Trip Details

Whilst it has the longest written history in the world, and one of the strongest emerging modern economies, China is still an enigma; even after the incredible success of the Beijing Olympics back in 2008, people are still baffled by this nation.

Of all of the Asian countries, China is the least understood. This program takes you beyond the films and Western perception, and it places you right in the heart of this incredible country. Visit and immerse yourself in the traditional lives and cultures that make the real population of this country, and strip back the confusion and mystery that surrounds them.

This project is designed to introduce travellers to the real country. It takes you beyond the guesswork, to a real understanding. You will visit local houses, and you will learn about the effects of land reform.

You will visit a Confucius Temple not jut to look, but to understand its meaning and reason, and to get to grips with the man that started this religion. This program has been designed to answer your questions, and it has been created specifically to unveil some of the mysteries that you will want to be addressed.

There is just one rule with the program. If you have a question – you have to ask it!

You will go to the Confucius temple, not just to look, but to understand what it meant and how it felt to be the No 1 scholar in the Emperor’s examinations and you will experience the route through the temple that only you could travel. It is a programme developed and delivered by Chinese people after careful research into what westerners really want to know. You will be with both Chinese and Westerners; discussing cultural differences not in an academic sense but in reality. There is only one rule: if you want to know anything – ask.

During your time in China, you will make dumplings, taste oil tea and begin to learn the language. This trip is the ideal starting point for anyone travelling the country, and is an amazing way to ease yourself into a culture that is quite unlike anything you will be used to.

Aims & Objectives

  • Give you a real insight into authentic Chinese culture
  • Get you to feel comfortable in your new surroundings
  • Help you learn phrases and understand the culture you will be engaging with

Trip Itinerary

English-speaking Chinese trained coordinators will manage all activities and sessions for the duration of this week. The schedule is flexible and it can be subject to change depending on weather, seasons and local events and activity. It is also possible to chance the schedule based on your own personal interests.

A typical schedule is as follows:

Monday
Your day begins with a a tour of Fengyan village and its ancient house. Fengyan, a Yao People village with more than 400 hundred-years history and has some houses with 150+ years, traditional Yao’s house. After that you will go to climb a mountain in the village where you can see sea of persimmon trees.In the afternoon you will have a Chinese language lesson and a session about Chinese philosophies on life and local taboos. During the evening you can learn how to play Mahjong, Chinese chess or watch a Chinese movie.

Tuesday
In the morning you will visit a local family and learn how to make oil tea, which is called Chinese coffee, then enjoy a traditional breakfast of Yao people. A Taichi lesson starts your day,After that you’ll take part in a culture session focusing on Chinese festivals. Then there is a visit to Hongyan village during the late afternoon, we will climb mountains and do some bamboo rafting in the village. During the evening you can learn how to play Mahjong, Chinese chess or watch a Chinese movie.

Wednesday
Here we dive into Chinese lesson,where you will learn how to buy and bargain in Chinese right after breakfast, then we will go to Lianhua town. While there, you will explore the town and do some shopping in local market with the Chinese you just learned! A Chinese food culture session is due after lunch where we will discuss the diversity of Chinese food. After that you will try to make dumplings or Baozi, and learn how to cook some Chinese food.

Thursday
We begin with a Chinese songs lesson in the morning, followed by a Chinese Calligraphy lesson.,In the afternoon we will take our learning outside as we visit the Confucius and Guangdong temples and walk along the Cha river. Also, you will visit Gongcheng YAO People’s Musuem and learng the history,culture, folk of it. After the visiting you will have free time and can go to supermarket for shopping. During the evening you can have a self-organized BBQ in the center.

Friday
After your another Chinese language lesson we’ll take part in some Chinese paper crafting! Today’s afternoon is quite free, for you to relax, or to prepare for any weekend excursions you may like to take part in!

**Please note. This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.**

Trip Accommodation

Guilin is a province in southern China known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst. In the majestic shadow of its mountains, on the edge of an authentic, rustic village lies our centre – a 260 year old building from the Qing dynasty. Its surroundings invite walking and hiking and offer a stunning view of the hills, as well as of locals farmers hard at work!

