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.

Xi'an, China
Kunming, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4 Max 19
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  • Join pilgrims on the trek up Emei Mountain
  • Try a spicy Sichuan hot pot
  • Come face-to-face with giant pandas in Chengdu
  • Visit China's famous Terracotta Warriors
  • Make your own "Crouching Tiger" moment at Wudang Shan
  • Cruise the Yangzi through the Three Gorges
  • Don't wake the sleeping Buddha in his cave at Dazu
  • Be dwarfed by Leshan's Giant Budhha
  • Cross ancient stone bridges and cobblestones in Lijiang's Old Town
  • Meet the Bai and Naxi people in Yunnan province


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.
Explore the mountain reserve of Wudang Shan, an important site for followers of Taoism that was also the backdrop to the epic film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Explore the picturesque town of Yichang. In free time, why not treat the feet to a traditional reflexology massage.
Get an insight into rural life on a ferry cruise along the Yangtze River. Be lulled to sleep at night by the gentle rocking of the boat.
Travel onwards to Dazu. Admire the sleeping Buddha in the Bei Shan caves.
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.
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.
Check out Panzhihua, a thriving industrial city surrounded by greenery.
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.
Head to the lakeside town of Dali and choose to explore this fascinating region by bike, boat or cable car.
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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Ferry, Overland vehicle
Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night), Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (14 nights), Overnight boat (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Chengdu - Panda Breeding Centre
  • Dazu - Bei Shan & Baoding Shan Caves
  • Emei Shan - Day trek
  • Leshan - Giant 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


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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.

Trip notes

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