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Drive your own car to China

◆Why choose NAVO as your in-country Travel Agency?
NAVO is one of the earliest tour companies in China, which help to arrange foreigners to drive their own vehicles in China for traveling.

Since 1994, NAVO started to focus on the foreign vehicle self-driving tour and we have assisted the guests from dozens of countries and regions till now, for example Germany, Britain, Australia, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Norway, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, the United States, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and so on. It is our honor to help them to realize their self-driving dream tour of China part.

Since 2009, according to the statistics of foreign self-driving tour groups to China organized by the whole travel agencies in China each year, NAVO keeps to be the Number one who organized the most groups of this kind.

Through NAVO’s arrangement, our guests can drive their off-road vehicles, saloon cars, RV, classic cars, trucks or motorcycles in China successfully for traveling. We provide our best services according to the needs of guests and tour organizers, such as: permits application, entry and exit procedures, tour guide, support vehicle (for big group or group who require for it), hotel reservation, camp, camping assistance, and so on.

At present, China has not open the freely self-driving tour for foreigners yet, so each foreigner who wants to drive by yourself in China should clearly understand and strictly follow the basic rules about doing driving tour with personal vehicle in China:

1. Permits
Guests must contact with an experience self-driving tour travel agency of China firstly, just like NAVO, to deal with all the necessary permits and documents from Chinese government department. And then you can get the permits needed for this kind of tour in advance.

2. Itinerary
The itinerary for self-driving tour must be fixed beforehand and must be allowed by the government departments. Foreign groups can only do the self-driving while driving according to the itinerary we agreed and allowed by the government departments. Foreigners could not change the tour itinerary, entry/exit ports, entry/exit dates and so on freely by themselves.

3. Tour Guide
While doing such self-driving tour, an in-country foreign-language-speaking guide arranged by the travel agency is a must to accompany with the group for the whole trip. NAVO would arrange tour guide who speak English/French/German and so on with guests request.

If you have already understood and agree with the above basic rules for foreign self-driving tour in China, it is great for NAVO to start to discuss and organize your foreign vehicle self-driving tour in China. Please note the basic steps as follow:

1. Discuss and make out a practical itinerary.

Basic information from guest like tour duration, entry and exit ports/dates, the number of the vehicles, passengers and drivers, hotel request .etc. will give NAVO full idea of your travel. NAVO can be the consultant of the itinerary you designed. Also NAVO is glad to help to design the itinerary for you.

2. Apply permits after guests set the itinerary with NAVO.

It takes 2-3 months for the tour company to arrange the documents and apply the permits needed step by step from the government departments.

3. According to China's laws and regulations, all foreign self-driving groups who do self-driving tour in China must have an in-country tour guide to be accompanied through the whole tour. Our tour guide will wait at the entry port of China side and help to finish all the necessary entry process for guest to start the foreign self-driving tour in China.

What is more, as foreign self-driving tour is a kind of professional and special tour, it needs lots of preparation for both NAVO and guests to do. So for more details about tour organization, paperwork files preparation, itinerary design and so on, please feel free to contact us by email to: en@navo-tour.com

◆The list for the first foreign self-driving tour groups organized by NAVO

Sort by vehicle type:
1). Our first 4X4 group: in 1994, vehicle of Germany;
2). Our first camping-car group: in 2001, vehicle of Italy;
3). Our first motorcycle group: in 2004, vehicle of Switzerland;
4). Our first natural gas car group: in 2007, vehicle of Germany;
5). Our first truck group: in 2010, vehicle of Australia;
6). Our first classic car group; in 2010, vehicle of Australia
7). Our first fire engines group: in 2010, vehicle of The UK;
8). Our first electric car group: in 2010, vehicle of Denmark.

