China’s wild west has long marched to the beat of its drum, as during much of its history, the region was a collection of independent kingdoms such as Tibet completely separated from China. In the past, the remote nature of these lands remains hard for visitors from the world. The lack of modern transportation and underdeveloped road and other infrastructure made the trip difficult.
Today, thanks to China’s bullet train system and the highways, these untamed areas are begging to be explored. The culture, land, and history are now showing to the world. Our programs in the west of China cover an area that’s epic in scope and scale. They include such fantastic destinations as the holy mountains of Tibet, the boisterous markets and bazaars of the Silk Road, the mighty waves of the Yangtze, the mountains of Zhangjiajie (primary inspiration for the look of Avatar), and of course that icon of Chinese wildlife, the Panda.
Tibet has held the imagination of spiritual seekers, adventurers, and curious travelers for hundreds of years. The “rooftop of the world” endures as one of the world’s most fascinating destinations because it is merely so. The fertile Brahmaptura valley is the heartland of Tibet.
Walking in the steps of Marco Polo, a tour of the Silk Road is truly a journey into the ancient history and diverse culture of China quite unlike any other. The range of attractions is quite unsurpassed. It’s a journey of contrasts: Desert and mountain scenery, East and West cultures. Journey from scorching desert austerity to cool, watery mountain beauty and lush green upland pasture. The Silk Road has everything you need for a rich cultural journey into the heart of China’s past.
A cruise down the Yangtze River puts you on a journey aboard China’s mightiest-and the world’s third longest river. Starting life as trickles of snow in the Tanggua Shan of southwestern Qinghai, the river then spills from Tibet, swells through seven Chinese provinces, sucks in water from hundreds of tributaries and powerfully rolls into the East China Sea north of Shanghai. En route, it surges past some of China’s greatest cites, Chongqing, Wuhan, and Nanjing.
Increasingly used as the emblem of China, the cuddly and lovable giant Panda lives nowhere else in the world outside of Sichuan province. Alongside the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, China’s giant pandas are becoming a must see attraction of China. The Panda is the logo for the WWF and is known as the national treasure of China.
The World's 8th Wonder & most dangerous mountain
The river is more than a natural wonderland...
Cook for pandas, feed them, clean their houses ...
Explore the "spicy" diverse and Tibetan Sichuan
Look up close at the world's peak on the pure land
The East and West were first linked by this road.