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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 mountain areas of Guizhou province where bullet trains are available (the minority base of Dong and Miao people), and ends in Guilin and Yangshuo areas (known as the best scenery in the world).This program mixes the cycling on MTB and other explorations focus on countryroads in rual areas of China. Riders will be impressed by the ethenic groups and the unsophisticated culture there, living in hotels and local guesthouses, enjoy traditional food and lifestyle in the minority villages. Exploring the less travelled backroad routes around Guilin and Yangshuo for the countryside and gorgeous scenery and lifes both in Longji Rice Terraces and Li River banks.
  • Duration: 7 days cycling, 1.5 day Hiking
  • Tour Code: CYT-LT-005
  • Price from: $1485
  • Difficulty: Hilly and Flat, 80% on paved, 20% unpaved

Tour Itinerary

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

Cycling to village in Guizhou

It is very convenient to take the fast train or plane to Guizhou nowadays. The place meeting the driver and guide of this tour is Congjiang Railway Station, trains are available to Congjiang from a lot cities in China (Guangzhou, Chengdu, etc. Or fly to Guiyang first then trains to Congjiang are easier to get). 

Bike Tour China in Guizhou

This area of china is the home to different Dong and Miao communities; a grouping of linguistically related minorities. As we cycle we pass by wooden houses, often on stilts with animals living beneath them. The local people wear brightly coloured embroidered clothing and observe strong cultural traditions including a love of storytelling and music. They celebrate many festivals during which there is drumming dancing to the music of a lusheng (a wind instrument). Traditional crafts that you can see being practised include weaving, batik and embroidery.

Meeting the guide and driver then move into Zhaoxing Village (Dong people), a characteristic scenic spot of minority of the region. 

P.S If you choose to cycling option for Day2, tonight will be our only day at Zhaoxing, if you want to enjoy the village better, booking an axtra night with us and prolong the tour 1 day longer is suggested. 

Day 2Zhaoxing Hiking (Walking Preference) / Drive and Cycling to Liping (Cycling Preference) (B,L,D)

Zhaoxing Village of Guihzou

Our tour is flexible and fit all cyclists of all levels, we will not force an old lady to conque the endless mountains of this areas nor stopping an challenge riders who wished to ride harder routes when it is raining. That's why for most of the days in this tour, your wishes are respected as the priority each day. Bike more / walk more / more time staying somewhere, they are all <span style="color: rgb(46, 48, 51); font-family: Arial, "Microsoft YaHei", 微软雅黑, 宋体, "Malgun Gothic", Meiryo, sans-serif; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; line-height: 18px; white-space: normal; background-color: rgb(249, 251, 252);">getatable!

Zhaoxing is famous for its five Drum Towers. According to tradition each individual Drum Tower represents one group of local Dong people. Another feature of the town are the wind and rain bridges amongst the wooden buildings. The Dong people still wear traditional clothing and speak only their native language. The town comes to life early in the morning with a market where you can sample local snacks and observe local life, it is then very quiet during the day when most people are out working in the fields on mountains.

Cycle Countryside of the South East of Guizhou Province in China

The Dong have never had a written language of their own. Their history, tradition and philosophy have been passed on from generation to generation in the form of music with 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. You can walk up to Tangan, another authentic Dong village via a lovely wind and rain bridge. Tangan is quite high up on the mountain slope and has a very nice "Gluon" and also a Dong museum.

Except keep staying at Zhaoxing Scenic Spot and following the walking day to Tangan, you can also choose to ride with us to someareas more flat after 2 hours driving (an 20KM small undulation from a remoted village called Dimen, and then finish the tour and enjoy the visit of historical city in Liping, for food, walking street and local lives there, the short but highlight scenery plus easy ride is a nice start to be familiar with your bikes and our team. 

Day 3Zhaoxing Bike to Less Commercialized Dong Village and Van Basha (<35KM cycling) (B,L,D)

Basha in Guizhou

The supports from our professinal driver (usually multi-skilled as a bike technician) is on our hands. The best scenery hidden in the deep mountains is not a big deal with our team. Enjoy your cycling, photographing and visiting of the mimority lives. The bike ride takes us to smaller villages you will never found via searching engines, the old life style and the kindest smiles hanging on the faces is not a reachless thing. No question, it is the best way to see the REAL  RURAL PART OF CHINA by bike. The lunch today will simple due to the small town almost non-commercialized at all, if weather permits and lucky, finding ladies weaving and drying minority cloths with old machines, kids playing at local schools, old man smoking, chatting and welcoming our visits to their home are not a hard thing, all we will have there makes the tours more memorable. 

Less Travelled Bike Route of China

After finishing our cycles, we will skip the busy roads where more and more cars will be found and drive directly to Basha Village - the last leagal gun village in China. This evening is one of the highlights of the trip as we are amongst the first tourists to stay in the village of Basha. We will be surrounded by warm welcome villagers who have very few chance to see foreigners.The village retains its traditional character with wooden buildings, drum towers and farm animals wandering freely along cobbled streets.

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

Sunrise seen from hotel of Basha

The gun show at Basha is one of the highlights there, this morning we will stay longer and watch it. Getting to know the culture being passed down by the ancient ancestors, an explore to the folk meseum helps us a lot to understand the habit and lives of the small village of Basha. After the goodbye kiss to our last day staying at Guizhou province, a 2 hours driving leads us directly to Chengyang Village, another Dong village belonged to Guangxi province and ffamous for the historical 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 hidden and even heading further north to Hunan province, witness the differences and changes of traditional and mordern lives. After our cycling, our patient driver will again, helps packing our bikes and drive us back to hotel. Enjoy the room with river views and the fancy 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: Any private dates upon your requests. 

2019 price:  USD1980 p.p (2-3people), USD 1580 p.p (4 people)

 PRICE INCLUDED NOT INCLUDED
 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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