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This is a best and less commercialized China cycle holiday together with many hiking and outdoor activities. We will see: hardy farmers tilling lush rice paddies with water buffaloes, bamboo lined emerald rivers snaking through farmland and pine forest, mist swept limestone peaks and ancient villages dot the countryside. An undoubted highlight is cycling through the thousands of limestone karst peaks and ancient villages along the Li River. The tour is fully supported so you are worry-free about the distance need to cycle. This tour covers all the must-visit part around Guilin, and the cycles everyday are mainly on those side road and off the beaten tracks. The tour was designed after years and brings you into an in-depth cycling and hiking adventure around Guilin. Most of the road on this tour is paved or simply paved.
Note: All the time and distance etc shown below are approximate and indicative only, if there is inconsistency, it will depend on the weather, local road conditions and other actual situations. Besides, the duration might be revised according to your physical level.
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(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
DAY 01  Arrive in Guilin (D, by air)
CAT's rep will meet you at Guilin airport and take you to hotel. We'll get together for a group meeting in the early evening and test ride the bikes before heading out for a banquet of local restaurant. (No matter you are a skilled rider or a newbie, you will be given a professional basic user manual about the bicycle we offer and the matters need attention about this tour. You will get your bicycles today and have a try with tour leader).

Overnight at 4 star hotel in Guilin

DAY 02  Guilin / Xing'an (39KM+28KM cycling + half hour trekking) (BLD)

Today's highlights: fun-filled day, passing through university, well-preserved old houses and villages, trekking to see the hidden sacred waterfall, peaceful country road.

We will drive you outside the dangerous and busy Guilin city area directly and then start our cycling after 1 hour's drive when our car finishes the climbs section for today. We offer a wonderful and gentle start of the whole trip. After parking our car and trek to the wild and hidden jungle to see one of the gorgeous natural waterfalls in rural area of Guilin, we drive and start to cycle soon. After about 36KM cycling mainly on paved and flat, lunch at Xing'an county.
Cycling the greenway lately built for cyclists along the Lingqu Canal for 28KM, enjoy the wonderful experience and the nice path there, and then our supporting van will drive us again back to Xing'an for a walk and rest. Xing'an is a historical county in northern part of Guilin, the symbol there - the Ling Canal is one of the earliest canal in the country, constructed in 214BC when the first emperor Qinshihuang ruled China, and connected Guilin with central China by shipping ever since.

Overnight at a hotel in Xing'an

DAY 03  Xing'an / Bajiaozhai (hiking for 3-4 hours) / Longsheng Hot Spring Resort (BLD)

Today's highlights: Danxia landform hills and trekking on the mountain.

After breakfast drive to the UNESCO Heritage Bajiaozhai National Park in Ziyuan County, famed for its unique red sandstone formations. Once here we'll hike up to the Buddhist temples (1800 steps) on the highest peak for incredible views overlooking the neighboring province, Hunan. After visiting the park, walk down to head for Longsheng Hot Spring Resort for a break.

Overnight at hotel in Longsheng

DAY 04  Longsheng Hot Spring Resort / Longji Rice Terrace Fields (3.5 hours hiking) (BLD)

Today's highlights: hot spring, hiking on the mountains and enjoying the 'Dragon's Backbone Rice Fields'.

An early morning soak in the hot spring is not a bad idea. A late departure will not ruin the schedule of the day as there is a lot to see and experience today. After check out, drive to the town of Longsheng for lunch. If time permits, pay a visit to the local market, where you will see an extraordinary array of goods for sale, exotic and sometimes very strange, but always colorful and fascinating. Upon arrival at the foot of mountains, the guide will show you a trail that is only used by the local farmers. Along the way, you will see the terraced rice field, traditional wooden houses, and interesting irrigation system, etc.
Finally arrive in Pingan, the village is situated in the middle of the rice terraces, with enough time so that you have time to sit back with a beer and enjoy the sunset views from the terrace of the Zhuang minority, traditionally-built guesthouse. The owners, Keyin and Lily, always make us feel at home and may offer us a sample of their special sweet rice wine.

Overnight at a hotel in Ping'an

DAY 05  Pingan Zhuang Village Free Day (B)
A free day to spend at your leisure. What we recommend is to take a day hike to the nearby village of Dazhai which will take you through many villages only accessible by foot and through some of the most beautiful scenery in the area. Otherwise the village of Pingan is an interesting place to relax or bargain for handicrafts. There are several nearby viewpoints to explore too if you don't want to venture to far.

Overnight at a hotel in Ping'an

DAY 06   Longji / Lingchuan County (70KM) (BLD)

Today's highlights: scenery change, connection day from the north of Guilin to the south.

