March 25th, 2013
WildChina | Categories: Adventure Travel in China, Exclusive Access China, WildChina Announcements
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Jiuzhaigou National Park isn’t as likely to be visited by people traveling to China as the Great Wall is–but it should be. This region represents an oasis of natural beauty striking enough to rival Yosemite National Park and the Galapagos. Indeed, this breath taking landscape is the very reason WildChina has teamed up with National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita to offer a photography trip to this “picture perfect” destination. For those of you on the road to becoming the next Ansel Adams, this adventure provides an exciting opportunity to hone your skills.
Jiuzhaigou–a UNESCO World Heritage Site and World Biosphere Reserve–is a national park worthy of the international recognition it has received. Home to exotic birds and the giant panda, Jiuzhaigou is a China wildlife safari all unto itself. But honestly, can you blame these creatures for making their homes in the area? Book now to reserve yourself a spot in the neighborhood from April 2-8.
Throughout your adventure in this utopia Michael Yamashita will be at your side ensuring you get the most out of both your shots and the experience. If you are interested in this journey be sure to reach out to us sooner than later as April is around the corner and spots on this adventure are getting snapped up faster than the shutter on your camera.
If you are curious about participating in this journey, or have other questions about travel in China, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.
For those of you looking for a fantastic photography adventure to another region of China, WildChina also offers an expedition along the Silk Road with Sean Gallagher. Sean’s work has appeared in publications including TIME Magazine, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Der Spiegel and National Geographic China. In 2010, he was the official photographer for the visit of British Prime Minister, David Cameron, to China. If you’re up for a focused look at this ancient highway look no further.
March 13th, 2013
WildChina | Categories: Environment, WildChina Announcements, WildChina Travel Tips
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Stories of pollution in China are all over the news. In the midst of this flurry of information, you probably have a lot of questions about what exactly it all means. To start with, what is the cause of all the pollution?
(Beijing on a clearer day and on a more polluted day)
Although car exhaust does contribute, the majority of the pollution arises from China’s heavy industry–in particular its steel production. Although the tools exist in these plants to limit their emissions, the issue is complicated by the conflict of private and public industry. While it is difficult to say what steps China will be taking the future, it is definitely not an issue that has escaped the notice, or the ire, of the country’s population which is putting more pressure on the government to figure it all out.
For now though, you are probably wondering–what does this mean for me and my family when traveling to China? Right off the bat, the best person to give you answers is your doctor. Not only do they know your individual medical history, but they are also trained health professionals who know the ins and outs of the possible effects of air pollution–the rest of us decided long ago that 5+ years of graduate school wasn’t in the cards.
(Bamboo forests in Anhui province)
From us at WildChina however, we can share what it’s like traveling and living in China–as well as some facts from our on-the-ground intelligence that will put your mind at ease. To begin with, all of China isn’t polluted all of the time. If you are on a WildChina adventure, chances are you won’t be spending your time where the pollution is at its worst: in China’s 2nd and 3rd-tiered cities (these are cities smaller than Beijing and Shanghai but larger than Shangri-La). The rural provinces such as Yunnan, Guangxi, and Guizhou all boast air clean enough to rival that of the Rockies. In the main cities, like Beijing and Shanghai, it’s true that we’ve had those rare, “crazy bad” days that attracted so much attention, but those are few and far between. Both Beijing and Shanghai have large communities of expats from all over the world who have yet to be turned away by bad air. In fact, most days, Beijing has the capacity to look like the picture below–which is #nofilter and completely unedited.
(Blue skies over the Forbidden City in Beijing)
If you’re planning a trip to China, feel free to contact us for the latest updates on the current environmental situation. We monitor both the current and projected pollution levels and can advise you accordingly. For clients who are interested, we can also provide face masks that cover the nose and mouth in case you hit a bad day during your time here–just let us know in advance so we can have them ready for you when you arrive. Traveling to new places always means new conditions we are not familiar with. We feel the most important thing on any journey is to be informed on your destination before you set out. Our hope is that this post has provided you with useful information.
If you have any other questions about pollution or travel in China, feel free to send us an email at email@example.com and we will be happy to assist you.
pollution comparison photo by BBC News, Forbidden City photo by Minnie Kim
February 7th, 2013
WildChina | Categories: Adventure Travel in China, WildChina Announcements
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Travel + Leisure is once again conducting their World’s Best Survey, a comprehensive look at the very finest organizations in all things travel. The survey covers airlines, airports, cities, cruise lines, destination spas, hotels, islands, rental-car agencies, and–most importantly!–tour operators. Survey closes the first week of April.
