Mark your calendar for a cool new festival taking place in Yangshuo—you know that gorgeous little town in China surrounded by the Li River, karst mountains and lush rice paddies? The Yangshuo Bike Festival is an eco-conscious bike and camping event that will make the most of the Guangxi province’s lovely landscape—and raise environmental awareness in the process. “I hear a lot of people saying that Yangshuo is getting too touristy,” says co-organizer Bruce Foreman of Bike Aways, a cycling tourism organizer who has lived in Hong Kong for the past 10 years. “We think that biking is the best way to see places, so we have found some new off-the-radar routes that are marvelous.”
This roving party will start in historic Xingping along the Li River, and continue on for about 30km a day to Yangshuo. Bikers will bed down for the night in big camps, with live music and lots of entertainment. The entry price includes a night’s hotel stay, five meals, water, bike hire and guide. But be sure to BYO tent!
Oct 31-Nov 2. RMB1,990 ($325), www.yangshuobikefestival.com.