Tropischer Süden


This motorcycle tour will show you the highights and diversity of Yunnan province:
Lush tropical forests and enormous rice terraces, tribal villages, ancient old towns off the beaten trek, winding countryside roads, and soaring high mountains close to Tibet.

At a glance:

Date:02.09.2013 – 13.09.2013
Highlights:Temples of Jienshui, Yuanayang Rice Terraces, Mekong River, Xishuangbanna, Dali Old Town, Shaxi Stone Carvings, Lijiang, Shangri-la
Days:14 days total / 10 riding days / 1 rest day (Dali)
Longest riding day (approx.):7.5h / 300 km
Average riding day (approx.):5.0h / 200 km
Style:Motorcycle tour with overnight stays in mid-range guesthouses and hotels.


Map view of the route
South Tropical Route MapRoute Description

DayRoute Description
1Kunming arrival day:Airport pick-up and first meeting in Kunming.
2Acclimatization and sightseeing day in Kunming: We visit Yuantong Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Kunming and a major draw for pilgrims. Around the Tang Dynasty Pagodas we can observe where local everyday life really takes place. In the afternoon we visit the serene Bamboo Temple further afield.
3Kunming – Jienshui: Our first riding day brings us out of the city and into the countryside. After only one hour you will find yourself riding on minor roads with little traffic alongside lakes and farmland. In the old town of Jienshui we visit the third-largest Confusion Temple in China, ancient city gates, and Zhilin Si, a large incense smoke-filled monastery completly built of wood.
4Jienshui – Yuanyang: Imagine to ride on curvy mountain roads for hours with almost no traffic, hilltop tribal villages, and endless rice terraces peering through banks of clouds far below the road: Yuanyang. We stay overnight in a small village overviewing the terraces.
5Yuanyang – Jiangcheng: We follow the curvy mountain road further south in the direction of the borders of Vietnam and Laos. This territory is inhabited by the tribal peoples of Lahu, Hani, Wa and Yi minorities. The mountain road leads us to the shores of the Lixian River with plenty of fishing villages and further to Jiangcheng.
6Jiangcheng – Xishuangbanna:
7Xishuangbanna – Lancang:
8Lancang – Lincang:
9Lincang – Dali:
10Dali rest day
11Dali – Shaxi:
12Shaxi – Lijiang:
13Lijiang – Shangri-la:
14All good things come to an end: our adventure ends after breakfast in Shangri-la.


Yamaha YBR 250 ccm during the tour
All overnight stays
All permissions
Entrance fee to sights stated to be visited during the tour
Tent, sleeping bag, camping mat and blankets will be provided during the tour
Support vehicle (for Pillons amongst other things)

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