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Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square

Great Wall of China

Terra Cotta Warriors

Three Gorges

Beijing

Shanghai

Gardens at Suzhou

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Yangtze River Cruise

Hiking in rural countryside

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Observing Pandas in Chengdu

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Classic China Itineraries

China in 1 Week

If you have only one week in China, be sure to see Beijing and Shanghai. The former is known for its historical richness and the latter epitomizes modernity in China. Hit the major highlights like the Terracotta Warriors and hike the Great Wall.

Day 1-2, Shanghai: Stroll along the Bund and Pudong Districts, visit Yu Garden, take a boat ride down Huangpu River, and visit the Propaganda Museum.

Day 3-4, Xian: See the Terracotta Warriors and Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum, walk along the Silk Road, visit the Bell and Drum Towers, and shop in the Muslim Quarter.

Day 5 -7, Beijing: Hike along the Great Wall, see the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, National Museum, and Temple of Heaven.

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China in 2 Weeks

If it will be your first time traveling to to China you must see the bustling cities and the serene countryside. Visit Beijing, Xian (Terracotta Warriors), Shanghai, and Guanxi province (known for the picturesque regions of Yangshuo and Guilin). 

Day 1-4, Beijing: Forbidden City, Great Wall of china (Simutai or Badaling), Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square.

Day 5-7, Xian: Xian is one of the best preserved walled cities. See the UNESCO world heritage site of Emperor Shi Huang’s Terracotta Warriors. Walk through the Muslim quarters and try the kebabs at the food stalls.

Day 8-11, Yangshuo/Guilin (Guanxi province): See the Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, and cruise down the Li River on bamboo raft. This region is known for its serene rice paddies and karst mountains.

Day 12-14, Shanghai: Shanghai is known for its eclectic architecture, blending the old (Old Town “Nanshi”) and the new (Shanghai World Financial Center). Stroll along the Bund and Pudong District, see Yu Garden (Yu Yuan), and take a boat ride along Huangpu River. 

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China in 3 Weeks

Three weeks in China will give you the opportunity to explore the breadth and diversity of the Middle Kingdom’s rich culture, history, wildlife, and terrain.

Day 1-3, Beijing: See the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square.

Day 4-6, Shanghai: Walk along Nanjing Road, see the Bund, Pudong district, Yu Garden, and the Shanghai Museum.

Day 7-8, Xian: See the Terracotta Warriors, the Great Mosque, and stroll through the Muslim Quarters.

Day 9-13, Emeishan: Hike along one of China’s four sacred buddhist mountains, visit a tea plantation, and see one of the largest carvings of Buddha in the world.

Day 14, Chengdu: (Note that this is a great option if you love pandas!) Get up close and personal with the giant pandas of the world famous Panda Breeding Center.

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ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT August 2016

5.0

Annapurna Circuit

What an experience! The scenery was so diverse with Alpine valleys, lush vegetable plantations, Forests, desert moonscapes and snow capped mountains brought each day a new venture.
Crossing the Worlds biggest pass -Thorang La Pass at 5416m.  The scenery was dramatic watching the colours change from 5pm start in pitch black until the  sun rises.  At the summit we drunk some Rum, courtessy of our Canadian friend Casey, who carried it carefully each day for the celebrations on the top.  Then the dancing began...  
Also climbing up Poon Hill from Ghorepani for the sun rise was spectacular with a panoramic view of the Annarpurnas unvailing.
There was good camaraderie between all 16 trekkers and everyone managed to keep together and successfully ascend the Thorang La at 5416m. Even Eugeen with his sprained ankle successfully hobbled up there. In the words of Ed Hillary " We knocked the bastard off" Yipeeeee.

Dawa was an excellent leader - a real joker.  He was interested in everyone and was very knowledgable about the area, its people and its culture.  Dawa kept everyone in good spirits and kept us all together with the excellent help from Domi, Nima and Minmer.  When trekking its important to remember to do the 'Nepal shuffle' by keep shaking your rucksack to displace stones that seem to keep magically appearing on top of them and sometimes inside them.
The Porters, well what can I say - worth their weight in Gold.  We ocassionally met them on treks on certain days but they were always around in the evenings especially for the dancing- A great team.

We all ate well in excellent tea houses.  Noone got 'Delhi belly' so thats probably a reflection on the quality of food served, although quite a few chose safer vegetarian options.  The beer was excellent, choices of Ghurka, Tuborg or Everest and if you explore the kitchens you do get drawn into drinking loads of Chang beer with eggs in!
Dhal Bhat and beer drinking competitions are a must but be aware- those porters know how to drink.
A really enjoyable and memorable trek where I feel I have met many friends and I hope to keep in touch with everyone.
Phil

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Annapurna Circuit August 2016

5.0

Annapurna Circuit

Overall an excellent trip. I've also done the Annapurna Sanctury and Everest Base Camp but this was the best by far. It was less focused on the mountains and gave more opportunities to get to know the people, culture and traditions of the country.
The time spent in Mustang walking down the Kali Kandaki valley, in particular the visit to Kagbeni. We had been accompanied to that point by a group walking the mini circuit and I feel they missed out on the best part of the trip? I'm now tempted to visit Upper Mustang to experience the Tibetan Buddist culture more closely.

