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9-day Rural China by Bike

Tour Itinerary

Tour Highlights

*  Cycle through traditional villages - best local scenery and less traffic.
*  Learning culture from the ethnic groups (Dong,Miao,Zhuang) and the majority of China (Han).
*  Diversed experiences in two provinces.
*  Superb landscapes of the limestone terrain and rice field terraces.   
*  China's intangible cultural heritage (group singing, the last gun tribe,etc.).
*  Back roads cycling at Lingqu Canal built in 214BC and organic grape farm experience.
*  Countryside biking around the Li River areas with spectacular Karst landscape.
*  Flexible tour itineary and fully supported by guide and van.

Tour Overviews

This is an updated route of the old Dragon's trail bike tour (popular among westerners) from the Southeastern Guizhou province, where the habitat of Dong and Miao people lives, and the tour is a mix of the cycling and cultural excursions to rural areas of China.

Tour Level From: 1/2/3/4/5  (Difficulty of GCT?)  
Start and Finish Point: Congjiang( 从江 Train Station) - Guilin (Airport Code = KWL). 
Cycling distance (flexible): About 330KM in 7 cycling days and 1-2 walking days (flexible).
Bike Type: MTB / E - Bikes / Hybird Bikes (flat bar).
*  Tour style: Guided by guide, supporting van (Guilin). 
*  Road Condition: Mostly on paved concrete/asphalt (90% +).
  

Tour Notes

Guizhou provinces is a mountainous area but with plenty of cultural values for cyclists. If you are just a 'very basic' beginner for long-distance cycling, or  who 'hates' uphills but still wish to join this tour, please don't worry because you can choose to fully / partly use our electronic bikes, the extra fee is only CNY150 per day. We will still recommend this tour to all - level cyclists, this tour is one of the top 3 tours in China for 2018 and 2019.


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

Cycling to village in Guizhou

Bike Tour China 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. 

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 station, 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 for its Longji rice terraces (Longji Titian) nearby,known as 'The Dragon's Backbone' by the locals. The 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 , we will carry small bags for better walking from the parking lot to our hotel on the mountain), we can decide to walk the longer version (4 hours) all the way from the bottom to the top or driving uphill to the higherest parking lot and walk the highlights 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. A short explore on foot in the village takes us to 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 saying 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 itinerary today 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 (hometown of the local Guilin rice noodles)- a historical place and the cycling itself is exciting on easy undulation bike path. 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 need more distance on bike.

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

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

Except the interesting stories and legends about the emperor Qin (known as the starter of the Feudal monarchy of China) and his greatest achievements, the scenery around the less-visited towns and villages of Xing’an county (one part of Guilin city) are also worth for a bike ride. Before continue our cycling though the farms and fields where local farmer work to our rest stop tonight, we will drive/bike to a hidden natural Karst landform tunnel cave and spend couple hours there, enjoy the walking and local lunch. The walking part of the cave lasts around 1.5 hour but not recommended for people with knee or back problems, as the walking path is narrow and close to the cliff and waterside, not very high though.  

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 (professional teams who joined the Tour of France). The little challenging bike uphill part rewards us one of the prettiest part around the Li River, the easy downhill with awesome views makes our arrival to the town quicker. Xingping is a good place for people who are searching for peaceful nights in the scenery. Lets’ have a good rest 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.

Tour Feedback

"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.

Guide Price

2020 - 2021 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).

$1980 p.p  ( from 2 people's group ) Please contact to get more discounts if you have more people coming.

Single Room Supplement: $210

PRICE INCLUDES 
*   9 nights' accommodation,
*   Congjiang train station pick-up to hotel on Day1,
*   Support vehicle,
*   Local professional 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 Zhaoxing, Basha, Chengyang. Longji and areas mentioned in the itinerary unless it was stated as 'Optional',
*   Snacks and mineral water during cycling days.
PRICE EXCLUES
*  Departure airport transfers,
*  International flights and train to Congjiang
*  Alcoholic drinks,
*  Meals not stated 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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