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China Food Adventure - Exodus Travels
China Food Adventure - Exodus Travels
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30 reviews
Starts
Beijing
Destinations
+6
Ends
Hong Kong
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Highlights

  • Walk along the Great Wall
  • Explore the Forbidden City
  • Take a cooking class in Yangshuo
  • See the Black Buddha caves
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Train & Rail
Start in Beijing and end in Hong Kong! With the discovery tour China Food Adventure, you have a 12 day tour package taking you from Beijing to Hong Kong and through Beijing, China and 5 other destinations in China. China Food Adventure includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

30 Reviews

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  • China Food Adventure reviewer 1
    Written on September 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I taught this was and excellent trip if you want to see the real China. It shows you All the parts and the history.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?We had so many inspirational moments due to having an excellent guide But the one we picked was the bike ride in yangshuo words could not Describe it and it was for all ages and fitness and wad relaxed but Fantastic to see you would not want to miss it.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was Michael zheng what can we say he went over and above For people helpful, caring, knowlegble and excellent at his job. Michael had So much energy and passion about his job and you could see this he was the Best group leader we have ever came across. I would defo be looking to do a trip With him again as he made it the best holiday ever. Thank you Michael From clodagh and robbie (Ireland)Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The 2nd train journey is 14 hours long so stock up before Going. Ensure to have toilet roll both you at all times. And let your Mind go it is a one of trip for 9 days try all food and enjoy be positive throughout It open mind us best.Is there anything else you would like to add?Its a holiday of a lifetime if you are open minded and a positive Person you will live it. Its not sitting on a beach its a life experiences That you do for yourself and you meet some good friends

  • China Food Adventure reviewer 2
    Written on September 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I taught this was and excellent trip if you want to see the real China. It shows you All the parts and the history.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?We had so many inspirational moments due to having an excellent guide But the one we picked was the bike ride in yangshuo words could not Describe it and it was for all ages and fitness and wad relaxed but Fantastic to see you would not want to miss it.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was Michael zheng what can we say he went over and above For people helpful, caring, knowlegble and excellent at his job. Michael had So much energy and passion about his job and you could see this he was the Best group leader we have ever came across. I would defo be looking to do a trip With him again as he made it the best holiday ever. Thank you Michael From clodagh and robbie (Ireland)Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The 2nd train journey is 14 hours long so stock up before Going. Ensure to have toilet roll both you at all times. And let your Mind go it is a one of trip for 9 days try all food and enjoy be positive throughout It open mind us best.Is there anything else you would like to add?Its a holiday of a lifetime if you are open minded and a positive Person you will live it. Its not sitting on a beach its a life experiences That you do for yourself and you meet some good friends

  • China Food Adventure reviewer 3
    Written on September 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip was amazing!! It lived up to all my expectations and more. Exodus made everything very easy for us travellers and I felt like we truely experienced life in China. As a solo traveller, I always felt safe, relaxed and very welcome in the group. Is there anything else you would like to add?China is huge , but this trip really does allow you to experience wonderful places and people. Don`t expect to be chatting to locals-they don`t speak English!! We found them very friendly though and you get used to them wanting to take photos with you. Be prepared for noise!! With so many people all around, everywhere is busy, noisy and crowded. If you just go with the flow and do not worry about being carried along in crowds of people, you will enjoy it immensely. The night trains are actually quite pleasant and very safe. No need to be worried about them.  One last thing.....bring earplugs!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Everything!! To be honest every day brought new sights, smells and experiences. I never knew what was awaiting me each morning, which made it all the more exciting! Of course walking on the Great Wall was amazing, just to feel like we were seeing such an important part of world history. Hong kong was incredibly busy but picturesque at the same time.  The Terracotta army was so vast, you just couldn't believe the effort it took to create that. Perhaps celebrating my birthday there was my highlight. It's not every year you celebrate your birthday with chinese farmers in their home!! The group & leader made it so special for me. I will never forget that pyrotechnical birthday candle!!What did you think of your group leader?Dennis was wonderful! He was such a funny, intelligent and interesting person that it made our trip all the better. His knowledge of China is vast and because of his witty sense of humour, we were constantly laughing. He always made sure everyone was having a good time and was available to us all the time. What I liked best, was that he took the interests of the group into mind when planning the dates events. He was flexible with the plans and was honest about certain things. I am sure that our group tired him out, but he never complained. We were very lucky to have him as our leader. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?JUST DO IT!! As a solo traveller I was hestitant at the start to book this trip. But having been there ( and bought a few t-shirts!!) I could not recommend it highly enough. Everything went smoothly, no one got ill or hurt. I did  not find it expensive at all, once we got there. My only regret is that I brought too much stuff. Best to pack lightly and bring a small(ish) case as you have to do a lot of carrying your luggage with you. Bring good walking shoes too.....this trip is mostly walking!! A certain level of fitness is required. 

