Hong Kong to Beijing overland tours

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Weekly Monday departures throughout the year.
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Small group cultural tours

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 it's 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 experiencing new cultures.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Hong Kong to Beijing overland tours

This company has operated on responsible tourism values since its inception. From an environmental perspective, our initiatives extend from our company offices to our tours. Our head office and stores are powered by a local green energy provider, we encourage cleaner transportation methods for staff, and purchase all supplies from a local green business supplier. Our office is as paperless as possible and our brochures use 100% PEFC certified sustainable paper. We offset emissions from all corporate flights and our marine vessel, and encourage our travelers to do so by providing an online platform through Sustainable Travel International.

Tour leaders provide travellers with information about local environmental issues in their respective regions, and provide suggestions of how we can best protect the local environment and culture. To reduce the amount of waste created on tours, tour leaders also encourage travellers to use refillable water bottles instead of disposable plastic, cotton tote bags, reusable batteries, etc. We also include destination-specific information in our guidebooks, which are provided to each traveller including information particular to the local culture and environment and tips on how to be a responsible traveller.

Low Impact Transportation: This trip gives you the chance to try out the public buses, overnight sleeper trains to go from Xi’an to Shanghai to Beijing, the famous rickshaws and a traditional Chinese-style boat travelling along the Yangzi through the Three Gorges. Getting around as the locals do not only allows you to experience the culture on a deeper level, but the same way it is at home, using public transport is the most sustainable way to go – after walking and cycling of course!

Support World Heritage: On this trip there are numerous opportunities to visit important heritage sites on foot or by bicycle such as the famous Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and of course the Great Wall. There are also the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, the limestone karst hills in Yangshou, among others. Celebrating world heritage is an important way to participate in sustainable tourism. Many world heritage sites are designated for protection so that all the world’s people can share in these fascinating and historical wonders for generations to come

Supporting communties is and always has been at the heart of our tours. We provide business opportunities to local people by employing local guides and tour operators. The majority of accommodation used on our tours are small-scale, locally-owned hotels. Our tours mainly use public transportation wherever possible and are small in size to keep our impact on fragile sites and communities as minimal as possible. We monitor the sustainability of our tours through traveller evaluations in order to allow for continuous improvement. We support the local economy and business initiatives by visiting locally-owned shops, restaurants, and markets on our tours.

Many tours incorporate community projects as a way of supplementing community income and supporting community development projects. In 2003 we founded a non-profit organization as a way for our travellers and our company to give back to the people and places we visit. We develop community projects around the world in the areas of health, education, small business development and environmental conservation. Funds are raised through traveller donations and fundraising. The company pays all administration fees which means that 100% of each individual donation goes directly to the community projects. Each year, we continue to support and develop new partnerships with more community projects and community-based tourism initiatives worldwide, in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Supporting local culture and businesses: There are a multitude of opportunities to support local businesses and immerse yourself in Chinese culture on this trip. From the colourful markets to the bustling food stalls and cafes, the choices for eating and handicrafts are endless and the money is staying in the local economy - a vital way for tourism to make a positive impact. Activities that take you to markets, locally-owned restaurants, locals’ homes and villages are vital to the local peoples’ ability to truly benefit from tourism.

Our style of trip, travelling, eating and staying with the locals, puts you right at the heart Chinese culture. China’s multi-ethnicity is evident in the Muslim Quarter. In Xi’an you can visit one of the oldest and best-preserved mosques in China. This is probably one of the few mosques in the world that incorporates a mixed architecture of traditional Muslim and Chinese styles. It may not be apparent that learning about and respecting other cultures is part of being a responsible traveler, but we believe that this discovery is a natural way for people of all backgrounds, nationalities, and religions to interact and learn from each other, fostering peace and understanding. And it’s just plain fascinating!

Other optional unique experiences on this trip that allow you to support the local economy and learn about Chinese culture include - Hutong Tour in Rickshaw (Beijing): Take a rickshaw tour through the hutongs and discover the old world of Beijing, stopping by for lunch at a local family's home. Truly an authentic experience! Tai Chi in the Park: Rise early and join the local for a lesson on Tai Chi in the nearby park.

2 Reviews of Hong Kong to Beijing overland tours

2.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Great Wall and toboganning.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do a bigger research before going to China.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The trip benefited local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was OK but it could have been better.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Lourdes,

By way of introduction, my name is Sarah and I work on the Customer Incite team.

I wanted to thank you very much for your feedback regarding your Roam China tour. Customer feedback is the most important tool we have and gives us the opportunity to improve our products, services and people to ensure that we are providing amazing and memorable experiences for our passengers.

I am very sorry to hear that your trip was not exactly what you had expected, and if there is any additional feedback you would like to provide, please feel free to e-mail me and I will be happy to hear from you.

Kindest Regards,

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The "Guilin/Yangshuo" segment was the most enjoyable, the place was scenic and relaxing, and we had lots of options for activities from kung fu to cooking class.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

1) Travellers cheques are not the most convenient form of currency; ATMs are available in the large towns and the hotels change US Dollars at competitive rates;
2) Do walk with toilet paper especially for the train journeys
3) Be prepared for the eastern toilets (in the ground) and for some discomfort as you adjust to the change
4) Coffee is expensive in china so walk /buy instant packs if you need your caffeine

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, we tipped the drivers etc and used local services /restaurants; we still used trains and aeroplanes so there was impact on the environment

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was great and I felt I got value for money. I would not have been able to do this on my own since I don't know the language and appreciated the services that were provided by your organisation.
Our guide was excellent and while our group generally got along, there was however 1 person who did not eat pork and an occasion where 80% of the group wanted to go somewhere and only 3 persons wanted to stick to the itinerary, but she handled all situations very well.

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