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3-Day Self-Guided Cycling of Guilin and Yangshuo

Tour Overview

A short version of the back roads cycle tour between Guilin and Yangshuo. It's a self-guided trip exploring the peaceful countryside and scenery of Guilin,Yangshuo, Li River and the Karst landform. Guided with our GPS map and supported with our local cell phone, you will have plenty of time on the road and do anything you want not following the fixed itinerary. Riders need to overcome those possible difficulties on the way as the tour is without bike leader or supporting van.

Duration: 3 Days
Tour Code: CYT-BT-002
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Tour Itinerary

 Day 01    Guilin Cycle to Caoping 40KM  (no meal)

(Highlights Included: Optional Countryside Back Road from Guilin to Daxu Ancient Town, Greenway Biking to Caoping, Karst Landform Crown Cave Visit, Optional Li River Rafting)

Road condition: Well Paved & Simple Paved
Physical requirement: ★★☆☆☆

In the morning, guests may need to find our workshop near the down town of Guilin city and get the bicycles. We test our bikes and learn to use the GPS map and cell phone we offer to you then start your own journey.

Following the trails shown on the phone, you will cycle through local market then shift into villages with poorer road surface. Don't forget to take break and buy some water, snacks or fruit when you find local market along the street. After about 2-3 hours cycling for the first 25KM, you will getting to know how to use the GPS map better, then we will arrive Daxu. Please try to find a place for lunch there, as the town is a popular attraction near Guilin city. The greenway for bicycles are now finished so after your visit and stay at the ancient street, you can find the 'paved in red road' then follow it, we will cycle along the Li River and peaceful roads until arrive the Caoping town, where the famous Crown Cave located.

There are more climbs and undulating this afternoon and it’s a little harder to people without long-distance cycle background but easy for skilled riders. Enjoy the peaceful villages and greenway until arriving Caoping. After checking in hotel under the help from calling us by phone, participants can take an optional paid-in-cash visit to the Karst Cave there or enjoy a short bamboo (plastic tube) rafting on the Li River for 30-60minutes.


 Day 02    Caoping Town Cycle to Xingping 35KM  (no meal)

(Highlights Included: Xitang Reservoir, Scenery printed on CNY,20 Yuan, Cycle through Big Karst Mountain Area, Optional Trekking up of Laozhai Hill for Panoramic View of Li River, XIngping Ancient Town)

Road condition: concrete (some broken or being rebuilt) and macadam
Physical requirement: ★★★☆☆

Today we may need to climb up back to the turning point where we cycle down yesterday and then start the challenge of biking through mountain areas to Xingping. The climbs only lasts less than 4KM each but the undulating may cause some trouble to those less skilled riders, however, we are rewarded with particular and perfect Karst landform sceneries passing by beautiful villages and brook, water dam and reservoir.

We arrive at Xingping for lunch and will still have enough time to enjoy the great town, considering do a trekking onto Laozhai Hill or relax in the bar and cafes at the Xingping Old Town. Li River rafting is also available there. 

Enjoy the leisure and peaceful time at Xingping and take your time resting on our super great hotel arranged, there are many big rooms and belcony!


 Day 03    Xingping Mountain Bike Tour to Yangshuo  35 to 40 KM  (B)

(Highlights Included: (Off Road Biking at Countryside, Fuli Ancient Town, Optional Route to Yulong River or Mountain Area Cycling to Yangshuo)

Road condition: off roads and concrete 
Physical requirement: ★★★☆☆

After breakfast at hotel, we back on our bikes then cycle to the dock of Xingping town, we across the river on the local fishing boat to the other side of Li River, then be ready to 'lose the way' in the villages and mountains.

The first couple of distance will be a cycling on off-road, with steep climb (not very long, please push the bike if you want), don't forget to follow our map and the special direction marks on the road, and then soon you will back to paved concrete road. Then start to cycle mainly down hill, undulating or short climbs for many times until arrive at Yangshuo.

Our supporting van will drive to Yangshuo and you need to return the bikes today. Or you can rental the bike for more free days and cycle around Yangshuo's countryside for sure, we can offer some free routes and introductions about the places worth to visit.


Service ends, you will arrange your own transferring back to Guilin. 

Price Guide

$ 275 / p.p (from 2 people) 

- Price based on simple packed on our own for the first two days and luggage transfer to Yangshuo on 3rd day, 

   luggage rack and panniers on bikes can be arranged. 

- Single room supplements  USD80

  Group number limits (2-10 people).

Included Services:

1.    3 nights' accommodation in comfortable hotels or guesthouses with twin share rooms, private bathrooms
2.    Luggage transferring from Guilin to Yangshuo on Day3
3.    Meals mentioned as B, L or D;
4.    Bicycle rental fee for 3 days, quality well-maintained mountain bikes of 24/27 speed with front suspension;
5.    Simple bike fixing tools, spare parts and if necessary;
6.    Local cell phone with GPS map app, phone supports at anytime.  

Not included
1.    Arrival and departure airport transfers;
2.    International airfares and airfares to Guilin and exit Guilin;
3.    Visas;
4.    Insurance*
5.    Tips to driver who help you transferring the bike back, gratuities, personal expenses
6.    Helmet or cycling gear (our bike pedals are standard and may not suit you)

Questions & Comments

  • Asked by Rebecca
    2021-07-22 23:58

    I hope this message finds you doing well! My name is Rebecca. My husband and I are teachers in Shanghai and we are hoping to travel to Yangshuo for our December holiday this year.

    We love to cycle, so we were very excited when we discovered your company! We are very interested in doing the self-guided cycling trip from Guilin to Yangshuo. We would plan on cycling one-way from Guilin to Yangshuo and then we would continue our holiday in Yangshuo to do other things.

    We have a few questions -
    1. Would the cost be USD$275 per person?
    2. Is December an okay time for a multi-day cycling trip?

    We appreciate any information that you might provide. Thank you so much!
    Answered by coco
    2021-07-23 17:53
    Hi, Rebecca,

    December is fine to cycle in Guilin area, not very cold. My colleague, cycling travel expert, Robert will contact you soon via email with more information.

    Have a good day!
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