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Beijing Transportation: Bicycles tips and advice posted by real travelers and Beijing locals.

Rent a bicycle and join the crowd (or escape them)



If you're staying at one of the cheap budget accomodations in Beijing then they may have bicycles available for rent with a deposit. Riding around Beijing is easy as there are sufficient bicycle lanes for you to use and the downtown area is mostly flat terrain. Bike riding is a great way to get off the main roads and head for the hutongs between Beihai Park and the Drum Tower. Be sure to lock your bicycle as bike theft is still a big problem in Beijing. There are some bicycle parking lots on the side of the street that have an attendant who will watch your bike for a small token fee.

Many of the bigger hotels will let you hire a bike (with a hefty deposit) so, make sure it has a good lock because if it gets lost, you lose the deposit. If you park the bike, put something on it which CLEARLY shows you that it is yours (I used to put a red plastic bag over the saddle). Be aware of how to get punctures fixed and where some of the places are because you don't want to be pushing your bike back to the hotel. Beijing is very flat and you'll feel more part of the city if you're riding around the outside of Tiananmen Square.

 

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