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Pandas & Warriors - Exodus Travels
Pandas & Warriors - Exodus Travels
Excellent
30 reviews
Starts
Beijing
Destinations
+9
Ends
Hong Kong
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Highlights

  • Wander the streets of Beijing
  • Walk the Great Wall
  • Visit Longmen Cave
  • Explore Hong Kong
Age range
8 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
18
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start in Beijing and end in Hong Kong! With the family tour Pandas & Warriors, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Beijing to Hong Kong and through Beijing, China and 8 other destinations in China. Pandas & Warriors includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Pandas & Warriors reviewer 1
    Written on August 23, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A trip with a good mix of geography, history, culture and shopping. Lots to see, do and think about. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing The Great Wall snake into the distance in the pounding heat of a quiet summer's day. What did you think of your group leader?Excellent. Well informed with a good balance of professionalism and friendliness. Calm and well organised, but also fun. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared to be active in VERY hot weather. It was well over 40 degrees when we were there with very high humidity, although these were exceptional conditions I believe according to the news when we were there. Is there anything else you would like to add?A great trip for 12 and upwards we would think. It was quite active and full of history, geographic wonder and culture. It may be wasted on younger children. 

  • Pandas & Warriors reviewer 2
    Written on August 23, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A trip with a good mix of geography, history, culture and shopping. Lots to see, do and think about. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing The Great Wall snake into the distance in the pounding heat of a quiet summer's day. What did you think of your group leader?Excellent. Well informed with a good balance of professionalism and friendliness. Calm and well organised, but also fun. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared to be active in VERY hot weather. It was well over 40 degrees when we were there with very high humidity, although these were exceptional conditions I believe according to the news when we were there. Is there anything else you would like to add?A great trip for 12 and upwards we would think. It was quite active and full of history, geographic wonder and culture. It may be wasted on younger children. 

  • Pandas & Warriors reviewer 3
    Written on August 19, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent trip for the whole family with a 'wow' moment every day.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking the Great Wall late afternoon with no one else on it and watching the sun start to set.Sparring with a Shaolin monk.Listening to my daughters stories of clubbing in Beijing and Hong Kong. Doing ball room dancing and Ti Chi with the older people in a park early one morning.What did you think of your group leader?William was fantastic. He worked exceptionally hard on making sure the whole group were happy especially the younger children. He bought toys and kites for us.He was very canny in getting us to places when we might see and experience more than most, i.e. early morning in a park to join in with Ti Chi and dancing and many other exercises including throwing hoops over our heads by an old Chinese guy. Getting to the Panda's early so they were still awake. Walking the Great Wall late in the day so it was cooler and less people. Getting us into a training session at the Shaolin temple and paying the 'master' to teach as a Kung Fu kata (and allowing me to fight one of the monks).He also didn't take any s**t from anyone if someone tried to push in front of the group he would sort them out, if we needed porters he would get them running around for us, if people needed anything he would fix it. He had no fear and also stopped to sort out kids arguing in the railway station, and two women fighting over recycling bottles.I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the Korean DMZ sorting them out next.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Going in the summer it is very hot and humid so be ready, we couldn't believe how much water we bought.But lots of air con so bring something to throw on in super cooled restaurants.There are quite a lot of early starts but they are worth it.The trip notes miss off just how amazing many of the fantastic things we saw such as:Street life in BeijingChinese OperaXian Muslim quarter at night with its eye popping range of food been cooked in the streetCable car in Hong KongNight  Liu Sanjie Show in YangshuoEarly morning in the parksKite flyingThe range of food we experiencedThe cooking lessonand many more.Other things to consider:No good wine any where except Hong KongHotel at Great Wall charming but dampGreat Wall trek is sweaty especially if you do the full 5 hours so take a complete change of clothes in your overnight bagTake tissues to every toilet (NB: more elephant feet than western)If you or your children are blond and/or blue eyed many rural Chinese holiday in the summer and will not have seen many westerners so be prepared to have you photo taken by and with many strangers, always great fun and very happyIs there anything else you would like to add?The people were great almost everyone we met, talked to, bumped into, haggled with, played games with in the parks were happy to meet us and talk. 

