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11-day Zhangjiajie & Guilin Cycling Adventure

Tour Itinerary

Tour Highlights

*  Holistic travel experiences with a lot of fun: cycling, hiking, visits to ancient town, village, and farm, bamboo rafting and cave exploration;
*  Cycling off the beaten track;
*  Hiking at Longji Rice Terraces and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park;
*  Travel by bullet Train and overnight sleeper train;
*  Amazing light show of Impression Sister Liu San-jie in Yangshuo;
*  Try local specialty dishes;
*  Flexible Tour Itinerary based on your budget and fitness level.

Tour Overviews

This is an outdoor adventure trip of mixed cycling and hiking experiences from Guangxi to Hunan province in South China. The 2 areas are both among the most beautiful sites in China: Guilin (limestone formation) and Zhangjiajie (quartz sandstone formation) – It is the place that inspired Hollywood movie director James Cameron to create the world of Avatar in his film.

Difficulty Level: 1/2/3/4/5  (Difficulty Levels of GCT?)  
Start / Finish Points (Airport): Guilin (KWL) / Zhangjiajie (DYG).
Cycling distance (flexible): About 230KM in 4-5 days.
Bike Type: MTB / E - Bikes / Hybird Bikes (flat bar).
*  Tour style: Guided by guide, support van (Guilin). 
*  Road Condition: Mostly on paved concrete/asphalt (90% +).


The tour itinerary is customizable. If you prefer to cycle more, we can shorten the 3-day visit at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, so you will enjoy more riding in the area.  

Day 1 Arriving in Guilin and a half-day warming up bike trip (L,D)

Half day bike tour around Guilin

Your own arrangement to Guilin (KWL) by flight or train. If you arrive in the morning, then we can have a warm-up ride in the afternoon and adjust your bike to fit you. The distance is around 30KM. The itinerary today is very flexible as we do hope you have a good rest after a long trip to China..

Experience the Toufu Culture in Guilin

Day 2 Xing'an Greenway + Water Cave Village, approx. 69KM (B,L)

Visit the Local Farmer's House

Drive 1 hour to the peaceful countryside with our bikes and start pedaling. We will first cycle the greenway by Ling Canal (Built in 214BC, it is the oldest contour canal in the world) to Xing’an county, and then continue the ride to the hidden village, where one of the biggest chain caves in Asia is located. We will pedal 28KM on flat surface with few undulating sections in the morning, and then the challenging 37KM in bigger mountain areas before arriving at our lodge. Dinner and overnight there.

Hidden Water Cave Popular for Trekkers in Guilin

For those who are not sure if you make the climbs in the afternoon, we can relax and spend more time at a grape farm. You will try the fresh grapes, chat with farmers and taste a unique grape wine made by them. In the afternoon, the guide will discuss with you about the cycling route, you may ride a short section and skip the climbs by taking the support van. 

Day 3The Cave Areas - Caoping, approx. 73km  (B,L,D)

Daxu Green Way for Bicycles

Today’s bike ride is of moderate level as we will head to lower altitude areas, lots of downhills are expected today after some undulations in the morning. You will enjoy lunch at a local market, then pedal our bike through Daxu ancient town and continue riding the greenway along Li River to Caoping town, where you can have an optional visit to the Crown Cave. The cycling distance is around 73KM, not very challenging.

Day 4Caoping - Yangshuo, approx. 57km (B,L,D)

Yangshuo Mountain Bike Tours with Guilin Cycling Tours

Get up early in the morning. Take a small boat to the other side of the river (the ferry is only available at that time) and start cycling. The breakfast will be arranged after we ride to a village by Li River. The view along the way is spectacular without the disturbance of tourists. The guide will show you the highlighted sceneries later today at the Dragon Valley near Yangshuo and more hidden gems around. The cycling distance is about 55KM, and the difficulty level is moderate. The optional evening lightshow in Yangshuo is highly recommended. 

Day 5Yangshuo Highlight Cycling 45-62KM Approx.(B,L)

Yangshuo Mountain Bike Tours with Guilin Cycling Tours

The route is very flexible today based on your wishes, we will have a 45-62KM bike trip and receive all the highlight views between Yangshuo and Xingping areas. After the trip, our supporting van will drive us from Yangshuo/Xingping back to Guilin through another beautiful mountain areas full of Karst landforms. We will drive you from the other side of Li River back to Guilin city and complete the image of spelendid Karst langdform in your mind.

