Yough Pioneer Tours

Red China and Tibet

The YPT head office used to be in Xi’an, China – home of the Terracotta Warriors and the start point of the Silk Road, with some of our staff still there, before it moved to Shenzhen. Being based in China we have an ever-greater knowledge of the country. Whether it’s a quick look at Xi’an, Dandong, Shanghai, Guangdong and Guangxi provinces or Beijing after a DPRK tour, a group tour in China, or a specialist independent tour to any part of this hugely diverse country, you can rely on YPT to make your trip memorable. You can visit Tibet and Xinjiang, the old revolutionary sites around the communist capital of Yan’an, join the road trip of a lifetime through the Chinese-DPRK borderlands or go full-on urban exploration in ghost city Ordos-Kangbashi.

All our international tours are run in accordance with YPT’s branding and ethos: a super price, expert guides, and most importantly an adventure that will stick with you for life. We run tours for people who hate group tours, and we do not run groups larger than 25 people (at 26 we split into two. Average size 10 people). All groups are led by expert guides that know the destinations and are passionate about what they do. We also strongly believe in value, and generally, our prices are unbeatable.

From our main office in Xi’an we have been organising more and more independent trips in China for you. From a tour of Beijing to a specialist trip through the China-DPRK borderlands, your China plans can be turned into reality with YPT. Some of our most recent independent tours include translation and sets for an Australian film crew in Ordos-Kangbashi ghost city and organising a trip to Yanji for an American family who adopted a daughter from the area ten years ago and wanted to come back with her on a holiday to meet her former foster family.

So, if you want to go on a cruise down the Yangtze, go camel trekking in the Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang or are even carrying out a project on the bat density in Yunnan province, get in touch for a quote!

Do I need a visa?

Everyone coming to China will need a visa. If you are on a YPT tour, we can arrange visa documents to help simplify your application.

Alternatively, in Beijing you can use the 72-hour visa-free policy, but you must enter and exit by plane and spend no longer than 72 hours between flights. You are also unable to leave Beijing.

There is also a 24-hour visa free policy, which can be used if you arrive from an international airport and have flight, cruise or train tickets to a 3rd country within 24 hours of arrival.

Please check with us if you have any questions about the Chinese visa.

What are the trains like?

Travelling by train in China can be an experience just in itself. Hard seat is probably a challenge for most on journeys longer than 4 hours, but a hard sleeper on an overnight train can a fun experience. Hard sleeper is 6 bunks to a berth, with no door, so it’s relatively comfortable but can be noisy. Soft sleeper is 4 bunks to a berth with a door to close it off, so for those wanting a guaranteed night sleep it is advisable to go for soft sleeper.

Can I travel independently in Tibet?

No, all foreigners are required to join a tour group to Tibet and require permits to enter or even buy a train ticket to Lhasa. YPT runs a group tour to Tibet and we can also offer independent tours to suit your dates where you will have a local Tibetan guide.

Is it safe to travel to Xinjiang?

Although Xinjiang suffers some small-scale terrorist activity, there is no risk to foreign travelers and like with travel to most countries, a terrorist attack could happen anywhere any time, but rarely does.

Do I need to bring RMB from my country before I get to China?

No, you can change any currency into Chinese RMB when you get to the country or you can withdraw from ATMs. In smaller cities, it might be a bit less easy and it is advisable to take RMB with you. More and more transfers are being done by WeChat which is by far the most convenient way if you plan to spend any length of time in China.

Can I take photos of North Korea on the Borderlands tour?

Unlike when you’re in North Korea, on the All Koreas Three Borderlands tour we will stop at various parts of the border and can freely take photos of the North Korean towns opposite the river. Your YPT guide will not say “no photos!” to you. However, officially you’re not allowed to photograph North Korea from China, and it’s best to back up your photos so that if we go through a military checkpoint that want to check our cameras they won’t see anything incriminate!

Is there anything I can’t take to China?

Not really, your luggage won’t be checked if you fly in to the country, but if you do cross the land border between Kyrgyzstan and Xinjiang for example, it is possible that the Chinese border guards will check your luggage. It has been known that a guide book marking Taiwan as a separate country will be confiscated, but it is more likely that the guards give you a telling off and a patriotic lecture before giving it back to you.

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  • €1740

Party Foundation Day Tour & China Red Base Tour

Take in the Party Foundation in the DPRK first, then celebrate the Chinese revolution!

