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China Adventure Experience

Get off the beaten track and explore all that China has to offer, trek through the lush green rice fields, take part in extreme sports and learn the art of Tai Chi.

Prices from $1,445

Visit one of the oldest civilisations in the world. China has a rich and mystical history stretching back thousands of years, and is home to some of the world’s greatest treasures.

China is a big country in so many ways; it is a melting pot for many religions, languages and cuisines, not to mention that it is now the most populated country in the world and at the forefront of modern society. Nowhere else can you get the mix of modern and traditional life that China offers. A society in which old meets new at every turn and where old traditions are swept along on the wave of modern society.

Get a taste of the real China in Fengyan and Yangshuo in Guang Xi Province, an area famous for some of China’s most beautiful scenery. It’s an amazing region full of traditional Chinese houses, hill-tribe villages and endless opportunities for adventure. This project will give you the chance to get off the beaten track to explore all that China’s great outdoors has to offer, and will leave you with unforgetable experiences!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience Yangshuo’s bewitching landscapes
  • Get your adrenaline pumping in one of the most idyllic settings in the world
  • Create unforgettable memories and make lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Fengyan and Yangshuo, Guang Xi Province, China
Activities Chinese cultural lessons
Bicycle rides
Swimming
Tai Chi course
Trekking
Transport Airport pick up on arrival
Accommodation Hostel, Tai Chi school (depending on activities choosen)


 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Dedicated personal Travel Advisor
Travel & medical advice
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country 3 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Project orientation and training
A range of outdoor adventure activities
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

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. 

Introduction Week

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.

Trekking Week

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.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon your arrival at Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) you will be picked up by a friendly member of staff who will transfer you to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this beautiful and captivating country.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Accommodation will vary throughout your project depending upon your itinerary but will typically consist of shared bedrooms with 2-4 people per room with western style toilets and hot showers with laundry services available. Your orientation week will be based in Fengyan before transferring to the enigmatic Yangshou. Throughout the trekking week you may have the opportunity to stay in a home stay in one of the local hill tribe villages.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals a day during the week, offering you a great opportunity to experience the delicious local cuisine. At the weekends you will be responsible for your own food, giving you the chance to explore the local restaurants and street markets.

There are many different varieties of Chinese cooking styles, usually based on the region from which they originate. Many of us will be familiar with elements of Chinese food but you can expect the staples of rice and noodles served with fresh stir-fried vegetables, including regional delicacies like Soya beans, bamboo shoots and Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage). There are all sorts of meats and sea foods available along with soups and stews, all flavoured using different sauces such as black bean, hoisin and oyster.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

You won’t be short of things to do on your adventure, but during your free time, activities such as hiking, Chinese Mandarin language lessons, bamboo rafting, tubing down the Li River, hiring bicycles, acupuncture and massage may also be of interest to you. 

The region is a pleasant mix of both the old and the new, and throughout the region you’ll be amazed at the natural beauty and peaceful tranquillity of life along the Li River. If you’re willing to venture slightly further afield you can also explore the vibrant city of Guilin taking in the old town, lakes, the river and stopping off at the night markets. After your trip, extended tours of the region or surrounding provinces can be arranged for you including a range of adventure and cultural activities. If you prefer to explore these sites for yourself, our field staff can offer valuable insider tips and guidance to you and your new friends. 

COSTS

2 weeks $1,445

3 weeks $2,095

4 weeks $2,745

$595 per extra week

DURATION

2 weeks +

PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT!

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Guilin (KWL)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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