Hangzhou’s authorities have provided an astonishing 50,000 bicycles for the city’s Freedom Bike Rental Network which, costing just ¥10 a day, is one of the best ways to get around Hangzhou’s sights. You pay ¥300 for an electronic card which covers a ¥200 deposit, and they subtract the rental fee from the remaining ¥100. In fact the first hour is free, and young Chinese travellers have cottoned onto the fact that they don’t have to pay at all if they simply change bikes every 55 minutes or so. You can change bikes at marked booths all over the city, but only a few of these issue cards and return deposits – there’s one at the Hangzhou train station.

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