I went out with China Cycle Tours to Moganshan for two days in May to see more of China outside Shanghai. We met Saturday morning in Shanghai and then drove to Suzhou to pick up more people. That drive took longer than I thought actually, but I guess it gives you a chance to make friends.
Anyways, when we finally get to Moganshan, weather is a bit misty with some light rain. Petty comfortable after warming up. Day 1 was pretty easy, mostly flat around the lakes, until the last hour or so of the ride. The rides through the tunnels were absolutely thrilling, especially the downhill one.
Day 2 was more challenging, and finished with an intense uphill section first to the top of a dam and reservoir. Li (our guide) really sold the challenge, and at the top I was like “Ok where’s the hard part?” I guess that’s the general stopping place for most riders, but there’s another part just past that for the really ambitious (or foolhardy), like me. Wow, really really hard steep uphill ride followed by a cannonball downhill. Totally worth it, but unless you’re in shape you won’t make it. There’s another hiking portion afterwards, too, along a trail on the mountain ridges covered by pre-Revolutionary villas, bamboo forests, tea terraces, etc etc.
Pro-tip: Get the potatoes and ginger tea at the family restaurant afterwards. :)
All in all a lot of fun, and looking forward to doing another run.
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