Yangshuo to Longji Rice Terraces (4)

    Day 4 – Butterfly Valley to Pingan  (48 klms)   The hotel in Butterfly Valley is in a surprisingly beautiful location, next to a Yao minority village some 4 kilometres off the main highway in a gorge filled with luscious foliage and a gushing mountain stream.   For me, today was the big…

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Yangshuo to Longji Rice Terraces (3)

  Day 3 – Guilin to Butterfly Valley  (82 klms)   An easy ride this morning out of Guilin, we make our way through some wonderful little villages and classic rural China countryside under chilly but glorious blue skies and sunshine.    The karst scenery ended not far out of Guilin and for a short time…

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Yangshuo to Longji Rice Terraces – Rest Day

After yesterdays cold and wet weather we find things have deteriorated even further with a top forecast of only 8 degrees today.   We decide to postpone our Guilin departure till tomorrow (Friday) and return to Yangshuo to pick up warmer clothes.      This turned out to be a fantastic decision, not only for the…

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Yangshuo to Longji Rice Terraces (2)

    Day 2 – Xingping to Guilin  (72 kilometres)   Just the slightest feeling of fatigue and a case of raging saddle soreness were dominating my mind for the first 20 minutes on the bike this morning.   This all dissipated quite quickly as we emerged into a valley and cycled directly towards a row…

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Yangshuo to Longji Rice Terraces (1)

    This time of year in Yangshuo is usually a fantastic mixture of warm, dry days that are perfect for cycling.  So I decided to head off for a few days on a cycling research trip with one of the Directors over at Bike Asia    .   For the most part the route we followed was…

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Cycling in the Countryside – Avoiding the Tourist Masses in Yangshuo

  On the road that goes past my house I see packs of bike riders cruising by.   Even more so on weekends and public holidays.   It is a beautiful ride on a paved road that doesn’t get too much traffic – it is popular for good reason.   However you will find that the packs start…

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Yangshuo: A Land of Gorgeous Greens

Gorgeous Greens Rain over the past few months has blessed the countryside with a magnificent array of greens, each variation fresh, vivid and lush.  As I mentioned last week one of the best ways to experience the magical scenery is to take a bike ride.   Over the past couple of months I have been trying…

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Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Yangshuo’s Picture Postcard Scenery (2)

     Number 2:  Cycling   Cycling is an incredibly popular and rewarding way to experience the magical scenery.   Imagine yourself surrounded by towering limestone karsts with rice paddies carpeting the land in seemingly endless shades of vivid green.       Options abound, from easy, flat, tar roads that pass through local villages not too far…

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