• Cycling in lake tai in China near Shanghai and Suzhou
    Lake Tai

Lake Tai Biking & Fruit Picking Tour

Fun, Farms and Fresh Fruit

Over 90 islands dot Lake Tai (太湖), the third largest fresh water lake in the whole of China. Suspected to be the result of a meteor impact, Lake Tai is the origin of several rivers including Suzhou Creek. Today we will discover its biggest island; Xishan (西山岛). Xishan is blessed with clear water, lush vegetation, beautiful orchards quaint old villages.

Bike ride in Xishan island in lake Tai, in China, near Shanghai and Suzhou

Lake Tai Bike Tour Route

We leave Shanghai early in the morning and drive 2 hours in our private vehicle to the bridge that connects the mainland with the lakes’ islands.

Bicycle ride in Xi Shan island in Lake Tai, China

We then put our helmets on and start our Xishan Island cycling adventure, breathing in the fresh air while enjoying the views of the lake. Our morning bike tour ends after having cycled around 15 kilometres. We then hop on a bus to a local restaurant for a well-deserved replenishing lunch. Indulge in the Xishan island’s delicacies; Lake Tai fresh water fish, shrimps and local vegetables.

Vegetation seen during a bike ride in Xi Shan island in Lake Tai in China

The next stop is Shigong Hill (石公山) which towers above the island and offers bird-eye views of it.

Shigong hill in Xi Shan island in Lake Tai in China provides a bird view of the island

We then carry on pedalling until we reach a farm. Time to pick some fruit! Once our farming activities are over, we will cycle back to the bridge connecting the island to the mainland and drive back to Shanghai.

Cycling Distance: 25 kilometres – 30 kilometres

Travel Dates: Ideally in March/April for fruit picking

Meeting Place and Time: 7:45am at Hengshan Rd Station, Line 1 地铁一号 线衡山路站一号出口

Trip Ends: 7pm back at Hengshan Rd 衡山路地铁站

Cost from: 950 CNY

Price Includes: English-speaking bike guide and technician, bike and helmet rental, transportation, lunch, water, snack, fruit picking, entrance tickets

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