If you have enjoyed traveling with us in the past year, jump on the link above and let us know your thoughts. WildChina works hard around the clock to provide the best possible experience we can for our travelers in China. If we’ve done that for you in the last year, show us some love! Until next time, safe travels.
If you have any other questions about travel in China send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.
Image by Travel + Leisure
February 7th, 2013
WildChina | Categories: WildChina Announcements
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WildChina’s Beijing office will be closed February 9th through 15th for China’s Spring Festival (better known as Chinese New Year). During this time the U.S. offices will remain open to answer any of your travel questions. If you are thinking about travel this spring, now is the time to start planning!
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Happy Year of the Snake!
February 1st, 2013
WildChina | Categories: Environment, WildChina Announcements
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On January 19th, the Chengdu Culture and Tourism Group (CDCTG) and Jiuzhai Valley National Park (JVNP) hosted a workshop in Jiuzhaigou on Destination Crisis Management and Marketing. Who was there? What is that? And to quote one of our Facebook followers “who cares?” All good questions. Supported by the Pacific Asian Travel Association (PATA), the forum featured not only representatives from CDCTG and JVPN, but we heard from PATA’s CMO Alexander Rayner, as well as John Koldowski, a special advisor to PATA’s CEO. On hand from WildChina was our very own Director of Marketing, Nellie Connolly.
Discussions during the day covered a range of topics from ways to improve hotel standards, to crisis management strategy, as well as a look at what benefits new technology has brought to travelers. Looking to the future, the discussions addressed the important issue of the sustainable development of the Jiuzhaigou’s Zharu valley. As part of WildChina’s efforts to have a positive impact on the destinations we travel to, we feel it is particularly important to be involved in discussions like this. As Nellie noted after the conference “Traveling is about learning. If we aren’t learning ourselves, and helping to shape a positive travel future, how can we do a good job introducing other people to China?”
If you have more questions about the forum, or questions about travel in China in general, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.
January 25th, 2013
WildChina | Categories: Adventure Travel in China, WildChina Announcements, WildChina Travel Tips
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If you’re still trying to figure out which corner of this wonderful world you should head to in 2013 then look no further than this post by travel blogger Ellen Barone. Ellen is an accomplished independent writer-photographer who specializes in global travel. She has journeyed to six continents in search of compelling travel tales and evocative images, using her experiences to help people travel smarter as well as keep them up to date on the latest travel trends and gadgets. WildChina was honored to have our trip Soul of Tibet featured on Ellen’s list of Extraordinary Experiences for 2013.
Although Tibet is closed at the moment to foreigners, we are hopeful it will be reopened in April–we’ll keep you updated via Twitter and Facebook. As Ellen notes, “Tibet is one of those epic destinations so enticing, so enchanting and so compelling that it tends to get put on the back-burner, saved for another day (or decade) when the time and money for such an expedition will be possible. But guess what. There’s never enough time or money. And, while those easier, more accessible, places are fulfilling, Tibet still beckons.” We couldn’t agree more. Is Tibet beckoning to you?
If you have questions about travel in China or Tibet send us an email at email@example.com and we will be happy to assist you.
Photo of Ellen Barone courtesy of careerbreaksecrets.com all other photos by WildChina
January 24th, 2013
WildChina | Categories: Chinese Culture, WildChina Announcements, Zhang Mei
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Some exciting news from WildChina! WildChina founder Zhang Mei has been featured on CNN’s “On China” series with Kristie Lu Stout. “On China” is the first regular series on the Middle Kingdom by CNN and provides an insider’s view of China from within the country’s own borders. Mei was invited to speak on Chinese explorers and the spirit of exploration in China.
In the feature Mei notes how China’s philosophy of filial piety has made exploration anathema. One Chinese proverb that Mei discusses is “Fu mu zai, bu yuan xing,” or — roughly translated — “When your parents are around, don’t travel far away.” Mei explains that “The first virtue was to be “xiao,” or filial to your parents and that held back a lot of people and they stayed home. But with the internet, young people now see the world and say, ‘Wow… why can’t I do that?’” Why not indeed. Tune in this weekend to catch the full story.
If you missed the earlier broadcasts of Mei on CNN they will be shown again this weekend on Saturday, January 26 at 9:30PM and Sunday January 27 at 1:30PM Beijing time. If you have other questions about travel in China, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.