  • Pandas & Warriors reviewer 4
    Written on August 19, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent trip for the whole family with a 'wow' moment every day.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking the Great Wall late afternoon with no one else on it and watching the sun start to set.Sparring with a Shaolin monk.Listening to my daughters stories of clubbing in Beijing and Hong Kong. Doing ball room dancing and Ti Chi with the older people in a park early one morning.What did you think of your group leader?William was fantastic. He worked exceptionally hard on making sure the whole group were happy especially the younger children. He bought toys and kites for us.He was very canny in getting us to places when we might see and experience more than most, i.e. early morning in a park to join in with Ti Chi and dancing and many other exercises including throwing hoops over our heads by an old Chinese guy. Getting to the Panda's early so they were still awake. Walking the Great Wall late in the day so it was cooler and less people. Getting us into a training session at the Shaolin temple and paying the 'master' to teach as a Kung Fu kata (and allowing me to fight one of the monks).He also didn't take any s**t from anyone if someone tried to push in front of the group he would sort them out, if we needed porters he would get them running around for us, if people needed anything he would fix it. He had no fear and also stopped to sort out kids arguing in the railway station, and two women fighting over recycling bottles.I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the Korean DMZ sorting them out next.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Going in the summer it is very hot and humid so be ready, we couldn't believe how much water we bought.But lots of air con so bring something to throw on in super cooled restaurants.There are quite a lot of early starts but they are worth it.The trip notes miss off just how amazing many of the fantastic things we saw such as:Street life in BeijingChinese OperaXian Muslim quarter at night with its eye popping range of food been cooked in the streetCable car in Hong KongNight  Liu Sanjie Show in YangshuoEarly morning in the parksKite flyingThe range of food we experiencedThe cooking lessonand many more.Other things to consider:No good wine any where except Hong KongHotel at Great Wall charming but dampGreat Wall trek is sweaty especially if you do the full 5 hours so take a complete change of clothes in your overnight bagTake tissues to every toilet (NB: more elephant feet than western)If you or your children are blond and/or blue eyed many rural Chinese holiday in the summer and will not have seen many westerners so be prepared to have you photo taken by and with many strangers, always great fun and very happyIs there anything else you would like to add?The people were great almost everyone we met, talked to, bumped into, haggled with, played games with in the parks were happy to meet us and talk. 

  • Pandas & Warriors reviewer 5
    Written on August 12, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A wonderful adventure! We really got a good feel for how modern China is developing (William was very informative and honest). It was inspiring to find that the Chinese are so proud of their country's past and present acheivements (their perceivement of it anyway). It was wonderful to see the elderly in the parks enjoying themselves and their friendliness was unexpected. I have taken home a great respect for Chinese people and their traditions. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The children were struggling with the long Great Wall trek due to the high temperatures, but we were all ecstatic when we all acheived our goal! The vast scale of the terracotta warriors neede to be seen to be believed!Our family really enjoyed the cooking school, the chinese food was superb and the whole group really enjoyed themselves.We really enjoyed the company of our group.  What did you think of your group leader?William had a great grasp of English and therefore his jovial personality, was a constant source of amusement. He obviously loves children and he had a great rapport with the kids. Also he was very caring and constantly watching out for the younger children and ill members of our group. He was very flexible with the itinery when he could be.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Apply the DEET insect repellant rigorously. Expect to get an upset stomach due the change in diet and take appropriate medications from the UK. Most medications there are not labelled with familiar English names! Also we struggled to be able to order wine at the restaurants, some members of the group wished they had brought some wine from home.Take tissues and antibacterial wipes with you and take a toilet roll from the first hotel on your travels around China.I would recommend the lower age limit for this holiday to be aged 10 due to the heat in Summer.Also I would not recommend traveller's cheques because VISA ATM's are usually avaliable. Is there anything else you would like to add?Having watched a recent documentary on Wild China, I was disappointed not to see the Cormorant birds traditionally fishing, even though they were available for photo's! We didn't see any paddy fields carved into the mountains but it was great to see what the farmers were harvesting such as lotus flowers.The light show at Yangshou was definitely worth the expense but a better description of the storyline would have been helpful, Daniel the guide on that day appeared stressed. 

  • Pandas & Warriors reviewer 6
    Written on August 12, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A wonderful adventure! We really got a good feel for how modern China is developing (William was very informative and honest). It was inspiring to find that the Chinese are so proud of their country's past and present acheivements (their perceivement of it anyway). It was wonderful to see the elderly in the parks enjoying themselves and their friendliness was unexpected. I have taken home a great respect for Chinese people and their traditions. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The children were struggling with the long Great Wall trek due to the high temperatures, but we were all ecstatic when we all acheived our goal! The vast scale of the terracotta warriors neede to be seen to be believed!Our family really enjoyed the cooking school, the chinese food was superb and the whole group really enjoyed themselves.We really enjoyed the company of our group.  What did you think of your group leader?William had a great grasp of English and therefore his jovial personality, was a constant source of amusement. He obviously loves children and he had a great rapport with the kids. Also he was very caring and constantly watching out for the younger children and ill members of our group. He was very flexible with the itinery when he could be.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Apply the DEET insect repellant rigorously. Expect to get an upset stomach due the change in diet and take appropriate medications from the UK. Most medications there are not labelled with familiar English names! Also we struggled to be able to order wine at the restaurants, some members of the group wished they had brought some wine from home.Take tissues and antibacterial wipes with you and take a toilet roll from the first hotel on your travels around China.I would recommend the lower age limit for this holiday to be aged 10 due to the heat in Summer.Also I would not recommend traveller's cheques because VISA ATM's are usually avaliable. Is there anything else you would like to add?Having watched a recent documentary on Wild China, I was disappointed not to see the Cormorant birds traditionally fishing, even though they were available for photo's! We didn't see any paddy fields carved into the mountains but it was great to see what the farmers were harvesting such as lotus flowers.The light show at Yangshou was definitely worth the expense but a better description of the storyline would have been helpful, Daniel the guide on that day appeared stressed. 