Sort by client’s nationality and regions:
1). Our first Germany group: in 1994
2). Our first Italy group: in 2001
3). Our first the UK group: in 2001
4). Our first Austria group: in 2002
5). Our first Switzerland group: in 2003
6). Our first France group: in 2004
(Inner Mongolia-Shanxi-Gansu-Sichuan-Yunnan)
7). Our first Sweden group: in 2005
8). Our first Australia group: in 2008
(Yunnan-Guizhou-Hunan-Shangxi-Shanxi-inner Mongolia)
9). Our first Singapore group: in 2008
(Inner Mongolia-Beijing-Shanxi-Zhejiang-Shanghai)
10). Our first Spain group: in 2008
11). Our first Belgium group: in 2009
(Inner Mongolia-Shangxi-Beijing-Tianjin)
12). Our first Norway group: in 2009
(Inner Mongolia-Shangxi-Hubei-Hunan-Guizhou-Yunnan)
13). Our first Denmark group: in 2009
(Inner Mongolia-Beijing-Shangxi-Sichuan-Yunnan)
14). Our first New Zealand group: in 2009
15). Our first Nether land group: in 2009
16). Our first Portugal group: in 2010
17). Our first Indian group: in 2010
18). Our first Hongkong, China group: in 2011
19). Our first Indonesia group: in 2011
20). Our first The USA group: in 2011
21). Our first Malaysia group: in 2012
(Xinjiang, Shannxi, Yunnan)
22). Our first Turkey group: in 2012
23). Our first Lithuania group: in 2012
24). Our first Russia group: in 2012

◆Well-known Group Organized by NAVO and had been report both inside China and all over the world through the media like TV/Magazine/News paper/Website)

15. 2012 German: Schoolboy who sailed the world embanks on next challenge-to conquer global by land
Mike Perham who in 2009 became the youngest person to solo sail around the world has done the same by car. He planned drive 24,000 mile around the world by across Europe, Russia, Mongolia, China and a few more countries. NAVO served him China part on 2012. After this trip, Mike said “Try to find enough sponsorship to fly solo around the world. Then I will become the first person to solo circumnavigate the planet by land, sea and air”.

14. 2012 French: World first batch of volume production electric car
Two young guys from French drove globally with an electric car- Citroën C-Zéro, which was one of the first batch electric cars of volume production. They went through China from Yunnan to Xinjiang for 33 days; and it’s the second electric car drive global group served by NAVO Tour.

13. 2012 UK: 2 Nissan Patrol drove the hottest road in the world in the hottest time, for their national radio.

12. 2012 Russian: A Russian team drove their ATV, Buggy and Toyota through part of the Taklimakan Desert, the largest desert in China.

11. 2012 Spain: Challenge of Guinness Book of Records
On July, 2012, a Spain guest would challenge Guinness Book of Records that go through China and whole world by shortest duration with driving the ELECTRIC CAR. During in China, he drove along famous Silk Road from Tianjin city to Xinjiang Province. When he arrived at Urumqi, he was warmly welcome by local people and media.

10. 2011 Spark your dream:Herman Zapp's family round the world tour with 4 kids
In Sep, 2011, Herman Zapp's family (6 members, parents and their four kids) from USA, Argentina and Canada enjoy a great self-driving adventure trip around China with their 1928 Graham-Paige vintage car.(Itinerary as: Laos-Yunnan-Sichuan-Xi'an-Lanzhou-Xining-Tibet-Zhangmu-Nepal.) 10-year-old Herman met his child hood sweet-heart Candelaria when she was only 8 in Argentina, and the couple have been together ever since. They married in 1996.When the money quickly ran out on their first trip, they decided to rely on the kindness of other people who give them shelter, food and petrol.
Guest’s website:www.sparkyourdream.net

9. 2011 Holtorf Gunther's Round-The-World-Record-Tour, Guinness Book of Records
Ein Vater Gunter und sein Sohn Martin fuhren von März bis Juni 2011 mit einem sehr alten Merzedes Benz Auto durch meiste Provinze Chinas.Die Reise,die ein großer Teil von ihrer ganzen Reise in der Welt war,dauterte etwas 3 Monate.Nach ihrer Reise in Ostasien wurde in deutschem Mueseum gestellt.Wie interessant ist es! The man from Bayern’s journey is called “Otto’s Round-The-World-Record-Tour 1989-2012.” He travels on his 1988 Mercedes-Benz christened as “Otto.” “The idea is to complete the tour using the same car, which has not seen a change to its engine or a paint job since we started the tour,” he says.

8. 2011 Round the world motorcycling tour: Discover china, discover our earth
During June, 2011, a large group drove their motorcycles crossing China. It entered from Mohan (China-Laos border) via Chengdu, Xi'an, and then through the famous silk road, finally exited from Horgos (China-Kazakhstan border).The whole trip took 21days.The member of the group came from USA, Germany, New Zealand, British and other European counties, totally 21 motors. They have fully enjoyed their driving experience, at the same time, got awe-inspiring sights in China. They discover our China, they discover our earth!

