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Number of Reviews: 49 Overall score: *****
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Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

5
This trip was all that was described to a "T". For only one exception and that was the stairs at some of the rail stations that did not have elevators, my expectation was much lower than what actually existed, so my advice would be pack very lightly and ensure that you can carry your luggage up and down those many stairs. Yes they prepared us for stairs, .....but not how many !! I was a solo female over 60 so did struggle sometimes and I am reasonably fit. Nevertheless the trip overall was excellent, and the experience on the sleeper trains was lets say "different", but at the very least, you are seeing life as the Chinese people live it and after all, isn't that what we travel for.
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Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

5
The whole trip from start to finish was an experience well worth taking. Of course there were a few things which perhaps in hindsight could have been improved upon, particularly the overnight sleeper train journeys. We would have much preferred to have paid a little extra to have used the bullet train or even an extra flight wherever possible in order to have had more time to carry out sightseeing and avoid the arduous journeys. However, apart from that the holiday which was well organised by Exodus and superbly led by our tour guide, Alan Liu, (Hongbin Liu), who was absolutely brilliant. When you are on holiday, no matter who you go with, the face of the company is represented by the Tour Leader and in our instance this was Alan Liu. If we were to go back to China we would go on the understanding that the tour would again be led by Alan. He was extremely informative, funny, very well organised and knew his subject matter well. He ensured that we were at a particular venue or place at the right time so as to avoid the crowds and get the best views and this was particularly the case when we visited the Panda sanctuary at Chengdu where he timed it to perfection and we saw the Pandas at their liveliest and just before the main crowds arrived. Exodus would be so much poorer without the services of that man.
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Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

5
If you want to see as much of China as possible in a relatively short period then this trip ticks all the boxes. Get used to early starts, a lot of walking although not to arduous, hectic and overcrowded railway stations, but it is absolutely worth it! You get to see all the major attractions China is well known for but it also exposes you to the rural side of China where things are so different.
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Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

Imperial China and Yangtze River Cruise

5
This is the first time my wife and I had visited China and felt that it was important to make the trip with a company who knew their way around the country. Exodus excelled at that and our tour guide, Alan Liu, (Hongbin Liu), played such a vital part in making the trip enjoyable.
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Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

Fantastic trip

5
Fantastic trip which I wish I could do all over again! I loved every part of it (even the dreaded sleeper trains). It was such good fun and although it covered a lot of China it has made me want to see more - it is a great country that is well worth a visit or two. Good job the visa is now multiple entry and valid for two years! :-)
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Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

Judith Cameron

3
A great trip in regards to where we went and what we saw, however the group was far too big, 17, which had an impact on pace we could go and at times it felt like we were like any other tour group being herded around which is not why I chose to go with Exodus.
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Exodus Response

We would like to thank Judith for her review, although we are sorry that she had some concerns regarding the group size and the number of passengers on the boat cruise. It is extremely rare that a group size should exceed 16 as we realise that smaller groups can ensure a good group dynamic and experience; we would therefore like to apologise that this negatively impacted upon her enjoyment of the trip. The trip notes for 2016 have been updated as to the number of passengers on the boat cruise, but we regret the disappointment this caused.
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Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

Imperial China

4
This is a rather hectic tour, often using public transport. You see a great deal of China, though there is very little free time. Exodus are quite wrong in describing the trip as leisurely - in particular, when using trains you will have to carry your luggage a long way, up and down stairs, and through extremely crowded areas.
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