January 21st, 2013
WildChina | Categories: Adventure Travel in China, WildChina Announcements, WildChina Explorer Grant
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Heli. It was no easy task, but after much deliberation our judges chose this applicant and his journey to study the Tianshan Snow Lotus in Xinjiang’s Uighur Autonomous Region. An avid adventurer whose personal journeys have taken him all over western China and Tibet, Heli is currently a graduate student at Beijing’s Forestry University.
In addition to receiving WildChina’s 2013 Explorer Grant, Heli will be outfitted head to toe in gear provided by WildChina Explorer Grant sponsor The North Face. Our judges were particularly intrigued by Heli’s destination–remote, unexplored, and completely off the beaten path–and inspired by his genuine life-long interest in the Snow Lotus. Heli’s journey will not only push the boundaries for exploration, but will bring attention to the crucial issue of environmental protection.
We received some fantastic video submissions this year–our judges were impressed with the creativity and passion for exploration demonstrated and had a hard time reaching consensus. In recognition of this, we also have a runner-up this year, Zhao Jiang Bo who will receive a portion of the grant to support the furtherance of his bird research in Yunnan. We thank all our followers for their enthusiastic participation and hope everyone had as much fun with the contest as we did.
Once again, please join us in congratulating Heli, winner of the 2013 WildChina Explorer Grant.
If you would like to know more about our contest please click here. If you have other questions about travel in China send us an email at email@example.com and we will be happy to assist you.
January 17th, 2013
WildChina | Categories: WildChina Announcements, WildChina Explorer Grant, Zhang Mei
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WildChina Travel and The North Face® are proud to announce their partnership for the WildChina Explorer Grant!
The WildChina Explorer Grant is an award of up to USD 3,000 given to adventurers seeking to push the boundaries of responsible, off-the-beaten-path travel in China. This year, the grant’s third year, The North Face® has generously signed on as the apparel sponsor for the lucky grant recipient. Winners of the 2013 WildChina Explorer Grant will be outfitted head-to-toe in The North Face® gear, tailored to the winner’s individual trip needs and climate.
With both firms committed to exploration and transformational experiences, WildChina Founder Zhang Mei says, “The North Face coming on board brings the WildChina Explorer Grant to a whole new level. We are honored to partner with them and cannot wait to announce the news to the applicants in this years pool .” Jacob Uhland, General Manager of Asia Pacific at The North Face® says, “The North Face is interested in supporting the WildChina Explorer Grant because we heard about the inspirational people associated with WildChina, like Jeff Fuchs [2011 WildChina Explorer Grant winner] and Zhang Mei. We have built relations with both of these people and we feel they embody the spirit of exploration which is at the heart of The North Face brand and the purpose behind most of what we do and support. We have tremendous respect for the efforts of WildChina and their efforts to raise awareness of the outdoors through their Explorer Grant.”
For those of you holding your breaths for the Explorer Panel‘s 2013 decision, we’ll be announcing the winner of this year’s WildChina Explorer Grant on January 21st! To see the English-language submission videos on Youtube click here. To see the Chinese videos on Youku click here. If you have a favorite, show your support on our Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, Youku and Youtube accounts!
To learn more about our WildChina Explorer Grant click here. If you have other questions about travel in China send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.
Photos by 2012 WildChina Explorer Grant winner Shanghua Zhang and The North Face
January 8th, 2013
WildChina | Categories: WildChina Announcements, Zhang Mei
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Harvard Business School has plenty of famous alumni, so it was particularly humbling when WildChina founder Zhang Mei made it to the cover of the HBS Alumni Bulletin this past December. In an issue that recognized the 50th anniversary of women being allowed into Harvard Business School’s MBA program, Mei was featured along with a host of female alumni. With graduation years ranging from 1962 to 2010, these women represented a wide range of professional pursuits. However one thing they all had in common–other, of course, than their time spent in Cambridge–was that they are recognized by their fellow alumni as superlative leaders, mentors, and role models. Each alumna gave their thoughts on a variety of issues, ranging from who they admired, to reflections on the early days of their careers, as well as their thoughts on a business career in general.
One section of the bulletin keyed into the executive-suite challenges that women still face today–even as society works to shed the influences of the historically male workplace. When asked what she thought men could learn from women leaders, Mei said the key is to look beyond stereotypes, and that “what is most important is for men and women to approach business relationships—and life—with an open mind and a readiness to learn from everyone.” A readiness that, for Mei, is essential to traveling across cultures, and a curiousity she hopes to instill in WildChina travelers.
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