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Yangshuo Bicycle Tour along Ten-Mile Gallery

Route: Yangshuo - Gongnong Bridge - Big Banyan - Moon Hill - Jianshan Temple - Yan Village - Tianjia River - Aishan Village - Yangshuo
Bicycle trip in Yangshuo
This is a classical Yangshuo bicycle route leading you to go along the Ten-Mile Gallery. It is a rather moderate route suitable for average backpackers, covering a total length of 20 kilometers (12 miles).

Backpackers can easily find bike rental booths in Yangshuo, especially along the West Street. If you have checked in a hotel in Yangshuo, you can also rent the bike at the front desk. Generally, the fare is CNY 20 or so for a day.

You may start this bicycle tour from the West Street and ride southwards along Kangzhan Road for 30 minutes to Gongnong Bridge, located at the confluence of Yulong, Jinbao, and Tianjia Rivers. You are highly suggested to get off your bike here to feast your eyes with great views and take good photos. You will see three adjoining peaks on your east side, resembling a giant camel crossing the river. There are also bamboo rafts floating on the river. Together, they seem to make up a peaceful landscape painting.
Continue cycling for about 500 meters (550 yards), you will arrive at the Big Banyan Scenic Area. As its name indicates, it is famous for an old banyan tree which has been around for over 1,500 years. You need to pay the admission fee of CNY 20 to visit this scenic spot.

1.5 kilometers (one mile) away from the Big Banyan is the Moon Hill. It is so named because there is a naturally-formed round hole on the top of the hill, just like a big bright moon. You don't need to enter the scenic area to enjoy this scene. Just ride along a path on the south into a village and you will find a wide square that can provide you a perfect viewing angle to overlook the Moon Hill. There are also many local restaurants. You can choose one to have a simple lunch and take a break.
Rural Yangshuo
After lunch, reverse the trip back to the Big Banyan Scenic Area, but turn eastwards onto a country road. Head forward and you will pass by Jianshan Temple in the midway. Continue riding to the east and go across a stone arch bridge to reach Yan Village. There is a small stall at the entrance of the village where you can buy bottled water and maybe have a short rest.

Yan Village is close to the Tianjia River. You may leave your bike at the roadside and enjoy the scenery at the river dam. Don't miss the sunset scene here. At that time, the sun will cast its golden light on the rolling river. Sometimes, there will also be small herds of cattle slowly passing by, presenting the peaceful idyllic scenery of this place.

After enjoying the charming sunset at Tianjia River, take a leisurely ride northwards to Aishan Village. Go across the Aishan Bridge and follow the asphalted road northwards to return back to Yangshuo.
Related Itineraries:
Bicycle Route 2: Yangshuo Bicycle Tour: Countryside & Rock Climbing.
Independent City Tour: 1 day, Elephant Trunk Hill, Seven Stars Park, Reed Flute Cave, Two Rivers and Four Lakes.
One-Day Tour to Rural Area: Li River cruise from Yangdi to Xingping, Xingping Town, Silver Cave, West Street.