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Biking in Yangshuo

The best way to get around in Guilin for those who are more energetic is by bike. Bicycles can be rented by the day at hotels throughout Guilin and at many cafes and hostels in Yangshuo for a maximum of RMB15-20 in Guilin (a deposit of around RMB200 could be required) and RMB10 in Yangshuo. Perhaps the best biking experience in China , biking in Yangshuo gives an unforgettable experience. Best Mountain bikes in China with different gears and low rental; Different routes to suit your level of fitness and interests. It is possible to travel on sealed roads or on tough and slippery rice field trials; See hills, rivers, rice paddies and village life that you will remember for life.

Routes to Moon Hill
Duration: Times vary according to route taken
Head towards the main road from the hotel and cross the Gongnong Bridge. Visit the Big Banyan Tree on the left side before heading on to Moon Hill. Leave your bikes at the bottom of Moon Hill and climb to the top. Without visiting the Banyan Tree this will take about 30 min to Moon Hill and another 60 min to climb to the top and down again.

Another option is to head towards the main road from the hotel but this time takes a right approximately 700 meters from YSMR. This path will lead you down to a large weir where you can cross the river. From here a small path but will take you through Fen Lou Village to the Jin Bao River. Cross the river and take the concrete road turning right when it meets the main road and bike 5 min to Moon Hill. This takes again about 40 minutes and is a very scenic taking you through two villages.

Dragon Bridge
Duration: whole day
Follow the Yu Long River until Chao Lang village. From there make your way through small villages, bumpy roads and fields leading you to the 400 year old Yu Long Bridge. Although the bridge is not particularly spectacular the scenery is magnificent and there are plenty of spots to go swimming on the way. About half way to the bridge you can stop at the catch-your-own fish farm have a break and enjoy your catch of the day whilst admiring the beautiful scenery.

From the Yu Long Bridge there are many ways back so we have listed four of them. The first option takes you from the from the bridge to a little town nearby called Baisha. From there it is about 10 km back to Yangshuo town and another 7 km to the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat (all on main roads).

The second option is to cross the Yu Long Bridge and take the dirt track heading down the river to Tongmen Hill where you can cross the river on a weir back to YSMR. This option has fantastic scenery but might take longer as the paths narrow towards the end and you may have to push the bike.

To Yangshuo Town
Duration: 1 hour
Follow the path to the main road from the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat. Cross the Gongnong Bridge and take the second path to the left. After approximately 600 meters there is a path branching off to the right, this is the way to Jianshan Temple, a renovated Buddhist temple spread across many levels. After the temple head back to the path you came from and follow it along the Yu Long River heading downstream until you reach the first main road. Cross this road and follow the path until you cross a second bridge and come to another main road. This road will lead you to Yangshuo town.

Liugong Village
Duration: whole day
From YSMR head to the main road crossing the Gongnong bridge and taking the second left. Head on this path to the main road at Aishan and follow this south in the direction of Yongcun. The road to Liugong is half way between Aishan and Yongcun on the left hand side and about 20km from the Mountain Retreat. Folow this road to the end where you'll enter the sleepy riverside village of Liugong. Here you can have lunch and walk around the ancient cobbled streets of this 800 year old village. Near the village are also the famous three-color ponds. The level of water in the ponds always remains equal throughout the year regardless of the water level of the Li River. As the name suggests the ponds have three different colors giving rise to many a local folk story about their supernatural existence.