Total tour distance: 370 miles
Daily tour distance: 31 miles
Difficulty: 60 / 100
The listed highest price is for 2-3pax, prices for other groups are USD1980 (4-5pax), USD1620 (6-7pax),USD1450 (8-9pax),USD1320 (10-15pax).
Single room surcharge: USD250
This is a latest explored less travelled 2 weeks trail of cycling in southern China, with a 600km supported cycling, features a most diversified landscape and routes. It covers the Danxia landform, a UNESCO heritage at Ziyuan (or Langshan), 3000 feet lush green mountain areas, the gigantic rice terraces in Longji (or Longsheng), and the Karst landform lowland (450 feet) of Guilin’s southeast, another UNESCO heritage (2014). All of these will bring you into an in-depth cycling adventure around Guilin and Yangshuo.
The tour leader can speak English or French based on your request, and they can fix small bicycle problems, this tour is supported by supporting vehicle and you don't need to worry about the heavy luggage on the journey.
Day 1 Arrival at Guilin (D)
Guilin is connected by flights with major cities in China, like Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and etc. ETC’s rep will meet you at Guilin airport and take you to your city center hotel. We’ll get together for a group meeting in the early evening and test ride the bikes before heading out for a banquet of local restaurant. (No matter you are a skilled rider or a newbie, you will be given a professional basic user manual about the bicycle we offer and the matters need attention about this tour. You will get your bicycles today and have a try with our leader of this tour.)
Day 2 Guilin – Lingtian – Gaoshang - Xing'an (78km / 48miles) (B, L, D)
Most of the roads today are on good condition and the landscape is first-rate. Riders will see the university life of Chinese students. We have chances to see the rural market fair in a small village. Visiting the waterfall (over 50meters in height) rarely known by people is an optional today, which will be on turnoff. And if we want to visit it, we need to bike the road back to our former position for about 4KM. Then we will be challenged by an uphill biking of about 4KM and then reach Xing’an county, where the oldest canal in China is located. It was dug out in 214BC when the first emperor ruled China, and connected Guilin with central China by shipping ever since.
Day 3 Xing'an – Ziyuan (80KM / 50miles) (B, L, D)
We are leaving the plains near Guilin and head for the mountains areas of Ziyuan. The average elevation here is 800m. Ziyuan is where the UNESCO Danxia landform is located. The route will be away from the main road. The traffic is very light while the sceneries are great.
Today's challenge is to take a Category 1 uphill slope (9km continuous) uphill biking in the middle of the ride. After that, it is mostly downhill or level. After the villages and the mountain pass, you will go downhill along the river till the county of Ziyuan.
Ziyuan is a place with hot springs and attracting cultures. The county is full of featured bridges and buildings, and the night scene there will completely fit your photography needs.
Day 4 Ziyuan – Bajiaozhai Danxia landform Park (45KM / 28miles) (B, L, D)
We will get the park by bike around noon. After lunch we will hike into the National Park for 2-3hrs. The park is located on the border between Guangxi and Hunan province. A different landscape from the Karst hills may attract you today, and the mountain here is similar to the ones in Hunan province. Make friends with the local farmers and enjoy the family food there, and we might have an unforgettable night today.
Day 5 Bajiaozhai Danxia landform Park – Longsheng hot springs (110KM / 68miles) (B, L, D)
This is the most challenging day of the entire program. The road winds thru the mountains, valleys and along the rivers with 3 challenging slopes (around totally 25km). However, the body and soul will relax in the hot spring at the end of the day. The 110KM today is probably composed by 25km uphill biking, 40km level road and downhill for others.
After a long and tired biking today, we will stay overnight at the Hot Spring Hotel, then enjoy the luxury and comfortable hot spring water bath.
Day 6 Longsheng hot springs – Longji rice terraces (70KM / 43miles)(B, L, D)
A morning soak in the hot Spring is not a bad idea. A late departure will not ruin the schedule of the day as most of the roads today are level. First 24km will be level along the river. Then you will be challenged by a few slopes. Upon arrival at the rice terraces car park and have lunch, we store up the bikes then hike uphill (1.5hr) for our lodge on the rice terraces. The ethnic people of Yao have been living here for more than 400yrs and their flamboyant red color dress is a constant theme of picture taking. Annoying groups are inevitable as the terraces are SO famous!
Day 7 Longji rice terraces trekking and rest (B, L, D) 4hrs trekking
Today is a walking day for a break from the previous hard biking. The trekking lasts about 4hr on the mostly stone paved paths by the local villagers (walking shoes sound necessary). You will return in the afternoon and relax on the balcony while enjoying the sunset with a soothing cold drink.
We will stay overnight at hotel or wood lodge on the rice terraces. Local people live in this wooden house as it is cool in summer and warm in winter.
Day 8 Longji Terraces – Qingshitan Reservoir (87KM / 54miles) (B, L, D)
After enjoying the terraces, we are back on bikes today. After a major uphill riding at the 25th km, we will head downhill out of the mountains, to the reservoir. The local fish for dinner is recommended, or a fish head with noodles gives you a particular feeling? The route today covers about 30km on national road (with a bit heavy traffic) although we have tried best to avoid it. We are hoping staying overnight at a lodge at the reservoir brings you a new feeling.
Day 9 Qingshitan Reservoir – Guilin (55km / 34miles) (B, L)
Today we will finish the first part of Greater Loop of the northern Guilin with a short visit to the old village of Jiangtouzhou. This village is inhabited by a famous philosopher of the Song Dynasty, Zhou Dunyi (1017 – 1073). And their consistent attention to education has produced in history, many good officials. Old houses dating back to Ming and Qing dynasties are all over with intricate wood carvings and stone carvings. After the visit and trip, we will back to Guilin for rest, you will have enough time to visit some parks or relax on your own. Dinner is not included today, so try anything you like but do not take too much food with pepper. And try best to rest then stay in good shape.
