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China Intro Week

China Intro Week

Get your Chinese adventure off to a flying start and experience the rich local culture and meet fellow travellers!

Prices from $545

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 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. By joining this project you will get the chance to gain an insight into China’s history and culture before continuing on your adventures.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience Guang Xi Province’s bewitching landscapes
  • Meet travelling companions
  • Get to grips with local language and food

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Fengyan, Guang Xi Province, China
Activities Chinese cultural lessons
Explore the local area
Visit markets
Basic language lessons
Transport Airport pick up on arrival
Accommodation Volunteer house

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
In-country 3 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Orientation to the local area
A range of cultural immersion 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 DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The Frontier-China Intro Week is designed to help integrate travellers into Chinese culture whilst at the same time enabling you to meet other like-minded travellers before setting off on your adventure.

This project offers you a chance to get to know this beautiful Southern province of China in an intimate way, submerging you in the local community and culture. 

Whatever plans you have, our cultural awareness week will give you a unique insight into local traditions and a chance to make new friends and travel companions, enabling you to make the most of your time in this incredible part of the world.

You will be based in the heart of Fengyan Village, 140km from Guilin City in Guangxi Province.  It's an amazing region full of traditional Chinese houses and karst mountain scenery.  You will experience traditional Chinese village life with incredible views of the surrounding countryside.  

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your project will ensure that you get the most out of your travel through China. Once you’ve arrived and met your fellow travellers, 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, and then try your hand at cooking some dishes of your own in culinary classes. 

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 in Fengyan. 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?

Throughout your placement you will be living in our volunteer house, a traditional brick-built ornate house of local historical importance that has been recently renovated. Here we create a family atmosphere in which participants from different nationalities live, work and play together with the local staff to ensure everything runs to everyone’s satisfaction. The family atmosphere is important as it helps build mutual trust, respect and understanding between different cultures. The location is important too: it provides the contact of traditional China, with life as it has been for thousands of years. The volunteer house runs as a ’family’ so you will be expected to clean up after yourself and to play your part in keeping the accommodation neat and tidy! Meals are taken together.
Accommodation is in shared bedrooms with 2-6 other people, although upgraded accommodation options are available for couples or families. Rooms in the centre are equipped with fans, hot and cold water and western style toilets. There is a washing machine for laundry (please supply your own washing powder which can be purchased locally) and a bar with a variety of drinks, snacks and food in a unique Chinese atmosphere.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner whilst at the centre. These will be Chinese dishes typical of the local area, comprising mainly rice, noodles and vegetables with a little meat.

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). 

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

1 week $545

Departure Dates

PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT!
 

Duration

7 days / 6 nights
 

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support 
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support 
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Guilin (KWL)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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