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4. The Grand Canal 京杭大运河|
Start: Qiutao Bei Lu bike station, at Qiutao Bei Lu and the Grand Canal 秋涛北路公共自行车租赁服务点, 秋涛北路和京杭大运河交口
End: Dengyun Lu bike station, at Dengyun Lu and Xinchang Lu 登云路公共自行车租赁服务点, 登云路和新昌路路口
Distance: Approximately 11.5 kilometers
The longest bike route on this list is perhaps the trickiest one, as it has no direct road or path.
However, to experience the grandeur of the 2,000-year-old Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, recently renovated to prim elegance, one could do worse than taking a half-day or so to wheel down the canal-side footpaths and admire the waterside gardens and elderly tai chi practitioners.
The footpaths are occasionally interrupted by thoroughfares and tributary canals, but it's easy enough to find your way around these and back to the route hugging the water.
Do this and you’ll pass history museums, gleaming high-rises, dazzling modern architecture, water taxis, river barges from way up north and neon nighttime glory.