Because of China’s size, the country can be a totally overwhelming place for a lone traveler to try to explore. Language barriers and signs using characters instead of the alphabet can also make things a little more complicated. Want to know what exactly you are ordering off the menu? A great way to see and explore China is by going on an adventure tour. So, ok, I know what you are thinking. “A travel tour? Isn’t that what old people do?” The answer is no. The truth is travel tours have come a long way since the days of giant air-conditioned buses and old ladies. Today there are tours designed specifically for the independent, adventure traveler. That’s right—active, interesting and adventurous tours that allow travelers to explore and experience a foreign place. This means you’ll be hiking through amazing scenery, strolling along the Great Wall and eating authentic Chinese food, not sitting on an air-conditioned bus next to Grandma Sue. The groups are also kept small, usually capping out at 16 people, so you won’t be traveling around with some awkwardly huge group of gawking tourists. Plus, by using a combination of local and experienced guides, you’ll often see and experience MORE than you would on your own. Also, because these tours have already been developed to showcase the best of the best, you’ll save yourself from countless hours of potentially pointless research trying to find out where to go and what to eat. What better than to get to tour around China with someone who speaks the language? So whether you want to journey through the Himalaya highlands of Tibet or soak in the bustling movement of Beijing and visit the Olympic village, these tours of China will offer you a little of the best of everything.
Have less than a month? Here are three tours that will allow you to get the most out of your Chinese adventure in 3 weeks or less.
This 9 day tour will allow you to experience the ancient wonder of China’s most famous attractions on a journey from Beijing to Shanghai. Feel the sturdy rock of the Great Wall beneath your boots, imagine the artisans who carved an army from terracotta and take time out to sit with the locals and sample the fresh cuisine. This trip will combine the imperial grandeur of palaces and temples with the vibrancy of modern cities and famous waterways for the perfect taste of China. From shopping to exploring, this is the perfect tour for someone with limited time who wants to get the most out of their Asian adventure.
Get the best of both worlds as you travel through some of the most popular cities in China while also getting the chance to see some of its more off-the-beaten-path locations. A visit to both Beijing and Shanghai will give you the chance to see two of China’s largest and most bustling cities. But you can also take part in some adventure as you hike through the Longji Valley and cycle in the Guangxi region. End your trip in Hong Kong with some amazing food and shopping opportunities before returning home.
Tiger Leaping Gorge
If you are looking for a truly physically challenging adventure, this tour 11 day tour is just for you. Be challenged by this active trip through Yunnan province and the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge. This is one of Asia’s finest geological wonders, and hiking high above the Yangtze River is the best way to experience it. Snow-capped peaks, narrow winding trails and sublime views await those who make the trek. Time spent in the chilled-out towns of Lijiang and Dali provide a relaxing contrast and a great chance to meet the local people.
If you are looking to go to the more outer reaches of China to catch a glimpse of the towering Himalayas and see Tibet, this adventure tour will lead you through the mountainous regions of China into Tibet and Nepal. Explore Tibet and discover its hidden soul on this journey across the roof of the world. Travel across three spectacular regions – China, Tibet and Nepal. The beauty of Lijiang, the remoteness of the Tibetan Plateau, the awesome Potala Palace, the stunning scenery of Everest and rich Buddhist history make this trip a true adventure. If you feel at peace in the mountains, this trip cannot be beat as it showcases some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the entire world, all the while allowing you to soak in local culture and cuisine and venture into the mysterious snow-capped villages of western China, Tibet and Nepal.