China culture & hiking vacation

“Two week tailor made tour including a couple of 10km hikes, one on the Great Wall of China, a domestic flight from Guilin to Hangzhou and cultural sightseeing by bicycle.”


Beijing | Temple of Heaven | Forbidden City | Xizaizhi | Jiankou | Mutianyu | Hutong rickshaw tour | Xi'an | Terracotta Army | bike tour of Xi'an city walls | Reed Flute Cave | Longji terraces | Ping'an | Dazhai | Dragon Backbones rice terraces | Longjing | Wuzhen | Shanghai | Jade Buddha Temple |

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Top tip:
Visit China outside of summer for fewer crowds on the Wall, cooler temperatures and cleaner air conditions.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Active. Walking, sightseeing and cultural shows.
Soft sleeper trains and locally owned hotels and guesthouses.
13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners.
Accomm, transfers, domestic flights, rickshaw tour, entrance fees, cultural shows and experienced guide.
About this vacation company:
This company specialise in tailor made active vacations across China for people who prefer independent travel away from tourist hot spots. They work closely with local businesses and communities to offer an authentic experience that benefits both travelers and local people alike.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

This tour will transport you to an eclectic and culturally significant range of heritage sites that date back to ancient times and it will also take you to unique places of natural beauty, including lakes and mountain ranges. It therefore exceptionally important that we fully understand and appreciate the importance of developing tours that are sustainable and reduce the impacts of tourism on the human and natural environment wherever possible. Indeed, all of our tours maintain a great respect for the cultural and natural surroundings in which we visit and travel, and we have opted to use only essential methods of public or private transport for this itinerary.

To help us protect and preserve what remains of both China’s wonderful cultural and natural heritage, we ask that all of our travel participants help care for the environments they visit by being respectfully aware of the unique locations we take them to. The importance of sustainable travel, particularly in sensitive natural environments and ecosystems, is something we also value highly. As a bonus of our unique approach, you will also discover that our tour groups are small in size so that are impacts are minimised, and of course, so that we can afford you the attention you deserve!

The Impacts of this Trip

Our itinerary has been designed to fully incorporate the local communities of the regions we visit. We value their unique insights, knowledge, and hospitality, and believe that they too should benefit from tourism too. We respect their traditions and beliefs, and are acutely aware of the need to respect indigenous people and religious sites in particular.

Wherever possible, we use locally-owned guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, and services to ensure that local communities and business prosper in a highly competitive market. An added bonus of using locally-owned services and people is that they will often be highly enthusiastic, generous and proud to welcome you into the places where many have been born and raised.

We are also exceptionally aware of the need to use local ‘green’ tourism services and businesses to ensure that the natural and social environments that host tourism are protected and well-managed. This includes the use of locally-sourced produce such as food and crafts, for example. However, perhaps one of the greatest reasons for using locally-owned accommodation is that you will see the ‘real’ China in its various guises. You will sample traditional villages, entertainment shows, cuisines and ways of life that can be significantly different to anything you may have experienced before. We will also take you to incredible places away from the tourist crowds to ensure that your experiences are genuinely unique. We fully believe that this is a wonderful way to learn about this spectacular country and have no doubt that you will agree!


3 Reviews of China culture & hiking vacation

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Walking on the Great Wall

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Bring toilet paper, hand sanitizer, coffee, tea, powdered milk, a mug and snacks

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, it benefited local people as we always had local guides. I am not sure that it reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Reviewed on 20 May 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Our 5 day hike on the "great" Great Wall. Wonderful guide accompanied us all the way, supplied us with all the water we needed....... and laughter...... and encouragement when facing those thousands of steps. It was everything we had hoped it would be. Even avoided the crazy crowds!
Other memorable bits were the smaller, quaint towns of Shuhe and Lijiang.
Then come others like the monastery accommodation half-way up Mt Emei, the view from our place at Halfway House, Tiger Leaping Gorge, the food, (including a special 20th anniversary Peking Duck meal and doll gifts), the panda sanctuary at Chengdu, the 94 degrees Centigrade walk up the Giant Buddha at Leshan. I think you're getting the impression we liked everything!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

To follow our itinerary and, if you can afford it, opt for the private tour. We had great variety, from the travel options, the different guides and drivers we had and flexibility to go to places where larger groups would not go or see.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Certainly with regard to the places we ate, always more local, smaller restaurants that were frequented mainly by local people. The impact we had in terms of touring was also, we felt, minimal.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent. We need to go back. Xie xie!!

Read the operator's response here:

Hello Craig,

Thank you so much for your joyful comments; It is a great pleasure for us that you enjoyed your visit so much! We really enjoy you having such a great time in China and hope to have a future visit from you in order to visit the parts of our country you missed on this visit.

All the best for you and your family,


Reviewed on 18 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The walks through the Karst mountains.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Enjoy it, it's one of the best trips I have made in recent years. It's an excellent balance between an active and cultural vacation.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely; local guides, drivers and hotels were used throughout. Even my payment went straight to china so nothing went outside.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Totally brilliant. We were very lucky in that we were only 2 in the group.

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