"Ditch the crowds and overcrowded boats and make your way from Guilin to Yangshuo, via Xingping town, on a 2 day off-the-beaten track mini biking adventure combining boat rides along the famous Li River through scenery that few get to see."
Day 1: Meet in GuilinLunch & Dinner 53 km
Your expert local guide will meet you at your hotel in Guilin in the morning with your bikes ready to go with racks and panniers set up for you to take your overnight gear. The van will return to Yangshuo and have your main gear waiting for your arrival and the end of the next day. Once on the road you'll be surprised how quickly we get off the city streets. Within minutes we'll be winding through quiet lanes and alleys , passing by vegetable plots and local homes to reach the countryside. Our secret route takes us away from any traffic and is mostly sealed all the way (single track is there for the mountain bikers). We cycle through dozens of villages before emerging in Daxu, an ancient water town. After lunch it's a short ride along the Li River to Caoping where we board a motorised bamboo raft for the two hour punt along the most picturesque scenery along the Li. We stay in a secluded local guesthouse in Xingping for the evening.
Day 2: Cycle to YangshuoBreakfast & Lunch 45 km
Our last day of cycling is a highlight! This section is famous for its beautiful karst mountains and is a fantastic start to the day as we cross the river on a local ferry before heading into the hills for some of the finest views of the tour. We ride away from the river and pass through Baisha town, where we’ll visit the regions largest produce market, before taking our time riding down the lush and serene Dragon River valley. Nestled amongst paddy fields, overlooked by the centuries old Yu Long (Dragon Meeting) Bridge, we will stop for lunch in a local farmer’s restaurant by the river and with the option for a refreshing swim. From here we cycle small countryside trails and paths to emerge in legendary Yangshuo, popular with travellers from all over the world, where the tour ends! Here you'll meet your luggage, and you're free to take your onward travel but we highly suggest another day or two is worth the stay in the Yangshuo area.
Many people visit this incredibly scenic region via the hub of Guilin and then take a tourist boat or bus to Yangshuo, missing most of the best landscapes, local life and sights along the way. This two day bike and boat tour avoids all the tourist traps - a much better alternative to the standard tourist bubble boat cruise - allowing you to see the Li River scenery in all it's glory in a much more relaxed and intimate way.
Starting at your hotel in Guilin (or Guilin airport & train stations) you'll bike and boat your way to Xingping on a route that we can cater to your cycling abilities. Xingping is a great overnighter with a quaint old street and riverside location to explore. On day two we'll ride to Yangshuo taking in the epic scenery on ridgelines overlooking the Li River that are some of the best in the whole region. After arriving in Yangshuo, we suggest you stay on for a few days as there is plenty on offer for the adventurous or to soak up the relaxed village vibe. If time is tight, we have shower facilities in our shop and convenient transportation is available to get you back to Guilin or onto the airport or train stations.
Choose your own dates
This is a private tour and you can book any dates that suit you within the availability period. If you'd like to travel with others, just let us know and we'll open up the departure on our website to allow others to join. You can check in the "dates" section above for departures that others may have already scheduled which you are also welcome to join.
Getting There & Away
This trip starts in Guilin and finishes in Yangshuo, Guangxi Province, China. Guilin and Yangshuo are serviced through the airport in Guilin (Airport Code KWL). It is an international airport with connections across Asia as well as most cities in China. Yangshuo is 85 kilometres (one hour) from Guilin International Airport by car. Below are some of the main options for flights.
Airport/ train station pick ups are included in the tour price. Please make sure you give us details of your arrival or Guilin hotel, including address or flight details, date and time, so we can arrange your transfers. The tour finishes in Yangshuo. From here you can make your way back to Guilin, the airport or train stations on convenient transport or highly reccommended is to stay on for a day or two to explore furter. Feel free to contact us for further advice.
Tour Info Pack
Once we have recieved your booking and deposit we'll send you a Tour INFO PACK that will include tour notes, training tips, preparation info and joining point instructions. If you have any questions about the tour at all please don't hesitate to contact us
Why does the tour finish in Yangshuo but no accommodation is provided there?
This tour is a great alternative for those wishing to travel from Guilin to Yangshuo by boat - but find the crowded tourist boats unappealing - or simply want to see more of the fabulous scenery along one of China's most famous rivers in a more in depth and fun way.
We've designed the tour this way to cater for those with a tight time frame, those who may wish to return to Guilin accommodation directly after the tour or those who may have their own accommodation in mind for further stay in Yangshuo. We have shower facilities in our shop in Yangshuo so it is possible to freshen up after the tour finishes in the late afternoon and we can direct you to convenient transport back to Guilin, Yangshuo hotels or onward travel.
We offer several other multi day tours that include time in Yangshuo and beyond. Feel free to contact us for further details about a tour that suits you or advice on accommodation and activities in Yangshuo. We've been based in Yangshuo for over 15 years and are happy to pass on our experience and knowledge of the region.
Is the tour difficult?
