Day 1: Arrive Guilin - Transfer to Yangshuo - Welcome Feast
The festival officially begins at 7:00pm on Friday the 24th May 2019 with a welcome feast and drinks in the village of Jiuxian, an ancient village nestled among limestone karst spires in the rural Yulong Valley. We'll settle you in to the festival accommodation, go over the coming weekends events and answer any questions you might have as well as fitting you out with your 2019 YBF t-shirt!
You can choose to arrive at anytime and we include a transfer to the festival hotel for anyone arriving today - just let us know your arrival details and we'll take care of the rest. The most convenient travel options are arrivals at Guilin Airport or Guilin, Yangshuo or Gongcheng Train Stations.
Those doing the Festival Pre-ride - a longer, more extensive tour of the surrounding region - will arrive today to join the main festival in the afternoon. We highly reccommend this for those with more time or travelling from afar as it compliments the Festival weekend perfectly as a longer experience in Yangshuo.
If you'd like to extend your stay in Yangshuo, before or after the Festival or Pre-ride, don't hestitate to get in touch for tips and suggestions as there plenty of things to do and see a stones throw away.
Day 2: Disco de Wheels - Ride the Yulong River - Dinner under the Stars
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner40 km
We hit the road for a day on the bikes with a selection of tunes (wirlessly transmitted to your headphones) to enhance the already sublime scenery. Our guest Dj's will keep the mood bouncing along as we cycle a route carefully planned to maximise your exposure to the best of the Yangshuo's rural scenery and local culture. Meals today feature local specialities and refreshments and we'll stop for a refreshing swim along the way (so bring your bathers!). Budding Dj's are welcome to bring their own playlists for a shot at styling the grooves (so bring your dance shoes too!)
The ride will finish back at the Festival hotel with time for some river swims, walks or treat yourself to a massage with one of our in-house masseuses. Dinner will be on the rooftop with one of the finest views in the region as a backdrop. Some live local music will set the mood before we celebrate with some more tunes under the moonlight.
Day 3: Morning Moon Hill Ride or Farmers Walk - Optional Chinese Cooking Class and Lunch - Departure
Breakfast & Lunch
There's options on the last day to take a faster paced musical ride exploring more of the surrounding countryside. For those that want a more relaxed morning there's an option to do a great walk through the farming communities to learn a little about the ways of the locals culminating in a cooking class where the whole group will meet for lunch.
We'll finish up the festival with some departure drinks and live music at a nearby guesthouse, Outside Inn. You are free to depart at anytime (we'll get you to your departure point - just let us know your travel details when you book). If you'd like to stay on for some extra time, the Outside Inn where we finish the festival is ideally located and is in quaint renovated farmers cottages. Transfers to your onward travel will be arranged from here and your luggage will be transported to Outside Inn in the morning and ready for you to collect. Showers will also be available.
Can we change the itinerary or customise the tour?
Not for publicly listed dates, but if you have your own group or date in mind, Yes. If you want to make a private booking we can help design a tour that suits you. You may have ideas based on any of our tours or something in mind that you can't find on our website. Just get in contact with us and let us know what you have in mind and we'll try our best to make it happen!
Do you cater for vegetarians?
Yes we do! If you have any dietery requirements just let us know when you book in the space provided (Additional Requests). For any severe alergies or other conditions it is best that you let us know in advance so that we can prepare and/ or advise you on what we can provide or what you might need to bring so that are well catered for.
What about Covid 19?
Covid restrictions have passed for most countries and it is now possible to obtain tourist visas for China. For China you may need to provide a personal Covid test within taken 24 hours before your departure, these are only checked randomly, and can also be taken on arrival.
During all our tours we take care to avoid any transferring of any viruses, such as Covid, through providing hand sanitisers and minimising exposure. As with any illness, all care will be made for the participants well being during the tour and we will help with any arrangements that need to be made if the participant needs to leave the tour (this will be at the cost of the participant). Costs for unused segments of tours cannot be refunded, for any reason, as all tour costs are paid in advance.
How to I make a booking and payment?
Simply go to the "Dates" section of the tour page and click on the "book now" button, or click on "book" on the website header and select your preferred tour and departure date. If you are booking onto an on demand tour and have your own dates in mind there will be an facility for you book here too.
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Upon completion of your booking form we’ll send you an acknowledgement email and invoice for a deposit. All long trips (7 days or more) require a deposit of 300USD to guarantee your place. Trips departing within 60 days at booking will require full payment. Once your deposit is received, we’ll also send you a pre-trip information pack that will give you added information about the tour, the region you’ll be travelling through, a checklist of things to prepare, suggestions for packing, training tips and more. For shorter trips and day tours we require full payment 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour or as soon as convenient if booking within 30 days of departure.
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Mobile-DJ's on a silent disco ‘disco de wheels’ bike-ride shifting the group-mood to the rise, fall and feel of the landscape.
Traditional Chinese musicians and modern tunes at the Saturday night seasonal feast and party.
Food with a view: fabulous local food including bottomless bowls of the most delicious Guilin mifen noodles in the world – as well as the aforementioned twighlit rooftop feast with karst mountain backdrop.
Relaxed rides for the main disco de wheels bike ride events plus non bike options such as qigong / tai chi workshops, cooking classes. Longer ride options on Sunday
The pre-ride that gets you further into the rural Guangxi countryside, making your weekend festival into a fully fledged 5 day bike and hike experience: purposefully designed to make it worthwhile for those travelling from afar!
Pick up and drop off at at Guilin Airport or Guilin/ Yangshuo train stations
What's Not Included?
Travel to/ from Yangshuo/ Guilin, travel insurancxe, beverages, tips, personal expenses.