First post! I'm a recent graduate living in the UK, just started getting into cycling, mainly touring. I lived in China for a few months back in 2007, so am a fairly familiar with the culture/language.
I found out about the Grand Canal in China by accident when watching a TED presentation. It's a fine example of China's very long history of vast civil engineering projects (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canal_%28China%29).
I was wondering whether anyone had ever heard of this being 'cyclable' (ie whether there is a decent road which tracks it). I had a quick search around and found about the film Man Zou, a doc made about a group cycling from beijing to shanghai, but they went quite a different route.
Anyone had any cycling experience at all in china? Give any tips if I was thinking of planning a long tour in China?