◆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, Italy, Britain, Austria, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Australia, Singapore, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Portugal, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the United States, Argentina, Malaysia, Russia, Lithuania, Turkey, South Africa, Canada, Thailand, Latvia, Poland, Ireland, Jordan, the Czech republic, Columbia, Pakistan, Israel, Greece 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.
◆Basic rules for China self-driving and 2015 China Driving Tour New Policy
In the past foreign tourist’s self-driving trip in China was always under strict supervision of related government departments. Since Oct. 2015, in order to make self-driving tour more practical, China has simplified procedures with new self-driving tour policy for international travelers who drive cars through China. However, it doesn’t mean the self-driving tour in China is completely open at present, so each foreigner who wants to drive by self in China should clearly understand and follow the basic rules about self-driving tour with private vehicle in China:
According to the notice, international tourists' driving trips must be arranged by a certain number of tourism agencies with approval licenses like NAVO Tour. We will help you to handle all necessary paperwork. For all these paperwork we need at least 1-2 months to accomplish (depends on the areas guests will go through). Therefore for making sure we have enough time to make a full preparation for your self-driving trip in China, please contact us at least 2-3 months in advance for basic step. And we will be glad if you contact as earlier as possible for better preparation with more enough time.
2. Itinerary As always, the itinerary for self-driving tour need to be fixed beforehand and agreed by related government departments, foreign groups are supposed to drive along the fixed route, and could not change the tour itinerary, entry/exit ports and dates arbitrarily by themselves.
3. Tour Guide Please note: according to the new policy, we are still required to arrange a Chinese tour guide to accompany the groups for entire China section. NAVO can arrange tour guides who speak English/French/German and so on based on your request.
◆Tour Organization Steps
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. Contact NAVO and make out a practical itinerary.
We hope you could contact NAVO as early as possible, then confirm some basic information about your self-driving trip in China, includes but not limited in tour duration, entry and exit ports/dates, group size, and some additional service for hotel reservation etc.; As mentioned above, please contact NAVO 2-3 months in advance before you arrive at China border.
2. Trip quotation and booking
We will provide quotation accordingly, please pay 30%-50% as the booking deposit if you would like to reserve your trip with NAVO.
3. Paperwork preparation and processing
While we received your deposit payment we will provide you the document list. Please send us all necessary documents follow the list then we will start to process the related paperwork.
As mentioned before, the paperwork takes 1-2 months to be finished (depends on your travel route), so please be sure you have enough time to prepare all the documents which could send all documents to us at least 1-2 months in advance.
4. China entry process
Please enter China as per the confirmed date. NAVO’s tour guide will meet you at the border on time and assist you to accomplish the border procedures accordingly.
As foreign vehicle self-driving tour in China is a kind of professional and special tour and it takes lots work for both guests and NAVO Tour, for more details of organization, route designing and documents information, please feel free to email us by: firstname.lastname@example.org
◆How the vehicle enter/exit China
Generally speaking, the foreign vehicle can enter and exit China on following ways:
1. Enter and exit by land border.
It means guests drive vehicle enter/exit China by land border. This should be the most convenient and cheapest way.
2. Enter by land border and exit by Sea ports.
It means guests drive vehicle enter China by land border and exit by shipping vehicle from sea ports. Guests leave on own by flight or other way without your vehicle.
3. Enter by shipping from sea ports and exit by land border.
It means, guests shipping vehicle enter China by sea ports, and exit China by land border. On this way, guests should arrival the sea ports in advance for picking up your vehicle from the sea port of China.
4. Enter/exit both by shipping from sea ports.
It means you will enter/exit China both without driving your vehicle.
The above 4 ways for foreign vehicle’s entry/exit are all what NAVO had successfully arranged for our guest during the past year. You can choose the a suitable way according to your own situation.
Common Used Ports for Foreign Vehicle Self-driving Tour
The following ports are what NAVO had used and successfully organize for our guests since 1994. If you need other ports arrangement beyond than the following list, please contact us before you plan. We would help to check the possibility for your group.