  • China Food Adventure reviewer 4
    Written on September 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip was amazing!! It lived up to all my expectations and more. Exodus made everything very easy for us travellers and I felt like we truely experienced life in China. As a solo traveller, I always felt safe, relaxed and very welcome in the group. Is there anything else you would like to add?China is huge , but this trip really does allow you to experience wonderful places and people. Don`t expect to be chatting to locals-they don`t speak English!! We found them very friendly though and you get used to them wanting to take photos with you. Be prepared for noise!! With so many people all around, everywhere is busy, noisy and crowded. If you just go with the flow and do not worry about being carried along in crowds of people, you will enjoy it immensely. The night trains are actually quite pleasant and very safe. No need to be worried about them.  One last thing.....bring earplugs!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Everything!! To be honest every day brought new sights, smells and experiences. I never knew what was awaiting me each morning, which made it all the more exciting! Of course walking on the Great Wall was amazing, just to feel like we were seeing such an important part of world history. Hong kong was incredibly busy but picturesque at the same time.  The Terracotta army was so vast, you just couldn't believe the effort it took to create that. Perhaps celebrating my birthday there was my highlight. It's not every year you celebrate your birthday with chinese farmers in their home!! The group & leader made it so special for me. I will never forget that pyrotechnical birthday candle!!What did you think of your group leader?Dennis was wonderful! He was such a funny, intelligent and interesting person that it made our trip all the better. His knowledge of China is vast and because of his witty sense of humour, we were constantly laughing. He always made sure everyone was having a good time and was available to us all the time. What I liked best, was that he took the interests of the group into mind when planning the dates events. He was flexible with the plans and was honest about certain things. I am sure that our group tired him out, but he never complained. We were very lucky to have him as our leader. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?JUST DO IT!! As a solo traveller I was hestitant at the start to book this trip. But having been there ( and bought a few t-shirts!!) I could not recommend it highly enough. Everything went smoothly, no one got ill or hurt. I did  not find it expensive at all, once we got there. My only regret is that I brought too much stuff. Best to pack lightly and bring a small(ish) case as you have to do a lot of carrying your luggage with you. Bring good walking shoes too.....this trip is mostly walking!! A certain level of fitness is required. 