7. 2010 Danish, First electric car driving round the world; From Denmark to China Danish Expedition 2010-2011 to World Expo 2010 Shanghai. Guinness Book of Records
In 2010, there is a special groups realized a wonderful self-driving tour under NAVO’s service-the first electric car which sponsored by Nissan. After leaving Copenhagen on June 25, 2010, they drove through Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Mongolia, China, the U.S., Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and Holland. China is a important stop for 2010 Shanghai Expo. On May 7, 2011, returned to Copenhagen, Denmark, to complete their world tour. They’re glad it’s a successful promotion by using electric car to show new conception-protect earth environment.
Group Photo:http://www.navo.cn/en/album/driving/2010/sedan_classic_Car_driving_China/

6. 2010 UK: Fire engine memory tour, Guinness Book of Records
During July and August in 2010, Steve Moore and his friend droved a fire engine truck to China from England to china. Steve’s father is a firefighter and kept fighting at the first place for fire control years after years and unluckily he suffered lung cancer. And the father left the fire engine truck to Steve.And to memory his father, Steve and his friend droved a fire engine truck to China from England to china.They enter from erenhot and his friend droved a fire engine truck to China from England to china., visited Beijing,Shangxi Pingyao old town,panda homechengdu(where NAVO’s head office located) and depart China through yunan. Go on with their global charity tour.
Guest’s website:http://www.followthatfireengine.com/

5. 2010:Volkswagen New Phaeton Road Test Drive Experience in China
During May and June in 2010,Twenty New Phaeton vehicles are transported from Germany to Sanya City in Hainan Island of China by ocean shipping. One hundred and eighty-eight journalists and newsmen around the world participate in the Road Test Driving Experience in China, with which NAVO assists throughout the whole course. The customers are from all over the world, such as Germany, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, France, Swiss, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Netherland, Russian, Korea, Singapore, Macau and so on. This is the third time that NAVO has taken part in the new car test-drive, after participating the Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q5, which belong to Volkswagen Motor.


4. 2010:Australia: MG classic cars adventure tour along the Silk Road
During April and May in 2010, 12 Australia elders who are over sixties drive six MG classic cars for their Silk Road tour and the promotion trip for the MG. Enter from China's Tianjin,they drive to pay a visit to Shanghai MG factory in China, then drove to Xi'an and start from the starting point of the Silk Road to Europe. En route tour they visit many scenic spots and historical sites, such as Shandong Confucian,Yichang Three Gorges Dam,Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an,Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes,Mingsha, Crescent Lake,Turpan Grape Valley, Karez and so on.

3. 2007:Germany: Natural gas vehicles driving through Europe and Asia
In 2007,October to November, two German drove the world's first Eco-fuel vehicle through China, and total 27 days. Itinerary: Zhangmu land port Port(Nepal-Tibet)- Nyalam - Xigaze - Lhasa - Nyingchi - Litang –Kangding - Chengdu - Yichang - Wuhan - Shanghai - Fuzhou - Shenzhen - Hong Kong - Guangzhou – Nanning- Pingxiang land port (Guangxi-Vietnam) Meanwhile, guests took part in Shanghai Challenge Bibendum 2007. As the first Eco-energy (Natural gas-4 X4 car), this travel accepted wide concern.
Team website:http://www.ecofuel-asia-tour.com/

2. 2005-2006:France: “Modern Forrest Gump” running across the Eurasian
(Trans-Eurasia; Paris-Shanghai-Tokyo,19097.3KM;260Days,17hour,52minute) Serge Girard is known as the French Modern Forrest Gump after making the Running record. Dozens of media cover this Tour. And the mainstream media CCTV (China Central Television) also made three special reports. December 18, 2005, Serge Girard started from Paris, France, and began the great journey across the Eurasian continent. He entered China with his team (Including saloon car and a French SUV) on April 28, 2006 from Xinjiang Kashi to China. After 77 days of uninterrupted running through China: Xinjiang - Gansu - Shaanxi - Henan - Anhui – Jiangsu. And end in the July 12, 2006, Shanghai for the China section. At the same time, 2-French vehicles from the Shanghai port shipping exit. The left section is from Paris to Shanghai, and then to Tokyo, the whole 19097.3 KM. Total time 260 Days and 17 hours 52minutes. During the China section, NAVO did the recce for the project in Xinjiang in 2004 and Tibet in 2005, and arrange the 2 support vehicles self-driving in China 2006.
Guest’s website:https://www.sergegirard.com/trans-eurasia/index.fr.html/