Accommodation & Food
This accommodation has western style toilets, a bar with a variety of drinks, snacks, and food all set in a unique Chinese atmosphere.

Available Room Types

  • Standard Room 2-8 people per room
  • Private rooms available on request
  • WIFI in public areas

Food Arrangements
We have our in-house chef busy making food everyday for you! Expect typical Chinese food with rice and noodles in Chinese dishes styles. Vegetarian food is also available upon request. Water,Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.

Support
We have fully trained Chinese coordinators at our centre. They are bilingual (Chinese – including local dialect, and English). They too live as part of the family at the Centre and are there to run scheduled activities whilst also assisting those who want explore the area or undertake self-organised activities. They are there 24/7 to deal with any problems participants may have.

Shops
There is a small local shop which sells snacks on site, but to reach ATMs and bigger shops, it is a 30 minute bus journey into town.

Transportation
Our Centre is about 4 kilometres away from Lian Hua town. It is easy to catch a bus into town during the day – or to cycle. Gongcheng is the largest town nearby and is about 20 kilometers away. Once again there are frequent buses or shared taxis. Frequent buses also go from there to Yangshuo, 42 kilometres away.

Money
There are days where you will not have many opportunities to spend your money but food, drinks and snacks can all be purchased cheaply. Around 100 Yuan a week should be more than enough. You will however need much more if you are looking at ‘extras’, such as self-organised trips during the week (e.g. to the street barbecues in Gongcheng). Take note that the nearest ATM that accepts international bank or credit cards is half an hour away by car so if you have such plans, you should get cash out at the airport upon your arrival, or in Yangshuo while you are there.

Sights & Surroundings
There are so many wonderful sights and places to visit in this area. A guide book can tell you everything you could want to know, but here are a few ideas we recommend:

The Li River
This river spans 80km from Guilin to Yangshuo and is decorated with rolling hills, unique cliffs, caves and comfortable boats and should not be missed. Especially popular among Chinese tourists is a spot close to Yangshuo that is portrayed on the 20 Yuan bill.

Yangshuo
A picturesque city famous for its surrounding hills, rivers and bar streets. Lots of activities offered including rafting, biking, rock climbing, a stunning light show on Li River and much more. Make sure to spend at least one of your weekends here.

Seven Star Park
Famed for its rock formations, the park includes many different attractions including the Flower Bridge, Seven-Star Cave, Camel Hill and even a zoo!

Trip Country Info

China

Capital: Beijing
Language: Standard Chinese
Currency: Renminbi (Yuan) (CNY)
Time zone: CST (UTC +8)

China covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometers making it the 2nd largest country by land area. It is not only the country with the largest population in the world but it is also one of the largest economies laying claim to being the world’s largest exporter and 2nd largest importer of goods.

It is a country of incredible cultural history boasting one of the earliest ancient civilisations dating back to around 2800 BC. Its landscape is equally rich in diversity, ranging from its forest steppes, its deserts in the north and subtropical forests in the south to its 14,500km long stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline. All of this makes China an incredible and exciting place to be, both in what it has to offer today and the story of its past.

China has solidified itself as a contender for global recognition and as a tourist hotspot.  We have a number of  travel experiences in China from volunteering & gap year travel  to Tours and Paid Teaching.

With an assortment of climates and social structures, it is near impossible to experience all of China in a gap year trip. You can invest yourself and discover a whole new culture and still miss out on a dozen other cultures within arm’s reach while travelling in China, and these programs are dedicated to helping you help others while experiencing the different wonders of the country. Combine adventuring through nature with helping those less fortunate, and you have got yourself a stellar journey ahead of you. If you are looking for a gap year holiday in China, conservation work, an exciting road trip in China,  volunteer work with Pandas, teaching or other work & travel in China have a look at our latest experiences below or contact us for more information.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa