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Highlights of China - Exodus Travels
Highlights of China - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Beijing
Destinations
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Ends
Shanghai
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Highlights

  • Taste the famous Beijing duck
  • Visit the Tearracotta Warriors
  • Take a cooking class in Yangshuo
  • Cycle through rice terraces
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Start in Beijing and end in Shanghai! With the discovery tour Highlights of China, you have a 11 day tour package taking you from Beijing to Shanghai and through Beijing, China and 6 other destinations in China. Highlights of China includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Highlights of China reviewer 1
    Written on June 5, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip certainly does cover the highlights from sights to the experiences encountered.  The sights include the Great wall, terracotta army, gardens and buildings.  the experiences include the journeys by public transport, sleeper train, bullet train and bamboo rafts! Unforgettable moments, astounding sights and fantastic memories!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The abiding memory is of the enormous variety and scope of history evident in China.  This is seen not just in the buildings across the dynasties and the modern architecture but in the attitudes and behaviour os the local people.  To see octagenarians in the parks exercising, meditating whilst balancing pieces of wood on their heads or singing to each other is an inspiration for how we can connect within communities.What did you think of your group leader?Fantastic; Anson Qiu (Qiu Huanan) was an incredible guide that exercised due regard for the needs of the group as well as displaying a enormous pride in his country.  He was keen to pack into the trip all the experiences that gave a real flavour of China - food and sights.  He was extremely adept at organising and keeping the group moving and experiencing, whilst allowing individual members the time and space to experience the surroundings, this was despite being poorly for the first few days.  I would have no hesitation in recommending him as a guide to anyone and feel that he should be fully recognised - in fact I would regard him as one of the highlights!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do not overpack.  There are opportunities to catch up with washing and no where is too formal.  Importantly go with the recommendations of teh guide and experience all that is on offer as it is important to experience both what you feel you want to as well as what they as a local want to show you.Is there anything else you would like to add?This is a trip that is an experience that has to be undertaken in your life.  The culture, the sights, the food, the variety, the people are incomparable and so refreshingly surprising - each day just brought new memories and new wonder.

  • Highlights of China reviewer 2
    Written on June 5, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip certainly does cover the highlights from sights to the experiences encountered.  The sights include the Great wall, terracotta army, gardens and buildings.  the experiences include the journeys by public transport, sleeper train, bullet train and bamboo rafts! Unforgettable moments, astounding sights and fantastic memories!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The abiding memory is of the enormous variety and scope of history evident in China.  This is seen not just in the buildings across the dynasties and the modern architecture but in the attitudes and behaviour os the local people.  To see octagenarians in the parks exercising, meditating whilst balancing pieces of wood on their heads or singing to each other is an inspiration for how we can connect within communities.What did you think of your group leader?Fantastic; Anson Qiu (Qiu Huanan) was an incredible guide that exercised due regard for the needs of the group as well as displaying a enormous pride in his country.  He was keen to pack into the trip all the experiences that gave a real flavour of China - food and sights.  He was extremely adept at organising and keeping the group moving and experiencing, whilst allowing individual members the time and space to experience the surroundings, this was despite being poorly for the first few days.  I would have no hesitation in recommending him as a guide to anyone and feel that he should be fully recognised - in fact I would regard him as one of the highlights!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do not overpack.  There are opportunities to catch up with washing and no where is too formal.  Importantly go with the recommendations of teh guide and experience all that is on offer as it is important to experience both what you feel you want to as well as what they as a local want to show you.Is there anything else you would like to add?This is a trip that is an experience that has to be undertaken in your life.  The culture, the sights, the food, the variety, the people are incomparable and so refreshingly surprising - each day just brought new memories and new wonder.

  • Highlights of China reviewer 3
    Written on April 30, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An energetic and fantastic trip which used every second of the time available and included a great variety of scenery, methods of travel and interesting diversions. As good a real taste of China as possible in two weeks.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Too many to choose one - the 'big attractions' are amazing, particularly the Great Wall. I loved Xian and biking around the city walls - and the Muslim market was huge fun for shopping and eating! It was also great to go down to Yangshou and see the Karst scenery, paddy fields and have a day biking in the countryside. Shanghai is just amazing! Altogether the word for China is Huge! in all respects.What did you think of your group leader?He was fantastic! this is my second trip and I was nervous that I had been so lucky with the leader last time and so wondered if I could be again. I should not have worried. He was bright, fun, open to all discussions on any subject, very careful not to loose 'his flock' and keen to accommodate any individual requests made by any of us. A great strength of Exodus trips it seems.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I think the Trip Notes were very good including all essentials (loo paper!). If read carefully they show you how much is fitted into some of the days and the idea is to see as much as possible in the time and enjoy everything from cooking lessons to Tai Chi lessons and biking, rafting, boating, hiking etc. Well rated as 'Leisurely/Moderate'. It is much cleaner and less challenging in many ways than India, although I loved the latter, and the roads are incomparably better! The overnight train was good fun too and everywhere is spotless.Is there anything else you would like to add?GO! The joy is it is so different from Europe in every way and so interesting! I do suggest you do some preparatory reading, especially about the Terracotta Army and the very different culture (and learn to use chopsticks before you go!)

