Bordering on Laos, Burma, and Vietnam – and only a short boat ride from Thailand – Yunnan is one of the most ethnically diverse and geographically stunning areas of the world. 26 of China’s 56 ethnic minorities reside in Yunnan, and The Hutong’s Yunnan Bike Journey gives riders the opportunity to experience the variety in Chinese culture while taking a challenging, yet fun, ride through remote mountain villages and verdant tea forests.

This 385km ride takes us through Xishuangbanna, the southernmost prefecture of Yunnan Province – China’s most southwestern province. Renowned for its tropical climate and lush rainforests, the region is teeming with wildlife, rare plants, and historical & cultural significance. Xishuangbanna is the birthplace of tea cultivation and is home to the Pu’er tea industry.

Each day, adventurers meet a different ethnicity and savor their unique specialties. The secluded villages bring new flavors, new recipes, new stories, and new friends. From the area’s most populous minority, the Dai, to the region’s most remote ethnic groups like the Jinuo or the Hani, The Hutong’s Yunnan Bike Journey explores one of the last virgin lands where one can find undisturbed but welcoming cultures.


The Chinese New Year edition of our Yunnan Bike Journey will run from

11 February to 19 February, 2021

For full itinerary and further information on the trip, you can download the information pack below.

Cycling Info
During the course of 7 days of cycling, we will complete 385km (give or take) of cycling – give or take, because our itineraries often vary slightly, given the tendency of serendipity to provide extra opportunities for exploration and discovery.
Cycling Difficulty
3.5 out of 5 (you do not need to be a Tour de France rider, but you will need to be able to take on some hills).
10,600 RMB; does not include airfare
Departure Date
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Return Date
Friday, February 19, 2021
How to Book
To express your interest and reserve your space, please email luke[at]thehutong[dot]com. Our team will share a registration form to complete, provide updated travel information, and answer any questions you have.

New Year’s Celebrations
As we bike through Xishuangbanna’s spectacular countryside, we’ll have the chance to experience some unique local ceremonies. Whatever happens, it’s bound to be an unforgettable and truly unique welcoming in of the Year of the Ox, as we all happily say goodbye to the Year of the Rat. 

Hutong trip leaders travel regularly to destinations to develop relationships with local contacts to provide the most authentic cultural experiences possible. As such, trip itineraries are subject to change, pending the discovery of an even better wactivity or destination. Itineraries may also be subject to change due to weather, traffic, or government policies.

Download Information Pack (1.1 MB)

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