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10-day Southeastern Guizhou to Guilin by Bike

  • Tour Overview: The cycling from Guizhou province to Guangxi province was regarded as the cycling on the backbone of the dragon, it’s well-known by the western countries. However, China is a vast developing country, road and things is changing very quickly, GuilinCyclingTours have updated the cycling in these two provinces into the best one according to the real changing of related areas in China. This China cycling tour offers you a great visit getting close to the minority culture of Guizhou and enjoys the best scenery of Guilin and Yangshuo areas while avoiding the unnecessary cycling on roads affected a lot by the traffic. This is a real mountain bike experience on back roads.
  • Duration: 10 days
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  • Price from: $1337
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive at Guiyang

We start our journey in Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou province and we meet our guide and the rest of the group at the hotel. Guiyang represents the history, culture and natural splendor of China's southwest, therefore it has a lot to offer. We can see many of Guiyang’s neighborhoods and sights just on foot. We explore small workshops, street-side restaurants and shops selling local handicrafts. At the end of the day, we have a welcome dinner together in a local restaurant for our first bite of local food.

Huameida Hotel.

Visiting Guizhou Provincial Museum

Day 2 Guiyang – Kaili – Xijiang(40 km. +609 m/ -473 m) (B L D)

A Miao Village Among Mountains in Guizhou area

After we have a hearty breakfast, we transfer by bus from Guiyang to Kaili. The trip takes around 2.5 hours and passes through some spectacular grasslands. Many fascinating ethnic minority groups live in the village of Kaili, including the Dai, Miao, Yi, Zhuang and Hani, who are still in their colorful, traditional dress. Once we arrive in Kaili, we unload our bikes from the support vehicles and get ready to hit the road. Our cycling starts on a generally flat tarmac road, but the last 8km will be a challenging as the road begins to go up. We cycle towards the Miao village of Xijiang. Hidden in the folds of the Leigong Hills, it boasts China’s largest Miao village and “The Thousand Household Village”. It's a very scenic village, which is set in a natural basin and bordered by rice paddy. Wooden houses are dotted up the hillside. From the hill there is a fabulous view of the whole village and countryside – a very nice place for a stroll. The Miao are very friendly people and we experience their local customs and feel their friendliness. To go in some small village, we need to sing a song and have a cup of rice wine.

Xijiang Yue Hotel

Day 3 Xijiang – Yongle (80km. +2,082 m/ -2,319 m) (B L D)

Road Maintenance Workers in Guizhou

Our day starts with an unrushed morning ride through a backdrop of terraced paddy fields . We ride to Leishan town and we stop for lunch there- the nominal center of Miao traditional culture. After lunch, we come across the toughest part of the whole trip, as we are ready to tackle the climb to Leishan pass at 2,200m. It is a steady climb over 37 km. so while it is long, we can take our time and enjoy the views. Anyone who wants to save energy for tomorrow’s ride can get on the support vehicle. The reward for the effort is the vast unbroken scenery; a breathtaking vista of terraced rice fields and numerous small Miao and Dong ethnic villages dotted across the landscape. From the top of the pass to our destination at Yongle village is another 24 km with some sections of dirt. Breathing mask is needed sometimes. This part of the ride is again very picturesque. There are lots of terraced rice fields along the way. And in Yongle we deserve a local dinner and overnight.

Yongle Hotel

Day 4 Yongle – Congjiang (75km. +601 m/ -657 m) (B L D)

Handicrafts woman of Guizhou

We start our day with a 90km drive to Baji village. And from Baji we cycle a lovely winding 26km route alongside the Duliujiang River. There we see plenty of local Miao minority people working in the fields and punting their boats on the river. So always get your camera ready. Our route is lined with bamboo when we ride through the valley to Xiajiang. We have a simple, local lunch in Xiajiang. After eating, we get on our bikes for another 42km of undulating, soft uphill sections to Congjiang and on to the final 7km climb to the amazing Basha Miao village. This primitive Miao village is hidden away in a forest. It is filled with stilted wooden houses by the river. It is like a step back in time. The men still wear period clothes. They have daggers on their belts and shave their heads, leaving only a stylish topknot. Generally, private citizens are not allowed to possess guns in China. Ye t they are an exception. They are the only tribe which is allowed to have guns legally. After visiting this small village, we cycle the same way back to Congjiang, our final destination for the day. In Congjiang there are plenty of traditional wooden Dong houses mixed in with modern Chinese buildings. When we climb the stairs to the upper levels of the village, we will get the rural feel of the area, inner peace.

