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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.

Questions & Answers
Asked by Shannon from USA | Feb. 04, 2018 09:46Reply
Yangshuo Biking
I saw this on the website "The Ten-Mile Gallery scenic area has been under traffic control between 07:00 and 19:00 every day since September 15, 2017. Visitors can only enter and travel inside the area by foot, bicycle, or special tour bus." but I have also seen lots of photos and videos of Yangshuo with many cars visible. Is this rule no longer in effect? What part of Yangshuo does it apply to, if any?
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Answered by Lee | Feb. 04, 2018 21:31

As I know, the traffic control in Yangshuo is still in effect now. You need to take a special tourist bus if you visit the Ten-Mile Gallery scenic area and Yulong River scenic area.
Asked by François from CANADA | Jan. 25, 2017 21:08Reply
Yangshuo to Guilin in bike
Is it possible to rent a bike in Yangshuo and bike to Guilin? Is it possible to let the bike in Guilin if I rent it in Yangshuo?

Sorry for my english!

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Answered by Ross | Jan. 26, 2017 01:48

It is too far to bike from Yangshuo to Guilin. Most people choose to bike in Yangshuo to see the beautiful rural sceneries for a couple of hours and take the regular bus back to Guilin. The bus ride takes around 1.5 hours.
Asked by vivi from SPAIN | Oct. 20, 2016 03:07Reply
bike tour in Yangshuo

we are going to be in Guilin on begging of November. we are a group of 6 people that would love to take one of your bike trip in Yangshuo. Can I have more information about the route, time, cost and how we get to Yangshuo from Guilin ?
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Answered by Patricia | Oct. 20, 2016 03:48

Hi, there is no need to take the bike trip in Yangshuo with a travel agency. There are many bike rental spots in Yangshuo and the fare is around CNY10 per day. The most popular route is Ten-Mile Gallery - Big Banyan Tree - Moon Hill. You can take a map from your hotel for your reference. It usually takes about 3-4 hours for this route. As for the transfer from Guilin to Yangshuo, the recommended way is to take cruise along Li River to Yangshuo. It is one of the highlights that you can not miss. The cruise ticket can be bought from the hotel or a local agent.
Asked by Daisy from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 16, 2016 22:41Reply
Bamboo boat ride Li river
Hi, I'm travelling to Guilin and am going to do the bamboo boat ride down Li river so Yangshuo. I want to then hire a bike and Yangshuo that way. However, I need to travel back to Gillin that day to catch a bus/train to Shenzhen as I'm flying out from Hong Kong.
In Yangshuo I want to do a scenic bike tour after the boat ride.
Do you think this is possible?
Thank you for all your help:)

Best wishes,
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Answered by Lee | Jun. 17, 2016 02:04

Hi, from Guilin to Yangshuo, the Li River goes about 50 miles. It is too long for a bamboo boat rafting. You can only take the cruise ship from Guilin to Yangshuo. In Yangshuo you can experience a short route bamboo rafting. However, the cruise will arrive in Yangshuo around 14:00. What time is your bus/train to Shenzhen? You should leave enough time about 1.5-2 hours for return bus to Guilin.
Answered by Daisy from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 19, 2016 22:58

Hi 😃
Oh I mean the bamboo boat draft from yangdi to xingping then doing the bike tour around yangshou 😃 Do you think I'll be allowed to bring my luggage on board the boat to save a trip back Guilin? That way I can just head straight to Shenzhen from yangshou...

Any information you have would be amazing 😃
Best wishes,
Answered by Lee | Jun. 20, 2016 03:04

It takes about one hour from Guilin to Yangdi dock, the bamboo drift from Yangdi to Xingping takes 2 to 2.5 hours, then another 40 to 50 minutes will be needed to take bus from Xingping to Yangshuo. When you arrive in Yangshuo, there will be still some time for you to look around the small town by bike. You are allowed to bring your luggage on board the boat from Yangdi to Xingping.
Answered by Daisy from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 20, 2016 09:55

Hi lee 😃 Thank you for your wonderful detailed information😃
I will do this 😃 Just one more question.... If it rains are the bamboo boat drafts usually cancelled?

Best wishes,
Daisy 😃
Answered by Lee | Jun. 20, 2016 19:48

Sometimes yes. Actually, I do not suggest you take bamboo boat drift on rainy days due to safety reason. It is alright for you to do it if it's a light rain, but the drift may be cancelled if it rains heavily.
Asked by supchik from NEPRAVILNO1984 | Apr. 14, 2016 11:06Reply
One Day in Yangshuo!
If you had one full day in Yangshuo , how would you spend it?
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Answered by Susan | Apr. 14, 2016 21:23

You may rent a bicycle and take a bike trip along Ten-Mile Gallery to see Moon Hill and Big Banyan, drift along the Yulong River if time permits. Then explore the West Street and watch Impression Sanjie Liu in the evening.
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