Trying to summarize one of the world's largest countries, longest histories and largest populations is almost as intimidating as travelling there. In a way, China is its own world. The cities - many could be countries in their own right - run the gamut. From western-facing Hong Kong to historical Beijing and futuristic Shanghai, they can be enchanting, bewildering and ghastly in equal measure. The countryside oozes millennia of history, as much through Great Wall-size monuments and fairy tale landscapes as through a daily village life, suspended somewhere between the middle ages and an uncertain future. All this is China and more: the future before it arrives, shaded by a past with no end.
Kailash Saga Dawa Festival (ACSF)
Journey overland to Tibet and cross the ‘roof of the world’ to Kailash—Asia's most sacred mountain—in time for the amazing Saga Dawa Festival. You'll join pilgrims and celebrate the renewal of the Tarboche flagpole, then embark on a demanding multi-day trek around the holy mountain which is said to bring good luck to whomever completes it. Explore Lhasa and experience unparalleled vistas of Mt Everest at its base camp. Full of cultural treasures, remarkable Buddhist monasteries and the colourful markets of Kathmandu, this adventure truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Highlights: Witness pilgrims replace the Tarboche flagpole, hike the ancient Kailash kora, visit spectacular palaces and incredible monuments, arrive at Everest Base Camp
Wild China (ACWC)
Walk the Great Wall of China and trek through stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge. Stare down Terracotta Warriors and commune with giant pandas. For those seeking a unique adventure that balances China’s highlights with a look at its ‘wild’ side, this 3-week tour gives you the classics before taking you further afield to the hidden gems. Best of all, you get the free time you need to explore at your own pace. Whether wandering mountain monasteries or cycling through the region’s watercolour scenery, this tour will take you down the road less travelled.
Highlights: Meet the Terracotta Warriors, sleep overnight in a monastery, hike Emei Shan and Tiger Leaping Gorge, marvel at the Li River countryside near Yangshuo, bask in the glamour of Hong Kong