China East & West Overview

Travel to China and visit China's East and West on a tour from Beijing to Kunming. Visit Xi'an, Chengdu, Shaxi, Shangri-La, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Lijang.

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Explore China's East and West travelling from Beijing to Kunming.

Travel to China and experience the magic of China's hotspots and lesser known gems on this trip from Beijing to Kunming. Get acquainted with the icons of Beijing, ride a camel into the golden sands of Inner Mongolia's Tengger Desert and trek one of the world's deepest gorges. With the chance to explore modern and ancient capitals, sample local specialties and learn about China's many ethnic minorities, travel off the beaten track from urban Beijing through lush countryside and tap into the magic and spirit of China.

  • Visit China and soak up the buzz of Beijing
  • Ride a camel into Inner Mongolia's Tengger Desert
  • Be tempted by China's culinary delights in Xi'an
  • Chill out lakeside in Dali
  • Be immersed in Tibetan culture while in Shangri-La County
  • Trek the monumental Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Discover modern China in Kunming

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Beijing, China
  • Finish:

    Kunming, China
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt), Guesthouse (8 nts), Hostel (7 nts), Hotel (4 nts), Overnight sleeper train (5 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Camel, Metro, Minivan, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Public bus, Taxi, Train
  • Included activities:

    Camel safari, Chengdu - Walking tour, Desert camping, Hutong walking tour, Informal Chinese language lesson, Shaxi - guided day trek, Tiger Leaping Gorge - guided trek, Xi'an - Walking tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1907kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking. 2. Please note this trip is discontinued in 2013

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Days 1-4 Beijing

Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites, modern buildings, bicycles, people, shops and eateries.

Days 5-7 Zhongwei/Camel Trek

Zhongwei is a unique city situated in the Ningxia province. The Yellow River, green farmland, sweeping desert and remnants of the Great Wall are all located nearby.

Days 8-10 Xi'an

As the start of the ancient trading route the Silk Road and an imperial centre for 2,000 years, Xi'an has a fascinating history and rich cultural sites to discover.

Days 11-13 Chengdu

Chengdu has plenty of traditional flavour with its famous tea houses, numerous markets and as the home of Sichuan cuisine, known the world over for its spiciness.

Day 14 Kunming

A laidback city to visit, Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province and is known as 'the city of eternal spring' due to its temperate climate.

Days 15-16 Dali

Dali has a relaxed atmosphere that is enhanced by its spectacular surroundings - snow-capped mountains on one side and the vast Erhai Lake on the other.

Days 17-18 Shaxi

A charming historical market town, Shaxi retains its old-world feel and has none of the mass-tourist feel that plagues many other places in China.

Days 19-20 Shangri-La

Renamed Shangri-La to promote tourism, Zhongdian is a lovely town with rugged scenery and a strong Tibetan culture evident.

Days 21-22 Tiger Leaping Gorge

Sixteen kilometres long and rising up to 3,900 m above the waters of the Yangzi River, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest gorges in the world.

Days 23-24 Lijiang

Set among stunning mountain scenery, World Heritage-listed Lijiang is home to old-world China and the local Naxi people - a matrilineal society descended from Tibetan nomads.

Days 25-26 Kunming

A laidback city to visit, Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province and is known as 'the city of eternal spring' due to its temperate climate.
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