is “the Country of cyclists”. During the last decades, the
bicycle was the most commonly used means of transportation
in China. One can still see thousands of cyclists in the
big cities, even though more and more people use cars and
motorbikes today. In order to show you a real China on the
bicycle, we have chosen five popular destinations for you:
Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Yangshuo and Hangzhou. The best
period for a bicycle tour in South China is from June to
the end of November, since there may be rainstorms in the
other months of the year.
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Arrival in Beijing Capital
International Airport about noon. Greetings by your tour
guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Afterwards,
visit Beijing’s landmark - the Temple of Heaven
(Tian Tan), where the Ming and Qing Emperors worshiped the
heaven and prayed for good harvests. The complex of buildings
is on the World Heritage List. It is a unique expression
of the Chinese concept of the relationship between heaven
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In the morning,
go to the Tian'anmen Square (Tian’anmen
Guangchang) by bike. Having cycled around the world-famous
largest square within a city, let the bicycle stand at the
Tian’anmen Square Gate and walk to the Palace of
the Emperor (Gugong), which the Chinese officials
call the Palace Museum (better known as the Forbidden
City). This palace is of the Ming and Qing time
and it is on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. It is a masterpiece
of Chinese palace architecture and it demonstrates the integration
of traditional architecture in ancient northern China into
the art of palace building.Go by bike forward along the
outer wall and the moat of the imperial city to the Dongcheng
District, to the east of the Palace of the Emperor. Besides
the traditional residential quarters (Hutongs)
and the typical Chinese shopping streets are the
Wangfujing DaJie, an ultra modern shopping street
with large and select department stores, but as well small
alleys, where snacks (xiao chi) from everywhere in the country
are for sale.
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In the morning, you drive
by bus to the Badaling Great Wall. You
can climb up to it through a scarped staircase and enjoy
the scenery from above. Then you will visit the
summer palace (Yi He Yuan) after lunch. It is one
of the imperial gardens, where the Chinese gardening is
perfectly reflected. That's why it is on the UNESCO's World
Heritage List. If you like, we can organize a Peking Opera
for you in the evening.
4:Beijing / Xi'an
the morning, go by bike to the Tibetan-Buddhist Lama
Temple (Yonghegong), one of the biggest and most
beautiful temples in Beijing. The former residence of the
Prince Yong was transformed under the emperor Qianlong into
a Tibetan monastary. This temple represents a successful
mixture of Han, Man, Mongolian and Tibetan culture and architecture.
Then pass the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower and reach the
Lakes District. Qianhai (the front lake)
and the Houhai (the back lake) are located
in an urban area, which is still predominantly covered with
traditional buildings – the so-called “Hutongs”. The famous
Beijing Hutongs are streets and lanes lined with one-storied
four-sides courtyards (siheyuan). They represent the traditional
folk architecture of the past centuries. You will get a
glimpse of the traditional lives of the Beijing inhabitants.
Afterwards transfer to the train station and go to Xi’an
by night train in a first-class sleeping wagon.
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Arrival in Xi’an in the
morning. Transfer to the hotel and have breakfast. Today
you will make a trip to the Army of TerraCotta Warriors
(Bing Ma Yong). The excavation site is a part of the Tomb
of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang (BC 221-210).
There are thousands of life-size Terra-Cotta Warriors and
Horses guarding the Tomb of the first emperor of China,
Qin Shi Huang (BC 221-210). Besides thousands of life-size
Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses watching over the Tomb,
you can see two bronze models of horse carriage and warrior
(Tong Che Ma) from this epoch. They were found in ducts
beside the burial mound. The TerraCotta Warriors, the bronze
models and the tombs are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In the afternoon, return to the city. Afterwards, visit
the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Da Yan Ta) in
the Dacien temple built in 652 A.D., which is considered
as Xi'an’s landmark.
6:Xi'an / Guilin
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In the morning,
you will make a cycling tour along the well-preserved
Xi’an City Walls (14 km), which dates back to the
Ming dynasty (1368-1644) to circle around the Old Town one
time and to look at it top down. Transfer to the airport
and fly to Guilin in the afternoon.
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Another bicycle tour awaits
you today. At first, you will reach Guilin’s landmark, the
Elephant Trunk Mountain (Xiangbi Shan) at the picturesque
Li-River. Go forward along the river to the Fubo
Hill, where you can view the panorama of the city.
Afterwards go by bike to the Ming Tombs,
which are located about 15 km outside the city. When the
first Ming Emperor came to power, a binding design of the
emperor tombs was created, which orientated itself at the
older traditions. All of the successors on the throne, but
as well more or less significant relatives and civil servants
used this design until the end of the Qing Dynasty. Beside
the burial mound, for example, there is an entrance hall
for the Tomb Set, a honour archway, an Soul Alley, which
is flanked by statues made out of stone, and a river.
