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Moderate
Activities
  • 8 days cycling
  • 3day walks
Accommodation
  • 8 nights hotel/ guesthouse
  • 1 night farmstay
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 8 Lunches
  • 10 Breakfasts

11 Days$2170USD

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Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: CGT

Trip highlights


  • Cycle on ancient pathways through quaint traditional villages
  • Evening boat cruise past Elephant Trunk Hill
  • Hike amongst spectacular Longji rice terraces
  • Walk amongst the Danxia rock formation in Bajiazhai Geographical Park
  • Bamboo Rafting amongst limestone kaarst formations
  • Stay in traditional guesthouses
  • Visit Longsheng Market

Experience Southern China off the beaten track – backroad cycling at its best. We are excited to offer an itinerary in the beautiful Guangxi Province with its spectacular Karst mountains, stunning river valleys and ancient culture. Take in the major highlights of Southern China and enjoy wonderful cultural experiences while meeting local people, many of them belonging to minority population groups. Combined with the natural beauty of this spectacular province the trip is outstanding.

Tour dates are timed to enjoy the mild weather of autumn and spring seasons. All levels of cyclist are catered for; there is some challenging riding with several good climbs but at all times the support vehicle is available if you wish to take a break. The cycling is superb and many off-the-bike experiences are to be enjoyed, including some great day walks. Chinese food is world renowned and carefully chosen restaurants allow plenty of opportunity to indulge in delicious meals. This trip really is the essence of Southern China with its friendly people, ancient ethnic cultures, spectacular landscapes and traditional cuisine.


Please make your own way to the Venus Royal Hotel (Guilin Xiangshan Park), 11 Binjiang Road, Guilin by mid-afternoon today. The hotel is conveniently situated close to the river walkways, the Elephant Trunk Hill Park and lively central city area. At 6:00pm we meet in the lobby of the hotel for a short briefing before walking to a local restaurant for a welcome Chinese banquet dinner. Cycling: None Hiking: None Overnight: Eva Inn Hotel or similar

Meals:  D

We depart around 8:00am this morning and transfer to the far north of Guangxi Province. We lunch at a local restaurant in an isolated village near Miexe, (where we will be the star attraction with the locals), before we enter the Bajiaozhai Geographical Park. We have two hike options: a moderate 2hr loop which does include some steep sections as we walk between the remarkable Danxia rock formations, or for the stronger hiker, there is an additional optional 1hr return climb to enjoy the views from the monastery at the top of Bajiaozhai Mountain. After our hike we take a short transfer to our homestay lodge which is situated in the middle of the National Park, surrounded by granite rock formations. Here we do a bike fitting and then go for a short test ride before settling in to enjoy the evening at our lodge and the company of our Chinese hosts. Cycling: 7km (test ride) / 4 miles Hiking: 2hr or 3hr optional Overnight: Shangri-La farmer's homestay

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a cycling day as we ride out from our lodge on quiet rural roads. There are two good uphill climbs this morning, both with the option of a ride in the support vehicle if you want to save yourself for later, but the long downhill rewards make the effort worthwhile. The scenery is beautiful as we cycle past terraced slopes into mountain villages and small towns. We arrive at our traditional guest house lodgings mid-afternoon and after a short walk we can relax, take in the view and swim beneath a beautiful local waterfall. Dinner tonight is at our lodge where we enjoy a shared Chinese meal. Cycling: 62km / 39 miles Hiking: easy 15min hike from lodge Overnight: Chetian Guesthouse or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

The riding this morning begins with a challenging climb to a mountain ridgeline but then follows a delightful route as we traverse the ridge before descending into Liangshui Valley. We pass several villages populated by the Miao minority people, where the women wear intricately embroidered dresses and display the family’s wealth by way of ornate silver jewellery. Around mid-afternoon we take a short walk into our lodge situated above the Longsheng River with private natural hot pools. There is an option to continue past the lodge on a short hike alongside the river to an isolated Miao village. It is also well worth staying up to watch the locals fish in the swiftly flowing river at night using torches and spears. Cycling: 43km / 27 miles Hiking: easy 30 min walk from the lodge Overnight: Longsheng Hotspring Hotel or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

