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China Road Trip

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China Road Trip

Experience incredible China, from the picturesque mountains of Hongyan village to relaxing Tai Chi and Chinese language lessons, this Road Trip covers the best!

Prices from US$2,245

China is a country with incredible cultural history boasting one of the earliest ancient civilisations dating back to around 2800 BC. Its landscape is equally rich in diversity, ranging from its forest steppes, its deserts in the north and subtropical forests in the south to its 14,500km long stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline. All of this makes China an incredible and exciting place to be, both in what it has to offer today and the story of its past.

On this epic journey you’ll have the unique opportunity to experience China and some of its cultural aspects first hand and immerse yourself in the culture with visits to local villages, temples, markets, and some amazing natural scenery sites. You will also get time to meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Chinese customs as well as feel the adventurous side of China by trekking and even undertaking a volunteering placement with pandas. 

Project Highlights

  • One day tour to Leshan Giant Buddha—the largest Stone Buddha in the world
  • Volunteer at Panda Conservation Centre
  • Chinese language learning and Chinese culture lessons
  • Teaching at the school or doing some community work for the Fengyan village
  • Rock climbing, trekking to the terraced fields named Nine Dragons 

FAST FACTS

Location Various locations, China
Activities

City tours
Rock climbing, cycling and trekking
Dumpling cooking lesson
Learn about local customs

Transport Airport pick-up
 
Accommodation Volunteer houses and guest houses

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Kit advice & discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)
In-country


English-speaking guide during the excursions and trekking
Airport pick-up
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
Admission fees where applicable
Accommodation
Some meals

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 once in a lifetime cultural immersion and adventure tour in this charismatic spiritual country is not to be missed! This program will show you all you need to know about Chinese culture from the incredible and scenic mountains of Hongyan village to trekking around villages to Tai Chi and Chinese language lessons as well encounters with minorities, this program has it all. 

Throughout the trip you will be travelling as part of a group that will allow you to make lifelong friendships and share unforgettable experiences with each other. 

First Leg – Getting to know China

This Week in Chengdu is the important step towards a great stay in a new country! It is designed so that you can avoid culture shock and be eased into the Chinese customs. It is a fun filled week that is dedicated to getting to know China and some of its cultural aspects first hand. You will also get time to meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with the Chinese custom.

Second Leg- Immersing into culture

This week will begin with a visit to the ancient city of Huanglongxi. After two days exploring these wonders, it's on to Fengyan. This is also a fun-filled week that is dedicated to getting to know China and some of its culture. You will have the time to meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and become familiar with Chinese customs. There are many opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture with visits to local villages, temples, local fairs and markets, and some amazing natural scenery sites.

Third Leg- Adventurous side of China

If you want to experience the more adventurous side of China, Longsheng Rice Terraces is one place you cannot miss! Trek in the amazing terraced rice fields and stay in hill-tribe villages. Enjoy a few days of this peaceful and extraordinary scenery. The journey up there is mildly challenging, but it is definitely worthwhile. Longsheng is a world famous place whose scenery varies with the seasons and harvests.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

If you are arriving on Sunday between 8am to 12pm you will be collected upon arrival at Chengdu airport by a local staff member. 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 friendly, vibrant country. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Accommodation is shared with other participants, usually only 2-4 people per room. The volunteer facilities will be simple, but comfortable and clean with shared bathroom facilities. A member of our staff will be accompanying you on your journey and will always be on call in case of emergency 24/7. Tours and transfers are by local bus, public transportation, highway bus and train.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Most day you will be provided with three meals, but during some days when there is free time you would be responsible for organising your own food. This is a great opportunity to discover local dishes such as dumplings, rice dishes, noodles, tofu and many more with your new friends. There are many specialities to try, and while some food can be spicy, there is usually something for every palate to be found!

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Whilst the project schedule means that you will get the chance to do most activities as part of the programme, you may like to venture out in your spare time and explore the shops, visit famous monuments, or try out your new language skills at local markets - you are sure to want to discover more of the breathtaking natural environment or explore China’s local food and customs by visiting the traditional style restaurants tucked away in the winding back streets of the country. 

For the adrenaline seekers there is a wealth of opportunities available through local tour operators such as bungee jumping, paragliding, canoeing, motor biking and rock climbing. If there are any specific adventure activities that you would like to incorporate into your trip, these are very likely to be available - ask your local project staff for prices and more information.

COSTS

4 weeks US$2,245

DEPARTURE DATES

2018 - You will need to arrive on the Sunday before your start date

The project starts on Monday.

DURATION

4 weeks

Arriving at  Chengdu -  departing from  Zhanjiang City Airport (ZHA) 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

In-country

  • Some meals
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Admission fees where applicable
  • English-speaking guide during the excursions and trekking
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Chengdu (CTU)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

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


LEGAL STATEMENT

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