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China On A Shoestring QCH

Visiting: China
Trip Duration 21 Days

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China On A ShoestringScores 8.5 out of 10 based on 30 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Amazing trip. Seeing the real China. The tourist sites; Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Terracotta Warriors and Panda Sanctuary were all amazing. Really enjoyed the Yanksee River Cruise and came at the right time in the trip. Very relaxing. Highlight for us was the cycle ride in Yangzhou through the countryside and the karst mountains, walk in the mountains through the rice fields along with the Terracotta Warriors and Panda Sanctuary. We did the Opera in Chengdu and also the Red Impression show in Yangshou which was very impressive. Never seen anything like this show using the backdrop of the karst mountains and lake. There is a problem with the shows / opera though. The Chinese do not stop talking, even through the show which was very annoying. This trip can be hard at times with the long train journeys with bunks with not much space to sit.
Confirmed traveller: 24 April 2017
Published on: 26 April 2017
(8 out of 10)


A varied overview of China making good use of time and hitting most major highlights.
Would spend the extra to travel soft sleeper on the overnight trains, and would find a way of avoiding the all day train journey.
Confirmed traveller: 30 October 2016
Published on: 17 November 2016
(8 out of 10)


Porto Alegre in Brazil
Yangtse cruise was disapointing, except fot the first day including the Gorges. I´m thinking that a one day Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, probably has nicer views.

Yangshuo landscape and biking between the Karst Mountains was wonderfull. Bamboo Rafting could be longer.

Ma´an Village and Ping An Village was very nice. The hike itself, was half nice and half not so good. I wouldn´t do Rice terraces in Autumn again, but this is because I always wanted to see them green and not yellow/brown.
Confirmed traveller: 30 October 2016
Published on: 03 November 2016
(7 out of 10)


As described this is a busy tour fitting in the big sites. We usually travel independently so I think that is part of the reason we found this a bit limiting.
We do understand that this would have been difficult in China.

However we did enjoy our time and the company of the group but I want to write an honest review for future travellers.

There are several useful apps that could be suggested to travellers before leaving to get more from the experience ( Google maps equivalent )
Pleco Chinese dictionary
Worthwhile reading up or bringing travel guide too.

The Negatives for us :
Never really getting away from it all .
So many extras , almost all trips aside from forbidden city, temple of heaven , pandas and Great Wall cost extra and it mounts up.

The Yangtze cruise was disappointing, since the dam the water level is much higher so the drama of the gorge is lost.
The boat was much bigger than expected , certainly than the picture on the explore website but , rooms and food good .
What was not made clear was that if you choose not to go on the trips ( all costing £20- 30 ) then you are confined to the boat. We had assumed we could get off and visit local places but this was not allowed.

Good company
Trying out lots of different cuisines
Learning mahjong
Fascinating history
Cycle day was lovely
Walking was great but really only 1 full day
Confirmed traveller: 23 October 2016
Published on: 30 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


Victoria British Columbia
Our tour leader was a wonderful person and the trip was very good with what I saw of China
Confirmed traveller: 10 October 2016
Published on: 17 October 2016
(8 out of 10)


Was a great way to see as much of China as possible in a short time. Tour guide was great and very organised. Average age of the other tour members was a bit older but they were great fun and had an amazing time
Confirmed traveller: 09 October 2016
Published on: 17 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


Oliver no 1 Tour Guide made our trip a successful one. He is very knowledgable and informative checking in with us all on meeting times and tours. Organised places to go free time ...privileged to be with a group who all got on. The sleeper trains opens your eyes but enjoyed by all take tea bags/coffee played heads up cards etc and downloaded films helped. The Warriors Pandas and all attractions are amazing . Walking to the guest houses meant you could take in the views although a bit touristy something I didn't expect , worth the visit though. Visit Alice Tea Rooms in Beijing she can tell you about the people and how they live very interesting . Check the extras to get an idea how much it all costs .. ATM for money out save taking too much cash .. River cruise room really nice...4 nights enough not much to do after meal time . upgrade to drinks upstairs as mad rush for food down stairs ... A brilliant cultural experience.. Don't miss it get it booked
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 10 April 2016
Published on: 17 April 2016
(8 out of 10)


The great wall and the cruise were the highlights for me.
Be prepared to go to some very busy places. There are a lot of people in China and they all push and shove!!
Confirmed traveller: 01 November 2015
Published on: 09 December 2015
(10 out of 10)


Terracotta warriors especially, but the whole variety of the trip from the cities and history to the rural, landscapes and cultural aspects. A value for money tour visiting the many and varied highlights of China.
Confirmed traveller: 01 November 2015
Published on: 15 November 2015