China by Bike

tours / Cycling

China by Bike information and booking

from
$2760
  • Duration
    16 days
    Days
  • Group size
    8-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Moderate
Check prices & availability

Schedule Details

Summary
  • 16 day trip
  • 11 day cycle
  • 14 nights hotel
  • 1 night train
Equipment Required
A bike helmet is compulsory on this trip. We also highly recommend bike pants, gloves and a gel seat cover for your own comfort. A full gear list will be provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Cycling through rural villages in southern China
  • Cycling through vast limestone pinnacles near colorful Yangshuo
  • Visit to Xian the historical start of the Silk Road
  • Marvel at the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xian
  • Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing
  • Day trip to remote section of The Great Wall
  • Cycling through old hutong area of Beijing
  • Traditional Peking Duck dinner in Beijing

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

On this trip you go as a traveller, only to find that you become the main attraction, as local people are delighted to see that we travel as they do - on bicycles. We jostle for room with lumbering buffaloes, friendly farmers and of course local cyclists while at other times we cycle for long periods in complete serenity on country roads. Our cycling pace is relaxed with time to stop in villages or any other sites of interest. A mini bus accompanies us to carry our gear and provides a welcome break when you have had enough cycling for the day. Following our cycle ride we have ample time to appreciate the rich culture and history of Xian (with its thousands of terracotta warriors) and Beijing (including a remote section of the Great Wall) to provide an incomparable panorama of rural, ancient and modern China. No wonder this is one of our most popular trips.

What's included

  • 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Comfortable well located hotels
  • Internal flight guilin/xian us$194
  • 1st class train xian/beijing
  • Private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Support vehicles while cycling
  • 21 speed touring bikes
  • Expert bilingual guides throughout. for smaller groups of 2 - 5 passengers we employ expert local guides only in each location.
  • Group medical kit

