Participants will land at Bishkek airport where they will be picked up by our shuttle and taken to the hotel. After check-in we pick up the bikes at the warehouse where they are stored.
We leave the capital to enter the heart of Kyrgyzstan, climbing its mountains, its hairpin bends and peaks over 3,000 meters. We will stay overnight in front of the Toktogul lake.
Our climb will continue above 4,000 meters and we will cross the doors of the plateau overlooking the Chinese peaks and the Pamir. In Sary Tash we will stay overnight while waiting for our entry into China, scheduled for the next day.
We will arrive in China through the Irkestan Pass, the border between China and Kyrgyzstan. Meeting with the guide and then transfer to Kashgar after customs procedures. Note: The first two days must fall on weekdays to comply with the entry control office hours and the application of the driving license. Overnight in Kashgar.
Today our motorcycles will get the number of temporary license plate and driving license valid for circulation in China. Participants will enjoy the free afternoon and will take advantage of the stop to buy food and drinks for the trip. Overnight in Kashgar.
This day is dedicated to the exploration of Kashgar. We will visit the Kashgar bazaar which is one of the largest open-air markets in central Asia, featuring donkeys with tinkling bells tucking into the crowds of patrons. Here you will be able to appreciate the vases engraved with delicate and intricate traditional designs, or the crockery depicting the everyday life of the Chinese at the time. We will also visit the old city of Kashgar and the Id Kah mosque. Overnight in Kashgar.
We will leave Kashgar to Hotan and stop at the famous Shache Yarkant for lunch, where there is an important shopping centre that has been visited by Marco Polo twice. We will then arrive in Hotan for the night and let ourselves be lulled by the fresh wind until sunset, relaxing under the starry sky. Overnight in Hotan.
Minfeng is the last stop before the arrival of Taklamakan Desert. Hotan gets its fame with its high quality of jade and nephrite which is formed of tremolite and has been found around the Kunlun mountains. Overnight at Minfeng.
This day will begin very early to explore the vast Taklamakan Desert. It borders to the south with Mount Kunlun, to the north it borders with Mount Pamie and to the west with Mount del Paradiso. The Silk Roads cross this desert in two points, avoiding the driest areas. Legend tells that Taklamakan is a scary desert where “once you enter you are not able to get out”. We will return to the hotel in the late evening, but for those interested, there will be some tents set up in the desert where we will spend the most adventurous night of the trip.
Today we will make a scenic tour in the heart of Korla, the second largest city in Xinjiang, known as “Oasis in the Gobi Desert” and for the goodness of its sweet pears, considered the “golden fruit”. We will visit the ruins of the city Jiaohe (UNESCO heritage), where we will discover an ancient market and a military base built 600 years ago. We will also learn about the Karez System – an underground irrigation system, which is considered one of the three most notable ancient projects in China. Its main function is to transport water from the snow-covered mountains to Turpan and its agricultural land. Finally we will cross the Monte del Paradiso to Turpan, where we will stay overnight.
Turpan will be our destination today and we will visit the Sugong Pagoda (also called Minareto Emin), a refined Islamic tower, which is the largest pagoda in Xinjiang. Follow the Tombs in Astana, a large cemetery that is one of the most famous Chinese shrines dating back to the mid-200s to the late 700s. The ancient inhabitants of Gaochang believe that life after death is like that before death, therefore, in the tombs, they contain all the objects used in life by their owners, such as clothes, shoes and in some cases even food. We will know the Mount of Flames, which is mentioned in the most famous novel ” Journey to the West ” in Chinese literature. We will stay overnight in Hami.
The Mogao Caves (also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves) is the most famous cave in China. They are known for its countless statues of the Buddha and for the 45,000 paintings depicting it together with Chinese mythological figures. The Mogao Caves are actually on the sandstone cliff of the Singing Sandy Dunes with a length of about 1,600 meters. Walking through the sandy dunes we can perceive the melodic puff of the sand. For the more adventurous it will be possible to discover the dunes in the saddle of camels. We will stay overnight in Dunhuang.
