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    BeaverTerror Yan's Avatar
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    Bike and Uni Touring in Beijing

    I'm in China for an internship work term and had a few free days in Beijing last week. I rented a bike for 40 Yuan and explored the city. A few days later I bought a unicycle and rode it across the city. Enjoy:

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    The basket is handy for stashing the guidebook:


    Tiananmen Square:


    The wall of the Forbidden City:


    Part of the walls are painted red. The corners of the walls are adorned with large towers:


    Here's a frozen over lake to the west of the Forbidden City.


    The bus is in the right most car lane. The rest of the road is the bike lane:


    I got lost in the Hutongs:


    I found this bird guy in the small square between the Bell and Drum Towers:


    There are several of these traffic wardens at every intersection in downtown. They're very handy for asking directions:
    Last edited by Yan; 01-21-10 at 07:03 AM.
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    BeaverTerror Yan's Avatar
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    These arcades can be found in many Chinese gardens:


    The wooden structure is hand painted. Each beam is adorned with a unique vignette.


    The park with the arcades also contains a large number of cats:


    People glide around on ice seated on metal sleds, propelling themselves with two sticks:
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    Thanks for sharing - it's always nice to see other places on this planet, especially those we consider exotic.

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    Hi Yan,

    I am in Shanghai and I too recommend the basket. Mine contains a city map, a couple of bike tools, spare old t-shirt, chain/lock and some chewing gum.

    I have removed the rear rack whilst riding in the city (it is sooooo heavy!). But the basket is very under-rated on the touring forum and I would not hesitate to use one on tour again.

    I don't like the idea of riding a unicycle in Chinese traffic. If sounds crazy to me. The behaviour of drivers and pedestrians here is too unpredictable. I don't know how you made it across the city in one piece!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbicycle View Post
    I don't like the idea of riding a unicycle in Chinese traffic. If sounds crazy to me. The behaviour of drivers and pedestrians here is too unpredictable. I don't know how you made it across the city in one piece!
    Pardon my ignorance - I've never ridden a unicycle - but the same argument can be applied to riding a bike in traffic. How is a Uni different, apart from speed?
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    I've never ridden one either and only have the image of a clown at the circus in my mind. Surely it would difficult to stay balanced with nothing to hold onto. I don't imagine it would have any brakes, and would be slow off the starting line at traffic lights. There is nothing in Australia or Europe that I can think of which comes close to the traffic conditions in a major Chinese city. Not just the cars, but motorcycles, electric bicycles, bicycles, pedestrians etc. Speed, and moving forward at all times is essential. Find yourself at a standing-start in the middle of the road with traffic going around you in all directions and it is very difficult to move.

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