Think about standing amidst the towering sandstone pillars of Zhangjiajie, which impressed the mesmerising floating mountains within the film Avatar. Or navigating the winding paths of Wulong Nationwide Park, residence to a UNESCO World Heritage Web site and the awe-inspiring Three Pure Bridges.
Or maybe you dream of cruising down the serene waters of the Li and Yangtze Rivers, framed by breathtaking mountains and scenic magnificence. If you happen to lengthy to enterprise past the hustle and bustle of China’s famed metropolises, our ‘Desires of Nature’ tour is for you. Listed here are among the tour’s unimaginable highlights – and whenever you’re prepared for extra, take a deep dive into the total itinerary right here.
Guilin: a special sort of metropolis
You’ll start your journey in Guilin – China’s second-largest metropolis, with its surprisingly relaxed and peaceable air. This could possibly be one thing to do with its unimaginable pure magnificence and surrounding karst landscapes – the proper start line on your off-the-beaten-track journey. A soothing cruise alongside the Li River affords a wonderful preview of what’s to come back – marvel on the dramatic limestone cliffs, verdant bamboo groves and thriving river communities as you gently sail alongside this tranquil river.
Apart from the Li River, Guilin can also be residence to the Reed Flute Cave. Named after the reed rising outdoors the cave historically used to make flutes, it is a pure limestone cave crammed with stalactites, stalagmites and unimaginable rock formations. While in Guilin, you’ll discover the cave alongside indulging in a spot of morning Tai Chi within the firm of a Tai Chi grasp, and later, you’ll have the choice of bamboo rafting alongside the picturesque Yulong River.
Zhangjiajie: famously stunning
Subsequent up, it’s a number of days spent exploring the wonderous Zhangjiajie. Positioned within the northwest a part of Hunan Province, Zhangjiajie is thought worldwide for its distinctive and beautiful pure magnificence. The Zhangjiajie Nationwide Forest Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Web site, is residence to 1000’s of big sandstone pillars usually coated in mist, creating an ethereal and other-worldly picture. This panorama impressed the floating Hallelujah Mountains in James Cameron’s Avatar film.
One other noteworthy spot is the Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, which supplies beautiful views of the peaks, which change their hues with the shifting daylight and climate. For thrill-seekers, the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is a must-visit. Zhangjiajie can also be residence to Tianmen Mountain, accessible by way of one of many world’s longest cable automotive rides. On the prime, guests can stroll alongside glass skywalks connected to the cliffside, offering heart-stopping views of the landscapes under. Zhangjiajie Metropolis can also be residence to the Tujia ethnic group, and guests can discover their wealthy tradition and traditions on the Tujia People Customs Park.
Yangtze River: a river of legends
No journey to rural China could be full with out a few days spent cruising alongside the legendary Yangtze River.
Also called Chang Jiang, the Yangtze is the longest river in Asia and the third-longest on this planet, surpassed solely by the Amazon and the Nile. It stretches roughly 6,300 kilometres (3,915 miles) from its supply within the glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai Province to its mouth within the East China Sea, close to Shanghai.
On our cruise, we’ll sail upstream away from the Three Gorges Dam – a outstanding feat of engineering. Sail by means of the well-known Three Gorges themselves, with every providing beautiful landscapes, towering cliffs, and peaks shrouded in mist. Spend the following few days taking within the enjoyable day-to-day life alongside the river, looking for wildlife and collaborating in fascinating shore excursions.
Three Bridges and Wulong Nationwide Parks
It’s time for extra geological wonders, no much less humbling and strange than the earlier. In Three Bridges Nationwide Park, marvel on the towering limestone bridges, a testomony to the facility of nature. As you descend into the gorge by way of a collection of staircases and elevators, you’ll be able to observe the bridges from varied views.
In Wulong Nationwide Park, discover but extra beautiful pure limestone surroundings, together with the extraordinary Furong Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage Web site. This outstanding limestone cave is adorned with an array of stalactites and stalagmites, illuminated to showcase their intricate particulars and spectacular buildings.
Mount Emeishan: monks and macaques
Positioned in China’s Sichuan Province, close to town of Leshan. Mount Emeishan has been a centre of Buddhism for the reason that faith first arrived in China. It’s stated to be the place Samantabhadra, a Buddhist Bodhisattva, achieved enlightenment. The mountain, which stands at 3,099 metres (10,167 toes) tall, is dotted with monasteries and temples, providing guests a wealthy cultural expertise and beautiful pure surroundings.
The mountain can also be residence to a various vary of vegetation and animals, with its completely different altitudes creating distinct ecological zones. The numerous inhabitants of Tibetan macaques are a standard sight, and fewer often noticed are Asiatic black bears, crimson pandas and leopards. There are over 230 recorded species of hen on the mountain – an actual birdwatchers’ paradise. You’ll be able to spend the day exploring the mountain’s cultural and pure wonders.
Chengdu Panda Reserve
And the way might we are saying goodbye to China’s pure wonders with out assembly the nation’s most well-known furry residents? On our last tour day, we’ll spend the morning visiting the enormous pandas on the Chengdu Panda Reserve. The reserve is a non-profit analysis and breeding facility for large pandas and different uncommon animals.
Opened in 1987, the Chengdu Panda Base began with simply six big pandas rescued from the wild. At present, it’s residence to greater than 150 pandas and has remarkably efficiently bred these notoriously difficult-to-breed animals. The bottom’s final objective is to extend the panda inhabitants and ultimately launch some pandas into the wild.
Morning is feeding time and when the pandas are most energetic, so the most effective time to go to. You’ll have the chance to see grownup pandas munching on bamboo, younger pandas playfully interacting with one another, and, in case you’re fortunate, new child pandas within the nursery.
If you happen to’re prepared to hitch us as we discover China’s outstanding pure and cultural wonders, head to our Desires of Nature 2023 itinerary and safe your house on this life-changing journey.
Desires of Nature 2023
22 days from £3990pp
Absolutely Inclusive of Tour & Flights
Longji Rice Terraces – Zhangjiajie – Yangtze Cruise – Discover Wulong Nationwide Park – Chengdu Pandas