Sept. 4 - Sept 24, 2020

Chiangmai to Beijing and Great Wall

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    Chiang Rai Thailand to Beijing and the Great Wall
    20 Day tour fully guided and all inclusive ride through Central and Western China ending with a visit to the Great Wall of China.
    An epic Motorcycle tour taking in 3 countries and riding through some of the worlds best scenery ranging from tropical rain forest, towering sub alpine gorges and valleys, high altitude plateau Steppes to temperate arid semi desert on a 6 500 Kilometre journey through eastern Asia.

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    Day to Day Itinerary


    Day 1 Chiang Rai to Luang Namptha  284 Km
    Enjoy a great day riding through northern Laos before overnighting at Luang Namptha and take an early start the following morning to arrive at the Chinese border at Boten.

    Day 2:  Luang Namptha  to Mengla, China  then on to Jinhong 190 Km
    Quick synopsis: Arrive at the Lao-China border crossing. Go through Laos departure formalities then China entry formalities. We ride to Mengla county and visit the regional police headquarters to have all our vehicles inspected and are also issued with our temporary drivers Licenses  We then ride to Jinghong for our overnight stop.

    Day 3:    Jing Hong to Kunming 523 Km
    We ride the highway to Kunming through the nature reserve. Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan, . It is China’s 16th largest city with over 6 million inhabitants, but it also one of China’s cleanest and most pleasant.

    Day 4  Kunming to Dali 330 Km
    To be advised. Because of recent landslips this route may have to be ad Lib due to roadworks
    Dali dates back to to the 8th Century CE and was the capital of the Bai Kingdom before being destroyed by the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty.   The present old city was organised in the 14th Century CE during the Ming Dynasty. The old town has many restaurants and stalls selling the local souvenirs but the architecture and cultural attractions are well worth the visit

    Day 5 Dali to Lijiang  200 km
     A short ride today putting us in Lijiang just after lunch where you can  explore the old city at your leisure Lijiang is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lijiang’s charming Old Town is a maze of cobbled streets, canals, and stone bridges that date from the MingDynasty. You are free to explore this ancient city at your leisure during the afternoon

    Day 6 Lijiang/Tiger Leaping Gorge/Shangri_la 275km 6h
    Leave for Tiger Leaping Gorge.. Lunch in the gorge at a lovely roadside restaurant we then have time to look at the spectacular rock formations making up the gorge.  After lunch we climb out of the Yagtzee valley and make our way through several steep valleys and finally ride into Shangri_la.

    Day 7 Shangri_la/Daocheng  300 km 7hr
    Ride to Daocheng, entering Sichua Province, eastern Tibet, Kham region. Following the  Dinchu river to Xiangcheng. We leave enter Sichuan Province today and ride spectacular roads steadily climbing to almost 4000 metres along our route as we travel through several  valleys with pristine glacial melt rivers

    Day 8 Daocheng/Yajing 280km 6hr
    Today we climb Haizi Mounatin to Litang, hightest town of China. We then ride to Yajing town
    We ride through more of this spectacular land form cut by melt water from the Tibetan High plains. Following magnificent rivers we continue our climb towards the roof of the world (Tibet).


    Day 9 Yajing/Danba 288km 6hr
    Travel through the Yalong river and into  Danba County. The heart of Kham region, then spend a night in a Tibetan home stay.
    This delightful area in the Tibetan Autonomous region of Sishuan Province features preserved traditional Tibetan homes and we spend the night in one of these and sample traditional Tibetan Food.

    Day 10 Danba/Hongyuan 310km 6hr
    Enroute visit the Danba towers, Ride to Hongyuan, Tibet plateau and grassland. We follow the course of the Da Du river north for several hours and take a lunch break in the town of Baiwangjiang and begin a climb on a great bike road toward the steppe country of the Tibetan Plateau.

