Silk Road in China vacation
17 day small group tour of western China traveling on the Silk Road by private and public transport. An enlightening adventure from Xi'an to Kashgar.
Xi’an Terracotta Army Bullet train to Lanzhou Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau Xiahe Binglingshi Caves Yellow River Great Wall of China, Jiayuguan section Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Crescent Moon Lake Turpan Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves Kumikasa, Taklamakan desert camp Abak Hoja tomb Id Kah Mosque Yakshambe Bazaar Kashgar
£4100To£4295 excluding flights
Price includes all activities/equipment, tour leaders, local guides and drivers, meals, transport (excluding international flights), accommodation and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary. Single Supplement: £625 *2020 trips are a day longer
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1 Reviews of Silk Road in China vacation
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 13 Oct 2015 by Genie Gabel-Dunk
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Finding a replica of a Tang Dynasty sancai glazed, funerary sculpture of a camel and rider, which I had first experienced as part of an exhibition of artefacts from the ancient Silk Route mounted by the British Library in 2004 in a shop in Jiayuguan at a price that I could afford.
Even though the Mogao Grottos are becoming commercialised, being able to see the frescos that are available in the caves that are open to the public was a wonderful experience.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Be prepared to be flexible as things don’t always go to plan; but, I note that this is part of the interest of this journey; approach the overnight train journeys with a spirit of adventure; be sure and have a good/powerful torch for visiting the caves otherwise you will not reap the full benefit of what is on offer.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I would consider that the purchases that my fellow travelers and I made during the 19 days of the journey, which were in the most part made in street markets and local community establishments, would go some way to benefit the local population. I also note that making use of China’s train network on three occasions environmentally sound.
During the journey across China local guides within the distinct regions though which we travelled were employed, which bought more in-depth, authentic insight to our experience and it appeared that locally run hotels were used where feasible, thereby, providing employment for a number of members of the local
communities through which we travelled. It appeared that local drivers were employed, the use of local guides and community based hotels would indicate that much of the operational costs were channelled into the local economy.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
I consider that the itinerary for this trip has been carefully thought out, offers a journey of high quality and certainly provided me with opportunities that I might otherwise not have had.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through such a region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive… after all, there are also many good things that the traveler can bring.
We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our guides on this trip to China are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions and, as tour operators, is something we are careful to promote.
We strongly believe in using ecological resources wherever we can, and our travelers experience a more authentic and memorable journey because of this.
On this tour, we support the local economies by using public transport in the form of overnight trains. This cuts down on carbon emissions and greenhouse gasses, as well as ensuring that our travelers have authentic and memorable experiences in China. We encourage walking wherever possible - we will never use a car or bus to explore a city when we could do it on foot. As always, we encourage our travelers to take only photographs and leave only footprints.
PeopleOn this trip to China we use local ground handlers who in turn book locally run hotels, providing employment for a number of members of staff and support families. The ground handlers also use local drivers and local guides at the sites, meaning that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy. On our Chinese Silk Road trip, we use we maintain our high ethical standards by using local transport and facilities and ensuring our travelers leave only footprints.
In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, we have set up a charitable foundation through which we can channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive Indian cultural tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities. Wherever possible we are happy for our clients to visit these projects to see for themselves where and how this money is being spent.