After breakfast we will visit the Jiayuguan Pass, the western end of the Great Wall. Jiayuguan Pass is at the foot of Mount Jiayu, made up of the most strategic fortress along the ancient Silk Road. At lunchtime instead we will go to Jiuquan, then we will leave for Wuwei, located on the Silk Road. Wuwei has a long history as it has been inhabited for over 5,000 years. We will stay overnight in Wuwei.
We will visit Mount Kongdong which is one of the sacred places of Taoism. We will explore the cave of the giant Buddha at Binxian, the largest cave in Shaanxi. After a short break we will reach the famous Xi’an, the ancient capital of 11 dynasties to the east of the Silk Road, and captale of the province of Shaanxi. We will stay overnight in Xi’an.
Today will begin with the exploration of the ancient city walls, one of the oldest walls in China that still surrounds the historic center of Xi’an. We will visit the Museum of the Terracotta Army (UNESCO heritage site), one of the largest archaeological discoveries in the world. More than 6,000 life-size earthenware warriors include an army of archers, infantrymen, horses and bronze chariots designed to guard and protect the tomb of the first emperor of China who died 2,200 years ago. We will visit the Wild Goose Pagoda which is an architecture formed in 652 AD. under the Tang dynasty. This seven-storey pagoda is the place where a group of scholars have been summoned for the translation of Buddhist classics brought from India, so the pagoda has become a holy place of pilgrimage. We will also explore the Great Mosque, which is known for its traditional Chinese styles and elements. We will stay overnight in Xi’an.
We will leave Xi’an heading for Luoyang, located in the middle of the Chinese plain. Even this city is one of the four ancient capitals of China and also the cradle of Chinese civilization. The Longmen Caves (UNESCO heritage site) are among the must-see places of the ancient city. Together with the Mogao and Yungang Caves, the Longmen Caves are one of the three most famous sites for ancient sculptures in China. Sculpted 1,500 years ago, the Longmen Caves are the longest form of art that plays a more significant role in the cultural evolution of Asian Buddhism. We will stay in Luoyang.
For martial arts lovers today we will visit the Shaolin Temple, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established in the 5th century, the temple is famous all over the world for its links with the martial arts-Shaolin Kung Fu. China’s largest forest is also found in the Shaolin Temple, which builds a collection of more than 240 tomb-pagodas for the eminent abbots and monks in this temple. We will stay overnight in Anyang.
Today we will reach the Chinese wall and walk on this impressive architectural and historical find. We will stay in Beijing.
We will reach the port of Tianjin where we will board the motorcycles in the container and then return by train to Beijing, where we will stay one last night before getting on the plane that will take us home tomorrow.
|Item||Pilot (shared room)||Pillion (double room)|
|PARTICIPATION||€ 4.900||€ 4.900|
|BIKE TRANSPORT EUROPE – KIRGHIZISTAN||€ 1.150|
|BIKE TRANSPORT CHINA – EUROPA||€ 750|
|SINGLE ROOM||€ 1.900|
|1||Flight to Bishkek and bike pickup|
|2||Bishkek - Karakol||340|
|3||Karakol - Sary Tash||450|
|4||Sary Tash - Kashgar||240|
|5||Kashgar - Yirkstan Pass||0|
|6||Kashgar - Kashgar||90|
|7||Kashgar - Hotan||540|
|8||Hotan - Minfeng||300|
|9||Minfeng - Luntai||580|
|10||Luntai - Turpan||570|
|11||Turpan - Turpan||0|
|12||Turpan - Hami||400|
|13||Hami - Dunhuang||460|
|14||Dunhuang - Dunhuang||0|
|15||Dunhuang - Jiuquan||400|
|16||Jiuquan - Wuwei||480|
|17||Wuwei - Pinglaing||590|
|18||Pinglaing - Xian||350|
|19||Xian - Xian||0|
|20||Xian - Dengfeng||470|
|21||Dengfeng - Hengshui||530|
|22||Hengshui - Huangyaguan||400|
|23||Huangyaguan - Tianjin Port||460|
|24||Flight from Beijing||0|