  • China Food Adventure reviewer 5
    Written on August 28, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a fantastic holiday and exceeded my expectations! All aspects of the holiday went smoothly and we all had so much fun too. I cannot thank our tour guide Denis enough. I am hoping to travel with Exodus again.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So hard to decide but perhaps watching of ordinary Chinese families in the forbidden city as they walked the paths emperors had walked. Watching families everywhere in fact!What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was excellent. It was hard to cope with life in the UK on return without him! He was perfect for us, friendly, knowledgeable, interesting and totally committed to sharing his country with us. He quickly learned the ways of all our group and it was his welcome that made us all instantly gel .Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Travel fairly lighty. Don't worry about the toilet situation, most were just as clean as in the UK on this trip. In fact it was Gatwick's that were amongst the grottiest! The suggested amount of money was right for us but Hong Kong did cost a bit more than I planned! Trust the food outlets of the rep. Not one person on our trip was "ill" at all. Enjoy the Chinese beers and if you like a cup of tea take a mug with you and buy Chinese tea before the sleeper train journey. If you get the chance buy a lovely Chinese umbrella early on because an umbrella against the sun was really useful.Is there anything else you would like to add?This holiday really did give us a taste of china. Being at those places you have read about and seen pictures of was so good. Being at the wall, seeing the warriors, Beijing traffic, the lovely Li river, the fun of the sleeper train, the bus ride to the peak in Hong Kong- everything! I am over 50 and mad that I only just discovered this company. If you are thinking about this and can afford it then go for it. All the people in our group were great and talking to others who had travelled before it is fine for single people too. We made some lovely new friends we hope to keep in touch with.

  • China Food Adventure reviewer 6
    Written on August 28, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a fantastic holiday and exceeded my expectations! All aspects of the holiday went smoothly and we all had so much fun too. I cannot thank our tour guide Denis enough. I am hoping to travel with Exodus again.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So hard to decide but perhaps watching of ordinary Chinese families in the forbidden city as they walked the paths emperors had walked. Watching families everywhere in fact!What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was excellent. It was hard to cope with life in the UK on return without him! He was perfect for us, friendly, knowledgeable, interesting and totally committed to sharing his country with us. He quickly learned the ways of all our group and it was his welcome that made us all instantly gel .Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Travel fairly lighty. Don't worry about the toilet situation, most were just as clean as in the UK on this trip. In fact it was Gatwick's that were amongst the grottiest! The suggested amount of money was right for us but Hong Kong did cost a bit more than I planned! Trust the food outlets of the rep. Not one person on our trip was "ill" at all. Enjoy the Chinese beers and if you like a cup of tea take a mug with you and buy Chinese tea before the sleeper train journey. If you get the chance buy a lovely Chinese umbrella early on because an umbrella against the sun was really useful.Is there anything else you would like to add?This holiday really did give us a taste of china. Being at those places you have read about and seen pictures of was so good. Being at the wall, seeing the warriors, Beijing traffic, the lovely Li river, the fun of the sleeper train, the bus ride to the peak in Hong Kong- everything! I am over 50 and mad that I only just discovered this company. If you are thinking about this and can afford it then go for it. All the people in our group were great and talking to others who had travelled before it is fine for single people too. We made some lovely new friends we hope to keep in touch with.

  • China Food Adventure reviewer 7
    Written on May 27, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    this trip is a great way to see a lot of key attractions in china in a short space of time. it is by no means a 'relaxing' trip as there is a lot of travelling between the cities and to attractions and never more than 2 nights in one hotel. however i have seen so much that i will never forget! i found some chinese 'stereotypes' that i had before the trip to be incorrect, in particular the food - we saw chicken feet and powdered ants, etc, but all the restaurants we ate in had fantastic food! although very few menus had english translation.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?these are more my highlights than inspirational moments:1 Great Wall of China2 Terracotta Warriors3 Bamboo Rafting in Yangshuo4 The skyline view of Hong Kong Island from Star Ferry & the view if Hong Kong at night from Victoria PeakWhat did you think of your group leader?i personally would have found it very difficult to have explored china without our guide - simply because of the language barrier and sheer size of the cities. Ting Ting spoke perfect english & was very knowledgable about the places we visited. she also gave us great insight into the chinese culture and way of life. she even taught us very useful phrases in chinese!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?1) take a good pair of light walking shoes or trainers. 2) be prepared to spend money - you will need to pay for most evening meals and lunches and there are a lot of optional excursions that are a 'must' that you will need to pay for. 3) if you do an open top bus tour in hong kong take the green route on hong kong island first - fantastic! 4) take a swimsuit as in hong kong there is a swimming pool on top if the hotel that is just what you need on the final few days! 5) take a toilet roll with you where ever you go! most toilets don't provide toilet paper - and 90% of toilets are squat toilets! 6) take reading material with you as there is a lot of travelling time! 7) avoid rainy season - we were very very lucky as we only had rain on our departure day. yangshuo could be very disappointing if it is cloudy / rainy as the scenery is breath taking & a lot of excursions can only be done if it is dry. also the view of hongkong from victoria peak is amazing but you can only see it on a clear day/night 8) if you get chance in beijing go to the olympic park & the birds nest stadium - you can go to the roof top and the view is spectacular! 9) make sureyou have a day off work after you return - you will need it!Is there anything else you would like to add?the flight home from hong kong is very long & tiring - the air china flight goes via beijing back to london. a direct flight at the end of a very busy week would have been much better! we were a group of 6 on our tour - a great number and we met some fantastic people! :) the tour has a grway variety of chinese culture - new city in beijing, old city in xi'an, rural in yangshuo (although the town us very touristy!) and modern/western culture in hong kong. be prepared for hard beds! and the overnight sleeper trains are definately an......experience!!

