if you have been before what is the dresscode for the evenings?  I was going to take some combats, sleeveless tops and a couple of cotton casual dresses and perhaps something smarter for the opera if anyone goes?  Sorry a very girlie question!! 

Aniko like you say the rucksack has its advantages.  I think it will all be dependant on what I can fit in!  :-)

 Debs X

suelib

Hi all

Got my visa, jabs, (ouch), debit card sorted for China, malaria tabs prescription ( found Boots to be cheapest) - taking some in case! 

Clothes Debs - it will depend on what I find in the sales and what fits in my suitcase. Soemthing long to cover up in the evnings, something shorter for the day and something smarter in case. Nothing too flash!

Pete -  would be nice to meet up at the airport if thats possible .

Its getting closer

Sue 

Rosemarie

I’ll also be flying from Heathrow via Copenhagen.   My GP said I didn’t need malaria tablets, but then neither Yangshuo or Guilin is on the NHS fit for travel map of China!  I didn’t see mosquito nets over the beds in the Yangshuo hotel online so hopefully it won’t be that bad. 

It’d be nice to meet up at the airport.

Rosemarie  

Polo

Hi Pete, Sue and Rosemarie

It would be nice to meet up with you guys at the airport on Saturday 18th.  Do you know of a good meeting spot?

Kate

Debs38

Aniko

Thanks ever so much for the link, much appreciated. 

I don't know what everyone else is doing but I have made allowances for no laundry facilities all the way round (not sure we will have time) as the only time we stay long enough in one place i.e. more than one night in a hotel to use their laundry service is at the beginning and the end of the trip! 

Pete/Sue and Rosemarie - as flying out the day before will see you there!  Can't believe how near it is now :-)

 Debs X

Polo

Hi Guys

Are any of you taking hiking boots with you for the Great Wall and Mount Emei?

Thanks, Kate

 

 

Debs38

Hi Kate

Both me and my friend James are just taking trainers.  I know it mentions ankle support, but my boots are quite cumbersome and its a lot to cart around for 3 weeks just for 2 walks.  I can't believe the terrain will be that bad if tourists walk it all the time.  I hiked all around Oz just in walking sandals, but I guess its everyone personal preference.  Trainers will also be ideal if you hire a cycle in Yangshuo or Xian. 

Happy packing :-)

 Debs X

Polo

Thanks Debs - I was worried about the weight too.  Maybe I will just stick with trainers. 

I am getting so excited.  Only a few more days of work to go!

Best wishes, Kate x

Polo

Hi Guys

I have looked at a bar and restaurant map of Terminal 3 to try and find a good meet spot on Saturday,  if you would still like to meet up before our flight.  There is an O'Neills bar after security clearance, if that would suit you.  Any ideas of what time you would like to meet?

Thanks, Kate

 

suelib

Oneils sounds fine kate - i guess an hour or hour and a half before take off? How will we recognise each other? Sounds like a date lol

Polo

Hi Sue

I have a black and yellow rucksac and I will put my exodus travel tag on it and I will pop this on the seat.  I will try and get a table near the entrance if possible.  Is there something I can look out for to recognise you? 

Look forward to meeting you. Kate

Debs38

Aniko

Thank you again.  You are great at finding these links. 

Look forward to meeting you and the rest of the gang at the welcome dinner on Sunday.

Everybody have a safe journey and see you all soon.

Debs X

Hi Kate,  will also look out for you at O’Neills.   What an adventure we have install J

Rosemarie

I hope to arrive at Heathrow 2 hours before check-in (public transport permitting).  Not sure how long I’ll be at check-in, going through security (post the Olympics). I’ll look out for the yellow and black rucksack at O’Neill’s. No need to hang around for me if I’m delayed, I’ll probably spot the bag/you guys in the departure lounge. 

Polo

Great - look forward to meeting you all.  Safe travels, Kate

suelib

I will tie a black and red scarf to my rucksack kate. Getting so excited

 

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