Congjiang Hotel

Day 5 Congjiang - Zhaoxing Dong Village (50km. +994 m/ -900 m) (B L D)

Very few foreigners shows up at small village in Guizhou

Today’s cycling is relatively easier than that of the past two days. After breakfast, we take a short drive to our starting point located on a back country small road to avoid the main road. From here we cycle an easy 32km to Guandong where we'll take a break. We continue our journey towards Zhaoxing. Zhaoxing is a pretty Dong minority town situated in a valley. The road mostly is paved but the last 10km section is off road.It's full of old wooden buildings, wind and rain bridges and wooden drum towers which make it a perfect place to take a stroll. A Wind and Rain bridge is normally composed of the bridge, a tower and a pavilion, with wood being the main building material. It is particular to the Dong ethnic minority - these roofed bridges are renowned for their unique architectural style, built from fir timbers with projecting eaves and interlocking tiles, engineered to fit together without nails. We stay in a comfortable guest house tonight.

Zhaoxing QingDianGe Guest House

Day 6 Zhaoxing – Chengyang (50km. +825 m/ -1,325 m) (B L D)

Walking in Dong village in the morning

Our day begins with a 30 km drive out from Zhaoxing to the starting point for cycling. This first stretch of the ride is on off-road/compact gravel for about 10 km and is generally flat as we head towards Du Dong. Du Dong is a remote Dong village nestled in the mountains and full of beautiful shelter bridges, stockade villages and lush rice terraces. From Du Dong, get ready for a 3-4 km of steep uphill ride. After that, the gradient eases off and we cycle around 15 km on pleasant undulating roads through the surrounding tea plantations. A final downhill push takes us into Tongle where we stop for lunch. After lunch we can rest as we transfer the 45 km to Sanjiang. On arrival we mount up and cycle the final 20 km to Chengyang, a district consisting of eight villages, located 4–5 hours from Guilin, in the Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County. It is traditionally inhabited by the Dong people, with its unique culture, buildings and picturesque landscapes. It is a perfect overnight stop.

Sanjiang Asil Guest House

Day 7 Chengyang – Longji (17km. +540m/-100m) (B L D)

Trekking day after cycling at Longji Scenic Spot

We'll see the famous rice terraces that are built along the slope winding from the riverside up to the mountain top, between 600 m to 800 m above sea level. The terraced fields were mostly built about 650 years ago and are still used today. Stay one night in the village.

PingAn Hotel

Day 8 Longji--Daxu – Xingping (50km. +600 m/ -630 m) (B L D)

Cycling on the green way for bike above Li River

Today we spent 3.5 hours on the bus from Longji to Daxu, a small ancient town 20km from Guilin and then we start cycling from Daxu to Xingping after our lunch. The route follows the valley and gives us stunning views of the limestone karsts along the way as we cycle through rice fields, bamboo forests following the meandering Li River. We take a ferry across the Li River to Xingping where our accommodation for the night is a local guest house. Although Xingping is a small village that you can easily explore on foot, it has a history that stretches back at least 500 years. Xingping is surrounded by great examples of karst scenery and one prominent peak overlooking the village can be climbed if you have any energy left after the day’s ride.

Xingping Yijingxuan Guesthouse

Day 9 Xingping – Yangshuo (35km. +690m/-680m) (B L D)

New road was built by Government in countryside

We take a boat across the Li River towards Baisha town. This section is probably one of the most beautiful areas which we get to really appreciate as we cycle along quiet rural countryside roads on the hills, passing by local markets in Baisha village before. Then we cycle along the picturesque Yulong River. This part is flat but with some dirt tracks and the scenery makes it all worthwhile! We spend our last night of the tour in Yangshuo and you can walk around the world famous west street with plenty of great restaurants and bars to choose from to ensure a memorable final night.

New West Street Hotel

Day 10 Yangshuo – Guilin

Today we have one group transferred by support vehicle to Guillin in time for our departure flights. Renowned for its scenery of karst topography, Guilin is one of China's most popular tourist destinations and it has a lot to offer. Its name means "Forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant sweet osmanthus trees located in the city. 

Guide Price

Dates: Any private dates upon your requests. 

2020 price:  USD2020 p.p (2 people),  USD 1380 p.p (4 people)

 9 nights' accommodation in comfortable hotels or guesthouses with twin share rooms, private bathrooms; Departure airport transfers;
Private van transfer from Guiyang to Kaili; Airport/train station pick up service in Guiyang; 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; Visas;
 Water and sinple snacks whilst cycling; Insurance*;
 Ticket fee for Xijiang Miao village, Zhaoxing Dong village, Chengyang village and Longji terrace field; Tips, gratuities, personal expenses;
 One cycling leader who can fix small bike problems; 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 and a backup bike; 

*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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