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China Adventure

China Adventure

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Western China, from rural landscapes to bustling Beijing, in this 16 day action packed trip.

Prices from $2,395

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking western part of China as you wind your way through stunning landscapes in the most rural parts of the country, before ending in the bustling capital of Beijing. Discover the vast history of the imperial and revolutionary past, while soaking up the rich culture and experiencing everything this part of the Country has to offer.
This adventure will give you the chance to experience life as a local while learning some basic Mandarin and trying your hand at some KungFu! Sample the traditional Chinese food, visit breathtaking sites and open your eyes to new adventures that this country has to offer. 
The 16-day action packed trip will bring out the intrepid voyager in you with a variety of activities and experience will make this an adventure to remember – from camping out under the stars on one of the natural wonders of the world and visiting the Terracotta warriors, to the action packed outdoor activities in Yangshuo and coming close to the Giant Pandas in Chengdu. This will be a once in a lifetime adventure not to be missed!
 
PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS 
Discover a wealth of culture & nature
Become an intrepid voyager in this extraordinary corner of the world
Meet Chinese people as they go about their daily lives
Spend a night camping under the stars on the Great Wall of China

FAST FACTS

Location China
Visiting markets, temples, and historic sites
Camping out on the Great Wall of China
Activities 
Cycling
Kayaking
Bamboo rafting down the Yulong River
Visit the Giant Pandas
 
Transport 
Transport provided throughout the trip
 
Accommodation 
A variety of traditional guest houses to hostels throughout the adventure as well as one night of camping.
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Pre-departure support:
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Before you go Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)
Accommodation
 
In-country:
Local orientation
Some local meals in accordance with itinerary 
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

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?

Sample Itinerary
Your adventure will begin as soon as you arrive at the hostel in Hong Kong, here you will have the opportunity to acclimatise and meet your Adventure Leader for an important briefing and orientation. 

Day 1: Hong Kong
After meeting your fellow travellers, you will discover one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world on your first day. You will enjoy the views from the top of Victoria Peak and absorb how the cultures of East and West have fused together before boarding the 3-hour bullet train to Guilin.

Day 2-5: Yangshuo
During the next 3 days you can try your hand at cooking up some traditional Chinese foods at a local cuisine institute, followed by a unique experience as you cruise down the Yulong River on Chinese style gondolas – Bamboo Rafts! After this unmissable activity you will have a never ending list of activities – Enjoy deep water soloing or Rock-climbing, Kayak on the Li river, bike ride to Moon Hill and relax in the mud baths and hot springs, or you can even experience what life is like on a farm by visiting your Adventure Leader’s home village! 

Day 6-8: Chengdu
To recover from the action packed 3 days in Yangshuo, you will now be able to enjoy the slow-paced heart of Western China where you can relax with a massage from a blind masseuse. You will have the chance to learn some Mandarin with your Adventure Leader before gathering to go to see the Pandas at the world’s main Giant Panda breeding and Research Center. You will have the opportunity to leave to Leshan to see the world’s largest stone Buddha, sample the famous Sichuan Hot Pot if you dare, visit Wenshu Monestery, enjoy the traditional tea houses or even wander around the Tibetan districts before enjoying a night out in Chengdu. 

Day 9-10: Xi’an
After meeting your next adventure leader you will spend the next 2 days in this ancient ‘frontier’ city with its medieval feel. Take a stroll through the Muslim Quarter to learn about the history of the Silk Road, the Great Mosque and some local legends before enjoying a dinner of local street foods. You can spend the day cycling the Ming Dynasty City walls, bartering for souvenirs at the local Silk Road market and visiting the Terracotta Warriors – an activity not to be missed!

Day 11-12: Shaolin
Spend an unforgettable time at the Shaolin temple. Learn Kungfu from a monk and get to know the locals as you hike to Dharma Cave, a spiritual spot for Buddhist Pilgrims. Immerse yourself in the culture of this tranquil, ancient place and build on your language skills with your 2nd Mandarin lesson.

Day 13-16: Beijing
Arrive in Beijing to meet your next Adventure leader and complete your 3rd Mandarin lesson before taking on the Mandarin Challenge! Camp out under the stars on a remote section of the Great Wall. After an unforgettable sunrise on the Wall, you will head back to the city for more history culture and food! Visit the Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium, learn about the vast history of the Forbidden City and visit the Temple of Heaven – the largest complex dedicated to heaven worship in the world! You can test your bargaining skills in the fake goods market, watch a stunning Chinese Acrobatics performance and taste Beijing’s signature dish - Peking Roast Duck. Why not push your taste buds to the limit at the WangFuJing night market where you can sample foods such as scorpions, bugs and more, before heading back to Hong Kong to finish your adventure trip.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

After arriving in Hong Kong you will head to the hostel where you will meet your adventure leader and fellow travellers. You will travel up to Victoria Peak for a pre-departure briefing and enjoy the views of Hong Kong from above, before departing on the train to Guilin to begin your journey.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

In each of the destinations during your travel, you will be staying in selected hostels, guest houses and one night of camping. All the hostels/guest houses will have the necessary and essential facilities that you would expect, Western-type toilets with showers and washing machines for your clothes. You will also have the option to upgrade your room if you wish.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Travelling in different locations will give you the opportunity to taste the variety of foods that China has to offer. These dishes will vary from region to region and from season to season – you will rarely find the same dish at two different times and places! You will be cooking traditional dishes at a local cuisine institute in Yangshuo, sampling the famous Sichuan Hot Pot in Chengdu and pushing your taste buds to the limit at the WangFuJing night market in Beijing.

COSTS

16 days $2,395

DATES
From May to November 
Monday and Wednesday starts!

DURATION
16 Days

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Hong Kong International Apt (HKG)

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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