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The lights of Fenghuang Ancient Town, Hunan
Departure date: February 17–20, 2018

Fenghuang Ancient Town and Fanjing Mountain (4 days)

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Take a trip to south China to see both sides of Hunan’s beautiful Fenghuang Ancient Town, and summit Guizhou’s 2572m Fanjing Mountain.

Side trips include a short hike on the ‘southern’ Great Wall, and a full-day visit to the City of the Miao Kings.

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Monks unveiling a huge cloth thangka
Departure date: February 27–March 2, 2018

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

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See the once-a-year sight of a giant Buddha tapestry being unveiled on the hillside above Labrang Monastery, and mingle with the crowds of pilgrims who come from the Tibetan areas of Gansu’s countryside to see the folk performances and to pray and partake in Buddhist rituals.

This four-day trip also includes hikes and walks in the grasslands near Xiahe.

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Departure date: March 15–18, 2018

Wuyuan ‘Fields of Flowers’, Jiangxi Province

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The county of Wuyuan, in southern China’s Jiangxi Province, possesses great natural beauty, and is famous for gorgeous, vast fields of yellow rapeseed flowers—the main focus of this trip.

As well as hiking in and around the fields of flowers, we’ll be visiting Jingdezhen, the ‘Porcelain Capital’ of China; several ancient villages with well-preserved ancient architecture; the Rainbow Bridge; and the Jiangling Mountains. Beijingers will be able to get a good look at life in the southeast of China, and photographers will certainly come home with some good shots!

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Colourful costumes of the Zhuang ethnic group
Departure date: April 4–8, 2018

Guizhou: Miao and Dong culture in the mountains (5 days)

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Guizhou is home to close to 50% of the total of each of the Miao and Dong ethnic groups, and deep in the mountains many still hold to their ancient customs and rituals: animism, shamanism, courtship and marriage rituals, choral singing, and colourful clothing and jewellery.

On this trip we’ll hike between villages and enclaves in the hills to get an up-close look at their well-preserved rituals, traditions, and architecture

Timed for the Tomb-Sweeping Festival holiday. Sign up early, before flight tickets run out!

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Departure date: April 28–May 1, 2018

Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia

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On this four day expedition you’ll experience life in the desert, with two days of hiking and one night of camping in the Tengger Desert region of the Alashan Plateau, adjacent to the huge Gobi Desert. We’ll visit desert lakes and oases, traveling through the dunes by foot, by jeep, and by camel! 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.

This trip is timed for the Labour Day holiday weekend. If you’re working in Beijing, you may need to apply for a day off on April 28—it’s supposed to be a working day.

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Hiking in grassy meadows near Qinghai Lake
Departure date: May 24–27, 2018

Qinghai Lake, Kumbum Monastery, and the Gangshika Snow Mountain (4 days)

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See Tibetan culture and go hiking in Qinghai Province, visiting Qinghai Lake and Kumbum Monastery, and hiking up to 4,300m to see a glacier on Gangshika Mountain.

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Mountains and rivers in Xinjiang
Departure date: June 13–18, 2018

Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang Province (6 days)

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Take a six-day road trip through the Tianshan Mountains in Xinjiang, passing by ancient Silk Road sights on the way to our campsite in the beautiful Bayinbuluke Grasslands.

During the trip you’ll visit the ruined city of Subashi, camp near a Kazakh settlement in the grasslands, visit the Kunas Forest scenic area, and you’ll get great views of grasslands and mountains on short hikes during the drive back to Urumqi.

This trip is timed for the Dragon Boat Festival Holiday. If you’re working in China you’ll need to apply for time off on the 13th, 14th, and 15th as well.

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Departure date: June 16–18, 2018

Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

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Escape the heat and bustle of the city on a two-day, two-night trip to the cool and breezy Bashang Grasslands, 280km north of Beijing. On this trip you’ll enjoy two days of hiking through the beautiful flowers and soft, waving, grass that covers the rolling hills of the prairie, with a BBQ and bonfire to keep you warm on the last night of the trip.

This trip is timed for the Dragon Boat Festival holiday. Book in early, it’s sure to be popular!

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Departure date: July 13–15, 2018

Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

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Escape the heat and bustle of the city on a two-day, two-night trip to the cool and breezy Bashang Grasslands, 280km north of Beijing. On this trip you’ll enjoy two days of hiking through the beautiful flowers and soft, waving, grass that covers the rolling hills of the prairie, with a BBQ and bonfire to keep you warm on the last night of the trip.

All you need is the Friday off work, and you’re set to go!

