Cycle Yangshuo

Starting From

$950/person

Number of days

5

Start Location

China

Group Size

2-12

Operated by

World Expeditions

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An off the beaten track cycle adventure through Yangshuo's stunning scenery

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Join Yangshuo

On arrival your transfer from Guilin airport, train station or hotel will be waiting for your arrival to take you to our hotel in the centre of Yangshuo. Keep an eye out for a welcome sign with your name on it. The drive takes approximately 90 minutes. We will meet you when you arrive in Yangshuo to go over any details, answer any questions you may have and fit you with bikes. We’ll also take you on a mini-tour of the town to point out all the essentials and offer some suggestions on some good things to do and the best places to eat. The rest of the day and evening is free for you to explore the town and soak up Yangshuo’s unique atmosphere. Overnight: Hotel

Cycle to Xingping (40km)

Guided by a local expert, you cycle north out of Yangshuo through some of the bigger karst mountains in the area. Your destination is Xing Ping and you’ll need a daypack to bring your essentials for an overnight stay here. The day starts with winding uphill as you navigate your way from flat land rice plots and bamboo-lined rivers through rice-terraces, tea plantations and orange orchards several hundred metres above the Li River Valley. With most of the hard work done in the first 20 km, you can relax a little and enjoy the spectacular views, including a waterfall, with the famous Li River meandering in and out of sight. Your cycling guide will have a packed lunch for you to eat en-route so you can pick a spot with the best views to relax for awhile. There’s a great downhill to the banks of the Li River, along which you’ll cycle, before crossing by local ferry to Xingping and your lodgings for the night. Cycling distance: ~40km Overnight: guesthouse in Xing Ping

Cycle to Chaolong (70km)

With an early start to the day early with a short smooth ride up the Li River before boarding a local boat to Yangdi: this is the prettiest section of the Li River. On arrival in Yangdi it’s time for a hearty noodle breakfast, a quick look around the local markets before hitting the road again. The road heads up steeply for three km’s as you climb away from the river. The road is sealed all the way until lunch and you will be cycling through some very pretty rural countryside and, of course, sublime karst mountain scenery. We’ll take you through the local markets at Baisha where produce from the region is sold and we’ll have a great local hotpot lunch with all the local farmers. After lunch we’ll visit the 500 year old Dragon and Fuli Bridges. The cycling takes us off-road again on single track and dirt roads through rice fields and by the Yu Long River. The scenery here is out of this world and everything deserves a photo! With options to head straight for our stay in renovated farmers cottages in the village of Chao Long or to take a diversion to Moon Hill for a climb to the top, this is a big action packed day. And if the weather’s hot…we highly recommend a swim down at the river during summer! We will transfer your bags to the Chao Long Village for you. Cycling distance: ~70km Overnight: renovated farmer’s cottages in Chaolong Village

Cycle to Yangshuo (25km)

Today we’ll hit the road for a short ride back to the hotel in Yangshuo (your luggage will be transferred for you). Yangshuo is an idyllic town set amidst limestone pinnacles and rice paddies. The surrounding region is very beautiful, spotted with small villages and imposing karst rock formations. The village itself has fantastic shopping and restaurants, and lively ambiance. Today is devoted to climbing (or the activity of your choice). Yangshuo has a developing international reputation for the quality of the rock-climbing, so we have included a half-day rock-climbing session. It does not matter if you are a novice or professional climber, these guys cater to all levels. Note: If rock-climbing is not your thing, you are most welcome to replace it with either: A hike through one of the caves, kayak down the Li River with a local guide, or attend a half-day course at a cooking school. Cycling distance: ~25km Overnight: Hotel

Trip concludes in Yangshuo

Your trip will conclude after breakfast. Today is departure day and you are free to leave at anytime. We’ll organise a transfer to connect with your onward travel.

Additional Information

If you enjoy an active and adventurous holiday this trip gives you access to the best of Yangshuo's stunning scenery with more of a challenge: cycling off the beaten track. Tackle some challenging hills and cycle a beautiful region of rural China back-roads and trails. Visit and stay in centuries old Ming and Qing dynasty era villages and experience small rural towns and farm life. Learn about local history and culture while enjoying splendid local cuisine. Take in the imposing karst rock formations in Yangshuo before the trip concludes in this idyllic town set amidst limestone pinnacles and rice paddies. The optional E-Bike upgrade allows all levels of cyclists to ride together.

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