China expeditions

China at a glance

Population: 1.3 billion

Terrain: Mountain, altitude

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Ideas for your students' expedition to China

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to China.

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Rest & Relaxation

Bamboo rafting on the Li River

Hop on a simple bamboo raft and enjoy a journey along the peaceful Li River. This activity provides a perfect combination of relaxation, adventure and the opportunity to see some absolutely stunning scenery.


Explore stunning scenery and learn about local Tibetan Buddhist culture

5 days

Tăgōng Grasslands (also called Mount Jola loop) is a five-day trek, including overnight camping, through one of China’s most beautiful mountain landscapes.

5 days

Trek through meadows, around lakes and over high passes decorated with Buddhist prayer flags. An experienced local guide will teach you about the local culture and the area’s rich wildlife.

China projects

There are a diverse range of projects on offer in China. You can assist with conservation projects including tree planting and organic farming. There are also opportunities to organise English lessons and complete basic maintenance and renovation tasks at a local school based in a remote part of China, or interact with members of the community at a retirement home and learn about their culture and way of life.


Chengdu Urban Rivers Association

We started working with Chengdu Urban Rivers Association (CURA) in 2011 and since then teams have helped CURA's staff to clear drainage ditches to create an irrigation system for the on-site gardens and farm, and build a brick and clay kiln for the farmhouse. CURA's staff also enjoy teaching teams how to make traditional dishes, such as Chinese dumplings.

In-Country Agent 


World Challenge's In-Country Agent, NAVO Tour, is based in Chengdu. Edward is our main point of contact and has been working with World Challenge since 2013. Edward's first language is Mandarin, but he also speaks very good English.


Languages spoken: Mandarin is spoken in most of China, but Cantonese is common across Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
Time zone: GMT+8
Interesting fact: Red is considered a lucky colour in China. At one time wedding dresses were red. New Year banners, clothing, and lucky money envelopes are still red.


Rest & Relaxation

Spend a few days in one of China's ancient citadels

There are many sights to see in Bĕijīng or Hong Kong. Take a full day trip to the Forbidden City, home to the Ming and Qing dynasties, or visit China’s famous Great Wall, which stretches from the Liaoning Province all the way across the country to the Gobi Desert. You can also visit Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and check out Bĕijīng's famous silk markets, or catch the tram up to the amazing view point, Victoria Peak.

Chinese food!

Learn how to make traditional dishes such as Chinese dumplings.


Emei Shan (Mount Emei)

3 days

Head for Emei Shan, the highest of four sacred Buddhist mountains in China. As you climb the trail you’ll see pilgrims making their way to the mountainside temples. The Wannian Temple is the oldest, dating back many centuries, and dedicated to the protector of the mountain, the Bodhisattva Puxian. Look out for the statue of an elephant here; it's said to bring good luck if you rub its hind leg! The trek culminates at an altitude of 3,099m, which will help you prepare for the main trek.

3 days

Rest & Relaxation

Terracotta Warriors

Visit the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xian.

Rest & Relaxation

Giant Buddha of Leshan

Grab a bus from Baoguo Village and visit the Giant Buddha of Leshan.

One of the largest countries in the world

China is big enough to span five time zones, but as one of the largest countries in the world, it insists on having just one.

A vast and impressive country offering you the chance to travel through some of Asia's most stunning scenery, trek up sacred mountains and through beautiful tea plantations. 
James, our China Expedition Planning Manager

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