Cycling at Night: Exploring Chengdu by Bike

Authors: Go Chengdu


“The night cycling tour starts at 8:00pm Friday. Welcome to join us!”
“The night cycling tour starts at 8:00pm Friday. Welcome to join us!” says a signboard hung in the doorways of a store which is located in the south of downtown Chengdu and offers tailor-made bicycles. The storekeepers are two American young men. They have been running the store, which is quite well-known among bike riders in the city, for more than three years. Up to now, they have organized the night cycling tour for more than a hundred times.
Usually, before 8 o’clock on Friday night, some cyclists come to the store one after another on their bikes. The bicycles with different types include light roadsters, commuter bicycles, mountain bikes and so on. In addition to customized bikes produced by the store, there are also many other brands, including modified FOREVER (in Chinese: Yongjiu) which was very popular in the 1970s and 1980s. “It is not important whether you are my customer or not. The most important is that we come together for a healthy physical activity instead of eating and drinking,” says Larry Adamson, one of the storekeepers and organizer of the tour. Sometimes, some riders bring beers and drink with their buddies. It’s great fun to have a drink and chat with each other before biking.
(Larry Adamson)
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Night Tour of Chengdu

Chengdu puts on another face at nightfall and switches into a completely different gear. The Chengdu skyline never looks quite as magnificent as when its millions of lights are contrasted against the dark night sky.

Aug 13, 2015

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