Some 5000 years ago, according to Chinese tradition, the earth was ruled by three kings and five emperors, from whom the people of China learned the secrets of Traditional Medicine, the use of plough and hoe, and the elaborate Chinese scripting. From the time of the mythological Yao Emperor to the days of Chairman Mao, ‘The Last Emperor’, a lot of water has flown down the Yellow River.
This isolated, Confucian society, which had long observed the rest of the world from a distance, and not been part of it, became a communist country that opened its gates to the West only towards the end of the last millennium. With this opening-up, known in China as the ‘opening of the Great Wall’, and the growing influx of visitors from all over the world, the Chinese initially feared that ‘when you open the doors, the flies come in’. However, small villages have now turned into crammed cities, bicycles have been replaced by luxury cars, and the will to become a mega-power has replaced the ‘closed-door policy’ that had prevailed for generations. Since this change of attitude, China has constantly been going through massive changes, to the extent that we can now expect tomorrow's China to be very different from today's.
China covers an enormous area and a wide range of topographical regions. It has several differing climate zones and a great variety of flora and fauna, some of them endemic. The country is also an unimaginable ethnographic mosaic. Its inhabitants call it ‘The Middle Kingdom’ as they truly see their country to be the center of the world.
Since the beginning of reform and opening, tourism in China has greatly expanded and is now a significant part of the Chinese economy. Choosing between different China private tours can be very challenging as it is the third biggest country in the world featuring diverse landscapes, World Heritage Sites, and ethnic ethnicities to travel through.
Our China private tours comprise of autumn trip along the lower Tibetan plateau, unique adventure along the ancient Silk Road, a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Badain Jaran desert in Inner Mongolia, and a classic trip bringing together some of the country’s mightiest metropolis and the country’s unparalleled natural beauty in the region of Guilin. Join us on one of our many China private tours to see the country as you have never imagined it before.