I was requested to perform at a „bicycle city resident bike ride activity“ North of Beijing near the Badaling Great Wall in a small town called Yanqing. This event was a GREEN event to promote bike riding as good for health and to emphasize Green Olympics (environmentally friendly Beijing Olympic Games 2008). As the bike festival started early we had to get there already on Friday (the 13th – the day my boss told me that he leave) and stay at a farmer’s place.
There was a nice map of all the farmers places (note the English translation on the left side: „The view area flat surface indicates diagram“. Not sure what that means.)
Foreigners have to be registered at the local police station for every night they stay in China. So the local police man came to the farmer’s house to check our passport and visa. I really liked the posters on the door of our room as well as on the walls:
The ceremony for the green bike event was the next morning. There were some speeches, flatland BMX guys did a short show and then I did a trick bike performance on the wet ground. But at least there was no rain when I was performing. After my performance it started to drizzle again and the bike ride with about 400 riders from Beijing and Yanqing started. Here is a link to all the pictures.
The big wall for the ceremony had a nice picture of four cyclists. And all four look the same and are in the same position and wear identical clothes (well except the helmet color). And the words „Giant“ on the pants are written in reverse. As well as the number which is on the handlebar which again is the same (and in reverse) for all cyclists. 😉 And the street looks so real.