Trip Details

This road trip is an incredible journey where you will find yourself immersed in the charming and fascinating nature of Chinese culture.

The first week in Chengdu is a very important step towards a great stay in a new country!

It is a fun filled week that is dedicated to getting you introduced to China and some of its cultural aspects first hand. You will also have opportunities to meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with many different Chinese customs. You will also get to be closer to those amazing Panda bears!

After experiencing the beauty of nature, we will move on to the Serthar Buddhist Institute, the biggest Buddhist Institute in the world. This area is still mythical to the public, but it’s also an area where you can get away from all the touristy sights and experience the real local culture.

After exploring these wonders in South-west China, it’s on to the Fengyan village of Guilin. During the days we spend here with the locals, you will gain an even greater understanding of the Chinese ways of doing things. Plus it is a fun-filled week where you can get to know China and its history.

You will have the time to interact with the villagers, taste the local cuisine and become familiar with the area’s Chinese customs. There are many opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture with visits to local villages, a Confucius temple, a Guangong temple, local fairs, and some amazing natural scenic sites.

After Fengyan Village you will go to Yangshuo, where you can go cycling, boating in Li river, enjoy the night life in West street. It is a famous place with its scenery with mountains and rivers. Followed will be trekking in Longsheng rice terrace. People here are Miao, a minority of China with its special culture. You will also have the chance to see the woman with longest hair in the world. For Red Miao, the women only cut their hair one time in their whole life. During your stay you will get to know the culture of them.

Zhanjiang is the next stop of this journey, a city in a very special location. It is located in the Guangdong Province, faces the South China Sea in the east and the Qiongzhou strait in the south, with over 2000km of coastline and various harbors.This part of your trip will be more relaxing. You will wind down on the local beaches, soaking in the sunshine and coastal life, with more free time to explore this amazing area. You will visit the dolphin conservation center, help clean the area where dolphins live and also enjoy the traditional local arts. Zhanjiang is a must visit, if not just to indulge in this region’s famous fruits and heavenly seafood dishes.

Haikou is the last last stop of this four week journey.Our center located in a Village called Meimei, it is an ancient and artless village located in Haikou, Hainan Province. It was built up in Yuan and Ming dynasty with historical culture. The name of Meimei Village means beauty in Chinese, and according to the legend God made this precious place for people to enjoy their happy and peaceful years. Unique island style brings not only visual pleasure but also relaxing feelings for tourists. You will have the chance to experience local farming life or help teaching, to go to the beach and enjoy the leisure time (Hainan has the most famous beaches in China), to see the city and try local snacks &food.

Please be Advised:

This schedule, especially in Longsheng, participants will need to be in good physical health.
Self Organized, whether activities or meals, means that your coordinator may offer help/suggestions for locating, but these things are paid for at your own expense.
Train ticket is included in the trip fee. It is important to be aware that it is a hard-sleeper train which takes about 24 hours in total. The Chengdu coordinator will see you off at Chengdu station and the Guilin coordinator will pick participants up from the station upon arrival in Guilin.

Aims & Objectives

  • Give you a complete, cultural experience of China
  • Expose you to major cultural sites and scenic locations along an action-packed journey

Trip Itinerary

Week 1
Day 1: Sunday
Chengdu

  • Arrival in Chengdu airport by flight
    Transfer to Mrs. Panda Hostel with airport express bus or Metro (depends on the time or arrival), to freshen up and relax
    Free time to orient yourself, catch up on rest to recover from jet lag, or find some local food on your own!
    Overnight stay in Hostel in Chengdu

Day 2: Monday
Chengdu

  • Breakfast
    First things first! A visit to the Pandas at the Breeding Center of Chengdu
    Lunch
    Time to explore! A half day city-walking tour in Chengdu:
    Tianfu square, to see city business center, and the statue of Chairman Mao
    The People’s Park to see how local people spend their leisure time;
    Kuan & Zhai Alley is a newly renovated culture street with ancient architecture and a variety of shops etc.
    Panda post
    Welcome Dinner – Local cuisine: Hot Pot!
    Overnight stay in Hostel in Chengdu

Day 3: Tuesday
Panda Reserve

  • Breakfast
    Transfer to Panda Reserve by highway bus
    Lunch at the Panda conservation
    In the afternoon, visit Panda Reserve office to get registered as a helper, get work uniform and staff card
    Join a training screening to get basic knowledge of Pandas (can also be watched anytime during the week if you want to know more about Pandas!)
    Meet your Trainer aka the Panda Keeper
    Take a tour of the Panda Base waterfall (if time allows)
    Dinner at the Panda base Hotel
    Overnight stay at the panda base

