Been there, done that. Yes, there are China tours geared for families with small children, and those for people nearing the twilight of their lives. But oh, the journeys available for the fit and adventuresome! China itself is certainly exotic and unique enough for just about any Westerner or European, but if you can step up your game or if you’re willing to get out of your comfort zone and think out of the box, you can have an amazing off-the-beaten trip.
And, if you’re ready for a truly unique trip, one in which you’re not going to run into the “average” tourist, it’s highly recommended you consider consulting with a highly reputable travel agency. There are travel agencies that can help you in planning the entire trip based on your needs. Take a moment, for example, to browse through www.thechinatravelcompany.co.uk.
Because you’re looking for an unusual trip, and charting and navigating the roads less travelled, you should talk to a reputable travel agency about your plans. Get the advice of a seasoned guide and you’ll be sure to get the most of your trip.
“Everyone” visiting China will want to get a glimpse of The Great Wall, but beyond a miniscule photo-worthy portion, most don’t actually walk The Wall. And, no, of course we’re not talking about the entire 13,000 miles, but there are long – and challenging — walks a guide can take you. Of course, it goes without saying that you should wear comfortable shoes. In addition to comfortable, those shoes should be sturdy. You’re walking on literally ancient territory, and the ground is rough and uneven. But it will be amazing. So, try to plan your private group tour here as you and your companions can surely enjoy the experience.
If you want to experience a terrain unlike any other you’ve ever seen, you might want to put Yangshuo on your list. It hasn’t always been a tourist destination. In fact, it was only in the last 30 years when tourists discovered the wonders of jutting, angular green hills, stunning waterfalls and rushing rivers. Choose one or do both – many rent bikes and explore the peaceful landscape through trails or hire a boat and see Yangshuo from the Yi River.
You wouldn’t want to miss the magnificent trails, villages, and waterfalls in the Jiuzhaigou Valley. Many shades of blue, from navy to aqua to turquoise highlight the crystal-clear glacial lakes. There’s a classic tourist hop-on, hop-off bus which hits the main scenic areas, letting tourists choose where they’d like to walk or hike, but there’s also – albeit limited trail hiking and exploring. The Juizhaigou Valley is nestled in the mountains of the Sichuan province of southwest China.
Native to Asia, rice terraces are not only practical, but gorgeous. In China, the Yuanyang Rice Terraces are picaresque (and located in the southwestern province of Yunnan). Visitors are amazed at the immense size of the terraces, which are carved into the mountainsides. The terraces fill-up with water, and thanks to the reflection of a blue sky and clouds, the rice plants and algae are a sight to see – and one that’s extremely unique.
Ancient Mountain Beauty
Mount Huangshan (also known as Mount Yellow) is a coveted journey for the Chinese, so you can imagine the impact it has on an outsider. With spectacular rock formations, unusual pine trees (resembling giant Bonsai), the area could easily be the setting of a fantasy or science fiction film. The nearby Hongcun with its Moon Lake and 900-year-old village have inspired artists for years. And when you see the working farmers and walk the narrow, quartzite-paved roads, you may be compelled to create some art of your own.
Those are just a few ideas on where to go and what to see when you go to China. Make sure these places are in your bucket list to ensure that you’ll have a unique experience.
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