Bike tour China's spectacular southwestern province of Yunnan, exploring the opposite side of the country far from the hustle and bustle of the megacities of Shanghai and Beijing. This is a cycle trip that will push your adventurous spirit while still maintaining the quality and reliability of Grasshopper Adventures' service throughout.
Your incredible fourteen-day bike adventure begins in the foothills bordering Tibet, with the ever-present dramatic backdrop of Yunnan Province, China. This is a land of mysticism, spirituality and jaw-dropping landscapes where ancient cultures meet the modern world. The magical land of Yunnan also has some of the best cycle touring China has to offer.
Ride from China's alpine utopia of Shangri-La, pedaling through the stunning landscape of Tiger Leaping Gorge, to the ancient Bai Kingdom city of Dali. We tour through the highest gorge in the world carved out over millennia by the awesome Yangtze River, surrounded by the dramatic Jade Dragon and Haba Snow Mountains. Along the way, we encounter villages with their captivating rituals and traditions, seemingly unchanged by the test of time.
Join us on this unforgettable journey by bicycle through China's most diverse and beautiful province.
495km / 308mi riding.
The terrain on this bike tour is a mixture of sealed & unsealed secondary roads and tracks. We rarely cycle on main roads or highways and if we do it's only for a few kilometres to get to the next turn off. The majority of the ride is on small roads through villages with minimal traffic.
The road surface can at times be rough and broken, depending on seasonal conditions. In most cases, there is a comfortable line through the puddles or potholes and we find it makes for more interesting bike touring than a perfect road.
At points during the bike tour we will find ourselves at altitudes just over 3000m. We make sure that at these times we never over-exert ourselves. The gradient does not exceed 12% at any time. There is one day's riding of 100km in distance. The mixture of adventurous cycling and travel in relatively high and remote areas makes this a slightly more challenging tour, but there is always a support vehicle on hand for riders who might need a little rest. This way you'll still get experience the adventure that this tour presents by using the support vehicle when needed.
Take an awe-inspiring cycle around the Napa Hai Lake, where the sky seems impossibly blue and tall mountains are reflected in the lake’s waters.
Pedal into the striking Tiger Leaping Gorge before taking a rest day to trek down to the powerful river or a hike on a high trail with dramatic views.
Cycle through a national park with views of the imposing Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Explore the historically significant ancient town of UNESCO listed Lijiang, as well as Shaxi and Dali.
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WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT
This epic cycling journey through the Yunnan province of China challenges everything you think you know about the country. Get off the beaten track to stunning natural sights and historic towns mostly visited by the Chinese themselves. You’ll explore the natural wonders of Tiger Leaping Gorge, pedal around glassy lakes with views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and enjoy satisfying and challenging cycling throughout the whole trip. You’ll also have the chance to get an in-depth look at the culture of the Yunnan province, learning about the local Naxi tribes and spending time in small towns. This is an immersive and experiential cycling tour that will leave you with lasting memories and a new appreciation for China.