  • Pandas & Warriors reviewer 7
    Written on September 2, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A great trip with a real insight into everyday life in China.  We enjoyed the variety of activities from sunrise on the Great Wall to the cooking school, panda hug and market shopping.  Generally the hotels were of a good standard and the food great.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Great Wall at sunrise, smiles on my children's faces after having a panda sit on their laps and hugging it.  Having a free day in Hong Kong was good, the children enjoyed swimming in the outdoor pool at Kowloon Park.  Haggling in the markets for absolutely everything was fun.  The food at the banquets (lunch/dinner) was varied, but McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Starbucks were also welcome.   We also enjoyed cycling on the wall at Xi'an, Kung Fu and calligraphy class, Birds Nest staduim, druming at the Drum Tower, Hutong visit. Cycling to Moon Hill in Yangshuo and the evening light show were unforgettable.What did you think of your group leader?Vivian was great, always chuckling along with us and her use of the phrase "snacks for lunch" gained momentum.   Vivian organised another guide for us at the Shaolin monastry when she realised the first one wasn't making himself clear in his explainations.  Her organisational skills were excellent and very caring.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Travel as light as you can because the airports and some railway stations are massive involving a lot of walking with your suitcases and we had a three hour border queue to endure going into Hong Kong.  Be prepared for some early mornings and long days.  The boat trip at Yangshuo is very touristy, a quiet early morning bamboo raft is an alternative. Take a torch for the early morning Great Wall walk and an umbrella each will come in handy for rainy days and sunny days when sightseeing.  Be aware that Beijing and other cities are massive and there are hoards of Chinese at the main attractions and public transport may be busy and crushed, queues on the roads and at attractions.  But you can also feel like a celebrity with many Chinese wanting to take pictures of you. Is there anything else you would like to add?Some activities felt a bit rushed and we would have liked more time at the Terracotta Warriors to see all the exhibits, longer cycling on the wall at Xi'an and more time in Hong Kong. Exodus should make the flight back from Hong Kong direct to the UK and likewise the one into Hong Kong direct from Guilin and not into Shenzhen.

  • Pandas & Warriors reviewer 8
    Written on September 2, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A great trip with a real insight into everyday life in China.  We enjoyed the variety of activities from sunrise on the Great Wall to the cooking school, panda hug and market shopping.  Generally the hotels were of a good standard and the food great.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Great Wall at sunrise, smiles on my children's faces after having a panda sit on their laps and hugging it.  Having a free day in Hong Kong was good, the children enjoyed swimming in the outdoor pool at Kowloon Park.  Haggling in the markets for absolutely everything was fun.  The food at the banquets (lunch/dinner) was varied, but McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Starbucks were also welcome.   We also enjoyed cycling on the wall at Xi'an, Kung Fu and calligraphy class, Birds Nest staduim, druming at the Drum Tower, Hutong visit. Cycling to Moon Hill in Yangshuo and the evening light show were unforgettable.What did you think of your group leader?Vivian was great, always chuckling along with us and her use of the phrase "snacks for lunch" gained momentum.   Vivian organised another guide for us at the Shaolin monastry when she realised the first one wasn't making himself clear in his explainations.  Her organisational skills were excellent and very caring.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Travel as light as you can because the airports and some railway stations are massive involving a lot of walking with your suitcases and we had a three hour border queue to endure going into Hong Kong.  Be prepared for some early mornings and long days.  The boat trip at Yangshuo is very touristy, a quiet early morning bamboo raft is an alternative. Take a torch for the early morning Great Wall walk and an umbrella each will come in handy for rainy days and sunny days when sightseeing.  Be aware that Beijing and other cities are massive and there are hoards of Chinese at the main attractions and public transport may be busy and crushed, queues on the roads and at attractions.  But you can also feel like a celebrity with many Chinese wanting to take pictures of you. Is there anything else you would like to add?Some activities felt a bit rushed and we would have liked more time at the Terracotta Warriors to see all the exhibits, longer cycling on the wall at Xi'an and more time in Hong Kong. Exodus should make the flight back from Hong Kong direct to the UK and likewise the one into Hong Kong direct from Guilin and not into Shenzhen.

