A Cycling Odyssey Along Guilin

century cruisesSeveral tour plans are offered to tourists visiting Guilin, one of the most beautiful cities in South China. Cycling enthusiasts can choose a cycling tour when they make a trip to Guilin China because it is the best way to grasp the stunning, natural beauty of the area. There are different kinds of tour opportunities for those who love to go on cycling expeditions in unknown destinations. You can chart it with the help of a tour guide who will do everything, right planning the itinerary to choosing the spots where you can rest for the night. When you cycle through the rice paddies, the rivers and the local villages, you will be able to enjoy a taste of the rural life of Guilin. In fact, the ethnic odyssey of Guilin is best experienced through a well-planned cycling tour.

Cycling from the Red Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill

You can start your cycling tour from near the Red Flute Cave, a cave that you must visit in detail when you make a trip to Guilin. This cave is made of natural limestone and is one of the major landmarks of Guilin China. It has been an important point for tourists for so many years and the reeds growing inside the cave has been used for making flutes and pipes. The amazing light arrangement inside the cave highlights the ethereal beauty of stalactites and stalagmites. The cave went down in history when it provided a reliable refuge for people during World War II. From the Red Flute Cave, you can move on to the Elephant Trunk Hill, another famous landmark in Guilin. When you look from far, the image that you get is that of a huge elephant dipping its trunk in the river, hence the name. The hill standing majestically on the west bank of the Li River is a must during any trip to Guilin. Right on top of the hill you can see a pagoda that was built during the Ming Dynasty. The Puxian Pagoda is about 14 meters high, and looks like a sword that is jutting out of the elephant's back. There is another cave, called the Shuiyue Cave, that is situated between the 'elephant's trunk and body'. There are about 50 inscriptions on the cave and they will shed light on the historical and cultural significance of Guilin. On moonlit nights, the sight is so beautiful because the cave captures a stunning reflection of the moon; hence, the cave is also called the Moon Over Water Cave.

Moving towards Longsheng Rice Terrace

Longsheng Rice Terrace is about 100 kilometers away from Guilin city, so it would be better if you could start this tour right from early in the morning. The sightseeing on this part of Guilin will take an entire day. The incredible mountain scenery of Longsheng Rice Terrace is not to be missed on any count, so you must be ready to spend a day. It is believed that people from four generations toiled on this amazingly stunning landscape to provide food for the family. The terraces cover an area of 110 acres. Another amazing aspect of the Longsheng terraces is that it took 400 years to build them (right from Yuan Dynasty to Qing Dynasty). The terrace is built in such a way that the people can make maximum use of the natural resources in the area. Summer and spring would be the best time to visit the terraces because that is when their full beauty can be enjoyed. Once upon a time, these terraces were a major source of living for the local people, but now the youngsters go further into the town in search of work and send money to their families.