From Hong Kong to Kunming, explore Yangshuo and Tiger Leaping Gorge, China's most diverse region in the southwest of the country
From the dynamic Hongkong, to the picturesque Yangshuo to the mysterious Yunnan. This trip takes you on a journey through China's stunning nature in the southwest, blended with authentic ethnic culture of local minority groups. China’s Yunnan Province is widely regarded as the country’s most culturally diverse and scenically spectacular region. Sharing a common border with Vietnam, Laos and Burma, Yunnan is home to a multitude of fascinating minority groups, each with their own distinct characteristics. The origins of these people are as varied as their languages and costumes. Many migrated from the mountains of Tibet, whilst others came from the Muslim regions along the ancient Silk Route.
This is a superb fourteen day adventure that introduces many of the highlights of an amazing region, including a memorable day trip to the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
- Hong Kong, China
- Kunming, China
- Physical rating
- Traveller’s rating
- 13 reviews
- Min 15
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 16
Why we love this trip
Spend time with a local family in Xizhou and learn about their traditional way of life. Try your hand at cheese making and share a local lunch.
Explore the dramatic limestone karst scenery of Yangshuo, immortalised in endless traditional Chinese paintings
Get a hands-on insight into Chinese dishes and ingredients with a cooking class in Yangshuo
Explore the lesser-visited town of Xizhou, home to the traditional Bai tribe and their unique, photogenic architecture
Spend the night in a guesthouse in the lovingly restored town of Shaxi, visit the dizzying Friday Market and be transported back to when it was a significant stop on the Tea Horse Trail
Enjoy a day trip to see the memorable dramatic scenery of Tiger Leaping Gorge
Stay in the centre of Lijiang’s Old Town and get happily lost in its culture and jumble of shop and temple-filled alleyways
Is this trip right for you?
This trip uses a mix of transport for a local experience, including fast train, plane, private bus, and public bus.
We suggest packing relatively lightly for this trip, as you’ll need to be able to comfortably carry your luggage for the duration of the trip. This includes to and from accommodation, and on and off flights, trains and buses.
Accommodation on this trip is on a twin-share basis, unless booking a Single Supplement.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
Meals13 breakfasts, 3 lunches
TransportPlane, Private bus, Public bus, High speed train, Taxi
AccommodationHotel (13 nights)
- Yangshuo - Cooking School & Market Tour
- Yangshuo - Tai Chi/Kung Fu class
- Dali - Ancient Town Walking Tour
- Xizhou - Cheese making
- Xizhou - Bai family lunch
- Shibaoshan - Hike
- Lijiang - Walking tour
- Lijiang - Wangu Pagoda
- Shaxi - Friday Market
- Tiger Leaping Gorge - Guided trek
- Kunming - Stone Forest
Our South West China trips score an average of 4.62 out of 5 based on 13 reviews in the last year.
South West China, September 2017
Generally pleased with peregrine trips. They usually well organised and involve interesting places that would be difficult to visit outside of a tour setting. The guides have usually been first-class with a good to excellent knowledge of local customs and cultures.
Review submitted 21 Sep 2017
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1. A complimentary arrival transfer is included.
2. A Single Supplement is available for this trip.
3. Gratuities included for the essential services only that you will receive as part of your tour package. Please see our Tipping section of these trip notes for more information. .
4. A challenging form is required to be filled out by all passengers, due to high altitudes reached on this trip. Maximum altitude on this trip will be 2650m above sea level.