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Cycling Adventure in China, from Beijing to Yangshuo (10 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): China  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: March - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 6581 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 7845 US Dollar (USD)

Once revered as the “Kingdom of Bicycles” China has had a long and interesting history with the self-sufficient vehicles. Before the people of China had an easier access to motorized vehicles, bicycles were known as one of the essential luxury’s each household desired. To avoid the once complicated public transportation, locals would get from place to place along the wide biking roads where parking was plentiful, and bicycles had the right of way. Although motor vehicle transportation is now more accessible, one will be able to absorb all that this marvelous country has to offer through its extensive biking selection. See the assortments of bikes with their own distinct uses and eccentric decorations while exploring cities and villages from Beijing to Yangshuo. Ride along the Great Wall while passing fruitful gardens and quaint villages. Cycle through Xingping’s Karst landscape, and explore around the village of Yangshuo while bamboo rafting on the Yulong river. See local people farming and visit a local family’s house to learn to cook local specialties. There is no better way to explore China than by leisurely riding past locals and monuments with this fun and environmentally friendly method of transportation.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Jingshan Park and Coal Hill.
Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. Upon arrival, be met by the guide and be driven to the hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, one can choose to pay a visit to Jingshan Park, Jingshan literally means Prospect Hill. The hill inside the park is "Coal Hill", which is directly facing the back side of the Forbidden City. Walk to the top of the Coal Hill for a bird's eye view of the Forbidden City. A cloudless day at sunset is the best time for a great photo opportunity. All recommended hotels are located in biking friendly neighborhoods where one can cycle around in the evening.

Day 2:Cycling Beijing's Traditional Neighborhoods.
The day starts from the center of Beijing at Tiananmen Square, to experience Beijing in a more modest local way. Cycle in the city's traditional neighborhoods, Hutongs, along the narrow alleys in old Beijing, to see the Ancient Residential Area, Drum Tower and Bell Tower. Stop at local artists homes to learn Chinese handicrafts.

Day 3: Huanghuacheng Great Wall.
Today, bike towards the north of Beijing to explore the rural area and Huanghuacheng Great Wall, or "Yellow Flower", which is known as the only Great Wall section that is submerged in water. Bike along the country road, pass several fruit yards, villages and see the wall in distance. Finish at the local village, then either mingle with the residents or hike along the west wing of Huanhuacheng Great Wall in the late afternoon. Stay overnight in the village.

Day 4: Mutianyu Great Wall Section.
Today, cycle to Mutianyu and spend the afternoon hiking along the Great Wall which symbolizes China. This section was built and restored during the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), on the remnants of a Wall originally built in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577). The Mutianyu Great Wall was restored and renovated, and the road is mainly steps. Overnight in the Mutianyu village.

Day 5: The Forbidden City.
Today, drive back to Beijiing. En route, visit the new landmarks- the Olympic Stadium and the Water Cub. In the afternoon, explore the city by foot on a walking tour of the Forbidden City. The Chinese Imperial Palace has a history of almost five hundred years, located in the middle of Beijing city. It is said to be the world's largest existing palace complex with 999.5 rooms. While walking in the city, one can retrace the Chinese history from Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Tonight for dinner, enjoy the opportunity to try the city's most prized and famous dish, Peking duck.

Day 6: Beijing - Guilin.
Transfer from Beijing Hotel to the Airport for a flight to Guilin.
Early morning flight departing Beijing at 8:40am and arriving at 11:40am. This will provide guests with the perfect opportunity to drop their luggage off at their hotel and enjoy an afternoon stroll in Guilin's city center.

Day 7: Cycling from Guilin to Caoping.
Take a morning cycle from Guilin to Caoping (approximately 51 km) Along the trail, pass some small towns and villages, and visit some antique factories and local families, just before reaching Caoping. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to walk around or swim at the hotel.

Day 8: Cycle to Xingping.
This morning, cycle to Xingping, (approximately 40 km). The region is known for its Karst landscape, where the hills and caves are sculptured in a natural beauty. Arrive in Xingping town around noon. Take some time to relax in the afternoon and watch the sunset over the Li River in the evening.

Day 9: Cycle from Xinping to Yangshuo.
This morning, cycle from Xinping to Yangshuo (approximately 45 km) En route, stop at a small town, famous for its fan-making. for an opportunity to make one's own fan! Arrive at Yangshuo in the afternoon to explore around the village and enjoy some bamboo rafting on the Yulong river. See local people farming and visit a local family's house to learn to cook local specialty "beer fish" and have dinner with them. After dinner, walk to the riverside and watch cormorant fishing on a private boat on the Li River. The cormorant is a type of bird that has traditionally been trained in Guilin to catch fish in the river. Cormorant can live to be about 10 years old, and start to be trained when they are just 6 months.

Day 10: Private Transfer from Guilin Hotel to Airport. After breakfast at the hotel, transfer by bus to Guilin airport for the connecting international departure flight. International Flight Home

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
-domestic and regional flights
-all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax
-all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling
-guided tours in English including entrance fees

Price Excludes:
-airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site
- soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals
-visa fees

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