  • Start Date : October 7th 2019
    End Date : October 19th 2019
  • Duration: 11 nights / 12 days
  • Flight option: €195 flight one way in
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  • €795

China Revolutionary Red Base Tour

Follow the footsteps of Chairman Mao where he set up the first real communist 'red bases' in China before taking power nationwide!

  • Start Date : October 13th 2019
    End Date : October 19th 2019
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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Kis and Mao
  • €795

Supreme Leaders: Mao and Kim Tour

Visit the Mausoleums of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong-il and Mao in this one week adventure!

  • Start Date : October 24th 2019
    End Date : October 29th, 2019
  • Duration: 5 Nights, 6 Days
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  • €2995

Eurasian Adventure Tour

7 weeks, 21 post-Soviet countries or Unrecognised Countries. Taking in the whole iron curtain: The true Young Pioneer Tour

  • Start Date : October 29th 2019
    End Date : December 20th 2019
  • Duration: 52 nights, 53 days
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  • €995

All Koreas Part 1: North Korea Borderlands

North Korea Borderlands - What we believe to be the most fascinating border ever.

  • Start Date : June 19th 2020
    End Date : June 26th 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €1740

China and North Korea Political Interest Combo

A spectacular tour to learn about the history and poltics between China and the DPRK.

  • Start Date : June 29th 2020
    End Date : July 12th, 2020
  • Duration: 12 nights, 13 days
  • Flight option: €200 flight one way or €250 return
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  • €795

Chairman Mao Revolutionary Tour & Nanjiecun People’s Commune

Communist China from Mao’s hometown to his mausoleum. Plus a remaining commune!

  • Start Date : June 29th 2020
    End Date : July 5th, 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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  • €645

Inner Mongolia & Kangbashi-Ordos Ghost City Tour

The best of Inner Mongolia, zipping through the grasslands to visit China's most infamous ghost town and its dinosaur town

  • Start Date : July 3rd 2020
    End Date : July 8th 2020
  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
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Female archers in row for the competition in Ulan Bator, Mongolia
  • €1595

Inner-Outer Mongolia Combo Tour

Visit Inner Mongolia and the ghost town of Ordos-Kangbashi as well as Outer Mongolia and the Naadam Festival

  • Start Date : July 3rd 2020
    End Date : July 16th, 2020
  • Duration: 13 nights, 14 days
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lake baikal
  • €1990-€2495

Mongolia & Russia: Naadam, Buryatia and Lake Baikal Combo Tour

Venture through the Mongolias in time for Naadam festival and see the wonders of Buryatia and Lake Baikal

  • Start Date : July 3rd 2020
    End Date : July 24th, 2020
  • Duration: 21 nights, 22 days / 13 nights, 14 days
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Our group in front of the statue of Genghis Khan, in Mongolia
  • €995

Mongolia Naadam Festival and Wilderness Tour

The best way to take in the essentials of Mongolia as well as the Naadam Festival!

  • Start Date : July 9th 2020
    End Date : July 16th, 2020
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
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Tibet
  • €1195 / €1895

Tibet Roof of the World & Everest Base Camp

Watch debating monks and cross 5000m mountain passes before taking on the roof of the world

  • Start Date : July 12th 2020
    End Date : July 19th/23rd, 2020
  • Duration: 8 days / 12 days
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  • €1995

Pakistan to China : Karakoram Highway Tour

Journey on one of the most iconic roads in the world from Pakistan to far west China!

  • Start Date : September 8th 2020
    End Date : September 22nd 2020
  • Duration: 14 nights, 13 days
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  • €3495

Karakoram & Pamir Highway Combo Tour

Journey all the way from Pakistan via China and Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan along the most stunning mountain roads in the world.

  • Start Date : September 8th 2020
    End Date : September 30th 2020
  • Duration: 22 nights, 23 days
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  • €1595

Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan: Pamir Highway Tour

Explore remote Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan, and even peek across the river into Afghanistan on our classic Pamir Highway Tour.

  • Start Date : September 21st 2020
    End Date : September 30th, 2020
  • Duration: 9 nights, 10 days
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  • €2995

Eurasian Adventure

7 weeks, 20 post-Soviet countries or Unrecognised Countries. The true Young Pioneer Tour

  • Start Date : October 27th 2020
    End Date : December 18th 2020
  • Duration: 52 nights, 53 days
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