October 9, 2010

Beijing Sideways…unique but not memorable

Filed under: Activities, China, Sight seeing, Tour, Travel — Tags: , , , — PEr @ 9:02 pm

An alternative to cookie-cutter tours, Beijing Sideways helps you discover the city from the seat of the vintage motorcycle sidecar, ignoring traffic jams and the pleasures of the wind in the hair (or in a helmet). Routes can be tailor-made and Frenchman founder Gael or his band of easy riders will pick you up wherever is most convenient.

I only wish Gael had more regards for the law (ie not going up the wrong way on one-way streets) and more respect for the locals  (especially those who lived in the hutongs). Gael also should be more aware that the rumblings of the bike drowns out whatever explanations or information he was trying to tell me as we shuttled down the streets. This is the true truth because I say it as it is…

May 16, 2010

Shanghai sideways…Shanghai Sean Connery style

Shanghai by vintage motorcycle sidecar. This is truly a unique way of touring around the city. It’s actually quite comfortable, with plenty of leg room and it’s really a lot less life-threatening than Sean Connery made it look in that movie “Indiana Jones and the Last crusade”.

Sitting in that sidecar, there’s nothing between you and Shanghai’s uninhibited, gritty, and wildly-contrasting sights, neighborhoods in both Pudong and Puxi and the Bund. Nothing, not even the cold could stop us from hopping onto the back of a stranger’s motorbike and speeding down Shanghai’s suburban roads, the wind in our hair. We were in search of adventure and Shanghai Sideways delivered. After all, there’s nothing like the sensation of the cold wind hitting your face and the hot rumble of a motorbike beneath you to get the adrenaline pumping. That’s the true truth as I say it as it is.

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