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Explore China with Wild China

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Wild China is an exceptional travel company that offers amazing trips of a lifetime in China and southeast Asia. Over the years, Wild China has received numerous awards, including NatGeo’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime and Travel + Leisure’s Trips of a Lifetime. It has also been named one of NatGeo’s Best Adventure Travel Companies (On Earth).

Wild China was conceived by founder and Yunnan local Mei Zhang during a 56km pilgrimage in the Himalayas. During her grueling hike, she had no guide, lodgings or transport. Her challenges inspired her to pioneer a service for other travelers to enjoy China’s stunning cultural and natural landmarks with expertise and comfort.

For those exploring China for the first time, their escorted itineraries take guests to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and other familiar marks on the map. Experience China with an experience team of travel professionals, with just your family or in a small group of 12 like-minded individuals.

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For seasoned travelers, Wild China offers personalized adventures in unique locations, such as the rugged Xinjiang Province or the Tibetan Plateau. Their team of expert adventurers will take you on unforgettable journey through the rich landscape that is East Asia.

Trips are offered as private tours (fully flexible) or small group tours (with scheduled departures). They also lead education tours designed to empower young people to make a difference in local communities.

Upcoming Trips Include: 

4-Day Beijing’s Past & Future

5-Day Escape to Lhasa

10-Day Ancient Tea and Horse Road with adventurer Jeff Fuchs

13-Day Gastronomic Tour of China with food writer Fuchsia Dunlop

and many more!

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Call your agent at Wittravel to learn more about these awesome trips—503.224.0180 or email

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Concluding our week-long journey into little known destinations of Asia, let’s take a look at Bhutan. As Christina mentioned in last winter’s newsletter, Bhutan is enticing precisely because it is an unattainable mark on a traveler’s map. As a landlocked nation, it has enjoyed relative isolation in the high mountains of the Himalayas.

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The Bhutanese government is highly protective of its native culture, and tourists visas are carefully issued. They introduced television and the Internet only in 1999, and had the first national parliamentary elections in 2007. This makes the country a fascinating, and remarkably and culturally intact, destination.

Willamette Intl Travel has had the opportunity to visit and send clients to this unique country. We recommend trying to catch a colorful festival or two while you’re there! Enjoy masked dances and local theatre that tell the tales of supernatural heroes and demons.

Bhutan has a rich culture of Buddhist traditions and local folklore, with old-style dress and customs widespread. The food remains earthy and true to its roots—try local mutton stew, yak butter, or the chili-infused ema datshi. Dozens of incredibly preserved monasteries and fortresses are still in active use. Don’t miss these architectural wonders—distinctive, square stone and woodworked buildings that are traditionally built without nails or iron bars.

Bhutan also has a variety of unspoiled natural wonders, from subtropical plains to grandiose mountains.  The spectacular north, dressed in Himalayan ranges, is in particular a must-see for any traveler.

As mentioned in our Winter newsletter, WIT Agent and Owner Christina has traveled to and explored Bhutan. If you’re interested in having a chat about Bhutan, call her up!

For some recommendations on vacations and/or flights to Bhutan, contact Willamette International Travel at or 503.224.0180.

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