This weekend I went to Ningbo for a Chinese language study trip with GoEast Mandarin, and for the first time I took my bike with me on the highspeed train. It’s allowed when you can put it inside a bag, and it’s a total game-changer. I arrived in Ningbo and set out to the village of Fengpuao (凤浦岙村), and whereas group travel typically provides very little freedom, a bike totally changes that.
The road from Ningbo. And one of the best feelings is, when your destination is a small village and you arrive on a bicycle.
The bike allowed the freedom to go to places between the trip’s programs.
Jiao Lake (窖湖) in the morning.
Tianyangchen village (田央陈村).
The village of Fengpu’ao (凤浦岙村).
A local girl and her dog: “His name is ‘Lost bean’ (亏豆). I didn’t buy him, he just showed up and kept following me.”
Changsheng Village (长胜村). (Also the first time I’ve seen cows in China.)
We travel up a mountain but it’s pretty far to walk back and we’re running late. But there are no taxi’s answering our request on the app, of course. A mini-van stops and we ask if they can take us back to the village: “Sure!” In the back there are also two kids and a hamster.
Some locals are filling their water cans with mountain water, saying it’s very sweet and better quality than what you buy in the supermarket.