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Yangshuo's countryside is known for its idyllic scenery, oddly-shaped hills thrusting into the sky, and leisurely local farming life. A tour to Yangshuo's countryside provides a great opportunity to get close to nature and witness the authentic lifestyle of people living in South China's countryside.
Here are three ways to enjoy a countryside tour in Yangshuo: explore by riding a bike or an electric scooter, or traveling in a private car. Read on to find out what the differences are and gain some travel tips.
Cycling is the most popular way to explore Yangshuo’s countryside. The beautiful rural landscape can be seen everywhere around Yangshuo. You can choose the route based on your interests, such as to see more karst landscapes or to visit the local villages. Your guide can give you some recommendations.
The most beautiful cycling routes are around the areas of the Yulong River and the Li River. Hop on your bike and pedal along the postcard-like karst hills, ride by the rice paddies filled with rapeseed flowers in spring, stop to say hello to the farmers working in their fields, and pass by some tranquil villages. You may also visit the local farmers' houses.
Tandems for two people are available, being suitable for couples or families. A tandem is also a good option if one person is much fitter than another. This way no one falls behind, and they can both experience the Yangshuo countryside on a bike together.
If you travel with a child, you can have a bike with a babysit.
Your biking tour in the Yangshuo countryside can take from 2 hours to a full day. It depends on your pace and the time you spend visiting the attractions along the way.
Some travelers start their biking tours from downtown Yangshuo. For safety, our guides usually take our customers to the outskirts of Yangshuo to start the tour, keeping away from busy (chaotic) roads and honking horns for a less stressful experience.
Read more recommendations and tips about Yangshuo cycling.
If you are looking for a more exciting countryside trip in Yangshuo, you can travel on an electric scooter.
An electric scooter is like a motorcycle but, being powered by electricity, it is virtually noiseless. It is much faster and takes much less effort than a bicycle.
If your time is limited, or this just sounds better than cycling, you can opt for a tour through the countryside on an electric scooter. Many of our customers find riding an electric scooter to be a new and exciting experience.
If you can’t ride a bike or an electric scooter, or would just rather not, you can tour Yangshuo’s countryside in one of our private cars. It is convenient and comfortable, especially on rainy days and during the hot summer.
The downside of traveling this way is that we are unable to venture off the beaten path and have to travel along the roads. We could always park somewhere and you could get out for a walk, though.
Our tours are very flexible. You can stop to take photographs or spend some time watching water buffalos grazing and farmers working.
We can also arrange a farm tractor for those seeking an authentic and special way to explore Yangshuo’s countryside!
Our tours are tailor-made and you can enjoy the countryside in your preferred way: from a bicycle saddle or a private car's seat. You can confirm with your guide on the day which one you prefer.
All our guides are locals and some of them grew up in the villages of Yangshuo. They’ll make your trip more in-depth and run smoothly, share the local gossip and beliefs, show you the best spots to take pictures, and explain the unexpected things you discover to enrich your tour.
When looking through our popular Yangshuo tours below, treat them simply as inspiration — your trip will be individually customized by one of our specialists to match your tastes and budget.