Shanghai by bike

Explore the city with six great Shanghai cycle routes

Cycling to Fuxing Island in Yangpu district
Whether it's cruising peaceful stretches of Pudong's canals or discovering secret history in northern Shanghai, the best way to see Shanghai is on two wheels. To help you get out and explore the city, the Time Out team plots six scenic cycling routes around town.

You can tackle the whole route in full, or simply select sections and try them for yourself. Use our illustrated maps as a guide to the route. To make it easier we have given you an idea of the difficulty of the ride, time required and recommended great places to stop for a break, or a snack along the way.

Cycle routes

  • M50Suzhou CreekMuseums, art and outdoor billiards (below)
  • Power station of artXuhui riversideFind modern art along the Huangpu River
  • Longhua revolutionary martyrs cemetaryLonghuaSouthern rock gardens and lotus marshes
  • yangpuFuxing IslandSecret history in northern Shanghai
  • HongkouHongkouScenic cycle around the old Jewish quarter
  • Pudong canalsPudong WaterwaysPass tranquil stretches of Pudong's canals

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Suzhou Creek

Suzhou Lu Map

Distance 11 miles
Bike time 3.5 hours
Difficulty Medium – flat and no traffic
Route Changfeng Park, M50 art complex, Nan Suzhou Lu
Highlight Playing outdoor billiards on the bustling Baiyu Lu

Baiyu LuStart at the most western point of Guangfu Lu, near Zhongjiang Lu, and head east. You’ll pass a giant matchbox-shaped matchstick museum currently under construction. Keep going and pass the entrance to Changfeng Park, one of the most activity-packed parks in town. Continue east and turn left at Kaixuan Lu. Keep heading north and turn right at Ningxia Lu, then turn right onto Baiyu Lu, a bustling, snaking street with two outdoor billiard tables and traditional housing like that in the Old City.

At the end of the road, turn left and cycle east along Guangfu Lu, which runs alongside Suzhou Creek. Continue past more single-storey shacks, and you’ll arrive at sections of the creek that display more visible effects of the 1998 Suzhou Creek Rehabilitation Project, such as the high-rise residential tower blocks looming over the waterway. Take the narrow pathway at creek level wherever possible (occasionally you’ll have to lift your bike up and down several steps).

Keep following the creek until the road becomes Qingshuiwan Lu, then turn right onto Zhongtan Lu and cross the bridge. (Optional: turn left immediately after the bridge for the Suzhou River Tour. The development is unfinished but offers green space and shade).

M50Turn left onto Moganshan Lu, passing the graffiti covered wall that leads to the M50 art complex. Follow Moganshan Lu until the end and turn right when the road turns into Xi Suzhou Lu. Keep following the creek east and the road turns into Nan Suzhou Lu. You’ll pass old converted factories, like the Shanghai Nightmare at number 1295 (, that becomes a haunted house come Halloween. Continue east and turn left at Sichuan Lu, crossing the bridge.

Stop at the end of the bridge, and head up to the secret rooftop garden at the Shanghai Post Office and Postal Museum (276 Bei Suzhou Lu, near Sichuan Bei Lu. 6393 6666; open 9am-4pm Wed, Thur, Sat, Sun) for a well-deserved rest.

The routes: Suzhou Creek | Xuhui riverside | Longhua rock gardens

Fuxing Island and north Shanghai | Hongkou | Pudong Waterways

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