Escape Travel Consultant Kaithlyn McNab, recently returned from a whirlwind tour of China. Embarking on a ten day Intrepid tour through the highlights of Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing, Kaithlyn was glad she joined a guided group for her first experience of China.
“I definitely recommend travelling through China with an organised tour. It really helped with the language barrier, particularly when ordering food in restaurants and travelling on trains. You don’t want to hop on the wrong train in the bustling cities of China,” shared Kaithlyn.
The Great Wall of China
One of her favourite memories of the trip was visiting the Great Wall of China. Kaithlyn was so impressed with the incredible architecture of this historic monument.
“I had to stop to take this photo at Mutianyu. The view was just spectacular as you looked out across the lush hills to admire how the Great Wall snaked through the terrain,” said Kaithlyn.
“In Shanghai, we visited the well preserved Buddhist temple, Jing-An. The decorative design of the temple was amazing, with intricate detail on each of the pavilions. There is also a wishing well in the middle of the courtyard, with a lot of people trying to throw coins into the water,” said Kaithlyn.
“In the afternoon, we wandered along the Shanghai Bund, a wide walkway next to the river. I wanted to take a photo of the Shanghai skyline including the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower,” said Kaithlyn.
China Water Town
“We also visited a small water town outside of Shanghai. Just like Venice, the town had little canals that meandered through the buildings. Surprisingly touristy, there were many food stalls and markets that surrounded the water’s edge. I tried some lovely food here, like wontons, rice balls and even deep fried spiral potatoes,” said Kaithlyn.
Wild Goose Pagoda
“This is the famous Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an. At night there is a fantastic light show, complete with dancing fountains. The red trees along the edge are actually fake and also light up in the evening,” shared Kaithlyn.
The Bell Tower
“The Bell Tower in Xi'an is one of two towers originally built to give early signs of warning for attacks on the city. With beautifully landscaped gardens and lit up spectacularly at night, it is still certainly a prominent feature inside the only intact city walls remaining in China,” said Kaithlyn.
“The Terracotta Warriors were amazing. Set in a huge hanger, there were thousands of sculptures of warriors, horses and chariots. Each warrior was surprisingly detailed with individual faces and features. People were even completing the restoration work at the time,” said Kaithlyn.
Let Kaithlyn McNab organise your next tour to China, email Kaithlyn.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 3401 0300. Kaithlyn is a consultant at Escape Travel’s Cleveland store in Queensland.