Co-existing amid electric and gas-powered buses, taxis and private sedans, scooters and bicycles and three-wheel vehicles, the sidecar motorcycle is a common sight on Beijing's busy streets.
One group is using these handy vehicles to make a visit to the city even more special. Beijing Sideways offers two-hour to two-day tours that allow you to relax in a sidecar or behind the driver and take in the sights. As an added bonus, the drivers know the city and can get you to hard-to-find restaurants and shops.
Beijing Sideways uses the Chang Jiang 750 motorcycle, a distant relative to a BMW bike of a century past, and they have a retro feel. A typical two-hour tour might start after sundown and include passes of the Houhai lake area, Olympic Bird's Nest stadium, the entrance of the Forbidden City, and more. Those with more time can opt for a longer tour that goes outside the city and includes an overnight stay at The Great Wall.