My brother and I are planning on cycling China in December leaving from Shanghai heading west towards Nanchang and Yichang and then south towards Yangshuo. Some parts we will be jumping ahead via train or bus. From there I would like to go to Sichuan via train, but depending on the weather it is possible I might also head towards Vietnam or another part of China. Obviously, the winter isn't the best time to be touring, but it is the only time off I have. I have been reading some blogs about cycling China and am getting excited about my trip!
Could anyone advise on:
A good bike shop in Shanghai where it would be possible to purchase a bike?
What are proper manners for a cyclist in China?
Is camping acceptable in China?
If you have cycled through China, what parts would you recommend cycling? I would be happy to hear about your experiences!