9) Push scooter
These old school toys are making a very recent comeback here in Beijing as actual transportation. They are fairly inexpensive but not really practical if you’re going very far, especially in the winter when road conditions will be tougher with the added concern of ice.
This mode of transportation is my personal pick. When using a bicycle in the wintertime, you stay relatively warm so long as you are wearing a hat, gloves, and scarf on top of a good coat. Since you are constantly moving your legs and exercising, you can keep warm on a bicycle even in the coldest winter. Furthermore, it is also good for the environment, can be quite fast, and can also be used to transport things. Just watch out though, there’s an unofficial saying that goes ‘you’re not a real Beijinger until you’ve had a bike stolen’. So if you do go with a bike, whether it’s a fancy fixed gear, classic single speed, or road bike, make sure to buy a good lock!
You can purchase bikes at brand specific stores, large supermarkets or nicer/more expensive specialty stores. Natooke, Serk, Giant, Battle, Yamaha, and Carrefour are some of the stores where various types of bicycles can be found though there are, of course, many, many more. You can also simply venture into the hutongs and bargain for a second-hand bike for sale in the neighborhood. Locks and other bike goods are sold in bike shops, supermarkets, and also along the road at bike repair stalls.