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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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Departure date: June 6–10, 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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Mountains and clouds 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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A mountain pass
Departure date: July 17–22, 2018

Nyenbo Yurtse Mountains and Jiuzhi Tibetan area (6 days)

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Travel into the Jiuzhi Tibetan area for a two-day trek in the Nyebo Yurtse Mountains; visit Lanzhou’s Bingling Temple and Danxia Landform on side trips.

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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.

Read more »
Trekking on the Tea and Horse Trail near Dali, Yunnan Province
Departure date: September 20–24, 2018

Dali’s Old Towns, Cang Mountain, and Erhai Lake, Yunnan (5 days)

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Hike through the history of the ancient Tea and Horse Trail near Dali, trek with a mule team to a 3,300m high campsite on Cang Mountain, and get a taste of Yunnan’s special food as you explore the old towns of Dali, Xizhou, and Weishan

The trip includes a 20km bike ride to Erhai Lake, a hike by natural hot springs, and large amounts of the local cuisine.

We’re working with our friends at a Dali-based boutique agency to bring you an extra special themed trip that explores the long history of the area.

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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.

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Departure date: October 24–28, 2018

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.

UPDATE: We got word that Jiuzhaigou has reopened. This trip is all go!

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The lights of Fenghuang Ancient Town, Hunan
Departure date: November 15–18, 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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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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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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The coloured hills of the Zhangye Danxia Landform
Trip dates: June 6–10, 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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Mountains and clouds 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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A mountain pass
Trip dates: July 17–22, 2018

Nyenbo Yurtse Mountains and Jiuzhi Tibetan area (6 days)

In Brief: Travel into the Jiuzhi Tibetan area for a two-day trek in the Nyebo Yurtse Mountains; visit Lanzhou’s Bingling Temple and Danxia Landform on side trips.

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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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Trekking on the Tea and Horse Trail near Dali, Yunnan Province
Trip dates: September 20–24, 2018

Dali’s Old Towns, Cang Mountain, and Erhai Lake, Yunnan (5 days)

In Brief: See the Southern Silk Road sights of Dali and its surrounds, travelling by foot, bicycle, and as part of a mule train as we visit ancient towns and temples on the ancient Tea and Horse Trail 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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