Traveling South-West China

Recommended Tours by Colorful China Travel

China is a multi-faceted travel destination with a rich breadth of history and culture, ancient heritage sites, spectacular natural wonders and an unrivaled ethnic diversity. Thanks to modern infrastructure, travelling in China has become less strenuous in recent years. However, we firmly believe that a good preparation is the key to a successful and unforgettable journey to the middle kingdom. Because of the size of China, the choice of magnificent sightseeing spots is endless. Therefore, the question about which places to visit mainly depends on your interests and the time on hand.

On the following pages we put together some interesting itineraries for tours in China and beyond. These tours should simply serve as an inspiration and help you with the planning of your next trip to China. It comes without saying that all tours can be adapted to your personal interests and wishes. Just tell us your own personal travel ideas for China and let us do the rest.

The Yunnan Grand Budget Tour (Group Tour)

Yunnan Journeys, Travel the Yunnan Province in China
12-14 days
Budget Tours
Join-In Tour

The big Yunnan Journey for the small budget with fixed departure dates from Kunming

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.

China Explorer: A journey through the middle Kingdom

15-17 days
Cultural Tours
Private Tours

The comprehensive China Tour from East to West

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.

Yunnan in Style: The luxury Yunnan journey

6-8 days
Private Tours

The ideal busines trip extension for the exhausted managers out there

The "stress-releaved" Yunnan journey. The ideal extention to your business trip to China: Discover the authentic Yunnan in the south-west of China with a touch of luxury. Far away from the usual crowd of tourists you travel by private vehicla via remote country roads and in doing so get to know the charming Yunnan province from a completely different perspective. You will stay in tastefully decorated boutique lodges or hotels, which meet even higher demands and will make your Yunnan trip an even more relaxing and enjoyable experience!

Yunnan Compact

3-5 days
Cultural Tours

Travel the Yunnan Province and discover the most important sights in 4 days

Yunnan Travel: Discover the most important sights of Yunnan within 4 days. Experience the mysterious Stone Forest, visit Dali with it's three pagodas and dive into Liijiang's world famous old town. This tour will enable you to see as much as possible within a very short time. This comprehensive Yunnan tour complements perfectly your business trip and is also perfect as an stop-over for your trip to China.

Day Trip to the Tiger Leaping Gorge Yunnan Province

Day Trip to Tiger Leaping Gorge with scenic hike. Yunnan
Active Tours

Spice up your your Yunnan Holiday with a day trip to the Tiger Leaping Gorge

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.

Fascinating Sichuan Province

Travel the Sichuan Province
6-8 days
Private Tours
Sichuan Tours

Discover Sichuan: Travel from the biggest Buddha in the world up to the Tibetan Highlands

Trip to Sichuan. The Sichuan province is one of the most exciting areas for travelers to China. You will visit the largest Buddha in the world in Leshan and hike the Emei Mountain, the "Mountain of Light" of Sichuan Province. The hiking or horse trek near Tagong through the grassland of West Sichuan and a visit to the alpine Muge Lake complete this Sichuan journey. You also pay a visit to the Giant Panda Reserve near Bifengxia.

Journey along the ancient Silk Road

Travel along the Silk Road from Xi'An to Turpan in Xinjiang
12-14 days
Active Tours
China Tour
Cultural Tours
Private Tours

Travel the Silk Road in the footsteps of Marco Polo and the Monk Xuanzang

Travel along the ancient Silk Road in China. The Silk Road - a mythical term that triggers associations like treasures of the East, adventure, abandoned ghost towns, mysterious cultures and civilizations of which we generally know little. On your journey along the Silk Road you will follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo and learn more about the glorious past of the once magnificent cities along this ancient trade route.

Sichuan Tour: Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks

3-5 days
Sichuan Tours

Jiuzhaigou: Natural Wonders of Northern Sichuan

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!

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

12-14 days
China Tour
Private Tours

Travel from Chengdu through Guizhou Province to Yangshuo

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.

Travel the Tibetan Highlands of Western Sichuan

9-11 days
Private Tours
Sichuan Tours

Explore the magnificent tibetan highlands from west Sichuan to Yunnan in China

The journey over the Tibetan Highland from Sichuan to Yunnan in Western China is a journey of a lifetime. The impressive natural landscapes with snow-covered mountains, endless grass landscapes, countless yak herds as well as Tibetan monasteries will inspire you on this journey! The journey leads from the famous Panda Bears in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province via the fascinating landscape of the Tibetan plateau of West Sichuan, to Zhongdian, the "Shangri-La" of Yunnan Province.

