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Along The Yangtse + Xian & Beijing Extension YRB
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What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour
There were several. Optional cycling tour in Yangshou, fabulous once you stopped being scared of the traffic. Hong Kong and Shanghai were breathtaking. terracotta army in Xian and the Great Wall were just as fabulous as expected. China is huge!!!
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How Was Your Explore Tour Leader
We had Oliver Luo, who was a fantastic guide. His English was very good, he had a great sense of humour. He managed the large group of 20 very well. he organised everything quietly and perfectly, everything was on time. If anything did go wrong eg we had to travel to a different port to board the boat, he managaed it all without fuss.
What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour
Check the weather, we had rain nearly every day. Expect a big, busy,mad country with huge cities and even bigger populations. This was probably the least "Explore" like trip I have been on, but you had to join in with the masses if you wanted to see anything, The cruise boat was huge (500 passangers)but it was rather luxurious, but not used to regular tannoy announcements throughout the day telling you what to do at a certain time, from getting out of bed to eating and sightseeing to a very strict timetable.
Do You Have Anything Else To Add
This country is growing and changing at an incredible speed. Each city is huge and modern, I dont think I expected it all to be so Westernised, with so little of the old China left. People were friendly and wanted to take our photos wherever we went. Food was good, but steer clear of deep fried chicken knees!
What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?
There were several; walking the Great Wall under a brilliant blue sky, the fantastic scenery of the Li River and the air of vibrancy that pervades Shanghai
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Oliver was an excellent tour leader with a wonderful sense of humour and very well organised.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
China is a great deasl more sophisticated than I expected. Rather than rely on changing money at banks use ATMs-much quicker. Bring some sort of WiFi enable device if you need to keep in touch with home. Nearly all hotels have it whereas internet cafes were almost impossible to find. Must do optionals are the Sound & Light show at Yangshou which and the acrobats in Shanghai-both were mind blowing. Wheeled luggage is a good choice as long as you can carry it down a small flight of steps and onto a train
Do you have anything else to add?
This is an excellent trip which gives a really good overview of China's highlights. Highly recommended.