Lovely warm and dry morning, we got out of town before rush hour and rode on a big secondary road past factories and towns that straddled the road. The light was mellow and pretty at that time of day, but those streets must be terribly hot once the sun gets high.
We took a smaller road heading South through hills and some forests.
The best part of the ride started when we saw the China Sea; a sudden change of scenery.
We saw big freighters anchored off in the distance, junks moving about under power, and a fisherman working off a raft.
Much of the coast is developed for tourism, with flashy hotels, beaches, and even SeaDos roaring around. They have made a pathetic, but expensive effort to build a bike path along the coast. Whoever designed it had no authority over land access, so the path crossed the coastal highway repeatedly, and designer had no cycling experience; there were very steep sections with stairs taking up most of the path, all kinds of obstacles, and dead-ends. We did bicycle on some parts of it to enjoy the view, but a couple of times we had to lift our bikes over a barricade to get back on the road to proceed forward.
Closer to Shatoujiao, we rode through a huge container port.
The town is presumably heavily influenced by Hong Kong; it is very high density, but clean and very liveable. I walked down to the sea front through residential neighbourhoods. Found a lovely Pagoda and their key tourist attraction; the Russian “aircraft carrier” “Minsk”, which did not look as big as I expected.
The day ended with another great dinner at our hotel, which is right by the border crossing into Hong Kong. We will be going through the border by bus tomorrow. Apparently we are not allowed to arrive by bike, so our bikes will go by bus to Macau, which is where we will meet them in a few days, after exploring Hong Kong and Macau.