China tailor made tour, Guangxi and Hunan

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: China tailor made tour, Guangxi and Hunan

Environment

This is a low-impact cultural and scenic tour designed to accommodate small groups and private travellers, not a seat-in-bus tour. Your itinerary will see you visit protected areas such as Zhangjiajie National Park, the Longji Rice Terraces, Wulingyuan Scenic Area, and the karst landscapes of Guilin and Yangshuo. Such regions of natural beauty are in large part sustained by the revenues generated from tourism, meaning your visit will play a small but real role in helping to protect these unique environments.

We employ local tour guides who will help you to travel responsibly through the fragile environments visited during your itinerary, by ensuring that you keep to designated trails, follow the national park guidelines, and do not interfere with the wildlife.

When preparing itineraries we favour the use of small lodges with coherent sustainable tourism policies over larger hotels and resorts. In China this is often challenging, with smaller resorts and eco-friendly lodges few and far between. In Yangshuo, Longji and Fenghuang, we favour privately-owned guesthouses and boutique hotels, such as Poshan Inn (Fenghuang) and Secret Garden (Yangshuo). There are no comparable hotels to a good standard in Zhangjiajie

Carbon offsetting We provide a monthly donation to the Carbon Neutral fund to partially offset the emissions generated by our business.

Community

During the course of your travels in Guangxi and Hunan you will visit a number of minority communities, including a Dong tribal village in southern Hunan and a Zhuang village in the region of the Longji Rice Terraces (Ping'an). While the latter receives many visitors, the Dong village in question is removed from the main tourist circuit.

As always, it is important to approach local people in such a way that respects their culture, even as you engage with and show interest in it. This means extending common courtesies such as not taking photos without permission, dressing appropriately when visiting cultural and/or religious sites, and ensuring you do not leave behind litter.

We employ local tour guides who are mindful of local customs and traditions and will guide you on the proper decorum in each situation.

The money generated by your tour through entrance fees, nights spent at locally-owned accommodation, tour guide fees and your patronage of local shops and businesses (such as coffee houses and restaurants) will also help to support the communities you visit.

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