China - Central China
A fascinating 8 day expedition where students will have the opportunity to see the real China. The team will experience first hand the hardships of living in rural China as well as volunteering at a Panda centre, trekking a wild mountain range, working on a farm and interacting with students from a local migrant school
China is the world’s second largest country by land area with 9.6 million square km, encompassing a vast and varied landscape, rich with diversity and culture. As one of the earliest civilisations, its history and traditions are everywhere, and with as many as 56 different ethnic minorities, each of with an extremely rich and rewarding experience.
- Explore the city of Chengdu
- Take part in a Kung Fu lesson taught by a Kung Fu master
- Volunteer at Dujiangyan Panda Base
- Learn about life in rural Sichuan Province
- Visit a local migrant school
- Hike in the mountains of Yaoji
China – Central China
Day to day - Sample itinerary
Upon arrival at Chengdu airport, transfer to the city which will take almost 1 hour. The team will then make their way to the Chengdu Peoples’ Park to meet a Kung Fu Master who will share his skills and a lesson in the basic movements and principals of Kung Fu. The group will transfer to Dujiangyan (1-2 hours) and check in to the hotel before enjoying a welcome banquet dinner and briefing.
Panda Base Volunteering
Travel out of the city and visit Dujiangyan Panda Valley, a centre for the breeding, wilderness training and releasing in to the wild of giant pandas. The team will help with the day to day care of the pandas, cleaning the enclosures, preparing the panda’s food, feeding the pandas, observing and recording behaviour and health.
Hiking in Qingcheng
Visit Dujiangyan irrigation system and ancient water system still in use today. In the afternoon, hike Qingcheng mountain and take a cable car to the top for impressive views (total 3 hrs).
Hiking in Yaoji
Travel by coach to Yaoji which will take approx. 6 hrs. The group will check into their Tibetan guesthouse where they will be staying for the next couple of days before setting off for a 2hr hike through Yaoji to a Tibetan Stupa.
Today the group will be helping local farmers with their agricultural work including harvesting, planting and watering vegetables. Lunch will be at the farmer’s house whilst learning about the community. In the afternoon, the group will be able to explore the surrounding community and visit a local temple. After dinner, enjoy a traditional performance by the local Tibetan villagers whilst sitting around a campfire.
Return back to Chengdu by coach (6hrs) in time for an afternoon of souvenir shopping in one of Chengdu’s Jinli old streets to absorb some ancient Chinese charm. In the evening, try a traditional Sichuan Hotpot for dinner – a bubbling broth in which you dip strips of meat.
Cultural Exchange at Local School
Today, the group will spend the morning at a local migrant worker school interacting with the students. Migrant schools exist for the children of worker families who have immigrated to the big cities. Visiting schools should prepare a performance (song/dance/poem), games and basic English lessons in advance. There will be a visit to Wide and Narrow Alley in the afternoon before enjoying your final night in China.
Transfer to the airport for departure flight home.
*Flights are provided at an additional cost