Nobody likes to be hurried, but if you’ve been putting off deciding whether you’re going to travel to China later this year, now is an ideal time to make those plans.
As this recent travel story in the New York Times reminds us all, travel to and within Asia is booming this year – especially here in China.
Bookings this year at WildChina and many travel agencies serving destination in China are up significantly from last year, making 2011 look like it could be the biggest China travel year since the Beijing Olympics.
It’s hard to believe that the first quarter of 2011 is nearly finished, but that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to book an unforgettable China experience for this year. Here’s a short list of some of the journeys we’re offering in the second half of 2011:
The Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Route with Jeff Fuchs
Departs: September 13
Book by: June 13
What you’ll do: Experience Yunnan’s timeless landscapes and cultures as you follow tea’s journey from the plantations of Xishuangbanna to teapots in Shangri-la
China Treasures: Beijing, Xi’an, Yunnan and Shanghai
Departs: October 26
Book by: July 26
What you’ll do: Take in classic sights while getting a crash course in today’s China: urban and rural, old and new, north and south
Suzhou to Hangzhou – The Grand Canal
Departs: Whenever you decide
Book by: Three months prior to your departure
What you’ll do: See the depth and breadth of China’s beautiful watertowns, ancient sanctuary to Imperial elite
To learn more about WildChina journeys, or to tailor your own, contact us today.
Climate change often seems like an abstract concept to many of us. But as renowned China scholar Orville Schell writes in “The Thaw at the Roof of the World,” his recent New York Times op-ed, the effects of global warming can be clearly seen in a part of China close to WildChina’s heart: Yunnan province in the southwest.
WildChina recently ran a trip for Orville and a few of his friends from the Asia Society to Yunnan and the Tibetan Plateau so that they could examine these environmental changes up close. As he writes, most people visit Yunnan’s majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain for the beautiful views — unaware that the mountain’s Baishui Glacier No. 1 has receded 830 feet over the last 20 years due to climate change. While in the short run, the melting of the glacier will result in plenty of water, in the long run, it will in fact result in water scarcity – a serious issue, given that the glaciers on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain feed water into the uppear reaches of the Yangtze River, a major water resource for much of China.
Given that water resources are already dwindling worldwide, it’s no wonder that conservationists are drawing more and more attention to the pressing need to solve the climate change problem. It certainly becomes much less abstract when you think about the people and lives that will be hugely affected, for the worse, by the environmental changes.