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to the wharf outside the city by car in the morning. Go
for a cruise on the picturesque Li
River through the bizarre karst hill landscape
to Yangshuo. It lasts for about 4 hours. You will get the
lunch aboard the ship. After the arrival in Yangshuo, go
on foot within a few minutes to your hotel. The rest of
the day is at you disposal. You can explore the impressing
karst landscape by bicycle or make a round trip by electrical
minibus through the villages, along rice fields and between
the beautiful hills. Overnight stay in the West Street Guesthouse
A suggestion for the evening: Impression Liu Sanjie,
directed by the famous Chinese film director Zhang Yimou.
He will be the leading director of the opening and closing
ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The evening
performance is a wonderful presentation of local dance and
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Today, you will make a
day tour in the surrounding area of Yangshuo. The landscape
is composed of the peculiar karst cones, rice fields and
Li River. Then you will go through small villages, which
hardly changed for centuries and you can experience a part
of Yangshuo, which stays concealed from most of the tourists.
10: Yangshuo / Guilin / Hangzhou
|| Zhongshan Hotel***
The morning is at your
own disposal. In the afternoon you will be transferred to
Guilin airport to go to Hangzhou by plane. After arrival
in Hangzhou you will be met by your guide and escorted to
you will make a bicycle tour again. In the morning, go a
little along the well-known West Lake by bike. Afterwards,
visit the Pagoda of the Six Harmonies,
which was built in about 970 at the behest of the king of
Wuyue in order to restrain the tide of the Qiantang River,
a famous phenomenon, which you can see twice, only at the
beginning and middle of every lunar month. The pagoda had
not only sacral functions, but also functioned as a lighthouse.
Afterwards, go forward to the Tea
Plantations near Meijiawu by bike. There you will
learn worth-knowing facts about the well-known Dragon
Well Tea. Afterwards visit the Linyin Temple,
which dates back to the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317 – 420 AD)
and which is the foremost research centre relating to the
Chinese Buddhism today. In the afternoon, go back to Hangzhou
12: Hangzhou / Shanghai
|| Jiulong Hotel ***
In the morning, visit
the legendary West Lake, a huge landscape
garden, which is an exemplar of the Summer Palace in Beijing.
There you can make a boat trip at the lake and visit numerous
sights. This lake forms the cityscape of Hangzhou till today.
Afterwards you can walk around the Old Town. There is the
pharmacy museum, a very worth seeing building,
which shows the differences and distinctions of the Chinese
Medicine to you. Go to Shanghai by train at noon. After
the arrival, transfer to the hotel.
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There is often heavy traffic
on the roads in Shanghai. Because of that you will see relatively
few cyclists. We do not want to expose you to this safety
hazards. Therefore, you will take the bus instead. You will
go up the Jinmao Building, a 421 m high
skyscraper, which is a wonderful blend of traditional Chinese
style with gothic influence first. Enjoy a broad view from
the highest observation deck of the world down to the fastest
growing city of Asia. Afterwards, saunter through the Old
Town of Shanghai with its labyrinth of narrow lanes and
get a glimpse of the everyday life there. In the center
of the Old Town, amidst a lake, the famous Tea House
is located. In the afternoon, visit the shopping street
- Nanjing Lu – the ideal place for window
shopping and shopping.
Transfer to the airport after breakfast and fly back home.
(You can spend approx. $7 to go to the airport by the Transrapid).
End of the travel.
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For individual groups
Number of participants
Single room extra charge
Single room extra charge
If you are a group with more than 5 persons, you can
get more favourable prices. Please note that the prices may
vary due to exchange rate fluctuations (RMB to USD) slightly.
The prices above were computed by the rates as 1 USD= 7.9
Peak season: April, May, September and October
Shoulder season: March, June, July, August, November
Beijing Harmony Hotel***
Xi'an City Hotel***
Guilin Jingxiu Hotel***
Yangshuo West Street Guesthouse**
Shanghai Jiulong Hotel***
Hangzhou Zhongshan Hotel***
-- All overnight accommodation in double rooms shared by
two adults with breakfast.
-- Meals as listed in the itinerary.
-- All transfers and entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary.
-- Inland flight tickets including all fees.
-- Local English-speaking tour guide.
Price does not include:
-- International flight tickets.
-- Visa for China
-- Personal expenditures, tips etc.
-- Children less than 12 years old can be given discounts.
-- The hotels, trains and flights listed in the itinerary
may be changed into the ones of similar category if necessary.
-- The prices do not apply to the Spring Festival, the Labors’
Day Holiday (30th April. –7th May.), the National Day Holiday
(30th Sep.–7th Oct.), and the Formula 1 in Shanghai (25th
Sep.–5th Oct. 2006).
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