China 9 day tour

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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 9 day tour

Environment

China’s environmental problems are well-documented. As such, we try to ensure that all elements of the itinerary take responsible tourism seriously and into practice.

The visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu aims to avoid the crowds and explore one of the best-preserved parts of the wall, helping to minimise the damage done by mass tourism.

In Shanghai, all hotels have been banned from providing disposable items, including toothbrushes and combs, unless guests specifically ask for them. This is in a bid to reduce the amount of one-use plastic being used, and is something we would encourage our clients to consider.

The itinerary also incorporates a bike ride around the city – the greenest way to explore the French Concession quarter and Shanghai’s old town.

We also would encourage our clients to take carbon reduction seriously and endorse Friends of Conservation’s ‘Carbon Reduction Map’ system, whereby you can calculate how much an appropriate contribution for your flight might be. Friends of Conservation offers travellers the opportunity to mitigate some of the environmental impacts of flying by supporting community and conservation initiatives.

*The suggested amounts are in line with DEFRA’s current guidelines for the cost per tonne of carbon and are based on the approximate levels of CO2 emitted on an average flight. We are very grateful to TICOS, the Travel Industry Carbon Offsetting Service, for kindly providing this information.

Community

Throughout the trip we use local guides, drivers and craftsmen to encourage a connection with the culture and people of China. This also means that locals receive visitors and money directly, which ensures the provision of future employment for these communities.

Local guides are used and are paid a fair, competitive wage, and we also seek to provide a continuous stream of feedback to help them improve their service.

Responsible travel in China also hinges on showing respect for traditional values. We encourage all our clients to delve into the customs of China. Before departing, we brief our clients with cultural information and etiquette tips to help facilitate interactions with local people. We also provide a linguistic guide with useful phrases; showing even a basic understanding of Mandarin – the official language of China – will draw smiles and appreciation from local people, helping to immerse our clients further into the communities they visit.

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