Xi'an to Kunming

Xi'an to Kunming information and booking

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Schedule Details

Departs from
Bush camp (no facilities), Guesthouse, Hotel
Group Size
Maximum of 19 travellers per group
Ferry, Overland vehicle
Important 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.


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

Tour description provided by Intrepid

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.


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.