Renting a bike or scooter in China

Discussion in 'Asia' started by NonstopBanana, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. NonstopBanana

    NonstopBanana Thumper Rider

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    Can't seem to find any options online, perhaps it doesn't help that I can't read Chinese. Does anyone know where I could rent a small motorcycle or a scooter in Shanghai, for a few days (3-4)? Not electric as I'd like to take it out for some longer day trips.
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  2. MJS

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    I'm pretty sure that you will have to have a Chinese driver's license at minimum. Have you been to Shanghai before? Majority of the scooters are electric. A few small 2 strokes. I only saw one MC on the road in the two weeks we were there. Scooters can use the sidewalks though.

    Shanghai is a huge area. No scooters allowed on the expressway. Which is really the only decent way to get somewhere out of the city.

    Easy to get around by metro and taxi. If you have the correct app you can grab a bicycle from just about anywhere in the city.
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  3. wishhealth

    wishhealth n00b

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    Maybe I can help you, If you have motorcycle driver's licence.
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  4. NonstopBanana

    NonstopBanana Thumper Rider

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    I do have one, and have been riding for a while, just not in China obviously.

    I’m not planning on using it in the city itself, but would love to explore a bit of the surroundings.
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  5. Doogle

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    I went to China last year. Prince666 informed me that nobody has bikes to rent other than on tours. I was there for 3 weeks. I bought a new Chinese 250 cc Shineray for $1250. And sold it for about $320 on exit. I didn't have a problem with no Chinese license. In Shanghai I think they may honor license from other countries. But every province interprets laws the way they want. National laws don't necessarily mean anything.
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  6. bkreese

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    Spent some time in Shanghai, Wuxi, and Beijing in October 2018. I asked everywhere about getting two wheels of fury and was told that simply doesn't exist. I saw one (yes only 1!) gas motorcycle during my visit. I saw a bazillion electric scooters everywhere! My visit indicated that American driving licenses are not honored there. Interestingly, I read an article in the Shanghai Daily (English Version) that expats living there (outside of hotels etc) were asked to register with their local police stations (this sounded strange to me). With that said, China is an outstanding place to visit. The people are friendly and the place feels very safe. The round trip airline ticket was only $730 US, but the 14 hour flight was dreadful. Note: The places I visited were urban/metro centers, and I was told that in rural areas motorcycles are more common.
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  7. LoloPD

    LoloPD Been here awhile

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    You will need a Chinese driving license.......no exceptions. You are also NOT allowed to tour around China WITHOUT a Government approved escort. If there a group of you then this is slightly cheaper because 1 'guide/escort' for the group can split this expense. Also your 'guide' may prevent you from going to certain places.
    I've lived in China for 15 years. These are the rules.
    Also motorcycles are NOT allowed on the main dual carriageway roads. You must go everywhere on the back roads, and the majority of these will NOT be good.
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  8. LoloPD

    LoloPD Been here awhile

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    True about any foreigner having to register with their local police (except if you come as a visitor and book into a hotel). I was an expat living there. You have to register, and then re-register EVERY TIME you re-enter the country. Crazy but true! BUT the biggest issue is that if you decide to go touring, and you go away from the really big cities, the VAST majority of the hotels you may find are NOT allowed to accept foreigners. Again outside of 3 or 4 MAJOR cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou), forget about trying to pay with Visa or Mastercard. It will NOT be accepted!
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  9. Derekbbb

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    Hi LoloPD. I am from South Africa. (Nonstopbanana sorry for hijacking your post, I just dont know where to ask!)
    I have done adventure riding in SA for a few years, and I arrived in Shanghai a few months ago, I have my Z visa, and now burning to buy a adv bike to see the country. Not just a small 250 or something, more like Honda XR650, or Dakar 650.
    Do people who live here do this kind of thing? I have seen a few 1200Gs bikes, and also KLR. But I want to know what are the rules exactly? And do I really need a guide if I want to go and tour anywhere in China?

    If you maybe have a mobile number or wechat we can talk on it will be really helpful. I dont know if I will get a notification on this, but my wechat is Frederikbbb.

    Kind regards
    Derek
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  10. LoloPD

    LoloPD Been here awhile

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    Sent you
    Sent you a friend request on wechat......
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