Day 4: Wednesday
Panda Reserve

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner are offered
    Working with the Panda keepers
    Optional activities during the evenings available: Chinese language lesson
    Overnight stay at the panda reserve

Day 5: Thursday
Chengdu city

  • Breakfast
    Bus back to Chengdu
    Lunch
    Visit Huanghuaxi Park,the biggest park in Chengdu
    Visit Qingyang Temple, a famous Taoist Holy Land
    Dinner
    Enjoy the Sichuan opera(based on face changes)
    Overnight stay in the Chengdu hostel

Day 6: Friday
Chengdu city and Huanglongxi and Xinduqiao Town

  • Breakfast
    Walk to Chengdu museum and have a visit
    Lunch
    Bus to Huanglongxi Ancient Town-to see the old street, tempels and the old buildings of Ming and Qing dynasty,incl stilted building.
    Dinner in the city (self-organised)
    Free time and experience the nightlife of Chengdu
    Overnight stay in the Chengdu hostel

Day 7: Saturday
Chengdu city

  • Breakfast
    Bus to Leshan
    One day tour to Leshan Giant Stone Buddha
    Lunch in Leshan
    Return to Chengdu City
    Dinner
    Overnight stay in the Chengdu hostel

Week 2
Day 8: Sunday

  • Train to Gongcheng Town, Guilin
  • Brunch offered
    High speed train to Gongcheng, about 8 hours
    Lunch is on your own in the train
    Arrive in Guilin in the evening
    Dinner at the centre
    Overnight at our volunteer house

Day 9: Monday
Guilin

  • Late Breakfast (sleep in a bit if you like)
    Walk around the village with coordinators to explore local life,climb the mountain of the village
    Lunch
    Chinese lesson
    Lesson of Chinese philosophies on life and local taboos
    Dinner
    Optional activity :Play Mahjong, Chinese chess or watch a Chinese movie
    Overnight stay at our volunteer house

Day 10: Tuesday
Guilin

  • Visit a local family and try make “Chinese coffee”- local oil tea, a specialty from the Yao culture
    Breakfast
    Participate in a Tai Chi lesson (Learn about the “muscle arts”)
    taking part in a culture session focusing on Chinese festivals
    Lunch
    Visit Hongyan Village (new Socialism Model village with Persimmon forest) Visit Fengyu Bridge (from the Yao culture)
    Dinner
    Optional activity :Play Mahjong, Chinese chess or watch a Chinese movie
    Overnight stay at our volunteer house

Day 11: Wednesday
Guilin

  • Visit a local family and try make “Chinese coffee”- local oil tea, a speciality from the Yao culture
    Breakfast
    Participate in a Tai Chi lesson (Learn about the “muscle arts”)
    taking part in a culture session focusing on Chinese festivals
    Lunch
    Visit Hongyan Village (new Socialism Model village with Persimmon forest) Visit Fengyu Bridge (from the Yao culture)
    Dinner
    Optional activity :Play Mahjong, Chinese chess or watch a Chinese movie
    Overnight stay at our volunteer house

Day 12: Thursday
Guilin

  • Breakfast
    Chinese Lesson
    Go to Lianhua and explore the town and Market
    Lunch
    Explanation of Chinese diversity food
    Make dumplings or Baozi /Cooking lesson
    Dinner
    Optional activity :Play Mahjong, Chinese chess or watch a Chinese movie
    Overnight stay in our Guilin center

Day 13: Friday
Yangshuo

  • Breakfast & Lunch are offered.
    Pack and transfer to Yangshuo in the morning.
    Check in hostel
    Lunch in Yangshuo.
    Cycling to the big Banyan scenery spot, climb Moon Hill. This is pictured on the front of Lonely Planet China!
    Dinner at Western Street (self-organised), a good chance to try local food or find some Western comfort food to satisfy any cravings!
    Free time in Western Street
    Evening recommended activity: Appreciating the light show: Impression Liusanjie. Directed by Mr. Zhangyimou
    Overnight stay in Yangshuo hostel

Day 14: Saturday
Yangshuo

  • ·Breakfast
    Bus to Xingping
    Bamboo raft up the Li River
    Lunch in Xingping
    Tour around Xingping village
    Back to Yangshuo for dinner
    Dinner at Western Street (self-organized), a good chance to try local food or find some
    Western comfort food to satisfy any cravings!
    Overnight stay in Yangshuo hostel

