Silk Road cycling tour in China

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Silk Road cycling tour in China

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Since 2010, we are proud to be CSR-certified by TourCert a certification which demands constant improvement on corporate responsibility issues which we work hard to fulfil.

We believe that cycling is one of the most responsible ways to travel! On this unique trip through Western China, we also choose to take the overnight train from Xi'an to Dunhuang rather than an aeroplane.

Our tour guides are instructed to reduce waste by preferring regionally produced fruit from the market over heavily packaged goods from the supermarket. Participants as well as drivers will be advised to follow this example and use only public wastebins for disposal.

We are careful not to leave any traces of garbage or harm plants at any place we vistit, keeping the landscape as beautiful and clean (or even cleaner) as we find it.

Community

To support local businesses and keep in close touch with the local culture, we select small and family-run/owned enterprises as partners for our tours.

It is our goal to support the local communities and provide a fair salary to all local people we employ. We have long-lasting relationships with our local guides and Chinese drivers to help them sustain a living through regular employment.

We support local structures as much as we can, choosing accommodation that represent the local culture.

For food, we advise our guides to choose restaurants which serve regional dishes and buy local produce such as fruit and vegetables whenever possible.

Respect for the regional culture is one of our core concerns. Our company's guide, who has acquired deep knowledge of the Chinese everyday-culture and customs will share their knowledge with the group to help both sides understand each other and increase mutual respect. In China, our guide will lead the group alone. He/she will be dedicated to establish friendly and direct relations betweeen the participants and the locals.

When looking for souvenirs, our guides will assist the participants to identify locally crafted goods which are sold at a fair price. In order to preserve the precious historcic heritage of the Silk Road area, we pay special attention not to damage any historic artifacts or buildings and not to purchase any souvenirs which might have been taken from original historic sites.

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