Mohan of Mengla (China-Laos)
Youyiguan of Pingxiang (China-Vietnam)
Shenzhen (Guangdong-China Hongkong )
For further details of China Self-driving Tour please contact us by email@example.com.We will reply you in details about the procedures and steps for the foreign vehicle self-driving tour in China. Also NAVO will be glad to customize your trip with our best suggestions of travel time and enter/exit ports etc. according to your requirements and your situation.
The description of a part of NAVO past groups from all world which NAVO organized for foreign vehicle self-driving tour in China is on the following:
◆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.
9). Our first 3 wheel car group: in 2013, vehicle of France.
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
7). Our first Sweden group: in 2005
8). Our first Australia group: in 2008
9). Our first Singapore group: in 2008
10). Our first Spain group: in 2008
11). Our first Belgium group: in 2009
12). Our first Norway group: in 2009
13). Our first Denmark group: in 2009
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 Argentina group: in 2011
22). Our first Malaysia group: in 2012
23). Our first Russia group: in 2012
24). Our first Lithuania group: in 2012
25). Our first Turkey group: in 2012
26). Our first South Africa group: in 2012
27). Our first Canada group: in 2014
28). Our first Thailand group: in 2014
29). Our first Latvia group: in 2014
30). Our first Poland group: in 2015
31). Our first Ireland group: in 2015
32). Our first Jordan group: in 2015
33). Our first Czech group: in 2015
34). Our first Colombia group: in 2015
35). Our first Pakistan group: in 2015
36). Our first Israel group: in 2015
37). Our first Greece group: in 2015
◆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)
28. 2015 Campervan Drive into School
On 21st Nov., 2015, a Benz Campervan drive into a Primary School in Chengdu, China! This is a German family’s world journey. With NAVO Tour’s arrangement, they transit through China successfully and to do the education exchange in a primary school. When they arrive to Chengdu, China, they drove more than 21,000km already. With their own three young children, this family are happy to communicate with the local students with Chinese culture and Chinese painting. And this event is reported by our local TV and newspaper.
For NAVO’s guests, Travel is not only for enjoy the landscape, but also for exotic culture and experience. Communicate with local school and kids face to face, is definitely a good chance to know the different site of our world.
27. 2015 French: Season 2- Love in heart-Unique Tuk Tuk drive around world
If you constantly concern our well-known group, you may find that on end of 2013, we’ve organized a local Tuk Tuk long journey to France group and assist for their China section: 3 French young men, after finish their volunteer work in Laos, they processed this wonderful journey under Children of the MeiKong’s subsidization. The purpose for that journey is to disseminate love and charity. On end of 2015, another 3 French young men made the similar trip from Laos to France with another Made-in-Thailand Tuk Tuk. NAVO is glad to help them through China and we extend our love together them!
26. 2015 UK & International: Overland Expedition in 1 big Campervan
Key words for such Tour- 1 big Campervan with a slow pace, a special track, and an open mind for the best route;
Key words for such group- Camping, Participation, and Team spirit.
With the world around route, 21 guests in 1 big campervan accomplished this excellent expedition. NAVO Tour are happy of helping them to explore for China section on Oct., 2015 for Spectacular Xinjiang, Mystery Tibet and historic/cultural capital Beijing which is all satisfied for guests from all world.
There is more to life and travel than increasing its speed. Follow NAVO enjoy your Joureny in China!
25. 2015 US & International: The Epic Journey
Combined by 11 motorbike and 1 support car, totally 17 members from America, Latvia, UK, France and Indonesia respectively. They started the journey from Riga, and ride through Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, then entered China in the early of Sep via Erenhot border, after that, ride through Beijing, Guoliang Tunnel, the Silk Road, and then toward the southeast and feel the ethnic cultured in Guangxi. Final end the tour in Hong Kong. The Epic Journey cost 69 days (34 days in China), nearly 13,000 miles in total.