Not at all. But it can be if you want it to be! The route between Guilin and Yangshuo offers a myriad of routes, from easy to challenging, so we can customise the riding to your ability without compromising any of the views and experience. Just let us know what your riding level is when you book.
What happens to our luggage? Do we have to carry anything?
You only need to carry what you need for each days riding. We reccommend a small backpack that can fit your camera, sunscreen, any extra clothing, wallet, passport, etc. If you need us to supply a handlebar bag just let us know if you prefer one.
The rest of your luggage will be transported to the next destination and be waiting for you when you arrive.
Can we change the itinerary or customise the tour?
Not for publicly listed dates, but if you have your own group or date in mind, Yes. If you want to make a private booking we can help design a tour that suits you. You may have ideas based on any of our tours or something in mind that you can't find on our website. Just get in contact with us and let us know what you have in mind and we'll try our best to make it happen!
Do you cater for vegetarians?
Yes we do! If you have any dietery requirements just let us know when you book in the space provided (Additional Requests). For any severe alergies or other conditions it is best that you let us know in advance so that we can prepare and/ or advise you on what we can provide or what you might need to bring so that are well catered for.
Is the tour suitable for children?
Our policy for children is that children must be over 16 years of age and accompanied by at least one legal guardian. They should be able to complete the tour as would any other participant. We would require that you consult with us about the suitability of older childeren participating on the tour before you book. As these are group tours, we'd need to make sure that your child or children will not impact the enjoyment of the tour of other participants. We would assess this with you on a case by case basis.
We do run family specific tours so these are good options when travelling with kids, or you may choose to opt for a private tour based on any of the tours on our website. Just chat to us about the possibilities about what will work best for your family.
What about Covid 19?
2020 has seen travel grind to a halt and the outlook going into 2021 looks to be more of the same. While we have suspended travel to most of our destinations we are operating tours in China for domestic travellers. We'll open up destinations as the stuation improves and only when travel is green lighted by the relevant health and government agencies.
Travelling during this time means adhering to mandated guidlines and practices which means having green codes enabled on your mobile phone apps, taking Covid tests, wearing masks where neccesary, and filling in contact and travel history forms. These rules and guidelines are constantly changing as situations regarding the virus change, so it is important to remain flexible. We'll inform you of the requirements when you book and leading into the tour departure date.
Given the situation as it is, please understand that cancellations are quite possible and are outside of our control. While we understand the frustrations this may present, we'll do our best to make things run as smooth as possible and keep you informed of any changes as they arise.
During this time we will only accept full payments for tours three weeks before departure. All payments, however, will be refunded in full if the tour is cancelled prior to departure, or your personal covid-related situation precludes you from commencing the tour. Please make sure when booking flights that they are aslo refundable in the event of a cancelation.
How to I make a booking and payment?
Simply go to the "Dates" section of the tour page and click on the "book now" button, or click on "book" on the website header and select your preferred tour and departure date. If you are booking onto an on demand tour and have your own dates in mind there will be an facility for you book here too.
Before you book, we recommend that you read through the tour details and our booking terms and conditions. You can contact us about the trip if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or set up a time to chat about the tour.
Upon completion of your booking form we’ll send you an acknowledgement email and invoice for a deposit. All long trips (7 days or more) require a deposit of 300USD to guarantee your place. Trips departing within 60 days at booking will require full payment. Once your deposit is received, we’ll also send you a pre-trip information pack that will give you added information about the tour, the region you’ll be travelling through, a checklist of things to prepare, suggestions for packing, training tips and more. For shorter trips and day tours we require full payment 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour or as soon as convenient if booking within 30 days of departure.
Payments can be made on credit card via Paypal or through a direct bank transfer in most currencies. Information on payments will be present on your initial deposit invoice. Paypal payments will incur a 4% fee.
*****COVID 19 Booking Terms Update*****
During this unique time we will only be accepting full payments for tours three weeks before departure. All payments, however, will be refunded in full if the tour is cancelled prior to departure, or your personal covid-related situation precludes you from commencing the tour. Please make sure when booking flights that they are aslo refundable in the event of a cancelation.
- 2 days (Mar - Dec)
- Cycling Tour,Multi-activity
- 90 km
- 2 - 12 People
2 people - 350 USD 3 people - 270 USD 4 people - 270 USD 5 or more - 230 USD
- Cycle rural China back-roads and trails between Guilin and Yangshuo that see few tourists
- Visit small rural towns and see local farm life
- Cycle along the famous Li River
- See Yangshuo’s and Xingping's sublime karst mountain scenery
- Visit and stay in Xingping
- Learn about local history and culture
- See our secret spots and wonderful viewpoints
- Transfer from Guilin hotel, airport or train station to ride start point
- Entry to Xiangongshan lookout
- 1 night guesthouse Xing Ping Village
- All meals as per itinerary
- Luggage transfer from your Guilin hotel to Xingping and Yangshuo
- Excellent quality mountain bikes
- Boat ride(s) on Li River
- Local cycling guide for 2 days
- Cycling route catered to your abilities
What's Not Included?
- International airfares
- Travel insurance
- Tips & gratuities
- Personal expenses