Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
I loved this journey, but we need to be honest about the intensity of the schedule. Despite the lack of physical "activities" on this trip, it is arduous. Negotiating the main railway station at a city of more than 30 million people (when most of them seem to be crushing to get in to the station), 16-hour train journeys in filthy compartments, squat toilets with dire hygiene, pollution which catches in the back of your throat - this trip covers huge distances and is pretty intense, takes it out of you, and you need to be stronger than the activity rating would suggest. There is very little "downtime" and Chinese hotels don't have much in the way of common areas where you can chill out, swim or watch the world go by. None of this can be changed by Exodus, it is part of the experience of this much China, but it is not for the faint-hearted. Psych yourself up and power on through. The rewards of this fascinating country are fantastic, even if they don't come easily!