24. 2015 UK & International: Ace to Ace, From London to Beijing
The famous locomotive culture site, London Ace Café was extended and enter into Beijing, China. To promote and support this event, a UK well-known riding group create and organize a significant expedition: motorcycling from London to Beijing as Ace to Ace Event. This exceptional 12 week motorcycle expedition traverses the fabled Silk Road across a formidable expanse of territory, with a rich tapestry of cultures to uncover and extraordinary roads to ride. 14 motorbikes take the road less travelled, through countries where tourism is only in its infancy.
Riding for 80 days of 19300km they finally arrived at Beijing on July, 2015. It’s honored for our NAVO to involve in such splendid event for China section again: the Tibetan Plateau and the route to Everest, Eastern China of the Giant Pandas, Terracotta Army and Great Wall.
23. 2014 US & Switzerland:Move on the road - Turtle Expedition via China
Gary & Monika Wescott have begun their world adventures very early since 1972 with their Turtle Series vehicles (Ford four-wheel drive trucks). It may express the word “slowly” in our minds. However, in some extent, explore slowly and deeply, should be meaningful than-pass by and touch.
Their travel/adventure stories have been published in fifteen countries and ten languages around the World, including Off-Road, Four Wheeler, Power Stroke Registry, Front Line, My Ford, Trailer Life, Truck Trend, Motorhome, Camping Life, and other U.S. magazines.
In 2014, they drove the Turtle across China, which was also the first time they have been to China. The route was from Kashgar to Erenhot via the Silk Road, totally 30 days. NAVO Tour is glad to help them completely their “Turtle travel” in China with impressed experience.
22. 2013 French: Love in heart-Unique Tuk Tuk drive around world
On September, a local Tuk Tuk made in Thailand was going to a long journey. This is a special self-driving group: 3 French young men, after finish their volunteer work in Laos, they processed this wonderful journey under Children of the MeiKong’s subsidization. The purpose for this journey is to disseminate love and charity.
There is few group of Tuk Tuk all over the world. The "Tuk Tuk" was made in Thailand. They started at Cambodia, entered from Mohan border of Yunnan, China. After cross the most part of China they leave from Horgos border of Xinjiang-China, they will continue to Kazakhstan, and finally returned to France via Eurasia. The China Part was organized and assisted by NAVO Tour. This is also the first Tuk Tuk driving group organize by NAVO recently years.
After organized the group type of sedan, classical car, RV&Truck, motorcycle, electric, gas, and fire engine, the Tuk Tuk group update NAVO Tour’s group type list. NAVO is also looking forward to new and magical group type.
21. 2013 International: Chasing the Dream-Motorcycling group via Eurasia
A large-scale riding group, who is the first one from Paris to Beijing, entered China through Torugart (China – Kyrghyzstan border) on July. It consists more than 50 participants and about 8 nationalities are involved (French, German, Swiss, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, Belgian, American etc.). The group ride along the famous Sill Road and final arrived in Beijing.
We’re very glad that NAVO once again takes part in such magnificent trip by arranging all processes in China part, assists and helps all the heroes complete their epic expedition with our experienced and professional service.
20. 2013 Italian & Swiss: Desert Driving Tour-The heaven of tough men
There is few of group organized by NAVO Tour to drive through desert even drive through 2 famous deserts in one time when travel in China. In Aug.-Nov. 2013, a group with 11 cars from Europe organized by NAVO Tour, drove cross the China seventh largest desert-Kubuqi Desert, and the China fourth largest desert-Badain Jaran Desert. They experienced a tough journey-had been fallen into deep sand and, overturned etc. But for these tough men, what the world looks like is depending on how they watch and feel.
19. 2013 UK: Serially reported about-Go for experiencing the world
In July 2013, NAVO tour organized a vintage car self-driving tour successfully, which was serially reported by Xinhua Net/Huanqiu.com/People.cn/CNS/Chinanews.com/NetEase/Baidu/SOHU/SinaCorp/Daqi.com, and some other well-known media of China! An old England couple did it! They drove a vintage Triumph 1300 which was produced in 1967 to travel from England to China, when they arrived at Pingyao ancient town in Shanxi province of China, this blue vintage car grabbed the local people’s attention immediately; they said they will keep moving to finish an incredible world-around trip with this vintage car. Let’s travel like this lovely couple: with freely heart and simply love to this world.