Day 6Longji hiking and overnight at Ping'an Village (B, L, D)

Cycling to Longji,Bike and Hike Tour Longji

After breakfast, drive 1.5 hours to Longji Rice Terraces Scenic Spot. Unlike other tourists going up by vehicle, we will hike from the mountain bottom up to Ping’an Zhuang Village (9 km, 2.5-3 hours) via zigzagging mountain trail. You will surely be amazed by the stunning view of farmlands and stilted wooden houses built on the mountain slope. Arrive at the hotel in Ping’an village, relax and have a cold drink. Free time at the rest of the day.

Day 7 Ping'an Village, and Guilin - Zhangjiajie via overnight train (B, L, D)

Soft Trains in China

Further explore the areas in the morning. You will walk to the viewing platforms to see the man-made miracle of Longji Rice Terraces (2 hours). In the afternoon, go down to the car park and transfer to Guilin Railway Station. You will take a bullet train to Liuzhou (1.25 hrs), then change another overnight sleeper train to Zhangjiajie (10.5 hours) as there is no direct train from Guilin to Zhangjiajie. You will take 2 different types of trains today, which is a unique experience for international travelers.

Day 8Arrive in Zhangjiajie + Transfer & warm-up ride of Zhangjiajie, approx. 30KM (B, L, D)

One day cycling tour in Zhangjiajie

Arrive in Zhangjiajie in the morning. Transfer to the hotel for refreshment. Later get our bikes at a local shop and do a warm-up ride of 30-40KM out of the city. The view along the cycling route is spectacular, which has been explored by us a few times before. In hot summer days, you can even swim in a crystal clear stream flowing in the mountain valley to wash away our tiredness on the way here from Guilin. Later you will be rewarded by a local spicy dinner featured with Hunan cuisine.  

Tianmenshan Mountain Cycle Zhangjiajie.

Later the support van will pick us up and go to a small ethnic Tujia village, have a local spicy dinner there and relax on the Wind and Rain Bridge. Have a sweet dream tonight. Tomorrow there will be a lot awaiting you to explore.

Day 9Zhangjiajie National Forest Park hiking - the first day (B, L, D)

Hike Tour in Zhangjiajie national park

Today’s hiking distance is shorter compared with those of the following 2 days. We will try to avoid the tourist-packed sites and see the less visited spots. Watch out the wild monkeys. It is recommended to keep a distance from them.

Day 10Zhangjiajie National Forest Park hiking - the Second Day(B, L, D)

Trek in the Zhangjiajie National Forrest Park Where the Movie Avatar was Shoot

Transfer to the park gate and hike in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Since it is a UNESCO Natural Heritage site, overnight stay on the mountain is not allowed. We will rest at the hotel near the national park.

Day 11Zhangjiajie National Forest Park hiking - the Third Day (B, L)

Cable Car at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Hike another day and go down from the mountain. Your trip ends today. Transfer to the train station or airport to head for your next destination.

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Guide Price

2020 Price (based on twin-beds rooms and non-holiday dates)P.S Popular Holidays in China: Qingming (Early April), National Holiday (First Week of Oct.),  rooms price in some areas during Chinese school summer vactions will be doubled or tripled. (July).

$2380 p.p  ( from 2 people's group ) Please contact to get more discounts if you have more people coming.

Single Room Supplement: $230

*   11 nights' accommodation,
*   Airport pick-up to hotel on Day1,
*   Support vehicle,
*   English speaking guide(s), 
*   Bike hire (MTB / Hybird Bike - Flat Bar),
*   Helmet, (recommended to bring your own),
*   Most meals (see trip notes for details),
*   Entrance tickets of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Longji Scenic Spot,etc. unless it was stated as 'Optional',
*   Snacks and mineral water during cycling days.
*  Departure airport transfer,
*  International & domestic flights,
*  Alcoholic drinks,
*  Meals not specified on the itinerary,
*  Travel insurance,
*  Tips for guide (s) and support staff (Recommended but not forced).

*Please note that obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on this biking tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Our biking leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. We reserve the right to refuse you if you do not carry such an insurance policy.

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