  • China Food Adventure reviewer 8
    Written on May 27, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    this trip is a great way to see a lot of key attractions in china in a short space of time. it is by no means a 'relaxing' trip as there is a lot of travelling between the cities and to attractions and never more than 2 nights in one hotel. however i have seen so much that i will never forget! i found some chinese 'stereotypes' that i had before the trip to be incorrect, in particular the food - we saw chicken feet and powdered ants, etc, but all the restaurants we ate in had fantastic food! although very few menus had english translation.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?these are more my highlights than inspirational moments:1 Great Wall of China2 Terracotta Warriors3 Bamboo Rafting in Yangshuo4 The skyline view of Hong Kong Island from Star Ferry & the view if Hong Kong at night from Victoria PeakWhat did you think of your group leader?i personally would have found it very difficult to have explored china without our guide - simply because of the language barrier and sheer size of the cities. Ting Ting spoke perfect english & was very knowledgable about the places we visited. she also gave us great insight into the chinese culture and way of life. she even taught us very useful phrases in chinese!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?1) take a good pair of light walking shoes or trainers. 2) be prepared to spend money - you will need to pay for most evening meals and lunches and there are a lot of optional excursions that are a 'must' that you will need to pay for. 3) if you do an open top bus tour in hong kong take the green route on hong kong island first - fantastic! 4) take a swimsuit as in hong kong there is a swimming pool on top if the hotel that is just what you need on the final few days! 5) take a toilet roll with you where ever you go! most toilets don't provide toilet paper - and 90% of toilets are squat toilets! 6) take reading material with you as there is a lot of travelling time! 7) avoid rainy season - we were very very lucky as we only had rain on our departure day. yangshuo could be very disappointing if it is cloudy / rainy as the scenery is breath taking & a lot of excursions can only be done if it is dry. also the view of hongkong from victoria peak is amazing but you can only see it on a clear day/night 8) if you get chance in beijing go to the olympic park & the birds nest stadium - you can go to the roof top and the view is spectacular! 9) make sureyou have a day off work after you return - you will need it!Is there anything else you would like to add?the flight home from hong kong is very long & tiring - the air china flight goes via beijing back to london. a direct flight at the end of a very busy week would have been much better! we were a group of 6 on our tour - a great number and we met some fantastic people! :) the tour has a grway variety of chinese culture - new city in beijing, old city in xi'an, rural in yangshuo (although the town us very touristy!) and modern/western culture in hong kong. be prepared for hard beds! and the overnight sleeper trains are definately an......experience!!

