If you are visiting Yunnan and Sichuan Province in China and are in the mood to get fit, I recommend you to take a bike-ride around the Lugu lake (泸沽湖).
If you go there in the summertime, expect sunny weather with fresh wind gusts on your face as you ride around this panoramic site.
In the summertime it’s semi-crowded by local tourists and foreigners are rare guests there. The reason for that is that many mainstream foreigners (most of them think that they are original) after visiting ancient city of Lijiang are heading to Shangri La in the North-West of Yunnan, while Lugu lake is located on the North-Eastern part on the border to Sichuan.
To rent a bike for a day is not a big deal, probably all of the hotels could arrange you one. If you want to make the trip around the lake more enjoyable you should get up early, so you could see the local people in villages around the lake doing their daily duties and of course to make a safe trip home before the dark. It’s located up in the mountains, so don’t get surprised if you will get a rainfall or cold wind after a sunny and a hot morning. Be prepared with your raincoat or you will end up hiding in a cave.
There is approximetely 40 km of riding path around the lake which includes steep hills and dangerous downgrades. So sleep well before you head on this trip! If you do so, you will make a circle around the lake in about 7-8 hours with some short stops at the villages for some cold water or fullfilling lunch.