Gap Years and Backpacking in China

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Explore China by Backpack
Our backpacker tours make exploring China easy
Work in China
A fantastic opportunity to develop you CV on your gap year
Work with Local Communities
Help out with projects making a difference
Short Gaps in China
Ways to maximise your time in China
A Guide to China
Read our advice on this intriguing country
Travel in China

Gap Years in China

A gap year in China is an awesome idea; the country is packed full of backpacker must-see landmarks like Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and The Great Wall of China.

China is home to the world's largest population, and its mind-boggling landscapes range from the wide open, empty tundra of Tibet to the hustle and bustle of Shanghai's streets; from' beer by the bag' in seaside Quingdao to the volcanic craters of Sichuan.

There are huge variations in culture, language, economic levels and customs in China. Even though most major cities are very wealthy and modern, over half the population continue to live in rural areas and still farm with draft animals and use manual labour.

Backpacking in China

The culture and lifestyle in China is so diverse it's possible to experience just about anything in this country of contrasts. It is for this reason China is one of the most fascinating gap year and backpacking destinations in the world..

Backpacker Tours

Backpacker Tours

Short Gaps

Short Gaps

Volunteering

Although it has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, China still has large swathes of the population that live in poverty and are hugely disadvantaged. We've got plenty of projects on which you can make a difference to these people and pass on skills that you've learnt. There are also plenty of options in the more developed areas for you to gain valuable work experience and knowledge too on our work experience and study placements.

Volunteering and Studying in China

Care Work & Childcare

Care Work & Childcare

Community Projects

Community Projects

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Work Experience

Work Experience

Advice

Until very recently going to China was a pretty tricky business, thankfully they've now eased the visa rules a bit, but you still might need a bit of help. Here are our best bits of advice for travelling to China. From the food, which we all think we know, to travel tips, getting around and much more.

Travel Advice for China

Visas

Visas

Getting Around

Getting Around

Food in China

Food in China

China on a Shoestring

China on a Shoestring

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