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Yunnan's Ancient Tea Horse Trail

Explore the Chinese Province of Yunnan on foot and discover its traditions, culture and breathtaking natural scenery.

From£3,099

  • China

  • 15 nights
  • Pioneer

    Sightseeing

  • May

    Oct

Moderate

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Tour codes: 42750

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 5 Sightseeing

Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk one of the deepest gorges in the world - Tiger Leaping.
  • Explore the cascading Yuangyang rice terraces.
  • Visit Shilin Stone Forest known as the “First Wonder of the World”.
  • Venture further off the tourist circuit at Shaxi.
  • Enjoy sensational birds-eye views from Mount Cangshan
  • Local guide and RWH leader throughout for superb support.

First a little history. The name Tea Horse Trail refers to the trade route that took tea down from the hills in Yunnan to markets and ports in China and south East Asia. There was also trade in Tibetan ponies which were used to move the tea and were also valuable to the Chinese as sturdy war horses for the army. The tea was carried by pony and by porters up until relative recently. The trail compared with the Silk Roads to Europe in importance during its heyday. Several of the cities we visit owe their prosperity and heritage to the trade. 

 We start our holiday in Kunming better known as “the City of Eternal Spring” and capital of Yunnan Province. From there we visit the Western Hills and the most important attraction the Stone Forest, a karst landscape. A Chinese proverb has it that to visit Yunnan and not see the Stone Forest is a wasted journey. We would not want that! We continue south to the rice terraces of Yuangyang covering mountainsides as far as the eye can see. It is a memorable sight to see the sun setting across the terraces. We will also take a walk to a local farmers market to immerse ourselves in local culture. 

A high-speed train ride takes us to Dali, where we have a guided tour of the ancient centre. Next stop is Cangshan mountain which is full of beautiful landscapes and amazing scenic sites. After a stopover in Shaxi we reach one of the highlights of our journey, the Tiger Leaping Gorge, framed by 5,000m mountains. A memorable walk in one of the deepest gorges in the world is a wonderful way to take in its awesome beauty. Our last stop is the Pudacuo National Park, the first in China, before we finish our trip in Kunming.

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Kunming via Beijing (Air China)
  • Airport transfers
  • Full board comfortable en suite accommodation
  • All meals
  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking local guide throughout
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Travel

We depart the UK on our overnight flight to Kunming via Beijing.

Day 2

Kunming

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We arrive late in the evening in Kunming, the City of Eternal Spring. We will transfer to the hotel to enjoy some well earned rest.

Day 3

Kunming

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

After a leisurely start we will explore Kunming on foot. In the afternoon we travel out to the western hills (about 1hr driving) to walk in the countryside. We plan to walk from Gaiqiao to Longmen. We might cover 3 miles over the ground at a leisurely pace.

Day 4

Kunming

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today, we visit the Shilin Stone Forest, about 60 miles from Kunming, a spectacular set of distinctive karst rock formations. The pillars rise from the ground like stalagmites making them look something like trees to the people who originally named the area. Known since the Ming Dynasty (1300’s) in China as the 'First Wonder of the World', the area is perhaps the most important attraction in Yunnan. A local proverb has it that visiting Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest is a wasted journey. We explore the area on foot with a myriad of paths to choose from.

Day 5

Yuangyang

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation

This morning, we drive south to the famed Yuangyang rice terraces. The terraces are a masterpiece of the ingenuity of the Hani people. You may well recognise the scene even if you have not heard the name before. Yuangyang is famous for its beautiful rice terraces, idyllic rural scenery and unique ethnic minority culture. We should arrive early afternoon. After checking into the hotel we can walk to a viewpoint to enjoy stunning views across the terraces that stretch down the sides of the hills for as far as the eye can see. Hopefully we can enjoy the sunset if the weather permits.

Day 6

Yuangyang

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

Those who would like can get up to see the sun rise across the terraces. Well worth the early start! After breakfast in the hotel we will explore more of the terraces and local culture with our local guide to explain something of what we see. The walking will be at a leisurely pace winding passed paddies and through villages. Hopefully we will come across a local market. These always offer insight into local culture.

Day 7

Kunming

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation

We have some free time this morning to explore the local area before transferring back to Kunming. We should arrive early afternoon giving us some time to further explore the city.

Day 8

Dali

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation

Today we travel north from Kunming by train. We will use the recently built high speed line from Kunming to Dali. The journey takes about 2hrs. On arrival in Dali we transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we have a guided walking tour of this beautifully preserved city. You will have free time here to enjoy the city and stock up on local souvenirs as you prefer.

