Road Trip China

Road Trip, China

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15 people
28 days
Code: 169
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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 the important step towards a great stay in a new country!

It is a fun filled week that is dedicated to getting introduced to China and some of its cultural aspects first hand. You will also get time to meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Chinese customs. And you will get close to those amazing Panda bears!

You will then experience the incredible city of Kangding and its local Tibetan culture.

Kangding is is the largest city and capital of Ganzi Tibetan Prefecture. Situated in the western Sichuan Province, it has around 100,000 inhabitants.

Kangding is well-known throughout China for its popular Kangding Love Song. The place is regarded as where Tibetan tradition and culture really begins. It's also the traffic hub of west Sichuan and the gateway to Tibet.

In Kangding we will visit Xinduqiao, known as the “Paradise of Photographers” it’s natural view is breathtaking. Next we will go to Tagong Grassland, where you can have of a peek at Tibetan nomadic lifestyle, riding horses in the wild Grassland and drinking oil milk tea with the locals.

Your next destination is Zimeiyakou. Here you will watch the most famous sunset in China—Sunset on Golden Mountain, where the sun slowly goes down along the Gongga Snow mountain, you can immerse yourself in this golden spectacle of sunlight!

After experiencing the beauty of nature, we will move on to the Serthar Buddhist Institute, the biggest Buddhist Institute in the world. This area is still mythical to the public, but it’s also an area where you can get away from all the touristy sights and experience the real local culture.

After exploring these wonders in South-west China, it's on to the Fengyan village of Guilin. During the week 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.

Zhanjiang is the last stop of this four week journey, a city in a very special location. It is located in the Guangdong Province, faces the South China Sea in the east and the Qiongzhou strait in the south, with over 2000km of coastline and various harbors.

This last part of your trip will be more relaxing. You will wind down on the beaches, soaking in the sunshine and coastal life, with more free time to explore. 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.

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

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Apr 3rd

May 1st

Jun 5th

Jul 3rd

Aug 7th

Sep 4th

Oct 2nd

During 2018

Jan 1st

Feb 5th

Mar 5th

Apr 2nd

May 7th

Jun 4th

Jul 2nd

Aug 6th

Sep 3rd

Oct 1st

Nov 5th

Dec 3rd

Aims & Objectives
  • Give you a complete, cultural experience of China
  • Expose you to major cultural sites and scenic locations along an action-packed journey
  • Instill an appreciation of Chinese culture, history, and its contribution to the world
Week 1

Day 1: Sunday


  • Arrival in Chengdu airport by flight
  • Transfer to Mrs. Panda Hostel with airport express bus, to freshen up and relax
  • Free time to orient yourself, catch up on jet lag, or find some local food on your own!
  • Overnight stay in Mrs Panda Hostel in Chengdu

Day 2: Monday


  • First things first! An early visit to the Pandas at the Breeding Center
  • Breakfast
  • Time to explore! A one day city-walk tour in Chengdu:
  • Tianfu square, to see city business center, and the statue of Chairman Mao
  • The People’s Park to see how local people spend their leisure time;
  • Kuan & Zhai Alley is a newly renovated culture street with ancient architecture, variety of shops etc.
  • Welcome Dinner- Local cuisine: Hot Pot!
  • Overnight stay in Mrs Panda Hostel in Chengdu

Day 3: Tuesday

Panda Reserve

  • Transfer to Panda Reserve by highway bus
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Bifengxia Panda Reserve by bus around 08:30 in the morning
  • Lunch at the Panda conservation
  • In the afternoon, visit Panda Reserve office to get registered as a helper, get working uniform and staff card
  • Take a tour of the Panda Base waterfall
  • Join a training screening to get basic knowledge of Pandas (can also be watched anytime during the week if you want to know more about Pandas!)
  • Meet your Trainer aka the Panda Keeper
  • Dinner at the Panda base Hotel
  • Overnight stay at the panda base

Day 4-5: Wednesday to Thursday

Panda Reserve

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner are offered
  • Working with the Panda keepers
  • Optional activities during the evenings available: Chinese language lesson
  • Overnight stay at the panda reserve

