Saturday, September 25, 2010

Geared up for a bike ride :)

Today is our last day in Beijing and of our trip but we won't leave  beijing until 11:30 pm so we have pretty much a whole day to fill.  The hotel has a few bikes that guests can use so Martin and I decided to give them a try.  Not the best bikes to be sure but they were good enough.  You might remember me writing just how crazy the drivers are here so I was a bit hesitant to risk my life on a bike but I figured I would give it a try.  A few minutes after leaving the hotel we were stopped by a family that wanted their picture taken with us.  Either they wanted to document our last remaining minutes of life as certain death was around the corner .......... or they found it strange to see two foreigners on bikes, or both.  A few poses later and we headed in the direction of the Forbidden City.  On the main streets there are wide bike paths which is great as long as cars stay out of them.  The side roads are a completely different story of course.  You have to contend with all sorts of obstacles including moving cars, parked car, pedestrians, and of course many other bikes and scooters.  It was a bit of a challenge at first but eventually we got into a groove and we had a good time.  Ultimately we made it around the Forbidden City (which is massive) and back to the hotel for one last swim and to pack.  

A great end to a great trip!

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