Bike China Adventures
General Information and Fine Print
Important Information Please Read Carefully
You may reserve a space on a tour by completing the Reservation form and submitting a deposit payable by credit card (via PayPal), a U.S. personal check, a U.S. cashier's check or International money order. You will receive an email confirming your reservation. If the tour you have chosen is full, we
will contact you to determine if you would like to be placed on a waiting list, chose
another tour, or receive a complete refund. Reservations made less than 60 days prior to
trip start date require an immediate deposit. The balance is due at the start of the tour.
Group Trip Discounts
Discounts are available to those groups or organizations of 10 or more that register
jointly for the same trip. Please contact us for details.
We recommend that you register at least sixty days prior to the start of the trip, because
travel arrangements, passport issues, obtaining visas, physical checkups, all take time.
However, if a tour has space available, we accept reservations up to the beginning of the
Tour Price Information
Tour prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy rooms (unless noted in the description), includes land costs
starting on the start date at the start location and the listed support services. Prices do not include airfare to the start location,
alcoholic beverages, lunches on rest days and personal expenses. Prices quoted within
this document are based on the current rates of exchange and are subject to change. The
tour price is guaranteed once you have submitted your reservation and deposit.
A deposit of $500 per person is due with the completed reservation form. The final balance
is due at the start of the tour. If you are registering within 60 days
of the start of the tour, the deposit must be submitted with the reservation form.
Payments may be made by check or money order in US dollars.
Cancellations and Refunds
A cancellation of your reservation will result in a fee based on the following schedule:
Days prior to Tour Start
50% of the deposit
No exceptions can be made including weather or personal
emergencies. There is no refund for arriving at a tour late or leaving early.
Occasionally, unfortunate things come up and you cant go. To protect against this we
highly recommend purchasing a medical and/or job emergency cancellation waiver. It is
available at a nominal cost through Bike China Adventures. See Please ask for details.
All tour participants must be 18 years of age or older unless accompanied by a parent or
guardian. Physical disabilities or conditions, medical conditions or allergies, and
dietary restrictions must be disclosed when the reservation is made. Bike China Adventures
reserves the right to refuse anyone whose condition may be a danger to themselves or
Visa and Passport Information
A valid passport and visa for China is required. Tourist visas for individuals are
routinely issued at Chinese embassies or consulates abroad. Expedited processing is often
available for an increased fee or by working through a travel agent. Apply for a
visa at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., or at a Chinese consulate in Chicago,
Houston, Los Angeles, New York, or San Francisco. Addresses are listed in the US Department of State web page. Also
see the FAQ page.
Getting from Here to There
and Back Again
Bike China will begin and end its tours in major cities that offer air connections to Hong
Kong, or other major gateways within China such as Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou. Typically you will need to arrive the day before the tour
is scheduled to begin, since the first day is generally a ride day. On those tours that
fly somewhere the first day it is possible to arrive at the gateway city and then transfer
to the local flight. Lodging for the night before is included in your tour price, provided
you stay in the designated hotel. You will be provided information, both in English and
Chinese, on the where to stay and how to get there from the airport, along with typical
taxi fares. As with almost everything in China, negotiate the price BEFORE you get in the
vehicle. At the end of the tour, the last nights lodging is also included in the
Accommodations Including Single Room and Attached Baths
Prices are based on double occupancy rooms (unless noted in the tour details). Guests travelling solo are not assigned
a permanent roommate, but rather rotate with other solo guests of the same gender.
Single rooms are available with the payment of the private room supplement fee.
Every effort will be made to honor single room requests. Some locations in remote areas it
is not possible to guarantee a single room or an attached bath every night for every
guest. On those occasions when a single room was requested, but it was not possible
to provide, Bike China will provide a pro-rated refund for the nights accommodations were
shared. Attached baths will be provided whenever possible.
The tours include three meals a day, except on rest days where we spend two nights in one
place. Vegetarians are welcome. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us
know with your reservation.
Bicycling in China and Physical Condition
The tours offered by Bike China Adventures are for both experienced cyclists who have previous touring experience and novices on their first tour. Some trips are more challenging
than others are. See specific tour descriptions
for details. You should be doing some regular aerobic training prior to going on the tour.
We recommend a hybrid or mountain bike with 26" wheels for most rides. A standard touring bike can be used, but there may be sections of road where narrow tires are not well suited. If you choose to bring a bike with 700c sized wheels, please to bring spare tires and tubes as this size is not available in China. See FAQ - What kind of
bicycle should I bring? and BYOB (Bring Your Own Bicycle) .
Clothing and Gear
Check the weather information provided for the ride you are interested in and bring
appropriate clothing and gear.
Optional Support Vehicle
An optional support vehicle can be supplied to assist as needed with mechanical support, supplying water and fresh fruit at scheduled stops and transportation to sagging cyclists. Contact us for details. Some tours are designed to include the support vehicle at no extra cost. Check tour details, or ask us.
Bike China offers optional luggage transportation service to those cyclists who would
prefer to ride unencumbered. This is limited to one suitcase weighing no more than
45 lbs. (20 kg.). The costs are listed in the ride descriptions. The luggage must be
ready to be placed in the van by 9 a.m. on each cycling day. Some tours are designed to include luggage transport at no extra cost. Check tour details, or ask us.
