Jiuzhaigou National Park
Julia van Huisstede - The Junction
How long have you been a travel agent?
I have been in travel for 17 years and worked in Sydney as well as Newcastle during that time.
Where was your first overseas trip?
My first overseas trip was a 30 day Contiki Tour and it was amazing, it set the foundations for a future of travelling.
What is your favourite destinations?
BEIJING for the history, the great wall, forbidden city.
SHANGHAI for its architecture and shopping!
CHENGDU to see the pandas (which were incredible)
Jiuzhaigou National Park which is a network of valleys in the Sichuan Province filled with cascading waterfalls, springs, thermal pools and the Zhara Monastery which is a place of worship for the Tibetan villages - a breathtaking region and I highly recommend a visit to this part of China.
We flew with China Airlines and travelled between cities by Air (China is a huge country) China Airlines were well appointed, excellent leg room and the in flight service and meals were of a good standard, its a solid airline offering safe and affordable travel solutions to all clients.
Features that you would expect include seat back entertainment, comfort packs, special meal requests can be accommodated and so forth.
All hotels were 4 star and above, well located with excellent facilities. some hotels were more regionally located to accommodate the area we were in. The company we travelled with was CTS and we have a tour guide for the whole trip including local guides in each city and province as well as major tourist site. all were incredibly knowledgeable and looked after us especially in crowded areas and places which were the facilities were not what we were used to in our own society.
What I loved
Its hard to pick just 1 thing! I loved the history which is endless, the culture, I loved experiencing something so uniquely different to the society we live in. The busy streets, the architecture, and the fast pace in which the country is evidently growing at is exciting. I also loved that in each city or province we visited you felt as though you could be in a different country with each area having things so uniquely different to anther. as a country China offers so much.
What was just OK
Overall I enjoyed the food, and food is a main reason I travel, but I found some of the food items hard to stomach at times. Lots of offal and tourists are treated to large banquets daily and at all meals.
Trying to get through so much food was challenging at times and not eating it can be offensive! You can avoid the offal and there is still plenty of choice so its something that can be easily managed. (hardly a complaint is it!)
Tell us about your favourite meal, what, where, when & why
Dadong Peking Duck Restaurant in Beijing - Amazing Peking Duck by a celebrated Chef, the restaurant and ambience was incredible but the food to die for!
Top tip for someone doing this trip
Be open minded, pack plenty of tissues for the bathrooms, accept that the toilets are squat toilets and move on, embrace the fact that there are lots of people and you will have a fabulous time!
Anything you would do differently next time
No, just have more time to keep exploring!
Would you go back?
Have you got another trip planned and where to?
Malaysia for our national conference in November and Ski Trip in March to Japan (there is always another trip planned ha ha ha)
How can I find out more?
Call italktravel on 02 4969 3077
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