Bishkek to Beijing & the Great Wall

Eastern Silk Road July 27, 2024
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    You will enter China and ride to Kashgar city. Visiting this far-flung part of China is a chance to seamlessly mix modern-paced adventure with ancient culture. The arts and crafts of the region, strong since the Silk Road era, are still thriving.  In the next two weeks you will travel along the southern silk road of China to Labrang Monastery and visit the Tibetan region of Amdo. YOu thentravel to Xi'an, the hub of the anient silk road. We will stay two days in Xi’an to visit many historical sites including the Terra Cotta Army, Goose Pagoda etc.., what a great feeling to actually stand on the city  wall of Xi'an,  the very beginning of the Silk Road. 

    Our great journey will end in Beijing with a visit to the Great Wall !  

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    A film made by our Italian customers who rode from Rome to Beijing.


      Day to Day Itinerary


      Day 1 .  July 25, 2024. Flight to Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
       
      Day 2 . Arrival in Bishkek. Motorcycle pick up
      Arrive by plane in the morning at around 9.00. Withdrawal of the vehicles arrived in Bishkek by truck, for which the bureaucratic procedures have already been carried out by local correspondents. Overnight in 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 3 .  Bishkek – Naryn km 300
      From Bishkek we go to the foot of the Torugart Pass, south of Lake Issikul. Overnight in 2-star hotel or better on site. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 4.   TORUGART PASS (m.3752 asl) Km 360
      Early morning departure to climb the dirt road that leads to the TORUGART PASS, border with CHINA, which is 190 km away. The Torugart Pass is a mountain pass in the Tien Shan range, located at a height of 3,752 meters above sea level; in its vicinity is the lake Čatyr-Köl. Entry formalities assisted by local correspondents. Descend for 170km to Kasghar. Overnight in 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 5.   KASHGAR (Chinese bureaucratic formalities).
      A full day required for the Chinese bureaucratic formalities for the temporary importation of vehicles and the issue of a Chinese driving license. If time remains, visit the old city, one of the most fascinating places in XINJIANG, ID KAH mosque, ABA KHOJA mausoleum, market. Overnight in 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 6.   KASHGAR – TASHKURGAN km 300
      We leave in the morning for a detour to the south that cannot be missed: on the road to Pakistan we reach Lake Karakul and Tashkurgan, where nomads live in yurts. Incredible mountain landscapes. Overnight in yurts or modest guesthouses. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 7.   TASHKURGAN – KASHGAR Km 300
      From Tashkurgan we return north to Kasghar. Overnight in 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
      NB: if it is not possible in any way to arrive in Kashgar by Wednesday evening 5 August, it will be necessary to remain in Kasghar for the Chinese bureaucratic formalities as well as Thursday 6 August also Friday 7 and Saturday 8 August, eliminating the two days of journey to Tashkurgan and back. 


      Day 8.   KASHGAR – HOTAN Km 510
      Let's finally take the SOUTHERN SILK ROAD, the ancient oasis cities. In YENGISAR the knife factory and the silk factory. Arrive at HOTAN. Overnight in 3-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 9.   HOTAN - MINFENG Km 290
      We move to Minfeng. Overnight in 3-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 10   MINFENG - LUNTAI Km 580
      We take the CROSS-DESERT HIGHWAY the road that crosses the entire DESERT DEL
      TAKLAMAKAN. Beautiful landscapes of high sand dunes. Overnight in 3-star hotel. Dinner
      NOT included in the fee
       
      Day 11.   LUNTAI - KORLA - TURPAN Km 600
      We pass Tianshan Mountain and then enter the Turpan Depression, located 154m below sea level, the hottest area in all of China. Overnight in 3-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 12.   TURPAN.
      Visit of the city: the BAZAR, MINARET OF EMIN. In the surroundings of the city we will see the famous vineyards of the area, the FLAMING MOUNTAINS, the KAREZ (system of wells for irrigation). Overnight in 3-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee
        
      Day 13.   TURPAN-HAMI Km 410.
      Exotic landscapes true Hami. The Royal Tomb. Overnight in 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 14.   HAMI-DUNHUANG Km 415.
      Transfer to Dunhuang. At sunset, visit MINGOSHAN high sand dunes
      600m. Overnight in 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee
       
      Day 15.  DUNHUANG-JIAYUHANG-JIUQUAN Km 400
      In the morning visit the MOGAO CAVES. Towards evening we see the beginning of the GREAT WALL OF CHINA. Overnight in 5-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 16. JIUQUANG - HUANGZONG Km 570.
      On the road to ZHANGYE the giant Buddha. Beautiful scenery on the way past Qilianshan Mountain. Overnight in 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 17.  HUANGZONG - XIAHE Km 300
      In the morning visit Ta'r monastery in the morning. Arrive in Xiahe. Overnight in 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 18.  XIAHE – RUO’ERGAI - CHUANZHUSI Km 410
      In the morning visit the LABULENG monastery. In the surrounding area magnificent "Tibetan" panoramas. We continue south to Chuanzhusi. Overnight in 3-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee
       
