Wild China the BBC 2 series

It is now a week since the huge earthquake struck Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province at 14:28 on 12 May 2008. We have received contact from many clients who have been in touch with us to express their concern and who have asked us to pass their sincere condolences to all those who suffered from this disaster.

We are very grateful for all your immediate and wholehearted concerns showed towards the Chinese population who have had their lives shattered by this sudden earthquake

The 8.0 magnitude quake was powerful enough to be felt throughout China. But, luckily people from areas relatively far away from the epicenter have not been affected in any great way.

All Tourists visiting Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, and Shanghai are well and safe, as these cities are all quite a distance from the epicenter. Most of the guests have decided to finish their tours as planned. Our guests who happened to be near the epicenter have evacuated with the help of police and the army. The Chinese government has carried out “Disaster Contingency Plan” to ensure that people who were suffering could get immediate help.

As a tour company, we have been keeping in touch with all our guests since the quake happened. We are happy to report to you that none of our guests are in any danger.

Up to now, big cities like Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Shanghai and more are still safe tour destinations, but we do not recommend any tours to areas in Sichuan province until it is officially announced safe. To be specific, Chengdu, Wolong and all the other areas in Sichuan should be avoided for the foreseeable future.

No Olympic venues were affected, and the huge Three Gorges Dam, which is roughly 400 miles east of the epicenter, was not damaged; Our Yangtze River Cruises will depart as planned for the rest of the season.

More detailed reports about the conditions near the epicenter can be found through many channels it does seem as if reporting of the disaster has been candid and thorough by both the western and Chinese media.