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Pandas & Warriors Family Holiday - Exodus Travels
Pandas & Warriors Family Holiday - Exodus Travels
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24 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
Travel style
Discovery, Adventure
Start in Beijing and end in Hong Kong! With the discovery tour Pandas & Warriors Family Holiday, 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 Family Holiday includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

24 Reviews

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  • Pandas & Warriors Family Holiday 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 Family Holiday reviewer 2
    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 Family Holiday reviewer 3
    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 Family Holiday reviewer 4
    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 Family Holiday reviewer 5
    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 Family Holiday reviewer 6
    Written on December 27, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    The itinerary was fantastic. China is a big country and the travel can be a bit hectic at times. Most of the locations were generally well chosen. The Shaolin temple was distasteful and tacky. It was nothing like what we had imagined and an overnight train journey to see it ,seemed so unecessary in the end.Totally avoidable and Exodus should probably remove it from the itinerary/replace it. Yangshuo was the absolute highlight. What a beautiful place! The Panda Reserve at Chengdu was another disappointment, but something unavoidable ,as the children do look forward to it.Hong-kong was quite a 'sterile' place generally except for the giant Buddha on Lantau Island.Immigration into Hong-kong was a nightmare and very stressful.Michael,our guide was absolutely great,very helpful,sociable and generally very friendly.The children enjoyed each other's company and had a great time together.  We saw most of the highlights of China and it was a great educational experience for the children. They made lots of new friends as did the adults.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Too many to choose from!! Yangshuo stands out.What did you think of your group leader?Michael, our Group Leader,was fantastic. He was very cheerful, helpful and kept the group together very well.It was a challenging job which he carried out admirably.The kids liked him and he made our trip easier than it would have been.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go for it. Great tour. Haggle and shop in Xian and Yangshuo.Visit Lantau island in HongKong and avoid Stanley market.Is there anything else you would like to add?Fantastic tour. Would recommend to families with small children and teenagers (Our son was 7 yrs old and enjoyed it immensely).

  • Pandas & Warriors Family Holiday reviewer 7
    Written on October 16, 2011
    3.0 - Average

    Brilliant sights, amazing memories and a range and depth of experiences that we couldn't have achieved if we'd been independent travellers. The pace is full on and it can be very tiring. Logistics could have been better. The "small group" worked well and fortunately we all got on - kids especially.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me it was entering the Forbidden City. For Ewa is was the Summer Palace. For Aleksander and Tomasz it was walking along the Great Wall. For Victoria it was the group cooking session. For all the kids it was hugging a panda.What did you think of your group leader?We liked our group leader. We thought he was pleasant, organised, spoke excellent English and coped well with the day to day hassles that inevitably crop up on a trip like this. He also (politely) encouraged the group to question its own prejudices; pointing out that a Chinese viewpoint was no less valid than a Western one.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you are visiting Beijing in the Summer its going to be hot and humid. When it rains the locals use umbrellas, not raincoats. We brought raincoats and we melted...Pack lots of socks, t-shirts and undies. If you try to travel light (like we did) you end up with a constant struggle to wash and dry. Laundry bills in the hotels are stiff and only get cheaper when you get down South and the washing gets done in the river...Don't travel with loose batteries. Chinese airports don't like them and have different views as to whether they should packed in hand baggage or in the hold. Buy your souvenirs in China, Hong Kong is not cheap any more. The leisurely bike ride is 24k there and back...Be prepared to carry your own luggage - everywhere! You don't need hiking boots for the Great Wall - sturdy trainers are fine.Is there anything else you would like to add?Logistics could have been better. International Flights were with Air China - not Emirates. We got the impression that some of the internal flights had been rescheduled at short notice. This meant we had one really late finish (1.00 a.m.), one really early start (4.30 a.m.). Particularly frustrating was the stay in ChengDu. We arrived in town really late the night before and didn't get to the Panda Sanctuary until 10.00. We then left the sanctuary at 12.00 and had to hang around in town for six hours before heading to the airport.  Travelling to Shenzen was presumably cheaper than flying to Hong Kong direct - but the hours spent travelling to and passing through customs wasn't time well spent.  Traveling for six hours on the afternoon train to Xian was definitely an experience and managing to retain control of all our baggage while boarding and alighting through a mob of locals were definite highpoints. Trip notes were a bit flaky. Its £100 if you want to hold a panda, not £50. You don't get to feed one and the kids have to go in on their own - so mum and dad miss the moment (which lasts about two minutes). The hotel at the Great Wall isn't really that basic - rooms were all en-suite and all came with 120 channels of cable. Not all the kids activities were offered; no tea ceremony, no kung fu (unless the whole group hangs around for an hour), panda moment only happened because there would have been a riot otherwise!

