Our city's rapid development over recent decades has seen cars, subways and buses all overtake the humble bicycle as the Beijinger's favourite way from A to B. That said, the (usually) generous bike lanes and abundance of well-priced two wheelers, not to mention the recent bike-sharing boom
, mean it's still the go-to for the savvy commuter – or explorer.
From artistic parks to hutong hideaways and the city's historic backbone, we've picked five fantastic routes to explore the city and see some of its best sights on just your two wheels. Be sure to view the larger maps (see links embedded in each route) for a detailed view of each bike route.