Highlights of China tours

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2016: 13 Oct, 10 Nov
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Highlights of China tours

Environment

We encourage all of our travellers to travel responsibly and offer advice on how they can best help local people through charitable donations and the purchase of certain goods. We also offer guidance, both verbal and written, on how travellers can best help and preserve the local environment. This covers such areas as energy conservation in hotels to the sustainable use of water. Throughout the journey you local guides and Western tour leader will also be on hand to offer ad hoc advice on how you can limit the impact you have on the local environment.

This company is also committed to measuring and assuming responsibility for our carbon emissions. We have worked with Cleaner Climate to offset emissions from our Australian, United Kingdom and USA offices during 2011. The emission reductions are generated from Clean Technology (Kyoto compliant) projects in India (run-of-river hydro), Thailand (rice husk biomass), and China (hydro). These not only reduce emissions, but also contribute to the sustainable development of disadvantaged communities.

Community

We believe that travel should entail an exchange of knowledge and perspectives, a sharing of wealth, and a genuine appreciation China’s beautiful natural environments. This philosophy underpins the heart and soul of our style of travel. We recognise that well-planned itineraries and well-informed tourists contribute positively to cross-cultural understanding and the livelihoods of local people.

When you visit a local family in Beijing’s hutongs on an ‘earth-friendly’ rickshaw ride, you will be sharing cultural insights with your hosts as well as supporting their livelihood. This trip aims to avoid the trapping of mass tourism so instead of using large busses we use an overnight train from Beijing to Xian and when in Yangshuo you get to see the local sights by bicycle.

On this journey our local guides are trained to share their knowledge of cultural and other local issues in a balanced, informative way; in this journey alone you are likely to meet several local guides from different areas across the country. They share real experiences from their own lives and insights into family life, influences and beliefs, thus providing our travellers with a deeper understanding of the places they visit. This is what motivates our guides, not shopping commissions.

Our offices in Asia are staffed with local people wherever possible and we have a long term aim of filling management roles with competent local staff. This presence means we are much better able to control the content, the actions of our suppliers, and the style of our small group journey.

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