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It's heaven on wheels

By Xu Xiaomin (

08:52, April 28, 2012

For professional cyclists, mountains are perfect for an adventure.

But for the average cyclist, Hangzhou offers a pleasant, safe, not-so-energy-consuming excursion around West Lake.

Yanggongdi is parallel to the famous Sudi. Located to the west of the main lake, the 3.4 km causeway is a relatively peaceful spot among all the hot tourist spots in the area.

Yanggongdi features boulevards with tall flourishing trees, gardens that don't charge admission, smooth roads and just a few bridges.

While riding through wonderful natural scenery is a treat, you will need to take care as some vehicles take advantage of the cycle paths to avoid traffic jams.

Riding from the south end to the north, do not miss Maojiabu, a village with a beautiful lake, pavilions, bamboo bridges and restaurants offering simple but delicious local dishes such as old chicken soup with bamboo shoots.

The village looks like a Chinese ink painting, as wild ducks swim across the water and fade into the sunset.

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