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Cycle China: Beijing, Yangshuo, Lijiang & More

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,847

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: 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$ 4,847

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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

Capital Hotel

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    Capital Hotel



    Capital Hotel is situated in the historic Dong Jiaominxiang and is within walking distance to many interesting monuments and scenic spots including the Forbidden City, Qianmen, Temple of Heaven, and Tiananmen Square. The hotel is easily accessible with the subway stations and bus stops nearby. …

    Capital Hotel is situated in the historic Dong Jiaominxiang and is within walking distance to many interesting monuments and scenic spots including the Forbidden City, Qianmen, Temple of Heaven, and Tiananmen Square. The hotel is easily accessible with the subway stations and bus stops nearby. Rooms are charming, featuring a traditional decor with carved darkwood furnishings.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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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, and 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 Palace which 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

Guilin Bravo Hotel

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    Guilin Bravo Hotel



    The Guilin Bravo Hotel is located in city centre, and surrounded by some of the most popular shopping areas. The Guilin Bravo Hotel is one of the quintessential hotels in Guilin that is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. The city centre and night …

    The Guilin Bravo Hotel is located in city centre, and surrounded by some of the most popular shopping areas. The Guilin Bravo Hotel is one of the quintessential hotels in Guilin that is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. The city centre and night market are both within a 10 minute walk. There are 480 tastefully decorated guest rooms, lake view rooms and suites.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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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

Li River Resort

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    Li River Resort



    The Li River Resort is a fantastic family run boutique hotel in Yangshuo. The Yangshuo Li River Resort is Yangshuo's newest resort hotel. Our stunning location takes in some of the best views in the Yangshuo region. Our close proximity to the town of Yangshuo …

    The Li River Resort is a fantastic family run boutique hotel in Yangshuo.

    The Yangshuo Li River Resort is Yangshuo's newest resort hotel. Our stunning location takes in some of the best views in the Yangshuo region. Our close proximity to the town of Yangshuo gives our guests the opportunity to explore its multitude of shopping, dinning and entertainment options.

    We have a variety of rooms to cater to couples, friends, families and those who want a luxurious experience.

    We also have a restaurant which serves a large range of Chinese and Western dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    All of this is complimented by our high standards of service.

    Facilities

    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bar
    • Family Room
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Swimming Pool

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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

Ivy Garden Resort Hotel

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    Ivy Garden Resort Hotel


    Located in Lijiang Old Town, Lijiang Ivy Garden Resort Hotel features traditional Naxi architecture and decor. It offers a restaurant and an outdoor courtyard. Guests enjoy free parking.

    Located in Lijiang Old Town, Lijiang Ivy Garden Resort Hotel features traditional Naxi architecture and decor. It offers a restaurant and an outdoor courtyard. Guests enjoy free parking.

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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 to Tibetan 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 to Lashi 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

The Bund Riverside Hotel

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    The Bund Riverside Hotel



    The Bund Riverside (Shanghai Xinxietong Guoji Dajiudian) occupies a prime location where the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek meet, close to Shanghai's famous Bund and the popular East Nanjing Road pedestrian street, the lively streets of Hongkou and the newly landscaped banks of the cleaned-up …

    The Bund Riverside (Shanghai Xinxietong Guoji Dajiudian) occupies a prime location where the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek meet, close to Shanghai's famous Bund and the popular East Nanjing Road pedestrian street, the lively streets of Hongkou and the newly landscaped banks of the cleaned-up Suzhou Creek. People's Square is also within easy walking distance, and nearby Metro Line 2 (Nanjing East Road Station) and taxis provide easy access to the rest of the city.

    Facilities

    • Beauty Salon
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Room
    • Currency Exchange
    • Elevator
    • Executive Lounge
    • Lobby
    • Lodge
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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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.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival airport transfer in Beijing
  • Private departure airport transfer in Shanghai
  • Private airport/hotel/airport transfers in all applicable locations as per itinerary
  • 3 nights first-class accommodations in Beijing
  • 1 night first-class accommodations in Guilin
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Yangshuo
  • 3 nights first-class accommodations in Lijiang
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Shanghai
  • Private-guided touring/experiences with English-speaking local guides in each location
  • Bicycles for cycling experiences during trip
  • Domestic airfare (economy class) incl. taxes between Beijing/Guilin/Lijiang/Shanghai
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 8 lunches, 3 dinners

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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