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Immersion Excursion

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Immersion Excursion 2025

Journey to the West-South...

June 20 - July 1

$6,000 per person


  • Experience the real, hidden China by interacting with various ethnic minority communities

  • Soak in the astounding surroundings of oblong mountains jutting out amidst terraced rice fields and picturesque villages on a cruise along the Li River

  • Hike through the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, which display a different concoction of vibrant colors with every passing season

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Our 2025 Immersion Excursion Plans

Yunnan boasts for its diversity. Even in the same province, you found different weather patterns, very different landscapes, regional cuisines and the different ethnic minority groups.

This journey brings us to a lesser-known region of Yunnan but rich in landscape, culture, history, tradition and food. You might have heard of the most known Yunnan Cross Bridge Noodles. Yes, it is from this region. If you love photography, you will be rewarded with stunning view of the UNESCO rice paddy fields with elevations going from 200m to 2000m. 

Join us to discover the largest rice terraces in the world as we dive into the local traditions, history, and backcountry of the charming Red River Valley, its Hani people, and their ingenious ways of bringing water to their rice terraces.


Beijing 北京


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Ping Pong and a refreshing stroll around Beihai Kungfu lessons between the Bell Tower and Drum Tower in the ancient hutongs feast and karaoke with our old friends, a martial arts family who are 4th generation hutong legends

Hike along the Great Wall at Mutianyu, two hours outside of Beijing, after a revivifying lunch with local farmers • Stroll through the Panjiayuan ‘Antiques’ Flea Market, and navigate through thousands of stalls and shops selling souvenirs and antique replicas • Drive back into town and spend the evening at your leisure

Calligraphy Class in the hutongs • Explore the 798 art district • Tour the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square • Feast on Peiking Duck

Xi'an 西安


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Day 5

Spend the morning face-to-face with the 8,000 solders of the Terracotta Warriors Army, less than an hour outside the city • Head back into town to savor a mouthwatering lunch at one of the food stalls at Xi’an Muslim Quarter • Learn about Xi’an’s 1,300-year-old Muslim community by visiting the Great Mosque • Enjoy a commanding view of the ancient city center as you walk along the 12 meters (39 feet) high Ancient City Wall enclosing the historical heart of the city • Experience Xi’an with more than just your eyes by sampling some of Xi’an’s famous dumplings and getting a chance to learn how to make your own

Get an exclusive tour from a natural science and panda expert around the Louguantai Giant Panda Breeding Center, normally closed to the public • Get up close with giant pandas • Visit the Big and Small Wild Goose Pagodas, oldest structures in Xi’an located beyond the city walls, built in the 8th century to house Buddhist sutras 

Chengdu 成都


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Day 8

Learn the flavors and techniques of Sichuan cooking with a masterclass at the Sichuan Cuisine Museum  • Head back to the hotel for a short break • Sip tea like the locals at Chengdu’s central teahouse, a traditional afternoon pasttime • In the evening, dine like a local on a guided foodie tour that takes you into the best food stalls and “fly” restaurants at a popular night market

Follow along the twists and turns of the Fu River to a traditional village to visit a hunter turned farmer • Continue on to a picturesque Qing Dynasty Muslim village • Arrive in a wild panda nature reserve, a 100,000 acre sanctuary that contains one of the most diverse and intact ecosystems in Asia • Immerse in the spice capital of China in style with a traditional hotpot dinner 

Pass by waterfalls and bamboo forests as you hike up UNESCO World Heritage Site Qingcheng Mountain • Admire China’s cuddly black and white icon at Dujiangyan Panda Base • Energy levels permitting, enjoy a face-changing Sichuan Opera show in the evening

Guizhou 贵州