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Yangshuo Bicycle Tour: Countryside & Rock Climbing

Route: Yangshuo - Gongnong Bridge - Yangshuo Resort - Yangshuo Mountain Retreat - Tongmen Hill Rock Climbing Base - Fenglou Village - the Moon Hill - the Big Banyan - Yangshuo
Pupils are on the way back home
Covering a total length of 20 kilometers (12 miles), this one-day Yangshuo bike route will guide backpackers to the countryside of the county and also includes a challenging activity - rock climbing at the Tongmen Hill. You may rent a bike from your hotel in the County or a bike rental stall along the West Street.

Start from the West Street, you may ride southwards for 20 minutes along Kangzhan Road to Gongnong Bridge. Turn west at the northern end of the bridge and continue to ride for 1.5 kilometers (one mile) to Yangshuo Mountain Retreat. You will pass by the Yangshuo Resort on the way, whose buildings presenting the architectural features of Dong Nationality with steep roofs and upward eaves. You are suggested to get into the courtyard to enjoy its distinctive architectural style and take pictures.
The Mountain Retreat is just in front of the Yulong River. You can see many bamboo rafts floating on the river, offering backpackers an opportunity to enjoy the views of the steep-sided Yulong River Valley. After having lunch in the resort, take a bamboo raft to go across the river. You may also walk to the opposite bank in low water seasons. Then move forward by bicycle for about 1,000 meters (1,100 yards) along the country road to reach Tongmen Hill. It is one of the famous rock climbing bases in Yangshuo. Here you can meet rock-climbers from all over the world and challenge yourself by climbing to the top if interested.
Cycling in Yangshuo
Afterwards, ride westwards for 500 meters (550 yards) to Fenglou Village and then head south towards the Jinbao River. You may take a short break at the riverside while enjoy the surrounding scenery. After that, go across the river and continue to go southwards for 600 meters (660 yards) onto the main road. You will find the Moon Hill Scenic Area a few yards to the south of the fork. There is a giant hole running through the top of the hill, which looks just like a full moon hanging on the cliff, and hence the name. You may pay CNY 20 to enter the scenic area and take around 800 steps uphill to reach the hole. Alternatively, you may have an overlook of this scene in the village on the other side of the road.

After viewing this unique scene, ride backwards along the main road for about 10 minutes to the Big Banyan Scenic Area. There is an old banyan tree planted over 1,500 years ago. If you want to have a close view of this ancient tree, you can buy the entrance ticket at a cost of CNY 20 to get in.
At this point, your one-day Yangshuo bicycle tour will come to an end. You can go all the way to the north to return to the county after 30 minutes' ride.
Related Itineraries:
Bicycle Route 1: Yangshuo Bicycle Tour along Ten-Mile Gallery.
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.