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Yunnan and Guangxi 11-Day Bicycling Tour:
Shangri-La, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Lijiang, Guilin and Yangshuo

Dates: Sunday, May 26 to Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Cycling in the hills near Yangshuo

Yunnan and Guangxi 11-Day Bicycling Tour:
Shangri-La, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Lijiang, Guilin and Yangshuo

Dates: Sunday, May 26 to Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bike Tour Route Map

This 11-day cycling tour begins in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province and ends in Guilin, Guangxi province. There will be a support vehicle to transport luggage (and cyclists when needed). The tour is designed as an moderate to challenging ride. Average daily cycling mileage will be about 55 km or 33 miles. This tour will appeal to those who have cultural, social and geographical interests and will visit both well-known and little-known sights including Tiger Leaping Gorge.

On Day 0 (the day before the first day), the group will meet in Kunming and prepare for an early morning flight to Shangri-La (Zhongdian) on Day 1.

On the first day we will fly to Shangri-La (Zhongdian), a predominantly Tibetan town located at about 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) elevation. We will spend one day exploring the area of grasslands and visit the Limestone Bridge and hot springs.

The next day, the group will visit Guihua Tibetan temple on the outskirts of town and the wild lakes of Bitahai and Shuduhai.

On the third day, we will cycle over several mountain ridge on one of the most scenic rides in Yunnan from Shangri-La to Baishuitai, the back door route to Tiger Leaping Gorge.

On day four, the group will enter the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest and most dramatic gorges in the world. We will visit the narrow spot of the Gorge where it takes it name pictured below. It is a powerful spot with the whole of the Yangtze River confined to a 20- meter (70-foot) width. The night will be spent in the Gorge in simple cabin-like lodgings.

Tiger Leaping Gorge

The next day, we will cycle out of the gorge and then along side the Yangtze River to Lijiang.

On the sixth day, the group will explore Lijiang. This is the center of the creative Naxi minority group with a strong artistic and musical tradition. The group will explore the unique old town with fast flowing open canals and distinctive architecture. In the afternoon we will ride to the village of Baisha.

On day seven, the group will fly to Guilin with a stopover in Kunming to change planes in the morning. The Guilin area is well-known for the unique karst landscape (limestone hill formations jutting up from an otherwise level ground and the subject of countless traditional Chinese paintings). This area is also riddled with caves used extensively by locals to hide when the Japanese invaded during World War II. Arriving at the Guilin airport, we will then transfer to the hotel. After a settling in, we will take a short bike tour to see the sights of this interesting town.

On the eight day, we head out into the countryside for some fresh air by taking transport part way, and then cycling the rest to Longsheng. Longsheng is located in an area that is known as the Dragonback Rice Terraces where entire mountain sides have been transformed into wedding-cake like sculptures. There are also some hot springs to relax in.

The next day we will travel by vehicle to back to Guilin, and cycle to first to the fishing village of Xingping, then to Yangshuo. Yangshuo is a relaxing tourist town and will provide opportunities to explore the karst landscape, several temples, and various surrounding villages, and watch the cormorant bird fishing at night.

On Day Ten, we will cycle to several small nearby villages and take a short boat ride on the scenic Li River. At night the group will view fisherman on bamboo rafts using their Cormorant birds with to fish.

On the last day we cycle to Moon Hill in the morning then transfer to the Guilin Airport for connections back to the West or other parts of China concluding the bike tour.

A travelogue and photos covering portions of the route:

Cycling Yunnan Province with Bike China Adventures
Photos from Yunnan
Weiss Yunnan Bike Trip Photo Gallery
Some Photo Highlights of Exploring Guangxi's Wonders

Itinerary and Tour Details

Yunnan and Guangxi 11-Day Bicycling Tour:
Shangri-La, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Lijiang, Guilin and Yangshuo

600 km - 366 miles
Bike Tour Route Map

Day Location Cycling  KM/Miles Notes
0 Kunming 0/0 Group meets in Kunming.
1 Shangri-La(Zhongdian) 30/18 Early morning flight to Shangri-La, visit Limestone Bridge and grasslands
2 Shangri-La(Zhongdian) 30/18 Visit the Guihua Tibetan Monastery, and the wild lakes of Bitahai and Shuduhai
3 Baishuitai 105/64 Ride this scenic route to the back door of Tiger Leaping Gorge
4 Tiger Leaping Gorge 70/43 One of the world's deepest gorges. An up-close look at the raw power of this historical river.  Last year to see it in its raw state
5 Lijiang 119/73 Cycle along the Yangtze River to Lijiang.
6 Lijiang 30/18 Explore this historical town with fast flowing water canals and wooden architecture
7 Guilin 30/18 Flight to Guilin with a stopover in Kunming. Explore Guilin by bike in the afternoon
8 Longsheng 60/37 Zhuang Minority area, Rice Terraces, and Hot Springs
9 Xingping 30/18 Vehicle transport to Guilin then cycle to Yangshuo. 
10 Yangshuo 30/18 Cycle to several small villages and take a short Li River boat ride. At night view Cormorant bird fishing
11 Yangshuo 30/18 Explore Moon Hill in the morning. Transport to Guilin Airport for connections to the West or other destinations in China. End of tour.
Total Distance 630/384 Miles/Kilometers

Details - Yunnan and Guangxi 11-Day Bicycling Tour:
Shangri-La, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Lijiang, Guilin and Yangshuo

Dates: Sunday, May 26 to Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Start location: Kunming, Yunnan province

Finish location: Guilin, Guangxi province

Tour type: This is a vehicle-supported tour.

Geographical location: Southwestern China. Elevation range: 500 meters (1,640 feet) to 3,300 meters (10,800 feet)

Climate: The best weather for touring is in the spring and fall. Chance of rain (or snow at the passes). Historic weather information for Chengdu is available from the link below. Higher elevations will be colder.

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Terrain: Mountainous, rolling and flat

Cycling tour level: Moderate to challenging

Total cycling distance: Approximately 630 km (384 miles): Average distance per travel day: 55 km (33 miles) Cycling may be supplemented on occasion with vehicle transport when needed.

Days: 11

Nights: 11

Cycling Days:6

Group size: 1 - 8

Accommodations: Will be basic Chinese hotels generally of the 1-2 star variety. One night it will be necessary to use a 0-star guesthouse. The prices are for double occupancy rooms, and will vary depending on the number of people who participate.

Single 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.

Tour includes:

  1. Bilingual bike tour guide to accompany the group throughout the tour.
  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 (three internal flights: Kunming-Zhongdian, Lijiang-Kunming and Kunming-Guilin; buses, boats, and taxis).
  5. All group entrance fees.
  6. Rental mountain bike with front suspension, handlebar bag, cyclometer, etc.

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

This will be a vehicle-supported ride and may be utilized whenever needed.

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

Group size:
1 person: $4,520
2 people: $3,640 pp
3-4 people $3,160 pp
5-8 people $2,750 pp

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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 the beginning of the tour.

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