We ride this morning on a quiet and scenic new road with little traffic that takes us past a huge swing bridge across the Longsheng River. It is worth a stop for photos and the brave can pay a small fee and walk across to the temple on the other side. Further along the river is another must stop at a local monument, where we will meet Yao ladies in traditional clothing. We ride into Longsheng late morning and visit the thriving local market, often frequented by local minority peoples from differing tribes. The market is full of all manner of unusual goods but is also a great opportunity for people watching. We transfer to our lunch stop to avoid a busy section of road before our final cycle takes us into a quiet river valley and through a Duan minority village. The last 6km up to the village of Pingan in the Longji Rice fields is very steep. Those who want a serious challenge can ride it but we do advise caution as this is a gut-buster of a climb and is followed by a further 30 min hike uphill to our lodgings. We stay for the next two nights in a family run guesthouse high on the mountain with wonderful views of the rice terraces as they cascade down the mountain slopes. Cycling: up to 62km / 39 miles Hiking: 30min uphill Overnight: Liqing Hotel or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a day off the bikes and a chance to relax or hike in the beautiful mountain surrounds. Laundry facilities are available in Pingan and there are several café & restaurant options for your meals, (a picnic lunch can be arranged from your guest-house if you are going for a long hike). There are three hiking options, an easy self-guided loop of the local rice terraces with spectacular views, or your guides will accompany you on one of two other options. One is a 4 hr easy return hike through the terraces to Longji village or for fit hikers only, a 7 hr loop along the mountain ridges mountain visiting remote Aiwan and Longji villages. No matter which hike you choose the scenery is amazing and the colorful local minority people are very hospitable. This will be a day to remember and a tour highlight. Cycling: None Hiking: optional 1.5hr self-guided, 4hr easy guided, 7hr – strenuous guided Overnight: Liqing Hotel or similar

Meals:  B

After a relaxed breakfast at the lodge we take a short hike down the mountain to our waiting vehicle and bikes. There is an option to ride downhill from Pingan and retrace our route from two days ago before we start on a lovely cycle through quiet backroads. The ride is undulating as we pass through valleys covered in bamboo groves and forest. After lunch, around the 30km mark, there is an option to take a 90 min rafting trip in 2 person rubber rafts - you will get wet and be prepared for a bumpy ride. Mid-afternoon sees us check into our lodgings in a tranquil riverside setting with time to relax before dinner. Cycling: up to 60km / 37 miles Hiking: None Overnight: Twelve Beach Drift Resort or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

We transfer this morning to Daxu in the heart of limestone country and from here we start cycling through the Karst Mountains that jut out of the landscape like islands and finish in the quaint village of Caoping. After a local dumpling lunch we board our bamboo raft for the 2.5 hr journey down the Li River. It's time to relax and take in the breathtaking views as the river snakes its way between "mountain gates" and alongside forested cliffs and valleys. Our traditional guest house is in a small village across the river Xinping. There is a lovely courtyard in which to relax and take in the views. A walk around the village at dusk is most interesting and provides some insight into the life of the local people. Cycling: 21km / 13 miles Overnight: Water & Cloud Inn or similar

Meals:  B,L

We take a local ferry across the river to explore the historic village of Xinping before cycling via backroads to Bai Sha and the Yulong river. Another ferry crossing leads us to an optional 3km climb which provides us with awesome views as we look down on the karst mountain landscape. A cycle down a narrow trail takes us to our luxurious lodgings beside the tranquil Yulong river. Enjoy a swim in the pool or an evening stroll in the beautiful gardens. Cycling: 50km / 31 miles Hiking: None Overnight: Yangshuo Moondance Hotel or similar

Meals:  B,L

This morning there is an optional early hike before breakfast. It begins with a short cycle to Moon Hill where a 30 min climb (one way) takes us to a moon-shaped hole in the rock with some amazing views over the mountainous landscape and villages below. For those who prefer to relax and sleep in, breakfast is at leisure in the luxurious surrounds of the property and we have a late checkout this morning. Once we are all back together, we head out on a local cycle around the Yulong River valley, which takes us into Yangshuo where we spend our final night. Dinner is a sumptuous Chinese banquet and a chance to celebrate our achievements of the last ten days, before we take a walk to enjoy the vibrant nightlife of this very interesting city. Cycling: 30km / 19 miles Optional: 1hr return Overnight: Yinmo Hotel or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

Trip arrangements end after breakfast. Airport transfers to Guilin airport or additional accommodation in Yangshuo can be arranged if required (additional cost applies). Yangshou is a very interesting city with a multitude of things to do if you wish to extend your stay.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 8 nights hotel/inn ensuite accommodation, 2 nights in traditional guesthouse (shared bathroom facilities) on twin share basis
  • Professional bilingual tour leader & bike mechanic
  • Private vehicle transport
  • Bamboo rafting trip
  • Hot springs entry
  • Entry fees to National Parks and hiking trails
  • Mountain bike hire (including helmet)
  • Front handle bar bag, if required
  • Water and snacks while cycling

  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Tips

About Your Leader

Enjoy the trip in the company of experienced local Chinese guides who will provide interpretations as well as look after your every need. Your guides speak English and they take great pleasure and pride in introducing you to their region. The guides come from all walks of life but they have a common desire to ensure you have the best possible experience, a lot of fun and have some fond memories to take home with you. All guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many are trained bike mechanics.


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$2170USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementUSD$470
  • E-Bike Rental (subject to availability)USD$560
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Bike & Hike Southern China trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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