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Cycle China: Week 3

In this special five-part series, we're riding along with SWA Group landscape designer Amirah Shahid as she cycles nearly 800 miles from Beijing to Shanghai (find the previous posts here). Join us as she tells about her journey and files exclusive photos from the road in an attempt to better understand China's urban and rural biking culture. Week Three: Halfway there...

 

Amirah Shahid checks in from the road with images of the Confucius temple in Qufu, the Grand Canal (the world's largest man-made waterway), and Huian, where she witnessed indiviuals launching lanterns into the sky to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Much of Shahid's ride has been along roads flanked by greenery on either side. A common sight: urban infrastructure juxtaposed with nature, in this instance, established rice fields. Another common sight is other bikers. "There are tons in urban areas," Shahid reports, and "too many to count between the urban areas as I ride along national roads." About half of the bikes Shahid sees are "old-looking electric bikes, which have obviously been around for a while."

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