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Ride the Burma Road

For those who come in China from Kirgizstan or Mongolia, you may now choose to ride to Vietnam, Laos or Myanmar!  New border crossing to Myanmar at Ruili (southwest of China) opens for motorcycles and cars.

For those who live in Southeast Asian countries, if  you want to ride a nice loop in China and come back home, you may choose to enter China from Mohan border and exit at Ruili to Myanmar. Or vice versa, come in China from Ruili and exit at Mohan border.

The Burma Road (Chinese: 幫·) was a road linking Burma (also called Myanmar) with the southwest of China. Its terminals were Kunming, Yunnan, and Lashio, Burma. It was built while Burma was a British colony in order to convey supplies to China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Preventing the flow of supplies on the road helped motivate the occupation of Burma by the Empire of Japan in 1942. Use of the road was restored to the Allies in 1945 after the completion of the Ledo Road. Some parts of the old road are still visible today.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 C Kunming/Baoshan
Arrive in Kunming, transit to flight to Baoshan. Two flights MU5965 (09:50/10:30) MU5742 (19:35/20:25)

Day 2 Baoshan/Sakura Valley 200 km
Meet your bikes at the hotel, Ride straight away on the Burma Road. This historic road will take us to a less visited part of Yunnan as we pass through farmlands, small villages.This is an exciting ride with many curves with very little traffic. We then will be riding in the countryside and see the local agriculture and villages along our way. We climb to the top of the mountain where we will see the Salween River for the first time. We will then have a 25 km downhill riding to Salween Valley(950m). We then start climb up on the Gaoligong Mountains which is the watershed of Salween and Irrawaddy River, also the border mountain of China and Myanmar, We will follow a birt road to Sakura Valley. There are more than 80 hot springs in the area, as a result of the numerous inactive volcanoes that are scattered around the region, and we'll end the day with a soak in one of them. Our backdrop will be the greenery of Gaoligong Mountain, the beauty of yellow blooming rapeseed field and rice terraces along the way.

Day 3 Sakura Valley to Tengchong via volcano park 120 km
This part is a mixture of dirt and cobble stones roads. We ride to the volcano park and then drop a visit to Jiangdong Ginkgo Village which is home to more than 3,000 Ginkgo trees. We will spend some time visiting this quaint village and then ride pass the Beihai Wetland. Here the peaceful waters are broached by bamboo bridges and little boats sliding along the river. We will ride to Heshun village, which has been set aside as a retirement village for overseas Chinese. This charming ancient town with cobbled streets, homes with traditional rustic tiled roofs, willow trees hanging down into the river and lotus flowers in ponds all adds to the authentic atmosphere.

Day 4 Tengchong/Ruili 200 km
This morning will be free to explore this charming town and capture some great photographs. After lunch we will ride through the countryside on paved roads to Qingshui and ride on dirt roads to the main road, we will have a great view of the Daying Jiang River as we cross paddy fields. Continuing on the Burma Road we ride on rough surface of cobblestones and road then becomes smooth and flattens out as we make our way to old Longchuan. The closer we get to Burma we'll notice more changes in the people as here there are a myriad of ethnic tribes. You will start to see women dressing in 'sarongs', a traditional dress for 'jingpo', ethnic minority in China. We'll then ride to the border town of Ruili where the mixed population of Han Chinese,ethnic minority groups and Burmese traders gives it a bit of a frontier town feel. We check into our hotel and have time to explore this lively border-town.

Day 5 Ruili/Baoshan 288 km
We leave this border town and head north to Luxi and we ride Song Shan Mountain. The Songshan mountain was the fortified base of the Japanese invading forces closing off the Burma Road during WW-II. After more than a two-year stand-off on the shores of the Salween River, the Chinese Expedition Army finally mounted a counter-offensive on the night of May 11, 1944. We cross the Salween River at the Red Flag Bridge, we then climb out of the valley back to Baoshan.

Day 6 baoshan/Kunming onward flight
Say 'Zai Jiang'

--Most meals

--APT/HTL transfers

--Chinese driving license

--250CC Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage

--All overnights in hotels and guesthouses with double occupancy

--Third party liability insurance for motorcycles and First Aid Kit

--Tour information about safe riding in China

--Tour guide on motorcycle

--Support van for luggage, spare parts and limited seats for passengers

--All services not mentioned and all items of a personal nature

--Fuel and parking

--Entry fee to parks and monasteries, old towns

--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

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        Burma Road
DATES: All year around
TRIP PRICE: 1580USD/rider
SINGLE ROOM: 150USD/person
GROUP SIZE: 2 - 8  riders
START/FINISH: Baoshan/Baoshan
TRIP GRADE: Difficult, off road experience needed
ROUTE: Total distance 700 km, gravel and dirt tracks.

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