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Departure date: August 10–12, 2018

Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

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Escape the heat and bustle of the city on a two-day, two-night trip to the cool and breezy Bashang Grasslands, 280km north of Beijing. On this trip you’ll enjoy two days of hiking through the beautiful flowers and soft, waving, grass that covers the rolling hills of the prairie, with a BBQ and bonfire to keep you warm on the last night of the trip.

All you need is the Friday off work, and you’re set to go!

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Departure date: August 15–19, 2018

Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province

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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.

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Departure date: October 1–7, 2018

Silk Road: Korla to Kashgar (7 days)

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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!

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Departure date: October 2–5, 2018

Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia

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On this four day expedition you’ll experience life in the desert, with two days of hiking and one night of camping in the Tengger Desert region of the Alashan Plateau, adjacent to the huge Gobi Desert. We’ll visit desert lakes and oases, traveling through the dunes by foot, by jeep, and by camel! 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.

Read more »
The lights of Fenghuang Ancient Town, Hunan
Departure date: November 15–18, 2018

Fenghuang Ancient Town and Fanjing Mountain (4 days)

Book your place

Take a trip to south China to see both sides of Hunan’s beautiful Fenghuang Ancient Town, and summit Guizhou’s 2572m Fanjing Mountain.

Side trips include a short hike on the ‘southern’ Great Wall, and a full-day visit to the City of the Miao Kings.

Read more »
Departure date: December 12–16, 2018

Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province

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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.

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The lights of Fenghuang Ancient Town, Hunan
Trip dates: February 17–20, 2018

Fenghuang Ancient Town and Fanjing Mountain (4 days)

In Brief: See Hunan’s beautiful Fenghuang Ancient Town; summit Guizhou’s 2,572m Fanjing Mountain; see Tujia and Miao customs and culture.

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Monks unveiling a huge cloth thangka
Trip dates: February 27–March 2, 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.

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Terraced hills covered with flowers
Trip dates: March 15–18, 2018

Wuyuan ‘Fields of Flowers’, Jiangxi Province

In Brief: See fields of yellow flowers and ancient river towns in southern China. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous.

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Colourful costumes of the Zhuang ethnic group
Trip dates: April 4–8, 2018

Guizhou: Miao and Dong culture in the mountains (5 days)

In Brief: Hike between villages and enclaves in the mountains of Guizhou Province to get a up-close look at the well-preserved rituals, traditions, and architecture of the Miao and Dong (and more) ethnic groups.

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A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: April 28–May 1, 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.

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Hiking in grassy meadows near Qinghai Lake
Trip dates: May 24–27, 2018

Qinghai Lake, Kumbum Monastery, and the Gangshika Snow Mountain (4 days)

In Brief: Take a hike near the shores of Qinghai Lake; join the pilgrims visiting Kumbum Monastery; hike up to a high altitude glacier on Gangshika Mountain.

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Mountains and rivers in Xinjiang
Trip dates: June 13–18, 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.

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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: June 16–18, 2018

Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

In Brief: Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia: hikes, BBQ lamb, and more.

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Hiking the ridgelines at the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: July 13–15, 2018

Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

In Brief: Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia: hikes, BBQ lamb, and more.

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Trip dates: July 17–22, 2018

Jiuzhi Tibetan Area, Gansu Province (6 days)

In Brief: New trip, details to be confirmed.
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The green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: August 10–12, 2018

Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province

In Brief: Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia: hikes, BBQ lamb, and more.

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The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Trip dates: August 15–19, 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.

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Trip dates: September 20–24, 2018

Dali, Cang Mountain, and Erhai Lake, Yunnan (5 days)

In Brief: See the sights of Dali and its surrounds, travelling by foot, bicycle, and as part of a mule train as we visit ancient towns, temples, Erhai Lake, and camp out on Cang Mountain.
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Baicheng Landform
Trip dates: October 1–7, 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.

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A person walks through the sandy dunes of the Tengger Desert
Trip dates: October 2–5, 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.

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A mossy tree trunk, Five Flowers Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park
Trip dates: October 24–28, 2018

Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, Sichuan Province

In Brief: Visit the deservedly famous Jiuzhaigou National Park and then head on to nearby Huanglong, an equally scenic but less well-known area of still ponds and coloured rocks.
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The lights of Fenghuang Ancient Town, Hunan
Trip dates: November 15–18, 2018

Fenghuang Ancient Town and Fanjing Mountain (4 days)

In Brief: See Hunan’s beautiful Fenghuang Ancient Town; summit Guizhou’s 2,572m Fanjing Mountain; see Tujia and Miao customs and culture.

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Bridges and pagodas in Lijiang’s Black Dragon Pool park
Trip dates: December 12–16, 2018

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.

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