Travelling in South China: cycling in Yangshuo
Yangshuo is a gorgeous town in south China, in the tropical Guangxi province. It's famous for its stunning scenery “karst” limestone hill formations.
There are over 70,000 karsts, which are unique to this part of China. Alongside it runs the River Li and other natural wonders, which makes it the ideal place to visit by bike.
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Where to rent bikes in Yangshuo
After shopping around at several shops, we rented our bikes from Bike Asia who had the cleanest and most modern looking bikes in the area. They charge 70 yuan (around $10) for a day's bike rental.
Bike Asia also gave us a detailed map and invaluable practical advice about which places to visit and the best paths to use.
Map for cycling in Yangshuo
We found some helpful online information, especially for the route that takes you to Baisha village and on to Yulong Bridge, which runs perpendicular to the Yulong River the surrounding area.
This was one of the best online maps we found for cycling in Yanghsuo – following the green “Back road to Baisha” route going from Yangshuo to Baisha, then the purple “Dragon Bridge” route returning to Yangshuo. 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:
A refreshing dip in the Yulong River
The pretty Yulong “Dragon's” Bridge is the half way point of cycling route described above. It's the ideal spot for photos and to whip out the speedos for a refreshing dip.
After a sweaty day's cycling, a swim in the Yulong river is always warmly received:
The 20 yuan Chinese bank note view
Xingping village is another popular destination for cyclists in Yangshuo with a beautiful view of the river between the karsts. This is also the image used on the back of the Chinese 20 yuan (around £2) bank note:
Culinary highlights for cycling in Yangshuo
Yangshuo has a large offering of some delicious street food and array of tropical fruits which you should try out during your visit:
This part of China is famous for its tropical fruit, which you can buy everywhere. Some favourites include dragon fruit, mangosteen, passion fruit and delicious sweet mangos:
After cycling in Yangshuo we said a fond farewell and boarded the train to venture into China's Yunnan province where we trekked the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
For more, watch our China travel video as we ate our way from Beijing in the North all the way to the south via Pingyao, Xi'An, Shanghai, Yangshuo through to Shangri-La: