Nr.38 – China – it remains difficult !

Nr.38 – China – it remains difficult !

  At first, I was shocked when I saw Yangshou. Even in winter, all hell was breaking loose. There were parties, pubs, animated activity, and huge crowds of Chinese tourists. The prices were outrageous and it was anything but a beautiful, natural idyll surrounded...
Nr.31 – China – Yunnan – The Gate to Southeast Asia

Nr.31 – China – Yunnan – The Gate to Southeast Asia

Although the road was exhaustingly strenuous due to the endless steep hills, the landscape was breathtakingly beautiful. The mountains were blanketed lavishly with green vegetation and the fields spread across the landscape in a myriad of lovely colors. Perfectly...
Nr.30 – China – Yunnan – A new world

Nr.30 – China – Yunnan – A new world

  I left Shangri La on the main road to the south, which was a mistake, because there was significantly more traffic on that road than I expected. I would say it was the busiest highway I was on since I began traveling in China. There wasn’t much to see...
Nr.28 – China – The Tibetan World in Sichuan

Nr.28 – China – The Tibetan World in Sichuan

For once, it was sunny and warm as I left Yushu and in the open space outside the town, there was a huge Mani stone wall, where believers were placing their painted, labeled “Om mani padme hum” stones. May glory be to you, you jewel in the lotus blossom....
Nr.27 – China – Comedy of  getting a new visa

Nr.27 – China – Comedy of getting a new visa

   After a 17-hour bus ride, I arrived in Xining in the middle of the night.  Surrounded by giant skyscrapers, I searched the town for a place to spend the night. Luckily, in one hotel, the desk clerk was unaware of the regulations. At least, I was able...
Nr.25 – China – The Endless Gobi Desert

Nr.25 – China – The Endless Gobi Desert

After Gansu, the traffic signs were in Chinese and English, which made my life as a cyclist somewhat easier. The Gobi Desert seemed to be endless, but I was able to continue to motivate myself and was not really bored which could have easily happened in...
Nr.24 – China – Xinjiang Province

Nr.24 – China – Xinjiang Province

For seven long miles I cycled through a corridor secured with barbed wire – a brand new highway that, like a snake, looped from the Kazakh border to the Chinese border. There were cameras hanging on every lamp post along that highway. From then...

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