Riding a Bicyle to Chong Ming Island

From tomorrow, this blog will be paused for two days (namely, Friday and Saturday) since I will travel by bicycle to Chong Ming island in the center of Yangtze River. The isolated island is the China’s third largest island after Taiwan and Hainan.

The idea of travel by bicycle was inspired by some European people and by the dream of hiking in Kanas. October is just too long from now so I cannot help going out to see the island. Above all, the SARS months of May and April have almost driven me crazy. Think about, staying in the same place for the whole two months.

Thanks to ChinaQuest.com. They really did wonderful job on the GIS (Geographic Information System) of Shanghai. With their help, I found the island is not as far as I though. After the optimization of routes, it reports the distance between my house and the port of the ship shuttle is only 31,122 meters. Here is the big map.

The route ChinaQuest has suggested. I paste it in Chinese so it is more helpful.

交通工具:步行

路程长度:31122米

从漕宝路77弄出发

到漕溪路左拐

到漕溪北路直行

到衡山路直行

到宝庆路左拐

到复兴中路右拐

到汾阳路左拐

到淮海中路右拐

到成都南路左拐

到老成都北路直行

到成都北路左拐

到山海关路右拐

到黄陂北路左拐

到新闸路右拐

到乌镇路左拐

到天目中路右拐

到西藏北路左拐

到永兴路右拐

到宝山路左拐

到天通庵路右拐

到东江湾路左拐

到西体育会路直行

到中山北一路右拐

到逸仙路左拐

到淞浦路右拐

到淞桥西路左拐

到右拐

到西新路左拐

到淞兴路右拐

到班溪路左拐

到淞滨路右拐

到牡丹江路左拐

到淞宝路右拐

到双城路右拐

到宝东路左拐

至目的地:宝杨路客运码头

Chongming Map

Image credit: cmtravel.com.cn

Chongming Pictures

Image credit: cmtravel.com.cn

Image credit: Dongtan

My new bicycle

After evaluate the pros and cons of rent a bicycle (refer to P.S. Bicycle renting service section at the end and the discussions) or to buy one for the short 3-day trip, I finally bought a brand new Emmelle bicycle at 368 RMB (44 USD). Pretty nice. Here is the picture.

shanghai-bicycle-new.640.jpg

I am very happy to start my journey. The previous experience really taught me to enjoy life instead and not be be a working machine. If you are still interested in my Starbucks plan, yes. I still plan to visit all Starbucks in Shanghai by walk.

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10 Comments

  1. It turned out that Chongming trip was the starting point of my cycling trip to other part of the East China. Later, I went to Pudong Airport and Taihu Lake.

  2. hello

    pls send me this bycicle immediately

    please reply to my email

  3. Joseph, this is a strange post. Why I need to send you the bicycle? And you also required “immeditaely”? So strange. Mmmm….

  4. hello,I’m glad to watch you blog.because I live in chongming,when will you come here to travel?

  5. Cool. I will definitely visit Chong Ming again since it is, maybe, the only interesting place in Shanghai.

  6. Hi there nice site, could u give me some info about chong ming island? what is the main industry there fishing? also what is a blog?

    gareth (United Kingdom)

  7. Gareth, there is almost no industry in that island. It is mainly for agriculture and tourism. It is expected to be a tourism heaven in the next few years after the tunnel to the island is built.

    A blog is a daily updated personal site like this one.

  8. It won’t be a tourism heaven after the tunnel be done,

    A place too easy to reach will never be a tourism heaven,it only cause too many crowd everywhere in this island.

    BTW,I had ride to East beach and camped here in a heavy rainy night,very unforgettable.

  9. Hi,everybody,I have a good idea, what about bicycle travel in China. Now I find a lot of foreign friends bought from my friend’s bicycle shop and then used it to travel in China.If you also like it,please go to the bicycle shop for making a register.

    Address:No.357 Yin Shan Road(银山路357路),Pu Dong New District,Shanghai

    Telephone: 021-50751084,Contact Person:Stella Mail: sales@bicycleshop.cn

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  10. Rather glad to see your blog about Chongming.You know really much more about this island than I,though I’m birth in Chongming:) .From your articles,I saw your great intrests of it ,that’s great! As a Chongming nee,thank you for your attention and let more people know about it.let’s hope together for its further development.

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