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Our Route from Xining to Zhangye


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Cycle Tourist Route Notes: We took the G315 out of Xining and turned north onto the S204 where there were a couple of mountain passes (all sealed). The pass just before Qilan was 4208 meters and totally worth the climb for the 30km into the town. We were only allowed to stay in the “Qilan Hotel” here. (see police escort) Followed the S204 west until it met the S213 which was a dirt road going over another 4000m plus pass. The climb up (northward) wasn’t bad, but the last 20km of the 60km dirt road was extremely rough, slow, and frustrating. It did end at the town of Sunnan which was 70km from the start of the dirt, not 50km like the road sign said. From here to Zhangye was a brand new smooth road.
View photos of this section in our flickr albums Xining to Zhangye

Route Statistics

DateDayDistance (km)Riding TimeTotal Distance (km)
2 May 20143182.215:461746.76
3 May 20143293.095:531839.85
4 May 20143375.194:491915.04
5 May 20143477.055:121992.09
6 May 20143597.657:082089.74
7 May 20143681.636:232171.37
8 May 20143794.934:372266.30