Day 9

Dali

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

We are back on the walking trails today exploring the Cangshan Mountains. The highest peak here, Malong, rises to 4122m. We will walk in the mountains making use of local cable cars to make sure we get the best views. We plan to take a cable car and walk up to up to Zhonghe Temple (2600m). From here we walk along the mountain ridge on a relatively flat path to the evocatively names Seven Dragon Pool. The walk offers great views over Erhai Lake and Dali. We continue to Qingbi Brook at the top of the Gantong Cable car which will take us back down to the valley.

Day 10

Shaxi

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation

Today, we transfer to Shaxi. Much of Shaxi's charm lies in the fact it has been restored rather than rebuilt and being off the main highways it hasn't seen the rapid development of the tourist industry. Here you can still find the Yi and Bai ethnic minorities maintaining their traditions, farmhouses lining the country roads, and the original walled town gates and market square that prove Shaxi was once an important stop on the old Tea Horse Trail. This afternoon, we have time to take a stroll around the ancient town visiting the well-preserved historical sites like Sifang Street, Xingjiao Temple, Yuxi Bridge and Ancient Opera Stage.

Day 11

Shaxi

Meals

Breakfast,lunch and dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

Today we drive out into the Shibao Shan Mountains. We will walk to Shadengqing Temple. And if time allows further to Shizhong temple for which you might need another hour. The paths are generally good underfoot. It is quite possible we will encounter troops of monkeys en route. Please be careful interacting with them as they can bite.

Day 12

Leaping Tiger Gorge

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    800/600m

After breakfast we head out by private bus to Leaping Tiger Gorge. About 15 km in length, the gorge is named after a legendary tiger that leapt across the gorge to escape the clutches of a hunter. No mean feat considering the canyon’s narrowest point is still a staggering 25 metres wide! This explanation of the name could conceivably have been embellished over time. Part of the Yangzi River (known here as the Jinsha River) thunders through the gorge, which is in turn framed by 5000m high mountains. On arrival at the entrance of the gorge we will be met by minivans to take us to Naxi Guest House. From here we will hike straight to the Tea Horse Guest house where we overnight. Again facilities at the guest house will be simply with no en suite accommodation available.

Day 13

Shangri-La

Meals

Breakfast,lunch and dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100/500m

This morning, we have an early breakfast and start out at 07:30. We will walk from Tea Horse Guest House straight to Tina’s Guest House. Expect the path to be muddy and stony underfoot. We plan to arrive for lunch. Later we transfer by private bus to Shangrila (about 2.5hours), a reference to the mythic utopia from James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon. This charming Tibetan town lies around 3200m. On arrival we will take it easy to acclimatise. Later we will stroll on winding streets past prayer halls and pagodas in Dukezong Ancient Town. A fire tore through the area in 2014, destroying most of the town, but painstaking restoration work continues, and the town remains charming. It’s also home to a towering, gilded prayer wheel – the largest in the world.

Day 14

Shangri-La

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100/200m

Day 15

Kunming

Meals

Breakfast,lunch and dinner

Accommodation

This morning we explore Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan, before flying back to Kunming in the afternoon.

Day 16

Final day

From (GBP)£3,099

Departure dates for your selected tour

15th May 2021 - 30th May 2021 (15 Nights)

9th Oct 2021 - 24th Oct 2021 (15 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Kunming via Beijing (Air China) 
  • Airport transfers by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class and most low-cost carriers have extra legroom seats. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Holiday Inn Kunming

We stay in the well reviewed Holiday Inn Rotorua near Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and Whakarewarewa Forest. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs, minifridges, coffeemakers and desks; some have balconies. Wi-Fi is also available. Breakfast and dinner are served in a restaurant/bar that features an a la carte menu as well as a buffet. There's also a lobby bar/lounge. Other amenities include a fitness room and a geothermally heated outdoor pool.

Yunti Hotel

The Yunti Hotel is situated to the south of Yuangyang town in the township of Xinjiezhen. It offers free Wi-Fi and airconditioning in rooms. The hotel also has a fitness centre.

Dali Landscape Hotel

The Landscape Hotel is situated in Dali town. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning in rooms. The hotel also has a fitness centre.

Shaxi Sanjiaxiang Guesthouse

Our guest house accommodation tonight is very simple and bathroom facilities are basic and shared. En suite bathrooms are not available. We hope the warm hospitality makes up for this and provides a memorable experience. Rooms will be twin or single but unfortunately, we cannot guarantee clients booking a double room will get a double every night. We will do our best to ensure all rooming request are met but some patience and understanding may be required.

Tea Horse Guesthouse

We stay in a guesthouse tonight. The guesthouse is clean and tidy with private facilities, but standard is a little more basic compared to other hotels we use on this trip. In such a remote location we hope this will come as no surprise.