I cannot speak too highly of him, Prem Gurung. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the country, the trails, the flora and fauna and the history, culture and traditions of the places we visited. Also, he very quickly assessed the abilities of the group and identified those who needed additional support and encouragement, especially when preparing to cross the Thorong La. Several of the group went down with severe food poisoning in Manang and his advice/treatment was exceptional. Thanks to him, all recovered quickly and were strong enough to tackle the Thorong La just two days later.

Spend some time researching the area you are going to visit and be aware of the challenges you are likely to face. Also, make sure you read the trip notes and the recommended kit lists. I've done three trips with Exodus and have been amazed at how poorly prepared some people were. Eg not sure if they needed sleeping bags, down clothing etc and not prepared for the altitude and cold temperatures. Also, do some training and get FIT!

I think Exodus could do more to make sure their leaders and guides are properly clothed and equipped. Our leader had to buy superglue part way round the trip to glue the soles back onto his boots. Many other trekking companies are supplying their staff with high quality footwear and softshell\waterproof clothing, often carrying their company logos. Our leader\guides were still dependent on members of our group donating surplus kit at the end of the trip. I think this is unacceptable for an established company with a reputation like Exodus.

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ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT August 2016

5.0

Annapurna Circuit

Walking the Annapurna Circuit was the achievement of an ambition formed when doing the Sanctuary trek previously with Exodus. There is something compelling about Nepal – the biggest mountains in the world, the hugely varied landscape, the amazing people, the harmony between different religious beliefs. 
So much of this journey inspired wonder and awe: it is impossible to choose one moment above others. The sheer scale of the geography and geology; the piercing turquoise blue of the tumbling Marsyangdi river; standing on a hillside watching the legendary lammergeyer circling overhead; the “dambuster squadron” of Griffon vultures swooping down the gorge below. A taste of the protected kingdom of Upper Mustang with its strange dry landscape and temples was fascinating. And the most unusual cinema venue I have been to was in Manang - a dark shed, wooden benches with yak wool cushions, a roaring wood-burning stove, and cups of herbal tea.

Shailesh Tamang, our group leader, worked tirelessly to make this trek outstanding in every way. The group of 16 was expertly managed to keep us together, despite inevitable variations in ability and experience. His expertise meant that we all acclimatised sufficiently to the altitude to be able to climb the Thorung-La. Shailesh is very knowledgeable and was always willing to share this with us, particularly giving us an insight into the current situation in Nepal and some of the problems the country faces. 

Wet wipes, wet wipes and more wet wipes!
 Don’t expect a shower to be hot, if at all.
Be prepared to get up very early.
Try the excellent chocolate cake in Manang……
But order the various forms of lethal custard at your own peril!

I was a little apprehensive beforehand having read about the building of the new road. This, in fact, is more like a rutted dirt track. But it cannot be denied that the way of life for people here is changing as a result. In response to the road, we were taken on several little used high routes which were superb.
For many, crossing the Thorung-La or being on Poon Hill at sunrise are the top experiences of this trek. However the circuit is so much more than this, and despite 18 days walking it was over all too quickly.
As seen on a notice board in Kagbeni:
"Nepal is here to change you, not for you to change Nepal"

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ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT August 2016

4.0

Annapurna Circuit

Fantastic holiday- wonderful experience great group
Highlight - crossing Throng-La pass

Group leader and guides and sherpas- attentive and determined to look after group and get us all round

Food often basic- solar showers cold if not a sunny day- from Day 2 was very cold in evening

Holiday was so good- already planing next adventure

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Awesome Annapurna August 2016

5.0

Annapurna Circuit

Excellent tour, stunning scenery, lovely people, great country.
The Thorong-La is the exciting focus of the trip and it does not disappoint but every day had amazing scenery and the three weeks provided strikingly different terrain.

The group leader Prem and all the other guides and porters were fantastic, felt in very safe hands. a knowledgeable friendly group with a great sense of humor.

If this is your first trek in this region then be prepared for some very basic accommodation, (but also some very nice accommodation) some interesting food, cold showers and some truly frightening bathrooms. But that is all part of the trekking experience.
Pack light as you can wash your clothes at regular intervals although unless you love cold showers then you'll be pretty stinky and happy as Larry.
Food and drink is never more than an hour away at any time during the trek, loads of tea houses to have a rest and a brew.
Wi-Fi was available nearly everywhere.
Not any insects to be concerned about.

An amazing country that has to be visited.

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