Cost from US$2850, 13 day tour around Yunnan

South of the Cloud - Best of China

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    Ride Yunnan's unbeaten roads with breathtaking scenery, a special motorcycle journey in the best part of China. On this trip in Yunnan, You will have time to wonder through ancient Confucian temples and the thriving villages of Chinese, Hani, Thai, Yuanyang - a most delightful vicinity populated by the Yi, Tai, Miao, Hani and several other minority groups. With their resilience and diligence, they created wonders both practical and exhilaratingly beautiful to behold. Crop is grown on steps carved into slopes and together with the clouds enveloping the mid-mountains, the landscape is transformed into a remarkable work of art.

    Travel from world's largest mountain terraced fields to world heritage site Lijiang; ride through gorgeous Tiger Leaping Gorge all the way to snow peaks. Visit the hill tribes, encounter diversified ethnic tribes and cultures and splendid nature wonders. We venture north into the Tibetan border, the scenery will be dotted by snow capped mountains, terraced rice fields, green forests and raging rivers. 

    We reach Shangri_la city and visit the grand Lamasery which hosts over 600 monks of Tibetan Buddhists. 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 again a very charming place listed on UNESCO Heritage Sites. Our journey ends in Kunming after a beautiful highway riding.

    Day 1 Kunming - Capital City

    Arrive in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province. The city of eternal spring. Met by Ride China staff and taken to your centrally located hotel. Welcome dinner.


    Day 2  Southern Yunnan sub tropical

    Pick up from your hotel and transfer to our garage, we will do bike fitting and organize your luggage. You may leave the unused to our garage. Ride southward to Jianshui, the ancient Chinese cultural city full of gardens, old houses and water wells. We check in the hotel and We ride out of Jjianshui and visit a nice old village at Tuanshan, beautiful gardens and old houses featuring precious wood carvings of doors, window panes. We then follow the rider to an architecture wonder of the Twin Dragon Bridge of 17 arches. visit a private garden belong to the Zhu Family. Tonight you may walk around the town and join the locals at the Chao Yang Men City Gate which was built earlier than Tiananmen in Beijing.(Ride 220KM) 

     

    Day 3  World Heritage Site - Hani Terraces

    Shortly we will be riding to the valley of the Red River - our first big river on this tour, which flows to Vietnam. We climb up again to the mountain town at Yuanyang - a most delightful vicinity populated by the Yi, Tai, Miao, Hani and several other minority groups. It is the right season to watch the terraced fields and people working in the fields with their buffalos. With their resilience and diligence, Hani and Yi ethnic people created wonders both practical and exhilaratingly beautiful to behold. (Ride 175KM)

     

    Day 4  Hani Fields and the Red River

    Yuanyang terraced fields is the world heritage site where crop is grown on steps carved into slopes and together with the clouds enveloping the mid-mountains, the landscape is transformed into a remarkable work of art. You will ride from villages to villages passing the largest terraced fields and meet Hani and Yi Minorities. (Ride 265KM) 

     

    Day 5 Pu’er Tea Plantation

    Ride westwards to Jing Dong, we travel to the tea plantation area of Yunnan. Some of best and most expensive tea is from this region and would be carried all the way to Tibet as far as to Nepal and India, therefore the Tea Horse Caravan Route was created. (Ride 321KM) 

     

    Day 6  Dali Cultural City

    We ride our way northwards over the modern version of the Ancient Tea-Horse Road to Dali, Yunnan Province’s 2nd most important city and also one of China’s most historic city. We shall be riding through tea plantations and make a stop to visit an ancient city gate. We shall arrive in Dali, the Kingdom of Dali in late afternoon. (Ride 380KM) 

     

    Day 7  Dali Rest Day

    We shall have a rest day to explore Dali old city and nearby markets, temples…Dali was the cultural and economic crossroad north to Tibet and south to Myanmar. Today it is the most wanted holiday destination of China. Dali was once the capital of Yunnan and this historic walled city is well preserved. We lodge in the Old Quarter tonight. There is ample time to wander around the streets and explore this atmospheric town. The Three Pagodas, the land mark of Dali or the Cangshan Mountain chair lift walk are suggested. There are plenty of things to see and local cuisines to sample.

     

    Day 8  Dali to Lijiang World Heritage

    Back to the saddles, 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 UNESCO world heritage site. It is the top holiday destination of China. Lijiang's charming Old Town is a maze of cobbled streets, canals, and stone bridges that date from the Ming Dynasty. You are free to explore this ancient city at your leisure. Lijiang is a shop till you drop type place and all sorts of interesting items are for sale. 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 9  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 will ride a fantastic road follows a contour line along the third-deepest gorge in the world. Tiger Leaping Gorge is formed by the fierce and young (at this point) Yangtze River, which slices a path through towering, snow-clad mountains. By now we have met our second big river on this tour. Impossible not to jump off of your bike every few minutes to snap a few pics. This could be the #1 road in Asia for sure. Passing ethnic villages to Shangri_la, the gateway to Tibet. There will be many photo stops during the day as we ride from the gorge to the high plateau. (Ride 275KM)

