Overland China is a tour operator that will design a tailor made itinerary that will take you to the most remote parts and secret places southern China has to offer. A unique journey with specialists, and a perfect combination of natural and cultural wonders.
What to Experience?
Overland China is a full service tour operator that arranges customised trips for small groups through Sichuan, Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces. The average group size is under 5 people, and larger groups are only accommodated in special circumstances, such as student groups.
Southwest China is home to dozens of unique indigenous cultures, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and hundreds of endangered species within its National Parks and Protected areas and a tour with Overland China seeks to maximize the traveller’s ability to visit them. Typical itineraries feature a variety of outdoor activities that include trekking, biking or fishing in National Parks and small towns combined with cultural activities such as visiting temples and cultural sites, villages, homestays and musical performances.
Overland China offers a perfect mix of cultural insight and visits of stunning natural sites. A strong focus on the discovery of the cultural diversity is at the core of their work. The mission of Overland China is to use tourism as a vehicle for cross cultural understanding and communication, so guests will visit places that are off the mass tourism map and can provide a more accurate depiction of life in China, including villages, markets, restaurants, historical and cultural sites that are important to the people. All guides, guesthouses, meals and transportation arranged are locally owned and selected because of their demonstrated commitment to responsible tourism, ensuring that travellers have a truly unique, authentic and culturally enriching experience.
The top destinations are Lijiang, Shaxi, Shangri-La, Yangshuo, Xishuangbanna and Dali.
How does It Help?
Overland China takes many measures to secure benefits for the host destination. All arrangements are made using locally owned businesses – hotels, activities, guides and transportation services are all locally owned and are evaluated by OC in order to meet high standards of environmental and cultural stewardship and a commitment to sustainable tourism. Guests are consulted heavily about their specific trip preferences and the itinerary that is ultimately confirmed will provide the most responsible options available. For example, a guest that wants to spend time shopping will be encouraged to visit fair trade shops or local workshops instead of mass-produced tourism goods that often dominate the most visited areas.
Every guest on an OC trip receives a comprehensive trip packet prior to departure that provides extensive information about the destinations to be visited, the cultures that will be encountered and tips on how to be a responsible tourist and respect the destination. This includes information about environmental issues such as water conservation, tips for bargaining and when it is or isn’t warranted and behaving respectfully towards the hosts.