Asian Pacific Adventures redesigns China program to focus on remote cultures

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Asian Pacific Adventures here redesigned the China Ethnic Festival Explorer program it has offered since the company's inception in 1986.

The 19-night itinerary focuses on the various tribes of Southwest China's remote regions, combining a journey to the Gyalthang countryside and offering an opportunity to experience several exotic festivals.

The program's highlights include a journey to Yunnan, home to 24 of China's 55 official ethnic groups; a visit to the villages, homes and markets of the Dai, Hani, Lahu, Jinuo, Bulang and Wa tribes; a visit to Dali, the former center of the ancient Nanzhou Kingdom, and a visit to Lijiang, home of the Naxis tribe, whose Dongba religion combines Hinayana Buddhism, Tibetan Lamaism and shamanism.

The China Ethnic Festival Explorer also visits Kunming, Xishuangbanna, Lugu Lake, Liangshan, Dechen, Dondupling and Gyalthang.

The tour departs Oct. 23 and is priced at $3,475 per person, double, land only. Single supplements are available for $575.

Roundtrip air from Los Angeles is priced at $1,100 per person; internal air is an additional $570 per person.

The price includes accommodations, all meals, transportation, English-speaking guides, sightseeing, entrance fees and taxes.

For more information or reservations, contact Asian Pacific Adventures at (800) 825-1680; from Los Angeles, call (818) 886-5190, or visit the firm's Web site at www.asianpacificadventures.com.

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