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9-day Rural China by Bike

  • Tour Overview: This is an updated route of the old Dragon's trail cycling from Guizhou provice to Guangxi. The tour starts from Southeastern Guizhou province, where is accessible by bullet train (the habitat of Dong and Miao people), and ends in Guilin and Yangshuo areas (known as the best scenery in the country).This itinerary is a mix of the cycling on MTB and cultural excursions to rural areas of China. Participants will be impressed by the ethnic groups and the unsophisticated culture here, staying in hotels and local guesthouses, enjoying local food and way of life in the minority villages. Riding on the less travelled backroads around Guilin area including Yangshuo and Longji for the gorgeous sceneries, traditional lifestyles of locals, the Rice Terraces, Lingqu Canal built in 214BC and an organic grape farm.
  • Duration: 7 days cycling, 1.5 day Hiking
  • Tour Code: CYT-LT-005
  • Price from: $1463
  • Difficulty: 4+2 Cycling, Fully Supported by Van

Tour Itinerary

"We are a family of three. we have one adult daughter who joined us - 18 years old. The trip was perfect from the time we were picked up at the train station throughout the week of cycling. The bikes were in good condition. Our guide Forest was fluent in english and a gentleman. He looked after our needs from first thing in the morning until the evening. You could feel comfortable with no knowledge of Chinese language. The roads we traveled had very little auto traffic and the roads were in excellent condition. We are not hard core cyclists and he chose a great itinerary. We cycled 25-35 miles daily. The van was always close-by if someone wanted a rest or needed a cycle repair. The scenery was stunning and the hotel choices were all great. All lodging had A/C and western toilets. We never required our own toilet paper. The hotels reflected the culture of the area. Our meals were of high quality and prepared by the proprietors of the small hotels in which we stayed. I plan on booking with them again in a different area of china as they are members of Easy Tour China ." -- Tour comment and video from client of US, written on April of 2019.

Day 1Train to Congjiang (High-speed train) (D)

Cycling to village in Guizhou

It is very convenient to take bullet train or plane to Guizhou nowadays. The place to meet your guide and driver of this tour is called Congjiang Railway Station, trains are available to Congjiang from many cities in China (Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guilin and Guiyang, etc.). You can also fly to Guiyang or Guilin first, then go by train to Congjiang. 

Bike Tour China in Guizhou

This area of China is home to Dong and Miao ethnic groups, which are linguistically related minorities. As we will pass by numerous wooden houses, often on stilts with animals living underneath. The local people wear brightly coloured embroidered clothing and observe strong cultural traditions including a love of storytelling and music. Traditional handcrafts are still made and widely used here, including weaving, batik and embroidery.

After arrival at the train statio, transfer to Zhaoxing Village of Dong tribe, one of the largest Dong villages in this country. 

Day 2Zhaoxing excursion (Option 1: Walking) / Drive and Cycle to Liping (Option 2: Cycling) (B,L,D)

Zhaoxing Village of Guihzou

The tour is flexible and fit the cyclists of all levels. You will ride the way you like: skipping the uphill or even challenging in the scorching heat or torrential rain. Your demand will be accommodated based on your physical condition and preference. Bike more / walk more / more time relaxing somewhere, they are all available!

Zhaoxing is famous for its grandeur of Dong villages with five Drum Towers, five coverd flower bridges and five opera stages. Each individual Drum Tower represents one village or one big clan. The Dong people here still wear traditional costumes and speak their native tongue. The small town is waken up early in the morning with a market where you can sample local snacks and observe local life, it is then getting very quiet during the day when most people work out in the farmland.

Cycle Countryside of the South East of Guizhou Province in China

The Dongs don't have a written language of their own. Their history, tradition and philosophy have been passed down from generation to generation in the form of songs. Dong people are good at choral singing accompanied by unique wooden pipes dances and the never-ending songs. We may be treated to some traditional music while we are here. If time permits, you can walk up to Tang'an, another authentic Dong village located up on the mountain.

Besides your excursion in town or a walk to Tang'an, you can also choose to ride with us from a remote village called Dimen after 2 hours' drive (a short distance of 20KM small undulation route, then finish the ride). Finally arrive in the historic city - Liping, tasting local food, wandering around the old street. Today it is a warm-up exercise, you need to get familiar with your bike and service team beforehand. Please be ready for the bike rides in the following days.  

