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.
Image credit: cmtravel.com.cn
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.
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.
- People’s Daily: Chongming. (Chinese site)
- Chongming Travel Network (Chinese site)
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.
pls send me this bycicle immediately
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Joseph, this is a strange post. Why I need to send you the bicycle? And you also required “immeditaely”? So strange. Mmmm….
hello,I’m glad to watch you blog.because I live in chongming,when will you come here to travel?
Cool. I will definitely visit Chong Ming again since it is, maybe, the only interesting place in Shanghai.
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)
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.
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.
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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.