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Tour de Jade Dragon

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    Our Jade Dragon Tour starts from the world heritage town of Lijiang in southwest China. On this biking journey you can expect extraordinary hill climbing and unique culture experience of the ethnic groups. Experience the extraordinary natural wonder Jade Dragon Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge-the deepest gorge in the world with its towering walls and dramatic beauty, meander along the majestic Yangtse River. We will cycling all the way to Stone Drum Town, an extremely quiet and lovely village by the Yangtse river. Our cycling trip finishes in Lijiang, the historical city and we will happy to relax in the laid back cobble stoned old town where you can stroll around the local markets. Yunnan is no doubt a world class cycling destination!

    Day 1 – Arrive Lijiang
    This tour will start in Lijiang where you’ll be met at the airport. Lijiang is an ancient Naxi town in northwestern Yunnan, with a history dating back over 800 years. We stay at a fine hotel with traditional Naxi courtyards in the old city. Explore the old town, which is a delightful maze of narrow cobbled stone paths and old wooden houses. Walking through its lively market square, you will encounter women dressed in traditional Naxi costume, selling anything from traditional crafts to Chinese herbs. In the evening we have dinner to welcome you all. (D)

    Day 2 – Lijiang backcountry Ride
    We ride out of Lijiang and soon hit the road that takes us to Suhe Village, follow the narrow back roads passing through a few Naxi villages we will ride to Baisha, a small Naxi town that is very photogenic and is a good place to interact with locals. After a moderate climb we reach the view point of the day, a place worth stopping for a picnic with the views out over the flat plains that surround Lijiang. After the picnic we head down the hill on the other side and cruise back into Lijiang with a gorgeous view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on our left. In the afternoon you may visit the Mu Palace or the Black Dragon Park on your own tonight. You may either attend a performance of the Naxi Orchestra or enjoy yourself at one of its lively bars. (B,L)
    Cycle 30 km

    Day 3 – Lijiang to Stone Drum Town
    We transfer out of Lijiang to Jade Dragon national park. From here we start our 17 km climb towards the Jade Dragon Pass, it will be a spectacular ride inside the national park. We will be having a picnic set up and relax before we enjoy a spectacular 30 km downhill to Daju (1780m), this is a fantastic stretch with some great views. We will spend a night in this lovely quiet village.(B,L,D)
    Cycle 60 km

    Day 4 – Stone Drum Town to Tiger Leaping Gorge
    We cycle a short distance to the Yangtse river, cross in a small ferry and then will be riding in tiger leaping gorge. Few rides can match the magnificent scenery and sense of adventure when cycling through the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge of the Yangtze River. You will enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the gorge, feel free to hike in the gorge if you still need to do more exercises.(B,L,D)
    Cycle 20 km

    Day 5 – Tiger Leaping Gorge to Daju
    Cycle out along the spectacular gorge road that leads us to Qiaotou Town. We cycle along the Yangtse river to the great bend of the Yangtse. And we spend some time strolling around this lovely little Naxi town.(B,L,D)
    Cycle 65 km

    Day 6  –  Daju to Lijiang 
    We will start our last leg of cycling back to Lijiang, with a view of Jade Dragon Mountain we steadily climb out of the valley and to the pass before we drop down to Lijiang. It will be our time to celebrate this great tour around Jade Dragon Mountain. (B,L,D)
    Cycle 55 km

    Day 7  –  Lijiang onward
    Trip finishes after breakfast.(B)

    Tour cost on demand

    Best for March to November


    --Most meals

    --All entry fees and sightseeing

    --All overnights in hotels and guesthouses

    --Bike mechanic and First Aid Kit

    --Drinking water and snack, tea break and picnics

    --Tour guide on bike

    --Bicycle Rental

    --Support van for luggage and cyclists


    --All services not mentioned

    --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

    "Absolutely wonderful, every detail was taken care of, our guide and mechanic were outstanding and I enjoyed the trip very much"

    -- Jimmy (Singapore)


1-16 participants




7 days


Moderate with some hilly climbs


Lijiang/Jade Dragon Mountain/Yangtse valley/Tiger Leaping Gorge/Stone Drum Town/Lijiang



Lijiang world heritage old city, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Jade Dragon mountain,  Yangtze Valley, Stone Drum town.

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