SOURCE: Asia Transpacific Journeys

Asia Transpacific Journeys

August 16, 2011 10:42 ET

New York, Paris, London, Beijing: China Evolves From Exotic to Essential Destination for Worldly Travelers

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwire - Aug 16, 2011) - Once considered the epitome of the exotic, China has come into its own as one of the world's greatest travel destinations. Its history, incredible cultural treasures and natural beauty are cited as draws, while the safety of travel to China, its well-developed transportation system and new world-class hotels are putting China on par with Italy and France as one of the must-see countries in the world.

Asia Transpacific Journeys, the nation's leading tour company for travel to Asia and the Pacific, are considered the China experts, tailoring travel to China for the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Princeton alumni association. Their outstanding small group tour leader Gordon Marsh, who has over 20 years of experience guiding tours in China, provides invaluable cultural interpretation of one of the world's greatest and most complex civilizations.

Marsh lived in Hong Kong for several years and holds a degree in Mandarin, which he speaks fluently. He imparts his in-depth knowledge to those who join one of Asia Transpacific Journeys' China tours, which give travelers a window into this vast and diverse country, where traditional tribal villages co-exist with booming cities.

Marsh leads the following group departures to China:

China: Beyond the Wall -- 15 days | from $7,995 per person

This itinerary is sweeping in scope, visiting China's major iconic sights, but also includes unusual features such as a private tai chi lesson, a bamboo raft ride on the Ping River, and a lesson in how to make traditional dumplings with a local family in their home.

China's Silk Road -- 14 days | from $6,595 per person

On this trip, travelers will follow in the footsteps of ancient merchants and great explorers, along the greatest thoroughfare ever known, the 5,000 mile long Silk Road. Travelers will visit Kazak families in their village, explore a thrilling Sunday Bazaar, view the ancient crafts of Kashgar's old town and saunter through sand dunes atop a camel.

Yunnan: A Tribal mosaic -- 15 days | from $7,395 per person

This journey delves deep into a single province, Yunnan, considered China's most culturally power-packed. Travelers will encounter 36 distinct tribes, visit monasteries, and experience the extraordinary Gyalthang Horse Festival, where expert equestrians from the Kingdom of Kham in Eastern Tibet compete for prizes and glory.

Asia Transpacific Journeys also offers custom itineraries for private travel to China.

About Asia Transpacific Journeys

Asia Transpacific Journeys ( is a Boulder, Colorado-based Asia travel company specializing in Custom Journeys and Small Group Trips to Asia and the Pacific region since 1987. Outstanding service and deeply insightful cultural interpretation make them the Asia tour operator of choice for the American Museum of Natural History, The Harvard and Yale alumni associations, the World Wildlife Fund, as well as discerning individuals, their families and friends.

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