Explore China on top of a mountain bike
We've all seen the usual lists of boring reasons: money, health, fitness, environment and so forth. The reason most people ride a bike, however, is simply because it's stupid simple fun.
Whether you go slow or fast, you bike because you like to ride. The fresh air invigorates you. Exposure to the environment awakens and heightens your senses. Closeness to the elements invigorates and makes you feel alive.
Cycling is a great way to explore at a reasonable pace. You make discoveries about your neighborhood every time you ride. You see the birds, the flowers and the trees. You find out the old lady down the street isn't as weird and scary as you imagined. You notice the oddball statuettes in the frontyard garden around the corner. You tune in to the rhythms of nature, with seasons and wind and weather.
Many bike commuters don't ride to save money or to reduce greenhouse emissions, although those are certainly worthwhile benefits. You do it because you like to ride. The morning commute clears your head for the work day ahead. The evening commute releases the stress of working all day.
If you read this and decide to give biking a try, take it easy at first. You don't need the latest space-age technology in your bike or clothing, although you're free to go all out if you want to. Limit your distance to a mile or two. Ride with your child to school or the park. If there's one within a reasonable distance, ride to a corner store for a candy bar, or to an ice cream shop, or even to a supermarket or grocery. Don't focus on speed or performance. Just keep it relaxed and the fun will follow. Bohdi Mountain Bike,Helmet,Water, a finite knowledge of Neo-geometry, sun glasses, sun block lotion, energy complement, sense of adventure and a good attitude.
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MagLev - Extension of Service Hours
Since late 2005, Maglev management has finally decided that it is high time they extend their service for the poor, unfortunate travellers who needed to get in the city at relatively decent hours.
Trains now run from 7.30am to 6.30pm. However, the speed of the train has been reduced from a max of 431km/h to 300km/h.
Price unchanged, but be sure to show your flight tickets to get discounts.
yuyuan garden is a brilliant place to go for a walk, especially if you are looking for all kind of souvenirs but don't forget to barter all the time, i went to a temple and there was a ceremony , it was brilliant , i have also met mr BAO , an ex bank employee who is 88 years old and offers to be your tour guide, i will post his details later , but this man is full of knowledge about shanghai.
the temples that you can see are not original, they were destroyed in 1937 by the japanese, they have been rebuilt.
The most visited section of the City's Museum seems to be this area, with a very rich display.
I was particularly attracted by a demonstration of the successive operations needed to build a bronze cup in the old days.
Since most Chinese museums seem to share the problems of Portuguese ones (a cold exhibition of "dead" artifacts) this display was a fresh and useful variation
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD! SHANGHAI 3
STUFFED STEWED LOTUS ROOT
Lotus Root sliced and then stewed before being stuffed with sweetened glutinous rice.
CHINESE SAVOURY FLOUR CAKES STIR-FRIED WITH BEEF CUBES
Chinese "Nian Gao", slices of flour cakes, a very Shanghainese staple, stir-fried with beef cubes.
Bugs Bunny never tasted so good. Rabbit pieces fried and then stewed and served with a spicy numbing sauce.
VEGETABLE AND RIBS SOUP
Shredded local vegetable boiled with pork ribs stock which was then poured over steamed rice and served.
OLD DUCK AND BEAN CURD RIBBON SOUP
A standard Chinese styled soup where old duck (who is more flavourful) is slow cooked with bean curd ribbons and then served.
MARINATED RAW RIVER PRAWNS
Raw river prawns marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil and Chinese wine, and served cold as an appetiser.
LETTUCE SERVED WITH CHINESE TAHINI SAUCE
Cold appetiser. Fresh green lettuce served with Chinese styles Tahini (sesame) sauce.
GUILIN RICE VERMICELLI
Supposedly the specialty of Guilin, a town in Sichuan China. Extra springy and thick rice vermicelli served in a variety of ingredients and broth. This is a common street offering in Shanghai, with each bowl going for about RMB10-15.