If you’re planning to travel to China, you probably already know that bicycles are very popular and prevalent in that area, and you may have considered doing your touring by bicycle. You’d be among the majority of people on a bicycle, and you’d also have a great vacation. Traveling China on a bike is one of the best ways to see absolutely everything and have a great time.
Your bicycle tour can encompass the Great Wall, or rather part of it, as well as the beautiful countryside, historic areas of China (of which there are many) and the temples of Beijing.
You can do your bicycle tour of China alone, but if you’re not a native speaker and unfamiliar with the customs, you probably want to go on a guided tour, either alone or with a group. Even if you’re not a regular bicycle rider, a group bicycle tour will proceed at a moderate pace, and your guide will make sure you understand how to ride your bike properly to pace yourself and enjoy the tour. You’ll also learn about the local culture, what to do and not do, and how to interact, how to stay safe, and how to find the best hotels and shopping opportunities.
You can rent a mountain bike for your tour for a moderate fee, but if you don’t want to pedal all the time, you can actually rent an electric bicycle, something like a moped but in bicycle form.
When you arrange a tour, keep your budget in mind. You can get a lower price on your tour depending on the length of the tour, the number of people and whether you’ll also be using other transportation, like trains, automobiles or airplanes. You can expect a guide, lodging, meals (in a group), other transportation and entry fees to destination sites to cost somewhere between $100 and $200 per day.
If you’re not traveling to China as part of a group tour, you can sign up with a guide service that puts together groups of travelers, and keep your tour costs down. You will also probably find that you really enjoy traveling in a group, and that you have a more enjoyable vacation when you share it with others.
Most people think of “vacation” and “guided tours” as a chance to sit in an air-conditioned bus and be driven from one destination to another, but you may find that getting a little exercise, being closer to the ground, the people and the sites, and traveling like many Chinese do will give you a better feeling for your host country and the people and sites you encounter.
However you decide to spend your time in China, it is well worth taking a long bike ride through the countryside even if you decide that you do not want to go on a full-scale bicycle tour of China. There is no better way to see the great sites of China than on a bicycle, traveling ancient countryside.