In the beijingkids October issue, we featured ten destinations that should be considered for the Chunijie holidays that are fast approaching. There’s a new option to consider for those looking for a sporty holiday- The Hutong’s Cycling in Yunnan from February 14-22. This cycling trip is usually in scheduled for the October holidays (Golden Week) where travelers will bike 385km in the southern region of Yunnan, Xishuangbanna.
Xishuangbanna has tropical climate, rain forests, considered the birthplace of tea in China, and a rich cultural diversity. The diversity brings brings about different cuisines that will be sampled by travelers over the biking trip. There’s also getting to interact with the people from different communities to get to understand their way of life.
The biking will require some form of fitness but as The Hutong says, "it’s not a competition", this means that the pace will not be intense since there will stops to be made along the route. It does, however, require a fitness level to get through the hills and be able to recover better.
Here are crucial details from The Hutong:
RMB 9,000 per person (includes accommodations, meals, ground transportation, bike rentals, and fresh pineapples. Excludes Airfare.)
During the course of 7 days of cycling, we will complete 385km (give or take) of cycling – give or take, because our itineraries often vary slightly, given the opportunities for exploration and discovery. The Hutong’s Yunnan Bike Journey is just that – a journey on a bicycle. It’s not a race or a competition, but an opportunity to move at just the right speed through beautiful villages, say “hello” to locals, stop for an impromptu pineapple snack, or sneak off into the rainforest for a look at ancient tea trees. It is by no means an easy journey – while some might enjoy an “All Downhill” bike trip, we at The Hutong think that the wonderfully fresh meals and expansive scenery are enjoyed best when earned with a tough uphill.
3.5 out of 5 (you do not need to be a Tour de France rider, but you will need to be able to take on some hills).
To reserve your space and receive an itinerary, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to escape the Beijing winter blues and usher in the Chinese New Year (that happens to be a leap year) in warmer climate.
Photos: Courtesy of The Hutong