China Undiscovered: Sacred Mountains and Ancient Waterways21 April - 06 May, 2020

Trip Dates:
21 April - 06 May, 2020
Trip Price: £3760 not including international flights
Single Room Supplement: £TBC
Trip Length: 16 days

This is a marvellous journey along the slopes and peaks of China’s sacred mountains and along the great waterways that formed the very backbone of one of the oldest empires on earth and gave the Chinese their ‘land of rice and fish’ (‘milk and honey’). This is China in the raw, away from tourist hotspots and the development juggernaut taking place in the cities. See ancient hydrology projects and explore sites writ large in the Chinese imagination.

Wander through working temples where fervent believers showcase some of the lesser known Chinese traditions and faiths which down the ages entranced the northern emperors. The journey begins in Sichuan Province, western China, traces the course of the Yangtse River to the plains, before turning south along the waters leading upstream toward the Nanling Mountains; across which lies the Pearl River Delta, with its fecund soil, limpid rivers and karst mountains.

Please note that Distant Horizons has sole responsibility for the operation of this tour. The participating University has no direct control over the operation of any tours.



Maximum Party Size: 20

Trip Leader: Dr Jamie Greenbaum

Dr Jamie Greenbaum is currently researching the history of early Chinese utopias and also a history of the early State of Yan (the area around and to the north of present-day Beijing) at Beijing Univesity. He has travelled widely in China and lectured on both Ancient and Contemporary China. Since 2003, he has led six very successful visits for Oxford and Cambridge Universities to China including two along the Silk Road.

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China Undiscovered: Sacred Mountains and Ancient Waterways Trip Comments:

‘The journey was truly memorable and it will take some time for the epic to sink in. What a find you have with Jamie Greenbaum! Words can not express the debt of gratitude which we all felt for the way in which Jamie informed us, stimulated our thinking, entertained us and bubbled with enthusiasm.’
‘A brilliant trip, unlike anything I have ever done before. Faultlessly organised and perfectly executed and led by Dr Greenbaum. Very congenial company.’
‘It was a remarkable success. The overall planning and supervision were simply excellent. Well done!’
‘I thought the trip was exceptionally well planned and paced with variety and flexibility. Our travelling companions were delightful.’