  • Highlights of China reviewer 4
    Written on April 30, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An energetic and fantastic trip which used every second of the time available and included a great variety of scenery, methods of travel and interesting diversions. As good a real taste of China as possible in two weeks.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Too many to choose one - the 'big attractions' are amazing, particularly the Great Wall. I loved Xian and biking around the city walls - and the Muslim market was huge fun for shopping and eating! It was also great to go down to Yangshou and see the Karst scenery, paddy fields and have a day biking in the countryside. Shanghai is just amazing! Altogether the word for China is Huge! in all respects.What did you think of your group leader?He was fantastic! this is my second trip and I was nervous that I had been so lucky with the leader last time and so wondered if I could be again. I should not have worried. He was bright, fun, open to all discussions on any subject, very careful not to loose 'his flock' and keen to accommodate any individual requests made by any of us. A great strength of Exodus trips it seems.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I think the Trip Notes were very good including all essentials (loo paper!). If read carefully they show you how much is fitted into some of the days and the idea is to see as much as possible in the time and enjoy everything from cooking lessons to Tai Chi lessons and biking, rafting, boating, hiking etc. Well rated as 'Leisurely/Moderate'. It is much cleaner and less challenging in many ways than India, although I loved the latter, and the roads are incomparably better! The overnight train was good fun too and everywhere is spotless.Is there anything else you would like to add?GO! The joy is it is so different from Europe in every way and so interesting! I do suggest you do some preparatory reading, especially about the Terracotta Army and the very different culture (and learn to use chopsticks before you go!)

  • Highlights of China reviewer 5
    Written on January 16, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    Trip content was perfect.   Could not be faulted.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Hutongs.Yangshuo water showCookery lesson What did you think of your group leader?Unfortunately, our original group leader fell ill and had to be replaced, this was no problem as we had not become accustomed to the first leader.Group leaders should be made aware that their time must be spent equally with all clients. This was not the case and too often the leader would be off in conversation with the same one or two people and not available to answer important questions from the rest of the group.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Pay attention to timings and be prompt or the rest of the group suffer.Obtain the cell phone number of the leader at the earliest opportunity and report all incidents.Is there anything else you would like to add?The trip was let down by the severe lack of correct transport facility.At one point, on a long trip, the luggage was loaded on to the forward passenger seats of a bus that was only adequate to seat the group without luggage. My husband and I were compelled to sit in the only two seats available at the back of the bus which were only designed for children. My husband refused to travel on the bus again unless extra transport was made available for the luggage.Whilst in these seats, the person immediately in front of my husband, forced the seat back and damaged the little finger on my husbands left hand. He is still attending the doctor.

  • Highlights of China reviewer 6
    Written on January 16, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    Trip content was perfect.   Could not be faulted.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Hutongs.Yangshuo water showCookery lesson What did you think of your group leader?Unfortunately, our original group leader fell ill and had to be replaced, this was no problem as we had not become accustomed to the first leader.Group leaders should be made aware that their time must be spent equally with all clients. This was not the case and too often the leader would be off in conversation with the same one or two people and not available to answer important questions from the rest of the group.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Pay attention to timings and be prompt or the rest of the group suffer.Obtain the cell phone number of the leader at the earliest opportunity and report all incidents.Is there anything else you would like to add?The trip was let down by the severe lack of correct transport facility.At one point, on a long trip, the luggage was loaded on to the forward passenger seats of a bus that was only adequate to seat the group without luggage. My husband and I were compelled to sit in the only two seats available at the back of the bus which were only designed for children. My husband refused to travel on the bus again unless extra transport was made available for the luggage.Whilst in these seats, the person immediately in front of my husband, forced the seat back and damaged the little finger on my husbands left hand. He is still attending the doctor.

  • Highlights of China reviewer 7
    Written on January 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    There were many brilliant moments on this holiday and we very much enjoyed all of it. The trip was well balanced with a good range of different activities and places to visit. Wonderful food and nice beer at great prices was a further bonusWhat did you think of your group leader?Wendy was an outstanding group leader. She was quite clearly passionate about China and showing and explaining to the group. She was knowledgable and good at delivering information to the group. She made every effort to make sure that every individual had a great time.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?A small piece of advice and a lesson learnt. The mini buses dont always have working seat belts. On one occasion I was forced (since there were no other seats left) to sit at the back in the middle. The driver did an emergency stop and I was thrown down onto the floor and was lucky not to be very seriously injured. Choose your seat carefully.Is there anything else you would like to add?Definitely recommend

