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China Biking Tour

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,632

Discover some of China’s largest cities and explore its stunning, mountainous landscape by bike on this tour across the nation. Begin in Beijing, where you’ll see the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Then bike through the picturesque landscapes of Guilin, Yangshuo, and Lijiang, and end in futuristic Shanghai.


This 12-day Chinese vacation takes you to many highlights across the country. It can include moderate or first-class accommodations depending on your preference, includes shared tours, and is perfect for active travellers who want to bike through many striking Chinese cities and landscapes.

Your trip to China begins in Beijing, the nation’s capital and gateway to the Great Wall. On your first full day in Beijing, head to the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall to learn about the city’s expansion over the centuries. Then explore the landmarks of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the resplendent former palace of the Chinese Emperor, before biking through the historical neighbourhood of Hutong and visiting the Summer Palace to cycle through its royal garden. The next day, head north to connect to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Stroll along the guard towers built during the Ming Dynasty and enjoy breathtaking views along this rugged section of the wall. Afterwards, bike through Huairou County and visit a local market before returning to Beijing.

From Beijing, head into Guilin to explore a landscape of rice paddies, limestone mountains, and rivers that was immortalized in classical Chinese painting. Head into Reed Flute Cave, with its rock formations and water reeds, and summit Elephant Trunk Hill to experience the picturesque landscape. Continue to the resort town of Yangshuo, where you’ll spend an entire day biking around to local villages and admiring the landscape of rice paddies and karst mountains. You’ll also take part in a cooking class in Chaolong Village.

Connect to Lijiang, the capital of Yunnan province and home to the Naxi cultural minority. Visit the Dayan Ancient Town and learn about the fascinating aspects of Naxi culture. You’ll also be lucky enough to experience Impression Lijiang, a stunning audio-visual show of martial arts prowess, singing, and dancing directed by Chinese filmmaker, Zhang Yimou. You’ll then spend a couple days biking through the countryside. One day, visit Baisha Village and bike through Lijiang Valley. Another day, head on a mountain biking trip to Yuhu Village, visit the Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Zhiyun, and skirt the banks of Lashi Lake.

Close out your trip in Shanghai, China’s largest city and financial hub. Defined by the glittering skyscrapers of the Pudong district, including Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai is China’s city of the future. Spend the afternoon getting your bearings. The next day, head to the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum to learn about the construction of modern Shanghai before strolling down the Bund, where you’ll see Art Deco buildings and enjoy postcard views of the skyline across the water. Close out your time in the city with a bike tour through the French Concession area, which transports you to Continental Europe with its French architecture and tree-lined streets.

At the end of your stay, head to the airport to continue your onward journey.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,632

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Day 1

Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing, transfer to your hotel for check in. Remainder of the day is free at leisure

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven

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    Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven



    Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven Beijing is proud to be in close proximity to the prestigious archaic landmark of China, the Temple of Heaven. This hotel is only 40 minutes from Beijing International Airport, 15 minutes from "The Largest Railway Station in Asia" - Beijing ...

    Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven Beijing is proud to be in close proximity to the prestigious archaic landmark of China, the Temple of Heaven. This hotel is only 40 minutes from Beijing International Airport, 15 minutes from "The Largest Railway Station in Asia" - Beijing South Railway Station and major business communities and shopping complexes, 10 minutes by walk to the nearby subway station.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Beijing

Start the morning to visit Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall, an exhibition area showing the past and present of ancient Beijing city, an exhibition area showing the protection of Beijing as a historical and cultural city, introduction to previous overall plans of Beijing, central business district, Olympic Central District, and other functional planning and construction exhibition areas.

Walk through the Tian'an Men Square and head to the gate of the Forbidden City, the abiding symbol of imperial China. Truly one of the great achievements of civilization, its construction employed hundreds of thousands of workers between 1406 and 1420. Marvel at its expansive architecture, magnificent imperial gardens, and many museums of Chinese antiquities and treasures.