Note: If you choose option 2 by cycling out of town, then you won't have enough time to visit Zhaoxing. Adding one extra night is suggested.  

Day 3Zhaoxing to less visited Dong village by bike and to Basha Miao village by van (<35KM cycling) (B,L,D)

Basha in Guizhou

The best scenery hidden in the deep mountains might not be a big deal to us all. Let's focus more on your cycling, photographing and visit of mimority villages. The bike ride takes us to smaller villages you will never find on internet, the ancient lifestyle and innocent smiles on locals' faces are no long beyond your reach. No doubt, CYCLING is the best way to see the REAL RURALITY OF CHINA. The lunch today will be simple due to the poor conditions of smaller towns. If the weather permits, you will see the local ladies weaving fabrics and dying them in their traditional method, kids chasing each other on the playground, old men smoking and chatting together. You are even possibly invited by the locals to visit their home. All of experiences will definitely make this trip a memorable one. 

Less Travelled Bike Route of China

After finishing the cycling section, we will skip the busy roads with a lot of traffic and drive directly to Basha Village - the last gun tribe in China (possessing a gun is prohibited in the country). This evening it is one of the highlights of the trip as we are amongst the first international tourists to stay in Basha village. We will be surrounded by hospitable villagers, who have very little chance to see foreigners. The village still retains its traditional characters with wooden houses, high racks for air-drying rice, and their granaries on stilts.

Day 4 Basha to Chengyang by van and Cycle The Boundary of 3 Provinces (35-55KM) (B,L,D)

Sunrise seen from hotel of Basha

The gun show at Basha village is stunning. In the morning we spend some time here wandering around. To get to know the heritage being passed down from Miao ancestors, you can pay a visit to the folk museum. From today we have to bid farewell to Guizhou province, a 2-hour drive will take us directly to Chengyang, another Dong area belonging to Guangxi province famous for the ingenious Wind and Rain bridge.

Basha Gun Performance, Gun Show at Basha
After hotel check-in, we can get our bike gear on again and ride half day through the peaceful villages. Possibly we even head further north to Hunan province, witnessing the differences and changes of traditional and modern lifestyles. After the ride, our patient driver will again, help packing our bikes and drive us back to hotel. Enjoy the room with river views and tasty dinner. 

Day 5Chengyang to Ping'an of Longji Drive and Walking Day (2 hours drive + 4 hours walking) (B,L,D)

Longji terrace field

Longsheng county is popular with Longji rice terraces (Longji Titian),known as 'The Dragon's Backbone' by the locals, entire mountainsides have been transformed into rice fields creating a dramatic landscape like great chains, or ribbons extending from the foot to the top of the hills. This maximizes use of the limited arable land and water resources in the mountainous area.

A short drive around 1 hour takes us from Chengyang to Longji Rice Terrace Scenic Spot. After store our big bags (and only carry small bags for better walking from the parking lot to our hotel on the mountain), we can decide to walk the longer version all the way from the bottom to the top of the mountain or use our van again driving uphill to the higherest parking lot and only walk 1.5 hour for the famous two viewing decks. The Terraces were first started in the Yuan dynasty and finished in the Qing dynasty by the Zhuang people and look as if they were sculpted into the mountainside. The Longsheng Hot Springs, called "a heaven of peace and happiness" and "paradise on earth," are the centre piece of the national park.

You can sample the local specialty rice: cooked with peanuts, beans or other ingredients baked in bamboo tubes on an open fire. You can explore the village on foot and a short climb will take you to two famous vantage points: the' Nine Dragons and Five Tigers', and the 'Seven Stars with the Moon', where you can enjoy breath-taking views. These are considered as the highlights of the 'The Dragon's Backbone'.

Day 6PingAn to Xing'an County (Drive and >30KM cycling) (B,L,D)

Xing'an Bike Path Bike Tour
After a late breakfast and say goodbye to the amazing rice terrace fields, we walk and drive down from the mountain to our cycling start point and move from the north west of Guilin to the north east. Our cycling journey begins from a peaceful village where the best grapes of the areas are grown, enjoy a home stay visit and cooking. And then ride 30KM all the way along the Lingqu Canal (built by the same Emperor who did the Great Wall) to Xing'an county - a historical and exciting easy undulation ride through the bike path to the hometown of the best local rice noodle. An extra 20KMs bike riding on the nicest bike path of Guilin along brooks and farming land of passion fruit is available to be arranged if you want ride more.

