- We are so pleased that we joined these two tours together. The first week - China Highlights - was full on travelling from city to city. Starting in Hong Kong and finishing in Beijing we were guided by the exceptional Tracy who was enthusiastic and very keen to show us her country. We travelled through beautiful countryside and stayed in cities surrounded by skyscrapers. All the hotels were just right. Basic but always a decent bed and hot shower. Food was great. We soon learnt to eat with chopsticks and got used to Chinese dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take part in all the excursions - though the one in Hong Kong you can do yourself. If you have time cycle around Xian city wall - it is a great experience. There are plenty of atms. Always have toilet paper on you and strengthen your thigh muscles before you arrive!!
For the second week we trekked the Great Wall. This was probably the first holiday ever, that we didn't want to end. On the last day we left the Great Wall with much sadness. It is an awe inspiring man made feature within the most beautiful countryside. Sitting on top of mountain ranges it stretches for miles. We walked in remote areas where the wall is untouched and crumbling away. Every turn your breath is just taken away. We could have easily had another week there. Yes you do need to be fit and able to clamber up some very steep parts. We were very lucky, as with the previous tour, that we had a fantastic group of fellow explorers with us who supported one another in difficult areas.
This tour is a must do. 10/10 to Explore for their itinerary and 10/10 to our fellow Explorers. We can't wait to book another trip.
Published on: 18 May 2017