The PRC covers an area comparable to the European continent – and is culturally and geographically just as diverse as the “old continent”. Cycling through some of the most beautiful and stunning places in China, you will have the chance to get familiar with the incredible richness of this country. On two wheels, we will travel from Beijing to the legendary Great Wall of China, and explore the unique Karst Rock formations around Guilin. In Yunnan, China’s multi-ethnic province at the foot of the Himalaya, we cycle around Lake Erhai and hike through one of the world’s most spectacular canyons. At the end of our trip, we pay a visit to China’s “Gate to the West” – Shanghai.
- Difficulty • 1/3
- Days Total • 23
- Active days • 10
- Cycled Distance • 320 km
- China By Bike Tour Guide
- Baggage Transfer and Support Vehicle
- Bicycle Rent
- Train Rides Beijing-Guilin and Dali-Kunming
- Domestic Flights Guilin-Lijiang and Kunming-Shanghai
- Flights to and from China
- Entrance Fees
Travel to Beijing
For participants from most places the journey will begin with an overnight flight to Beijing
Arrival in Beijing
From the Capital Airport, a transfer is organized to our Hotel which is located within the protected old town. After a short break for relaxation we go on a first stroll through the surrounding “Hutongs”, the traditional Beijing back-alleys.
Temple Of Heaven, Tian’anmen Square And Forbidden City
Having received and prepared our bicycles, we go on a first ride through the city to visit the Temple of Heaven, the old landmark of the capital and its surrounding park. In the afternoon we cross Tian’anmen Square, the world’s biggest inner city square, and take our time to explore some of the 9.999 rooms within the forbidden city.
- Day Trip
Along Canals Towards The Ming Tombs
Cycling mainly on less trafficked back roads we leave Beijing to reach our Hotel at the Ming Tomb reservoir north of the city. On our way we visit the New Summer Palace and ride along typical canals and orchards.
- 65 km Cycling Distance
On a relaxing day trip, we set out to explore the 13 tombs of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) emperors. We visit Changling, the restored tomb of the third emperor of the Ming and get a peek over the walls of some of the non-restored tombs in the area.
- Day Trip
On The “Wild Wall”
Today, we cycle to Huanghua and check in to our Hotel around lunchtime. In the afternoon, we climb onto Great Wall. This section of the wall lies beautifully above a water reservoir and is still spared from mass tourism.
- 33 km Cycling Distance
Overnight Train Ride to Guilin
On our way back to Beijing we stop by at the Bird's Nest, the impressive stadium designed by Swiss architects for the Olympic games in 2008. In the afternoon we board a comfortable overnight train to Guilin.
Arrival In Guilin
Around noon, we arrive in scenic Guilin which is located amidst a sea of bizarre karst rocks. In the afternoon explore some of Guilin’s beautiful gardens.
Along The Famous River Li
Today we hop on our bikes again. On a relaxing day trip, we cycle along River Li to Caoping. On our way we visit Daxu, a village boasting well-preserved buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Our accommodation will be a resort hotel in Caoping.
- 34 km Cycling Distance
Mountain And River
The landscape around Caoping and Yangshuo ranks among the most beautiful in the world. Surrounded by sugarloaf mountains we cycle through paddy fields and villages to Yangshuo. Two nights stay in a traditional style hotel.
- 65 km Cycling Distance
Day Trip To Moon Hill
Cycling through fairytale landscapes we reach the Moon Hill around noon. After a climb to the top of this mountain we are rewarded with a stunning view over Karst Hills and Rivers.
- Day trip
Flight to Yunnan Province
The next destination on our round trip is Yunnan, China’s southwestern province which is famous for its ethnic and geographic diversity.
Lijiang, home of the Naxi minority, has a historic old town with numerous alleys and small markets. After a first introductory tour through the city, the afternoon can be spent individually.
Days 14 and 15
Two Days of Hiking through Tiger Leaping Gorge
A two day hiking tour leads us through Tiger Leaping Gorge. At a maximum depth of approximately 3790 meters from river to mountain peak, it is one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world. Two nights stay in a charming mountain lodge.
- Day 14: 8 km Hiking Distance
- Day 15: 18 km Hiking Distance
Stone Treasure Mountain (Shibaoshan)
By bus we leave Qiaotou at the mouth of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, heading towards Stone Treasure Mountain and its beautifully located temples. In the evening we reach Shuanglang located directly at the “Ear Lake” (Erhai).
Around Lake Erhai to Dali
From Shuanglang we cycle around the Erhai to Dali, the former capital of the historic empire of Nanzhao. Located at the foot of the Cang Mountain Range and close to peaceful Lake Erhai, the city boasts perfect fengshui.
- 61 km Cycling Distance
Dali with its lively alleys and beautiful views is a perfect town to be explored individually. It won't be hard to find a pretty café to sit, relax and try cup of locally grown Yunnan coffee.
City of Eternal Spring
By train we reach Kunming, the “city of eternal spring”. After a short break we set out for a first stroll through the city centre, visiting the Cuihu Park where we get a chance to mingle with the locals who meet in the park to sing, dance and exercise.
Today we go on a day trip to Stone Forest, located 90 km outside of Kunming. We can take our time to explore this bizarre labyrinth of needle-like rocks before driving back to Kunming in the late afternoon.
- Day Trip
Flight to Shanghai
Flight to Shanghai, China’s “gate to the West”. The rapidly expanding trade city will be the last stop of our journey. In the afternoon, we go for a walk on the Bund, Shanghai’s famous river promenade. Our hotel is located just a few steps away from the Bund.
“City Above The Sea”
Today, we explore the buzzing metropolis by foot. Sights well worth a visit include the pretty Yu Garden, Nanjing Lu, Shanghai’s shopping boulevard and parts of the old town as well as Shanghai’s modern financial district on the east side of Huangpu River. At our farewell dinner in the evening you will once more have the opportunity to experience the culinary richness of the Chinese cuisine.
Individual return journey.