Day 10 Guilin – Huixian Wetland Areas - Yanshan (B, L, D) Optional 60KM(37miles)
We will start this tour by bicycling from the hotel and leaving Guilin from a less busy road. A small section of off-road trails are included today. After some small paths and villages we will arrive at Huixian country, then continue our trip to the wetland banks and take a boat and start to enjoy the splendid scenic views. You may even climb the hill to see a complete picture of the wetland. After lunch and rest, we go on our bike trip along the small path and villages to Yanshan town of Guilin and check in hotel for rest. If the group arrives at Yanshan town early, you can have an optional visit to the Garden show park of Yanshan, it’s optional and charged.
Today the tour takes to enjoy the limestone peaks, crisscrossing rivers, old bridges and ancient routes connecting villages. The difficulty level today is easy but the path crisscross the labyrinth of the small paths. Follow the leader closely.
Day 11 Yanshan – Putao – Baisha - Yangshuo (75KM / 46miles) (B, L, D)
During the journey today, you will see meandering rivers, limestone hills, rural countryside with rice paddies and mud brick houses. The amazing karst topography and peaceful country road accompany you all the way to Yangshuo. Our trip is quite different from the traditional tours by cars. The biking route today is not so simple, you will encounter macadam, unsurfaced forest-road with soil or even mud. For most of the time we will not have many chances to see groceries and our support vehicle, so do a cautious ride today. There are many elegant places worth to see. So enjoy the time on the road. We will arrive at Yangshuo before evening.
Day 12 Yangshuo (B, L)
You can choose to continue your bicycle tour today with our guide to Gaotian town or any places nearby that interests you. Upon return, we will visit moon hill and climb the 900 or so stairs for a panoramic view of the surrounding farmlands and peaks. It is awesome. Or you may have a free time today. (The lunch will be included if everyone goes to the same destination)
Overnight at a guesthouse in Yangshuo. Cyclists and travellers will also find our suggestions and recommendations on our China cycling tour pages.
Day 13 Yangshuo – Xingping (43KM / 27miles) (B, L, D)
We start our riding today along the Li River, biking through the lanes of peaceful villages, keeping away from the dangerous tunnels and roads for cars. Enjoy a pleasant journey to Xingping, a small town located on the northeast of Yangshuo. This beautiful place is an important wharf of the Li River.
Optional hill climbing to see panoramic view of Li River
After checking in hotel at Xingping, you will have an optional choice to have a free time or go with the guide to climb the Laozhai Hill. On the top of the hill, a great panoramic view and the great bend of the Li River will definitely shock you! You need to climb over 1000 simple ladders before reaching the top of the hill. Look out for your own safety as it is a bit dangerous to walk on these wild ladders.
Day 14 Xingping – Daxu - Guilin (40KM/25miles or 77KM/48miles)(B, L, D)
We will take a bamboo raft cruise from Xingping to Yangdi(Or Guanyan) and enjoy the most highlight sections of the Li River. Then we continue our bicycle tour from Yangdi (the starting place of the well-known trekking rout of Li River). We choose country roads that close to the nature and also to avoid the pollution from the vehicle exhaust and regular travel groups.
Optional service and itinerary (Total distance increases to 77KM/48miles)
Choosing the 40KM/25miles today is recommended, as the bamboo cruise offers you a highlight of Li River and makes you comfortable and relaxed after the long trip.
The differences between 40KM or 77KM route is based on the weather, road condition, and customer requests. The 77km one is a cycling route from Xingping – Xitang – Daxu – Guilin on the east bank of Li River, while the 40km is a firstly bamboo rafting from Xingping to Guanyan and then cycling on the western side of the Li river until back to Guilin. The 77km route is possibly affected a lot by the fast train station built in Xingping and the jammed traffic after the main national road between Guilin and Yangshuo is on rebuilding (drivers and travel groups will choose this route to Yangshuo).
If the team is strong and skilled, and looking for more exploring on the land, the cruise section can be deleted today. And we will have a whole day cycling from Xingping to Guilin (both available on eastern and western banks of the Li River)! The inland areas are of typical Karst land features which make the road rougher and harder than the other days. We shall climb up and down with our bicycles and help each other to finish the challenge today. (Note: When the Li River is flooded, no boat is allowed on river, so we will bike 77km to Guilin.)
All the bicycles will be returned to us after you checking in. We will have another feast of the local specialties.End of the Lesser Loop.
Day 15 Guilin departure or free time (B)
Our trip service ends with the breakfast today. If you want a transfer service, please book before hand with us.
2015 and 2016 dates: Upon requests.
Tour starting date is available based on your requests.
per person, double occupancy
Single room surcharge: USD340
This tour is available with your own bicycle and available without supporting vehicle, the price will much cheaper, however, riders should carry their own luggages during the whole trip and there is less security and more risk only cycling with the tour guide.
Included Services: Guided
1. 14 nights' accommodation in comfortable hotels or guesthouses with twin share rooms, private bathrooms
2. All transport from the start point to the finish point;
3. Meals: all breakfasts, lunches and most dinners;
4. Water and snacks whilst cycling
5. Entrance fees as per itinerary unless stated as “optional”
6. Our cycling leader who can fix small bike problems;
7. Air-conditioned support vehicle & driver (minimum 2 vacation seats);
8. Quality well-maintained mountain bikes of 27 speed front suspension;
9. Bike tools, spare parts and a backup bike;
1. Departure airport transfers;
2. International airfares and airfares to Guilin and exit Guilin;
5. Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
6. Helmet or cycling gear (our bike pedals are standard and may not suit you)
*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.