Great Wall, Pandas & Pagodas

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  • duration 37 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 24
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kunming, China
  • Ends Beijing, China
  • +19
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Guided tour of Xi'an's world famous Terracotta Warriors
  • Explore Xi'an and its myriad of attractions
  • Visit the huge former Tang Dynasty royal palace of Daming
  • Go to the birthplace of the martial art of Tai Chi at Wudang Shan
Start in Kunming and end in Beijing, the trip Great Wall, Pandas & Pagodas is a guided trekking trip that takes 37 days. You will travel through Chengdu, Jinshanling, Kunming and 17 other destinations in China. Great Wall, Pandas & Pagodas is a group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

China really does have it all; spectacular natural scenery, a rich and interesting history, and no shortage of archaeological and religious attractions. See the best of the north and south on this awesome five-week overland trip between Beijing and Kunming. Visit no less than three sacred mountains: Wutai Shain, Emei Shan, and Wudang Shan; explore the world-famous Giant Panda Centre in Chengdu; trek the upper trail of the imposing Tiger Leaping Gorge; spend three days among the locals on a cruise along the Yangzte River; and walk along the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China. Our local Chinese guide will help us find the best local restaurants and street food stalls, so we can eat as the locals do. As we travel between provinces we'll have the chance to sample the local specialities, including Sichuan hotpot or biangbiang noodles.
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  • Joshua
  • On Jun 04 2015
5 - Excellent
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“Tim and Lynsey were absolutely tops. I could not have asked for better drivers/leaders.”
  • Heather
  • On Dec 01 2017
4 - Very Good
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“I've never done overlanding or subsaharan Africa before so both were very new experiences to me”
  • Karen
  • On Aug 22 2018
5 - Excellent
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“Exceeded expectations”
  • Day 1: Kunming
  • Day 2: Dali
  • Day 3: Dali
  • Day 4: Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 5: Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 6: Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 7: Panzhihua
  • Day 8: Emei Shan
  • Day 9: Emei Shan
  • Day 10: Chengdu
  • Day 11: Chengdu
  • Day 12: Dazu
  • Day 13: Chongqing
  • Day 14: Yangtze River
  • Day 15: Yangtze River
  • Day 16: Yangtze River
  • Day 17: Xiang Fan
  • Day 18: Wudang Shan
  • Day 19: Wudang Shan
  • Day 20: Xi'an
  • Day 21: Xi'an
  • Day 22: Xi'an
  • Day 23: Yan'an
  • Day 24: Lijiashan
  • Day 25: Pingyao
  • Day 26: Pingyao
  • Day 27: Pingyao
  • Day 28: Wutai Shan
  • Day 29: Wutai Shan
  • Day 30: Datong
  • Day 31: Datong
  • Day 32: Jinshanling
  • Day 33: Chengde
  • Day 34: Chengde
  • Day 35: Beijing
  • Day 36: Beijing
  • Day 37: Beijing
  • Comfortable Hotel 6 nights
  • Multishare Hostel 2 nights
  • Basic Hotel 21 nights
  • Guesthouse 5 nights
  • Overnight Boat 2 nights
  • 28 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Ferry, Overnight Boat, Metro, Taxi
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, One Local Crew Member
  • Any international flights to Kunming and from Beijing 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 Great Wall, Pandas & Pagodas tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Great Wall, Pandas & Pagodas tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 12 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 12 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Great Wall, Pandas & Pagodas 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 Great Wall, Pandas & Pagodas 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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