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China Explorer QCE

Visiting: China
Tour Duration 9 Days
  • The Bund, Shanghai
  • The Forbidden City, Beijing
  • The Great Wall
  • Traditional garden in Suzhou
  • Traditional garden and old bridge in Suzhou
  • Tour Style: Simply
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Busy
  • Tour Comfort: Simple
 

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10 Gordon Bentley, 11/04/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Walking, or rather climbing, The Great Wall. It was a beautiful day giving amazing views. We have all seen the documentaries but there was something magical about actually being there yourself to appreciate how difficult it must of been to build it.

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10 Pete (Explore Staff), 04/04/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

It’s hard to pick just one, there are the obvious choices of the Great Wall or Terracotta Warriors, but for me it would have to be either the meal with the local family in Beijing. The head of the family was a real character and it was a pleasure to hear his stories. The dumpling banquet and show that you can see in Xian was a real piece of China and the dancing was very special. Broken into several 5 minute dances with a brief explanation before each one. Or the night cruise in Shanghai, the lights and the buildings are just breath taking.

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10 George, 09/11/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Where to start after five years of debating I booked my first trip with Explore and there are simply to  many highlights to choose from but  walking the great wall was amazing as was terracotta army.  The night time cruise in Shanghai's on the last night just about topped it off! Hotels were clean and as for the food.... I don't think I can find any words to describe it as it was that good!  My first Explore trip and it certainly won't be my last.  Anyone wanting a snapshot of China this is the tour for you.

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10 Trevor, 29/08/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

The whole trip- it is a wonderful eye-opener to China. The wall is more awesome than you can imagine, the warriors just amazing and the views from the Bund in Shanghai at night are magical

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Thank you for all your recommendations for this tour.  it sounds like you have come home with great memories of China.

 
8 Steve, 09/08/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Walking the great wall of China in the snow with just a handful of tourists around us.

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8 Clare, 28/06/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

"I was awestruck at the size and height of the great wall of china. It looked so idyllic in the snow that still lingered in the shadows.
The terracotta warriors in their hundreds need to be seen as a highlight of the worlds offerings.  "

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0 SG, 30/04/12
Tour starts in Beijing. What a super location we had down a Hutong. Food wasn't included but it was a highlight seeing the baker covered in flour bringing out the freshly steamed buns for our supper. Temple of Heaven was a highlight, it is a public park and full of activities. Got fantastic pictures of a keep fit class with gymnastic ribbons. The lady of 70 years plus was swanly graceful and for a chap I was mesmerised by the psychadelic spirals of ribbon. In Xian I highly recomend a walk round the city wall. During one afternoon we were able to look down on all that Chinese culture. Pop concert, opera, band practice, temples and even the city driving school. At the terracotta warriors we were awe struck. Well worth enduring the factory shop on the way. At the museum there are 3 pits of warriors. Highly recomend like LP travel book. Do Pit2, Pit3 then Pit1. Trust us this builds you up and makes a good plan. Photographs are ok inside the pits but don't use a flash. It makes the soldiers (real live ones) quite lively and they shout alot at flash camera friends. Shanghai is or can be a crush. Be ready to experience some real culture if you decide to stroll the city on a saturday afternoon. Because so does everyone else in a 50 mile radius. You will not get a photograph on the bund without and arme, hand or torso across it. Enjoy the crush, this is pure China culture at its busiest. Some good tips to enhnce your enjoyment. Everyone around you seems to drink alot of jasmine tea. Every supermarket can sell you a cheap sipper beaker with a filter inside. This is used for making up your tea and you can carry it with you and even top it up on the move. Boiling water is available at station, airports and on the trains. You cn also use the facility if you choose a 20p pot noodle for dinner on the train. Watch out for money exchanging? If you plan to change cash for RMB/Yu'an then be prepared for big commission at B de Ch or be prepared for good rates but long waits at a bank. Also the european notes you exchange must be pristine to pass the elctronic forgery testing. Trust me when I say half my clean pounds sterling were rejected by 3 different forgery machines. Cash points are frequent but not all of them accept all the cards. I also heard that the bank of China charged £4 every ATM transaction but cannot confirm it. Go out there and immerse yourself in Chinese culture. It does contrast our Euro culture so best to jump in and enjoy.
 
 
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