Since 2007, Rustic Pathways has been offering premier language, service and adventure programs in the Middle Kingdom. We offer Group Journeys, Gap Programs and Rustic Trips throughout the year. Rustic Pathways' China operations are headquartered in the Old Town of Dali in Yunnan Province - the southern land of blue skies and billowy clouds.
All China programs start and finish in Hong Kong. Please visit rusticpathways.com.au/flights or call us on 1800 321 435 for complete information about air travel. All of our China programs connect together seamlessly and also connect directly to Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mongolia and India programs.
Population: 1.3 billion
Capital City: Beijing
Currency: Renminbi - 1 Aussie dollar buys about 6.5 renminbi (as of November 2010)
Language: Mandarin Chinese
The Great Wall: one of the seven wonders of the world
Terracotta Warriors: 2,000-year-old emperor's tomb
Oriental Pearl Tower: spherical landmark of the Shanghai skyline
China is officially known as the People's Republic of China. The area of China is roughly 25 percent greater than Australia, yet it's population is approximately 58 times larger. With more than 5,000 years of history, China has helped advance world culture by inventing the compass, gunpowder and the woodblock printer, as well as the art of paper making. In 2008, China hosted the Beijing Olympic Games and was the first country in 112 years to fully sell out at 6.8 million tickets; however, these weren't the highest-attended games - that honour goes to Atlanta in 1996 with 8.3 million tickets sold. For Beijing's now famous Opening Ceremonies, tickets were sold for anywhere from $ 650 to $25,000. One of the most famous scholars and teacher of China's long-standing history was Confucius. His works are still used today in China and the rest of the world for contemplating on ethics, morals and course of study. Often speaking in short parables or idioms, Confucius once related to his students by saying: "I hear and I forget. I see and remember. I do and I understand."