Travel the Sichuan Province in China: The Highlights

6-8 days
Private Tours
Sichuan Tours

A journey through the magnificent Sichuan Province

Travel through the Sichuan province in the southwest of China. Journey to the highlights of Sichuan Province, which is one of the most exciting and varied provinces in China, both scenically, culturally and culinary. Thanks to direct flights from Europe to Chengdu, Sichuan province is now even easier and faster to reach. Starting point of this Sichuan journey is the pulsating metropolis Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province. From Chengdu, your journey takes you to Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest Buddha statue in the world.

The magnificent Rice Terraces of Yuanyang

3-5 days
Cultural Tours
Private Tours

China's most magnificent terraced rice fields are in Yunnan Province

Travel and hiking the Yuanyang Rice Terraces: On this unique journey, you travel to the mostly undiscovered and still little visited south of the Yunnan province almost to the Vietnamese border. Spectacular rice terraces, ethnic minorities, colorful markets, old temples and pristine villages are the highlights your journey to Yuanzang. A visit to the well-known stone forest near Lunan rounds off this journey full of new experiences.

The Yunnan Province at a glance

6-8 days
Cultural Tours
Private Tours

The comprehensive Journey through the varied Yunnan province in southwest China

On this Yunnan tour you travel to Zhongdian or Shangrila, where you get a deeper insight into the unique Tibetan culture, take a stroll through the winding alleys of Lijiang and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Dali, the former royal town on the shores of the idyllic Erhai Lake. A varied journey through the Yunnan Province in China with unique landscapes, bustling cities and religious and cultural diversity. The ideal complement to your next business trip to China.

Travel overland from Yunnan to Laos with Mekong River Cruise

12-14 days
Crossborder-Tours

Travel Overland from Yunnan in China to Luangprabang in Laos

A fascinating overland journey from China to Laos. From Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province in south-west China, travel via the UNESCO protected rice terraces of Yuanyang to the golden temples of the former royal city of Luang Prabang in Laos. A two-day boat trip on the Mekong River rounds off this exciting journey from Yunnan to Laos. A journey off-the-beaten-track and far away from the major tourist routes through China and Laos. Travel and discover two different countries with striking contrasts, fascinating scenery and amazing people!

Dynamic Yunnan

12-14 days
Active Tours
Private Tours

Cycling and Hiking: Explore and discover the Yunnan Province the active way

The Yunnan Active Tour was especially mapped out for all active travelers out there who are on the look out for a memorable and “out of the ordinary sightseeing stuff” trip, peppered with activities like cycling, hiking and encounters with the local population. Some days you choose your activity for the day, which leaves you with a maximum amount of freedom and flexibility while exploring the beautiful Yunnan Province in South-West China.

Active Tour from Yunnan in China to Laos

12-14 days
Active Tours
Budget Tours
Crossborder-Tours
Private Tours

Overland journey from Lijiang (Yunnan) to Luang Prabang

An activity-packed tour from the spectacular landscapes of Yunnan in China into the relaxation of Laos. Travel from Lijiang in Yunnan province as far as the gold-gleaming temples of Luang Prabang. The boat trip along Nam Ou river and the hike on a scenic high trail through Tiger Leaping Gorge are only two of the highlights of this journey from China to Laos. Spending nights off-the-beaten-track and away from the major tourist paths with local families in Khamu villages give you a first-hand experience of the daily life of the native people in Laos and China.

Sichuan Tour from Chengdu to the ancient Salt Wells of Zigong

6-8 days
Sichuan Tours

A journey to the south of the Sichuan Province, China

A journey through Sichuan from Chengdu to the Buddhist grottos of Anyue and to the salt well of Shenhai in the city of Zigong in China. The stone sculptures of Anyue, more than 1,200 years old, are among the most beautiful of their kind in the world. On this Sichuan tour you will also visit the salt well of Zigong and the salt museum with an interesting exhibit about the ancient salt trade in Sichuan, China. The visit to the world’s biggest Buddha in Leshan and a lovely walk at the holy Emei mountain round off this tour to Sichuan Province.

