Chongqing Bicycle Tours
BC-CQ01: Chongqing - Changshou - Fuling - Fengdu - Wanxian - Yunyang - Fengjie - Yichang
Chongqing is known as the 'hill city' and one result of this is that it has fewer bicycles than other cities. But as long as you are prepared to conquer the moderate uphill and downhill slopes cycling will prove to be an enjoyable way to reach many destinations within the urban area.
For your first day's excursion, cycle east out of Chongqing along the Yangtze River. After crossing the Yangtze River and cycling along its south bank, you will come to the Mudong Town of Banan District. Here, you should take a ferry downstream to the Changshou District on the northern bank of the Yangtze River where you will find the beautiful Changshou Lake.
The next day, cross the Yangtze River again and go past Fuling, until you reach Fengdu, your destination for a night. It is well known for its Ghost City on the Ming Mountain. Cycling further downstream along the Yangtze the following day, you will reach Wanxian City. This city's many historic sites are well worth visiting. Afterwards, you should cycle northwards to Tiancheng and then travel downstream to Yunyang where the Zhang Fei Temple is located. Then a little longer journey will take you to Fengjie, which is noted for its ancient White Emperor City.
Once you leave Fengjie, ride south until you reach Hubei Province. At Baiyangping, you can take the No.209 National Way south to Enshi to experience Tujia culture, or transfer to the No.318 Natioanl Highway to Yichang.
BC-CQ02: 5-Day Chongqing - Dazu - Leshan - Mt. Emei - Chengdu
Located to the west of Chongqing City, the Dazu Rock Carvings can be easily reached by bike from Chongqing. You can stay here for one or two days in order to enjoy these vivid carvings one by one. Then, continue the trip westwards to Leshan and Mt. Emei, Sichuan Province, and end in Chengdu (refer to BC-CD01).
BC-CQ03: Chongqing - Fuling - Yajiang - Wulong - Pengshui - Qianjiang - Xianfeng - Laifeng - Longshan - Yongshun - Zhangjiajie
Please refer to BC-CQ01 for the section from Chongqing to Fuling. The next stage of the journey, from Fuling to Qianjiang in Chongqing, can be finished along the No.319 National Highway. Out of Fuling, you will cross a massive bridge over the Wu River and then travel south about 75 kilometers (47 miles) to Wulong County, which is rich in natural resources. If time remains, you can visit the Furong River Scenic area, which is to the south of the county. Then, stay over in Jiangkou Town.
Early in the morning, you can pay a visit to the nearby Xiannu Mountain National Forest Park. Later, head to Yushan of Pengshui Miao & Tujian Autonomous County, which is located in the lower reaches of the Wu River. You can find accommodation in the ancient town and enjoy the local quiet life. The next destination is Qianjiang which is the last county in Chongqing. A short tour around Qianjiang is suggested, when you will be able to enjoy the charm of the Wuling Mountains and the area's interesting minority cultures.
Afterwards, cycle to Xianfeng in Hubei Province. This 50-kilometer journey is flat and is noteworthy for the unique buildings of the Tujia people. The ancient Tangya Palace of the Tusi is well worth a visit. The following day, head to Longshan County of Hunan Province, passing by Laifeng County of Hubei Province. It may prove quite a challenge for cyclists to take the twisting mountain road between Laifeng and Longshan.
Longshan is a county with a deep cultural foundation in west Huanan. Here you could take a leisurely walk in the ancient Liye Town or climb up the serene Taiping Mountain. Cycling 65 kilometers (40 miles) to the southeast of the county, you will find yourself amongst the wonderful Tujia people of Xichehe Town where you pass through one Tujia village after another. On the last day, you will come to the Wulingyuan Scenic Area of Zhangjiajie where you can enjoy breath taking natural scenery.