The limestone karsts, lazy rivers, and winding paths of Guangxi Province in the southwestern portion of the country represent rural China at its most beautiful. Here’s what you need to know about exploring the area’s unusual scenery and spectacular countryside by bike, whether you have a day or a week to spend in the saddle.
- Cycle along the banks of the Li River past some of the region’s most impressive scenery, including Moon Hill and Big Banyan.
- Travel between Guilin and Yangshuo by bike for a different perspective on the Chinese countryside.
- Stay in rural villages, tour cave networks beneath the karsts, and sample local specialties along the way.
- Combine your cycling adventure with a tai chi lesson, Chinese massage, Li River cruise, or a walking tour of Jiangtouzhou Village.
A single day is plenty of time to get out and explore the scenery of Guilin by bicycle. Most guided tours take cyclists through the forests, farmlands, and rice paddies along the banks of the Li River near Yangshuo. Many tours also include an additional activity, like floating down the Li River or visiting a local farm for snacks or lunch. Shorter half-day tours put you back in Guilin in time for afternoon explorations at your leisure.
To get off the beaten path and farther into the rural landscapes outside Guilin, opt for a multi-day biking tour. During an overnight trip, you’ll have time to peddle between Guilin and Yangshuo, stop at local villages, and maybe take a swim in the Yulong River before you spend the night in the village of Xingping. Weeklong adventures take you to the spectacular rice terraces of Longji, with plenty of time for bamboo rafting, hiking, and rock climbing. There’s even an option for families looking for an active way to explore Guilin together.