It is well worth the effort to get out of bed at 5.30am to head out for a couple of hours before the heat and the mad rush of Chinese traffic. It is definitely reinvigorating and leaves you craving for more early morning rides. Going with a friend on such rides can help with motivation to get up if you are needing it! Also, getting up the crack of dawn gives you brilliant photo opportunities as the sun filters through the trees such as the photo above. This is a route very close to Hangzhou city and there are numerous roads in the same area to explore. If you are thinking about early morning rides, just do it! You can’t regret the experience you will get.