Beijing to Chengdu tours, Mountains & Monasteries

“Journey through the lush north of Thailand and beautiful Laos for a taste of the less-developed side of South East Asia.”

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Bangkok | Chiang Mai | Chiang Khong | Mekong River | Luang Prabang | Vang Vieng | Vientiane
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Beijing to Chengdu tours, Mountains & Monasteries

This trip is an adventure of a lifetime and challenges people culturally, politically and physically. It is sometimes very exciting and sometimes frustrating as we travel through China and Tibet and Nepal with differing cultures, as we get out there and meet people, listen to them, hear their stories, breathe deeply and notice everything. Our longstanding experiences in these areas and our great local guides help us to negotiate our path.

Environment
Waste and litter is a serious issue in Tibet. We provide all travellers with reusable bags and chopsticks in order to avoid waste. For the train journey, we also encourage our travellers to buy food with less packaging and share more to avoid generating plastic wastes or general waste of food.

We encourage the use of “tea flasks” for drinking water (or tea, like the locals do!) so as not to purchase multiple plastic bottles. Safe drinking water is available in all our accommodation and transport. Any bottles that are purchased are given to the community of waste collectors who rely on this for an income.

Community
With Tibet having one of the highest incidences of blindness in the world, a project that we have been supporting is Braille without Borders, based in Lhasa. Through visit their base in Lhasa, we’ll learn about the great work they’ve been doing for the blind Tibetan people, especially the education and work opportunities they’ve created for them. Our travellers can contribute directly by buying their products like t-shirts, bags etc, or donate through our Foundation to double your donation to them.
Other fun and practical contributions to the employment of Tibetans on our trips have been the introduction of a one hour Tibetan language class for our passengers (try saying Nga, Na and Nye and make them sound different) and also the opportunity to attend a Tibetan cooking class. We’ve also trained Tibetans to be the leaders of these trips so that they can develop their skills and career better.
There are also plenty of opportunities to interact with the locals by doing a family visit in Gyantse, or visit a local nunnery in Sakya – perfect chances for travellers to gain a deeper insight into the Tibetan life and community, a fun and educational experience for both the visiting and the visited.

Reviews of Beijing to Chengdu tours, Mountains & Monasteries

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


All of the holiday was fantastic. I particularly enjoyed the train journey from Beijing to Lhasa. The visit to the nunnery was fun. There was nothing on my trip that I didn't enjoy so it's hard to choose 1 thing I enjoyed most.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for a total culture shock and just do what the locals do! Immerse yourself in the culture, history and the fabulous landscape.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The trip benefited a local charity for the blind. It did its best to have a environmentally friendly trip but it's not always possible particularly with bottled water.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was one of the best holidays. If you go with a mindset of knowing that living standards are poor as well as the facilities compared to western ones then you will have as much fun as I did.

Reviewed on 08 Jun 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Listening to monks chanting in the Samye Monastery.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with an open mind, an attitude of adventure. It is a different country. You
will not find the same facilities as at home. The food is different. But it's all
part of the adventure.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Staying in a monastery at Emei Shan, one of China's 4 sacred mountains, and being spooked by the candlelit Buddha statues on a midnight toilet trip. Also doing karaoke on a boat trip up the Yangtze with lots of Chinese tourists.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with an open mind and get involved with things.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Uses mainly local transport and hotels which is great - it was a bit of a shock when we went to cafes full of other western tourists to realise we weren't the only ones in town, as we thought. Hard to minimise impacts on the environment when you're travelling such long distances, but the tour operator do try, through using public transport and discouraging e.g. the use of too many small plastic bottles of water.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was very memorable and exciting, and a good idea to go on a tour through a country that would be difficult to navigate alone.

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


A festival day in Varanasi.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make use of the free time to meet local people.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

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