It's nearly September which means the end of summer holidays; back to school, back to work, but flights are cheaper. Tourist season has ended and if you can still fit in a week of holiday why not head to China? This week we bring you Yangshuo & Guilin because the approaching autumn months are considered the optimal time to visit Asia.
In a Nutshell:
Where is it? This 6 day cycling adventure takes you to the gorgeous landscapes of Southern China. You'll bike along village trails alongside the Li or Yulong Rivers with a local guide. Starting in Yangshuo you'll do loop cycles, and then head to Xingping. Along the way you'll pass ancient villages, and spectacular sights, this area is a cyclist's and photographer's dream fro a reason. Distance: 120-140 km Grading: This trip is rated moderate due to the multitude of elevation gains and losses on day 3. the rest of the cycling is relatively flat and the distances are not far. We recommend that you have a decent level of fitness, as you will enjoy this trip more.
Why Cycle it?
The sights that you will get to see are of true rural China, untouched by modern times and with a connection to its ancient roots. The surrounding landscape is characterized by karst mountains, dotted with an estimated 70,000 peaks, and has inspired generations of famous Chinese painters and poets. Cross over a 400 year old bridge on the Yulong (Jade Dragon) River. Visit the fishing village of Liugong, an 800 year old village, known for its ancient houses and 'Three Pools.' The pools are three deep ponds that all have a different color. Cycle by rice paddies and bamboo-bordered waterways, then make your way up a rice terrace and fields of tea trees, take in panoramas of karst mountains surrounding you, sights that your average tourist doesn't get to see. Your final day consists of a bamboo raft ride down the Li River, one of China's most famous rivers. Bamboo rafts are the only type of boat that can be used on the river because of its depth. At the end of your ride you can explore places such as Elephant Hill, Returned Pearl Cave or the Thousand Buddha Cave. [caption id="attachment_19334" align="aligncenter" width="602"] Bamboo river rafts and people rafting down the Li River.[/caption]
Planning and Preparation:
This trip is available from April to October, you can start your Yangshuo cycling tour anytime during this period. Springtime is glorious with nice blue skies, and warm daytime temperatures. Autumn time promises comfortable daytime temperatures as well, and both spring and autumn are low season with fewer crowds. This tour guided, but you cycle at a leisurely pace and will have the opportunity to stop for photos and explore villages. If you’d like to take a look at this trip online or begin booking click here. Alternatively if you have any queries you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like a longer version of this trip we offer the Backroads of Yangshuo, this trip offers a cooking class and a kayak trip. Other holidays that might be of interest are Scotland's Loch & Glens and the Dolomites to Venice.