     

    Day 10  Scenic Himalaya foothills

    Ride to Deqin county, the border town to Tibet. We travel north to 4290m 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 spend time riding towards the Tibet border and turn south to Mekong river gorge. We now meet our third big river on this tour. Night stay in a small village where a lovely church was built in 1900 by the French missionaries.(Ride 230KM)

     

    Day 11  Mekong Gorge to Shaxi Tea Horse Post

    We will start a scenic riding day as we travel south on the east bank of the Mekong river, also named Lan Cang Jiang in Chinese.. Ride to Shaxi actually takes you back to old China's tea horse caravan trading town. It is now listed on UNESCO World Heritage sites. Walk the cobble stone square market and stone bridge of Shaxi. (Ride 300KM)

     

    Day 12 Shaxi to 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. (Ride 460KM)

     

    Day 13 Kunming onward

    Trip ends after breakfast.

    Nov. 14 (Sunday) - Nov. 26 (Friday) 2021

    Mar. 21 (Sunday) - Apr. 02 (Friday) 2022

    Nov. 13 (Sunday) - Nov. 25 (Friday) 2022

    Mar. 19 (Sunday) - Mar. 31 (Friday) 2023

    Nov. 12 (Sunday) - Nov. 24 (Friday) 2023



    Tour Prices in USD


    500cc ADV Tour Bike: $2850/person 6+ riders

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    3 - 5 riders +$400/person to advertised price 

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    2 - 2 riders +$800/person to advertised price 

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    1 rider +$2000/person to advertised price 

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    BMW F700/800GS: +$550/bike


    BMW 1200GS: +$1200/bike

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    Singleroom Supplement: $500/person

    Pillion Rider: $1500/person



    INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:


    --All breakfasts and dinners


    --Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage


    --Fuel for motorcycles


    --Tail box and pannier boxes for your luggage


    --All overnights in hotels twin sharing 


    --Third party liability insurance for motorcycles


    --Entry fee to parks and monasteries, old towns


    --Tour guide on motorcycle


    --Support Vehicle ( +6 participants)



    SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:


    --Lunches and bottled drinks


    --All services not mentioned


    --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





    "Thanks for a fantastic motorcycle adventure, Elliot and I enjoyed it very much, looking forward to coming back again" 


    Scott Wood-Australia

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    "It was great to see the most beautiful parts of China by motorbikes, we totally enjoyed it" 


    Fredrick-Sweden

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    Un beau voyage pour une dcouverte de la Chine moderne. Entre Yunnan et contreforts du Tibet.


    Christopher - France

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    "Stunning scenery, friendly people, great guide --Yunnan is fantastic but even better when enjoyed by motorcycle. I've ridden motorcycles through dozens of countries on five continents and southwestern China ranks as one of the best trips I've done. A riding buddy and I worked with Jah to develop a custom 10-day tour that mixed twisty roads, intriguing towns and villages, cultural sites and…"


    Ron - Canada
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    Yunnan best bits -a great intro to China
    Endless switchback well-surfaced deserted roads and dirt riding through on-going road constructions and across Yangtze to Tiger leaping Gorge. Lots of culture and good food stops along the Tea Horse trail with gentleman Jah. A whole lotta fun !!


    Mark - UK

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    WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND JAH AND RIDECHINA AND LOOK FORWARD TO RIDING WITH THEM AGAIN. We rode BMW 650s through the picturesque countryside of Yunnan through the cultural towns of Dali, Lijiang, and Shaxi to Tiger Leaping Gorge in the Himalayan foothills.


    Peg & Chad - USA

GROUP SIZE

Maximum 10 bikes

START/FINISH

Kunming/Kunming

DURATION

13 days, 10 riding days, 1 sightseeing day

TRIP GRADE

Advanced Level, challenging roads, hair pin curves and switchbacks, high altitude (2000 - 4000 m) in remote areas,5 -8 hours riding per day with short gravel and unpaved sections. Total distance 3000 KM. Daily rides 180 - 460 Km. Mostly on asphalt roads, highest pass at 4290m, highest overnight at 3300m.

ROUTE

Kunming City~Southern Yunnan~Jianshui City~Yuanyang Fields~Yuanjiang County~Lincang City~Northwestern Plateau~Dali City~Lijiang City~Tibet Border Land~Deqin County~Mekong River~Tacheng Town~Yangtse River~Shaxi Village~Kunming City

LODGING

3* Hotels and fine guesthouses, possible to upgrade all lodgings.

HIGHLIGHTS
✥Visit lesser Tian'an Men Square
✥Traditional Chinese gardens
✥Ride through World's largest terraced fields
✥Visit hill tribes on minority markets
✥Sample tea at tea plantation and traverse the Mekong
✥Relaxed ambiance of boutiques and coffee shops
✥Stay in Lijiang world heritage town
✥Travel through the third deepest gorge in the world
✥Visit Tibetan Monasteries and Tibetan nomads
✥Ride over 4290m pass to Mt. Kawakarpo 6740m
✥Immerse yourself in Shaxi tea horse caravan town

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