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Our Route from Urumqi to Bishkek

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Cycle Tourist Route Notes: From Urumqi we rode out on the new dual lane G30 expressway. This is also known as the G312 and even though there were signs saying no bikes we had no problems. Very safe to ride with a large shoulder. Rode the G30 just about all the way to Sallymun lake before taking a detour after the town of Jinghe taking the S208 & S304 to the backside of the lake. Turned up an unnumbered road to make the 1300m climb to Sallymun lake. These roads were all good quality and totally worth doing for the remoteness and beauty. From Sallymun it was a straight shot on the expressway and main road through Kazakhstan to the Kyrgyzstan border and finally Bishkek. Roads were a lot rougher once crossing into Kazakhstan.
View photos of this section in our flickr albums Urumqi to Korgas & Korgas to Bishkek

Route Statistics

DateDayDistance (km)Riding TimeTotal Distance (km)
24 May 201453179.898:072857.85
25 May 201454129.27:212987.05
26 May 201455143.97:213130.95
27 May 2014561287:293258.95
28 May 20145762.636:093321.58
29 May 201458130.775:333452.35