Family wildlife holiday in China
Description of Family wildlife holiday in China
When thinking of wildlife and nature in China, we all think about pandas, of course! But how about deer, wild boar, monkeys, birdlife, snow capped mountains, steep valleys and brightly coloured lakes? There is more diversity in China than most of us realise and this specially designed wildlife trip will show you the best of China's incredible nature and scenery.
You can still see the highlights of China - after all there is such a vast amount to see and do. However in addition to the unmissable sights you will want to include, you will also get away from the crowds and take in some of the lesser known national parks for an unforgettable holiday.
You will visit Tangjiahe Nature Reserve, a little visited wildlife reserve in northern Sichuan. The densely forested landscape is home to a huge variety of wildlife and you will follow nature trails, on the lookout for local creatures, including around 50 giant pandas.
Jiuzhaigou National Park is one of the most picturesque national parks in China and you will have a chance to explore the vividly coloured lakes and look out for an array of birdlife.
Another stunningly lovely park that you will visit on this trip is Yellow Dragon Park - you will want to drink in the views of the brightly hued lakes and dramatic mountainous scenery.
All trips should include a visit to the Great Wall, one of the most incredible places that you will ever visit, stretching for miles and miles through stunningly beautiful scenery. Taking a day hike along a section of the wall will be a real highlight of your trip.
In Beijing itself there are enough sights to keep you going for days, from the massive Forbidden City to the resplendent Temple of Heaven and the tranquil Summer Palace. A popular spot is the park around the Temple of Heaven where the local people congregate in the early morning and at weekends to do Tai Chi, sing opera, fly kites, do a spot of ballroom dancing and play bat and ball. Whilst in Beijing also make sure that you stop in at our favourite restaurant for a delicious Peking Duck.
Xi'an is another highlight, home to the incredible Terracotta Warriors. This was the ancient capital of China and there are numerous temples to visit as well as lively markets and excellent restaurants - make sure that you try a steaming bowl of noodles or dumplings. If you are interested in being active, try exploring the city walls as you can hire bikes and ride around these, getting great views over the city.
One of the main highlights for anyone interested in wildlife are the Giant Pandas who can be seen at an excellent research centre just outside the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province (famous for its spicy food!). The centre has been very successful in breeding pandas and if you are lucky you may get the chance to see young animals (who knew that they are the size and appearance of rats when first born!).
Come and join us for a truly different and unforgettable tour!
PlanetChina really battles with environmental problems and sometimes the small steps that we are able to take can seem a little insignificant. However we are firm believers in 'every little helps' and we try to give our travellers as much advice as we can in order to ensure that our tours are run in as environmentally fashion as is possible.
One of the main issues in China is the use of endangered species not only for food but also in the making of Chinese medicine. We ask our guides to be aware of this and to explain some of the issues to our guests. On a practical level the guides will ask guests to avoid restaurants that condone the selling of endangered species.
Where possible we suggest low carbon forms of transport in China, in particular the use of long distance trains rather than flights. Whilst a flight is sometimes necessary, trains can often be an enjoyable, responsible (and economical!) alternative.
PeopleWhilst in China our guides are expected to provide travellers with a detailed insight into the way of life in China. This is of interest to travellers of all ages and if people want to we can try to arrange a visit to a school or village to show our clients the kind of lifestyle enjoyed by children and adults alike in China.
Our guides are always Chinese and from the local area. This not only ensures that they know the out of the way places that will be of interest to travellers (great local restaurants, smaller hidden temples etc) but also ensures that tourist money is kept 'close to home'.
Similarly, we try wherever possible to use small family run hotels where the welcome is warm and in which employees are generally sourced from nearby towns and villages.
All of our tours in China are run in conjunction with a local partner which is owned and run by local people.
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