Students will be travelling south to warm Yangshuo for a week in nature. Start the trip with a scavenger hunt on West Street. Move onto a challenging and rewarding hike up to Moon Hill for iconic views.
The next day groups will alternate between rock climbing, and biking next to as well as bamboo rafting on the Yulong river. Day three starts their two-day service project, learning about the technique, labour and theories around sustainable agriculture in local fields. Finish the project off with a pizza party and talent show!
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Day 1: China’s Bread (Rice) Basket
Arrive in Guilin. Guilin is one of China’s most iconic countryside retreats and is famous for the Karst peaks rising up amongst layers of idyllic green rice paddies. Upon arriving, students transfer to Longsheng autonomous county for a hands-on lesson from our local guide about agriculture in China. We spend time walking amongst the quintessential rice terraces and visiting the Dragon’s Back (Longji) area. The night is spent in a cosy accommodation close to the foot of the terraced hills.
Day 2: From Fields to Food
The local inhabitants of this region are the Miao, Yao, Zhuang, & Dong indigenous peoples. They are well-known for their hospitality, love of singing, and richly embroidered traditional wear. This morning, we hike through remote rice terrace-covered areas, stopping at their small hamlets and breathtaking viewpoints. We then transfer to Yangshuo, a town nestled amongst impressive Karst peaks, famous for drawing backpackers from around the world. Students will be cooking up their own dinner at a local cooking school.
Day 3: Mudcaves and Bamboo Rafts
Kick-off the morning with a pleasant bike hike through a scenic riverside cycling route. Afterwards, students embark onto the water on bamboo rafts (the Guilin equivalent of a gondola ride) to appreciate the surrounding scenery. In the afternoon, we head to Moon Hill an iconic symbol of the Karsts in the area. After a short but challenging hike, we head to the underground mud caves for some fun and relaxation! In the evening, we explore West Street’s lively evening bazaar.
Day 4: A Deeper Look
Today, students will be participating in a sustainable agriculture workshop using the farm-to-table cycle in Yangshuo as a case study. Students will take an in-depth look at agriculture in China and how the quickly rising demand for crops affects the bigger picture. Then, we get hands-on with our subject matter in an experiential farming exercise. We try chemical-free sustainable agriculture to get an in-depth look at the direction agriculture must move in to minimize the adverse effects of increased demand for produce. To relax after all the hard labour, in the evening we try traditional Chinese cupping or a foot massage.
Day 5: A Hands-on Approach
We continue our hands-on examination of sustainable agriculture processes today. In addition to the farm work, students will be creating an instructional video about how to easily implement sustainable practices that work, and do not hamper productivity. To celebrate the end of our 2-day sustainable agriculture course we take students out for a night of Chinese-style fun,KTV!
Day 6: The Great Outdoors
We start the day going Rock Climbing, an especially special treat for students as Yangshuo is hailed as a rock climber’s Mecca. Our professional climbing instructors ensure that students are safe and prepared for the excursion. After a short break, students go to a Kungfu lesson in a local spot popular with Tai chi practitioners. Then, we slow things down by sitting down with a resident artist as they teaches students to paint 扇子 (hand fans). We finish the day by going to a stunning performance in an open-air natural theater, Impressions San Jie Liu.
Day 7: Continue The Learning Back Home
We say goodbye to our guides and trip leaders and catch the flight home. We encourage students to apply what they’ve learned from their experiences back at home!