Yangshuo Countryside Biking
Yangshuo Countryside Biking Reviews
Biking in the countryside surrounding Yangshuo Jun 22, 2011
Yangshuo is probably the best base for seeing the karst mountain scenery this area is famous for. Guilin is too urban and crowded while Xingping is a bit too tranquil for the average traveler (it is dead at night). Please be warned that this small town will be flooded with domestic Chinese tourists during national holidays. Yangshuo is one of the most Western-friendly tourists towns in China and caters to travelers with restaurants with English menus. Enjoy some beer fish, the local specialty.
One of the best experiences I had was renting a bike from the hostel and riding through the countryside near Yangshuo. Although you can see scenery from the river on a cruise, a bike ride through the countryside gives you another perspective. You will see how farmers live in the countryside.
There are bike rental shops throughout town. Make sure you get a good map and bike lock. Also test out the bike first to make sure brakes are in working condition. It is not really necessary to hire a guide as long as you have a good map and ask along the way. The terrain is fairly flat and well paved, though it can get muddy with rain.
You can ride through the countryside past peasant villages with karst mountains in the background. There are also attractions nearby including stalactite caves and scenic viewpoints.
I went during the rainy season in April and my activities were severly impacted by rain. You are advised to go during dry season instead.
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