Xi'an to Kunming Overview

Discover hidden China on this adventure beyond the tourist trail. Journey through the Yunnan and Sichuan regions and discover a fascinating mix of people all the way to the final destination, Kunming.

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Trip Validity

  • 2013-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Adventure through China from Xi'an to Kunming

Discover hidden China on this adventure beyond the tourist trail. Journey through the Yunnan and Sichuan regions and discover a fascinating mix of people all the way to the final destination, Kunming. See breathtaking sights like the Terracotta Warriors, the Three Gorges and the Tiger Leaping Gorge and have an unforgettable encounter with China's iconic panda. This trip from Xi'an to Kunming is an incredible introduction to the region.

  • Be dwarfed by Leshan's Giant Budhha
  • Come face-to-face with giant pandas in Chengdu
  • Cross ancient stone bridges and cobblestones in Lijiang's Old Town
  • Cruise the Yangzi through the Three Gorges
  • Join pilgrims on the trek up Emei Mountain
  • Make your own "Crouching Tiger" moment at Wudang Shan
  • Meet the Bai and Naxi people in Yunnan province
  • Try a spicy Sichuan hot pot

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Xi'an, China
  • Finish:

    Kunming, China
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 19
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt), Guesthouse (2 nts), Hotel (14 nts), Overnight boat (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Ferry, Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Chengdu - Panda Breeding Centre, Dazu - Bei Shan & Baoding Shan Caves, Emei Shan - Day trek, entry Leshan buddha, Lijiang - Optional Tiger Leaping Gorge trek, Wudang Shan - National Park, Wudang Shan - Purple Cloud Monastery, Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors guided tour, Yangzi River - Three Gorges boat cruise

  • Notes:

    Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights. Local Partner: Please note this Intrepid trip is operated by our experienced local partners Dragoman Overland. Your departure will be run in a Dragoman vehicle with a Dragoman crew.

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Xi'an to Kunming Summary

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Days 1-2 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 3-4 Wudang Shan & Xiang Fan

The stunning Wudang Shan Mountains are an important Taoist site full of monasteries and is home to a number of prominent schools of martial arts. Xiang Fan is within the farming and textiles area of China and close to a number of important temples and cultural sites.

Days 5-6 Yichang

Located on the Yangzi River, Yichang is an important trading town and has been the site of many historic battles due to its strategic location.

Days 7-9 Yangzi River

Named after the site of an ancient ferry crossing, the Yangzi River flows for 6,418 km and winds through a diverse range of China's landscapes.

Day 10 Dazu

Dazu's incredible sculptures and carvings are a fantastic sight to behold. They number in the tens of thousands and depict Taoist, Buddhist and Confuscian iconography.

Days 11-12 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.

Days 13-14 Leshan/Emei Shan

Home to the world's largest outdoor Buddha, which took 90 years to carve, Leshan is a small city situated at the confluence of three rivers. Emei Shan is one of the holiest places in China. At just over 3000 m high, this mountain has been a centre of pilgrimage for over 1800 years.

Day 15 Panzhihua

Check out Panzhihua, a thriving industrial city surrounded by greenery.

Days 16-18 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 19-20 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.

Day 21 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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      USD $740
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‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.