March 29 - April 10, October 8 - 20

Best of Yunnan, China's hidden treasure

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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 agian a very charming place listed on UNESCO Heritage Sites. Our journey ends in Kunming after a beautiful highway riding.

    Day 1  Kunming
    Arrive in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province. met by Ride China staff and taken to your hotel. 

    Day 2 Kunming to Jianshui(1748m)   (220KM)  
    Pick up from your hotel and transfer to our garage, pick up the bikes, organize your luggage. You may leave the unused to our garage. Ride to Jianshui county, arrive in 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 Tiananmen City Gate. 

    Day 3 Jianshui to Yuanyang trails and villages (175KM) 
    Shortly we will be riding to the valley of the Red River, our first big river on this tour, which flows to Vietnam. and finally 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 peasants 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. 

    Day 4  Yuanyang to Yuanjiang (165KM)
    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 Duoyishu village and have lunch at this minority town and proceed to Duoyishu and Tiger Mouth Village, along the ride we will pass the terraced fields and meet Hani and Yi Minorities. Overnight at Yuanjiang

    Day 5  Yuanjiang to Lincang  (321KM) 
    Ride on highway for 130KM and turn north on national road to Jing Dong, we travel to the tea plantation area of Yunnan. Most good tea is from this region and be carried all the way to Tibet as far as to Nepal and India. 

    Day 6 Lin Cang to Dali (380KM) 
    We wend our way southwards 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. We shall be riding through tea plantations and ride across the Mekong river for lunch stop overlooking the Mekong. We shall arrive in Dali, the Kingdom of Dali.

    Day 7 Dali Rest Day
    We shall have a rest day to explore Dali old city and nearby markets, temples…Today Dali is peaceful 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.

    Day 8 Dali-Lijiang 
    Ride to Lijiang, 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,D) 

    Day 9 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,D) 

    Day 10 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,D) 

    Day 11 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,D) 

    Day 12 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 celebrate our adventure. (460KM) (B,D) 

    Day 13 Kunming onward 
    Trip ends after breakfast. (B)

    2020 Dates: March 29 - April 10, October 8 - 20

    Tour Prices in USD/person

    Bike Option

    2 Riders

    3 Riders

    4-5 Riders

    6-8 Riders


    Single room

    Jialing600, ZF500X







    BMW F800GS, F700GS








    --All breakfasts and dinners
    --Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage
    --Fuel for motorcycles
    --Motorcycle pannier boxes for your luggage
    --All overnights in hotels and guesthouses (double occupancy)
    --Third party liability insurance for motorcycles
    --First Aid Kit
    --Tour information of destinations & safe riding in China
    --Entry fee to parks and monasteries, old towns
    --Tour guide on motorcycle

    --Lunches and bottled drinks
    --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

    Additional SUPPORT VEHICLE cost at 2000USD

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

    "It was great to see the most beautiful parts of China by motorbikes" Fredrick-Sweden

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Minimum 2 participants




13 days, 10 riding days




Total distance 3000 KM. Daily rides 180 - 460 Km. Mostly on asphalt roads, high pass at 4290m, highest overnight at 3400m.


Hotels and guesthouses


*Jianshui Old City *Yuanyang Terraced fields *Hill tribes, minority markets *Dali Three Pagodas *Lijaing world heritage City *Tiger Leaping Gorge *Jade Dragon Mountain *Shaxi tea horse caravan town


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