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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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A fantastic, emotional, overwhelming and awe-inspiring trip. There is a lot of walking involved and a certain level of fitness – but heck – if I can do it – anyone can.
Prior to the trip I would have said the Great Wall would have been my favourite but it comes in at number 2 for my inspiring moments – which is rather surprising. Yangshuo and Li River are some of the most awe inspiring places I have ever been. The bike ride through the karst mountains and villages was just amazing and I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire time– even with saddle soars. I would also suggest a trip to the Summer Palace Gardens in Beijing – it truly was an escape from the hustle and bustle of Beijing.
William was a larger than life character who certainly kept the group informed and engaged. He managed to shepherd the group onto trains; planes and ferries with great skill – as it could sometimes be like herding cats. His knowledge of Beijing was amazing but perhaps this lessened as we travelled and other local guides took over – but this enabled everyone to have a different perspective on China from a new leader and of course the local experts helped our appreciation of the areas. We felt the Li River Light show was perhaps “undersold” to the group and we did not attend with great enthusiasm– however, in hindsight this is no bad thing it was amazing and it far surpassed the groups expectations. One of my highlights in actuality.
One of the key pieces of advice throughout other reviews has been to pack light and this is indeed good advice. Remember to pack the sun-block; the insect repellant; spare camera memory cards and your sense of adventure. The trip will most likely be like no other – the number of people in Beijing can be overwhelming; walking on the Great Wall exhilarating and the Li River Light Show will be emotional and awe-inspiring. Take a diary or complete a blog each night if you can – as you see and do so much that it’s hard to remember it all when you return home. Whilst in Hong Kong, you can book the Big Buddha in advance and it will save a lot of time queuing in the heat and humidity. Take ear plugs/sleeping tablets for the overnight trains & finally – remember extra toilet roll for those trips ( there seems to be rationing on board trains).
As awareness – be prepared for the people spitting everywhere; the squat toilets and crazy driving
In cities and hotels you'll find the toilets pretty much match western standards. In the more remote areas and on motorway toilet stops, the majority of toilets will be squat toilets. It's recommended that you carry your own toilet paper as this isn't always provided at toilet stops once you leave bigger cities.
Charlotte Taylor - China Operations
Overall, pretty good! The overnight train will be booked in first-class sleeper A/C, sleepers are four berth and bedding is provided. It's quite a common and comfortable way to travel in China and long gone are the days of the "Iron Rooster"! You can buy drinks, beer and pots of instant noodles on board but you may wish to purchase your own food prior to the journey as well.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
The unit of currency in China is the Yuan, also known as Renminbi (RMB).
Exchange facilities are readily available in all the big cities, and many of the hotels that we stay in also have foreign exchange facilities that do not charge a commission as the banks do. Exchange facilities may be limited in smaller towns. Please note that if you wish to change RMB back into hard currency when you leave China, you may have to produce your exchange certificates to do this. Both Sterling cash and dollars are fine to take. You may want to get some local currency before travelling but it is not 100% necessary, as the leader will help you change some on arrival.
There are ATMs almost everywhere in China, either actually in or close by the hotels we use, in the major towns and cities. Most but not all ATMs will take British/ European style cards, but your leader will be able to advise you.
Charlotte Taylor - China Operations
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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