Taiping Lake Cycling Getaway October

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Join us for a cycling trip on some of the best roads anywhere in China around the picturesque shores of  Taiping Lake and Jiuhua Mountain..

Jiuhua mountain is one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhism. The mountain is not only famous for its Buddhist culture but also noted for its natural landscapes featuring old pines, green bamboo forests, strange rocks, waterfalls, streams and caves.

Taiping Lake is a 60km long  lake that is flanked by forest and mountains and offers a huge diversity of cycling terrain – from narrow riverside roads to long switchback climbs and even some gravel riding for the adventurous.

The area is rich in culture, history and traditional architecture and rolling through the landscape on a bicycle is a pure delight.




The trip takes places the October Holiday period from Oct 2nd – 6th.


Many of the roads in this area are newly built and have very little traffic making for some excellent cycling. Serk have been riding the roads for the last few years and have dozens of routes available to cater to your individual preferences.

Routes range in distance from 20km – 200km and cater for all levels. The majority of roads are newly paved so road bikes are appropriate. There are also some non-sealed roads in the area which are fine for road bikes.

Each day we usually offer 2 riding options – a difficult and easy route making this an ideal trip for bringing along beginner cycling partners.

Accommodation will be in one or two locations depending on total number of days of the trip  – the accommodation is located in Jiu Hua inside a temple on the side of Jiuhua Mountain and the main retreat right on the shores of Taiping Lake.










Typical  trip schedule.


Day 1. 

Depart Beijing / Shanghai late afternoon by fast train or plane.

We will pick you up at Jiuhuashan Airport or the train station and after a short transfer by road you will arrive at your destination Tianhe retreat for the night. If you took the early flight / train you’ll have time for an afternoon ride around the lake.


Day 2.  

After a hearty breakfast of slow cooked apple and steel cut oats we start a ride to the south of the lake into the mountain area.

We will ride through lush mountain roads over rolling hills  with the water always by our side. The roads are very quiet and the only sounds you’ll hear apart from nature will be the sounds coming from tea processing which takes place in workshops along the road. The nature is lush and the streams and rivers flow with crystal clear water.

For Lunch we will stop for some local cuisine (usually a freshly caught fish) in a small village. After lunch if its hot we will stop at a secluded spot by the lake and cool down with a swim.

Back to the retreat in the afternoon. Relax in the sun, take a stroll or do a little hike on the little mountain trail around the lake. In the evening we will be treated to a tea ceremony and talk on tea culture by the owners of the retreat – David and Armand.

Today’s long ride will about 100-130km or the short option 20 – 50km


Day 3.

Kickstart the day with some freshly brewed Rickshaw Roasters coffee and another healthy breakfast. We will start riding towards Dabei buddhist temple via the back road through Lingyang. This road is hardly travelled by vehicles and has a number of peaceful well preserved villages along the route. We will stop to see an old temple and house that sits next to a flowing clear water creek. By lunch time we will arrive at Dabei buddist temple for lunch. After lunch you can visit another temple area and climb up to the top of Jiuhua mountain. Alternatively you can test your legs on the brutal climb next to our accommodation. Kudos to anyone that beats the current KOM – actually kudos to anyone that makes it up the climb.

Morning ride – 54km Optional afternoon ride and climb – 15km

Day 4.

A big day in the saddle today if you are up for it. We’ll ride along the river and deep into the mountains and along some back roads. You’ll be lucky if you see a car today. You’ll arrive back to Tianhe Retreat for a delicious home cooked meal and some crisp beers.

Today’s ride 130 – 180km
Short option also available – 50km

Day 5. 

You will be sent to airport / train station to catch the flight / train back to Beijing.


Optional Extra Day/s.

There is option for people that would like to stay extra day.  The extra day will combine a ride with a cultural tour. You can ride around the lake and explore some local villages with distinct Hui culture. You will be able to see tea farms, stroll on the pebble roads of the old town, and visit historical Hui architectural family houses. If you’d like to do more cycling you are welcome to stay extra days or come early and can choose from a number of other awesome cycling routes.




The retreat offers a range of accommodation options. Prices below are all inclusive including accommodation, meals, pick ups, ride guides and ride support vehicle. Prices vary and are based on the rooms as follows ;

Premium Double Happiness Room
Double bed room in the main house with private ensuite. 1 x Double bed. Suitable for a couple or an individual looking for the highest level of comfort and privacy.
Double Bed 7800 RMB (add 4600 RMB for partner)


Premium Book Room
Double bed room in the main house with private ensuite. 1 x Double bed. Suitable for a couple or an individual looking for the highest level of comfort and privacy.
Double Bed 7800 RMB (add 4600 RMB for partner)


Premium Lohan Room
2 beds – 1 double bed and 1 single bed with private ensuite. Suitable for family or two individuals (or possibly a couple and an individual if you don’t mind sharing the same room.
Double Bed 7800 RMB (add 4600 RMB for partner)
Single Bed 4500 RMB


Premium Prosperous Room
2 single beds with private ensuite. Suitable for two individuals.
Single Bed A 6200 RMB
Single Bed B 6200 RMB


Deluxe Sun Room
1 single bed with toilet. Shower is shared with guests in the boathouse. Offers better privacy but is warm in the summer months.
Single Bed 5900 RMB


Economy Boathouse Room
Shared dorm style accommodation with shared bathroom.
Single Bed A 5900 RMB
Single Bed B 5900 RMB
Single Bed C 5900 RMB



•    All Accommodation. 4 nights in boutique guest house

•    Meals as listed – 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

•    Cycling guide for 5 days

•    Support from local staff

•    Airport – Train station pickup/drop off

•    Ride Support vehicle



•    Return airfare or train fare


•    Bike rental – Top level Swift Carbon Road bike rental 900 rmb for the whole trip. Additional shipping fees apply if you can not pick the bike up in Beijing.

•    Bike packing service – The most efficient and pleasant way to travel to the area from Beijing or Shanghai will be via high speed train from the end of June 2015 onwards. However it is now not possible to take bicycles on high speed trains in China. We will offer an optional service to pack your bike and send it to the retreat and unpack it ready for your arrival. With this service you can have a hassle free and pleasant train journey. Let us know if you are interested in this option and we will quote based on your departure city.



•     Participants are expect to have their own travel insurance.



We are happy to customise a trip to cater to your needs at other times of the year. Perhaps you have a group of friends interested in a cycling trip or would like to do a corporate event here. Contact us with your requests !


Interested ? Email events@serk.cc with your name and we will put you on the list.