Xi'an to Luang Prabang

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  • 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31

Adventure through Laos and China from Luang Prabang to Xi'an.

Discover hidden China and Laos on this adventure beyond the tourist trail. Head off from historic Luang Prabang on a tour through Laos and explore the remote Nam Ha protected area. Pass through tropical Laos and enter the surreal landscape of southern China. Journey through the Yunnan and Sichuan regions and discover a fascinating mix of people all the way to the final destination, Xi'an. 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 Luang Prabang to Xi'an is an incredible introduction to the region.

  • Chill out in Laos' historic Luang Prabang
  • Explore the remote Nam Ha National Park
  • Join pilgrims to visit China's Emei Shan
  • Try a spicy Sichuan hot pot
  • Come face-to-face with giant pandas in Chengdu
  • Visit China's famous Terracotta Warriors

Xi'an to Luang Prabang 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

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 Yangtze River Cruise

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.

Day 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.

Day 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.

Day 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.

Day 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.

Day 22 Shilinzhen

Shilinzhen houses the provocative Shilin stone forest. Said to be 270 million years old, these greyish limestone formations are an impressive sight to behold.

Days 23-24 Xishuangbanna/Jinghong

Located in a lush tropical rainforest close to the Laos border, Xishuangbanna is an atypical area of China where a number of colourfully-dressed ethnic minorities live. Jinghong sits alongside the Lancang River and is a good place to explore the minority villages and rainforest that surround the city.

Days 25-27 Luang Nam Tha

With the gorgeous Nam Ha Protected Area located close by, Luang Namtha is lovely town to relax in and soak up the beauty of Laos's wilderness.

Days 28-29 Luang Prabang

Nestled in the hills of northern Laos, the tranquil city of Luang Prabang is studded with ornate temples, brimming with colourful markets and enriched by French colonial architecture.