Day 7 Town Car Drive, Visit of Qin Courtyard and Natural Chain Cave, Cycle to Haiyang( 55KM) (B,L,D)

Qin Courtyard Family Visit at Xing'an,Guilin Countryside Bike Tour

Our diligent driver will help us again, driving us together with our bikes to a less travelled village near the longest reservoir of Xing’an and we ride a little big there, and then drive us again to Baishi and a smaller village, where a natural Karst landform chain cave locates. We will spend around 1-2 hours walking there to explore the cave (please let the guide know if you have knee or back problems that causes a hard walking through narrow tracks very close to the cliff and waterside, we can skip the walking to better fit your wishes). After lunch at the cave areas, we continue our cycling for some short steep undulating and flat until arrive our final destination today – Haiyang – a small town famous for the ginkgo trees. 

Day 8Haiyang to Daxu and Xingping( 45-70KM) (B,L,D)

Xingping Bike Route to Yangshuo

The smaller uphill and undulations in the morning ride won’t bother us too much, until our arrival of the mountain bottom where the Tour of Guangxi locates (perfect asphalt roads for road bikers), the UCI rated the Tour of Guangxi as the most important bike race in China now and it is also the last stop for the whole season for top professional teams (same teams even for Tour of France). You can choose to ride up and finish the rest distance among fantastic scenery or skip some uphill with our van. Xingping is a good place for people who are searching for peaceful nights in the scenery. A good rest is for sure after amazing Chinese food. 

We take a hilly route following the Li River, glimpsing these spectacular mountainsabove and below, before a long downhill and flat run into Xingping, an old port village, and our guesthouse with its rooftop views over the river.Xingping is an interesting place to wander around and there are lots of little cafes and handicrafts to check out, adding to its charm. There are some spectacular look outs and swimming spots too.

Day 9Xingping to Yangshuo and Countryside Cycling (45-70 KM) (B,L,D)

Cycling through villages in Yangshuo

A morning boat across the Li River helps us jump directly closer to the Karst peaks, after some short but steep uphill riding, the best chance to have an panoramic view of the Li River appears now, we can walk up to the top of Xianggongshan and have a amazing picture without too much other tourists. Enjoy the peaceful countryside in the most beautiful landscape around Li River and ride through mountains, bike path, small rivers and scenic spots till arrive Yangshuo. (We have a lot cycling routes to choose today based on weather, your fitness and wishes), our bike tour today covers peaceful towns near Yangshuo,will passing over off road bosky mountains, reservoir, and orchard, pools and fields then fianlly arrive Yangshuo.

As you will not have chance staying at the less commercialied city - Guilin, we are happy to move tonight's accommodation to Guilin after finish our ride.

Day 10 Guilin/Yangshuo Departure (B)

Our trip service ends with the breakfast today. If you want a transfer service, please book before hand with us.

Guide Price

Dates:  Guaranteed departure dates: June, 2019 , August, 2019. (Please contact to join or the tour starts on any private dates upon your requests from 2 people's group)

2020 price:  USD1980 p.p (2-3people), USD 1580 p.p (4 people)

 9 nights' accommodation in comfortable hotels or guesthouses with twin share rooms, private bathrooms; Train ticket to Congjiang on Day1 (available to ask for our help in booking)
 Private transfer from Congjiang Train Station to hotel on Day1 and any distance based on the above 4+2 Jump Ride itinerary;  International airfares and airfares to Guilin and exit; 
 Meals: all breakfasts(supplied by hotels or simple Chinese one on the street), lunches(simple fast food or snacks) and dinners(formal in local featured restaurants) noted as B,L,or D; Departure airport transfers;
 Water and sinple snacks whilst cycling; We offer simple instant coffee and bananas for cycling days.  Visas and Insurance*;
 Ticket fee for Zhaoxing Dong village, Basha Miao village, Chengyang Village, Longji terrace field and Xianggong Hill; Tips, gratuities, personal expenses;
 One cycling leader available in fixing simple bike problems; One supporting van driver; Helmet or cycling gear (our bike pedals are standard and may not suit you);
 Air-conditioned support vehicle & driver (minimum 2 vacation seats); 
 Quality well-maintained mountain bikes of 27 speed front suspension; 
 Bike tools, spare parts when needed; 

*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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