China cycling tour

“Travel from Beijing to Shanghai via the Great Wall of China on a leisurely paced tour by bike as well as an overnight train ride and 2 domestic flights. ”


Beijing | the Ming Tombs | Great Wall of China | Guilin | River Li | Caoping | Yangshuo | Moon Hill | Yunnan | Lijiang | Tiger Leaping Gorge | Stone Treasure Mountain (Shibaoshan) | Lake Erhai to Dali | Kunming | Stone Forest | Shanghai |

Description of China cycling tour

This three week cycling tour is relatively easy going and places you within a small group accompanied by a dedicated local guide as well as utilising a luggage transfer service. This tour presents an unfiltered and authentic vision of the real China and uses an original cycling trail which encourages as much time spent outdoors as possible

On an average day over the course of the three weeks the group will be cycling at a leisurely pace with plenty of opportunities to get out of the saddle and stop to explore, meet local people or take photos.

Once we arrive at that day’s accommodation you’ll still have plenty of time to settle in and take a rest before getting orientated in the surrounding area both on your own and in the company of your tour guide. Street food stalls and authentic local restaurants are always the places that get the most attention, especially after a good day spent cycling.

From the historic hutongs of Beijing to the Great Wall of China and the limestone karst mountains of Guilin and Yangshuo, this small group cycling tour conjures up the very best of China’s natural landscapes alongside numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in daily life.

Hiking through Tiger Leaping Gorge and cycling around Lake Erhai en-route to Dali are just a couple of the highlights with the stone forests of Kunming and the cultural diversity of Yunnan certain to provide a few more.

With our final destination, Shanghai, looming on the horizon, your cycling tour completes in style with paved roads, few transfers and a variety of urban and rural routes adding to a long list of unforgettable memories and achievements to keep in your panniers for many more years to come.

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06 Sep 2020
US $3780
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Since 2010, we are proud to be CSR-certified by TourCert – a certification which demands constant improvement on corporate responsibility issues which we work hard to fulfil.

During this trip, we aim to minimise transfer by car or plane and cover all possible distances by bicycle and foot. At the beginning of the tour, we cycle directly out of Beijing to the Ming Tombs and the Great Wall. In Guilin we stay on our bicycles all the way from Guilin city to Yangshuo. This will keep emmissions at a minimum while giving our participants the whole picture of China's urban, suburban and rural culture.

In order to further reduce emmissions, we travel 2000 km from Beijing to Guilin in a sleeper train.

Our tour guides are instructed to reduce waste by preferring regionally produced fruit from the market over heavily packaged goods from the supermarket. Participants as well as drivers will be advised to follow this example and use only public wastebins for disposal.

We are careful not to leave any traces of garbage or harmed plants at any place we vistit, keeping the landscape as beautiful and clean (or even cleaner) as we find it.

The Impacts of this Trip

To support local businesses and keep in close touch with the local culture, we select small and family enterprises as partners for our tours.

In Beijing, for example, we stay at the Lüsongyuan - a small hotel in a traditional Chinese courtyard located in the heart of the hutongs North of the Forbidden City. For many years we have established and fostered good and friendly ties to managers and staff of this hotel who are employed to fair conditions.

Hiking through Yunnan's breathtaking Tiger Leaping Gorge, we stay one night at Sean's Guesthouse and one night at the Naxi Family Guesthouse. Both accommodations are mountain lodges run by warmhearted locals who serve us dishes from fresh regionally grown vegetables.

We support local structures as much as we can, employing drivers native to the places we visit who work at standard to above standard market conditions.

For food, we advise our guides to choose restaurants which serve regional dishes and buy local produce such as fruit and vegetables whenever possible.

Respect for the regional culture is one of our core concerns. Our tour guides have acquired deep knowledge of the Chinese everyday-culture and customs and will share their knowledge with the group to raise awareness and respect among towards the foreign culture.

Through our guide, we aim to establish friendly and direct relations to the locals, helping both sides to understand each other and increase mutual respect. If requested by the group, the tour guide will help the participants to learn useful phrases in Chinese to enable them to engage with the locals indipendently.

In Yunnan specifically, we avoid highly commercialised ethnic minority shows which seldomly provide a representative picture of their culture.

In the past, we have had people with disabilities join this tour and have successfully adjusted the routines to fit their special needs.


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