Yunnan Tour: South of the Clouds

15-17 days
Active Tours
Private Tours

The comprehensive Yunnan Tour with 3 day hiking in the Tiger Leaping Gorge

A journey through Yunnan, “South of the Clouds”.  That melodious name is the literal translation of Yunnan and reflects its climate, which is pleasant throughout the year, and the open-mindedness and friendliness of its inhabitants. Come with us on an exciting trip through Yunnan Province in south-west China. From the rice terraces of Yuanyang this Yunnan journey takes you through the sub-tropical Xishuangbanna up to the eastern Tibetan Plateau, 3,300 meters high!

Journey from Mystical Laos to Hidden Yunnan in China

9-11 days
Crossborder-Tours
Private Tours

Overland Journey from Laos to China

Insider tip: Journey from Laos to Yunnan in China. Fascinating overland journey from the pristine Laos to the still largely unknown Chinese province of Yunnan. Our journey leads through one of the most remote and impressive landscapes of Southeast Asia. The old royal capital Luang Prabang, the wonderful rice terraces of Yuanyang, the boat trip on the Nam Ou river as well as the many contacts with the local population will inspire you!

Yunnan: Mighty Rivers & Holy Mountains

9-11 days
Private Tours

Travel the Yunnan Province off the beaten track

A journey to the northern part of Yunnan province, one of the most impressive and diverse regions of China. Deep gorges, rapid-flowing rivers, hidden monasteries, impressive glaciers and snow-covered peaks dominate the landscape of this multifaceted journey through Yunnan. You travel along the Yangtze  and Mekong rivers and move in the footsteps of Swiss and French missionaries who labored here 200 years ago.

Idyllic Lugu Lake & Walking Marriages

9-11 days
Cultural Tours
Private Tours

In the "Kingdom of Daughters"

This wonderful journey gives you an insight into the cultural and ethnic variety of the Yunnan Province in south-west China. The visit of the idyllic Lugu Lake with the unique matriarchal society of the Mosuo people is just one of many highlights of this tour. While traveling through the stunning landscapes of Northern Yunnan you come across century old villages, Tibetan monasteries, deep gorges and colorful ethnic groups. A tour which will inspire even the experienced traveler!

China Travel: Fascinating Yunnan Province

9-11 days
Cultural Tours
Private Tours

The comprehensive Journey throughout the Yunnan Province

A journey through Yunnan Province in south-west China. On this trip, you explore the spectacular landscapes of the northern Part of Yunnan Province, where you will experience some of the lesser known tribes and areas of the abundant Yunnan Province: the Bai, Naxi, Yi, as well as the Tibetans. A fascinating journey through rural China far away from big tour groups. Ideal for travelers who want to experience the “real” China and at the same time not miss the most important sights.

Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge

Active Tours
Golf & Trekking Trips

2 days hiking with breathtaking scenery in Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan Province

Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge: Enhance your Yunnan Yunnan experience with a 2 day hike through one of the deepest gorges in the world! This trek follows a scenic trail high above the Tiger Leaping Gorge along the Eastern slope of the Haba Mountain and offers some of the finest views in Yunnan. Stay overnight at a romantic guesthouse high above the Yangtze River with magnificent views of the snowcapped "5 fingers" of the Jade Dragon Mountain! Ideal for the keen hiker with limited time.

Along the Old Burma Road, overland journey to Myanmar

15-17 days
Crossborder-Tours
Private Tours

From the Tibetan Highlands of Yunnan to the Golden Land of Myanmar

Travel the Burma Road from the Yunnan province to Myanmar: A fascinating cross-country tour from the Yunnan province in the Southwest of China to the golden shining Pagodas of Myanmar. You travel in the footsteps of General Joseph Stilwell along the legendary Old Burma Road through the magnificent and undiscovered landscapes of southwest China and northern Myanmar. You will experience two countries, which could not be more different; full of fascinating contrasts and encounters with the local population.

Travel the Old Burma Road from China to Myanmar

Temples in Bagan
15-17 days
Crossborder-Tours
Private Tours

Overland Crossborder Tour from Lijiang to Yangon along the legendary Burma Road

Travel the legendary Old Burma Road from China to Myanmar. From a history as well as culrue and landscape the journey along the Burma Road from China to Myanmar is one of the moste exciting journeys in China if not south-east Asia.  From the snow-covered mountains around Lijiang in the norther Yunnan Province in China you travel in the footsteps of General Stilwell and “his” Burma Road right down to the former royal city of Mandalay in the heart of Myanmar.

