Adult trips to China by cultural expert James Trapp

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For the last six years, as one of the many strands of my eccentric career path, I have been working as the principal China tour manager for Voyages Jules Verne, taking 3-4 tours a year. Last year, however, I decided to branch out on my own - with the support of Interchange in South London (www.interchangeworldwide.com) - and develop my own itineraries.

July 2012 saw the inauguration of this enterprise with a highly successful two week trip through the heart of China from Shanghai to Beijing via Xi'an and the borders of Inner Mongolia. I am hoping to repeat this tour in September 2014, but have also constructed a new itinerary around South China in April next year too. 

The September tour is the fruit both of my own long-standing Chinese studies and my experience with Jules Verne: it is my personal version of what I consider the essential first China experience.The South China tour is a new departure and has been made considerably more interesting by the advent of direct flights to Chengdu. I put the emphasis with accommodation on character and location above number of stars but not at the expense of comfort. Eating is a major part of any trip to China, especially with the cuisines of Sichuan and Yunnan, and I request our local operatives to arrange meals in proper local restaurants not tourist joints.

 Touring in China is getting more expensive as the Yuan continues to strengthen, but I am confident these trips offer very good value in comparison to larger commercial operations (if indeed you could find such characterful itineraries). Please do take a look at the itineraries and perhaps forward them to other family members and friends who you think might be interested. I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Of course, even if you aren't interested in China, as I said above, it would be really good to hear back from you in any case. With best wishes James

 

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