    Day 11 Hongyuan/Labrang 370km 8 hr  
    Passing nomads and cattle’s on grassland, we ride to XiaHe, home of the worlds fourth largest Tibetan Buddhism School.

    Day 12 Labrang Rest Day
    Labrang Monastery is the largest monastery in the traditional Tibetan region of Amdo. Established in 1709, Labrang housed over 4 000 monks at its peak, but now only has around 1500 monks with another couple of hundred lay students. Located in the Gansu Part of Amdo, Labrang is considered the cultural heart of Amdo Tibetan culture along with nearby town of Rebkong. We will spend a day to explore this fascinating place.

    Day 13 Labrang/Tiansui  430km  7hr   
    Ride north to Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu Prefecture. We then turn east towards Tianshui, an city on the silk road of China.


    Day 14  Tianshui/Xi’an  450km 6 hr 
    Long day ride to Xi’an, we will visit the world famous Maijishan Grottoes dating back  1 600 years  before we ride into Xi’an. The starting point of the silk road.

    Day 15  Xi’an Rest Day 
    Xi’an was once the capital of China for over 10 dynasties, and you can see history everywhere. Xi An is a modern industrial and commercial center with a population in the order  of 13 million and is one of the oldest cities in China first settled in the neolithic period 6 000 years ago

    Day 16  Xi’an/Pingyao  510km 6hr  
    Long day but paved straight highway to the ancient city of central China. Another transport day through the rolling center of China Crossing  the Yellow River at Heijin. Our road is excellent and is one of the major highways in China

    Day 17  Pingyao/Datong  385KM 
    As we travel north we pass into the region of inner Mongolia and the country changes to semi arid undulating countryside with communities dotted along the route as we head toward the eastern side of the Gobi desert. We probably will encounter some hot dry wind coming of the desert

    Day 18  Datong /Great Wall / Badaling 325Km  
    We ride north to the Great Wall then head east to Badaling where we will visit a stone section of the wall

    Day 19  Beijing / Tianjing 230 Km
    We ride into the port city of Tianjing where we will drop the bikes and vehicle off for shipping back to Thailand and take the high speed train into Beijing where we will have the rest of the afternoon to relax and unwind.

    Day 20 Beijing Sight seeing
    There is so much to see and do in Beijing and we offer a day tour to visit Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City the Summer Palace and the temple of heaven. We will probably only have enough time in one day to visit 2 of these places so the group can choose after discussion  during the trip.

    2020 dates: Spet. 4 - 24


      Tour Prices in USD/person

      Bike Option

       Riders

      Pillion

      Single room

      Honda CB500X

      8352

      4170

      800

      Versys 650

      8750

      4170

      800



    INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

    --All meals
    --Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage
    --Fuel and maintainaces for Motorcycle
    --All overnights in hotels and guesthouses (double occupancy)
    --Third party liability insurance for motorcycles

    --China Travel Insurances
    --Tour information of destinations & safe riding in China
    --Entry fee to parks and monasteries, old towns
    --Tour guide on motorcycle

    --Support Vehicle


     
    SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:

    --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

    --Airticket to Chiangmai, Air ticket out of China

    --Visas to Thailand, Lao and China

    This was our most favorite trip in whole Asia,You gotta ride through a part of Thailand and Laos before venturing into China. There are just so much to see on this trip, stunning landscapes, excellent guide and delicous food. And you could ride a motorcycle to the Great Wall of China !



    Mark & Kent  Newzealand

GROUP SIZE

Minimum 5 participants

START/FINISH

Chiangmai/Beijing

DURATION

20 day, 15 days riding, 5 rest days

TRIP GRADE

Moderately difficult  

ROUTE

Total distance 6862 km, daily rides 250-500 km. Mostly on asphalt roads with some gravels.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels

HIGHLIGHTS

Pingyao old town , Xi'an terra cotta army, Chengdu Giant pandas, Jianshui Ancient Cultural City, Chinese Architecture and gardens, Rarely visited mountain tribes

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