CHINA / Sichuan & Yunnan
At a Glance ...
|Best traveltime||April, October|
|Start/Finish||Chengdu / Chengdu|
|Duration||21 travel days, 17 riding days|
|Distance covered||around 1.250 mi / 2.000 km|
|Day rides||50 - 175 mi / 110 - 280 km|
|Roads||Mainly Tarmac with rare stretches of gravel or dirt|
|Motorcycles||Yamaha Fazer 250cc (YBR250) road bikes. EFi, 23BHP|
|Rider's requirements||Fairly easy touring and relaxed riding days.|
|Group size||Min. 4 and max. 10 riders - space for pillion rider in our follow up car.|
|Accomodation||Comfortable middle-class hotels, guesthouses|
|What's included||All meals, all non-alcoholic beverages, all entry fees, petrol for the bikes, permits|
|Highlights||Pandas, Himalaya, Minorities, Lijiang, Lugu Lake, Yading Nature Reserve, Monasteries, "Tiger Leaping Gorge"|
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Shangri-La - Touring Chinas Wonderlands in the South-East!
|Day 1||Arrival in Chengdu and health check to get our drivers licence.|
|Day 2||We leave Chengdu and head towards the Qinghai-Tibet plateau.|
|Day 3||On our way we make our first stop at an old Chinese settlement and later on we visit our fist Tibetan village. Night at Markang.|
|Day 4||Awesome scenery on the way to Danba. We stay at the lovely Tibetan village, Jiaju.|
|Day 5||We follow the Yak River Gorge towards the Tagong grasslands and Mt. Yala to Xinduqiao (3.460 m / 11.350 ft)|
|Day 6||The worlds highest city Litang (4.020 m / 13.188 ft) and Choede gompa are on our menu today.|
|Day 7||We have to climb the Tuer pass (4.700 m / 15.420 ft) to reach Sichuans "Shangri-La" and the Yading Nature Reserve.|
|Day 8||A day at the Yading park and its breathtaking scenery and some hours spent walking or on horseback instead of riding bikes...|
|Day 9||Via Daocheng and the NoName mountain to Xiangcheng.|
|Day 10||Diverse scenery and villages line our way to Derong.|
|Day 11||Soon after leaving Derong we enter Yunnan province. We follow Jinsha river before we start our ascent towards Shangri-La County and Zhongdian (3.200 m / 10.500 ft).|
|Day 12||A backroad brings us to Bashutai winter terraces before we reach Jangtse Kiang river. We cross the "Tiger Leaping Gorge" before we reach Lijiang.|
|Day 13||A day in and around Lijiang, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site for its marvellous Old City and the culture of the Naxi people.|
|Day 14||An up and down ride brings us up to 2.700 m / 8.860 ft and Lugu-Lake.|
|Day 15||A day to relax at the lake and get in touch with the Mosu minority people.|
|Day 16||At the western end of the lake we reach Sichuan province again. At night we stay at Xichang, center of the Yi minority.|
|Day 17||At the edge of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau we still have to conquer a few valleys and passes before reaching Shimian.|
|Day 18||We reach one of the China's tea centers, Yaan.|
|Day 19||On our last day's ride we stop at the old Chinese city of Shangli before reaching Chengdu.|
|Day 20||Leaving Chengdu today...|