Day 1: Kunming - Shangri la by air.
Activities: We will fly to Shangri-La (Zhongdian), a predominantly Tibetan town located at about 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) elevation. We will spend one day exploring the area of grasslands and visit the Limestone Bridge and hot springs.
Day 2: Shangri la.
Activities: We visit Guihua Tibetan temple on the outskirts of town and the wild lakes of Bitahai and Shuduhai.
Day 3: Shangri la - Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Activities: On the third day, we will cycle over several mountain ridge on one of the most scenic rides in Yunnan from Shangri-La to Baishuitai, the back door route to Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Day 4: Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Activities: On day four, the group will enter the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest and most dramatic gorges in the world. This area is scheduled to be flooded with the construction of a huge dam in 2006, so this may be the last year to see this unique place in its raw form. We will visit the narrow spot of the Gorge where it takes it name pictured below. It is a powerful spot with the whole of the Yangtze River confined to a 20- meter (70-foot) width. The night will be spent in the Gorge in simple cabin-like lodgings.
Day 5: Tiger Leaping Gorge - Lijiang.
Activities: The next day, we will cycle out of the gorge and then along side the Yangtze River to Lijiang.
Day 6: Lijiang.
Activities: On the sixth day, the group will explore Lijiang. This is the center of the creative Naxi minority group with a strong artistic and musical tradition. The group will explore the unique old town with fast flowing open canals and distinctive architecture. In the afternoon we will ride to the village of Baisha.
Day 7: Lijiang - Kunming - Guilin by air.
Activities: We will fly to Guilin with a stopover in Kunming to change planes in the morning. The Guilin area is well-known for the unique karst landscape (limestone hill formations jutting up from an otherwise level ground and the subject of countless traditional Chinese paintings). This area is also riddled with caves used extensively by locals to hide when the Japanese invaded during World War II. Arriving at the Guilin airport, we will then transfer to the hotel. After a settling in, we will take a short bike tour to see the sights of this interesting town.
Day 8: Longsheng.
Activities: We head out into the countryside for some fresh air by taking transport part way, and then cycling the rest to Longsheng. Longsheng is located in an area that is known as the Dragonback Rice Terraces where entire mountain sides have been transformed into wedding-cake like sculptures. There are also some hot springs to relax in.
Day 9: Yangshuo.
Activities: we will travel by vehicle to back to Guilin, and cycle to Yangshuo. Yangshuo is a relaxing tourist town and will provide opportunities to explore the karst landscape, several temples, and various surrounding villages, and watch the cormorant bird fishing at night.
Day 10: Yangshuo.
Activities: On Day Ten, we will cycle to several small nearby villages and take a short boat ride on the scenic Li River. At night the group will view fisherman on bamboo rafts using their Cormorant birds with to fish.
Day 11: Departure from Guilin.
Activities: On the last day we cycle to Moon Hill in the morning then transfer to the Guilin Airport for connections back to the West or other parts of China concluding the bike tour.
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