After lunch at a local restaurant, getting on the bikes to ride through the Hutongs, where well-preserved courtyard homes and narrow hutong alleys border tree-lined lakes. Tour the district by bikes for a closer and more engaging experience of traditional Chinese life. Stop in a local family for a cup of tea, then continue biking to the Summer Palacewhich is the best-kept existing royal garden, a complex of pavilions, temples, and galleries set among beautifully landscaped grounds, situated on Kunming Lake

This evening is free with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Beijing

Morning excursion to the Great Wall of Mutianyu with cable car access, a rugged section of the Wall that offers less crowded access and a more striking perspective as the Wall climbs and winds over the surrounding hills. Here the Great Wall of China presents a visual experience that consistently exceeds visitors' expectations. Scholars estimate that the Wall, averaging 25 feet in height and nearly as thick, once stretched for 3,700 miles, passing through sixteen provinces. Country lunch at a local famer's restaurant at foot of the Wall

Afternoon biking to Huairou County and visit a local market.

Evening enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Beijing to Guilin

Transfer to airport for flight flying to Guilin. Arrival Guilin, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Visit the Reed Flute Caves and Elephant Trunk Hill. Dinner at a local restaurant

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Days Hotel Guilin

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    Days Hotel Guilin



    Guilin Days Inn Hotel offers hotel. Free private parking is available on site. Guilin Railway Station is 5.9 km from Guilin Days Inn Hotel. Guilin North Railway Station is a 14-minute drive away. Guilin Liangjiang International Airport is 29 km from the hotel. Each room ...

    Guilin Days Inn Hotel offers hotel. Free private parking is available on site.

    Guilin Railway Station is 5.9 km from Guilin Days Inn Hotel. Guilin North Railway Station is a 14-minute drive away. Guilin Liangjiang International Airport is 29 km from the hotel.

    Each room in Guilin Days Inn Hotel is fitted with a TV and an electric kettle. Some unit features a laptop. Free toiletries, slippers and a hairdryer can be found in the private bathroom.

    The front desk can help with luggage storage and concierge service. Meeting facilities are provided for business travellers' convenience. Guests can enjoy meals in the on-site restaurant.

    Qixing is a great choice for travellers interested in mountains, food and nature.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Babysitting Services
    • Bike Rental
    • Business Centre
    • Car Rental Service
    • Concierge
    • Cribs
    • Daily Housekeeping
    • Dry-cleaning service
    • Elevator
    • Events planning service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Flat Screen TV's
    • Gift Shop
    • Grocery Shopping Service
    • Hairdryers
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant

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Day 5

Guilin to Yangshuo

Start the morning cruise down the lovely Li River and appreciate the unfurling of this ethereal landscape painting with new vistas at each turn. The peaceful limpid water and otherworldly limestone Karst formations that were at the bottom of the sea hundreds of millions of years ago come together to form unforgettable panoramas. Lunch is served onboard.

Disembark in Yangshuo, where the most stunning scenes of the river vie for attention. Walk through the West Street and check in at your hotel.

Dinner at local restaurant followed by Impression Liusanjie Light Show.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

New Century Hotel

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    New Century Hotel


    The New Century Hotel is located right in the downtown area of Yangshuo, close to the famous West Street and the picturesque Yangshuo Park. All the rooms in the hotel are elegant and with a cozy atmosphere. Each room has an ensuite, fashionable furniture, and ...

    The New Century Hotel is located right in the downtown area of Yangshuo, close to the famous West Street and the picturesque Yangshuo Park. All the rooms in the hotel are elegant and with a cozy atmosphere. Each room has an ensuite, fashionable furniture, and internet access. The hotel's restaurant offers both Chinese cuisine and western style cuisine.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 6

Yangshuo

Full day biking tours around Yangshuo to the local villages, rice paddies and you will see the water buffalos.

Cooking Class at Chaolong Village followed your own cooked lunch.

Evening is free at leisure with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Yangshuo to Guilin to Lijiang

Morning drive back to Guilin and fly to Lijiang. Arrive Lijiang, lunch at a local restaurant and check in at your hotel.

After lunch at local restaurant, afternoon visit the Dayan Ancient Town with long history and profound Naxi culture. Ancient water-supply system is effective function in the ancient town, and rivers flows along every house. Ubiquitous mini bridge is the biggest feature there.

