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Katie Melua’s lovely song says there are 9 million bicycles in Beijing. As of October 09 there were actually around 13 million, (according the China Daily).

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It is not all good news however – unfortunately 10,000 cars are being added to Beijing roads every week and by next year it is predicted there will be 4 million cars in Beijing.

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This is a rate of growth that took cities like Tokyo 12 years to reach – Beijing has achieved this in only 2.5 years. Hopefully city planners will preserve the great cycling tradition in Beijing.

See how things have changed: Images of Beijing traffic over 30 years.

Keen to bike in and around Beijing? Check out Bicycle Kingdom for tours.

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