Day 6: Friday

Kangding City

  • Breakfast
  • Bus to Kangding city (7 hours)
  • Lunch will be on the bus
  • Arrive at 15:00, check in at the hostel
  • Visit King Kong Temple and Nanwu Temple (Tibetan style temple)
  • Dinner: Traditional Tibetan food (Kangding is is the largest city and capital of Ganzi Tibetan Prefecture, in western Sichuan Province, China, and it has around 100,000 inhabitants.)
  • Walk around Kangding City along the famous kangding River.
  • Overnight stay in Kangding

Day 7: Saturday

Xingduqiao Town

  • Early Morning start at 06:00.
  • Visit Zheduo Mountain
  • Xindouqiao town (Traditional Tibeten Buildings)
  • Lunch: Picnic
  • Car to Tagong Grasslang and visit Tagong Temple.
  • Back to Xinduqiao town, settle in to our homestay of a traditional Tibetan house
  • Overnight stay in our homestay in Xinduqiao
Week 2

Day 8: Sunday

Zimei Ya Kou

  • Breakfast
  • Car ride to Zi Mei Ya Kou (the best place to see the Snow Mountain)
  • Lunch
  • Enjoy the Famous Sunset on the Golden Mountain
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay in Kangding

Day 9: Monday

Kangding City

  • Breakfast
  • Bus back to Kangding town
  • Visit Local market and hiking on Paoma Mountain
  • Overnight stay in Chengdu city

Day 10: Tuesday

Chengdu city

  • Breakfast
  • Bus back to Chengdu city
  • Dinner

Day 11: Wednesday

Chengdu city

  • Breakfast
  • Visit East Music Park, where you can go to some Art exhibitions, creative stores and listen to some live music
  • Free time
  • Lunch Dinner is self-organized. (a good chance to try variety local food and maybe also try your Chinese language ability!)
  • Overnight stay in Chengdu city

Day 12: Thursday

Leshan city

  • Breakfast
  • One day tour to Leshan Giant Buddha—the largest Stone Buddha in the world
  • Lunch in Leshan
  • Back to Chengdu city
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay in Chengdu city

Day 13: Friday

Chengdu city

  • Brunch
  • 13:00 Train to Guilin (be ready for a 24 hour trip!)
  • Please prepare some snacks, bread, milk and drinks etc. for yourselves.
  • Dinner on the train (Instant noodles!)
  • Overnight sleep on the train

Day 14: Saturday


  • Breakfast (self-prepared)
  • Lunch on the train (food box purchased in the train)
  • You may have chance to buy some simple food when train stops at different train station
  • In the late evening, arrive in Guilin
  • Dinner in Guilin: Try Guilin’s famous rice noodles!
  • Bus back to Gongcheng
  • Relaxing /unpack
  • Overnight stay in our Gongcheng center
Week 3

Day 15: Sunday


  • Late breakfast so you can sleep in if you like!
  • Walk around the village with coordinators and explore the local life
  • Visit to a local family to try oil tea; a specialty from the Yao minority
  • Chinese language learning and Chinese culture lessons. Learn about the Dos and Don’ts while staying in China!
  • Visit the local market, post office, buy some necessities and get an impression of sights and local life etc
  • Go to police station for standard foreigner registration
  • Dinner at our center
  • Overnight stay in our Gongcheng Center

Day 16: Monday

Gongcheng County

  • Breakfast
  • Brief introduction to Chinese Education.
  • An excursion to a local school; observe lessons from English teachers.
  • Lunch
  • In the afternoon, go to Hongyan village, New Socialism Model village, with huge area of Persimmon forest. We can climb the mountain, do bamboo rafting (you can raft by yourself) & a visit to Fengyu Bridge; the typical wooden bridge from the Yao minority.
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay in our Gongcheng Center

Day 17: Tuesday

Gongcheng County

  • Breakfast
  • Tour around Gongcheng: Confucius temple, Guangdong Temple, Zhouwei Temple, walk through one old street
  • Buy cooking ingredients and go back to our center to learn how to cook Chinese cuisine
  • Lunch at the Center
  • A Tai Chi lesson to learn about the mysterious “muscle arts”
  • Optional activity: Chinese calligraphy (writing with a brush).
  • Evening activity: BBQ dinner night in Gongcheng (self-organized)
  • Overnight stay in our Gongcheng center

