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We have a number of modules in China which can be put together in any number of ways.

For those looking for the ethnic peoples of China we have put together this itinerary. These 3 treks offer the chance to experience the everyday life of a number of different Chinese peoples and to gain a greater understanding of their way of life, where some things haven't changed for hundreds of years.

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Guilin - Rivers and Rice Terraces

One of the most appealing aspects of hiking in the Guilin area is the variety of walking it offers.  Part of the time will be spent north of the city amongst the most famous Rice Terraces in the world – The Dragon’s Backbone. In contrast, you then travel south of the city to idyllic Yangshuo in the heart of the karst hills.

Szechuan 

This special region of China remains in a time warp and to access it requires visitors to travel over a high mountain range with surrounding snow-capped peaks rising to over 5000m. Beyond the mountains are extensive grass plateau and into the folds of the mountain lie deep verdant valleys. This is the majestic setting for our trekking and camping experience (optional non camping itinerary). You will be walking through grassy plains set between high mountain peaks as well as out on the open steppe of the high plateau.

Tiger Leaping Gorge and Beyond

In this spectacular part of China with dramatic and diverse natural beauty, extends the Tiger Leaping Gorge - the setting for a world famous trek in an area considered to be the best trekking landscape China has to offer. The Gorge was formed by the Upper Yangtze River cutting a path between two mountains rising over 5500 metres on either side from the river bed at 1800m making it the world’s deepest river canyon. The trail runs high on the northern side of the gorge passing through quiet villages, shady forests, and verdant terraced farmland with the odd cliff to negotiate! It is said that a tiger escaping from a hunter jumped across the river at the narrowest point still 25m wide, hence the name. Following a trek through the Tiger Leaping Gorge, you can travel into the surrounding rural areas seldom visited by western tourists. The journey takes you through a region populated by the Yi and Yao and ends by Lugu Lake with the Mosuo people with their unique matriarchal tradition of ‘walking marriages’ still practised today. 


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Guilin

Standard Grade

Guilin - Aroma Tea House Hotel (formerly known as Hotel Jingguan Minglou Museum)

With a lakeside setting in a quiet part of Guilin, the small ‘Museum’ hotel offers a very Chinese experience with an air of sophistication. The owners have a great interest in Chinese porcelain and have several rooms of teapots, vases and other artefacts beautifully displayed.

Longji – Ping’an Hotel

Just 20 minute walk from the car-park, the Yao village of Ping’an clings to the hillside and is divided by a small ravine with rushing streams. Red lanterns dangle from every doorway creating a beautiful spectacle after dark. Further up the hillside are viewpoints over the terraces and narrow stone trails lead to other villages in the valley.  Our stay here is at Ping’an Hotel and is a traditional wooden house.  Rooms are furnished in Yao style and are spacious and comfortable with good private shower rooms and balconies.  Their restaurant serves excellent Chinese food as well as a few western dishes and it is possible to eat inside or out on the wooden terrace.

Dazhai/Tiantouzhai – Hotel Jin Keng

This lovely wooden Yao house has fabulous views down the valley and across to the far side of the terraces. 

Yangshuo - The Village Retreat

Your Belgian host and Chinese hostess have created a very comfortable retreat where everything is thought of and you should be relaxed and well looked after.

 

Higher Grade

Guilin - Hotel Bravo

Hotel Bravo was formerly a Holiday Inn and enjoys a pleasant lakeside location.  The hotel is extremely well run and has an international air about it.

Longji – Ping’an Hotel

Just 20 minutes walk from the car-park, the Yao village of Ping’an clings to the hillside and is divided by a small ravine with rushing streams. Red lanterns dangle from every doorway creating a beautiful spectacle after dark. Further up the hillside are viewpoints over the terraces and narrow stone trails lead to other villages in the valley. Our stay here is at Ping’an Hotel and is a traditional wooden house. Rooms are furnished in Yao style and are spacious and comfortable with good private shower rooms and balconies. Their restaurant serves excellent Chinese food as well as a few western dishes and it is possible to eat inside or out on the wooden terrace.

