Laura Tomlinson review 5 Aug 2009
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Staying in a monastery at Emei Shan, one of China's 4 sacred mountains, and being spooked by the candlelit Buddha statues on a midnight toilet trip. Also doing karaoke on a boat trip up the Yangtze with lots of Chinese tourists.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Go with an open mind and get involved with things.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
Uses mainly local transport and hotels which is great - it was a bit of a shock when we went to cafes full of other western tourists to realise we weren't the only ones in town, as we thought. Hard to minimise impacts on the environment when you're travelling such long distances, but the tour operator do try, through using public transport and discouraging e.g. the use of too many small plastic bottles of water.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
It was very memorable and exciting, and a good idea to go on a tour through a country that would be difficult to navigate alone.