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Guangzhou
On arrival you will need to make your own way to the group hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Guangzhou before we meet in the hotel lounge at approx 6.30pm for a trip briefing with the group leader.
Day 2 To Zhoaqing - Introduction cycle
This morning we transfer by coach out of hectic streets of Guangzhou to begin our cycle. We cycle for the rest of the day with ample opportunity for breaks before arriving in Zhoaqing. Throughout the entire trip there will always be the backup support of a vehicle, so for those times when you are feeling a little lethargic, or where road conditions make it difficult to cycle, you may ride in the mini bus. Approx: 60km cycling
Day 3 In Zhaoqing
Today we visit Star Lake Park and the nature reserve of Mt Dinghu. We will have the opportunity to visit a 300 year old Buddhist monastery on the mountain, where we will have a vegetarian feast for lunch, before returning to Zhaoqing for the evening. Approx: 20km cycling
Day 4 To Si Hui, cycle to Qing Yuan
We begin the day with a drive out of Zhaoqing to the small town of Si Hui, where we begin our cycling. We cycle to Qing Yuan, through classic rural China. The road weaves past high bamboo forests and small villages, the ubiquitous rice paddy fields and vegetable gardens. Approx: 70km cycle
Day 5 Cycle to Jiu Long
From Qing Yuan we drive out of town before cycling approximately to Jiu Long. The countryside in this area is stunning with lime stone karst mountains towering over fields and villages. From Jiu Long we venture on a beautiful ride around Guan Yin Crag and back to Liu Long to complete an exhilarating day of cycling! If we want to cycle further, we need to start riding earlier. We may cycle 35 km to Jiu Long instead of 10 km. There’s a 10 km ride visiting Guan Yin Crag and an optional 25 km ride around Jiu Long area (Little Guilin). Approx: 40 - 70km cycle depending on optional rides
Day 6 Cycle to Yangshan
We spend the day cycling on remote backroads to Yangshan through some of the regions most sublime karst scenery- the kind that has kept Chinese poets and painters inspired for centuries! The terrain is undulating with a few hills amongst a spectacular rural landscape. Approx: 80km cycle
Day 7 Cycle to Lianshan
Today we cycle to Lianshan through a Yao (a minority group in China) area. We will have plenty of time to wander through the local markets and observe the Yao people who are set apart from the rest of the population by their culture, traditions and distinctive facial features. The Yao minority still live very traditional lives, relatively untouched by Western influences. The cycling is relatively easy but does wind through mountainous terrain. The road fluctuates between paved and dirt surfaces until we arrive at the base of three significant hills, which are usually not tackled by bike. Over these mountains is where we encounter stunning scenery as we cycle through pristine countryside. We will drive a short distance in the middle of the day as not to miss the last section of terraced rice paddies, small villages and local people go about their daily life with lush undulating mountains setting the perfect backdrop to this spectacular day. Approx: 100km cycle
Day 8 Cycle to Zhongshan
After a short drive we enjoy a beautiful smooth days riding on well paved roads soaking in the relaxed ambiance of rural China as people go about their every day lives around us. We arrive in the town of Zhongshan, which like many of the small towns we visit on our cycling days are fascinating not so much for their tourist attraction but for the fact that there are likely to be no tourists at all! Approx: 80km cycle
Day 9 Cycle to Yangshuo
Yangshuo is an idyllic town set amidst limestone pinnacles and rice paddies. The surrounding region is very beautiful, spotted with small villages and imposing karst rock formations. The village itself has fantastic shopping and restaurants, and lively ambiance. The cycle route to Yangshuo is along undulating roads and will take us most of the day from Zhongshan. Approx: 80km cycle
Day 10 Visit Moonhill in Yangshuo
In the morning we will set off on our bikes to Moon Hill, located a short distance from town. We will spend some time walking on the top of the hill to gain a bird's eye view of the beautiful surrounding area. From here we will walk downhill, back to our bikes and continue riding in a loop on Moon Hill road through the countryside of rice paddy fields, returning back to Yangshuo by lunchtime. After lunch in Yangshuo, we will drive 2 km out of town to come to the Li River, where we board a small boat and cruise downstream to Fu Li town (approximately 2 hours). On arrival at Fu Li town we walk around before driving back to Yangshuo by late afternoon. In the evening we can take another boat ride to watch cormorants catching fish in local fishing villages. Approx: 30km cycle
Day 11 Fly to Xian
The morning will be at leisure before driving to Guilin to take the afternoon flight to Xian. The old walled city of Xian is the traditional starting point of the Silk Road. It is a vivid example of old and new China. The modernised new city bustles around the quaint, winding lanes of the Old Quarter, where old men can be seen smoking pipes as butchers pull their carcass-laden carts and hawkers sell their wares. The old wall of the city provides not only the perfect vantage point to view Xian but also a flat, traffic free bicycle route around the city.
Day 12 In Xian
Today we visit the Terracotta Warriors. The thousands of Terracotta Warriors, who stand outside the tomb of Qin Shihuang, were uncovered in 1974 by peasants digging a well. Each warrior stands over 6 feet tall and has different features and characteristics. Some stand in a vanguard with crossbow and longbow bearers; others hold spears, daggers and axes at the ready. They are accompanied by dozens of horse-drawn carriages and enormous terracotta horses. The sight of the warriors arising from their muddy grave, some intact, others still submerged in the ground, is an extraordinary one.
Day 13 In Xian, overnight train to Beijing
We start the day with a visit to the Shaanxi Historical Museum followed by a visit to the Big Goose Pagoda, a classic example of Chinese temple architecture. Built in 652 AD it houses Buddhist Scriptures brought back from India along the Silk Road. We will also cycle the old city wall before there will be some free time in the afternoon to finish your exploration of Xian, or freshen up, before we board the train in the late afternoon for Beijing. Approx: 14km cycle
Day 14 Arrive in Beijing
We will arrive in Beijing in the morning and your group leader will coordinate the transfer to the hotel, the base for the next two nights. After breakfast we visit Tiananmen Square, Mao's Mausoleum, and the Forbidden City followed by a bike ride in the Hutong area. The Forbidden City is a masterpiece of 5000 years of Chinese civilisation and still vividly displays the power and prestige of the former dynasties. Sprawling over acres, the City is a magnificent group of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and deep terracotta walls. Ornately furnished palace rooms, priceless artworks and treasures are all now open to the public after 500 years of seclusion. *Please notice that Mao’s Mausoleum is open from 8:00-12:00 in the morning, Tuesday to Sunday. Approx: 10km cycling
Day 15 Day trip to Great Wall
Today we will explore the Great Wall, from the remote Huang Ya Guan section. This is approximately a 3 hour drive outside of Beijing, slightly further than the popular and very busy Badaling Gate section. We will make an early start so we have ample time to view one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Commenced 2000 years ago, around 221 B.C, it was built as a defense line to keep out invaders, along the course of several thousand kilometers. The Emperor Qin Shihuang unified the various northern walls into the Great Wall we see today.In the evening there may be the opportunity to watch the famed Beijing acrobats.
Day 16 Trip concludes in Beijing
Your trip will conclude after breakfast.