Home > Explore China

Departure date: October 1–7, 2017

Silk Road: Korla to Kashgar (7 days)

Join standby list

Spend seven days on the Silk Road, heading west to Kashgar and travelling by jeep instead of camel through the vast empty areas of Xinjiang Province. Along the way, visit some of the sights in the less well known Silk Road stops like Korla, Subashi, and Aksu; finish the trip by exploring Kashgar!

This trip is timed for the big October holiday. Book early – otherwise the flights might sell out before we can arrange your tickets!

Read more »
Departure date: October 2–5, 2017

Alashan Desert Lakes and Temple, Inner Mongolia

Join standby list

Travel by foot, camel, and jeep through the Alashan Desert to reach a beautiful Buddhist temple deep in the dunes. As part of this trip we’ll do a two-day trip through the desert to a temple. We’ll visit lakes and oases surrounded by huge sand dunes, camping overnight by one of the lakes and getting a look at the sparse lifestyle of desert-dwelling nomads and shepherds. On the last day of the trip we’ll visit the Western Xia Imperial Tombs, taking a look at the distinctive pyramid-shaped burial mounds left by a kingdom that was extinguished by Genghis Khan.

Read more »
Departure date: October 8–12, 2017

Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province

Book your place

Large areas of northwestern China are sparsely populated, and contain stunning scenic locations unheard of by outsiders. On this trip, the highlight is the Danxia Landform of Zhangye—magnificently multi-coloured mountains, valleys, hills, and cliffs that ripple away towards the horizon.

Read more »
Departure date: November 9–12, 2017

Hakka Tulou Clusters and Xiamen, Fujian Province

Book your place

Head deep into the mountains of Fujian to explore the tulou buildings of the Hakka, visiting those both well-known and obscure, and staying overnight in a tulou building in one of the smaller, less-visited clusters.

On the days either side of the visit to the tulou buildings we’ll see a few of Xiamen’s highlights, including the Huli Hill Cannon Fort and the narrow lanes and Victorian architecture of Gulangyu Island.

Read more »
Departure date: November 22–26, 2017

Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province

Book your place

See the highlights of Lijiang and Shangri-La on this five-day trip—cobbled streets and watercourses of ancient towns, country roads and fields around small settlements, Naxi and Tibetan culture, and amazing views of snow-capped mountains.

As well as riding horses on an ancient tea trail, you’ll take an excursion by boat on the scenic Lashi Lake, and visit the Songzanlin Temple in Shangri-La. Of course, you’ll also get a quite a bit of walking about done—on peaceful country lanes near Lijiang, on the cobblestone streets of the towns we’ll visit, and at the lower end of the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Read more »

Explore China

Beijing Hikers operates trips to many places in China – famous scenic areas, as well as those obscure and less well-known. We take care of all the organisation, leaving you free to enjoy the scenery without stress.

All trips around China

If you're interested in a trip that's not currently open for bookings, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we'll let you know when we've got the itinerary confirmed.

Explore China calendar

See the Explore China schedule in our calendar

Baicheng Landform
Trip dates: October 1–7, 2017

Silk Road: Korla to Kashgar (7 days)

In Brief: Spend seven days on the Silk Road, heading west to Kashgar and travelling by jeep instead of camel through the vast empty areas of Xinjiang Province.

Standby
More info »
Dunes in the Alashan Desert
Trip dates: October 2–5, 2017

Alashan Desert Lakes and Temple, Inner Mongolia

In Brief: Travel by foot, camel, and jeep through the Alashan Desert to reach a beautiful Buddhist temple deep in the dunes. Includes a night camping in the desert, plus a visit to the Western Xia Imperial Tombs.

Standby
More info »
The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Trip dates: October 8–12, 2017

Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province

In Brief: See the fantastically-coloured mountains and cliffs in an all-but unexplored area of Gansu; visit Horse Hoofprint Temple, Jiayuguan Fortress, and more.

Book trip
More info »
A cluster of three tulou buildings, deep in the hills of Fujian
Trip dates: November 9–12, 2017

Hakka Tulou Clusters and Xiamen, Fujian Province

In Brief: Head deep into the mountains of Fujian to see the tulou buildings of the Hakka, visiting those both well-known and obscure, and staying overnight in a tulou building in one of the smaller, less-visited clusters. Trip includes sights around Xiamen, including Gulangyu Island.

Book trip
More info »
Bridges and pagodas in Lijiang’s Black Dragon Pool park
Trip dates: November 22–26, 2017

Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province

In Brief: See the highlights of Lijiang and Shangri-La: cobbled streets and watercourses of ancient towns, Naxi and Tibetan culture, plus amazing views of snow-capped mountains. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous.

Book trip
More info »
Monks unveiling a huge cloth thangka
Trip dates: February 2018

Labrang Monastery’s ‘Unveiling the Buddha’ Ceremony, Xiahe, Gansu Province

In Brief: Visit Xiahe to witness a giant Buddha tapestry being unveiled on the hillside above Labrang Monastery and to join the crowds watching the lively performances in the town square. Trip also includes hikes and walks in nearby grassland areas.
Contact us for more information »

A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: May 2018

Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia

In Brief: Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, ride camels, camp in the desert, and more.
Contact us for more information »

A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: May 2018

Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province

In Brief: See the fantastically-coloured mountains and cliffs in an all-but unexplored area of Gansu; visit Horse Hoofprint Temple, Jiayuguan Fortress, and more.
Contact us for more information »

Mountains and rivers in Xinjiang
Trip dates: June 2018

Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang Province (6 days)

In Brief: Camp out overnight in the beautiful high-altitude scenery of the Bayinbuluke Grasslands in northwestern Xinjiang; see Silk Road sights, big mountains, and desert while on the road to and from the grasslands.
Contact us for more information »

Kashgar’s Id Kar Mosque
Trip dates: July 2018

Silk Road: Korla to Kashgar (7 days)

In Brief: Spend seven days on the Silk Road, heading west to Kashgar and travelling by jeep instead of camel through the vast empty areas of Xinjiang Province.
Contact us for more information »