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South western China

152,100 square miles. Geography ranges from the 20 thousand-foot mountains of the Tibetan plateau to the tropical lowlands of Xishuangbanna.

Population :
39 million, a third of whom are members of 25 different ethnic groups.

Kunming, situated on the high central plateau, with a population of 3.6 million.

Mandarin and minority languages of the Tibeto-Burman and Thai families. English is widely spoken in tourist areas.

Taoist, Buddhist, Muslim

TIme GMT: +8 hours

Currency: Yuan


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Cycling in Yunnan a Region of China


China Yunnan. One of the best times to visit this region is in April. We flew into Beijing and then took an internal flight to the City of Kumming. As we cycled North West toward the Tibetan border we encountered a diverse agricultural landscape, where broad beans and wheat were threshed by the road traffic, water buffalo plowed the fields and rice paddies were tended. The land was divided into small manageable plots for many different crops. The people were very friendly cheering us along our route with many peels of laughter from the kids as we greeted them. A very rich culture, an unforgettable trip arrowbluemore

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Duration & Dates
22 days
1st April - 23rd April 2006

Primarily Half board, staying in 2/3 star hotels.

Cycling Style :
Approx 40 - 70km, primarily on tarmac roads. Some roads are a little rough.

What’s included:
Return flight from the UK to Beijing
Full backup support
All listed events

Tour Highlights
Great Wall of China
Yangtze River
Forbidden City
Great Tiger leaping Gorge

Cycling details
Traffic: Very considerate drivers.
Bike Shops: On the road repairs
Terrain: Good roads except for the more rural areas and where landslides experienced.

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Rural house
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