3 independent reviews for Beijing to Shanghai tour in China

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review 18 Oct 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The best part of my holiday came unexpectedly on the last day, when I found myself gazing at the roofs of the Forbidden City from the top of Jingshan Temple.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

When packing for your night train trips, make sure to bring your own toilet paper!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think our holiday benefited local people as our guide was always keen to recommend local shops and restaurants for us to try and we always followed her advice.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was a great experience and it made me want to go and explore more of the Asian continent.

review 28 Aug 2010

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

I feel that every part of the journey is memorable - I enjoyed it throughout. It is very difficult to pick a few highlights, as I feel this trip includes most of China's highlights. The Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors were just stunning and definitely a highlight, while Forbidden City was somewhat disappointing due to the absence of exhibits and antiques (which have been shipped to Taiwan). Yanshuo offers one of the most picturesque scenery's on earth. Vibrant Shanghai provides the perfect contrast to previously visited historical sites. Even though I was sceptical at first, but the 'cooking lesson' turned out to be another highlight of the trip.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

- Be open minded and don't expect 'Western Standards' - Pack for all kinds of weather (don't forget your rain coat and umbrella) - Bring lots of tissues or toilet paper - Have room in your suitcase - it's a shopper's paradise - Learn a few phrases of Mandarin - the majority does not speak English at all

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Having used local tour guides, restaurants and hotels I feel we economically contributed to local people. We also visited Hui Ling, a local initiative to support disabled children. When it comes to the environmental impact, unfortunately I did not feel that this trip made a difference at all - instead of being able to use my own water bottle that I brought, I had to buy bottled water for the most part as the tab water was not recommended for drinking and re-fill options were scarce to none existent (the only place that offered drinking water tabs was at the Shanghai Expo). Also, a lot of local restaurants wrapped their dishes (plates & cutlery) in plastic - I guess to demonstrate its cleanliness. Moreover, even though in every hotel there was a sign in the bathroom that only towels on the floor or in the basket will be replaced, my towels were replaced on a daily basis even though I did not request for it.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was a great holiday - a lot of interesting sights, fascinating history and great people. It was very well organized - however at times the schedule was a bit tight so that all of us felt a bit tired towards the end of it. As we enjoyed the programme so much, we recommend not taking anything out, but maybe extending the trip by 2 - 4 days in order to allow more 'down time' in between.

review 16 Aug 2009

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Climbing the Great Wall of China.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do not take a jumper if you go the same time of year as I did!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

The local markets were certainly benefited.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I have been on quite a few trips around the world but this has certainly been the best, largely due to the unrelenting quality of the tour leader.

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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