Only 660€ per week!
Explore the great mainland, and ride on an amazing fast train during this all-in-one road trip encompassing the best China has to offer!
Learn about China and its rich, vast culture. Encounter incredible Pandas, the scenic mountains of Hongyan village. Practice some Chinese language and experience the coastal city of Zhanjiang. This broad and well-rounded program really has it all!
This road trip is an incredible journey where you will find yourself immersed in the charming and fascinating nature of Chinese culture.
The first week in Chengdu is a very important step towards a great stay in a new country!
It is a fun filled week that is dedicated to getting you introduced to China and some of its cultural aspects first hand. You will also have opportunities to meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with many different Chinese customs. You will also get to be closer to those amazing Panda bears!
After exploring these wonders in South-west China, it's on to the Fengyan village of Guilin. During the days we spend here with the locals, you will gain an even greater understanding of the Chinese ways of doing things. Plus it is a fun-filled week where you can get to know China and its history.
You will have the time to interact with the villagers, taste the local cuisine and become familiar with the area’s Chinese customs. There are many opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture with visits to local villages, a Confucius temple, a Guangong temple, local fairs, and some amazing natural scenic sites.
After Fengyan Village you will go to Yangshuo, where you can go cycling, boating in the Li river, enjoy the nightlife in West street. It is a famous place with its scenery with mountains and rivers. Followed will be trekking in Longsheng rice terrace. People here are Yao, a minority of China with its special culture. You will also have the chance to see the woman with the longest hair in the world. For Red Yao, the women only cut their hair one time in their whole life. During your stay you will get to know the culture of them.
Zhanjiang is the next stop of this journey, a city in a very special location. It is located in Guangdong Province, faces the South China Sea in the east and the Qiongzhou strait in the south, with over 2000 km of coastline and various harbors.This part of your trip will be more relaxing. You will wind down on the local beaches, soaking in the sunshine and coastal life, with more free time to explore this amazing area. You will visit the dolphin conservation center, help clean the area where dolphins live and also enjoy the traditional local arts. Zhanjiang is a must visit, if not just to indulge in this region’s famous fruits and heavenly seafood dishes.
Haikou is the last stop of this four week journey.Our center located in a Village called Meimei, it is an ancient and artless village located in Haikou, Hainan Province. It was built up in Yuan and Ming dynasty with historical culture. The name of Meimei Village means beauty in Chinese, and according to the legend God made this precious place for people to enjoy their happy and peaceful years. Unique island style brings not only visual pleasure but also relaxing feelings for tourists. You will have the chance to experience local farming life or help teaching, to go to the beach and enjoy the leisure time (Hainan has the most famous beaches in China), to see the city and try local snacks & food.
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Chengdu city and Huanglongxi
Train to Gongcheng Town, Guilin
Hope you enjoyed this full and varied journey through China!
Note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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Minimum English level: Basic
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Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
A route from Chengdu to the best places China has to offer. Some bigger cities along the road trip is Guilin and Zhanjiang.
Along the route you will have overnight stays in lot’s of different accommodations. You will be sleeping in some of our centers, in a hostel, on a night train, in a homestay, a dolphin center and a panda base. Every accommodation has it’s own character and charm. More information can be found inside the schedule.
Mostly Chinese style dishes (vegetarian and fish) will be served during the trip.
Along the route – but not at all times – there are ATMs and small local stores. Please make sure you have enough money with you before starting the trip.
No scheduled activities outside the program.
You’ll be on a busy schedule.
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
Name: People’s Republic of China
Population: 1.37 billion
Language: Standard Chinese
Currency: Renminbi (Yuan) (CNY)
Time zone: CST (UTC +8)
China covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometers making it the 2nd largest country by land area. It is not only the country with the largest population in the world but it is also one of the largest economies laying claim to being the world’s largest exporter and 2nd largest importer of goods.
It is a country of incredible cultural history boasting one of the earliest ancient civilisations dating back to around 2800 BC. Its landscape is equally rich in diversity, ranging from its forest steppes, its deserts in the north and subtropical forests in the south to its 14,500km long stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline. All of this makes China an incredible and exciting place to be, both in what it has to offer today and the story of its past.
Due to the vast expanse of land that China covers both in terms of longitude and latitude, the climate varies greatly from place to place. Generally, the climate pattern in China is characterised by dry seasons and wet monsoons. The rainy seasons mainly span from May to september but this pattern is less consistent in the some areas such as the dry northwest.
The difference in season causes a pronounced disparity in temperatures between winter and summer. Whilst the summer offers warm temperatures almost everywhere, the winter can cause temperatures to drop significantly, especially in the northern areas of China.
The southern provinces start to experience the monsoons first, starting in April and May. The winds start to blow north in June meaning that northern provinces receive the rains around July and August, and the rains start to come to an end in September and are generally completely over in October. The northwest of China is the only area that avoids the monsoon climate.
China is one of four great ancient civilizations with 3,600 years of written history, and its culture both past and present is incredibly profound. Whilst Chinese cultural identity has many common, unifying elements, it is a country that represents 56 ethnic minority groups, the largest of which is the Han Chinese (900 million people), with other groups including the Tibetans, Mongols, Naxi etc. The significance of this is that each group to an extent creates their own culture and so within the vast expanse of China, depending on where you are, cultural variety is plentiful and there to be explored!
The country is currently ruled by The Chinese Communist Party. It is officially atheist, but is slowly and surely becoming more tolerant towards the practice of religion. The five official religions in China are Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism. Due to the fact that it is only in recent years that tolerance of religion has made any progress, the practice of other religions is not formally recognised, although are often tolerated especially in the case of ancient Chinese beliefs. Currently about a quarter of the population practice Taoism, Confucianism and other traditional religions.
There are 8 different styles of traditional Chinese cuisine, and traditional food can be found everywhere in China. Other styles adopted into Chinese cuisine and that might be found in China include Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian and American cuisine.
The staple foods used in Chinese cooking include exactly what you would expect: rice, noodles, and vegetables with sauces and seasonings.
The attitude regarding food in China is generally “waste not, want not” meaning that it not just uses a wide variety of both plants and animals, but every part of these plants and animals are used in some way. For westerners this might mean that there are a few things on the menu that you may not be used to and might want to avoid.
Due to the scale of the country, it isn't surprising that each area of China has a unique style of cooking and the ingredients very much depend on the natural agricultural produce of the specific region. For example the south of China uses far more rice than the north, where wheat is its main ingredient, a reason why noodles and dumplings are much more common. Southern food is also typically more spicy than that of the north.
Common Chinese dishes include: Sweet and Sour Pork, Gong Bao Chicken, Ma Po Tofu, Wontons, Dumplings, Chow Mein, Peking Roasted Duck and Spring Rolls
Like its economy, China’s transportation network has rapidly expanded over recent years and now houses the longest road network in the world as well as the busiest train network
Although the most expensive means of transportation, it is by far the most convenient and can save a lot of time travelling the longer distances across China.
The main ports of air travel are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong although all major cities within the country host domestic flights.
This is the primary mode of transportation in China and most major cities have their own metro systems. As well as its standard vast rail network, China boasts over 7000 km of high-speed rail.
For local travel, buses are a very affordable way of getting around and a good alternative mode of transport where metro is not available.
Taxis are generally cheap and easy to find. Meters are generally used in towns and cities. If your driver does not want to use a meter, common for longer trips out of town, be sure to negotiate a price before the journey.
Motor pedicabs, pedicabs and motorbikes can all be found in China and are a cheap way of getting around. We recommend you set a price before using this form of transport.