  • Highlights of China reviewer 8
    Written on January 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    There were many brilliant moments on this holiday and we very much enjoyed all of it. The trip was well balanced with a good range of different activities and places to visit. Wonderful food and nice beer at great prices was a further bonusWhat did you think of your group leader?Wendy was an outstanding group leader. She was quite clearly passionate about China and showing and explaining to the group. She was knowledgable and good at delivering information to the group. She made every effort to make sure that every individual had a great time.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?A small piece of advice and a lesson learnt. The mini buses dont always have working seat belts. On one occasion I was forced (since there were no other seats left) to sit at the back in the middle. The driver did an emergency stop and I was thrown down onto the floor and was lucky not to be very seriously injured. Choose your seat carefully.Is there anything else you would like to add?Definitely recommend

  • Highlights of China reviewer 9
    Written on June 13, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A very well organised trip. We packed a lot into the 2 weeks, saw all the major sights and did lots of the extras as well. The traffic in the cities was horrendous, crossing roads was a nightmare! But I did manage to learn to eat with chopsticks-just about!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I really enjoyed the days in Yangshuo. The Liu Sanjie show was spectacular, the kayak trip was great, we finally got away from the crowds, and the tandem ride was fun, but a bit scary too in the traffic. I was really impressed with my cooking skills too! Also the Shanghai acrobatic show was amazing.What did you think of your group leader?Emma was very good and friendly and managed to keep smiling whatever she had to organise. She went the extra mile to give us a real flavour of the country, helping through all the trips on public transport, choosing lots of different dishes to reflect local specialities when we ate together and recommending extras that we could do.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be ready for very hard beds in most of the hotels! Apparently the Chinese like them, I needed to sleep on top of a duvet apart from in Shanghai. The Great Wall walk is hard work, be ready to bargain with your farmer "helpers", although I was glad of my lady's helping hand on the rocky parts. Beware of mosquitoes in Tongli and Shanghai!Is there anything else you would like to add?The night boat trip around Guilin was a bit too much like Disney for my taste, but the other extras were worth it. A Chinese massage is also an experience, just what I needed after the Great Wall walk.

  • Highlights of China reviewer 10
    Written on June 13, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A very well organised trip. We packed a lot into the 2 weeks, saw all the major sights and did lots of the extras as well. The traffic in the cities was horrendous, crossing roads was a nightmare! But I did manage to learn to eat with chopsticks-just about!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I really enjoyed the days in Yangshuo. The Liu Sanjie show was spectacular, the kayak trip was great, we finally got away from the crowds, and the tandem ride was fun, but a bit scary too in the traffic. I was really impressed with my cooking skills too! Also the Shanghai acrobatic show was amazing.What did you think of your group leader?Emma was very good and friendly and managed to keep smiling whatever she had to organise. She went the extra mile to give us a real flavour of the country, helping through all the trips on public transport, choosing lots of different dishes to reflect local specialities when we ate together and recommending extras that we could do.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be ready for very hard beds in most of the hotels! Apparently the Chinese like them, I needed to sleep on top of a duvet apart from in Shanghai. The Great Wall walk is hard work, be ready to bargain with your farmer "helpers", although I was glad of my lady's helping hand on the rocky parts. Beware of mosquitoes in Tongli and Shanghai!Is there anything else you would like to add?The night boat trip around Guilin was a bit too much like Disney for my taste, but the other extras were worth it. A Chinese massage is also an experience, just what I needed after the Great Wall walk.

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Arrive Beijing.
  2. Day 2: Great Wall
  3. Day 3: Sightseeing in Beijing; to Xi'an.
  4. Day 4: Morning walking tour of the Muslim area; free afternoon or optional cycle ride.
  5. Day 5: Full day in Xi'an; visit the Terracotta Warriors
  6. Day 6: Flight to Guilin; transfer to Yangshuo and evening orientation walk
  7. Day 7: Cycle to Moon Hill past rice terraces; free afternoon with optional cooking class
  8. Day 8: Transfer to Guilin; fly to Hangzhou and lakeside dinner
  9. Day 9: Morning tour of Hangzhou; afternoon bullet train to Shanghai with an evening walk along the Bund
  10. Day 10: Full day in Shanghai 
  11. Day 11: End Shanghai

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    • July 12, 2016

      Do you arrange roommates for solo travelers?

      You can pay extra for your own room otherwise we will room you with another person of the same gender

    • July 12, 2016

      When booking my flight from the USA should I arrive one day in advance ?

      The trip will start in Beijing with a welcome meeting in the evening The trip includes 3 days in the city. If you want to spend extra time we can arrange pre accommodation for you.

    • July 1, 2016

      Where does the tour start?

      The trip will start in Beijing with a welcome meeting in the evening.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 3,602 km.
    • Beijing (China)
    • 61 km
    • Great Wall (China)
    • 61 km
    • Beijing (China)
    • 912 km
    • Xian (China)
    • 1,007 km
    • Guilin (China)
    • 59 km
    • Yangshuo (China)
    • 59 km
    • Guilin (China)
    • 1,280 km
    • Shanghai (China)
    • 81 km
    • Suzhou (China)
    • 81 km
    • Shanghai (China)

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