China 2019-07-10T18:02:53+00:00


The emphasis of the China trip will be looking at her response to transnational environmental problems, at the international, domestic and local levels. We’re particularly interested in new communities emerging from environmental and social adversity and opportunity, as well as resilient traditional minority communities surviving in today’s Chinese society.

As well as our organised engagements there will be plenty of time to hit the streets, explore the night life, marvel at the history and culture and delve into the famed cuisine.

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Shanghai – 3 days

The Trip will start in Shanghai – a city with over 24 million inhabitants, rich in history, architectural landmarks, glamour, and promise of the mystique.

Engagements and visits:

Shanghai Tower,  described as the “greenest super high-rise building on earth”. It is designed to meet all the needs of a community, so if one wishes – one need not leave at all. Here we will have the opportunity to visit this 129 level world-unto-itself complete with filtered air, parks, schools, shopping centres and business levels. Could this be a glimpse into what the future holds?

Shokay – ‘Fashion from the Roof of the World’ is the first socially responsible premium yak down brand committed to benefiting the communities that produce yak down and producing high end products to be sold in cities around the world. The engagement will provide insight into empowering minorities, women’s’ groups, cultural preservation, and social enterprise.

JUCCCE Urban Communities are a fantastic organisation connecting passionate people in the field of environment and sustainability and asking the question, where is the human in China’s development. They also have a particular focus on food security and organic food systems.

Hangzhou – 2 days

We travel by train from Shanghai to Hangzhou – a charismatic city surrounded by misty hills.

Engagements and Visits

Here we visit the Hangzhou Permaculture  community, a very special community in the mountainous just outside of the city. The community focuses its ideals and beliefs on building a better future through Permaculture principles and alternative sustainable living. It is very unusual and to an extent risky to establish quite obviously alternative communities such as these in China. Here we will be bringing people from different worlds together to provide support between communities and individuals that have a shared vision for the future.

3 gorges dam – 3 days

In 2015 the construction of the Three Gorges Dam in China was completed displacing 1.13 million people. To assist, the Chinese government used policies and incentives to stimulate the local economy. Whether the re-settlers benefited from such initiatives is not yet understood. Here we will visit resettlement towns, and significant cultural sites to explore the social, cultural and environmental impacts and how communities emerge out of adversity.

We also hope to catch a boat up the river to visit the hanging coffins the mysterious traditional local practice where coffins are hung from cliffs alongside the river.

Yunnan – 3 days

Yunnan is a province in far south-western China and stunningly diverse in both scenery and culture. It is home to the largest number of ethnic minorities inhabiting a landscape made up of snow-capped mountains, rice terraces, lakes and deep gorges.

We will be partnering with The Nature Conservancy to explore environmental protection initiatives and CERS China looking at Social Enterprise and cohesive communities with Tibetan minorities, as well as various waste & sustainability initiatives throughout the region.

Once again the trip leaders will be Dr Ben Habib from LaTrobe University and CERES Global Coordinator Ben Walta.


The in-country cost of the 11-Day China trip is $1880
This price includes all internal transport, meals, accommodation, the purchase of carbon credits to offset airline travel, administration and project running costs. This price does not include flights to and from China, visas, travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as laundry, beverages etc.

Find out more about our 2015 trip here.

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Below are a number of videos made about the trip from past participants.

China Study Tour Presentation from Tia D on Vimeo.

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Dates: No current dates planned for 2019

How much will it cost?
In-country cost for the 11-day program is $1880.

Costs includes all in country activities, food and accom but does not include flights which will need to be organised by each participant.

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