China - Guilin and Guangxi - Cycling Holiday
- UNESCO heritage site of Bajiaozhai National Park
- Soothing the muscles at Longsheng Hot Springs
- Floating down the Li River on a bamboo raft
- Riding the tea plantations of Dragon River Valley
- Smiling faces of the Dong, Miao and Yao people
- Amazing karst limestone scenery of Guilin
For more information download our trip notes
To be perfectly honest, every day was truly wonderful. It is hard to single one out on its own. However, at a push, I’d choose Day 5 with the long climb up to the rice terraces.
Generally speaking, the accommodation was really very good. The only reason I didn’t mark it as excellent is because a couple of the places were not quite up to the usual Saddle Skedaddle standards, however we realise that this is because of the choice of accommodation on offer in those specific locations. The hotel/guest houses in question were situated in wonderfully scenic locations and so were very contented to prioritise location over comfort.
Thank you Skedaddle & Bike Asia for a brilliant holiday. It was great to travel round such a beautiful area of China and experience the area by bike, on foot, via rivers and relax at the end of the day in a couple of fresh springs. The guides were all excellent and nothing was too much bother. Snow in particular was great, very well organised and knowledgeable. The mixture of rural and urban areas was great so we got to experience mostly the rural areas but also to have a taste of the city life.
Good mixture of modern & traditional hotels, inns and homestays. Overall the accommodation was much better than expected. Food was delicious, all very fresh. Great that Snow was able to choose a varied selection for us each day so we got to taste a wide variety of local and seasonal meals.
Wow – Another incredible holiday with Skedaddle...
Whilst a mountain biker at heart, I chose this trip for the mix of amazing things crammed into the itinerary and it didn’t disappoint!!
Hikes to lofty peaks, blissful river journeys, tasty food (though I am still rubbish with chopsticks!), super friendly locals and the biking was just perfect – just the right mix of time on the bike / sightseeing and free time. Loved the scenery around Yangshuo (epic!) and snoozing on the boat as we trundled down the Li River.
Here’s to 2013 and Mongolia ..trip number 11 for me, maybe I should just start a direct debit??
A privilege and a delight.
The alchemy of superb food, organisation, planning and most importantly, our enthusiastic, supportive and warm hearted team, (for whom nothing was too much trouble) made this wonderful trip both a privilege and a delight.
In China, particularly at a point in its history when change is so rapid, I think we were very fortunate to see rural landscapes and hardworking Chinese farming and going about their daily lives much as they have been for centuries. The routes and the rides were a really good mix and not without some hilly, muddy or otherwise technical interest and there was plenty of opportunity to meet and greet people as and when we stopped in colourful markets and villages.
Our brilliant team, made us laugh, kept our bikes in good condition, followed at a discreet distance, transported us and our luggage with unfailing good humour and provided us with prompt picnics in great spots. We also ate in well chosen roadside village cafes. Noodles and noodles!One of the most striking things was that everywhere we went a personal connection had already been made so that accommodation was reliable and the banquets just got better and better.
In short, Skedaddle are ‘people people’ with cycling an equal first priority. For me this meant I could confidently relax, enjoy the rides and make friends.
In short – truly amazing!
Scott and the support team are great. They cleaned the bikes each night and serviced where necessary. They also supplied lots of regular picnic stops to help break up the journey and provide energy for the next stage!
It is the whole experience that marks this out as being outstanding. You travel from rural areas (where the locals will want to photography you as being exotic!) to ways more travelled. The views, the people, the food, all what is going on, and the whole experience are all incredible – too much to put into a few short words. Even the walk to the Buddhist Temple in the Bajiaozhai National Park was worth the holiday on its own!
So. China? Go! Probably the best cycling holiday we have done!
It just got better and better...
We had high expectations for this holiday, yet found that each day succeeded in surpassing anything we had anticipated. It just got better and better day after day. So much variety of activity and experiences which the trip notes couldn’t adequately convey!
We were pleased with the help offered by the office team for the additional requests which we made in connection with extending our trip. It is good to phone the Newcastle office, say my name, and have someone instantly know which trip I am booked on without having to quote a reference number, and to remember know that we have travelled with you in the past. It feels like a really personal service.
Undoubtedly, one of the best trips I have been on
Very friendly and helpful staff. I loved the rural hotels and guest houses and was amazed at the amount of research that must have been needed to find these in locations which were often almost hidden away. I’m not a huge fan of British Chinese cooking but this was in a different league and was both fresh and healthy.
Some fabulous views from the top of the passes of the iconic Karst mountains and wonderful trails in the country with hardly another cyclist in sight. The accommodation was really good throughout and way of the beaten tourist track providing us with a real insiders view of rural southern China. Extremely helpful pre-holiday information with relevant support.
Good value for money – especially since so many meals were included in the package price. I have been on many cycling trips abroad with companies such as Explore & Exodus with whom I have a loyalty discount but the Skedaddle experience has yet to be beaten!
As seen in the Press...
What an epic trip it turned out to be, cycling in deepest rural China with the magnificent Karst mountains providing the back-drop to a memorable nine days in the saddle.
The Liverpool Echo (July 2016)
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Place to place
11 nights guesthouses / hotels
1 night homestay
85% of meals provided
8 days biking, 1 day hiking, 2 days rest (optional activities)
Guided and vehicle support
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Last Updated: 06/02/2017