With more than 23 million people, Shanghai is China’s largest city. While it’s possible to get to and from the city’s best sights by taxi or by taking the Metro, biking around Shanghai allows you to explore all of its neighborhoods, whether it be the colonial buildings of the French Concession or the modern skyscrapers of the Bund, at your own pace. If your Mandarin skills are limited, biking around the city saves you the trouble of having to communicate with taxi drivers or deal with the sometimes crowded Metro.
Old and New Tour
Start your tour along the Huangpu River, cycling along the mile-long stretch of road known as the Bund. As you pass the old colonial buildings of Old Shanghai, you’ll be able to see the ultramodern high rises of the new city across the river, including the 101-floor Shanghai World Financial Center and the futuristic looking Oriental Pearl Tower. Head right down Guangdong Road to explore Yu Garden and the last remaining Shikumen houses in the city. Continue on to the tree-lined French Concession and bohemian Taikang Road.
Shanghai’s skyline is at its most impressive at night. As the sun sets, make your way to Lujiazui on the new side of Shanghai and cycle past the modern skyscrapers as they light up. Take your bike across the Huangpu River to bike past the illuminated colonial buildings of the Bund. Head down Nanjing Road until you reach People’s Square to see some of the city’s oldest skyscrapers. Ride south to Fuxing Road and take a right turn toward the French Concession. Enjoy the leisurely ride past the twinkling lights of the bars, bakeries and restaurants of this old neighborhood.
Traffic in the city is chaotic at best, and unlike some countries, bikes and pedestrians don’t have the right of way. Always abide by traffic signs and lights, and keep in mind that cars can make right turns on red lights. Always be aware of your surroundings, and always lock your bicycle when not riding it, as theft is common. Even better, pay a small fee to park your bike in an attended lot for added peace of mind.