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South East Asia between Xi'an and Kunming

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

We start this fascinating trip in Xi'an, the ancient capital of China and home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors.From Xi'an we head south to the sacred Buddhist mountain of Wudang Shan en route to the mighty Yangtze River, where we take a ferry journey through the area of the Three Gorges.Arriving in China's southern provinces, we visit the incredible ancient Buddha caves of Dazu and visit the giant pandas in the cultural hub of Chengdu, before seeing the collosal Great Buddha of Leshan and joining the pilgrims on the phenomenal sacred mountain and golden temple of Emei Shan.We then travel to Yunnan province to arrive in the atmospheric old town of Lijiang, our base for visiting the Tiger Leaping Gorge.From there we will head to Dali, home to beautiful ancient pagodas, and the unique culture of the Naxi people, before finishing in Kunming.

  • Day 1 Xi'an

    Border Information: if joining in Xi'an, you will most likely enter China at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (IATA code: XIY). Welcome to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'!  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 Xi'an, its famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Xi'an 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 Xi'an. In Xi'an we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

    Explore the world-famous site of the Terracotta Warriors, an army of 8000 life-size figures built to protect the Emporer Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife

  • Day 2 Xi'an

    This morning we head out of Xi'an on the truck to the site of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, where we have an included visit and a guided tour. We'll return to Xi'an in the afternoon and have some more free time to further explore this incredible city!

    Visit the impressive Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an's most famous landmark dating from the Tang and Ming Dynasties - Cost: CNY 80
    Walk or cycle around the Ming Dynasty Xi'an City Wall, the largest city wall in the world - Cost: CNY 80
    Visit the Forest of Stelae Museum, a collection of 3000 stone tablets of Chinese calligraphy that has been collected here since 1057 - Cost: CNY 50
    Wander through the atmospheric Muslim Quarter and visit the Xi'an Great Mosque, the first mosque constructed in China - Cost: CNY 30
    Visit the mind-blowing Tomb of Emporer Jingdi of the Han Dynasty, containing 50,000 doll-sized terracotta figures - Cost: CNY 90
    Learn about the fascinating history of the ancient Chinese capital of Chang'an at the Shaanxi History Museum, without doubt one of the finest museums in China - Cost: CNY 30
    Visit the ornate 14th-century Bell and Drum towers, which originally marked the sunrise and sunset - Cost: CNY 40
    Visit the huge former Tang Dynasty royal palace of Daming, and explore its vast parks and gardens - Cost: CNY

  • Day 3 Wudang Shan

    Today we begin our journey south of Xi'an with a drive to the beautiful Wudang Shan Mountain Reserve, the birthplace of the martial art of Taichi and the location of the filming of 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon'. We will have time this afternoon and the following morning to fully explore the mountain's sights, temples and martial arts schools. In Wudang Shan we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 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!).

  • Day 4 Xiang Fan

    This morning we will spend more time exploring Wudang Shan and the surrounding area, before setting off in the afternoon for a short drive to the pleasant city of Xiang Fan. We will also try to stop at the Purple Cloud Monastery en route. In Xiang Fan we will stay in a local guesthouse or hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 2-4 hours.

    Trek up the Tianzu Peak to visit the Taoist martial arts school and numerous temples on Wudang Shan

  • Day 5 Yichang

    Today we will drive from Xiang Fan to Yichang, where we will catch our first glimpse of the mighty Yangtze river. Yichang is a pleasant town, and we will stop here for 1 or 2 nights, depending on the ferry schedule - either way we will have time to explore a little. In Yichang we will stay in a friendly local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

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Overland expedition vehicle & ferry.