Our Travel Consultant Yolande Campea travels to China to explore Beijing, The Great Wall, Shanghai, and many places in between. From the rich culture to the shopping, she shares her experience with us:
Let me start off by saying that China is an amazing country! From its rich history to it’s amazing people and culture. It’s a place that everyone should visit once in their lifetime.
I have to admit I was worried when I first walked onto the plane in Vancouver and I thought to myself, will there be anyone who speaks English? The answer is Yes, but communication is very limited to very broken English and sometimes a struggle to find out what someone is saying to you. I don’t think I would personally have been able to travel without a tour.
Exotik Tours escorted myself and 20 other people on this trip, and I must say it was incredible. We arrived in Beijing with bright eyes even after the long 11 hour flight, in anticipation of an amazing time. We spent the next few days walking the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven. It was a great experience that left me falling into bed every night from long bus trips and sightseeing. I suggest having a few days of rest in between activities in Beijing, as it would help with the Jet Lag and allowing you more time to explore the city itself.
Xi’an was our next stop in our tour. It had a different feel than Beijing, (for one it’s not as busy) and it felt closer to nightlife and restaurants. The Terracotta Warrior’s are also in Xi’an and it was an amazing experience to see their features, and the amount of time it took to make them. We also went to the Shaanxi History Museum, where we discovered the lives of the past dynasties.
Shanghai was the last stop in our 8 day tour, and that is where I fell in LOVE with the shopping! You could buy anything you wanted at the fraction of the cost of what it would be here in Canada, but you knew it wasn’t real (but, it really didn’t matter). You could spend hours lost in the shopping centers and be asked by 20 merchants if you wanted Louis Vuitton merchandise, and if you said yes, they would take you to the back of their store in a secret storage area. It was AMAZING! Even with all the shopping distractions, I still had time to see the Jade Buddha Temple, and it was inspiring, and you couldn’t help but want to be spiritual. We also did a Huangpu River Cruise at night, it allowed us to view Shanghai at night with all its bright lights and amazing buildings.
It’s hard to put into words the things I’ve seen, the people I’ve met, and amazing things I’ve experienced on this trip. It seems like a dream that I actually stood and walked on the Great Wall of China! I was there, I took pictures, and I will never forget it!
Looking for more information on travelling to China? Contact Yolande Campea, a Travel Consultant with Flight Centre based in Edmonton, Alberta who can be reached at 1 877 763 2528.