Day 1: Guilin - Xingping
Your 2-day biking adventure begins in Guilin, where your guide will be waiting for you with your bike. Today, you will cycle a total of approx. 20 miles (32 km) beginning with a ride out of the city alongside the bamboo-lined Li River and through the peaceful village of Da Xu. See displays of local rural life as you ride along charming old streets.
Stop at the village of Caoping and have lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) or enjoy your own pre-packaged lunch. Then, take a 2-hour scenic ferry cruise down the Li River and admire views of the breathtaking karst mountains and the quaint riverside village.
In the late afternoon, disembark in the quiet town of Xingping, a Ming Dynasty-era village with ancient streets and traditional architecture that’s rapidly disappearing in China. Mingle with the residents and watch a gorgeous sunset before heading to your overnight riverside accommodation.
Overnight: This Old Place International Youth Hostel in Xingping (rated 4 stars on TripAdvisor)
Day 2: Xingping - Yangshuo
In the morning, take the ferry across the Li River and hop back onto your bike. Test your endurance on a 7-mile (14-km) uphill climb to reach a high point with picturesque aerial views of the Li River and the sublime karst scenery.
Follow your guide for 10 more miles (17 km) to the town of Baisha. Here, visit a local market selling a variety of fresh produce. As you continue toward Yangshuo, ride alongside the striking Yulong River, a small tributary of the Li River, and see the ancient Dragon Bridge and Fuli Bridge.
For more adrenaline-filled fun, stop for a 20-minute hike to Moon Hill, featuring remains of a limestone cave, to enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the countryside. Then, cool off with a refreshing dip in the Yulong River. After another 2 miles (4 km), arrive in the riverside town of Yangshuo to end of your 2-day adventure.
For details regarding meals, see Additional Information below.