Bishkek to Beijing & the Great Wall

Eastern Silk Road Sept. 05, 2024
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    Eurasia Expedition is now popular among overlanders, motorcyclists and cyclists. Ride China service starts from Chinese border after you have made your ways from UK/western Europe through Turkey, Caucasus and central Asia to Kyrgyzstan or Tajikistan.  

    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 !  

    Ride China can arrange the logistics shipping your motorcycles worldwide. 

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

      Day to Day Itinerary

      Day 1  Irkestam PASS to China border 330km
      Your local Chinese guide will be waiting for you and assist with formalities. Ride your bikes to Customs, Transferred by bus to Kasghar for overnight.
      Day 2 KASHGAR
      Full day required for the Chinese bureaucratic formalities for the temporary importation of vehicles and the issue of a Chinese driving license.
      Day 3  KASHGAR – HOTAN   510km
      Let's finally take the SOUTHERN SILK ROAD, the ancient oasis cities. Arrive at HOTAN and visit Yotgan old city
      Day 4  HOTAN - MINFENG  290km
      We ride to Minfeng, along the Taklimagan desert, some of the ancient oasis were once flourishing here.
      Day 5  MINFENG - LUNTAI  580km
      We take the CROSS-DESERT HIGHWAY the road that crosses the entire DESERT of TAKLAMAKAN. Beautiful landscapes of high sand dunes. It is the second largest shifting desert in the world.
      Day 6  LUNTAI - KORLA - TURPAN 600km
      We pass Tianshan Mountain and then enter the Turpan Depression, located 154m below sea level, the hottest area in all of China.
      Day 7  TURPAN Rest Day
      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).
      Day 8  TURPAN-HAMI  410km
      Ride to Hami, the mid town between Xinjiang and Gansu provice. Exotic landscapes true Hami. The Royal Tomb of Hami, the gateway to Xinjiang.
      Day 9  HAMI-DUNHUANG  415km
      Ride to Dunhuang, the town that holds the UNESCO site. At sunset, visit MINGSHAN high sand dunes 600m.
      Day 10  DUNHUANG-JIAYUGUANG  400km
      In the morning visit the MOGAO CAVES. We then ride to Jiayuguan. 
      Day 11  Jiayuguan/Zhangye  280km
      We see the most westend of the GREAT WALL OF CHINA.We ride to Zhangye to visit it’s giant Buddha.
      Day 12  Zhangye/Xining 372km

      We ride over the Qilian Mountain to Xining, visit Taersi Monastery.

      Day 13  Xining / Xiahe 320km

      We ride south to southern Gansu province, encounter nomadic people, most beautiful landscape before getting to Xihe tibetan town.

      Day 15  Xiahe Rest Day

      Rest day to visit the tibetan monastery of Labrang and the town.

      Day 16  Xiahe / Tianshui 360km 
      Ride to Tianshui, We shall stay Tianshui old city to visit this cultural city.
      Day 17  Tianshui/Xi’an  340km
      We follow the new silk road to Xi’an, the ancient capital city of several Chinese dynasties. Xi’an is where the fabled Silk Road starts.

      Day 18   Xi’an Rest Day  
      We shall visit world famous Terra Cotta Army Site and other historical monuments. 
      Day 19    Xi'an/Pingyao  510km
      Long day but paved straight highway to the ancient city of central China. 

      Day 20  Pingyao/Datong  385KM  
      We visit the Pingyao ancient city, one of the classic examples of northern style ancient city in China. Every year, people will hold the photographing festival here and it is regarded an idea place for photographers. Explore the old city of Pingyao, dated back to 12th century, featuring old life style and architecture of central China. We ride north to Datong city.

      Day 21  Datong /Great Wall  375KM  
      We ride north to the Great Wall, spend a night near the wall. 

      Day 22  Great Wall and Beijing
      We visit the Great Wall of China, in the afternoon we deliver our bikes to Tianjing. And return to Beijing. Transportation back to Beijing and the hotel in Beijing are included.

      Day 23  Beijing onwards

      Trip finishes after breakfast.  You can extend your stay in Beijing.


      Shipping motorcycles worldwide from Beijing/Tianjin Port can be arranged by Ride China.

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

        2024 Dates:

        Start: Sept. 05, Kyrgyzstan/China border

        Finish: Sept. 27, Beijing/Tianjing

        Prices: USD3500/rider for 8 bikes


        6 - 7 riders add $500/rider

            4-5 riders add $800/rider



        Single room: $560/person



        --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

        --Oxygen bottles and masks, first aid kit

        --Bike tools and air pump

        --Trailer for emergency breakdowns

        --Hand picked high quality hotels

        --Chinese and Western Breakfasts

        --Reliable bike garages and parts purchase

        --RideChina long sleeve T-shirt (quick dry)

        --China stickers


        --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


        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


Minimum 8 bikes to guarantee the expedition




23 days


Intermediate Level, some long riding days in hot weather.


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


Hand picked high quality hotels

✥ 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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