China highlights, small group tour
Description of China highlights, small group tour
This fantastic small group tour of China highlights the country's cultural heritage as well as the stunning natural landscapes that have made this return journey to Beijing via Chengdu, Lijiang and Kunming such an enviable experience for modern day travellers.
From the Forbidden City and hutong districts in Beijing to walking on the Jiankou-Mutianyu sections of the Great Wall you'll find this China highlights small group tour starts as it means to go on prior to taking a high-speed train to Xi'an and a chance to see, first-hand, the world-famous Terracotta Warriors.
The China highlights on this small group tour don't stop and after Xi'an you'll fly to Lijiang over the Yangtze River whereupon indigenous Naxi and Yi communities invite you to share their beautiful natural world, including the legendary Tiger Leaping Gorge.
The closer you get to Shangri-la the more Tibetan cultural influences come to the fore with visits to the ancient Songzanlin Monastery bound to be one of the cultural China highlights of this small group tour before your final domestic flight to the bright lights of the Bund and Shanghai.
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PlanetThis tour will transport you to an eclectic and culturally significant range of heritage sites that date back to ancient times, and it will also take you to unique places of natural beauty, including lakes, deserts and mountain ranges of spectacular beauty. It therefore exceptionally important that we fully understand and appreciate the importance of developing tours that are sustainable and reduce the impacts of tourism on the human and natural environment wherever possible. Indeed, all of our tours maintain a great respect for the cultural and natural surroundings in which we visit and travel, and we have opted to use only essential methods of public or private transport for this itinerary.
To help us protect and preserve what remains of both China’s wonderful cultural and natural heritage, we ask that all of our travel participants help care for the environments they visit by being respectfully aware of the unique locations we take them to. Indeed, due to the popularity of the Great Wall today, it is essential that we help protect the future of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a bonus of our unique approach, you will also discover that our tour groups are small in size so that are impacts are minimised, and of course, so that we can afford you the attention you deserve!
PeopleOur itinerary has been designed to fully incorporate the local communities of the regions we visit. We value their unique insights, knowledge, and hospitality, and believe that they too should benefit from tourism too. We respect their traditions and beliefs, and are acutely aware of the need to respect indigenous people and religious sites in particular.
Wherever possible, we use locally-owned guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, and services to ensure that local communities and business prosper in a highly competitive market. An added bonus of using locally-owned services and people is that they will often be highly enthusiastic, generous and proud to welcome you into the places where many have be born and raised.
We are also exceptionally aware of the need to use local ‘green’ tourism services and businesses to ensure that the natural and social environments that host tourism are protected and well-managed. This includes the use of locally-sourced produce such as food and crafts, for example. However, perhaps one of the greatest reasons for using locally-owned accommodation is that you will see the ‘real’ China in its various guises. You will sample traditional villages, religious customs, cuisines, and ways of life that can be significantly different to anything you may have experienced before. We will also take you to incredible places away from the tourist crowds to ensure that your experiences are genuinely unique. We fully believe that this is a wonderful way to learn about this spectacular country and have no doubt that you will agree!