Yunnan Journeys, Travel the Yunnan Province in China
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The Yunnan Grand Budget Tour (Group Tour)

Yunnan tour at a budget price! Fascinating round trip through the whole Yunnan Province in South-West China. Discover one of the most beautiful and diverse provinces in China in a small group. This Yunnan tour is ideal for the price-conscious traveler as well as for couples or the solo-traveller. The cost of the tour guide and bus is divided by the number of participants. So, the more participants, the more budget-friendly the trip will be! Ask us for the fixed deparure dates from Kunming.

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China Explorer: A journey through the middle Kingdom

Who is not dreaming of some day travelling right across China? This exciting trip through China begins in the culturally rich capital city Beijing and leads down to Yunnan province in the south-west of China. On the way you visit Xi’An, the real birthplace of China – there, where more than 2,000 years ago the “Middle Kingdom“ was founded. On your journey you will get an insight into both the impressive history and the cultural diversity of China. An excursion through the wonderful Yunnan province in the south-west of China rounds off this journey. Fans of Chinese history and culture will certainly be rewarded on this Chinese journey!

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Day Trip to Tiger Leaping Gorge with scenic hike. Yunnan
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Day Trip to the Tiger Leaping Gorge Yunnan Province

A day trip from either Lijiang or Zhongdian to the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge in the Yunnan Province, one of the deepest canyons in the world. The difference in height from the Yangtze River to the highest peak of Jade Dragon Mountain measures almost 4,000 meters. Along a high trail, you hike high above the Yangtze River and enjoy the most breathtaking views the Yunnan Province has to offer. The ideal family tour suitable for kids of 6 years or more.

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Sichuan Tour: Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks

Travel from Chengdu to the national parks of Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong in the north of Sichuan Province. The Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, located about 400km north of Chengdu, are undoubtedly among the most beautiful and fascinating national parks in China. While Jiuzhaigou offers a fantastic mountainous landscape with waterfalls, clean streams and crystal lakes, the Huanglong National Park inspires with beautiful sinter terraces, which make the heart rate of every photographer go faster!

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Explore Guizhou and Guangxi Provinces: Journey through China's south

Your journey begins in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province and home of the Panda Bears. You will visit the Buddhist caves of Dazu, which rank amongst the most important Buddhist stone works in the world. With the comfortable high-speed train, you travel into the Guizhou province to Kaili. The largely undiscovered Guizhou province inspires by its picturesque Dong and Miao villages, which are embedded in a lovely karst landscape. From Guizhou your China journey continues to the neighboring Guangxi province. The hike in the rice terraces of Longsheng is one of the most scenic hikes in the Guangxi province. The fantastic karst landscape of Yangshuo forms the conclusion of your China journey.

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Travel to South-West China
Step into the rich history of South-West China!

Travel information for South-West China. The largely undiscovered provinces of Yunnan, Sichuan, Guizhou and Guangxi are amongst China’s most facetted regions. Together these four provinces make up the south-west of China and are slightly bigger than the European countries France, Germany, Denmark and Poland combined.(or about the size of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico combined in the U.S.)

South-West China’s spectacular scenery reaches from 7500 meters high majestic mountain peaks, hidden monasteries, Tibetan highlands, karst mountains, volcanoes, sub-tropical rainforests and some of the world’s deepest gorges. The Yunnan Province alone is home to 26 ethnic minorities, the largest number of different ethnic groups in a single province in China. With the Rivers Yangtze, Mekong, Yellow, Salween and Pearl, some of China’s largest Rivers run through the Southwest of China.

This Website will give you valuable, up to date travel information about South-West China and will assist you in planning your next journey to China. You find  more information about Colorful-China Travel and Tours on Tripadvisor and here.

For a quick overview of spots you want to visit we have put together two quick reference pages. On "The ten best places to visit in Yunnan", we'll highlight some of Yunnan's most interesting spots to travel to. For Sichuan Province, there is more to be found on "The ten best places to visit in Sichuan". More in depth information about sightseeing spots and important cultural and natural sites to travel to, there is our location overview. If you are looking for a location, but just cannot find it, feel free to contact us directly. We'd be happy to help you with any questions regarding south-west China travel.


Active Tours throughout South West China. Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan
Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge in China's South-West

The South-West of China is without doubt one of the most attractive regions for visitors to China.

Weather you travel the remote Tibetan Highlands of Western Sichuan, explore the cobble-stoned alleys of the weathered villages along the ancient Tea and Horse Road in Yunnan, or take a boat trip through the magnificent karst-landscape of Guangxi Province -  the cultural, geographical and ethnic diversity of this part of the World is simply overwhelming.

You can tour South-West China with one of our group tours or you let us design your own, private journey. An individual tour to China (private tour) offers maximum freedom and flexibility to the traveler. You will be traveling together with your driver and tour guide and benefit from a private service customized to your needs. The itinerary will be designed in such a way that you have time to visit spontaneously a local market, can converse with a Tibetan monk over a cup of tea or that you can explore a village on your own and without your tour guide constantly by your side.



Travel China's Southwest by the comfortable high-speed trains
Connects South-West China. Travel in comfort aboard the CRH-Highspeed trains

With the development of the high-speed train network in recent years, the South-West of China is now easily accessible. From Hong Kong Island the travel time to Guilin in Guangxi Province takes only about 3.5 hours. From Guilin, you can continue your journey by highspeed train to Guiyang in Guizhou or to Kunming in Yunnan Province.

There are also direct flights from Europe and many Asian countries to Kunming and Chengdu in South-West China. Chengdu, Guiyang, Guilin and Kunming all have a modern airport with flights to all major cites in China and some even to South-East Asian airports.

The hotel infrastructure has also improved significantly in recent years. Most travel destinations throughout South-West China offer clean and affordable accommodation. In some places you can even find accommodation in old, traditional houses that have been transformed to tastefully furnished boutique Hotels.


South-West China shares its borders with Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar. Especially the Yunnan province can easily be combined with an overland trip to either Laos, Vietnam or, along the legendary Old Burma Road to Myanmar.

Some of these cross-country journeys lead through to the remotest corners of Southwest China and allows the traveler a fascinating insight into the different cultures and traditions.

The traveler awaits breathtaking natural landscapes, huge river valleys, ethnic minorities and the many exciting encounters with the local population.

Contact us for more information about overland tours to neighboring countries from China.


Best time to travel to Southwest China
Fascinating landscapes of South-West China

The best time to travel to the north of the Yunnan Province is from April to October. July and August are the rainiest months. October to March the temperatures are cold. However, the winter months are a good travel time in Southwest China, since there are not many tourists and hardly ever rainfall.

For the southern subtropical areas of the Yunnan and Guangxi Province, the best time to travel is the cooler winter months from October to March.

The climate in Sichuan differs considerably depending on the region. For the subtropical Sichuan Basin in the East of Sichuan, the best time to travel is during the winter months. On the other hand, the Sichuan plateau, located in the West, experiences a warm and mild spring and autumn. That is the best time to travel to the West of Sichuan. The most rain falls between May and October. The  winter months are not considered to be the best time to travel to Western Sichuan because the climate is cold, dry and quite rough in most places.

"... Every journey begins with a first step in the right direction ..."
(Confucius 551 - 479 BC)