      Day 19.  CHUANZHUSI - HUANGLONG –JIANGYOU Km 390
      We cross the Huanglong National Park on mountain roads and arrive in Juzhaigou.
      Then transfer to Jiangyou Overnight in 4 star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 20.  JIANGYOU – QIQUSHAN – HANZHONG km 410
      We pass Qinling Mountain. We then visit the Taoist temple of Qiqushan. Overnight in 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 21.  HANZHONG - YANGXIAN - LINTONG (XI'AN) Km 285
      We arrive at one of those moments that alone are worth the trip, the visit of the TERRACOTTA ARMY near XI'AN, the ancient Chinese capital. Overnight in 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 22.  LINTONG – HUKOU Km 340
      We leave the ancient Chinese capital and on secondary roads (the highway is not allowed to our vehicles in the most urbanized regions of China) we reach the waterfalls on the YELLOW RIVER in Hukou. Overnight in 2-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 23.  HUKOU-PINGYAO KM 290
      We leave the falls and drive to Pingyao, which is considered to be the best preserved Ming period city in China. Overnight in 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 24.  PINGYAO – YANGQUAN - FUPING – LAYOUAN Km 450. Stage of approach to the final destination. We pass Mount Taihangshan. Overnight at Hotel
       
      Day 25.  LAYOUAN – BEIJING Km 360.
      A first stretch of mountain road, then we reach the capital of China. Overnight in 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 26.  BEIJING .
      Visit of the capital. In relation to the time available: TIAN'ANMEN SQUARE, TEMPLE OF HEAVEN, FORBIDDEN CITY, SUMMER PALACE. Overnight in 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 27.  We take the means to the port of TIANJIN for their loading into the containers. We return to Beijing by bus. Overnight in a 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the fee.
       
      Day 28 .  Continue the city tour of Beijing. Overnight in 4-star hotel. Dinner NOT included in the price.
       
      Day 29.   More time available for visiting the city. During the night the return flight to Italy begins.
       

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      Shipping cost starts from USD800/bike to Europe (Hamburg, Rotterdam), UK(FELIXSTOWE,SOUTHAMPTON). Italy ( Genova, Milan)


        2024 Dates:

        Start: July. 27, Bishkek Kyrgyzstan

        Finish: August. 25, Beijing/China


        Prices:  Euro 5990/rider

                        Euro 3990/pillion


        Single room: Euro 1390/person


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        INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:


        --Chinese driving licenses
        --Temporary number plates

        --Customs clearances (in and out)

        --Custom Deposit

        --Third party liability insurance for motorcycles

        --Pre departure PDF fact sheet

        --Detailed printable PDF road book

        --Electronic road book daily

        --English Speaking guides

        --Support van for luggage and passenger seats

        --Bike tools and air pump

        --Trailer for emergency breakdowns

        --Hand picked high quality hotels

        --Chinese and Western Breakfasts

        --Reliable bike garages and parts purchase

        --China stickers


        PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDED:


        --Lunches and dinners
        --All entry fees to parks and monasteries, etc...
        --Fuel and toll fee if any
        --All services not mentioned

        --Tipping or gratuities to guides and drivers

        --Mandatory international travel insurance

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        Support van and trailer for emergencies



      What is the proper motorcycle for this big journey?

      Any mid sized or larger adventure motorcycles will do well. From Honda CB500X, Kawasaki Versys650, Yamaha T700, Aprilia Touareg 660,  BMW F850, Tiger 900 ralley to Honda African Twin 1100, BMW 1250GS and Tiger 1200 ralley pro. Take any one of them as you like, these bikes all have good reputation being reliable and robust. This is not an easy trip for novice riders, you need to have at least 5000 kilometers ridden on varied road surfaces in the past and keep riding recently.  It is highly recommended that you take a riding course if you are new to big bikes. Once you are confident riding big bikes then you need to do some regular exercises like running or cycling to maintain a certain level of endurance. On some days we need to ride a whole long day in extremely hot or cold weather.  This then can be done and enjoyed if you also bring a little bit of spirit of adventure and a sense of haha.




    Having returned from China I wanted to express my thanks to you for the splendid opportunity of this wonderful, long, tiring but certainly unique and unforgettable journey. Everything went very well, the organization was impeccable and therefore congratulations. Above all for the choice of the Chinese agency and the guide who accompanied us (Tony, but also Ulan in Kyrgyzstan). Perfect and impeccable, He did not only act as a guide but much more, as a peacemaker, as a banker, as a facilitator and much more. Certainly a 10++ for him, as well as for the driver who accompanied us, joyful, friendly and smiling. We had the opportunity to visit more. However, for me it remains a great experience that I will always carry in my heart. A great life lesson, a source of a thousand ideas for reflection and knowledge.
    Thank you very much and I hope to meet you in person one day. 


    Kind regards 

    Marilena - Italy

    Compatible
GROUP SIZE

Minimum 8 bikes to guarantee the expedition

START/FINISH

Bishkek/Beijing

DURATION

29 days

TRIP GRADE

Intermediate Level, some long riding days in hot weather.

ROUTE

5 -8 hours riding per day. Total distance 6000 km. Daily rides 240 - 560 Km. Mostly on asphalt roads

LODGING

Hand picked high quality hotels

HIGHLIGHTS
✥ Rest days in Kashgar, the great oasis that links China and the west
✥ Ride next to Taklimankan Desert
✥ Traverse the Taklamagan Desert
✥ Oasis on the silk road
✥ Worl Heritage Mogao Grottoes
✥ Most westward great wall 
✥ Eastern tibet 
✥ Chance to see the Giant Pandas
✥ Set you feet on the city wall of Xi'an
✥ Visit Terra Cotta Armies 
✥ Hike on the Great Wall of China

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