Tanqi is a partnership between Specalized cycles and Wildhomestay to support and empower adventure cycling in China.
Rent a Specalized Diverge Bike or book a Weekend package.
A video introduction to adventure biking in the area!. Also see on youtube (VPN)
Join one of the Tanqi weekends held on every third week of the month. Great for new adventure riders or those that want to build more skill in the hills. Prices end up being around 1200 RMB pp for the weekend including accommodation, bikes, activities and food! Great value. See our detailed Weekend Package Itinerary. Alternatively, for the more experienced or independent rider, rent a Diverge Adventure Bike to learn whats it’s all about.
From there join one of the DirtyClean Challenges to test your fitness, skills and meet the community. We hold 3 Clean (tarmac) and 3 Dirty (all surface) Challenges each year.
Then get your bike, ask questions and get support from the community and get out there and explore. Adventure on new paths, stay in amazing locations, explore new cultures, expand your horizons and accomplish simple goals.
What is Tanqi
Simply put Adventure or Exploration Cycling. Get a bike, explore your backyard, China and the World. Tanqi means “Scout Riders” “Path Finders” . We want cyclists and non cyclists to explore on bike, build the necessary skills, experience adventure with the right equipment and have great fun doing it. We offer weekend learning experiences and adventure bikes to empower this.
- Reach amazing places
- Touch and interact with nature
- Overcome challenges
- Experience local cultures
- Build lasting friendships
- Develop fitness and strength
- Understand traditions
- Have fun and adventure!
- Live and Explore!
We feel its the best way to adventure travel. You will get to places otherwise you would not get to. People will be more hospitable and nicer to you than you can imagine. You will meet goals and overcome challenges on a daily basis. You will meander through nature on your own steam exploring things at your own speed.
Who’s it for
The Tanqi weekends held every 3rd week of the month are mostly aimed at beginner riders. You should be able to ride a bike and have some basic fitness either from spinning or gym fitness.
The DirtyClean Challenges are for more advanced riders but we have introduced a “easy” Dirty for people to test their newly learnt skills on courses that are not seriously hard.
We don’t want the experience to be unnecessary intimidating or uncomfortable. We want it to be controllable, fun, challenging and enjoyable.
We have chosen the Specalized Diverge as we believe it best fits this criteria. The bike has a geometry which is a balanced between a mountain and road bike and feels very reassuring on the up and down hills. Its fast on the road and faster off! It has a front shock which means you have more control and your hands and arms don’t go numb, your neck does not get strained and your palms bruised on the bumpy downhills. It takes really big supple tires which help you float over most rough terrain and its got the gears to help you spin up steep accents. All in all it makes for a much more pleasant adventure experience than other “gravel” bikes we have tested.
Who is behind Tanqi
Tanqi is supported by Specalized & Wildhomestay with the goal of promoting adventure cycling and getting people out on their bikes, in nature, exploring China. We run it at or below cost and 10% of generated income goes to local clean up and conservation projects. We hope the work we do for Tanqi is a win win for the local community, environment, gets more people cycling in diverse places, while helping to promote Specalized great bikes and Wildhomestays experiences.