Biking to Pandas and Buddhas

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US$ 1,950
7 Days / 6 Nights
298 km
Tour Code
Next departure
Number of Cycling Days5
Average Distance Per Day: 60
150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 602
2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance298 kilometres
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 95
Single SupplementUS$ 215

All About this Tour

Home to the iconic Panda, China's Sichuan province is home to revered cuisine and treasured regional culture. But go deeper into this ancient land, and you'll find legends of sacred mountains and rivers, interwoven with the ancient lore of China's cultivation culture. Let these secrets come to light as you cycle through wild countryside and get a feel for the real Sichuan.

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Day 1

We meet in Chengdu for a trip briefing and bike fitting. The afternoon is free to explore the city until the welcome dinner.

Day 2

We transfer to the new Dujiangyan Panda Valley where we spend a few hours meeting the lovable pandas. Our bikes will be waiting for us to ride when we finish our visit. We cycle from the valley to Jiezi Old Town then on to Anren Ancient Town.

Day 3

We head for the hills as we begin our climb up into tea country. We stop at a tea factory and learn about the process before having lunch in Mingshan town. In the afternoon, we continue climbing up to Mengdingshan Mountain, the birthplace of Chinese tea culture. We then get off our saddles and spend 1-2 hours walking on peaceful trails.

Day 4

We start easily, zooming down the hill to Mingshan and heading south to the village of Caoyuthan. Here we cross a river and continue riding along a riverside road. We cycle through a tall gorge and scenic sites. After lunch, we ride to the back of Mt. Emei, the highest of four sacred Buddhist mountains in China.

Day 5

We rise early to explore Mt. Emei, making our way to the mountain's top and many temples and shrines. We then head down to the park's main entrance, walking part of the way to visit temples tucked away in the forest. In the afternoon, we ride to Leshan and take a short boat ride to the world's largest seated Buddha, built during the Tang Dynasty and carved out of a cliff face.

Day 6

We ride up north along the Min River, stopping for a walk through a secluded network of paths in a peaceful bamboo groves. After lunch we arrive Meishan town to continue to our final destination in Huanglongxi, a quaint town with classic Chinese architecture where many famous Chinese movies have been filmed.

Day 7

We transfer directly to the airport in time for your departure flight. Or, if you are extending your stay in Chengdu, we can drop you off at a city hotel.

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Day 1 - Arrive in Chengdu
Day 1 - Arrive in Chengdu


Wonderful experience in cycling, hiking and tasting everything the Sichuan area of China has to offer. Ride support is top notch.

Debbie WenigerOctober 2017

China was so much better than I expected. Clean with good roads and friendly people. The food was excellent. We had great support from SpiceRoads.

Marita MobergOctober 2017

Our China bicycle trip was wonderful. From the panda sanctuary the first day, to food and lodging, the trip was enlightening. Our guide, Ying-Ying, was so knowledgeable and so welcoming to our questions.

Anne CowanOctober 2017

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