China motorcycle tours of The Middle Kingdom offers endless opportunities for exploration of its fascinating history and culture, breathtaking scenery and enchanting local people. The diversity of this vast and sprawling country’s historical heritages, cultural influence, architecture, cuisine and natural landscapes never run out. Tours cross mountainous terrain across Yunnan province to the holy Buddhist regions of Tibet and mystical Shangri-La.
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The Roof of the World
Tibet is an autonomous region of China, on the Tibetan Plateau on the northern side of the Himalayas. It is known worldwide as “The Roof of the World” for its towering peaks, including Mt. Everest which it shares with Nepal. The capital Lhasa is the site of hilltop Potala Palace, once the Dalai Lama’s winter home. Also Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s spiritual heart, revered for its golden statue of the young Buddha.
The Road to Shangri-La
Shangri-La or Xianggelila, is a city in Northwestern Yunnan Province, People’s Republic of China. It is administered by the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, bordering Sichuan to the northwest, north, and east. The region is mountainous, beautiful and rugged and is home to a number of ethnic groups.
Forgotten Roads to Lijiang
Lijiang is a city in the northwest part of China’s Yunnan province. On a major trade route it was a commercial center in the 1300s. The old town features cobblestone streets, canals and Central Market Square with shops and restaurants. The Black Dragon Pool has spectacular views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain range
The Heritage Trail to Xian
Xi’an is a large city and capital of Shaanxi Province in central China. Once known as Chang’an (Eternal Peace), it marks the Silk Road’s eastern end and was home to the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties’ ruling houses. At archaeological sites in Xi’an’s surrounding plains are the famed Bingmayong (Terra Cotta Army), thousands of life-size, hand-molded figures buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.