Life On Two Wheels: A Beijing Bike Tour

Bespokes Beijing Bike Tour Expert Cycling historian
Beijing was once the world’s busiest bicycle city. In the 1970s and 80s, 3.3 million two-wheeled trips took place every day – more than anywhere else on earth. Today it might seem that the capital is in thrall to the motorcar, but evidence of the city’s fascinating and formative bicycle culture can still be found if you know where to look.

This expert-led experience kicks off with a fascinating visual presentation that captures the spirit of this unique period in Beijing’s history, covering everything from the history of the bicycle in China to the unique ‘negotiated’ flow of Beijing’s traffic, mobile knife sharpeners and new urban cycling trends.

You’ll then be personally guided on a bike tour through Beijing’s maze of hutongs on top-of-the-range folding bikes to witness first hand the enduring aspects of the city’s bicycle livelihoods (refuelling with a couple of traditional Beijing snacks along the way!)

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Learn About Our Expert

Your expert guide is an Australian, an urban researcher and cycling entrepreneur who has established his own high-end bike shop here in Beijing as well as ‘Smarter Than Car’, a think-tank promoting cycling in Beijing. He serves as an advisor to both Chinese and international governments on their urban city planning infrastructures, is the founder of Beijing Bike Week, and works as a key coordinator alongside the Tour of Beijing’s race director.

NEED TO KNOW

How much does it cost? 1,150RMB per person (minimum 2 people)

How long will it take? 2-2.5 hours

When can I do it? Anytime you like!

Getting there: The cost does not include transport to and from the meeting point. You can transfer by subway, taxi or hire a car from Bespoke.

Start Point: Ditan Park South Gate

End Point: Ditan Park South Gate

Children: We do not recommend this tour to children, however young adults aged 16 and above are very welcome to join!

Any other costs I should know about? Nope!

How far in advance should I book? As far in advance as possible, due to the availability of the guide.

What to bring: We’ll provide a bike, helmet and accident insurance cover, just make sure to bring appropriate clothing for the weather.

Our favourite bit: The dawning realisation of just how much Beijing still belongs to the bicycle as you wind through the city – and how essential it is to the city’s livelihood, not just its people’s.

Is this an expert or local personality-led tour? Expert

Also: If you do have a larger group of up to 10 get in touch – we’re happy to arrange a custom quote.

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