Alternatively known as Limestone Karst Wonderland Tour; Trail of the Guilin Rice Noodle; and Adventures in Mud Brick.
RMB 2888 pp
Min. 4 Max.12
Designed as a weekend getaway for city-workers this trip starts in Xing Ping on Friday night.
A true eco adventure, we encourage travellers to consider arriving by train.
High speed trains from Guangzhou South take 2 hours to reach Gongcheng, which is then just fifty minutes by car to our starting point hotel.
Bike Aways Style
Hemmingway says it best: “ that it is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. “ We agree. But we also bike for the fun of it; to immerse ourselves in the landscape and culture; escape tourist traps, to discover the charming, the rustic, and the wisdom of the peasants living in less commercially developed places. Designed for reasonably fit, but NON – hardcore, NON-attitude riders, we use bicycles to see more, and get closer to where we are. We do like to include a hill. Bikes also fit our philosophy of low impact and spreading our travel dollars to lesser-known places. We support homestays and heritage projects in our accommodation choice. We also love good home-grown local food and sampling the local wine!
UNESCO karst-scapes, rustic villages and the best rice noodles in the world.
The South China Karst System inscribed by UNESCO as world heritage in 2007 ( and extended in 2014) is simply stunning around Yangshuo. Miles of limestone mountains rise from the rice paddies, eroded by wind and water into shapes that local villagers describe as dragon’s dancing, horses flying, young maidens calling to their lovers , and. Rivers look like jade, the bamboo lining the banks is feathery like a phoenix tail, and in more remote villages the homes are made of golden mud brick, or expertly fired Qing Grey Brick with curly dragon tail eves… though these are disappearing amidst more mundane block housing. This older poetic Yangshuo we seek-out by cycling the lesser known country roads. We are also fix our intentions on finding the most delicious rice noodles – a famed dish that will change your world – when you taste it prepared countryside fresh. You will support heritage conservation by staying in a traditional mud and rare grey brick Qing dynasty village guesthouse that has been restored through the efforts of a local preservationist. Cycling in Yangshuo is mostly flat, but we have found a couple of hills because we love them and they give us stunning views.
Xing ping is the joining point.
The trip begins from 6.30 pm on Friday night.
Let us know your flight/ train number and arrival time and we will coordinate your pick up from Gongcheng or Guilin transfer to the hotel.
Fri – Arrive Gongcheng, Transfer to Xing Ping, and enjoy dinner in this old Li River side Town
Sat – Full day cycle, overnight in traditional countryside village on the little known Jianbao river.
Sun – Morning/ early afternoon cycle along a secret back route into the stunning Yulong River Valley. Swim and lunch in the countryside with transfers to airport / train station tailored to your schedule.
All meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch, twin-share accommodation (single supplement available for RMB 300), quality mountain bike, helmet, two days supported cycling i.e with guide, luggage transfer and train station transfers.
Travel to and from Gongcheng, China Visa, beer and other personal needs.
We have a good agent for train tickets who delivers – if you need help booking your tickets.
The trip finishes at 3 pm to connect with evening flights back home – though hopefully some of you will have time to hang out in Yangshuo for post cycling drinks – or a longer ride if you have the time. Small group transfers will be organized to connect with flights / trains back on Sunday evening. Please arrange your travel back from 6 pm onwards. Travel to airport / train station takes roughly 90 minutes.
1000 RMB deposit required to secure your place with full payment two weeks before trip departure.
Private Group bookings can also be arranged.