Responsible Travel


Although the Han ethnic group is by far the dominant majority, China is also home to more than fifty diverse ethnic minorities that contribute equally to its vibrant cultural patch-work. The relatively unexplored villages of GuiZhou, SiChuan YunNan, Guangxi offer the more daring traveler the opportunity to witness first-hand ancient tribal rituals and traditions that have been preserved by these remote populations down through the ages. A popular Chinese idiom states “Yan Jian Wei Shi”, with the literal translation: “seeing is believing”.

 We feel strongly that our itineraries open the eyes of our clients to their widest possible extent. Off the Beaten Track is designed to meet your goals of budget and adventurous experiences throughout China. Our participants are not tourists, they are travelers and we will travel to learn, to experience the local culture, and to interact with the local people.

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The natural places, animals, and plants that we discover during our travels also are important to the local people who live in the places we visit. Indigenous communities tend to have an especially intimate relationship with the natural world as they rely heavily on the land and its resources for their traditional ways of life. Trees supply timber for building and heating homes. Fish nourish and sustain remote coastal communities. Native plants are used for ceremonies and healing purposes. Different animals hold spiritual significance and are cultural icons.

As travelers, we must take care to protect local lands and ecosystems that we visit. Because while these places are destinations to us, others call them home

Learn and practice wilderness, teamwork and leadership skills. Find connections with your crewmates based on support and respect (and fun too!), and in the thick of challenges, discover there is more in you than you know.

Value strengths and strengthen values: Uncover your unique character strengths, develop your leadership abilities and learn how to let compassion in to everyday life by pushing your own limits and working alongside your peers.

Demonstrate mastery: As you gain confidence in new skills, take on more decision-making responsibilities. Work together to achieve team goals, solve problems and succeed both as individuals and as a group.

What you’ll learn: For School students, the opportunities to carry more weight (literally and figuratively) and make impactful decisions with accompanying consequences fills the expedition as you go through numerous trials and triumphs. It’s all about independence.

off the beaten track

Unveiling The Wonders of Guizhou

Zhao Xing is the largest Dong village in the whole of China. The ancient wooden architecture and centuries-old practices are deeply concealed within the dense mountains. There are five sections in the village and every section acts as the residence for one particular clan whose life centers upon a drum tower, constructed by the members of that clan. The features of Zhao Xing Village construction are demonstrated through the five wooden drum towers of different shapes, the four magnificent wood-structured roofed flower bridges and the five theatrical stages.[learn more]

The Land of Mystery

Xiahe County, located in the south of Gansu Province, boasts wonderful landscape and mysterious religion culture. Unique Tibetan customs and beautiful prairies are shown here very well. Xiahe neighbors Sichuan on the south and Qinghai on the west. Here is the north-east edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. 78 percent of its population is Tibetans. The center of the county is Labrang Town, which is renowned for the famous Labrang Monastery in its southwest corner.[learn more]

Fenghuang Ancient Town

Fenghuang Ancient Town, know as Phoenix Ancient Town is situated on the western boundary of Hunan Province southern CHina in an area of outstanding natural beauty where mountains, water and blue skies prevail. Fenghuang Ancient Town is a wonderful example of what villages were like prior to the onset of modernization. Here dozens of alleys paved with flagstones run between the houses, each showing wear caused by the feet of generations of local people who have used them when going about their daily business. For the visitor, these alleys are the way to see the typical high gabled wooden houses built on stilts along the banks of the river among them.[learn more]


This journey will give you a strong contrast between modern life in the teeming metropolis and the traditional tribal existence of minority ethnic groups. Guizhou and Guangxi provide the backdrop to a...…[learn more]

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