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Yellow Mountain to Porcelain Capital

  • Tour Overview: This bike trip will take you to the less-known interesting places hidden in three provinces (Zhejiang, Anhui and Jiangxi) of East China. The tour starts from one of the top liveable cities in China - Hangzhou of Zhejiang province (close to Shanghai) and ends at the "Porcelain Capital" of China – Jingdezhen, passing by numerous ancient towns, typical Hui-style architectures and villages. Cyclists will then ride along Qiandao Lake, and head for the best part of Yellow Mountain in Anhui province. After entering the third province Jiangxi, you will stop at Wuyuan, home to some of the best-preserved ancient architecture in China. Finally reach the destination Jingdezhen, where the locals have produced ceramics for more than 1000 years.
  • Duration: 8 Cycling Days + Hike Huangshan
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  • Price from: $2621
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Tour Itinerary

"This was the first time that Guilin Cycling Tours conducted a tour in this area. However it was extremely professionally organised, and was a marvelous experience. The guide and driver were excellent in their approach to the tour and to the individual needs of the participants. The food and standard of accommodation were both better than expected. The bikes were well maintained and any minor adjustments needed were attended to immediately. Flexibility to experience attractions along the way was always discussed with the group, and again there was no reason for complaint. The tour was excellent value for money, and I would highly recommend cycling with this company." -- Tour comment and video from client of Australia, written on June of 2019.

Day 1Arrive at Hangzhou (D)

Your own arrangement to arrive in Hangzhou. Our guide will meet you at the airport or train station, help you with hotel check-in. You will be given a pre-tour briefing afterwards.

Day 2Hangzhou Warming up Cycling (B,L,D) - Cycle around 35KMs

Hangzhou Bike Tours, Tea Culture Cycling in Hangzhou, Cycle the West Lake

A warming up cycling around 35KMS today allows us to adjust our bikes to the perfect condition, especially for those who bring your own bike parts and gears. Hangzhou is a scenic city with a history of over 1000 years. It was once the capital city of South Song Dynasty. The West Lake is a must see here. There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands within the lake. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, described as having "influenced garden design in the rest of China". Hangzhou is also the producer of top quality green tea - Dragon Well Tea. It is worthy to spend half a day riding or walking around the West Lake and tea farms nearby.

Day 3 Hangzhou to Tonglu (B,L,D) - Cycle around 82KMs

China tea tour, Bike to Qiandaohu

Today's route is the only 100% flat of the whole trip. A leisurely ride will take us to Tonglu, southwest of Hangzhou. On the way, well-preserved buildings from Ming and Qing (pronounced Chin) Dynasties can be seen. In history, the area was ruled by Sun Family during the "Three Kingdoms" peiord (220-280 AD). This is why some of the places we go through are still called the Door (or Family) of the Dragons, the family used to live here and control the area. (The Sun family were obviously regarded as local dragons!). A well paved bike path along Fuchun River is decorated with beautiful flowers, great cycling experience.

Day 4 Tonglu–Pujiang (Songxi Village) (B,L,D) - Cycle around 71KMs

Remote Villages near Hangzhou

Today’s riding difficulty is similar to yesterday’s but with more undulation. Not too strenuous cycling will lead us all the way to the hometown of Chinese padlocks – Pujiang, Pujiang now belongs to Jinhua city where this top quality small commodity, padlocks, of China is manufactured. (For equivalent products, Americans, think YALE, for Australians, think LOCKWOOD). The region has a high a reputation from the history of its calligraphy, scroll painting, home textiles, etc. It is known as a base of culture and religions, Confucian relics and historical pathways can be found along this scenic section. The home stay in the Songxi Village tonight will bring us lot of fun for sure.

Day 5Songxi Drive to Jiande and Cycle to Thousand Islands Lake (B,L,D) - Cycle around 70KMs

Local fishing village, bike Qiandaohu of China

The busy traffic and invincible endless mountains for less skilled riders are not that bike friendly after our amazing experience at Songxi Village. Therefore, we will drive every one and our bikes skip the distance around those industrial and commercial crowed cities, towns and busy roads where the central economy of Zhejiang province locates. On our 3 hours driving, we will have a short visit of the Zhuge Village - a small famous town built on the Chinese Eight-Diagrams and Fengshui. It is known as the living place of the top strategist described in the book the Three Kingdoms. It is a good place for lunch and preparation for our afternoon riding all the way to the Thousand Island Lake downtown.

Day 6 Car Drive to Weiping and Cycle To Shexian of Anhui Province (B,L,D) - Cycle around 82 KMs

Bike tour from Qiandaohu to Yellow Mountain

Our supporting van will drive us out the city to skip the inevitable busy part affected by the busy traffic and road rebuilding; the driving won’t last very long but saves us more than 2 hours to better enjoy the scenery of the famous Xing’anjiang River and the Villages all along the road. The nice road surface makes the ride of 82KMs much easier than the number itself, you can take a ride on our van again and catch up other anytime if you forgot the time in taking photos of the scenery. After the day riding, we will check in at a nice hotel where the old town and the former Party committee is located, enjoy the bear or coffee at the hall handing with pictures of great leaders (Mao,Marx, Lenin etc.) The night sky with stars and the views of the Old Town of Shexian will accompany us for a nice sleep.