Hiking / Trekking Tiger Leaping Gorge

3-5 days
Active Tours
Family Tours
Golf & Trekking Trips

3 days of breathtaking scenery suitable for families

Wedged between the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Haba Mountain, the impressive Tiger Leaping Gorge is reputedly the world’s deepest canyon. You walk along a scenic trail high above the Yangtze River in fresh air and stunning views of the snow capped peaks of the Jade Dragon Mountain. This tour ranks amongst the best scenic treks you can undertake in China! It is also suitable for families with children above 8 years old.

Southern Yunnan and northern Vietnam via Dien Bien Fu

12-14 days
Crossborder-Tours
Private Tours

Travel overland from Kunming (Yunnan) to the Halong Bay in Vietnam

Overland tour from the Yunnan Province in southwest China to the Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam. The mountainous border area between Yunnan and Vietnam is historically, ethnically, as well as scenically amongst the most inspiring and exiting areas within Southeast Asia. You travel from Kunming via the splendid Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Sapa and Dien Bien Fu to Hanoi. The remnants of the French Colonial times are omnipresent and serve as a reminder of the French presence in Asia.

Day Trip from Lijiang to the ancient village of Shaxi

Private Tours

Travel to Shaxi and step back in time along the Tea and Horse Road

Fascinating day trip from Lijiang Old Town to Shaxi village in Yunnan Province, an idyllic ancient village that used to be a wealthy and prosperous stop for horse caravans travelling the Tea and Horse Road, an ancient trail network in Yunnan Province for trade between the tea growing areas in Xishuangbanna in the southern Yunnan Province and Tibet. A visit to Shaxi is like taking a step back in time and a hint of the former prosperity can still be felt there today. 

Journey to Yangshuo: The fairytale landscape of Guangxi Province

6-8 days
Active Tours
China Tour
Family Tours
Private Tours

The comprehensive tour of the Guangxi Province in China

The region around Yangshuo is one of the most famous and beautiful landscapes in China. Sooner or later everyone will come face to face with this fairytale landscape during a trip to China, because the karst landscape of Yangshuo in the south of China is so famous that it even serves as a motif for the 20RMB banknote of the Chinese banknote. On this trip we will take you to the fascinating karst hills of Yangshuo as well as the scenic rice terraces of Longsheng in the north of the province.

Yunnan Budget Tour: The Tea and Horse Road

9-11 days
Budget Tours

Travel the Yunnan Province along a long lost trade route

Yunnan Budget Tour along the legendary “Tea Horse Road”, an old trade route between the tea production areas of the Yunnan province and Tibet. You will travel by public transport, trains, local taxis, on foot or whatever else we think of along the way. This way, you will very easily be able to come into contact with the local population and experience things that often remain undiscovered by other travellers to the Yunnan Province.

Travel along the legendary Burma Road

6-8 days
Crossborder-Tours
Cultural Tours

Compressed overland tour along the "Old Burma Road" from Yunnan to Burma

Travel along the infamous "Old Burma Road" from the Yunnan Province in Southwest China to the "Golden Land" of Myanmar (Burma). The Burma Road has long been a trading route between the British occupied Burma and China, but played an important role for China during the Second World War. A fascinating journey through the rugged mountain terrain of Southwest China and Northern Burma. A compressed version of our other fascinating tours along the Burma Road, ideal for the traveller with a limited amount of time and a limited budget.

Exploring the northern Yunnan Province

12-14 days
Active Tours
Private Tours

Fascinating landscapes of north Yunnan in China

A journey to the spectacular northern part of Yunnan province in China, with hiking tour to Yubeng Village. The up to 6'700m high peaks of the year-round snow-covered mountains in the north of Yunnan Province are among the most spectacular natural landscapes in China. Deep gorges, raging rivers and hidden monasteries define the landscape on this varied journey through Yunnan. You will experience a pristine Yunnan province away from the big tourist flows, which impresses with its impressive natural beauty as well as the hospitality of the ethnic minorities of this region. 

Fascinating Beijing and magnificent Yangshuo

6-8 days
China Tour
Family Tours

Bustling Beijing and idyllic Yangshuo. China Family vacation

Travel relaxed through China with the family. Our China journeys for families are stress-free with enough free space to meet the needs and moods of children (and adults..). On our China Family Tours you will stay in family-friendly, centrally located hotels with an inner courtyard, where the children can let off steam. The journeys include age-appropriate hikes, which can be adapted flexibly and spontaneously to the situation in length and duration

"Heavenly" China: A journey to the birthplace of China

12-14 days
China Tour
Private Tours

China Tour where you visit the most important places of China

Journey to the "heavenly" China. An exciting China journey to the "birthplace" of China. This is the ideal journey to China, both for beginners as well as for the China lovers. Why is this journey to China "heavenly"? Heaven and universe played an important role in the history of China. The "Middle Kingdom" referred not only to the center of the earth, but also to the center of the universe. Therefore, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing played an important role for the emperor of China.