1. 2005-2007:Germany: Volkswagen Touareg Driving Experience in China
Germany Volkswagen Company did the global driving Tour in May-June 2005. NAVO was their in-country agency. There were six Volkswagen vehicles, 24 guests, and whole journey 34 days in China. Group entered in Tianjin, of which 12 guests driving through Beijing and exited in Erlian Inner Mongolia. Another 12 guests drove the same vehicles, entered in China from Takeshenken Xinjiang, after Urumqi, Turpan, Ruoqiang, Ge’ermu in Qinghai, Naqu, Lhasa, Xigaze and exit in Zhangmu land port, arrived in Nepal. 2 times enter in and out China.After successfully running 2005 group, we have three years cooperation with Volkswagen Company to arrange such kind of self-driving tour. Such as the Silk Road; The world's highest-altitude Tibet road (Kashi-Lhasa - Kashi); and the so-called world hardest Sichuan-Tibet road (Lhasa-Chengdu).
Photo: http://www.navo.cn/en/album/driving/2001-2009/4WD_Car_driving_China/volkswagen_experience/

◆How the vehicle enters in and leaves China?

Generally speaking, the foreign vehicle can enter in and leave in 4 ways:
A. Vehicle enters and exit by Land border. This means you drive across China by yourself all the way from enter to exit.
B. Vehicle enters by Land border and exit by Sea freight. This means you enter China by driving the vehicle yourself and exit by flight without your vehicle.
C. Vehicle enters by Sea freight and exit by Land border. This means you take a flight to china (enter China without your vehicle) and pick up your vehicle from the sea port of China and exit by driving the vehicle yourself.
D. Vehicle enters by Sea freight and exit by Sea fright. This means you take a flight to china (enter China without your vehicle) and pick up your vehicle from the sea port of China and after self-driving tour in China exit by flight without your vehicle.
The above 4 ways foreign self-driving tours are what NAVO had successfully arranged for our guest during the past year. You can choose the one suite you according to your tour time and tour purpose.

◆ Common Use Ports for Foreign Self-driving tour (Enter/Exit China by Land/Sea)

The following ports are what NAVO had used and successfully organize for our guests since 1994.If you list some other ports we never done before for your plan itinerary please contact us in advance, we would like to do some research to check if now the port are open for neighbor country vehicle and the third country vehicle.

Land entrance:

Zhangmu (Zhangmu) (China - Nepal)

Kunjerab(Kunjirab) (China - Pakistan)
Tourgat(Turugart) (China - Kyrgyzstan)
Irkshtan(China -Kyrgyzstan)
Horgos(China - Kazakhstan)
Taschken (China - Mongolia)
Laoyemiao(China - Mongolia)

Inner Mongolia
Erenhot(China - Mongolia)
Manzhouli(China - Russia)

Youyiguan of Pingxiang(China - Vietnam)

Mohan of Mengla(China - Laos)
Ruili (Ruili) (China - Myanmar )
Hekou(China - Vietnam Vietnam)

Shenzhen (Guangdong - Hong Kong )


Marine ports:
Zhuhai etc.

Foreign self-driving tour in China needs to be arranging by a very professional travel agency. If you want to do this kind of tour, please contact us by email to en@navo-tour.com .We will reply you in details about the procedures and details steps for the foreign self-driving tour in China. NAVO are glad to design your trip and do some suggestions for travel time and enter/exit ports according to your requirements.

All the photos you see on NAVO’s website for foreign self-driving tour in China are taking during the group tour organize by us. It is the true record of our guests.

You can view the description of the past groups from all over the world which NAVO organized for the foreign self-driving tour in China through the following link:
◆ Previous team record since 1994: http://www.navo-tour.com/en/itineraries/driving/history.php
◆ The relevant self-driving tour of the photo: http://www.navo-tour.com/en/album/driving/

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