A day cycling in Yangshuo

A day cycling in Yangshuo

Yangshuo is a town in China’s tropical south Guangxi province.

Yangshuo is surrounded by a stunning scenery of phallic looking “karst” limestone hill formations.

There are over 70,000 of these formations and are unique to this part of China.  The stunning scenery is great for outdoor activities, especially cycling:

Checking bike whilst cycling in Yangshuo

Stefan checking his bike whilst cycling in Yangshuo

We rented bikes from the excellent Bike Asia shop in Yangshuo.  They charge 70 yuan (around £7) for a day’s bike rental.  But they were the only bike outlet in Yangshuo who had decent, clean and modern bikes.

Bike Asia also give you a free detailed map when you rent a bike from them (otherwise they charge 10 yuan – around £1 for them).  We highly recommend their maps because the bicycle routes are detailed clearly.

Sebastien posing with his bicycle by Yangshuo's karsts in China's Guangxi Province

Sebastien posing with his bicycle by Yangshuo’s karsts

And, they were one of the only ones who not only knew what helmets where, but also supplied them as part of the rental!

Cycling in Yangshuo - Guangxi Province

Wearing a helmet when cycling is very important for the Nomadic Boys

Cycling in Yangshuo

We chose to just rent bikes and cycle ourselves and not go on expensive tours.

Yangshuo is unfortunately spoiled by mass tourism and it feels like the entire community there is trying to rip you off and get you involved with mass tours.

We found some helpful information online in particular the route that takes you to the Baisha village through to Yulong Bridge, which runs perpendicular to the Yulong River the surrounding area.

We found this map helpful, following the green “Back road to Baisha” route going from Yangshuo to Baisha, then the purple “Dragon Bridge” route returning to Yangshuo:

Yangshuo bicycle map

Yangshuo bicycle map

This route is a total of around 35 kilometres and the first part is a mainly uphill cycle to Baisha from West Street in Yangshuo via Shi Ban Qiao village.

The pretty Yulong “Dragon’s” Bridge is the half way point of this route.  It’s a nice place to stop for a refreshing dip in the Yulong river and of course to pose/admire the beautiful scenery:

Admiring the view across the Yulong River from The Dragon Bridge

Sebastien admiring the view across the Yulong River from The Dragon Bridge

After a sweaty day’s cycling, a swim in the Yulong river is always warmly received:

Sebastien about to cool down in the Yulong River after a day's cycling in Yangshuo's countryside

Sebastien about to cool down in the Yulong River after a day’s cycling in Yangshuo’s countryside

Xingping village and the 20 yuan Chinese bank note

Xingping village is another popular destination for cyclists in Yangshuo with a beautiful view of the river between the karsts:

The beautiful landscape near Xingping Village

The beautiful landscape near Xingping Village

This is also the image used on the back of the Chinese 20 yuan (around £2) bank note:

The image for the back of the 20 yuan note at Xingping village

The landscape at Xingping is the image used on the back of the Chinese 20 yuan bank note

Naturally, this attracts a lot of tourists, especially excitable Chinese girls who like having their photo taken with non Chinese folk like us (Stefan always obliges on condition he gets to wear their dramatic sunglasses):

Posing with random Chinese tourist at Xingping village near Yangshuo

Posing with random Chinese tourist at Xingping village

Feeding two greedy boys

After a day’s cycling in Yangsho, we were starving.  Yangshuo has a wide offering of some great street food and tropical fruits which excited these two greedy boys a lot, in particular:

Taro Chips:

Trying taro chips in Yangshuo

One greedy boy about to go face down into a plate of taro chips in Yangshuo

Spicy tofu – delicious street food in Yangshuo:

Seb sampling delicious spicy tofu street food after a long day cycling in Yangshuo

Seb sampling delicious spicy tofu street food after a long day cycling in Yangshuo

Tropical fruit in Yangshuo:

This part of China is great for tropical fruit – cheap and sold everywhere, from dragon fruit, mangosteen, passion fruit to delicious sweet mango:

Enjoying a variety of inexpensive tropical fruit in Yangshuo

Enjoying a variety of inexpensive tropical fruit in Yangshuo

After cycling in Yangshuo and sampling its culinary delights (including a great cooking adventure with the Yangshuo cooking school), we said a fond farewell and boarded the train to venture into China’s Yunnan province:

Boarding the train - bye bye Yangshuo

Boarding the train – bye bye Yangshuo

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4 Comments

  1. Jean-Marie Akkerman

    love your blog and the posts as they evolve as you travel along! you really are doing the Asia part of what I did in the year 2000 but in the proper way! seeing many more of the things that I wish to see as well!

    hopefully life will give me a chance again to fulfill some of those dreams too!

    Enjoy boys you really are living the dream! yours and from a distance mine too! hugs
    et allez si fort! vous etes superbes ensemble! je vous embrasse
    Jean-Marie

    Reply
    • Stefan Arestis

      Awww – thanks Jean-Marie for your lovely comment 🙂

      Reply
  2. Shayne McFaulkin

    Oh, wow! I am so jealous of your adventure tale right now!

    However, you see, I am the forever alone type, so as much as I want to go on these adventures, I’m still afraid to set out on my own! Huu

    So do tell me, would you know of any guided bike tours which I could be part of?

    Again, I love your posts! <3

    Reply
    • Stefan Arestis

      Hi Shayne thanks for your comment. We recall the Yangshuo cycling school we used had guided tours.

      Reply

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