Travel along the ancient Tea and Horse Road

6-8 days
Cultural Tours

Travel along one of the oldest trading routes

Travel the Yunnan Province along the old Tea and Horse Road, an ancient trail network in Yunnan for trade between the tea growing areas in the southern Yunnan Province and Tibet. Travel along the Yunnan part of the Tea and Horse Road as it winds down from the Tibetan plateau towards the old town of Dali. The ancient Tea and Horse Road first appeared during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), and lasted until the construction of the Tibetan highways in the 1960s.

Yunnan Grand Tour Private. The comprehensive Yunnan journey

12-14 days
Cultural Tours
Private Tours

Travel and Explore the Yunnan province in South-West China

Travel the Yunnan province in south-west China. On this journey you will experience the southwest of China in a very personal way with all its peculiarities. Together with your Yunnan tour guide and driver you will explore both the remote areas in the south, as well as the magnificent, mountainous north of Yunnan Province in the southwest of China. On this trip you experience the sunrise over the UNESCO protected rice terraces of Yuanyang and then travel to the Tibetan highlands north of Yunnan Province - to Zhongdian at 3'300m.

Travel from China to Vietnam by Railway

15-17 days
China Tour
Crossborder-Tours
Private Tours

Railway Journey from Beijing in China to Hanoi in Vietnam

China journey by Rail from China to Vietnam. With the construction of the modern CRH high-speed railway network, a journey by rail in China has become a pleasant travel experience. With more than 300 kilometers per hour you travel comfortably through the rural areas of China. You travel across the border into Vietnam where you travel by the nostalgic, over 100 years old night train at leisurely pace from Lao Cai to Hanoi. On this China trip you will follow the footsteps of the French colonialists and ride aboard the antique Jiayang steam train in Sichuan Province.

China Grand Tour: Explore China by Train

15-17 days
Active Tours
Private Tours
Sichuan Tours

Train Travel China: Journey thoughout China by all sorts of trains

Travel and Explore China in the best way possible: by train! The construction of the modern high-speed train network in China makes it now possible to travel in China in a fast, comfortable and economical way. You travel comfortably on board of the modern high-speed trains through the rural areas of China. From the train window you experience China from close-up and from a different perspective! Another unique experience will be your journey on a Chinese overnight train and the ride with the antique steam train of a former coal mine in Sichuan Province.

Travel the magnificent south-west of China: Sichuan and Yunnan

18 or more days
China Tour
Private Tours
Sichuan Tours

Journey though Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in South-West China

Travel from Sichuan to Yunnan in China! Your journey through south-west China starts in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province and the home of the famous Giant Panda Bears. From Chengdu you travel by the modern bullet train CRH via the megacity Chongqing to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province in the far south-west part of China. Apart from the spectacular landscapes and modern mega-cities, you will also focus on the rich cultural legacy of South-West China.

Yunnan Pu Er Tea Workshop Xishuangbanna

3-5 days
Cultural Tours
Private Tours

The art of Tea making

For centuries Pu’er Tea has been cultivated in the mountainous area of southern Yunnan and its quality is gaining on popularity all around the world.  With this trip we offer you a unique in depth experience of the art of tea making. You stay at the home of a local tea farmer, right in the heart of one of China’s most significant tea planting areas. From the villagers you will learn how tea is picked, fried, rolled and dried; and you will be able to press your own tea cake from the tea you have made!

Hunan Province in China: A journey to the Valley of the Dong villages

12-14 days
Private Tours

Travel Hunan and Guangxi in China: Karst Landscapes and Drum Towers

Travel in China: Journey through the provinces of Hunan and Guangxi in the south of China. The Guangxi province is famous for its Karst hill landscape around Guilin and Yangshuo as well as the fascinating  Longji Rice Terraces of Long Sheng. In an exciting contrast stands the rather unknown Hunan Province, which offers a lovely landscape dotted with numerous, wonderful Dong minority villages as well as beautiful "Wind and Rain Bridges". The absolute highlight of your Hunan journey is the visit of the impressive national parks Zhangjiajie and Wulingyuan.