Bike Box or After-Tour Luggage Transport
Bike China offers optional bike box or after-tour luggage transfer to the destination city
for those who wish to use a bike box for air transport or have a suitcase meet them after
the tour. The cost listed in the tour descriptions is per piece, up to 45 lbs. (20
Medical and Health
There are no required shots or immunizations for visiting China. However, we
recommend that you visit a doctor six weeks before the trip for an opinion on your
physical condition, and to get any recommended shots or immunizations. The water from the
tap is not potable in China. We will provide drinking water on the tour. See also FAQ - Should I get special shots or bring medical supplies?
The US Government reports that China has a low crime rate; however crime has increased in
the past few years, principally in the major cities. U.S. citizens and other foreigners
have seldom been victims of violent crime.
Tour Support Services
Bike China Adventures provides the following pre-trip and tour services:
Bike China provides you with an informational email with detailed information concerning your preparations for coming to China containing:
- Trip itinerary with a description of the route with distances for each day.
- Typical daily schedule
- Clothing and equipment checklist
- Suggested training guide and schedule
- Rider Orientation Information will include basic riding information as to how riding in
China differs from Western countries.
- General tour Information
Bike China provides you with the following tour support services:
- Hotel accommodations will be provided for each night in double occupancy rooms, unless a
single room supplement is specified on the reservation form.
The hotels will be simple but clean.
- Meals are provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, except for lunches on rest
days where we spend two days in one place.
- There will be scheduled stops in the morning and afternoon on ride days where you can
refill water bottles, and have snacks of fresh fruit.
- There will be bicycle mechanical assistance available from the cycling staff.
- Optional luggage transport service is available for a modest
additional fee (unless explicitly included). See tour descriptions
- Optional after-tour luggage or bike box transport to destination city is available for a
modest additional fee. See tour descriptions
Occasional changes in the itinerary may be necessary due to changes in government policy
or whenever such changes are advisable for any reason. If, in the unlikely event a tour is
cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all money paid to Bike China Adventures which
constitutes full settlement. Bike China Adventures is not responsible for expenses incurred
in preparation for any cancelled trips such as airfare.
The Fine Print Please Read Carefully
Liability Release, Risks, and Responsibilities
You will be required to sign this document prior to starting the tour.
Release of Liability
In consideration for Bike China Adventures allowing my participation in the bicycle tour
event for which I am registering, I freely agree to and make the following contractual
statements and agreements:
Risks of Bicycling
I understand that participating in the bicycling tours offered by Bike China Adventures for
which I am registering is a potentially hazardous activity. I fully realize and appreciate
the dangers of riding a bicycle on open public roads and fully assume the risks associated
with this activity. I fully accept and assume all risks including, by way of example but
without limitation, physical injury, mental injury, the dangers of collision with
pedestrians, vehicles, other bicyclists, and fixed or moving objects; the dangers arising
from surface hazards, equipment failure, inadequate safety equipment, the effect of
weather, including extreme temperature or conditions, traffic, the condition of the road
and participating in event along the route. I understand that potentially dangerous
situations may arise during the bicycle tour, which are beyond the control of Bike China
Adventures, I assume the risks of all dangerous conditions during the Bike China Adventures
event and waive any and all specific notice of the existence of such conditions. Knowing
the risks involved, I agree to assume those risks, and to release Bike China Adventures and
its employees, agents, and officers for any property damages, illness, injury or death
that may occur in travel to and from these tours. I agree to have adequate medical
insurance coverage for the duration of the Bike China Adventures event. I will assume and
pay all medical and emergency expenses incurred by me in the event of illness, accident,
or other incapacity regardless of whether I have authorized such expenses.
I understand that I will be bicycling at my own risk and I will not participate unless I
have been properly trained, physically and mentally able to do so. I assume responsibility
for the adequacy, safety and condition of my bicycle, bicycle riding gear and any other
equipment I choose to bring. I affirm that I will be bicycling at my own risk and release
Bike China Adventures and all its employees from liabilities for any damages, injury, or
death which may occur to me or anyone else. I agree to abide by all rules established by
Bike China Adventures, to conduct myself in a safe and respectful manner at all times and
respect the rights and privacy of other trip members. I understand that if I leave prior
to the daily starting time or ride on a different route than described, that I will not be
able to receive all the services described in advertisements or other literature. I further
agree to obey the laws and customs of China. Bike China Adventures reserves the right to
refuse service to anyone at any time prior to or during the trip, if in Bike China
Adventures sole opinion, an individuals physical condition or behavior are
incompatible with the enjoyment of the group as a whole.
Bike China Adventures is not responsible for refunding airline fees due to change in
itinerary or tour cancellation or theft of any personal gear including the bicycle. I also
give my permission for use of my name, photograph, motion picture, recordings and
evaluations by Bike China Adventures for promotional materials. All information provided by
Bike China Adventures including but not limited to route maps, instructions, directions is
privileged information and all contents are copyrighted © 1998-2004. Reproduction by
I have read and accepted the terms contained in this document entitled "Fine
Print". I hereby waive release and discharge, for myself, my heirs, my executor,
successors, assigns, and administrators any rights or claims which I have or may hereafter
accrue to me against the officers, employees, owners, volunteers and staff of Bike China
By signing below, I acknowledge that I have read the information contained within
"General Information and Fine Print" and agree to the terms.
Signature of Participant
Parent or Guardian if participant
is a minor
You will be required to sign this document prior to starting the