Shangri-La Paradise Hotel

The Shangri-La Paradise Hotel well located for our programme. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel also has a fitness centre.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in China

Renminbi (RMB) is the currency of China with the Yuan as its unit.  It is advisable to take US Dollar travellers cheques or cash, but any freely convertible foreign currency can be exchanged.  It is currently possible to order Chinese currency at branches of Thomas Cook. 

You can take a maximum of 6000 Yuan into China. Large amounts of Chinese money must be re-exchanged at the end of your holiday and smaller amounts can be exchanged at Thomas Cook. There are facilities for this in the departure lounge at Beijing airport. You should keep all your exchange receipts carefully in case you are asked to produce them. Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards can be used in China, but are confined to major shops and hotels. Do not rely on them as your only source of currency. 

It is difficult to estimate the amount of spending money you may require, but you should allow enough for drinks, souvenirs and duty free goods.

Tipping

Tipping expectations are relatively high. The local guides, drivers and hotel staff often prove to be of great assistance in all aspects of the holiday. Should you wish to tip our Chinese colleagues, you may wish to consider an allowance of 50p per person per day. It must be stressed however, that such tips are at your own discretion.


Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Passport Information for China

All British citizens and most other visitors will require and visa to enter China, which must be obtained prior to departure. The Chinese authorities require an authorization letter, confirming all your accommodation details. This will be supplied to you by Ramblers Walking Holidays. You need to supply a copy of your flight details, which are on your invoice. We will need a clear scan of the photo page of your passport. This is required to book internal flights and some ground services in China. This important as we cannot confirm your details with our local partners until it has been received. This must be emailed as an electronic scan to [email protected] a minimum of 8 weeks prior to your trip. Visas can be applied for through the Chinese Embassy's visa application service centre www.visaforchina.org You will need to submit the application in person (at a selected appointment time). Please note that, postal applications are no longer accepted.

IMPORTANT: Please note that all visa applicants aged between 14 and 70 will need to visit one of the Chinese Visa Application Service Centres in person (appointment required) where biometric data will be taken as part of the visa application process. There are centres in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

There are agencies that will help clients through the complicated Chinese Visa application procedure. Various levels of service are offered with fees charged accordingly. Please check the agency websites for current fees.

In London we recommend Travcour:

Travcour Falcon House, Suite 2, 

19 Deer Park Road, 

Wimbledon, 

SW19 3UX London 020 8543 1846 or email: [email protected] 

www.travcour.com

In Edinburgh we recommend i2visa UK Ltd

i2visa UK Ltd

Forth House

28 Rutland Square

Edinburgh EH1 2BW

Tel: 0131 460 7023

E-mail: [email protected]

www.i2visa.co.uk


Meals

China is world renowned for its cuisine. Obviously cooking varies hugely over such an enormous country with such varied climatic zones. On this trip, you will get a chance to try many varied dishes. Meals commonly consist of shared dishes, set on tables for you to select anything that takes your fancy. This is a great way to try things you might not ordinarily choose! Yunnan ‘Dian' cuisine has been influenced by neighbouring areas of Tibet, Sichuan, Burma, Laos and Vietnam. You will see pork, chicken and noodles on most menus, but many other choices will be available. Vegetarians can be well catered for. Western-style dishes will likely be available in cities but remember Chinese chefs will be better at cooking their own food than western food.

Yunnan is a big tea-producing region so you will be offered plenty of choice for your cuppa!

The use of disposable plastic bottles is a big issue in many countries where recycling isn't yet widely available. Please bring a reusable water bottle with you. We recommend Water-to-Go bottles. Please see the section later in this document.


Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Country Specific Kit

Please note that toilet paper is rarely provided in public toilets and we recommend that you bring a supply with you from the UK. Mosquitos are also prevalent in the countryside and by lakes and we suggest you bring mosquito repellent with you.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for China

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to China.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Hepatitis A immunisation is recommended.

You might also like to consider immunisations against Tetanus, Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Hepatitis B, Tick-borne Encephalitis and Typhoid.

There is a low to no risk of malaria in all parts country. Dengue fever exists in China; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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China

  • Capital

    Beijing

  • Currency

    Renminbi

  • Language

    Mandarin

  • Time Difference

    UTC +8:00

  • Flight duration

    10 - 12

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -4°C

    Avg. Rain: 3mm

  • February

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 6mm

  • March

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 9mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 26mm

  • May

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • June

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • July

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 176mm

  • August

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 182mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • October

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 19mm

  • November

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 6mm

  • December

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 2mm

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