Yesterday morning we set off early for a bike ride to Sanjiagang Water Park. It’s a beach like park in eastern Pudong, a bit further out than Pudong airport.
We were well prepared with a map and a rough idea of distance. It turned out to be a total of 93km, we burned roughly 2.300 calories, it took a total of 6 hours and 15 minutes, which included a lot of detours and cross country bike carrying due to unforeseeable Chinese construction sites on the way with no alternative route suggestions.
We were Water Park bound, after an originally planned trip to Putuoshan fell through. Shanghai’s only water park, Sajiagang, offers dirty water, an abundance of ‘fun’ activities, and local food options. We spent 3 hours taking a nap, tanning and going for a swim. My highlight were the (invisible, due to 0 visibility water) cleaner fish that came out to nibble on my toes.
Regardless of of the slightly disappointing destination, the ride is well worth it. We saw greenery we never expected anywhere near the city, the people were beyond polite and excited to see three girls on bikes and it’s a really nice ride by the river, which you can take starting right behind century park, and – depending on construction site situations – all the way through to the coast.
It was the most fabulous day trip that was rewarded with ginormous burgers at Cotton’s and passing out at 8pm and a solid 12 hours of sleep.
If you would like to check out the waterpark without the bike-ride, here’s the exact address.
If you’re wondering about the muted colours: Hello China. I really do miss sunny, blue skies and vibrant colours.