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LC7 A Cycling Expedition of the Ancient Nanzhao Kingdom of Yunnan

Meet / Depart
Kunming, China/Kunming, China
September 20‐27, 2011
Trip Length
7days, 6nights
Level:
Slightly Moderate
Price

9,900 RMB per person

1,040 RMB single occupancy supplement

Trip Notes
All meals included except 1 dinner.
Special Interest

Cruise, Culture & History, Exotic Adventure, Expedition Cruising, Geological Wonders, Mountain Bike, Natural Beauty &/ Wildlife,

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September 20‐27, 2011

South of the Clouds lie the remains of a storied Buddhist kingdom. A land where deities intervened in lives of the locals‐ stories that formed the basis for some of China's most treasured fables. It was here, some 1,300 years ago, that Hindu and southeast Asian cultures collided with the burgeoning wealth of the Nan Zhao Kingdom to form some of China's most unique iconography‐ a true blending of South and East Asian traditions. It was also in these mountains, south of the clouds, where the Dali culture thrived for some 600 years before finally succumbing to Kublai Khan in the 1300s.

Come join us on a bicycle exploration of the diverse cultures and stunning scenery of northwest Yunnan. We will traverse bucolic paths alongside the ancient Tea Horse Road, stopping in old caravansary outside pristine tea plantations. Our journey will cross the Burma Road and over the former landing fields that serviced the famed Flying Tigers. The constant throughout our time together will be spontaneous exploration and adventure.

Your Tour Leaders Led by Anthony Paglino, and George Wang of Bicycle Kingdom, these two avid cyclists bring a wealth of riding expertise and local knowledge to this tour. Anthony Paglino came to Yunnan in June of 2010 on a long distance bike ride to promote sustainable education in China’s countryside using the bike as a conduit of learning and sharing. Since coming to the Linden Centre, Anthony has worked to incorporate long standing traditions from the local community, into fun and educational programming for Linden Centre guests. George Wang is the owner and operator of Bicycle Kingdom, a bike rental and touring company located in Beijing. China was once the bicycle riding capital of the world, and George is intent on preserving this tradition, and the practice of cycling as the best means of cultural exchange. The Linden Centre is housed in one of southwest China's most important cultural relicsthe Yang Family Courtyard. A nationally protected building, the Centre has been converted into one of China's most unique bases of learning and relaxation and has recently been selected as the best Boutique Hotel in China by Sina.com and rated as No. 1 Hotel in China on Trip Advisor.com. Cost of Tour: 9900 RMB which includes accommodation, bike rental, meals, guiding, transportation as stated and flight from Dali to Kunming on September 27th. Single supplement is an extra 1040 RMB. You will need to coordinate to arrive in Kunming no later than 1pm on September 20. Group Size: This tour group is limited to 14 people to ensure that all participants receive more personal attention from the staff. Minimum group size is 8 people; we reserve the right to cancel any tour if the minimum size is not met. All rooms are non‐smoking. Not included: Guests are responsible for costs related to alcohol, beverages not included in regular meals, laundry, personal items, souvenirs, and long distance telephone calls. Airfare to and from Kunming is not included. Itinerary Modifications: Every effort will be made to adhere to the published itinerary. However, the Program Director reserves the right to change the itinerary for reasons beyond our control. The Program Director also reserves the right to decline to accept any person for any reason, or to remove from the program, any person engaged in illegal or disruptive behavior. Rates are based on a minimum group of eight. Medical Conditions: If you or any member of your party suffers from any food allergy or intolerance, physical challenge or medical condition, you must check with your doctor about the advisability of traveling and you must make this known to us before you book. We will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of our tour participants, but the Linden Center is not responsible for denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants or other independent suppliers. We are located at 7,000 feet high and may travel up to levels of 8,500 feet. Reservations: Early reservation is essential as availability is limited. Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a SIGNED reservation and a 1300RMB deposit. (which is non‐refundable for cancellations made 14 Days or less prior to the arrival date). We accept Visa / MasterCard. The remaining balance of full payment price is due upon arrival.
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Guests will arrive in the early afternoon from their previous destination to Kunming airport. Guests should arrive by 1 PM; we will leave together for the Linden Centre at 2 PM. You will be met at the airport and taken 4.5 hours to Xizhou by private transportation. After check‐in, a personally guided walking of the Centre will lead into a cycling tour of the village and surrounding countryside and farmland highlighting the .

