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Departure date: May 26–30, 2017

Qinghai Lake, Kumbum Monastery, and the Gangshika Snow Mountain, Qinghai Province

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See Tibetan culture and go trekking in Qinghai Province, visiting Qinghai Lake and Kumbum Monastery, and camping out at high-altitude as part of a trek up to the glacier of Gangshika Mountain.

Timed for the Dragon Boat Festival holiday.

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Departure date: June 16–18, 2017

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.

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Mountains and rivers in Xinjiang
Departure date: June 20–25, 2017

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.

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Departure date: July 14–16, 2017

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: July 20–23, 2017

Dunhuang and Mogao Grottoes, Gansu Province

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Explore the Silk Road sights around Dunhuang, including the amazing Mogao Grottoes and Crescent Lake. The trip includes some good hikes, including a day in the Dunhuang National Geopark, an area of dusty and windblown landscapes known locally as ‘The City of Ghosts’.

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Departure date: August 11–13, 2017

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 16–20, 2017

Badain Jaran Desert and Zhangye Danxia Landform (5 days)

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Head west to spend two days hiking, driving, and camping in the Badain Jaran desert, peaking with a challenging ascent of the world’s third-tallest sand dune.

Not far from the desert are the cities of Zhangye and Jiayuguan, both important stops on the Silk Road, and both full of important historical sites. While we’re out there, why not visit?

On the days either side of our desert adventure, we’ll tour the fortress at Jiayuguan, take a long hike through the stunning scenery of the Zhangye Danxia Landform, and make a side trip to Zhangye’s Giant Buddha Temple.

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Departure date: September 13–17, 2017

Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, Zhagana Tibetan area, Gansu Province

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See Tibetan culture, Buddhist monasteries and temples, and stretch the legs with some serious hiking on this 5-day road trip.

Highlights include the famed Labrang Monastery in Xiahe, the temples of Langmusi, and several long hikes into the high mountains in this remote and mountainous part of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province.

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Departure date: October 1–7, 2017

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, 2017

Alashan Desert Lakes and Temple, Inner Mongolia

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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.

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Departure date: October 8–12, 2017

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 18–22, 2017

Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, Sichuan Province

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See the best of the deservedly famous Jiuzhaigou National Park – waterfalls, forests, and the amazing colours of calcified stone covered by limpid pools – head on to nearby Huanglong for a day of easy walking by the forests, pools, and natural rock terraces in this equally beautiful scenic area, and take a walk up to the big waterfall in Munigou Park, a pretty but less well-known area.

As well as taking in all the natural beauty, we include visits to ancient towns, temples, and monasteries, making sure to sample the spicy Sichuan specialty snacks and food.

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Departure date: November 9–12, 2017

Hakka Tulou Clusters and Xiamen, Fujian Province

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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.

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Departure date: November 22–26, 2017

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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Huts below the Gangshika Snow Mountain
Trip dates: May 26–30, 2017

Qinghai Lake, Kumbum Monastery, and the Gangshika Snow Mountain, Qinghai Province

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

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Clouds over the green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: June 16–18, 2017

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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Mountains and rivers in Xinjiang
Trip dates: June 20–25, 2017

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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Hiking the ridgelines at the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: July 14–16, 2017

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 exterior of the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang
Trip dates: July 20–23, 2017

Dunhuang and Mogao Grottoes, Gansu Province

In Brief: Explore the Silk Road sights around Dunhuang, including the amazing Mogao Grottoes and Crescent Lake.

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The green rolling hills of the Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province
Trip dates: August 11–13, 2017

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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A desert lake, seen from the peak of a tall dune in the Badain Jaran Desert, Inner Mongolia
Trip dates: August 16–20, 2017

Badain Jaran Desert and Zhangye Danxia Landform (5 days)

In Brief: Two days in the Badain Jaran desert with an overnight camp, peaking with an ascent of one of the world’s tallest dunes; three days looking about nearby scenic and historical highlights including the Zhangye Danxia Landform.

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Mountains of Zhagana, Gansu Province
Trip dates: September 13–17, 2017

Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, Zhagana Tibetan area, Gansu Province

In Brief: See the Labrang Monastery, Tibetan Buddhist temples, and super high mountain scenery on this trip to the largely Tibetan remote area of Gansu Province. A similar feel to Tibet, without the hassle of getting the official permit.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A mossy tree trunk, Five Flowers Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park
Trip dates: October 18–22, 2017

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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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.

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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.

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