Miyun, North East of Beijing
By Shannon Bufton Beijing 21 January 2018
To the North East of Beijing, China, lies the district of Miyun which offers some of the best cycling in the region.
Shannon Bufton from SERK, a cycling business based in Beijing which organises cycling adventures to new frontier lands in Asia, takes us through this stunning ride.
To the North East of Beijing lies Miyun which offers some of the best cycling in the region. The quality of roads, scenic vistas and the impressive S 310 road with its sinuous curves cut out of the mountain side, leave even the most travelled cyclists in awe. Who would imagine that such world class cycling terrain existed so close to one of the world’s biggest cities.
The impressive S 310 road with its sinuous curves cut out of the mountain side, leave even the most travelled cyclists in awe.
This ride is designed for those that want the full experience that Beijing has to offer. A gorgeous ride, peaceful surroundings and small back road climbs almost completely devoid of traffic. To get out to Miyun requires an investment in time – around about two hours from the city each way but it will be worth every second.
The ride starts at the Heilongtan Scenic Area on the S 310 road and slowly climbs up above the Baihe River. The road twists and turns as it hugs the side of the mountain. You travel through a series of short tunnels carved out of solid rock. As you exit each tunnel new vistas appear and you’ll notice the road continuing to snake up the mountain on your right. There is just the right balance of up and down to inspire you to get out of the saddle and push over the the crests. Once you arrive at the top you’ll be tempted to stop the bike and capture the amazing views.
As you exit each tunnel new vistas appear … There is just the right balance of up and down to inspire you to get out of the saddle and push over the the crests.
After 18kms of rolling hills we turn right up a short sharp little climb on a back road before descending right down to the Baihe river and riding along its banks for another 11kms. We suggest stopping at Liulimiao for a lunch break at a local restaurant and then trace our steps back along the S310 admiring the views from the opposite direction. End with a well deserved downhill to your transport and cold drinks from the local shop. In summer we’d recommend making that a cold Yanjing Beer.
SERK is a cycling business based in Beijing. SERK organise cycling adventures to new frontier lands in Asia including Mount Everest, Tibet, Xinjiang and Sichuan. They manufacture titanium road and adventure bikes perfectly matched to the frontier cycling adventures they curate. Their base camp is in Beijing where their bike shop and cycling club are based. If you are visiting Beijing or on business definitely hook up with SERK for a ride to the Great Wall or beyond!
Max elevation: 567 m
Total climbing: 3557 m
Total Time: 03:53:55