Dazhai/Tiantouzhai – Panorama Hotel

The hotel is aptly named as the view is simply stunning from this newly built hotel high above the terraces.

Yangshuo - Moondance

Moondance  This is a delightful award-winning escape in a riverside setting surrounded by bamboo and lush vegetation.  The riverside garden is a perfect place to relax with a book after a good days walking.

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Chengdu - Wenjun Hotel - 3 Star

In Chengdu - A courtyard hotel, the Wenjun is a modern Chinese style hotel located in a pleasant shopping street.  Rooms are air-conditioned  with WIFI, tea/coffee-making facilities and a satellite TV. Slippers and free toiletries are provided. Each room has a seating area outside and the courtyard has a bar and tables for outside dining. English is well spoken.

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Chengdu - Buddha Zen - 4 Star

In Chengdu  - A traditional and classy courtyard-style hotel located within the narrow streets of the ‘old town’, the Buddha Zen offers rooms with modern Chinese décor with classic wood furnishings, flat screen TV, tea/coffee making amenities, safe and private bathrooms. The hotel also features a Chinese restaurant, Tea House and Spa where guests can relax. English is spoken.

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Szechuan trek

There is a choice of hotel category - standard being typically 3* and higher graded being typically 4*, in Tagong there is no choice. If camping everything is provided and prepared for you leaving you to enjoy the silence and magnitude of your surroundings. Horses carry the equipment and your guide and his assistants will prepare all meals and ensure you have all the simple necessities required in your natural surroundings.

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Tiger Leaping Gorge and Beyond

There is a choice of category in Lijiang, between a typical Chinese simple hotel or a 4* hotel. During the rest of this itinerary, accommodation is in simple family run traditional Chinese hotels or home stays. You will always have your own bathroom with western toilet if possible.

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Chengdu - Wangjiang Hotel - 5 Star

In Chengdu - This is a modern 5 star hotel 4km from the centre of Chengdu and has everything which you would expect from a hotel of this standard. It has a combination of Szechuan architecture with Thai style.

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Day 1  Depart UK or your home country to Hong Kong or other gateway city.

Day 2  Arrive Hong Kong or other gateway city and fly to Guilin. Met and transferred to Guilin Hotel for free afternoon, overnight and dinner (not included).

Day 3  Meet your guide and driver and transfer to Longji/Ping’an taking lunch en route at a Yao Restaurant.  In the afternoon climb to viewpoint 2 for first views of the terraces followed by optional walk to Zhuang Village. Overnight and dinner Ping’an hotel. Ascent 130m Descent 110m 2 hours 3 miles.

Day 4  Hike over the mountains, through Bamboo forest and rice terraces to Tiantouzhar/Dazhai. Rest of day free in your hotel. Overnight and dinner Tiantouzhai Hotel of your choice. Ascent 525m Descent 340m 4.5 hours 5.75 miles.

Day 5  In the morning, take a circular walk through the terraces and bamboo forests with the help of a local guide who knows the intricate network of pathways so well! Take lunch at Jin Keng Hotel then rest of the afternoon is free. Overnight and dinner at Tiantouzhai Hotel of your choice.

Day 6  After breakfast, walk down to Dazhai village (1 hour) passing by locals busy in their fields, children skipping to school and ladies working at their looms. Meet with your driver and transfer to Yangshuo, taking about 3.5 hours with a lunch stop on the way. In the afternoon take a 2 hour walk along the pretty Yulong river to the ancient village of Jiu Xian. Your driver will meet you here and transfer you to your chosen hotel. Ascent 5m Descent 365m 1 hour 2.25 miles and Ascent 65m Descent 70m 2 hours 4.5 miles.

Day 7  Set off this morning through the jungle and magnificent karst landscapes on a wonderful hike exclusive to New Experience Holidays! The route takes you from Village Retreat up and over to the point where yesterday’s walk ended. From a plateau high above the Yulong River enjoy a picnic in this tranquil setting before return to your hotel for a relaxing afternoon or climb 800 steps to the top of Moon Hill for more fabulous views.  Overnight and dinner in your chosen hotel. Ascent 230m Descent 185m 3 hours 4 miles.

