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Tour of Sichuan Sights 10-Day Bike Tour
 

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Tour of Sichuan Sights Bike Tour
 

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This 10-day bicycle tour begins and ends in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province and one of the major cultural centers in China. This tour is designed as a relatively easy-going ride. Average daily cycling mileage will be about 30 miles (50 km). On most days we will use vehicle transport to supplement the cycling to get us to the next destination. Luggage will be transported by the support vehicle. This tour will visit both well-known and little-known sights and will appeal to those who have cultural, social and archeological interests.

On the first day, the group will meet and there will be a warm-up tour of the city where we will visit the Panda Breeding Research Center and Wenshu Buddhist Monastery.

The following day, we will head north to Xindu to visit the Baoguan Temple and then on to Guanhan to visit the Sanxingdui Archeological Museum with a number of copper masks and other artifacts. Next will head west to Dujiangyan, a location of the historic irrigation system that is still in use today.

We will then head south to Anren near Dayi, to visit the Li Landlord Manor. This was used as a re-education center to illustrate the evils of the landlord-serf system and includes an area of clay figures graphically displaying the downtrodden workers being abused by the landlord.

Next we travel to Emei Mountain, one of China’s sacred Buddhist mountains for a night’s stay at the summit in order to view the morning sunrise and walk some of the trails. The following day, we will return to the base for a ride to Leshan to visit the Giant Sitting Buddha (232 ft, 71 m). Afterwards we head east to Rongxian for another to visit China's second largest Buddha (193 ft, 58.7 m) and then on to Zigong, the location of dinosaur and salt museums.

Continuing east, we will then visit Dazu. Here we will spend two nights to give us time to see a number of Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist sculptures (as well as a Christian church) in the surrounding area. Afterwards, we will return to Chengdu to complete the trip.

Chengdu is easily accessible via air from Hong Kong and Beijing, and has good rail access to the rest of the country.

Some Photos Highlights of the Tour of Sichuan

Itinerary

Day Location Cycling Distance Miles/KM Total Distance Miles/KM Notes
        SICHUAN PROVINCE
1 Chengdu 18/30

18/30

Meet group members/Brief City Tour - Chengdu Wenshu Buddhist Temple
2 Xindu/Guanghan 30/50 36/50 Baoguan Buddhist Temple, Archeological Exhibit of Copper Masks from the year 1500.
3 Dujiangyan 27/45 45/71 Active Dujiangyan Irrigation System set up 2,000 years ago by the State of Qin during the Warring States Period
4 Dayi-Anren 30/50 30/50 Landlord Manor Re-education Center
5 Emei Shan 30/50 106/171 Scarced Buddhist Mountain - view sunrise from the 10,500 ft/3099 m summit
6 Leshan 15/25 41/66 Giant (193 ft/58.7 m) Sitting Buddha
7 Rongxian & Zigong 30/50 120/190 Rongxian - Big Buddha. Zigong - Dinosaur and Salt Museums
8 Dazu 30/50 86/139 Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist Sculptures carved in surrounding hillsides.
9 Dazu 30/50 60/100 same as above
10 Chengdu 10/16 181/291 Return to Chengdu. End of trip.
  Total Distance 250/400 723/1156  

Details

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Start location: Chengdu, Sichuan Province

Finish location: Chengdu, Sichuan Province

Tour type: Vehcile-supported tour. Riders carry only their own day bag on teh bike.  A support vehicle will carry luggage (and riders when necessary). (Note: This tour is also available without a support vehicle at a reduced cost.)

Geographical location: Southwest China Elevation range: 300 feet (100 meters) to 10,500 feet (3,099 meters)

Terrain: Flat, rolling and mountainous.

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

Cycling tour level: Easy

Total cycling distance: Approximately 250 miles (400 km)

Average distance per ride day: 30 miles (50 km).  Cycling will be supplemented with vehicle transport on most days to reach the next point of interest.

Days: 10

Group size: 1 - 8

Rental bike: US$0 (included)

Accommodations will be basic Chinese hotels generally of the 1-3 star variety. A few times it may be necessary to use a 0-star hotel. The prices are for double occupancy rooms, and will vary depending on the number of people who participate.

Private room supplement: US$290

This tour is limited to no more than eight 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:

  1. Bilingual bicycle tour guide.
  2. All hotel accommodations for 11 nights.
  3. Meals eaten as group (private meals, snacks and alcoholic beverages are not included).
  4. All group transportation costs (buses, and taxis) including to/from the Chengdu airport.
  5. All group entrance fees.
  6. A support vehicle to transport of gear (and cyclists when necessary).
  7. Rental bike, helmets, gloves, handlebar bag.

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

This will be a vehicle-supported ride. This means that each person will only carry their day bag while cycling. A vehicle will carry the luggage (and cyclists when necessary). Vehicle transportation will be used when necessary, to reach the next destination.

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: $2,950
2 people: $2,580 pp
3-4 people $2,180 pp
5-8 people $1,850 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.

An announcement of the cost of the tour 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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