Evening is free at leisure with dinner is on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Zen Garden Hotel (Wuyi Branch)

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    Zen Garden Hotel (Wuyi Branch)


    The Zen Garden Hotel is centrally located just inside the old town section and is close to the historic section of town. The hotel has 14 comfortable standard rooms and 2 special rooms. All the rooms are clean and are equipped with modern ensuite facilities. ...

    The Zen Garden Hotel is centrally located just inside the old town section and is close to the historic section of town. The hotel has 14 comfortable standard rooms and 2 special rooms. All the rooms are clean and are equipped with modern ensuite facilities. The hotel has an open air central courtyard and is decorated using traditional Chinese antique furnishing.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Internet Access

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Day 8

Lijiang

Enjoy the spectacle of Impression Lijiang - Snow Mountain, an outdoor audio-visual extravaganza directed by the internationally acclaimed, Zhang Yimou who directed the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies and whose films have been nominated for Oscars several times. Over 500 local people from 10 different ethnic groups selected from 16 towns and villages around Lijiang perform rituals, dances and folk songs for visitor's daily, weather permitting, against the enchanting scenery as a backdrop. This is truly a special treat for the eyes and ears.

After lunch, head to Baisha village and explore the Baisha Murals, a small village in the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain range and is the original settlement of the Naxi people who came to the greater Lijiang Valley a thousand years ago.

Biking through the villages back to hotel. Evening is free at leisure with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

Lijiang

Morning biking to Yuhu Village and visit the Dr. Joseph Rock's Former Residence, a 20th century Austrian-American explorer-botanist and author of two English-language histories of the Naxi people.

Continue biking toTibetan Zhiyun Monastery, one of the biggest Tibetan Buddhism temple in lijiang, you will learn the real mysterious Tibetan culture from here.

After lunch,continue your biking toLashi Lake, which is the paradise for thousands of birds and animals and would become spectacular when thousands of water fowls migrate afar from the north each fall and winter. Cycle around the Lake and enjoy the time.

This evening is free with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 10

Lijiang to Shanghai

Transfer to airport for morning flight flying to Shanghai. Arrive Shanghai, transfer to your hotel for check in. Afternoon free at leisure with lunch and dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Ambassador Hotel

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    Ambassador Hotel



    Ambassador Hotel Shanghai is located in the Caojiadu commercial zone where Changning and Putuo Districts meet, enjoying convenient transportation. The hotel is close to Jing'an Temple and Zhongshan Park. It's a 15-minute drive from the hotel to Shanghai Railway Station, 20-minute drive to Hongqiao Transportation ...

    Ambassador Hotel Shanghai is located in the Caojiadu commercial zone where Changning and Putuo Districts meet, enjoying convenient transportation. The hotel is close to Jing'an Temple and Zhongshan Park. It's a 15-minute drive from the hotel to Shanghai Railway Station, 20-minute drive to Hongqiao Transportation Hub, and 50-minute drive to Pudong Airport. It is surrounded by a variety of shopping, entertainment and recreation destinations, including Yueda 889 Plaza, King 88, and Fanghui Plaza, etc., all of which are the preferred choice by elite business travelers.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Child Friendly
    • Free WiFi

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Day 11

Shanghai

Start the morning by visiting the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. The focus of the exhibit is a large scale model of the entirety of urban Shanghai, showing existing buildings and approved future buildings. Other exhibits relate to Shanghai's history and planned development, including smaller scaled models focusing on particular areas of interest such as the Bund.

Stroll along the famous Bund/Waterfront and to visit the 400 year's old Yu Garden. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. Outside the garden, is the famous Chen Huang Miao -- an area of shops, restaurants and recreation facilities.

Have a Shanghai Dim Sum lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon biking tour of the former French Concession to explore the local life. It's an area once leased to the French in the Luwan and Xuhui districts of the city, is a reminder of an older Shanghai. The visitor-friendly area is packed full of beautiful colonial mansions and hotels dating back to the first three decades of the twentieth century.

This evening is free with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 12

Depart Shanghai

Departure transfer for your onward flight.

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Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • 11 nights' accommodation in moderate, first class or deluxe hotels
  • Bicycles are supplied during the trip
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide in each city
  • Local airfare between Beijing/Guilin/Lijiang/Shanghai with taxes
  • Lunches and dinners at local restaurants as per the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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