Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Cycling in Beijing

Beijing is as flat as a pancake and ideal for cycling especially in the city's hutongs. There are designated cycle paths at the side of most roads in Beijing but care needs to be taken with the city's maniac drivers.

Bicycle parking outside Jianguomen Subway Station.

Few cyclists seem to wear a helmet but with winter ice, sandstorms and strong winds, a helmet is highly recommended.

Bicycles can be rented from a number of hotels and specialist cycle shops in Beijing. BicycleKingdom is one such option.

Beijing Bikes.

A good lock is a necessity. Cycle parking is available for a small fee at numerous pavement bicycle parks around town and you should never be too far from a bicycle repair shop if you have a puncture or some other mechanical problem.

Hotels in Beijing

Books on China & Beijing

Book the Capital Hotel Beijing Book the Beijing Downtown Holiday Inn