Day 18: Wednesday

Gongcheng County

  • Breakfast & Lunch are offered.
  • Pack and transfer to Yangshuo in the morning.
  • Check in hostel
  • Lunch in Yangshuo.
  • Cycling to the big Banyan scenery spot, climb Moon Hill. This is pictured on the front of Lonely Planet China!
  • Dinner at Western Street (self-organized), a good chance to try local food or find some Western food to comfort any cravings!
  • Free time in Western Street
  • Evening recommended activity: Appreciating the light show: Impression Liusanjie. Directed by Mr. Zhangyimou
  • Overnight stay in Yangshuo

Day 19: Thursday


  • Breakfast
  • Bus to Xingping, a famous village along Li River, which is very beautiful. Its surrounding scenery is displayed on the Chinese 20-RMB note.
  • Bamboo raft up the Li River
  • Lunch in Xingping
  • Tour & cycle around in Xingping village
  • Back to Yangshuo for dinner
  • Overnight stay in Yangshuo

Day 20: Friday


  • Trek in the amazing terraced rice fields and stay in hill-tribe villages. Enjoy this peaceful and extraordinary scenery. The journey up there is mildly challenging, but it is definitely worthwhile. Longsheng is a world famous place whose scenery varies with the seasons and harvests.
  • Breakfast
  • Departure from Yangshuo
  • Lunch in Guilin and arrive Dazhai village of Longsheng around 17:00.
  • Enjoy the beautiful Scenery of Dazhai and Zhuang Minority culture.
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay in Longsheng

Day 21: Saturday

Dazhai Yao Minority village

  • Breakfast
  • Spend the day trekking the spectacular terraced hills - JinFoDing and Xishan Shaoyue
  • Lunch
  • More trekking
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay in Dazhai Zhuang minority village
Week 4

Day 22: Sunday


  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Ping'an village
  • Lunch
  • Enjoy the exhibition of Embroidery from the villagers. Trekking and tour of the terraced field named as Nine Dragons and Five Tigers,Seven stars that surrounds the Moon of Ping’an Zhuang village
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay in Ping'an village

Day 23: Monday

Train transfer

  • Train ride back to Guilin
  • Breakfast and lunch offered during the ride
  • Arrive in Guilin, free time for relaxing
  • City tour in Guilin/Chinese massage to reduce any tension from your trek!
  • Dinner
  • Night train to Zhanjiang
  • Overnight stay on the train

Day 24: Tuesday


  • Arrive in Zhanjiang in the early morning
  • Check into our center
  • Un-pack and relax
  • Lunch at our center
  • City tour & relax on beach
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay in Zhanjiang center

Day 25: Wednesday


  • Zhanjiang City to Donghai Island
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Donghai Island and tour the area
  • Lunch
  • In the afternoon, the staff in the dolphin conservation will give brief introduction to you about the area
  • Visit the traditional local arts (and see a dragon dance!)
  • Dinner BBQ night in the center
  • Overnight stay in the dolphin center

Day 26: Thursday

Donghai Island

  • Breakfast
  • Take a boat to sea and if you are lucky, see some dolphins!
  • Fishing from the boat
  • Lunch in the center
  • In the afternoon, clean the area where dolphins live.
  • Relax and enjoy the beautified area
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay in the dolphin center

Day 27: Friday

Zhanjiang City

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer back to Zhanjiang city
  • Lunch
  • Free time
  • Dinner (self-organized)
  • Overnight stay in our Zhanjiang center

Day 28: Saturday

Departure day!

Hope you enjoyed this full and varied journey through China!

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements
  • Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required
  • Some people may react adversely to the high altitude locations we will visit. Your doctor may insist on a prescription.
  • Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required
  • Some people may react adversely to the high altitude locations we will visit. Your doctor may insist on a prescription.
Additional Equipment
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Compact backpack. Less is better!
  • A heavy jacket for winter (the temperature can range between 0 - 30 degrees.)

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

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