China Adventure Tour

J.L. Erickson Marking the 100th anniversary of the exploration of China’s western region, See You In Asia a consortium of Asia travel operations and agencies is offering U.S. adventure travelers a two-week trekking tour next month that includes an escorted journey through China’s Silk Road. The escort

By: J.L. Erickson

Marking the 100th anniversary of the exploration of China’s western region, See You In Asia a consortium of Asia travel operations and agencies is offering U.S. adventure travelers a two-week trekking tour next month that includes an escorted journey through China’s Silk Road.

The escorted tour, organized by China Travel Service, is ideal for adventure travelers with a devotion to nature and includes a hike through the Taklamakan Desert, the second largest in the world, to visit to the Kerians who live in the heart of the desert year-round.

“We are pleased to help highlight this truly unique expedition of a lifetime from China Travel Service,” said Min Chew, director of partnership marketing for Partner Concepts, Inc., the travel marketing firm that manages See You In Asia. “The start of this annual celebratory tour is an excellent example of a distinctive and spirited way to experience the most unique part of the Silk Road in Western China.”

Field tents, sleeping bags, waterproof cushions, high-quality open-air meals, drinking water, a satellite telephone and a global satellite direction finder will all be provided, along with a team doctor and medications, and English-speaking guides.

“The crossing of the Taklamakan Desert is our exclusive soft adventure program, providing our guests with the opportunity to physically trek across the second-largest desert in the world,” said Madam YiMei Guo, president of China Travel Service.

The trip includes a welcome banquet, a visit to Min Feng to see the longest desert road in the world and the unique landscape of the desert, travel to Keriabuyi to learn about the local animal life of the Keria River and experience the local Kerian’s primitive living and customs, a trip to a handcraft carpet factory, a handcraft silk factory, and an eight-hour hike from He Tian to Kashgar along the southern branch of the Silk Road to experience the tombs of the Sha Che Empire.

The last day to register for the Oct. 15-31 trip is Oct. 1 on the See You in Asia Web site at www.seeyouinasia.com. Pricing is $3,600 per person, double, and includes airfare from the West Coast, including transfers and tours. This rate also includes three additional nights in Beijing, prior to or following the adventure tour.

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