- The walking on the Wall was a real highlight but I feel we were unprepared by Explore as to how demanding it would be - I felt some of the walks were very tough, especially where the Wall is crumbling and steep and it was more like rock scrambling than walking.
Some hotels were poor, especially the one in Sian.
I underestimated the impact of pollution on the scenery - that was a disappointment, though obviously not something Explore could alter.
Explore should have warned us of the cost of the optional trips as it was necessary to do them to see everything - they probably should not have been options but included - the Hong Kong one was particularly expensive and everyone in the group had to draw additional funds to cover it.
Our Chinese guide 'Peter' was outstanding.
The itinerary was excellent - we were very busy.
Published on: 29 September 2016