2018 dates: May 21 - 29, Oct. 15 - 23, Oct. 29 - Nov. 6

Shangri_la Tibet Border Land 9 Days

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    Explore Southwest China, search for mysterious Shangri_la on the lost horizon
    Riding through this charming southern province will expose you to a fascinating history, breathtaking scenery, ancient architecture and diverse cultures. The old houses and cobbled streets will be accented by the colorful attire of ethnic tribes. The scenery will be dotted by snow capped mountains, terraced rice fields, green forests and raging rivers. Your Yunnan days are filled with jaw-dropping scenery and enough culture to fill even the most culturally starved traveler. This unique itinerary takes you into Yunnan's frontier Tibetan region with its fascinating culture and dramatic scenery. Our trip starts from Kunming and goes to Dali, the ancient cutlural city built 1200 years ago. We then ride to Lijiang, the UNESCO hritage site. Our real adventure begins from Tiger Leaping Gorge, the third deepest gorge in the world. This ride is among the best rides of the world. We reach Shangri_la city and visit the grand Lmasery which hosts over 600 monks of Tibetan Buhhdists. Our adventure continues to Tibet border land, we ride over 4292 meter white horse pass and we will ride further towards the Tibet border to see the highest unclimbed mountain in the world Mt. Kawakarpo. We ride along the winding upper Mekong River ( Lan Cang Jiang river) down to Shaxi, the historical caravan trading village. This is agian a very charming place listed on UNESCO Heritage Sites. Our journey ends in Kunming after a beautiful highway riding.

    Day 1 Kunming China 

    International flight to Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou, transit at airports and takle a flight to Kunming. Met by your RideChina representative and taken to your hotel. A welcome dinner will be arranged at 18:30 in a local restaurant. (D) 

    Day 2 Kunming-Dali 

    Meet your bike and do bike fitting, you may store your luggage in the garage. Ride to Dali with a lunch stop. Arrive in Dali, check in a hotel in the old city. Rest of the afternoon you will explore this ancient city of the Bai Minority. (330KM) (B,D) 

    Day 3 Dali-Lijiang 

    Ride to Lijiang, make a stop at Three Pagodas, the land mark of Dali for some pictures. We ride alone the Erhai lake and climb up to Lijiang. Check in the hotel inside the old town of Lijiang, we then explore this world heritage site. Tonight you may join the locals in the lively bars and feel free to get lost in the cobble stone streets of the town. (180km) (B,D) 

    Day 4 Lijiang - Shangri_la via tiger leaping gorge 

    Ride out of Lijiang, we drop to the Yangtse River, also named " Jin Sha Jiang" in Chinese- the gold sand river. We ride through the third deepest gorge in the world, passing ethnic villages to Shangri_la. There will be many photo stops during the day as we ride from the gorge to the high plateau. (275KM) (B,D) 

    Day 5 Shangri_la Rest Day 

    We will have a rest day today after yesterday's long ride. We will be visiting the grand Tibetan Monastery that is hosting over 600 Tibetan monks. You will have a free afternoon to explore this Tibetan frontier town for it's markets and shops. You may venture into one of the interesting restaurants to get a feel of the Tibetan hot pot, or a yak steak dish. (B) 

    Day 6 Scenic Mountain Drive to Cizhong Village 

    Ride to Deqin county, the border town to Tibet. We travel north to 4200m white horse pass, the highest point of the tour. You will see the White Horse Mountain (5693m), and the Kawa Karpo Mountain(6740m), the foot hills of the Himalayas and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. We then ride along the Mekong River to Cizhong. (275KM) (B,D) 

    Day 7 Cizhong to Shaxi 

    We will drop a visit Cizhong Church built in 1907 by the French missionaries. We then start a scenic riding day as we travel south on the east bank of the Mekong river, also named Lan Cang Jiang in Chinese. We will make a stop at Stone Drum Town the big bed of the Yangtse River. Ride to Shaxi actually takes you back to old China's tea horse caravan trading town. (370KM) (B,D) 

    Day 8 Shaxi-Kunming 

    Ride back to Kunming with some scenic highway stops, drop off the bikes and get your luggage organized...Check in the hotel in Kunming, we then have a farewell dinner to celebrate our adventure. (460KM) (B,D) 

    Day 9 Kunming onward 

    Trip ends after breakfast. (B)

    2017 dates: May 21 - 29, Oct. 15 - 23, Oct. 29 - Nov. 6

    Tour price per person (USD)


    Rider (2-3 pax)

    Rider (4-5 pax)

    Rider (6-8 pax)


    Single room Suppl







    --All breakfasts and dinners
    --Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage and fuel
    --Motorcycle pannier bags or boxes for your luggage
    --All overnights in hotels and guesthouses (double occupancy)
    --Third party liability insurance for motorcycles and First Aid Kit
    --Tour information of destinations & safe riding in China
    --Entry fee to parks and monasteries, old towns
    --Tour guide on motorcycle



    --Lunches and bottled drinks
    --All services not mentioned and all items of a personal nature
    --Tipping or gratuities to guides and drivers
    --Mandatory international travel insurance
    --Excursions other than those specified in trips
    --Extra cost if  tour is delayed or changed due to reasons beyond control

    Additional SUPPORT VEHICLE cost at 1500USD 

    Jh600cc (seat height 830mm)                     XY400cc (seat height 860mm) 



    Andi: "Great experience in a amazing region; perfectly organised"
    From the first moment, upon arrival at the airport in Kunming, until the last day of departure, we have been accompanied by the guide Wong who did a great job. Everything worked well, the hotels where nice and clean, the tour and roads chosen were great and the scenery was impressive. We also really liked the variety of nice roads and point of interests as well as the awesome cities and villages we visited; great mix of unhurried rides (not too long) and fascinating sightseeing. All in all a very good experience that I highly recommend.


    Michal: "Mountain biking" in Yunnan on JiaLing 600s with RideChina"
    If you want to experience some of the most beautiful riding roads, have a glimpse of China as it was and how it is changing, while staying away from western tourist crowds, this is a trip to enjoy and remember for a long time!


    John and Carole, Hi Jah,  We have settled back in here at home and everything is going fine. Hope things are OK with you. I want to say thank you for such a great adventure !

Minimum 2 participants




9 days, 6 riding days




Total distance 2000 KM. Daily rides 180 - 460 Km. Mostly on asphalt roads, high pass at 4200m, highest overnight at 3300m.


Fine Hotels and boutique guesthouses


Dali Three Pagodas, Lijaing world heritage old city, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Jade Dragon Mountain, Kawakarpo moutain, Mekong and Yangtze Valley, Shaxi tea horse town.


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