WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
This project offers you a chance to get to know this beautiful Southern province of China in an intimate way, submerging you in Chinese culture and traditions whilst exposing you to exhilarating outdoor adventure activities.
Your project will begin with a cultural immersion week based in Fengyan. This is the first step towards ensuring that you get the most possible out of the trip as a whole. Once you’ve arrived and met your fellow travelers, your cultural lessons will begin. To help you settle in you will be given basic language lessons, take part in traditional practices such as paper crafting or calligraphy and educated in the customs of Chinese society. Visits into the village will allow you to meet the locals, make friends and gain an insight to life in Fengyan. Trips to the temple will give you a taste of the history of China and the influences on the development of its national identity. Make sure to have a taste of the local food on offer, then try your hand at cooking some dishes of your own in culinary classes.
Once you have had this week to acclimatise, you will get to spend your next few weeks in the elegant town of Yangshuo. Take your pick from the following three options to tailor make your preferred adventure itinerary.
Cycle Tour Week
Get a taste of Yangshuo county, an area famous for some of China’s most beautiful mountains, rivers, caves and temples The city is set against the backdrop of the dramatic green karst mountains and meandering rivers makes a lasting impression. This is the perfect setting for exploration and this week could see you taking a cycle tour of the area, visit local sights of interest and learning the art of caligraphy and paper crafting.
Are you eager to learn more about your surrounds and explore the wondrous scenery? If so, join an expedition around the Longsheng region of Guang Xi Province taking in the famously beautiful Longji (dragon’s backbone) terraced rice fields which are so named because the terraces evoke dragons scales. You will get to know some of the amazing ethnic minority groups that live in the area by staying in hill-tribe villages.
Tai Chi Week
If you feel like it's time to slow down the pace of travelling and enjoy some relaxation, try taking part in Tai Chi training. Tai Chi is the traditional Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation and improved balance and health. You will be based at a Tai Chi training school and be coached in correct hand and foot work and the principles that govern Tai Chi. This is the perfect way to revitalise yourself ready for your final week of your China experience.