We will follow the same road down to the parking lot and get our bikes and luggage back. And then we will drive the first 25KM section skipping the boring, busy road, and will start to cycle around 10:30am today. And we will need about 5 hours to finish the cycles due to a 4KM big climbing up and a long distance undulating along the lake and reservoir areas, then pay a short visit to the old village of Jiangtouzhou. This village is inhabited by a famous philosopher of the Song Dynasty, Zhou Dunyi (1017 – 1073). And their consistent attention to education has produced in history, many good officials. Old houses dating back to Ming and Qing dynasties are all over with intricate wood carvings and stone carvings.

Overnight at a hotel in Lingchuan

DAY 07  Lingchuan County – Daxu (40km) (BL)

Today's highlights: connection from the north to the south, Daxu ancient town。

After breakfast, get on your bike to head for Daxu, which is a fine example of what old world China once was, with cobblestone lanes, a 400 year old stone arch bridge and people still living in wooden dwellings roofed in classic black tiles. We'll have plenty of time for a wander down the old streets, view the river side bustle and pop our heads into one of the old courtyard houses to see how the better off once lived. There's plenty of antiques and curios on offer by the dozens of hawkers along the old main laneway. Along with the obligatory snake oil salesmen, you'll find sellers offering Mao's Little Red Book and other communist paraphernalia, as well as purveyors of the weird and wonderful herbs and remedies.

Overnight at local guesthouse

DAY 08  Daxu / Xingping (50KM) (BLD)

Today's highlights: back to nature, wetland boat drifting and an optional isolated gorgeous reservoir.

During our ride through this flatter rural area we stop at several Ming era villages that retain their centuries-old architecture. Near Caoping we stop for lunch before a climb up to take in what the Chinese often refer to as 'the finest scenery under heaven' – Karst Mountains over hanging the river.
We take a hilly route following the Li, glimpsing these spectacular mountains above and below, before a long downhill and flat run into Xingping, an old port village, and our guesthouse with its rooftop views over the river. Xingping is an interesting place to wander around and there are lots of little cafes and handicrafts to check out, adding to its charm. There are some spectacular look outs and swimming spots too.
Today the tour takes to enjoy the limestone peaks, crisscrossing rivers, old bridges and ancient routes connecting villages. The difficulty level today is easy but the path crisscross the labyrinth of the small paths. Follow the leader closely.

Overnight at a hotel in Xingping

DAY 09  Xingping / Yangshuo (45KM) (BLD)

Today's highlights: single tracks and paths, bigger Karst view mountain areas.

During the journey through big Karst hills today, you will see meandering rivers, limestone hills, rural countryside with rice paddies and mud brick houses. The amazing karst topography and peaceful country road accompany you all the way to Yangshuo. Our trip is quite different from the traditional tours by cars. The biking route today is not so simple, you will encounter macadam, unsurfaced forest-road with soil or even mud. For most of the time we will not have many chances to see groceries and our support vehicle, so do a cautious ride today. There are many elegant places worth to see. So enjoy the time on the road. We will arrive at Yangshuo before evening.

Overnight at a 4 star hotel in Yangshuo

DAY 10  Yangshuo Countryside Cycling (55KM) (BD)

Today's highlights: comfortable route, farmland, challenge of mountain climbing.

After breakfast, ride your bike to the countryside of Yangshuo, first pass by Aishan, and proceed to the 350-year-old Liugong village, where we stop for a break to see the old architectures and stunning scenery of Li River. Go on your bike ride to see more of the countryside by visiting Puyi, and turn north to explore another ancient town Fuli, where you can see an old street, and a painting fan workshop.

Overnight at a 4 star hotel in Yangshuo

DAY 11  Yangshuo / Yangdi (65km) (BL)

Today's highlights: Xianggong Hill to have a panoramic view of Li River, Yangdi Village。

We will go along the Yulong River and see the 400 year old Dragon Bridge, we cycle through small villages, pomelo trees, tea plantations and rice terraces. Cross the main road to the other side of Baisha, and you will find orange and other fruit orchards, stop at Xianggong Hill, where is one of the best place to have a panoramic view of Li River. There are some ups and downs in the following section, all on the concrete road without much difficulty. Arrive at Yangdi, a small beautiful village nestled in the valley of Li River. Bike ride stops here, and you will get into the car and transfer back to the city of Guilin.

Overnight at 4 star hotel in Guilin

DAY 12 Guilin Departure (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport or train station to head for your next destination.
-The end of tour-

Please Note: While we plan to follow the itinerary as much as possible, weather, trail conditions, river crossings, and other circumstances may force us to alter the itinerary in this remote and relatively untraveled region.
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