Xi'an to Luang Prabang Itinerary

A fascinating trip through Laos and China that explores the beautiful landscapes between Luang Prabang and Xi'an and visits some of the best attractions in China and Laos.

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China Xian Terracotta Warriors in Museum

Laos Waterfall

Chinese Chengdu Panda

Trek over Tiger Leaping Gorge

Day 2 Xi'an

Admire the 2,000-year-old army of Terracotta Warriors and explore significant cultural sites and museums both in and around Xi'an. Enjoy a plate of hand-pulled noodles as you watch the locals dance, eat and practice martial arts in South Park.
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Day 4 Wudang Shan

Explore the mountain reserve of Wudang Shan, the backdrop to the epic film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
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Days 5-6 Yichang

Explore the picturesque town of Yichang. In free time, why not treat the feet to a traditional reflexology massage.
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Days 8-9 Yangtze River Cruise

Get an insight into rural life along the Yangtze River. Be lulled to sleep at night by the gentle rocking of the boat.
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Day 10 Dazu

Travel onwards to Dazu. Admire the sleeping Buddha in the Bei Shan caves.
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Day 12 Chengdu

Home to spicy hot pot cuisine, this bustling Sichuan city has plenty of food and culture on offer. While here, get up close and personal to giant pandas at the research base and breeding centre.
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Day 14 Leshan/Emei Shan

Make the pilgrimage to Emei Shan, visiting the 71 m high Dafo Buddha in Leshan along the way. Once there, perhaps take the opportunity to hike up China’s holiest of mountains.
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Day 15 Overnight Train

Return to Chengdu to catch an overnight train to Panzhihua, a thriving industrial city surrounded by greenery.
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Day 18 Lijiang

Wander through the cobbled streets of picturesque Lijiang and learn about the Naxi people, who are descendants of Tibetan nomads. If feeling energetic, take an overnight trek to the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge.
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Day 20 Dali

Head to the lakeside town of Dali and choose to explore this fascinating region by bike, boat or cable car.
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Day 21 Kunming

Arrive in Kunming, 'the city of eternal spring'. Perhaps explore the ancient Yuantong temple, wander the laidback streets or visit a teahouse and mingle with the locals.
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Day 22 Shilinzhen

Pay a visit to Shilin, known as China's 'Stone Forest', and discover an intriguing maze of towering limestone pillars.
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Day 25 Xishuangbanna

Overland through some of China's most remote villages, experience vast, dramatic landscapes and meet colourful locals. Spend a few nights bushcamping amid this rarely visited part of Asia.
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Day 27 Luang Nam Tha

Travel to Laos and make tracks to Luang Nam Tha on the banks of Nam Tha River. While here, why not enjoy some optional outdoor pursuits including kayaking, rafting and trekking.
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Days 28-29 Luang Prabang

Absorb the air of quiet romance in Luang Prabang. This delightful city has plenty of well-preserved wats (temples) that are worth visiting, and climbing to the top of Phu Si at sunset is also well worth the effort.
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