"See Yangshuo's spectacular scenery combining a leisurely bike tour on quaint back roads through quiet rural villages with a bamboo boat ride among the famous karst mountains in the picture perfect Yulong River Valley. Stop for a sumptuous local lunch overlooking the 600 year old Yulong Bridge, before boarding a bamboo raft to be poled down the emerald green Yulong River - a great day out for those that want to see Yangshuo's nicest scenery at a more leisurely pace."
We start our tour in Yangshuo town at the Bike Asia shop, with a complimentary coffee or tea, where you'll meet your guide for the day. We'll go over the route for the day and set you up on the bikes. We'll head out of town and in suprisingly quick time we'll be cycling on small paths and backroads amongst the karst mountains and paddy fields. Our route takes us along the Yulong River valley passing by several small villages where you can soak up local village life and views of the bamboo lined river - this is some of the more spectacular scenery in the region.
We'll stop for a local lunch nearby Dragon Bridge, a four hundred year old arch bridge, that spans the Yulong river. After a wander around the village, we'll head up to our start point for the rafting. Here you'll leave the rafts behind and be poled down the river on two person traditional bamboo rafts by a local farmer - he may regale you with a local song or two! After approximately an hour on the rafts, you'll be met by your guide and the bikes for a leisurely ride back into Yangshuo town via several small villages and scenic paths. The ride ends at the Bike Asia shop in Yangshuo.
Start & Finish Point
We would normally reccomend starting all our Yangshuo local tours at the Bike Asia Shop in Yangshuo town centre. This way we can fit you out with bikes that suit you, particualrly if you have children, or are unsure of what size or type of bike you prefer. If you are happy for us to choose bikes for you, and it is more convenient, we can start and finish the tour at your hotel. An added transfer fee is is applicable to have the bikes sent to your hotel. Just let us know your preference when you book or chat to us about what the options are.
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Generally, this tour works best starting around 9am and would finish approximately around 4pm. As it is a private tour, you have the flexibility to set times that suit you - once again, just let us know what you prefer when you book.
What To Bring
- Comfortable cycling clothes, covered shoes and swimwear (check the weather!)
- Water bottle (a filled water bottle will be on the bike - feel free to bring your own bottle if you like)
- Small backpack for your gear - we have dry bags available
- Some cash for any extras such as souvenirs, coffees, etc.
This is an On Demand tour which means you can book it at any time during the availability period - March to December - or you are also welcome to join one of the tours that may be listed in the "Dates" section above.
How difficult is cycling on the tour?
Not difficult at all - it's one of our easiest! We've designed it to take in all the quiet flat roads in the area and, as it is a private tour, we can take a route that suits you too whether you want to make it longer, shorter or even add in some hills!
Can we start and finish the tour from our hotel?
You can. Just let us know where you are staying and we'll design a route around your location. We do like to make sure you have the right bikes to suit your heights so make sure you let us know how tall (or short) you are so we can bring them along to your hotel.
Is lunch included?
Yes. We include a great local lunch at Dragon Bridge Village. Just let your guide know if you have any particular dietary requirements.
Is the tour suitable for children?
Yes, although for the Bamboo Rafting kids are treated as adults and must be in the care of one parent. It is two persons per raft, so a family of three (including one small child) will need two rafts - kids sitting on laps is allowed but only will one parent aboard. Costs for kids is the same as adults.
We reccommend kids be 5 years and above. We have kids bikes and tag-a-longs to cater for youngsters on the bike segment.
Is there any traffic on the cycling tour?
Very little. We will take you on routes that avoid traffic. In the event we do encounter some we'll give you fair warning and our guides are trained to safely navigate you through the day. You might have to keep an eye out for the odd water buffalo chickens or ducks though!
Do I need to bring water?
No. We supply a clean water bottle on the bikes (you can bring your own if you like) and will keep you topped up throughout the day.
What happens if it rains?
Generally, unless the rain is severe, we'll run the tour anyway. We have ponchos available and a light rain jacket is enough for comfort. During the operational months for this tour the rain is not cold. However, if the rain is severe and it is not feasible to run the tour we will cancel it. There are times when downpours are extreme that the bamboo boats mat be canceled due to rising water levels. In cases where we need to cancel due to circumstances out of our control, such as river closures or extreme downpours, we will offer a full refund.
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.
- 1 days (Mar - Dec)
- Day Tour,Multi-activity
- 25 km
- 2 - 10 People
2 or more - 80 USD
Cycle back roads and countryside trails amongst Yangshuo’s sublime karst mountain scenery
Visit centuries old Ming and Qing dynasty villages and stone bridges
Bamboo raft along the beautiful Yulong River
Learn about local history and culture
Sample some delicious local food
Experienced cycling guide with bike mechanic skills and first aid training
Bamboo rafting ride on Yulong River
Excellent quality bike in several sizes
Drinking water - 1 bottle