North Yunnan – 14th October – Cycle

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Cycle, Slider | 0 comments

I’m taking my HKU students on a plant / conservation trip to North Yunnan in October and need to get some cycling training in as well. 4 to 5 days of early morning cycling. Its at altitude so not easy.

2014 10 Cycling

Google Earth File: 2014YunnanGE.kml

  • Blue = cycling day 1 – Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Orange = cycling day 2 and maybe 3 – TLG to Shangri-La.
  • Green = cycling day 4 and maybe 5 – ShangriLa to near Lijiang.

14th – Tuesday

About 100 to 120km – 1000m+ climbs. Early morning ride to Botanical garden. Ride Lijiang back road to Ferry. Cross and sleep other side of river in Tiger Leaping Gorge. For those that don’t know TLG its one of the greatest gorges around and well worth the night and early morning views. Spectacular cycling.



(Ferry Crossing)



(Views over the gorge)

15th – Wed

150km + with 3000m + climbing (sorry profile below is inverted – ready it right to left). Early morning ride up and up on the back (east) road to to SGL.  Possible sleep / night on way. See how get on. Some spots to visit and maybe stay. Worse case bail out and get car to SGL.



(Cycling along the gorge)

16th – Thurs

As above with early morning start, finish mid day in Shangrilia or if got to SGL in one day, rest and visits.


17th Fri / 18th Sat

Visit around Shangri-La




19th – Sun

200km with 1600m + decent. Possible stay one night in find nice place or power into Lijiang for early flight to SH.





20th – Mon

Yangtze – up to Lijiang, pack bikes and late flight back to SH.



(Taken from plane – Snow mountain on left – Yangtze on right)


Previous trip – first day was similar. 2nd and 3rd not.

Pictures from previous trip (flickr – Need VPN in PRC). Gives and idea of what it looks like.