Home > Explore China

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

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 »
Lanzhou Danxia Landform
Departure date: December 29–January 1

Lanzhou Danxia Landform, Yellow River Stone Forest, and Bingling Temple, Gansu Province (4 days)

Book your place

New Years Holiday trip!

Head out to Gansu Province for a four-day trip that features hikes and walks (and rafts) around the Lanzhou Danxia Landform, the Yellow River Stone Forest, and Bingling Temple.

The Lanzhou Danxia Landform, is an undeveloped site similar to the more famous ‘rainbow mountains’ of Zhangye. Word is that it will be developed into a park area sooner or laer – visit now to hike it with us while we’re still allowed!

While we’re in the area we’ll make side trips to the Yellow River Stone Forest and Bingling Temple, as well as taking a stroll around Lanzhou city to visit the mosque, museum, and food street.

(Last year we did this as a three-day trip, but we have added an extra day so we can fully explore the Yellow River Stone Forest.)

Read more »
Monks unveiling a huge cloth thangka
Departure date: February 16–19, 2019

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

Book your place

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.

Read more »
Hiking through fields of flowers near a village
Departure date: March 14–17, 2019

Wuyuan ‘Fields of Flowers’, Jiangxi Province

Book your place

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!

Read more »
A traditional welcome to a Miao village
Departure date: April 3–7, 2019

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

Book your place

Guizhou is home to nearly 50% of the population 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!

Read more »
Hiking through the huge dunes of the Tengger Desert in Inner Mongolia
Departure date: April 28–May 1, 2019

Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia (4 days)

Book your place

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.

Read more »
The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Departure date: June 5–9, 2019

Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province (5 days)

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.

Timed for the Dragonboat Festival Holiday

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

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.

Book trip
More info »
Lanzhou Danxia Landform
Trip dates: December 29–January 1

Lanzhou Danxia Landform, Yellow River Stone Forest, and Bingling Temple, Gansu Province (4 days)

In Brief: Head out to Gansu Province for a four-day trip that features hikes and walks around the Lanzhou Danxia Landform, the Yellow River Stone Forest, and Bingling Temple.

Book trip
More info »
Monks unveiling a huge cloth thangka
Trip dates: February 16–19, 2019

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.

Book trip
More info »
Hiking through fields of flowers near a village
Trip dates: March 14–17, 2019

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.

Book trip
More info »
A traditional welcome to a Miao village
Trip dates: April 3–7, 2019

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.

Book trip
More info »
Hiking through the huge dunes of the Tengger Desert in Inner Mongolia
Trip dates: April 28–May 1, 2019

Tengger Desert Lakes, Inner Mongolia (4 days)

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

Book trip
More info »
The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Trip dates: June 5–9, 2019

Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province (5 days)

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 »