Serk Cycling Beijing
Yunnan is one of the most ethnically and geographically diverse regions in China. In the past two years, Serk have taken guests cycling through the south western and western regions of Yunnan. This Christmas Serk has a new plan, taking you to a new southern area of Yunnan. This area is well away from the COVID high risk border zones but far enough south to escape the cold winter and bask in some sunshine.
Ride the rice terraces and gentle mountainous terrain of the Honghe autonomous region and experience the beauty of Fuxian Lake. No Serk trip is complete without great local cuisines. Again we've hand picked some authentic restaurants in small ethnic villages to give you a delicious taste of the local life.
This trip is focussed more on fun, chilled riding and making a bunch of new friends rather than the usual "frontier cycling" on our other trips. Family, partner and e-bike friendly.
Arrive Fuxian Lake
We will meet you at Kunming airport around noon before heading off to the 5-star Hilton Hotel on the shores of the spectacular Fuxian Lake. Fuxian Lake is one the deepest freshwater lakes in China and will be the backdrop for your 2021 Christmas Day celebrations. After unpacking your bikes and short test ride by the lake it's time for a special Christmas Day dinner celebration at the Hilton. Anyone for a swim in that lakeside pool?
Fuxian Lake cycling
Today we will ride around Fuxian Lake to experience a leisurely version of the well known Yunnan Granfondo and L'etape stages. Without the crowds and pressure of the race you can entirely enjoy the stunning views and up and down contours around the lake. We ride towards the south and reach Tonghai as our final destination.
After breakfast we head to Shiping - a traditional town with over 2000 years of history. Some challenge today as we cross a mountain range. The reward - the famous Shiping Tofu dish for dinner. After dinner you will have time to wander around this town and soak in the 2000 years of history.
Today is designated an easy day. In the morning we ride leisuely around a local lake - the Yilong Lake. Our destination is another famous ancient town - Jianshui. It's an 800 year old town with quiet narrow streets, traditional architecture and of course street food!
Yuanyang Terraced field
Today is the queen stage with some challenging climbing. You'll get to explore the picturesque Shangyuan rice terraces and add a new landscape to your portfolio of China riding scenery. In this season it is the time that local farmers irrigate the fields and is considered the most beautiful season to visit. The sunset on the rice terraces will definitely be an unforgettable experience.
Today is another day to enjoy the beautiful terrain of rice fields and the undulating roads that pass through them. When we reach Yuanjiang town its the end of todays route and the end of the journey. Celebration feast tonight!
We drive back to Kunming airport and wish you a safe journey home!