Cyclists for Cultural Exchange
The stunningly beautiful landscape of Yunnan province in southwestern China encompasses snow-capped mountains, rice terraces, lakes and deep gorges. The region is known for its large number of ethnic minorities.
Yunnan, China, 2020
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Yunnan in brief
Yunnan (meaning "Beautiful Clouds in the South") Province is the most southwest region of China bordering the countries of Vietnam, Laos, and Burma. Yunnan Province borders Guizhou Province and Guangxi Zhang Autonomous Region to the east, Chongqing and Sichuan to the north, and Tibet Autonomous Region to the northwest. Yunnan encompasses 394,000 square kilometers (152,084 square miles) and has a population of more than 42 million people, of which the 25 ethnic nationalities make up over 14 million. Of all the ethnic groups, the Yi with a population of 4.47 million constitutes the largest group. Other ethnic groups with a population exceeding 1 million include the Bai Hani, the Zhuang and the Dai.
As a plateau and mountainous province, Yunnan belongs to the southward extension of the Qing-Zang Plateau. With an average elevation of around 2000 m, Yunnan enjoys huge elevation differences. Kawagebo Peak, the highest point, 6740 m and is the main peak of Meili Snow Mountain in northwestern Yunnan. The lowest point is only 76.4 m at the confluence between the Nanxi and Yuanjiang Rivers in Hekou County, which borders Viet Nam.
Thursday, March 26. Arrival at Kunming and bicycle adjustment. Sleep at Kunming. Meals not included.
Riding 25 km.
About 75 km.
Sunday, March 29. JinNing > YuXi. Sleep at YuXi.
About 70 km/229 M.
About 62 km/616 M.
About 57 km/450 M.
Wednesday, April 1. ChenJiang > Shilin (Stone Forest Park) > Kunming.
Thursday, April 2. Kunming > Dali Old town. Free day to explore Dali. Sleep at Dali. Meals not included.
About 68 km/550 M.
About 55 km.
Monday, April 6. Dali > Lijiang Old town. Free day to explore Lijiang. Sleep at Lijiang. Meals not included.
About 45 km/550 M.
Wednesday, April 8. Free day at Lijiang. Farewell dinner. Lunch not included. Sleep at Lijiang,
Thursday, April 9. Departure from Lijiang. Optional trip: 3-day hike at Tiger Leaping Gorge.