China

There are few destinations as remarkable, as overwhelming, or as thoroughly exciting as China. As the most populated country on Earth, and one of the largest, with one of the world's oldest and richest civilisations, China is a country of staggering depth and variety. Take a deep breath and dive in!

Of course, you can't miss the awe-inspiring Great Wall - but consider enhancing your visit by combining a trek along the Wall with rural camping or a local village homestay. And that's just the beginning - filled with UNESCO World Heritage sites, you can scarcely move without encountering yet another iconic Chinese landmark, cultural treasure or spectacular natural feature.

Marvel at the imposing palatial buildings of Beijing's Forbidden City; explore the tranquil lakes and imperial gardens of the Summer Palace; and witness the surreal sculpted warriors of the Terracotta Army.

Hike through the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge; traverse the Chinese section of the ancient Silk Road; visit the mist-enshrouded granite peaks of Huangshan and cruise through the Yangtze River's breathtaking Three Gorges.

Pummel your senses in the super-modern, non-stop party metropolis of Shanghai; watch Shaolin monks performing ancient martial arts; experience China's rich ancient culture and eat your way around this food-lovers paradise, sampling each of China's eight regional culinary traditions.

Whether your interest is nature, cities, history or culture; cycling, hiking, cruising or touring - China has it all, and our range of unique itineraries are tailored to get you deep into the heart of this extraordinary destination.


 

World firsts

In 1978, we proudly developed the first cycling itinerary for international groups through China. Our knowledge of the various routes, terrains and logistics are second to none, ensuring your experience is a smooth and memorable one.

Authentic experiences

Our range of China adventures allow you to interact with the culture under your own steam - a rewarding experience that provides realistic insight into local cultures and geographic diversity. From hiking along 'untamed' sections of the Great Wall to discovering China at handelbar level, our trips are the perfect balance of active and cultural touring.

Ultimate value

With nearly 30 itineraries to choose from, our competitively priced adventures offer options for every type of traveller. While some itineraries include internal flights, cycling trips feature bike hire and a support vehicle. We aim to incorporate as many inclusions as possible in the tour cost such as most meals, accommodation, transfers, gear hire and excursions, allowing you to enjoy a hassle free experience.

Experienced local guides

The knowledge and expertise demonstrated by our local leaders in China reflect their years of experience in the field. Whether they are taking you to hidden hutongs to sample the renowned Chinese cuisine or guiding you along the best cycling routes, the passion they have for their country will shine through each day.


 

Child safe tourism

We ask travellers to avoid giving money or sweets to children as it encourages begging instead of attending school. As an alternative, we suggest supporting local charities working to alleviate problems associated with poverty in China.

Local employment

Employing local people in our offices and in the field ensures that wages remain with the people who are custodians of the places and cultures we visit. Additionally, there is no one better to educate travellers about the landscape and culture than a local person.

Leave No Trace

We operate our itineraries following the principles of Leave No Trace ensuring that we take out all waste that we bring in.


Hotels

In cities or large towns you will be accommodated in 3 to 4 star properties that are centrally located, pleasant and reliable.

Inns

We use quality inns that offer you a truly authentic experience.

Camping

Enjoy our fully supported camping in quality two person tents erected in scenic wilderness.

Homestays

Stay with a local family as they open their home to you and gain a wonderful insight into the local culture.



A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.



The Silk Road with World Expeditions and Maria Visconti
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