Day 8  Your delightful stay in southern China ends today with a very memorable 10 mile walk from Yang Di along the Li River.  Wandering this flat, well-marked trail along the riverside, you pass through orange groves, small riverside villages and rich, fertile fields abundant with produce. This walk is enhanced even further by three raft crossings as the trail switches between the karst hills from one side of the river to another.  The walk ends at picturesque Xing Ping – a colourful boat and river raft terminus. Your driver meets you here to transfer back to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Ascent 330m Descent 315m 5 hours 10 miles.

Day 9  Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chengdu (flight time 1 hour 30 minutes). Arrive in Chengdu. If you have time we will arrange a visit to the Panda Sanctuary (optional extra) Overnight Chengdu.

Day 10 Set off from Chengdu across the plains before journeying into the mountains. After following the Dadu river as it flows through deep gorges, arrive at Moxi (1530m) and your hotel. Moxi is a small town noted for its Catholic church built by missionaries 100 years ago. Drive time 7 hours.

Day 11 Visit the Hailuogou glacier, one of the largest and lowest in the world before driving via the amazing Redstone National Park where red lichen covers the river stone. Continue to Kangding (2800m) crossing a pass at 3900m. Overnight Kangding. Drive time 3 hours, (excluding Glacier excursion).

Day 12 Acclimatize with a relaxing day with just an afternoon walk to explore the local hillsides and temples within this Tibetan ethnic area. Overnight Kangding.

Day 13 (also see no camping option below) Setting off on your camping expedition, a short drive takes you to your drop off point at 3200m for the three day, two night adventure. Meet your mountain guide and horses who will accompany you and transport your baggage. Initially the trek follows an ancient trading trail through a long alpine valley in the shadow of holy Mount Yala (5800m). Camp overnight by a fresh mountain stream. Ascent 450m Descent nil 8 miles 6 hours

Day 14 Continue slowly ascending until you reach the highest point of the trek at a pass of 4100m before descending to the Tagong grasslands. Overnight camp is by a beautiful turquoise lake, one of many you will pass. Ascent 500m Descent 150m 7 ½ miles 7 hours

Day 15 Leaving the absolute tranquillity of this remote mountain valley continue walking for a short distance across the Tagong Grasslands to meet your transport which will take you to the quiet village of Tagong (3700m) which will seem initially like a metropolis until you adapt. Overnight Tagong. Ascent nil Descent 350m 4 ½ miles 2 ½ hours

Day 16 Local walks around Tagong lead accross the seemingly unending grassland dotted with Yaks, horses and local Tibetans. Snow capped high mountains add a beautiful back drop to the meadows far below. You will visit working monasteries and experience their way of life through talking to the monks with your guide as interpreter. Wander through Tagong complete with its ‘cowboys’ on horseback riding down the main street and visit a special Buddhist temple. Overnight Tagong. Ascent 250m Descent 250m 12 miles 7 hours

Day 17 You first visit a Buddhist temple before departing today and returning to Chengdu, either flying from the world’s second highest airport of Kangding – transfer time to airport 1 hour 30 minutes then 45 minute flight time, or return by car taking approximately 9 hours. Then fly on Lijiang (flight time 1 hour 15 minutes). Arrive in Lijiang, free time to explore this fascinating old town. Overnight Lijiang.

Day 18 Set off early and drive 60km to the start of the 2 day trek along the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Today is quite strenuous with the toughest section being the ’28 bends’ - a series of hairpin bends and relentless climb of 350m. Ascent 750m descent 300m distance 7 miles time 4 – 5 hours Overnight simple guest house.

