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Turn your attention from China’s big cities and Great Wall to the southern province of Yunnan, and cycle tour from mystical Shangri-La through the Leaping Tiger Gorge down the Tea Horse Trail to Dali. In this spiritual region of China, ancient cultures meet the modern world, making it a fascinating destination for a cycling tour adventure.
Visit sacred Buddhist sites such as the world’s largest prayer wheel at Songzanlin Monastery.
Cycle undulating roads through small villages and around the foothills of the Tibetan Himalayas.
Step back into time as you pedal through villages with fascinating ancient rituals and customs.
Discover the mythical utopia of Shangri-La, named after the fictional city in James Hilton’s Lost Horizon.
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From mystical Shangri-La, through the breathtaking Tiger Leaping Gorge to Lijiang and into the captivating ancient towns of the bygone era of the Tea Horse Trail.
14 days | 13 nights
| KM | 4900 USD
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While most visitors head to China’s sprawling cities or famous ancient sites, you’ll have the chance to forgo the crowds with a cycling immersion into the rural Yunnan Province that borders Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. This part of China is ideal for nature lovers who are seeking satisfying cycling, spectacular scenery, and a different side of Chinese culture with ancient roots. With our knowledge of the region, you are sure to have a spiritual Chinese experience that leaves you with lifelong memories.
Beginning with a pedal around the dramatic Napa Hai Lake Reserve flanked by mountains, you’ll have the chance to experience the jaw-dropping vistas of China’s Yunnan region. Cycle around the dream-like grasslands, through verdant valleys cut by snow-capped mountains, to the exquisite mineral terraces of Bai Shui Tai where white terraced pools are framed by the green background of the valley. Pedal into dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge with its towering walls and follow the thundering Yangtze down below. Your cycling tour in China will not be short on jaw-dropping views and stunning nature.
Stay in simple village guesthouses with friendly hosts to connect with the Yunnanese locals, and head back to a time of feudal dynasties with a cycle to the World Heritage listed stone town of Lijiang. There, take a break from riding to learn about the local Naxi Culture that has a strong matriarchal society and practices the Dongba faith. Wander the paved streets of Shaxi and glimpse temples and houses that date back to the Ming Dynasty over 1000 years ago, then check out the marble carvings Dali is famous for. Your time in China is sure to leave you with lasting memories of its rich cultural heritage.
In the remotest parts of Asia, on very few of our tours, we have carefully sought out the finest partner businesses to work alongside to create tours that are unique to Grasshopper. These businesses share the same attention to details and customer-centered focus, so we can work together to bring you the best possible cycling tour experience. Importantly, each tour is comprehensively researched in advance by the Expedition Leader. As always, your tour leader is knowledgeable and experienced and looking out for your safety and comfort at all times.
Every day was a new adventure! The riding was challenging but very fun, especially downhill! I had an amazing trip surrounded by amazing people! Any problem we faced got worked out. Even though some things didn't go as planned, it all went pretty smooth.
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