Map ItineraryChina itinerary:

Date Day Route Distance(km) Night place Information
30.07 01 Entering from Erenhot Erenhot

Enter in China from Erenhot border. Your guide will deal with all the paper work and procedure for you.

31.07 02 Erenhot-Saihantala 120 Saihantala

Depending on the department’s working speed, normally, it will finish in later afternoon. You can choose to drive 120km or stay one more night in Erenhot.

01.08 03 Saihantala-Zhangjiakou 400 Zhangjiakou

Drive to Zhangjiakou on the highway.

02.08 04 Zhangjiakou-Jinshanling 320 Jinshanling Suggest leaving earlier, spend the afternoon in the Great wall.(About4-5hours),but depends on the traffic. Time is short, have it tomorrow.
03.08 05 Jinshanling-Beijing 150 Beijing Back to Beijing, suggest to take hotel.
04.08 06 Beijing Beijing we will visit the Imperial Palace, with 9999 rooms. Mainly suggest to visit four halls, named the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Complete Harmony, Hall of Preserving Harmony and the Treasure Halls. If we still have time, we will go to Tian’anmen for a visit. The famous Beijing Roast Duck is introduced for dinner.Suggest no t to drive. To take the subway or texi.
05.08 07 Beijing Beijing

To visit the temple of Heaven, then to visit the Summer Palace in the afternoon, it is the largest royal garden in the world, is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design.

06.08 08 Beijing- Datong 410 Datong

Drive to Datong on the express way, will visit the Yungang Grotto in the afternoon, which is 83km far from Datong, then drive to Datong.

07.08 09 Datong-Taiyuan 380 Taiyuan

On the way to Taiyuan,we will visit The Suspended Temple hangs on a cliff of a gorge on Mt.Hengshan in Hunyuan county,it is 70km far from Datong.Then drive on the expressway to Taiyuan.

08.09 10 Taiyuan-Pingyao 90 Pingyao

We will first visit the Jinci Temple in Taiyuan, then drive to the Ancient City of Piangyao. Pay a visit in the city. Suggest to stay overnight in the city.

10.08 11 Pingyao-Hukou waterfall 300+40 jixian After visiting the waterfall,40km back to Jixian for night.(Camping is ok if possible)
11.08 12 Jixian-Longmen Grottoes 350 Longmen Back to high way to Longmen.
12.08 13 Longmen Grottoes 350 Longmen
13.08 14 Longmen- Terracotta 360 Linfen To the terracotta, following the yellow river.
14.08 15 Terracotta-Xi’an 50 Xi’an

In the morning, we will first visit the Terracotta within two and half hours inside, There are one museum and three pits of terracotta army we will visit, then drive to Xi’an. Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show with dinner are suggested for you.

Xi’an is a huge city, suggest not to drive and take hotel.

15.08 16 Xi’an Xi’an

To visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda first, then to visit the Old Street in the afternoon, we can also have a free walk on the Old City Wall or on the old street. The Dumpling Banquet is suggested for dinner.

16.08 17 Xi’an-Guangyuan 470 Guangyuan

From Xi’an,we start to enter to Sichuan Basin,there are more mountains and forests we can see, there are local residences on the half of those mountains.

17.08 18 Guangyuan-Chengdu 290 Chengdu To visit the Panda base.
18.08 19 Chengdu-Xichang 460 Xichang
19.08 20 Xichang-Lugu Lake 260 Lugulake

Lugu Lake is a fantastic calm and beautiful lake, to have free walk by the lake and to enjoy their unique culture of Mosuo People.

20.08 21 Lugu lake 15km /20km Lugu lake It’s a big lake, try to explore its beauty.
21.08 22 Lugu Lake-Lijiang 200 Lijiang Lijiang has a part of ancient city, which attracts a lot of people with its unique architecture and custom of people.
22.08 23 Lijiang-Tiger leaping Gorge 80 The gorge We drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge. To have a 2-3 hours short trekking at famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, or spend 6hours here. If you want to go hiking, it takes one day more here.
23.08 24 Tiger leaping Gorge- Shangri-la 100 Shangri-la Shangri-la is famous because of the book ”Lost horizon”, its an ancient city like Lijiang.But with more Tibet people and their unique culture.
24.08 25 Shangri-la-Dali 310 Dali We drive to Dali, and we still have some time today to visit at Dali, such as the old city, the places nearby, and the Erhai Lake etc.
25.08 26 Dali-Lincang 300 Lincang It is a driving day, but a beautiful driving day. The roads through mountains, villages, fields, tea gardens etc, up and down. When you drive on this road, you will feel you and your vehicle are dancing among the mountains and fields.
26.08 27 Lincang-Puer 300 Puer
27.08 28 Puer-Mengla 270 Mengla It’s the last big town we will pass in China.To have a short rest and prepare for exit.
28.08 29 Mengla-Mohanborder 50 Exit from Mohan.Enjoy your journey.

This is our planned itinerary as of the beginning of the trip.  We will update this as the trip progresses.

Planned Date
Actual Date
Planned Nights
Actual Nights
March 9th
We will set off from Blackpool going to Lesley’s Cousins in Bridgnorth.
March 12th
 Folkestone  and crossing the channel on Eurotunnel to France
March 12th & 13th
Brugge, Belgium and Luxembourg     1
March 14th 15th & 16th
Kassel Germany
March 18th
March 21st
Czech  Republic
March 23th
March 25th
April 1st
April 3rd
Slovenia probably not stop, then to Croatia
April 10th
Bosnia probably not stop, then to Montenegro
April 11th
Albania or Macedonia & Kosovo
April 13th
Greece and the Greek islands
May 6th
May 8th
May 9th
Moldova probably not stop, then to Ukraine ?
May 14th
Russia including Moscow
June 4th
We don’t need to be on the Russian / Mongolian border until 14th June so in the above reckoning we have another 12 nights to play with
June 14th
Cross into Mongolia staying in Mongolia and the Gobi Dessert
July 1st
Cross into China
August 2nd
August 6th

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