Photo from the Road: Cycling around Yangshuo China

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Photo from the Road: Cycling around Yangshuo China

The scenery around Yangshuo, Guangxi, China

Cycling is one of the best ways to see the countryside surrounding Yangshuo, China. The region is famous for the dreamlike limestone mountains that dot Guangxi  Province. There are plenty of routes in every direction, but highly recommended is cycling along the Yulong River to the 600-year-old Dragon bridge.

 

We visited in January when the temperatures are cool and visibility wasn’t great. But we still had an enjoyable day out: passing farms, villages, and navigating our way over the narrow roads and dirt tracks. Water buffalo and cows grazed the fields. Rice paddies lay fallow. Most of the greens of spring and summer were a pale yellow—not vivid enough for stunning photography. All the photos I had previously seen of the Yulong River Valley were a vibrant shade of green.

 

From Yangshuo we cycled west out of town to the village of Jima, found a route along the Yulong River and slowly peddled our way up to Yulong Qiao (Dragon Bridge). It is a large, high, single-arch stone bridge, withstanding 600 years of foot traffic.

 

The bridge, combined with the scenery and villages was well worth the half-day outing, 20+ km of cycling.

 

Farms and Power lines around Yangshuo China
Farms around Yangshuo

A village and farms outside of Yangshuo China
A village and fields outside of Yangshuo.

farms and mountains outside of Yangshuo
Farms and mountains outside of Yangshuo, China.

600 year old Dragon Bridge
The 600-year-old Dragon Bridge.

The 600 year old Dragon Bridge
Dragon Bridge

looking up over Dragon Bridge
Looking up over Dragon Bridge

Bamboo rafts on the Yulong River
Bamboo rafts on the Yulong River.

a farm and mountains around Yangshuo
A farm and mountains around Yangshuo

View of the limestone mountains of Guangxi
View of the limestone mountains of Guangxi Province

View of the Yulong River from Dragon Bridge
View of the Yulong River from Dragon Bridge.

on Dragon Bridge
Atop Dragon Bridge.

Cycling around Yangshuo
Cycling through the countryside around Yangshuo.

Stephen with the mountians of Guangxi Provence

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine GoMadNomad.com. He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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