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This is a small group guided 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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Great tour – can't believe how much we packed into 12 days (Xièxiè , Emma!), and how many 'Chinas' we saw and enjoyed (old and new, city and country, quiet and noisy). Still have images popping up unexpectedly in my mind of things we saw and people we met.
Maybe not inspirational, but most fun in the cooking class - sixteen nervous jugglers all with hot woks. lots of ingredients and not enough time
Super. Endlessly patient, deeply knowledgeable, great fun.
Go soon, try everything!
An action packed itinerary not only experiencing ALL the highlights of China, but this trip offers so many different experiences. Some activities included in itinerary, but take additional currency as there are so many optional activities you can add in your downtime and you will want to do them all!
There were so many wow moments but The Great Wall and cycling in Yangshuo/Moon Hill with breath taking scenery.
Jenny is an exceptional guide! First class in every way and the most personable and attentive guide I have had on my numerous Exodus trips. Nothing was too much trouble and she was flexible with the whole group to accommodate all our requests. I'm going to vote her Leader of the Year.
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Probably the best Exodus trip I have done, although Peru was also brilliant. China is a much nicer destination than I expected. The people are friendly and happy, the hotels reasonably good, the sites are fantastic and the tour guide simply brilliant. Of course there are always some things that don't measure up but on this trip they are insignificant.
Where to start, it was almost all brilliant, but going by chair lift up to the great wall and walking along it will probably the best remembered. My wife is very nervous of heights, almost refusing the chair lift, but she overcame the difficulty simply because she was overwhelmed by the wall and surrounding scenery. We both loved the toboggan run back down to the bottom.
The group leader, Jing Zhen Lu or Jenny to her group, was great. In six exodus trips, over 14 years, she is the best we have encountered apart from Paul in Peru. She really cared about the individuals and ensured that each of us was looked after and our needs catered for.
Go to China! If you are unsure like I was, expecting to be pushed about in huge crowds by a down trodden people, then you will be amazed. It was not crowded and the people seem happy and content. It was better than I could ever have imagined and Jenny will take excellent care of you.
The river boat trip was disappointing. If you are expecting a tranquil journey through beautiful scenery, then you will get the scenery but not the tranquility. The trip is short and noisy because it is largely a photo opportunity run by the owners who harangue you loudly, through microphones, in Chinese for most of the journey. Still worth doing for the scenery but an alternative boat would be preferred.
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
I had no problems with cash, but then wasn't changing it in every city. I also had no problems changing or getting cash from ATMs.
Sometimes you do have to try a couple of banks to find one with English instructions or which will take a western card, but it's by no means impossible. There are plenty that have, you'll just have to try another.
I just changed money at an exchange desk in the airport and then in a bank in Shanghai. The lady at the counter didn't speak English but it didn't cause any difficulty!
Dollars are simply better known, but I don't think you would have any issues with sterling. I took half and half and had no problems. I also topped up with my ATM card a couple of times, which was no problem, although I did have to try a bank or two the first time to find one that accepted my card.
There was nothing special I packed which I felt was essential, just the usual. Some things which came in handy were a universal adaptor, phone charger, a sun hat, an inflatable travel pillow (just a small one), a travel wallet to keep my documents in, and after that just some music and books for entertainment!
It should be quite warm, so light clothing really. There are some items advised in the trip notes but nothing you really need to worry about, outside of normal travelling clothes.
I used free internet in a couple of the hotels and saw cafes in different places. The internet is restricted, and you may not be able to access such sites as Facebook, but you should have general access to email.
I took a normal wheelie suitcase with a handle and had no problems. You don't really carry it around anywhere, in and out of a few hotels, up and down to reception - whatever suits you best really!
I took a meter taxi from the airport. I would say tips probably aren't expected but it's up to you.
Like here, tipping is down to you but most group meals won't expect a tip. There is a list of optional excursions in all the trip notes, they are booked and paid for locally and usually in cash.
You can get different plug types but I found it was usually 2 pin straight (the first one here). If you buy a Universal Adaptor from somewhere like Boots at the airport (only about £6), then this will cover all plug types.
Diane Knight - Web Sales
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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