Big thank you to everyone who came along and made 2016 into an awesome festival!
Highlights have reported as follows:
-the zither performance at our pre-ride G&T-sundowners on the roof our Daxue Homestay over looking the upper Li River.
-Daxue’s stunning Guilin mifen breakfast- followed by the mellow riverside ride in and out of the riverine bamboo forests.
-beers in the Li river at Xing Ping; beers in the Li River at the secret beach near Yangshuo; beers in the Yulong River near Yangshuo, and beers in the Jinbao river near Gaotian and our Valle Luna Festival venue.
– The crafty (mifen) noodles picnic lunch along the Yulong River.
– DJ Sing Sing’s funkadelic-indo-worldbeats-eclectica, and DJ Wu Ke’s campy 1980’s mood lifting disco-de-wheels sessions… awesomely curated silent disco on a bicycle !!
– All the Gaotian village kids head banging with glow-sticks to Retrophaze – and joining in the wild hair ( and wig dancing) in the old Valle Luna farm House terrace – deep in the Yangshuo countryside.
Terry Li’s braised sweet and sour ribs, pork-stuffed paddy-snails, beer fish, duck, eggplant, and those strange woody mushrooms – served up in the beautifully renovated old yellow brick village.
-the arhu player’s Mongolian Folk Song “Horse Race” played as an appertiser for both dinner and the post diner rock anthems party.
Riding the Yulong valley and aerobicisizing the bike moves to the Thomposon Twins, Duran Duran, Nick Kershaw, Spandau Ballet….with DJ Wu Ke’s uncharacteristically camp selection for the disco de wheels.
“Every person on the trip and at the festival was awesome”
“Terry Li’s place was a gem – the perfect venue”
“I haven’t had a live music experience like that in years”
“Stunning scenery, we would never have found these tracks ourselves”
“The red guards were so sweet, I can’t believe they even gave us chilled face towels…”
“Please add me to your Facebook page and do more festivals throughout the year”
2015 WAS an AWESOME second festival!!
Here’s a timeline to give you an idea of what it was like and what 2016’s bike and music festival will have to beat.
Yangshuo Bike Festival 2016
What could be better than riding a bike through limestone mountains and the luscious green rice paddies of Yangshuo?
How about a sound track to the ride. A disco on wheels with tunes DJ’d through wireless headphones that enhance this entrancing landscape.
Silent disco on a bike is the signature event.
We’ll feast on seasonal delights, drink tea under convenient banyon trees with musical interludes by local artists and convene an informal interactive forum on cycling culture/ eco tourism in China.
Come for just the Saturday 3rd disco de wheels or join us for the whole weekend August 26-28.
Where does this completely original event take place?
Yangshuo Town is the start of the disco ride. We cycle through the mountain corralled rice fields of the Yulong Valley, along the river then down a secret back way through mixed orchards and stunning limestone karst country to Gaotian Village.
And what about food?
Its all around you. We’ll be cycling through it – and then dining on fresh produce – delicious sour plum duck, roasted ribs, fresh garden vegetables, stir fried tofu skins – at the open verandah restaurant of Valle Luna. Terry Li – the Chef – is an incredible cook, a master of the sweet pickled chilli sour flours that make up the regional cuisines. The duck is out of this world.
Price: 2800 RMB includes two nights accommodation, two days quality bike hire, the Disco de Wheels, Sunday morning slow food discovery ride, 2 x breakfast, 2 x lunch 1 dinner, luggage transfers, and Friday night pick up from Guilin airport or Gongcheng train station. Its a bargain! We supply music through wireless headphone sets on an off the beaten track guided and supported ride, live band, T-shirt and more.
Valle Luna Village
To stay at this renovated village in Gaotian is something very special. To be there with the man – Terry Li – who brought it back from the slurry of dilapidation is a bonus. To make the most of this fabulous venue we will be holding a rice wine cocktail party, an interactive farmers feast, and an out door live music and a village cinema screening. Those on the full package get to experience one of Terry’s renovated guesthouse rooms firsthand ( the best ones), and a breakfast where he recounts the history of the project. The full package also includes a Sunday ride through more of Yangshuo’s historic villages and another lunchtime feast in a beautiful countryside setting.
The Yulong is a broad valley of rice paddie, gardens and orchards jammed between Yangshuo’s most beautiful limestone karsts centred upon the phoenix-tail bamboo lined the Jade Dragon (Yulong) River.
Photos from the 2015 Yangshuo Bike Festival
Photos from the 2014 Yangshuo Bike Festival