China Chengdu Greatway Tour

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How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

We employ local people to serve our groups. For example, in Tibet and Tibetan areas of other provinces, we usually arrange qualified English-speaking Tibetan as tour guides, hire Tibetan chefs and Tibetan porters for hiking and camping.

We encourage local suppliers to employ local people, to train and support local agents and accommodation spots hiring local employees.

We encourage local purchase of food, beverage, guide and other products.

We support local projects and people through volunteering, fund raising and philanthropy. Below are some cases we've ever since:

1. We have supported Yi and Tibetan primary school students in remote areas of Western Sichuan by providing stationery, schoolbags and clothes, and encouraging them to pay attention to music, art and physical education.
2. We donated a large amount during the 512 earthquake in 2008.
3. We donated a large amount while Yushu earthquake in 2010.
4. We donated a lot to the earthquake in Nepal in 2015.
5. We organized tourists to visit the highland barley sauce workshop in Tibetan area of Western Sichuan. We purchased their highland barley sauce for our company's employees and promoted their products.
6. We organize tourists to volunteer in Qiang villages in Western Sichuan to do farm work, experience the local people's lifestyle and understand their traditional culture.
7. We organized a college student group to volunteer in the village of Sika Deer reserve in Northern Sichuan to do farm work, to observe sika deer, to understand the protection work of wild animals, and to promote environmental protection and maintaining ecological balance in this area.
8. We organized young people to go to the grassland in Northwest Sichuan to experience Tibetan herdsmen's life: shearing sheep, milking yak milk, collecting yak dung, riding horses, living in herdsmen's tents, making butter tea, making Zanba, etc., in order to introduce and spread Tibetan nomadic culture.

Environmental responsibility

For many years, we have been advocating paying attention to environmental protection and maintaining ecological balance not only in all of our travel groups but also in our daily life.

We emphasize paperless working and paper recycling as much as possible in the office.

In the mean time, we promote the use of energy-saving lamps instead of incandescent lamp, which can save up to 70% to 80% of power. We also try our best to reduce the use of air conditioning, the temperature is set above 26 degrees Celsius even in the hottest Summer.

Advice on how to reduce water consumption at destination is provided for all of our travelers. They should save water at all times, even in areas with adequate water resources. For example, we suggest that we should choose shower instead of bubble bath, do not let the water always flow from the faucet, turn off the tap when brushing teeth and applying shower gel shampoo, and so on.

We recommend that tourists bring reusable water cups for themselves on the trip. Suggestions are provided to minimize damage to the environment and ecosystems as well.We actively participate in projects that bring environmental benefits to local communities.

Our guests are advised not to use plastic bags provided by any store and reduce the frequency of using plastic bags for other purposes (such as garbage collection, waterproofing, etc.).When camping, try to use reusable food utensils instead of tin foil, plastic bags, disposable plastic plates, cups and knives.

We encourage our employees in cycling to work or choosing public transportation instead of private cars. And if possible, we choose electric vehicles to transport tourists.

Social responsibility

We provide travelers with accurate pre travel information on the social and political conditions of each destination as much as possible. We try to let our guests to know the traditional culture, customs, religion, body language and eating habits of the destination in advance, including the social environment. This is the basis for respect and understanding, so that the tourists can fulfill their journey smoothly and avoid unnecessary conflicts.

We ensure that all groups are accompanied by local guides while visiting the local community. And we suggest our guests to comply with the following customary rules:

1. During the trip, try to know and understand the local culture and residents, contact and communicate with local residents, and learn a few simple local dialects in advance. This is the best way to start friendship.
2. We should understand the destination from various perspectives and avoid prejudice to the culture of the destination.
3. Try to wear clothes that meet the local standards and characteristics, and respect the local culture and etiquette. For example, when visiting or passing through African tribes, you should first obtain the permission of the local leaders or authorities, and do not enter at will. For example, in Muslim countries such as Iran, even in summer, the length of a girl's jacket should cover her hips. Try not to wear clothes that can expose her ankles, such as shorts and skirts.
4. People may be more sensitive to photography than you think, especially in some ethnic minorities or remote areas. Before taking photos, please try to get the consent of the subject. If they refuse your request, it is better to take back your camera and respect them.
5. Please do not give money, stationery or candy directly to local children, because it will induce a "begging culture". Charity itself has established an unequal relationship between travelers and local residents. In this relationship, travelers are pure "givers". Charity behavior can only lead to the "recipients" begging for more material gifts with poverty, and cannot help the recipients solve the poverty problem through their own efforts and the strength of the local community.
6. If you still want to help the local people by donating, you can provide long-term and effective help to the poor by supporting local charities or livelihood projects. Stationery such as pens and notebooks should be sent to students through schools or teachers, because only in this way can children know that they need to go to school to get these things. And giving gifts directly to those who are unable to buy, it's also very disrespectful to the parents of their children.

We also recommend that visits to appropriate local social projects have direct or indirect benefits for the host community, for instance, visiting intangible cultural heritage projects can promote and disseminate them both in economical and social way.

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