Our beginning took the form of 7 intrepid adventurers in the autumn of 1984, setting out to cycle from Hong Kong to Shanghai. It was frontier time in China and ignorance was bliss for our group whose combined knowledge of the Chinese language was "Fried Rice", Fried Noodle" and "How are you?" We rambled along only to be stopped 7 days later to be given a long list of laws we had broken. Worst of all - travelling outside of the Open Cities of China. Evidently 90% of our cycling was in that category!
This photo of founder Tim Obendorf was taken in the Min River Valley of North Sichuan Province 1995
The experiences we shared were "once in a lifetime": the simple kindness of the Chinese villagers, the beautiful countryside, the fun of riding side by side with the Chinese, and thousands of other experiences. Amazingly, in spite of the rapid changes in China and Asia these last three decades, we are still enjoying these experiences on our tours to this day.
In 1986 China shut its doors to foreigners with their own bikes. This came as a hard blow to all cyclist adventurers and prompted Tim to purchase bikes and station them in various cities of China. In more recent years these "bike import" restrictions have been relaxed and many of our participants now bring their own bike with them. Nevertheless, we still maintain a fleet in various locations China/Asia wide and as such we have our own mountain bikes waiting for riders! Our warehouses for South China are in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province and Kaili, Guizhou Province, for West China Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan Province and Lhasa, Tibet Province.
Our beginnings were as "International Cyclists to Asia" and this logo and branding was used up until 2004 when our new branding Mountainbikingasia.com and logo began to transition in.
We have worked at developing relationships throughout Asia which have resulted in our ability to run tours with you, the adventurer, in mind. For cycling we have added Malaysia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Taiwan and New Zealand to our ever growing list of China destinations.
Hiking tours came as a compliment to experiences we were having in China and Malaysia on bikes. What fabulous sites to see and people to meet while hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge of Shangrila, the Wild Wall (original Great Wall) or climbing S.E. Asia's tallest mountain - Mt. Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia.
The philosophy of our tours has always been one of wanting to learn from the Chinese and other Asian cultures, providing an opportunity to appreciate their culture, history, and lifestyles. Our hope is that you will enjoy a fun-filled, rewarding experience, gaining new insight into the Asian peoples and the great nations they represent.
Looking forward to having you along,
Mountainbikingasia.com operates under the license and bonding of Hikari International Travel Ltd, headquartered in Hong Kong with a representative office in the beautiful state of Oregon in the USA. Travel License #352813 issued by the Travel Agent's Registry of the Hong Kong Government. Member of the Travel Industry Council, Hong Kong Japan Tour Operators Assoc., Partner of the Hong Kong Tourism Board and in the USA member of the Oregon Tour and Travel Alliance
P.S. Our Language abilities have greatly improved!
P.P.S Mountainbikingasia.com's Chinese name translated is "Jumping Wheels Asia Cycling Tours" ( It sounds better in Chinese)