Day 19 An easier section today completes your trek through the Tiger Leaping Gorge descending to lower ground. Meet your driver and travel by car to the small ferry terminal in order to cross the Yangtze River. There is a 150metre descent and ascent on each side of the river with your baggage, your guide and driver will assist you if needed!From above the river, you will be driven to your next hotel. Now you are off the proverbial ‘beaten track’ and this hotel will only see western tourists once or twice a month!Overnight Daju. Ascent 100m descent 300m 6 miles 4 hours, continuing on ascent 150m descent 150m

Day 20 Today you have a spectacular drive rising to over 3000m though Rhododendron forests with stunning views to the high Snow Mountain mountains (5300m) and down to the valley floors often 1500m far below. Continue the drive on a single track road with steep drops on one side (not for the faint hearted) through traditional villages set high above the Yangtze River where you will begin your walk. Descend 850m to the Baoshan Stone village. Drive time 3-4 hours Walk time 3 hours

Day 21 After breakfast, drop down 300 metres to the river for an amazing boat journey through the awe inspiring Prince gorge whose rocky sides tower 700 metres above. This is a special local experience – not a luxury river cruise! From the ferry destination, travel by car to Lugu Lake climbing spectacular mountain roads up to 3600m. During the journey a short walk through cultivated fields and orchards, and lunch at a farm owned by Pumi people is included. Overnight Lugu Lake. Travel time 4 hours

Day 22
A day at leisure at Lugu Lake, explore the beautiful Lake edge by hiring a bike or just taking a walk. Have a table top BBQ at one of the many lakeside restaurants and visit a cultural experience to learn more about the local Mosuo people. Overnight Lugu Lake.

Day 23
Drive to Lijiang, arriving in time to spend more time exploring the old town.

Day 24 Transfer to the airport or railway station for the next stage of your journey or for your journey home.

Itinerary - No Camping

As above Day 1 to Day 12.

Day 13
Drive via a mountain pass at 4400m over to the high Tagong grasslands. You will walk the last part into Tagong experiencing this amazing landscape; your bag will be carried onto the hotel. Drive 3 hours.

Day 14 as Day 16 above.

Day 15 Today you take another walk exploring the villages and ways of the Tibetan people.

Day 16 to Day 23 as Day 17 to Day 24 above.

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Guilin - Rivers and Rice Terraces
Guilin is warm all year round with high temperatures and most rainfall from June to early September. During April and May the vibrant green of the foliage intensifies and is offset by brightly coloured tropical flowers, however the rice terraces are at their least interesting at this time.  From May onwards the terraces are waterlogged and the shoots sprout bright green creating a stunning spectacle through to the harvest in October.  In winter, they are often snow covered and very beautiful.  During the rainy season the Li River may flood the banks affecting one of our walks.

Szechuan

Chengdu can be visited all year around however best avoided is July and August as they are the wettest and hottest months. December to February are the coldest with temperatures averaging around 5C but rarely above 10C or below 0C.
Tibetan area, due to the high altitude the winters are cold November to March with temperatures rarely into double figures in C, but it is the driest so good clear days are to be expected. July and August are the hottest above 20C and along with June and September are the wettest.

Tiger Leaping Gorge and Beyond
Yunnan (Tiger Leaping Gorge and extension) has a semi tropical climate and is possible to visit throughout the year. The rainy season is between mid June and mid September when the humidity is at it’s highest and also the temperature is in the mid 20’s C in other months it ranges between a high of between 14 and 20C.



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Getting to China from the UK is very easy with a choice of airlines serving Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hong Kong non-stop from London Heathrow.  Alternatively, from many other airports in the UK it is possible to fly via a point in Europe or the Middle East to Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

From your Chinese gateway city you fly on to the starting point for your Chinese adventure.

For the Guilin - Rivers and Rice Terraces itinerary, flights would be best to Hong Kong and return with a flight or train connection between Hong Kong and Guilin. A stopover may be included in Hong Kong in either direction or both. For Szechuan Chengdu is best while for the Tiger Leaping Gorge Chengdu or Hong Kong would be best.

Between treks you can either travel by air or by train, in both instances we will book these. Train is normally an overnight sleeper and is a very comfortable way to travel.

We will send you details of all travel options to/from and inside China with your personalised quotation.

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