  • China Food Adventure reviewer 9
    Written on January 3, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Fantastic and very varied tour of China. Within quite a short about of time we managed to cover lots of the main sites of interest but we also had time for walking, cycling and evening shows. Although the trip was quite fast paced I never felt particularly rushed. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledge and went out of his way to make the trip more comfortable (access to hotel showers better evening overnight trains etc).What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were lots of truly amazing moments but I found the cycling through the limestone peaks in Yangshuo the most inspirationalWhat did you think of your group leader?Our group letter was very friendly and extremely organised. He was very knowledge about China (sites and politics etc) and was happy to answer all of our questions. He was also very responsive to the groups interests e.g. Taking us on a longer cycling route when we were obviously enjoying it.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is quite a fast paced tour. We slept on the flight in both directions and managed to work the days either side of the trip. Walking sandals were the most useful piece of footwear.Is there anything else you would like to add?My only suggested improvement would be in Hong Kong when we spend a large amount of time on our last day on a public bus. It would be better either to explore sites closer to the hotel or use private transport.

  • China Food Adventure reviewer 10
    Written on January 3, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A great introduction to China. This is a busy trip with a lot of travel, but an excellent way to see the main highlights the country has to offer. The few days in Hong Kong at the end of the trip were highly enjoyable and provide a welcome contrast to the week spent in China.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?This trip has many highlights, but for me it was seeing the Terracotta Army - absolutely amazing & took my breath away! The Great Wall is also a site to behold seeing it stretch for miles and miles! The Forbidden City and Palace in Beijing is impressive but so vast that you do become "palaced out"!The few days in the countryside are a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the cities (and pollution, particularly in Beijing) and are at a considerably more leisurely pace. I would recommend the cycle/rafting/walking day, although you do have to have your wits about you for the cycle back into town at the end of the day!I also loved Hong Kong - such a contrast to be back in a "westernised" society after the culture shock of China!What did you think of your group leader?Li Yan/Sandy was very pleasant and helpful and had a great sense of fun, even taking some of the group to a karaoke bar!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for a bit of a culture shock in China, not so much in terms of facilities (although some of the toilets were rather "interesting"!! I found the local people to be rude and what really pushed my buttons was the constant spitting no matter where you are!There is a lot of travelling between the various destinations so make sure you have books/ipods/games etc to keep you occupied. The overnight train trips were great fun, but earplugs are definitely advisable! Travel reasonably light as there are quite a few times when you will need to carry your own luggage. Do also take an umbrella, especially if travelling during the rainy season - we literally had monsoon rains in Hong Kong!The time in Hong Kong is limited - a free afternoon plus a day's guided tour - so if you can extend your trip by a few days I would do so. I had an extra day and was able to get out & explore further.Is there anything else you would like to add?This is a very interesting yet intense trip but a fantastic way to see a lot in a short time. Take the plunge & go for it!

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Arrive Beijing
  2. Day 2: Full day at the Great Wall; food walk in Beijing
  3. Day 3: Sightseeing in Beijing, visiting Tian'anmen Square, Hutongs and the Forbidden City; evening sleeper train to Xi'an
  4. Day 4: Arrive Xi'an; visit Grand Mosque and Muslim area; food trail at the night market
  5. Day 5:  Morning visit Terracotta Warriors; afternoon 'farmers' style' lunch
  6. Day 6: Morning bullet train to Chengdu; afternoon trip to local spice market and hot pot dinner
  7. Day 7: Panda breeding centre; afternoon cooking class and Sichuan opera
  8. Day 8: Morning flight to Xiamen; Putuo Temple; evening trip to seafood market with dinner
  9. Day 9: Morning visit to Gulangyu Island; free afternoon
  10. Day 10: Train to Shenzhen; transfer to Hong Kong; city tour and Dim Sum dinner
  11. Day 11: Morning walking tour of Hong Kong; afternoon in depth ‘food crawl’
  12. Day 12: End Hong Kong.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 2,681 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)
  • 521 km
  • Hong Kong (China)

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