It’s easy to love sunshine, but I do love rainy winters days when I can curl up with a hot chocolate and good book. But this year it was hard to feel happy when while it was grey and wet outside and I was in lockdown. Full lockdown in Shanghai lasted 2 weeks and then we had semi-lockdown from mid-February for most of the winter here in China. As soon as lockdown was eased a bit I just had to go out and enjoy the outside even though it was a cold and rainy winter.
Cycling through winter can seem like a daunting idea, even for those who have been cooped up inside for weeks, but it was one of the best decisions I have made. With crisp morning air, the scrunch of leaves beneath tyres and lure of a steaming coffee post-ride, it’s well worth bracing the elements. As a wise cyclist once said, there’s no bad weather for cycling, just the wrong clothing. I wrapped up warm and went cycling through the deserted streets of shanghai each day for a couple of hours.
Winter is also a very special time to go cycling as the lack of foliage opens up the skyline in a way it doesn’t the rest of the year. Familiar views look even more spectacular when framed in a different way and you can spot things you may never have noticed before, such as a statue that’s normally hidden behind a line of trees or an interesting city skyline that’s suddenly revealed. I got to see the city in a different light and fell in love with cycling. It is something I have continued doing and it is a great way to explore this fabulous city.
What is your favourite time of the year to cycle?