18. 2013 Malaysian: Witness on world records creating
The world endurance tour and challenge by 5 experienced Malaysian international riders to Create A New World Record on two wheels round the globe that spans 33 countries, 201 days and a journey of 45,500 km. This adventure active was sponsored by the Malaysia Prime Minister.
NAVO Tour as the operator of China part arranged all the process and helped them experience in China. In July, they leaved from Chengdu and head to Beijing. NAVO is glad to participate in such great journey which can make a new world record.
17. 2012 UK: 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”.
16. 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 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 ELECTRICCAR. During in China, he drove along famous Silk Road from Tianjin city to Xinjiang Province. When he arrived at Urumuqi, he was warmly welcome by local people and media.
12. 2011 International: Spark your dream: Herman Zapp's familydriving around the world
Herman Zapp's family (6 members, parents and four kids) from USA, Argentina and Canada enjoy a great self-driving adventure trip around China with their 1928 Graham-Paige vintage car across China. This family enjoyed over 10 years’ global self-driving tour from Argentina to the United States. Their 4 kids were born on their world trip from the U.S. to China. On October 2011, when they arrived in Chengdu (where NAVO-tour office located), the youngest child was only two and a half years old.
Guinness Book of Records: Gunther and Martin, the father and son, drove around world with a very old Mercedes Benz 4X4 vehicle. China is an important part for their global tour. After China they will drove to North Korea, South Korea and Japan, and they complete their above 20 years global self-driving tour. Their vehicle will be collected by Germany National Museum.
A large group drove their motorcycles crossing China from Yunnan to Xinjiang province along part of famous Silk Road for 21days.The member of the group came from USA, Germany, New Zealand, British and other European counties, totally 21 motors.
A couple-Kip and Carmen from UK made their DRIVING TRIP from Beijing to Paris successful on the third time. They did this trip for getting donation and helping those hare lipped children all over the world. During their short stay in China, they visited a clinic for hare lipped children at Beijing with our guide Susanna. NAVO also donated for those poor kids. Kip and Carmen were happy about this great trip with their achievement.
Myrtle is a 1930 Austin Chummy. Kotka is a rather sporty 1928 Austin Ulster.
Guinness Book of Records: on 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. They made a global charity tour to memory Steve’s father and China was an important part.
7. 2010 Danish: First electric car served by NAVO driving around the world
Guinness Book of Records: From Denmark to China Danish Expedition 2010-2011 to World Expo 2010 Shanghai. They drove through Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Mongolia, China, the U.S., Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and Holland. China is an important stop for 2010 Shanghai Expo. On May 7, 2011, returned to Copenhagen, Denmark, to complete their world tour.
6. 2010 International: Volkswagen New Phaeton Road Test Drive Experience in China
Twenty New Phaeton vehicles are transported from Germany to Sanya City in Hainan Island of China by ocean shipping. Over 180 journalists and newsmen from all over the world participate in the Road Test Driving Experience in China, NAVO assists throughout the whole course. It’s also the third time that NAVO has taken part in the new car test-drive after the Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q5 belong to Volkswagen Motor.
5. 2010 UK & Australian: Handicapped drive via China from UK to Australia
A handicapped man drove his car with help of his girlfriend from his country UK to his girlfriend's country in Australia via China. They entered China from Kyrgyzstan and then drive to Yunnan along the Silk Road. He couldn’t move from below his breast, but they achieved their goal by overcoming all difficulties. It is really a proud for them and an extremely encouragement for all.
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. After 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.
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.
2. 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. 77 days of uninterrupted running through China: Xinjiang - Gansu - Shaanxi - Henan - Anhui – Jiangsu after he ended 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.
1. 2005 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).