Day 7Shexian to Tangkou (B,L,D) Cycle around 63KMs

China bike tour, canola flower season at Hangzhou

We will have plenty of time to explore the Old Town and The Old City Walls of Shexian before starting our ride this morning. After an easy half day ride and conquer the short steep uphill section, we will reach the transit centre of HuangShan – Tangkou town. This is one of the most commercialized and popular attractions of China so we will arrive but not attempt to scale the mountain today. The hotel prices and the terrible food on the mountain are just two of hundreds of reasons for not staying with the Chinese crowds on the mountain! Sleep well and rest more today as tomorrows hike on the Yellow Mountain will be the most chellenging day for the whole trip!

Day 8 Yellow Mountain Hike (B,D) 

Cycle Hiking Yellow Mountain

The entrance fee and one cable car fee up hill is included with us (if you are 70 years, the entrance tickets of the park is for free). We will probably need take the cable car up and down (the view is better than walking) and pack our own lunch prepared last night. We will spend the whole day walking from the central areas of Huangshan (full of Chinese) all the way to the west part (almost no one because there is no cable car there and we will have to walk down from the mountain and find a car that drives us to hotel after the walking). 

Day 9 Rest, Car Visit Attractions and Drive to Wuyuan of Jiangxi Province (B,L,D) Non-cycle Day

Cycle China, Hongcun village

We will not ride our bikes today because of our arching legs. A rest day with attraction visit and leisure walk is more worthy than riding on the main road without scenery in the areas nearby. Guests will have options visiting 1 or 2 famous attraction nearyby by paying extra cash. (We will recommend Xidi Village or the Stone Forest). And the time on the car today is around 4-5 hours as we will skip the ride to our final province for this tour - Jiangxi. 

Day 10 Wuyuan to Fuchun  (B,L,D) Cycle around 75KMs

China Bike tour, from Wuyuan to Jingdezhen

We will cycle through many small villages with house temples and other well-preserved ancient architecture. The Hui-style architectures with brand hall, brick carving, stone carving and wood carving decorations. Most of the villagers still preserve a laidback way of life: using water buffalo plough the field, growing rice by hand etc.

From March to April, the fields and hillside among villages turn totally yellow with blooming canola flowers, adding to the already serene and pastoral beauty of the area.As well as looking pretty, canola flower seed is also used to produce vegetable oil, biodiesel, and animal feed.

The ride today is not hard and we will arrive our hotel early in the afternoon.

Day 11 Fuchun to Jingdezhen (B,L,D)

Ancient porcelain capital, biking China

This is our last cycling day, please keep pay attentions to the traffic when we cycling in to the town like always. When we see the light pole made by porcelain on both side of the road. Means you are now in the China’s ‘Porcelain Capital’.We’ll have the opportunity to visit the porcelain museum in this afternoon.

The museum has a rich collection of over 5,000 articles, shows people the development of Chinese ceramic. The items on display include ceramics from past dynasties, historical information about ceramics, precious collections of paintings and calligraphies, among which many are of excellent quality.

You have some free time to explore the biggest porcelain market in China!!! If you want buy some porcelain products, this town will be the best place.

Day 12 Departure (B)

Optional extra half day on your own to explore the city and end our service after breakfast today.

Guide Price

Dates: 10th - 21st August, 2019 (From 2 people, guided by one English speaking driver).

2019 price:  USD2200p.p (GPS + Car Guided + Luggage Transfers)

2020 price:  USD2580 p.p (starts from 3 people) - full supported. Dates: March 2020, May 2020, June 2020. 

 PRICE INCLUDED NOT INCLUDED
Private tour escorted by an English Speaking guide.  International trains/flights.
11 nights’ accommodations.  Visa arrangement.
Meals are included as specified (B=simple breakfast available on the street, L= simple lunch available when passing by noodle shop/small easy cooking restaurants, D=Dinner at nicer restaurant for not expensive dishes ).   Optional tours & Personal expenses.
27 speed mountain bike (equipped with rear luggage rack and pannier). Better self-assembled touring bikes / gravel bikes are available by extra paying.  Insurance*;
Entrance fees of Zhuge Village, Yellow Mountain and One Cable car.   Tips, gratuities, personal expenses;
Drinking water supplies during cycling and hiking.   Helmet or cycling gear (our bike pedals are standard and may not suit you);
Tansfers to Jiangde and Wuyuan with local van / truck based on the itinerary.   Departure airport/train station tranfers from Jingdezhen after the tour finishes.

*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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