  • Pandas & Warriors reviewer 9
    Written on May 1, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Exciting country, a great way to learn about a different way of living, excellent mix of culture, activity and "local" colour. Enjoyed greatly by the whole family, including 2 teenagers!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?One of many was seeing the sunrise over the Great Wall-5.30am start (optional).We also found the pandas surprisingly enchanting. My daughter was delighted to have the opportunity to "hug a panda".Having close contact with the local people-using non tourist restaurants and on one occasion eating in someones home. What did you think of your group leader?Awesome. Always enthusiastic, especially well organized and thoughtful, a positive influence on the dynamics of the group, creating a really good atmosphere.Can't find fault with her at all. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do it!(also consider taking some sachets of powdered coffee, kettles and hot water boilers are everywhere, but Chinese coffee is quite different to the European type, which we did miss!) Is there anything else you would like to add?The only negative comment we have concerns the transfer from mainland China into Hongkong via Shenzhen airport, the border crossing was extemely slow, we left our hotel at 5.30am and did n't arrive at the Hongkong one until 13.30, then we started the orientation tour of the island, everyone in the group was extremely tired and this trip was to some extent spoiled by the travelling/immigration experience. A direct flight into Hongkong airport is definately worth considering.

  • Pandas & Warriors reviewer 10
    Written on May 1, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Exciting country, a great way to learn about a different way of living, excellent mix of culture, activity and "local" colour. Enjoyed greatly by the whole family, including 2 teenagers!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?One of many was seeing the sunrise over the Great Wall-5.30am start (optional).We also found the pandas surprisingly enchanting. My daughter was delighted to have the opportunity to "hug a panda".Having close contact with the local people-using non tourist restaurants and on one occasion eating in someones home. What did you think of your group leader?Awesome. Always enthusiastic, especially well organized and thoughtful, a positive influence on the dynamics of the group, creating a really good atmosphere.Can't find fault with her at all. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do it!(also consider taking some sachets of powdered coffee, kettles and hot water boilers are everywhere, but Chinese coffee is quite different to the European type, which we did miss!) Is there anything else you would like to add?The only negative comment we have concerns the transfer from mainland China into Hongkong via Shenzhen airport, the border crossing was extemely slow, we left our hotel at 5.30am and did n't arrive at the Hongkong one until 13.30, then we started the orientation tour of the island, everyone in the group was extremely tired and this trip was to some extent spoiled by the travelling/immigration experience. A direct flight into Hongkong airport is definately worth considering.

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Arrive Beijing.
  2. Day 2-3: Two full days sightseeing in and around Beijing, including Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and the Forbidden City.
  3. Day 4: Transfer to the Great Wall and walk along the top.
  4. Day 5: Morning walk on the Wall. Transfer to Beijing, sleeper train to Luoyang.
  5. Day 6: Drive to Shaolin Temple and watch Kung Fu demonstration then join a Kung Fu lesson (optional).
  6. Day 7: Visit Longmen Cave; afternoon train to Xi'an.
  7. Day 8: Visit the Terracotta Warriors
  8. Day 9: Morning walking tour in Xi'an; bullet train to Chengdu
  9. Day 10: Visit Giant Panda Research Centre.
  10. Day 11: Fly to Guilin and drive to Yangshuo; evening cooking class.
  11. Day 12: Cycle ride to Moon Hill; free afternoon
  12. Day 13: Transfer to Guilin, high speed train to Shenzen; cross border to Hong Kong; free time on arrival.
  13. Day 14: Morning orientation tour of Hong Kong including Victoria Peak; free afternoon.
  14. Day 15: End Hong Kong.

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  • September 1, 2016

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    Our tour from North America is on land only. You need to make your way to and from China.

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    All dietary needs will be noted on file and your tour leader made aware. You decide what you want to eat.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 3,236 km.
  • Beijing (China)
  • 61 km
  • Great Wall (China)
  • 61 km
  • Beijing (China)
  • 683 km
  • Luoyang (China)
  • 325 km
  • Xian (China)
  • 614 km
  • Chengdu (China)
  • 849 km
  • Guilin (China)
  • 59 km
  • Yangshuo (China)
  • 59 km
  • Guilin (China)
  • 489 km
  • Shenzhen (China)
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