Modern Cities, Ancient History

China may be modernizing at a break-neck pace, but the quicksilver skyscrapers and bullet trains are a thin veneer. The world's oldest continuous civilization is bound to pull a cultural artifact or two out of its hat. Ponder the legends surrounding the Forbidden City, let your imagination fly on the Great Wall and dive into a culture thousands of years in the making.

Highlights of China

The Great Wall - All To Yourself

The Great Wall - All To Yourself

There are a lot of extremes describing the Great Wall of China. Its physical immensity, its age, its artistry and architecture, all add up to an unforgettable experience. So much so in fact, that tens of thousands of tourists see it every day. Global Basecamps travelers avoid the crowds. While everyone else congests the fully restored parts of the Wall, our travelers venture off the beaten path. Get up close and personal to this Great Wall, and enjoy it all to yourself in one quiet, perfect moment after another.

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China’s Cities

China’s Cities

The cities of China are where one finds a country ready to dominate the new century. In Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, epic skyscrapers host a population fiercely proud of their history, and equally proud of their modern accomplishments. For the traveler, this translates into a substantial, ancient culture ready to be explored.

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From the Silk Road to Tibet

From the Silk Road to Tibet

The eastern parts of China get all the press and publicity, but this is a big country you’re about to explore! Traveling along the ancient Silk Road that eventually led to the Mediterranean Sea, you can see a side of China that few foreigners experience. The food here is different, as is the music, the language, the art, and just about everything else. This is a trip away from the beaten path, away from the tourist crowds, and away from everything you thought you knew about China.

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Uniquely Chinese Experiences

Uniquely Chinese Experiences

There are experiences in China that cannot be had anywhere else in the world. Global Basecamps travelers have cuddled with pandas in a breeding center, they’ve trained with Shaolin Monks in the art of Kung Fu, they’ve bicycled through jaw-dropping karst landscapes and rice fields, all the while embracing the tangible energy of a massive and growing country.

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Sample Tours

**All of our tours can be customized to match your specific travel priorities and dates.

Authentic China, Tibet & Nepal Explorer (15 days)

This epic adventure from Chengdu, south into Tibet and Nepal, includes cultural insights, bungee jumping, white water rafting and much more. Truly, a once in a lifetime trip.
Adventure Archaeological Ruins Classic Highlights Cultural Hiking Off the Beaten Path River Rafting Temples Active

China's Heritage: Off the Beaten Path (21 days)

Despite the boom in tourism for China, there are still destinations relatively free from international influence. Get off the grid in this itinerary, and then return for the modern highlights in the second half.
Active Archaeological Ruins Classic Highlights Honeymoon Off the Beaten Path Cultural

China: Ancient History, Modern Practice (13 days)

See the highlights of China in this quickly-paced itinerary, including the cities of Shanghai, Beijing and Xian. Make a stop in Chengdu to visit the famous Panda Center.
Archaeological Ruins Cultural Family Wildlife Classic Highlights

Modern China's Highlights (21 days)

Explore China's modern cities, Shanghai, Beijing, Xian and Hong Kong. China's modern culture is focused on progress and optimism. No where is that more relevant than in this itinerary.
Archaeological Ruins Community Cultural Family Hiking Classic Highlights

Myanmar & Southern China: Places Unexplored (15 days)

This itinerary was selected by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of 2015's "50 Tours of A Lifetime."
Archaeological Ruins Off the Beaten Path Temples Wildlife Cultural

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