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Southeast China - Fujian
Xiamen to Longyan 5-Day Bike Tour

Dates: Contact us with the dates that work for you.

Southeast China - Fujian
Xiamen to Longyan 5-Day Bike Tour

Dates: Contact us with the dates that work for you.

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Fujian province (also known as Fukien and Hokkien) lies on China's southeastern coast directly across the strait from Taiwan. The coastal area south of Xiamen is known for its candied fruit, while the interior has some of China's most interesting ancient structures, earthen round buildings known locally as "tulou."

This is an 5-day bicycle tour begins in Xiamen, China's beautiful coastal city. This is a moderate to challenging bicycle tour and a support vehicle will follow the group to carry luggage (and cyclists when desired).

On the first day, the group will meet in Xiamen at your hotel and and fit the bikes and gear to each person. From the hotel, we will cycle through the city to the ferry terminal where we will cross the Xiamen Harbor to Shihou. From this point, the group will cycle over mostly flat to rolling terrain to Zhaojiabao, a historical building site that was the palace town of the Song Dynasty's royal Descendent. Afterwards, the group will continue to Zhangpu for the night.

On the second day, we will cycle over rolling terrain with a few steep hills to Pinghe and then continue to Nanjing, the gateway to the area of the earthen round buildings.

On day three, we will cycle through the hilly area of the earthen roundhouses visiting two of these building and if the accommodations are acceptable to the riders, then spending the night in one.

On the fourth day, we will cycle to several other earthen roundhouses in the hills and spend the night in the town of Yongding.

On the last day the group will cycle amoung the hills and river to Longyan and then take transport back to Xiamen 200 km away via the expressway. A banquet dinner in Xiamen concludes the tour.


Day Location KM/Miles Notes

1 Zhangpu 81/49 Cycle to the ferry terminal and take a short boat ride to the south across the Xiamen Harbor then cycle to Zhangpu.  Visit Zhaojiabao Ancient buildings
2 Nanjing  76/46 Cycle first to Heping and then to Nanjing
3 Chengqi Earth Roundhouse 82/50 Cycle to Tianloukeng, known as the flowerlike five earthen buildings. Afterwards, continue to Chengqi Earth roundhouse
4 Yongding 56/34 Visit several "Tulou" earthen buildlings in the area
5 Xiamen 69/42 Cycle to Longyan then take expressway 204 km back to Xiamen.  Banquet dinner. End of tour.
  Total Distance 345 km
210 mi


Dates: Contact us with the dates that work for you.

Start location: Xiamen, Fujian province

Finish location: Xiamen, Fujian province

Tour type: Vehicle-supported

Geographical location: Southeastern China

Elevation range: 0 feet about 700 meters (2,300 feet).

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Climate: The best weather for touring is in the spring and fall. Chance of rain.

Terrain: Flat, rolling and mountainous

Cycling tour level: moderate to challenging

Total cycling distance: Approximately 210 miles (345 km): Average distance per travel day: 42 miles (69 km). Cycling may be supplemented on occasion with vehicle transport when necessary to reach the next destination before dark or to avoid cycling on long stretches of unpaved road.

Days: 5

Nights: 4

Group size: 1-8 people

Accommodations will be basic Chinese hotels generally of the 3-star variety. On occasion it may be necessary to use a lower class hotel. One night will be spent in a earth round building guesthouse.

Prices are for double occupancy rooms, and will vary depending on the number of people who participate. This tour is limited to no more than five people. This will permit more flexibility in the program and allow more spontaneity for taking photos or exploring villages along the way.

Prices include the following:

Price Includes:
  1. Bilingual bicycle tour guide to accompany the group for the duration of the tour
  2. All hotel accommodations (double occupancy) for four nights.
  3. Meals eaten as group (private meals, snacks and alcoholic beverages are not included)
  4. All group entrance fees to attractions
  5. All group ground transportation costs (busses, boats, and taxis including to and from airports when applicable)
  6. A support vehicle for transport of gear (and cyclists when needed)
  7. Rental bike (US$0) and related biking gear including helmets, gloves, bike bags and raincapes

If you decide to do something on your own, you will be responsible for those costs.

This will be a vehicle-supported bike tour. 

Cost: Prices depend on the total number of people going on the tour and the time of year. Below are the price per person (pp) and quoted in US dollars (US$) for non-holiday periods*:

Group size:
1 person: US$3,090
2 people: US$1,980 pp
3-4 people: US$1,770 pp
5-8 people: US$1,380 pp

* Holiday Periods require a 30% surcharge to the basic price due to increased costs of hotels and transportation. Tours with overlapping dates will be prorated. These periods are: Chinese New Year (Feb. 7, 2008) from Feb 1-17, 2008 and (Jan. 26, 2009) from Jan. 19 to Feb. Feb.2, 2009; Labor Day Apr. 24 - May 10; and National Day Sep. 25 - Oct. 10.

An announcement of the cost of the tour will be made to the group 45-days prior to the start based on the number of registered members.

A deposit of $500 per person is required. This is fully refundable up to 45 days prior to the start of the tour. Submission of a deposit will guarantee your place on the tour. Balance is due at least 45 days prior to the beginning of the tour and payable by credit card, wire transfer, or personal check.

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