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13-day Self-Guided Adventure around Grand Guilin

Tour Itinerary

Tour Highlights

*  Visit of ancient towns and well-reserved old villages.
*  Biking on countryside rails and attraction visit,
*  Bicycle greenway cycles along Ancient canal and Li River,
*  UNESCO heritage at Ziyuan and Dragon's Backbone of Longji Rice Terraces Fields
*  Homestay lunch at local farmer's house.

Tour Overviews

This tour is designed for the active traveler who does not wish to cover too many areas in 10 days and intend to have an in-depth travel experience and funs. This tour covers all the must-visit parts around Guilin and highlights both in north and south, it is one of the classic long-distance bike tour in China.

Tour Level From: 1/2/3/4/5  (Difficulty of GCT?)  
Start and Finish Point (Airport): Guilin (KWL).
Distance (flexible): About 560KM in cycling 11 days. (Include 2 hiking days)
Bike Type:  E - Bikes / Hybird Bikes (flat bar).
*  Tour style:Self- Guided by with GPS map. 
*  Road Condition: Well paved concrete/asphalt.

Tour Notes

GCT company never arranged cycling with the busy traffic except we had no choice, updating......

Day 1   Arrival at Guilin (D)

This journey starts from downtown Guilin, where you may need to find our workshop near the center area of Guilin city and get the bicycles. We test our bikes and learn to use the GPS map and cell phone we offer to you then start your own journey tomorrow.

UCI world tour of Guangxi

Bike tour in Guilin of Guangxi

Day 2   Guilin – Xing’an  75KM   (B)

GPS data  Cycle from Guilin To Xing'an

Visit local family on the way cycle to Xing'an

After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, we are ready to hit the road.Getting ready to cycle several kilometers outside the busy traffic downtown and move in to countryside.Trying to familiar the GPS map at the first 20km, and you will know how to use it better.After around 25km cycling from the down town of Guilin you will find a small town and don’t forget to get some water, snacks or fruits in the local market, as there will be another 20km until the next town. We cycling on peaceful roads, with a 5 km climb halfway, a proper warm up for the whole trip.

When guests finish 30km in a valley then arrive at Xingan, home to the world’s first canal connecting two river valleys- Lingqu Cannal, where you can take a stroll along the Water Street and around the Lingqu Canal Park. You should enjoy a local dinner and overnight in Xing’an, which is the hometown of Guilin rice noodles.

Day 3   Xing’an – Jinshi village  71KM  

Cycling from Xing'an to Jinshi

Cycling mountian area of Guilin


Today you will cycle to Rongjiang in the morning from Xing’an by the provincial roads and the newly built Xing’an Greenway for bicycles, along the peaceful Lingqu canal around 25km.You may have simple lunch and some supply at this town which popular with a lot of grapes.

This afternoon guests will fight with a big challenge cycling uphill on broken paved roads, a steep and continuing climb around 10 km. Then cycle downhill 8km on well paved asphalt road but facing many sharp turnings until arriving a poor but peaceful village named Jinshi.There are very few cars on that road but still need to control your speed when you are downhill at some turns.

Guests will live in a simple local guesthouse built along the beautiful, peaceful river and enjoy your dinner with hospitable local people and the famous fructus momordicae tea.

Day 4   Jinshi village – Longsheng  74KM  

Cycling From Jinshi To Longsheng
Today's cycle begins with an 8 km ride and the road is generally flat. Then be ready for 8 km of uphill ride. The road condition is just ok except some broken parts before getting to the top, where the poor road condition may be a great challenge to us. But you are rewarded with a silent world as there are possibly less than 10 cars on the mountain this morning.The surface of the road is broken and with many small stone on it so please careful cycling when facing a10km downhill.

After lunch at Jiangdi, biking on country road to Longsheng, passing over the hot spring scenic spot and dozens of wooden houses of the Miao/Yao people.You will pass by Datangwan which is one of the views of Jackie Chan’s movie “Skip trace”.

Minority villages hid in hills of north Guilin

Day 5  Longsheng to Heping town(entance of Longji scenic spot) Hiking to Piangan 15KM   (B)

Hiking to the terrace field

A 15 km ride on the main national road is the only way to the Longji scenic spot where we see the well-known Dragon Backbone's Rice Terraces. About an hour you will arrive at Heping village and leave the bikes and some unnecessary luggage in the hotel then go to the entrance of Longji terrace field buy the tickets. You will be transfer to the view point by shuttle bus.It takes about 1 hour to entrance of Ping’an village then you have to walk 20 minutes to our hotel where you can see the gorgeous scenery there. Hiking among the terrace fields nearby the Zhuang village is highly recommended. Guests stay overnight at the Zhuang village.  

Day 6 Hiking from Longji terrace field to Dazhai terrace fields 15KM  (B)

Hiking from Pingan to Dazhai
Hiking from Ping'an to Dazhai

Enjoying the sunrise on this peaceful village if the weather is ok and you get up early in the morning.You need to get a big breakfast before hiking 20KM to Dazhai, a difference type of terrace fields.You will take a shuttle bus back to Heping after hiking in Dazhai.