Day 2: The Dali Kingdom Marco Polo traveled to Dali in 1287 and called the area the "Switzerland of the East." He was not the first, nor the last, traveler to be enchanted by Dali's scenery and famed hospitality. Today we will meander along the base of the Cang Mountains and the western shores of Lake Er. We will visit numerous temples, including the colorful Ba Mu Si (Eight Mother Temple), and will be able to take stunning late afternoon shots of the Tang Dynasty Three Pagodas. The ethnicity of the villages we traverse will change regularly, captured most clearly by the alternating Buddhist, Taoist and Muslim religious sites. We will arrive in the old walled city of Dali, the former capital of the Dali Kingdom, in time for shopping, dinner and drinks on the infamous "Foreigner Street."

Day 3‐ Weishan: Birthplace of the Nanzhao Kingdom Today's cycling will take us through the heart of the Weishan valley. This 40 mile long basin was the early base of the Nan Zhao Kingdom. It currently is home to Yi, Bai and Hui ethnic groups. This area's isolation allowed it to avoid much of the destruction of eastern China, and many of Weishan's ancient buildings still remain intact. We will stop in a renowned Muslim caravansary, Dong Lian Hua, for lunch with some of the local children and have an escorted tour of the village's numerous protected complexes. We will visit the source of the Red River, which flows south for 730 miles before entering the Gulf of Tonkin outside of Hanoi, Vietnam. We will snake through the foothills inhabited by Yi villagers, stopping for tea and house visits, before having dinner outside Weishan's famous Ming Dynasty Drum Tower.

Day 4‐ Nanjian – A Contemporary Yi Community and Tea Plantation Following breakfast, we will head due south along the nascent waters of the Red River to the Yi County Seat of Nanjian. After dropping off our gear at the hotel, we will cycle in the shadow of the famed spiritual mountain, Wu Liang Shan, before climbing to one of the region's most famous tea plantations‐ Luo Bo Ke. Our close friend, Mr. Li, the owner of the plantation, will escort us through fields of green and Pu Er tea bushes. We will have a late lunch/early dinner in one of the plantations original structures before gliding back down to our hotel.

Day 5‐ Xiangyun‐ Burial Place of Nanzhao Kings Our early morning start will have us on the road to Xiang Yun, the former base of the Flying Tigers and major stop on the Tea Horse and Burma roads. We will travel north along a rushing stream before entering the fertile Xiangyun valley. Snaking between fields of tobacco and walnut groves, we will arrive in Shuimu Shan‐ one of Yunnan's earliest Daoist retreats, where the cremated remains of Nanzhao’s kings are rumoured to remain. The ancient village of Xiangyun is home to the Tea Horse Road's largest caravansary and a museum documenting the exploits of the Flying Tigers‐ who were based here during WWII. We can even head out onto the plain that served as the landing strip for the famed pilots. We will make the short trip back to Dali 50km away for dinner and a foot massage.

Day 6‐ The Eastern shore of Erhai Lake Today we will journey along the eastern shore of the pristine alpine lake, Erhai. Erhai, with takes its name from the Chinese word for 'ear' because of its shape, is China's sixth largest lake with a length of over 25 miles. Its waters are fed by 18 streams flowing down from the neighboring 13,000 foot high Cang Shan mountain chain, and it rushes southwest from Dali to enter the Mekong River. After leaving Xiaguan at the Erhai's southern port, we will pass a number of temples as well as the renowned altar to Guanyin on Putuo Island. The 19 peaks of the Cangshan chain will remain to our West throughout today's ride, and their reflection in Erhai is one of the most photographed scenes of the Dali region. We will also end our trip in Shuanglang‐ a former fishing village that is quickly becoming a second home site for leading Chinese cultural figures, including the beautiful dancer‐ Yang Liping. We will travel across the width of Erhai by ferry and make the short ride back to the Linden Centre in time for our farewell dinner.

Day 7‐ Departure After breakfast, The Linden Centre will arrange for transport to the Kunming airport for guest to board their departing flights.

Linden Centre Itinerary 2011

 

Cost of Tour: 9900 RMB which includes accommodation, bike rental, meals, guiding, transportation as stated and flight from Dali to Kunming on September 27th.

Single supplement is an extra 1040 RMB.

 

The prices are for double occupancy rooms,and will vary depending on the number of people who participate,if there is just one traveler,single occupancy supplement will be applied by default. This tour is limited to no more than 12 people. This will permit more flexibility in the program and allow more spontaneity for taking photos or exploring villages along the way.
Prices include the following:


marked Bilingual bicycle tour guide.
marked All hotel room accommodations (double occupancy)
marked Meals eaten as group (private meals, snacks and alcoholic beverages are not included).
marked All group transportation costs,great wall biking van support.
marked All group entrance fees.
marked A Rental Bike with panniers, lock, raincape, gloves and helmet is included.Spare wheels will be available for temporary usage in case of a flat.

markedTransportation:
Flight, TBA .Airport Tax for Domestic Flights , Airport Tax and Fuel Fee for Flights if applicable

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