  • Pandas & Warriors Family Holiday reviewer 8
    Written on October 16, 2011
    3.0 - Average

    Brilliant sights, amazing memories and a range and depth of experiences that we couldn't have achieved if we'd been independent travellers. The pace is full on and it can be very tiring. Logistics could have been better. The "small group" worked well and fortunately we all got on - kids especially.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me it was entering the Forbidden City. For Ewa is was the Summer Palace. For Aleksander and Tomasz it was walking along the Great Wall. For Victoria it was the group cooking session. For all the kids it was hugging a panda. What did you think of your group leader?We liked our group leader. We thought he was pleasant, organised, spoke excellent English and coped well with the day to day hassles that inevitably crop up on a trip like this. He also (politely) encouraged the group to question its own prejudices; pointing out that a Chinese viewpoint was no less valid than a Western one.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you are visiting Beijing in the Summer its going to be hot and humid. When it rains the locals use umbrellas, not raincoats. We brought raincoats and we melted...Pack lots of socks, t-shirts and undies. If you try to travel light (like we did) you end up with a constant struggle to wash and dry. Laundry bills in the hotels are stiff and only get cheaper when you get down South and the washing gets done in the river...Don't travel with loose batteries. Chinese airports don't like them and have different views as to whether they should packed in hand baggage or in the hold. Buy your souvenirs in China, Hong Kong is not cheap any more. The leisurely bike ride is 24k there and back...Be prepared to carry your own luggage - everywhere! You don't need hiking boots for the Great Wall - sturdy trainers are fine.Is there anything else you would like to add?Logistics could have been better. International Flights were with Air China - not Emirates. We got the impression that some of the internal flights had been rescheduled at short notice. This meant we had one really late finish (1.00 a.m.), one really early start (4.30 a.m.). Particularly frustrating was the stay in ChengDu. We arrived in town really late the night before and didn't get to the Panda Sanctuary until 10.00. We then left the sanctuary at 12.00 and had to hang around in town for six hours before heading to the airport.  Travelling to Shenzen was presumably cheaper than flying to Hong Kong direct - but the hours spent travelling to and passing through customs wasn't time well spent.  Traveling for six hours on the afternoon train to Xian was definitely an experience and managing to retain control of all our baggage while boarding and alighting through a mob of locals were definite highpoints. Trip notes were a bit flaky. Its £100 if you want to hold a panda, not £50. You don't get to feed one and the kids have to go in on their own - so mum and dad miss the moment (which lasts about two minutes). The hotel at the Great Wall isn't really that basic - rooms were all en-suite and all came with 120 channels of cable. Not all the kids activities were offered; no tea ceremony, no kung fu (unless the whole group hangs around for an hour), panda moment only happened because there would have been a riot otherwise!

  • Pandas & Warriors Family Holiday reviewer 9
    Written on September 16, 2011
    3.0 - Average

    This is less a family trip, more an 'adult' trip on which children are allowed. The tour covers a lot of ground and the schedule is pretty relentless. Having said that, our group had half a dozen children aged 7-12 and they all coped  brilliantly. And we took away lifelong memories.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Adults and children alike loved the Great Wall. Contrary to the Trip Notes we didn't walk 10km, and we didn't need walking boots, but it was quiet and peaceful and spectacular.Yangshuo was another highlight. We enjoyed the bike ride through the paddy fields, and the cookery lesson was loads of fun and in a beautiful location.What did you think of your group leader?Vivian was organised and efficient and her English was excellent. When there was an issue she dealt with it head on.  She timed some trips well to avoid the worst of the crowds (pandas in the early morning, Terracotta Warriors over lunchtime). We don't think she had much experience with children. In Hong Kong, after a long and hot transfer from Guilin, she said she would take us to the beach but there would be no time for the children to swim - there was very nearly a mutiny!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?As has been noted  on other reviews, the Exodus Trip Notes are out of date:

  • Pandas & Warriors Family Holiday reviewer 10
    Written on September 16, 2011
    3.0 - Average

    This is less a family trip, more an 'adult' trip on which children are allowed. The tour covers a lot of ground and the schedule is pretty relentless. Having said that, our group had half a dozen children aged 7-12 and they all coped  brilliantly. And we took away lifelong memories.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Adults and children alike loved the Great Wall. Contrary to the Trip Notes we didn't walk 10km, and we didn't need walking boots, but it was quiet and peaceful and spectacular.Yangshuo was another highlight. We enjoyed the bike ride through the paddy fields, and the cookery lesson was loads of fun and in a beautiful location.What did you think of your group leader?Vivian was organised and efficient and her English was excellent. When there was an issue she dealt with it head on.  She timed some trips well to avoid the worst of the crowds (pandas in the early morning, Terracotta Warriors over lunchtime). We don't think she had much experience with children. In Hong Kong, after a long and hot transfer from Guilin, she said she would take us to the beach but there would be no time for the children to swim - there was very nearly a mutiny!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?As has been noted  on other reviews, the Exodus Trip Notes are out of date: Kite flying is forbidden in Tianamen Square, and our guide had no knowledge of the Gongfu tea-making in Beijing.It is not possible to feed the pandas at Chengdu, though for about $100 you can have your photo taken cuddled up to one -  a trump card for show and tell back at school!  Â We went in August, and we needed waterproofs or an umbrella. Pack light. There's lots of travel and transfers, and a fair bit of hanging about waiting for trains, planes, or other modes of transport. Is there anything else you would like to add?The rickshaw ride offered in Beijing as an optional extra is not worth the money, to put it politely. As an alternative we would recommend a visit to the Bird's Nest stadium.  

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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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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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