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Tour description


Cycle GuiZhou to GuiLin

» backroads of China

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08 days

Bike


Description

This is one of the best-kept secrets of rural cycling that southwest China has to offer.  Our GuiZhou to GuangXi GuiLin bike tour starts from the scenic Miao village of XiJiang, about 2.5hr drive from the capital city of GuiYang. The bike tour brings you close to several ethnic minorities such Miao, Zhuang, Dong & Yao people.

You ride on lesser traffic back-country roads, alongside rivers & streams lined with bamboo, meandering pass countless magnificent terraced rice fields along the way.  As we have planned our accommodation in clean & comfortable local guesthouses whenever possible.  You stay within XiJiang Miao village, rustic ZhaoXing Dong village & ChengYangQiao scenic area.  Our carefully designed bike tours allow you to explore this off-the-beaten-track journey across GuiZhou to appreciate their culture, colourful traditional costumes & unique architecture.  

Definitely one of the best cycling tours in China!

At-A-Glance:

No. of Days: 08-10 (option for extension to GuiLin/YangShuo; private groups/clubs customisation)
Physical Grading: 3-4/5 (moderate-strenuous) – fully-supported
Altitude: 2200m to 170m
Terrain: 85% tarmac, with some sections at 6-8 degree inclination (note: actual road conditions may be subjected to changes due to road works)
Other highlights: XiJiang Miao village; LeiGong Mountain, GuiZhou rice-terraces, ZhaoXing Dong village, ChengYang Wind & Rain Bridge (optional extension in GuiLin YangShuo)

Season: Apr- Oct (recommended)


Highlights

Ethnic minorities of the Miao, Dong, Zhuang & Yao people

XiJiang Miao village

ZhaoXing, ChengYangQiao Dong villages

Limestone karsts of YangShuo & Li River scenic area

Cycle on quiet countryside roads

 


Information

Cost Inclusions:

01) 24-speed MTB bike + helmet

02) logistic support vehicles & trucks (100% of the time!)

03) airport transfers

04) 1x lead cyclist + 1x mechanic (rear cyclist) (if >8pax)

05) accommodation (hotels & unique guesthouses within the old towns/villages)

06) meals, drinking water & snacks during cycling

07) local insurance

08) celebration dinner


Detailed itinerary

Day 01: Arrive GuangZhou / GuiYang
Meet & be greeted in your main group by Shangrila Adventure’s ground staffs at GuiYang airport.  Do look out for our company signage/logo
Note:  for individual arrival, please make your own way to the designated hotel.  It is your responsibility to get the necessary information prior to arrival.

 

Day 02: GuiYang / KaiLi town (drive 2hrs) / XiJiang Miao
After breakfast, we will set off from GuiYang towards the KaiLi.  The almost 200km journey takes about 2.5hrs by bus.
Upon reaching KaiLi, we will unload the bikes from our support vehicles and we can start to prepare the bikes for your ride in the afternoon.
After lunch in KaiLi, we will start cycling towards the Miao ethnic village of XiJiang.  This part of the ride is generally flat on tarmac (90%) for most part of it, until the last 8km, where the road starts to turn uphill.  Once you reach the top of the hill, it is a nice 4km downhill ride into XiJiang Miao village.
(planned cycling distance 40km)

Day 03: XiJiang Miao village / LeiShan mountain / YongLe
In the morning, we will first drive 10km out from XiJiang to the starting point for cycling.
From XiJiang, you ride through about 38km along awesome scenery of terraced fields all the way to lunch point at LeiShan town.
Today is the toughest day of this trip, as you need to ride up LeiShan mountain pass at about 2200m.
After lunch it is the toughest part of the whole trip, as you get ready to tackle about 37km of uphill climb up LeiShan.
The journey from the top of the high-pass to is another 24km to the destination at YongLe village, with some sections of off-road/gravel path.  The part of the ride is again very scenic, with lots of terraced rice fields along the way.
(planned cycling distance 80km)

 

Day 04: YongLe / PingYong / RongJiang / CongJiang
We drive 90km to BaJi village to start our cycling for today.
From BaJi, we will cycle 26km alongside DuLiuJiang river, lined with bamboo to our lunch point at XiaJiang. As choices are very limited, please be prepared a very simple lunch.
After lunch, it is another 42km to CongJiang, undulating with gentle uphill at some sections.   We will support you on the 7km uphill to BaSha Miao village.  After visiting this small village, you can cruise the same way back to our destination for the day, CongJiang.
(planned cycling distance: 75km)

 

Day 05: CongJiang / GuanDong / ZhaoXing
Today is a relative easy day after the past 2 days of cycling.
After breakfast, we first drive 20km to the starting point located on a back country small road off the main highway.
From here, cycle 22km to GuanDong for lunch.
After lunch, we continue 14km cycling towards ZhaoXing, en-route passing “Wind & Rain” bridge that is iconic of the Dong ethnic minority.  The last 10km could have some off-road conditions.
(planned cycling distance 50km)

Day 06: ZhaoXing / TangAn / SanJiang
We first drive 30km out from ZhaoXing to the starting point for cycling.
You start cycling on this beautiful stretch for about 10km on off-road/compact gravel generally flat, towards DuDong.
From DuDong, be prepared for a 3-4km of steep uphill ride, after which the slope will ease off for 13km undulating.  This is a scenic journey filled with tea-plantations.  After arriving at a junction, make a right-turn for the 10km downhill to TongLe for lunch.
After lunch, load up the support vehicle and drive 73km to SanJiang.
Upon reaching SanJiang, we will cycle the final 23km to ChengYang bridge old town to end our cycling journey.
(planned cycling distance 50km)

 

Day 07: SanJiang / GuiLin
Watch a local cultural performance in the morning, before we load up our vehicle.
Due to the heavy traffic in GuangXi, we will not cycle but drive straight to GuiLin city
(drive 150km;   as the traffic builds up we will NOT cycle,  but just drive into GuiLin city)

 

Day 08: Depart GuiLin
Send-off to the airport for your departure.
(option: extension in GuiLin - cycling in YangShuo/Li River/ XingPing village)

* note: the above are as plan, changes on the ground according to situations & cyclists fitness & proficiency levels

 

 


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