Week 3

Day 15: Sunday
Longsheng

  • Breakfast
    Departure from Yangshuo
    Arrive Dazhai village of Longsheng (check in and get settled)
    Lunch
    Spend the day trekking the spectacular terraced hills – JinFoDing. Enjoy the beautiful Scenery of Dazhai and Zhuang culture. re
    Dinner
    Evening recommended activity: Appreciating long hair show and performance ot Miao People. A Bonfire party is included in the show.
    Overnight stay in Longsheng

Day 16: Monday
Longsheng

  • Breakfast、Lunch and dinner are included
    Spend the day for more trekking – Xishan Shaoyue or Qianceng Tianti.
    Dinner
    Overnight stay in Longsheng

Day 17: Tuesday
Overnight Train

  • Bus ride back to Guilin
    Breakfast and lunch offered during the ride
    Arrive in Guilin, free time for relaxing
    City tour in Guilin/Chinese massage to reduce any tension from your trek! (self organised)
    Dinner
    Night train to Zhanjiang
    Overnight stay on the train

Day 18: Wednesday
Zhanjiang

  • Arrive in Zhanjiang in the early morning
    Check into hostel Breakfast
    Unpack and relax
    Relax on beach Dinner
    Lunch at our centre
    Visit a university and meet the students
    Overnight stay in Zhanjiang centre

Day 19: Thursday
Donghai Island

  • Breakfast
    Transfer to Donghai Island and tour the area
    Lunch
    Visit the local village
    Watch a documentary of dolphin
    Make local snacks
    Overnight stay in the Dolphin Centre on Donghai Island

Day 20: Friday
Donghai Island

  • Breakfast
    Take a boat to sea and if you are lucky, see some dolphins! Fishing from the boat
    Lunch at the centre
    In the afternoon, clean the beach area.
    Relax and enjoy the beautified area
    Dinner BBQ night in the centre
    Overnight stay in the Dolphin Centre on Donghai Island

Day 21: Saturday
Zhanjiang City

  • Breakfast
    Transfer back to Zhanjiang city
    Lunch
    Free time in City park and shopping mall
    Dinner (self-organised)
    Overnight stay in our Zhanjiang centre

Week 4
Day 22: Sunday

Train to Haikou

  • Breakfast
  • Train to Haikou(about 5 hours)
    Arrive Haikou in the afternoon
    Free time and have a rest
    Dinner
    Overnight stay in Haikou centre

Day 23: Monday
Haikou

  • Breakfast
    Brief introduction to Hainan island and its culture
    Farm experience-pick up papaya or guava
    Lunch
    Visit the Volcano Park
    On the way back , stop over in Yongxing Tow, taste local desert ( 清补凉)
    Dinner
    Overnight stay in Haikou centre

Day 24: Tuesday
Haikou

  • Breakfast
    Chinese Education Analysis
    local school visit
    lunch
    leisure time in the beach
    Dinner
    Overnight stay in Haikou centre

Day 25: Wednesday
Haikou

  • Breakfast
    local farming life experience or help teaching
    Lunch
    city tour in Haikou city
    arcade Streets with diversity local snacks
    self organized dinner
    experience the nightlife of Haikou
    Overnight stay in Haikou centre

Day 26: Thursday
Haikou

  • breakfast
    local farming life experience or help teaching
    lunch
    film commune of Chinese well-known director Xiaogang Feng, where you can see many famous Chinese film set
    Dinner
    Overnight stay in Haikou centre

Day 27: Friday
Haikou

  • Breakfast
    Local farming life experience or help teaching
    Lunch
    Leisure time on Beach
    Dinner
    Overnight stay in Haikou centre

Day 28: Saturday
Departure day!

Hope you enjoyed this full and varied journey through China!

 

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

Trip Accommodation

A route from Chengdu to the best places China has to offer. Some bigger cities along the road trip is Guilin and Zhanjiang.

Accommodation & Food

Along the route you will have overnight stays in lot’s of different accommodations. You will be sleeping in some of our centres, in a hostel, on a night train, in a home-stay, a dolphin centre and a panda base. Every accommodation has it’s own character and charm. More information can be found inside the schedule.

Available Room Types

  • Standard Room
  • Persons per room 4-6
  • Wifi in public areas ( Some hotels may be limited)

Food Arrangements
Mostly Chinese style dishes (vegetarian and fish) will be served during the trip.

Three meals on weekdays and Two on weekends- Unless stated otherwise on itinerary schedule.

Facilities
Along the route – but not at all times – there are ATMs and small local stores. Please make sure you have enough money with you before starting the trip.

 

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