Beware, Bad Hair!
Whether opting for the wildly windswept look or resigning yourself to the inevitability of helmet hair, there’s an insider tour in a well-maintained vintage Chang Jiang 750 motorcycle sidecar in store with Beijing Sideways, a whimsical tour guide company run by a group of proud residents with a love of former standard-issue military choppers, and more importantly, an insightful knowledge of their adoptive city. For Beijing Sideways continues in the same vein as it was originally founded when Frenchman Gael Thoreau came to the capital on a short internship but decided to stay and combine his passion for motorcycles and Chinese culture into a fun-for-all business model.
The tours – conducted in French, English, Spanish, or Italian – feature a constantly evolving itinerary of off-the-beaten-track destinations (that the guides purport originally made them fall in love with the bustling metropolis), as well as a few well-known ‘must-sees’ like a drive to the Great Wall followed by a hike up the tourist-free stretches, a visit to the Summer Palace, and trips around the city’s historic hutongs. All trips are easily customisable and range from two-hour day or evening tours to two-day complete tours. Hair pinned back, goggles at the ready, and hold on tight!