China Explored

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  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 42 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 24
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kashgar, China
  • Ends Kunming, China
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore Kashgar's traditional Sunday market and Animal market
  • Cross the Taklamakan Desert
  • Exploration of the oasis and the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan
  • Guided tour of the Mogao caves, Dunhuang
Starting in Kashgar and ending in Kunming, the China Explored tour is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 42 days. You will travel through Liujiaxia, Jiayuguan, Panzhihua and 20 other destinations in China. China Explored is a group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

The Silk Route was an ancient network of trading routes used for centuries to connect the great civilisations of east and west, and this is the route we follow across western China, then down to Kunming in the south. We begin in the city of Kashgar at the western end of the Tarim Basin; Kashgar has been an important trading post on this route for more than two millennia. We cross the Taklamakan Desert to the western end of the Great Wall of China and then on to the lower slopes of the Tibetan plateau and the holy city of Xiahe, home to remarkable Tibetan Buddhist temples and architecture. We see several remarkable monuments, such as the giant Buddhas of Bingling Si and Leshan, the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan, the brightly coloured carvings at Dazu, and the Terracotta Warriors near Xi’an. We also have a 3-day cruise on the Yangtze River on the same ship used by local families, a visit to the Giant Panda Centre in Chengdu, and a tranquil trek through the wonderful Tiger Leaping Gorge.

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“Jaime and Jan were both very helpful and good fun. Jaime was very helpful when some passengers weren't feeling well and made sure everyone was ok.”
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  • Day 1: Kashgar
  • Day 2: Kashgar
  • Day 3: Kashgar
  • Day 4: Aksu
  • Day 5: Korle
  • Day 6: Urumqi
  • Day 7: Urumqi
  • Day 8: Turpan
  • Day 9: Turpan
  • Day 10: Dunhuang
  • Day 11: Dunhuang
  • Day 12: Jiayuguan
  • Day 13: Zhangye
  • Day 14: Liujiaxia
  • Day 15: Xiahe
  • Day 16: Xiahe
  • Day 17: Xiahe
  • Day 18: Lanzhou
  • Day 19: Pingliang
  • Day 20: Pingliang
  • Day 21: Xi'an
  • Day 22: Xi'an
  • Day 23: Xi'an
  • Day 24: Wudang Shan
  • Day 25: Wudang Shan
  • Day 26: Yichang
  • Day 27: Yichang
  • Day 28: Yangtze River
  • Day 29: Yangtze River
  • Day 30: Yangtze River
  • Day 31: Dazu
  • Day 32: Chengdu
  • Day 33: Chengdu
  • Day 34: Emei Shan
  • Day 35: Emei Shan
  • Day 36: Panzhihua
  • Day 37: Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 38: Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 39: Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 40: Dali
  • Day 41: Dali
  • Day 42: Kunming
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Local Bus, Boat, Ferry, Overnight Boat
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, One Local Crew Member
  • Basic Hotel 25 nights
  • Camping without facilities 2 nights
  • Guesthouse 5 nights
  • Comfortable Hotel 4 nights
  • Overnight Boat 3 nights
  • Multishare Hostel 2 nights
  • 20 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners
  • Any international flights to Kashgar and from Kunming are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this China Explored tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this China Explored tour. You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 55 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 14 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 55 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

China Explored tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this China Explored tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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