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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.   Trip  Photos

Brief Itinerary

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,L,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,L,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,L,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,L)

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,L,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,L,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 celevbrate our adventure. (460KM) (B,L,D)

Day 9  Kunming onward
Trip ends after breakfast. (B)



--All meals except dinner on rest day

--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


--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

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" Fantastic Adventure, best ride in my life"
                                                           John and Carole from Australia
        Shangri_la Explorer
DATES: May. 07 - 15, 2018
May. 21 - 29, 2018
Oct. 15 - 23, 2018
Oct. 29 - Nov. 6, 2018
TRIP PRICE: 2580USD/rider (2-3 persons)
2350USD/rider (4-5 persons)
2200USD/person (6-8 persons)
SINGLE ROOM: 350USD/person
GROUP SIZE : 2 - 8 riders
START/FINISH: Kunming/Kunming
DURATION: 9 days, 6 riding days
TRIP GRADE: Moderately difficult, road riding tour for experienced riders.
ROUTE: Total distance 2000 KM. Daily rides 180 - 460 Km. Mostly on asphalt roads, high pass at 4200m, highest overnight at 3300m.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Fine Hotels and boutique guesthouses
HIGHLIGHTS: Dali Three Pagodas, Lijaing world heritage old city, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Jade Dragon Mountain, Kawakarpo moutain, Mekong and Yangtze Valley, Shaxi tea horse town.
NOTE: Riders taller than 175cm will be riding jh600cc motorcycles. Female riders or male riders shorter than 175cm will be riding Shineray 400cc retro-bikes with lower seats.
SUPPORT VEHICLE: Additional cost at 1500USD

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