Stay one night in Heping town.

Day 7  Heping-Qingshitan  65KM   (B)

A11km climb starts our day then 8 km downhill towards another valley. You need to have a stop when finish the 18 km old national road and get some supply in a small village which is the only suitable place on the way. We then cycle up and down before we reach the busy national road for a 5 km ride and then shift into another peaceful world on concrete road.Another 4 km climb on steep mountains is waiting for us. Getting out of the mountain by biking along the brooks and river in the deepest part of the mountain. Be careful when doing off road downhill ride. Sometimes you have to take off your shoes for crossing a small river if flooded.

In the late afternoon,  you will rewarded with much easier undulating roads along the Qingshitan reservoir, and local villages and karst landform gradually get into our eyes. Guests going to stay in a Mountain Resort and you can release our muscle in the swimming pool.

Cycling to the remote village in Guilin

Day 8  Qingshitan -- Guilin  47KM   (B)

Cycling From Qingshitan To Guilin

You cycle from paved road and trails among the valley, then back to Guilin from the northwest, passing by the local attraction the Peach River and Reed Flute Cave. Our GPS map will show you an exclusive route into Guilin, without missing any beautiful corner of the countryside of the city. 

You will have a great lunch today then enjoy half free day in Guilin city.

Cycling to the remote village in Guilin

Day 9  Guilin -- Yanshan  45KM  

Cycling From Guilin To Yanshan
You have an easy and comfortable bike program today so everybody can get up late for more time enjoy Guilin city.

Nobody but we will show you the real highlight trails cycling outside Guilin. Biking on hidden trails among many beautiful uncommercialized villages. Guests cycle and see the real local life of farmers, and enjoy the elegant water dams, brooks, bridges, and lush rice fields.You may have our lunch at Huixian town (Huixian Wetland Areas) then bike to Yanshan, a small town not far away from Guilin. People call Yanshan the “college city of Guilin” as several universities and colleges around the town.


Cycling to the remote village in Guilin and Yanshan

Day 10  Yanshan -- Yangshuo  70KM  

Don’t forget to enjoy our biking trip today with more photos as we will bike among those Krast hills, most of the roads are flat but we will have some challenges on muddy road or macadam if it rains a lot.

Second part of the road with three times big climbs and several small climbs. When you are cycling on the second part you will on the top of the hills and thousands of karst limestone hills at our right side. And the Li River like a snake moving among the Kast hills with a panoramic view.We have a cool downhill before in to Yangshuo town that famous for the West Street where squashed with thousands of people from different countries on holiday.After dinner, you are expected to watch an excellent light show (the Impression of Sister Liu’s Light Show)

Cycling by village to Yangshuo

Day 11  Yangshuo -- Xingping  35KM   (B)

You cycle to Fuli ancient town, a peaceful town near Yangshuo, and we soon shift our route into hidden trails between villages, passing over off road bosky mountains, reservoir, and orchard, pools and fields then arrive in Xingping., an ancient town with a history of more than 1,300 years. The town is known for its well-preserved Ming Dynasty architectures and fine wood carving, and boasts some of the best scenery of Yangshuo. It’s no wonder the town has been favoured by poets and painters for centuries. Whilst the area is quietly gaining recognition abroad, it is still possible to lose yourself in a timeless rural lifestyle that remains unchanged over centuries.

Since today’s ride is short, you have plenty of time to explore this wonderful town. Guests will enjoy the site of the scenery on the 20 Yuan bill, then you can have an optional rafting on Li River or climb the Laozhai Hill for a panoramic view of big turning of the elegant Li River.

Biking from Yangshuo to Xingping

Day 12  Xingping – Guilin  75KM   (B)

Our bike route for final cycling day won’t let you down as usual! You need to bike over big mountains and enjoy the perfect views, passing by the Xitang Reservoir and Daxu, renowned for its well preserved ancient buildings, worn bluestone streets and traditional culture.Guests cycle back from Daxu from the Greenway of Daxu and the hidden trails among the villages, leaving behind the busy roads and annoying cars.

Cycling on well paved road from Xingping back to Guilin

Day 13  Guilin Departure   (B)

Guide Price

2020 Price:  (Price based on budget hotels/hostels, twin-beds rooms and non-holiday dates)

$870 p.p (minimum 2 people ) Please enquire if you have more than 2 people. 

Single Room Supplement: USD220

*   12 nights' accommodation,
*   Guilin airport / train station pick-up to hotel on Day1,
*   Meals mentioned as B, L or D,
*   Bike hire (E-Bike or Hybird Bike - Flat Bar)with luggage rack and panniers, 
*   Helmet, (recommended to bring your own),
*   Local cellphone with GPS map app, phone support service at anytime.
*  Departure airport transfers,
*  International flights and flights / trains to Guilin,
*  Travel insurance,
*  Extra Services:. If you need a guide to deal with emergency issues, we will charge you CNY500 per time,
*  If we sent our guide and private car, we will charge you CNY800  per time (within 100km, every more than 50km, we will charge 80 yuan extra fee).

*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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