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.

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
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
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.