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.
Lhasa to Kathmandu Cycle (ANKL)
Spectacular scenery, challenging riding (six 5000m plus passes!) and encounters with one of the world’s most fascinating cultures make this a truly incredible experience. A unique opportunity to travel downhill, all the way from Lhasa to Kathmandu by bike on one of the world's toughest bike rides. Start in the historic centre of Tibet where you watch in awe at the Jokhang and Potala Palace. After some exploratory bike rides to get used to the atmosphere, it's off across to Nepal. Stop on the way to visit Everest Base Camp and enjoy stunning Himalayan scenery all the way. As you cross the border along the Freedom Highway to Nepal and ride into Kathmandu, you have descended 4000m on this astonishing ride.
Highlights: Experiencing the home of Tibetan Buddhism, witnessing monks in debate and prayer, crossing 5,000m mountain passes by bike, stopping off at rural villages and lunar landscapes, cycling to Everest Base Camp.
China Adventure (ACBH)
Explore a side of China you never knew existed on this eye-opening multi-activity adventure. Using rural roads that wind through tiny villages and past seemingly endless rice fields, you’ll get a full dose of this land’s truly incredible history, culture and geography. On two wheels or on foot, you’ll tour the imperial tombs and palaces of the walled city of Xi’an, study curious limestome karst formations, navigate the busy streets of Beijing and relax, secure in the knowledge that your downtime is rightly earned.
Highlights: Exploring Beijing's Forbidden City and hutongs, walking the Great Wall, trekking through rice terraces, cycling old city walls and rural villages, watching kung fu monks