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Overview

There are few places on earth that can offer the sheer grandeur of China’s rich diversity of culture, history and landscapes. One of the oldest civilisations in the world, with an ancient pedigree that spans over 5000 years, China continues to influence the artistic and cultural traditions of the modern world. The evidence of its grand empire building lies scattered across its landscape, from the spectacular imagery of the Great Wall and the massed ranks of its Terracotta Warriors, to the ...

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Chinese Silk Road Taklamakan Adventure

Travel from the start of the Silk Road in Xian, explore the Great Wall at Jiyaguan and traverse the Taklamakan Desert taking in Buddist caves, oasis towns and mountain scenery to Kashgar for the famous Sunday market.
18 days from €4,756
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Karakoram Adventure - Kashgar to Kashmir

From Kashgar's Sunday Market in China, travel through Pakistan's Hunza Valley, to Lahore, Amritsar in India and finish with a stay on a houseboat in Srinagar.
21 days from €5,655
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Silk Road Odyssey

An epic Silk Road travel tour through Central Asia’s most spectacular mountains and lively bazaars through Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan & Uzbekistan
23 days from €4,750
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The Great Silk Road Adventure: Xi'an to Istanbul

Travel the full length of the Silk Road from Xian to Istanbul on this once-in-a-lifetime trip, taking in iconic sights like Xi’an’s Terracotta Army, Samarkand’s Registan Square and Istanbul’s Blue Mosque.
48 days from €13,566
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Along the Pamir & Karakoram Highways: Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China & Pakistan

Travel along the Pamir and Karakoram Highways - enjoying homestays and hospitality. Highlights include Kashgar Market and the Hunza Valley.
21 days from €6,316

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THE SILK ROAD IN 60 SECONDS

The Old Silk Road goes through some of Central Asia’s most spectacular mountains, lively bazaars and ancient towns. Following the ancient trade route between Asia and Europe. Traversing parts of Kyrg…

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to China though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. We recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.

Currency

In China the official unit of currency is the Chinese Yuan.

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.

Cultural Sensitivity

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.

Language & Religion

With several major linguistic groups within the Chinese language, Mandarin is spoken by the majority and over 70% of the population. We will also come across Tibetan and Uighur speakers during this trip.

Buddhism remains the most popular single religion in China, although the largest group of religious traditions is that of Shenism – also known as Chinese Folk religion – the ethnic religion of the Hans. Uigher people are one of the minority ethnic groups in China who are Muslim.

Time

China is 8 hours ahead of GMT. Xinjiang Autonomous Region additionally operates a parallel local time zone only 6 hours ahead of GMT. Generally speaking, national time is used by government and other national entities, such as railways, airlines and hotel chains; small local services such as shops, restaurants and guest houses use regional time. A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.

Food and drink

Food in China is surprisingly varied and rarely like the westernised dishes you find at your local takeaway! Outside of the big cities, travellers should forget about western food and should also prepare for alternative conventions about eating norms: breakfasts are light and often contain a selection of dishes you may not expect, such as rice and vegetables; meals are generally taken early - lunch sometimes takes place around noon and dinner typically 5pm; desserts are not common, and meals usually end with soup!

The Chinese are completely omnivorous, which has led to a wealth of exotic dishes. Vegetarians will need to be apprehensive, but a non-meat alternative is usually possible. However, vegetarianism is not something Chinese chefs are particularly familiar with, so such dishes frequently feature a limited variety of vegetables and are not richly flavoured or spiced. As we travel further west, the variety of vegetables available will also diminish.

The variety of climate and local produce has created outstanding regional cooking in China. West of Xi’an, in the colder, wheat producing north, noodles, flat-bread, dumplings and casserole-type dishes predominate as well as the imperial speciality, Peking Duck. Again, as we move further west the variety of available food and meat will become more limited and is dominated by lamb.

Local beer, which is light and very popular, is available in many restaurants along the way, although some of the local Muslim restaurants will not serve alcohol. We would suggest bringing duty-free spirits with you for your own consumption at your hotel, if this is your preferred tipple.

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