Tiger Leaping Gorge cycling holiday, China
Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travellers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.
How Tiger Leaping Gorge cycling holiday, China makes a difference
Transport: What better way to support the environment and lower our carbon footprint... than by cycling. Travelling by bike is not only a great way to see and experience a culture, but this means we use less vehicles, less oil and less carbon.
Water: We provide purified drinking water for the duration of the cycling component for all passengers and staff, using 20 litre, reusable water drums. This prevents you from needing to buy plastic bottles that add to landfill.
Waste: We hand out a gift set of chopsticks and cover to all passengers on day one to encourage everyone to avoid using the disposable sets that are provided in many restaurants in China.
Wildlife: We try to inform and help educate people about the still prevalent issue of eating "wild" and "exotic" animals in China. Whilst eating strange and interesting things can be a fun part of travelling in China, there are many issues that have a negative impact on the local wildlife and also other animals that are mistreated.
Energy: We encourage guests to conserve energy and maintain the use of air conditioners, lights and other electrical equipment to a minimum. This doesn't mean we don't want you to use it, but be concious of your usage and turn off everything whilst you are not in your rooms.
Buildings: China is growing and growing fast, this also means many of the beautiful traditional buildings and much of the local architecture is in danger of being destroyed. We choose our accommodations and cycle routes very carefully, ensuring we support and encourage those in the community who are maintaining and using these wonderful buildings.
Suppliers: We support the communities where we travel. Our accommodations, restaurants, guides and drivers are all locals from Yunnan province and we encourage everyone we meet to treat our environment with care and respect. We hope at the least, that we lead by example.
Our lodging in Shigu is a great example of what we prefer to utilise when possible; small, locally run guesthouses. The small guesthouse in Shigu is called the Shihong Inn, run by Ms Wang and her family. We have been using this guesthouse since 2004 and every time we return we are welcomed back like family... in addition Ms Wang and her mother are great cooks!
We send out trip information booklets to all passengers on our trips before the trip has started to encourage participants to start reading and learning about not only China, but about Yunnan and the many minority cultures in the areas we cycle though.
Yunnan has many a strong, rich and unique cultures that are different to the concept of just ‘China’. Many of the people and villages we visit are from one of the 55 Minority groups recognised in China, such as Bai and Naxi. We love to explore, listen and learn about these cultures from the minority people themselves, we manage this by encouraging local interaction and supporting minority and locally run businesses and suppliers.
The maximum group size for this trip is 12. This helps to preserve the experience as a more personalised for you and also makes it less intimidating for locals.
Discovering new foods, dishes and flavours is an integral part of travelling, and we love to eat! For breakfast, lunch and dinner we will take you to all manner of local eating establishments, eating fresh, regional produce cooked by the people who know best – the locals!
On this adventure, all of our guides, drivers and mechanics are from the local area that you will be visiting. We only stay at locally owned guest houses and encourage people to support local businesses and smaller shops, as opposed to bigger supermarkets and chain stores.
Tiger Leaping Gorge cycling holiday, China