South East Asia between Xi'an and Kunming

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  • Yichang
  • Leshan
  • Emei Shan
  • Panzhihua
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Dali
  • Dazu
  • Xiang Fan
  • Wudang Shan
  • Kunming
  • Chongqing
  • Three Gorges
  • Chengdu
  • Xi'an
  • Day 1 Kunming

    Border Information: if joining in Kunming, you will most likely enter China at Kunming Changshui International Airport (IATA code: KMG). There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception with more information about this important meeting. The rest of the day will be free to explore the city of Kunming, its museums and its parks. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kunming before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kunming. In Kunming we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

    Overnight stay in Yunnan's laid back capital, Kunming - Cost: CNY 6
    Visit the Yunnan University Wu Mayao Museum of Anthropology in Kunming, and learn all about the history of the province - Cost: CNY
    Learn all about the area's minorities at the Yunnan Provincial Museum, and visit the nearby markets - Cost: CNY

  • Day 2 to 3 Dali

    Today our journey begins with a morning drive to the beautiful Naxi town of Dali, where we will stay for 2 nights. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). On the following day we will have a free day to fully explore the area and for optional activities such as some short treks in the nearby Cangshan mountains or hiring bicycles to ride around the Dali lake. In Dali we stay in a friendly hostel or guesthouse with good facilities.

    Time for sightseeing in the lakeside town of Dali, home to the minority Bai people - Cost: CNY 40
    Learn how to make dumplings and traditional Yunnanese cuisine at one of Dali's fantastic cooking classes - Cost: CNY 150
    Discover the ornate 9th-century Three Pagodas of Chongsheng, some of the tallest pagodas in China's history and the symbol of Dali - Cost: CNY 120
    Head out by bicycle to explore the region in depth and visit various Bai villages and Qing Dynasty bridges en route - Cost: CNY 50
    Experience the incredible ancient art of cormorant fishing with the fishermen of Xizhou on Lake Erhai - Cost: CNY 100

  • Day 4 to 6 Lijiang

    Today we drive further north through Yunnan province to the beautiful 'Old-China'-style town of Lijiang, the base for visiting the world-famous Tiger Leaping Gorge. Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours. On the following 2 days we will have free time to explore the town of Lijiang and its surroundings. One very popular excursion here is to go on a 2 day/1 night trek along the high trail above the Tiger Leaping Gorge - this is by far the best way to see the gorge from some truly incredible vantage points, and we will have the opportunity to take this trek during our time here (staying in a local guesthouse on the trail on the first night and returning to Lijiang for the second). For those that don't want to do the full trek, your crew will also be able to arrange a trip to the low sections of the gorge, where there is a flat walkway to various viewpoints. In Lijiang we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

    Explore the beautiful natural scenery and traditional buildings in the Black Dragon Pool Park - Cost: CNY 80
    Head out for a day of trekking around the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, taking in some of the most incredible scenery in China on a clear day - Cost: CNY 80
    Explore the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain area by cable car - Cost: CNY 280
    See the incredible 'Impressions Lijiang' cultural show, demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai peoples of the area - Cost: CNY 270
    Freely explore the area by bicycle and discover the Naxi villages surrounding Lijiang, such as the beautiful village of Baisha - Cost: CNY 20
    Head out for a 2-day self-guided trek along the high ridge of the sensational Tiger Leaping Gorge - Cost: CNY 200
    Go on a shorter trek along the flat base of Tiger Leaping Gorge to enjoy the scenery from below - Cost: CNY 125

  • Day 7 Panzhihua

    Today we have a long drive north through stunning mountain scenery towards China's Sichuan province. Tonight we will stay in a comfortable local hotel en route.  Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

  • Day 8 to 9 Emei Shan

    Today we will continue our drive to the small town of Emei Shan. Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours. On the following day we will have a full day to explore Emei Shan Mountain, one of the holiest sites in Chinese Buddhism and the site of hundreds of temples and an incredible golden statue of the deity known as Samantabhadra. It is possible to walk all the way up the stairs from the base of the mountain, joining the many pilgrims in their journey to the temple complex at the mountain summit, or take the cable car up instead! In Emei Shan we will stay in a local guesthouse.

    Day trek up the lush mountain of Emei Shan, one of the most important pilgrimage treks in China

    Take a cable car ride to the top of Emei Shan - Cost: CNY 120

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Overland expedition vehicle and ferry.