Destination: China


Home to one of the world's oldest and richest civilizations, mainland China offers a tantalizing diversity of cultural treasures and renowned natural landscapes, all in the context of a rapidly modernizing environment. In addition to the well-known heritage sites of Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai, Trans Himalaya's China programme highlights traditional Daoist and Buddhist pilgrimages, including the sacred mountain peaks of Wutaishan and Emeishan, the evocative waterways of the Three Gorges, Hangzhou and Guilin, and the ancient Silk Route from Lanzhou via Dunhuang to Urumqi and Kashgar.

Furthermore, the south-western province of Yunnan claims with some justification to have the best climate and the most open society in all of China, not to mention the greatest ethnic diversity- including twenty-four distinct nationalities, many of Tibeto-Burman origin. Trans Himalaya organise trekking, mountaineering and botanical expeditions to Mt Kawa Karpo in Southern Kham, cultural routes through Lijiang and Lugu Lake where the Naxi and Yi populations predominate, and adventure travel through the Salween and Mekong basins, as far south as Baoshan, Dehong and Xishuangbanna on the Burmese border. For information on our specialist itineraries combining Tibet and Yunnan, see Tibet: Kham under destinations and tours.




The Cultural Heritage of the Silk Road

  • Departures: July
  • 24 Days of Touring
  • With Beijing, Kuqa, Kashgar, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Wuwei,

The Ethnic Heritage of Yunnan and Guizhou

  • Departures: November
  • 21 Days of Touring
  • With Dali, Lijiang, Gyeltang, Guiyang, Kaili, Leishan,
    Zhaoxing, Guilin…

Buddhist Culture of the Chinese Heartlands

  • Departures: August
  • 29 Days of Touring
  • With Beijing, Chengde, Datong, Mt Wutai, Pingyao,
    Gongyi, Kaifeng, Qufu…

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