After our battle with the blizzard, we were happy to be done climbing and off our bikes for a few days. Our plan was to get to the Zhilam hostel in Kangding by the afternoon and get ready for our visa adventure that would consume the next 5 days. Our first attempts at finding the […]
Got there at 8:30am. Put our names on the list which means nothing. At 9:10 we + a Japanese couple were ushered out of the line and into the building in front of everyone. Great so far. All paperwork done by 10:30am. The man doing our paperwork gave it all back (inc passport) and told […]
Our last day in the mountains was an eventful one. It started out beautifully after staying with a kind Tibetan family and getting on the road early. We knew we had one more pass to go over before we dropped 1,500 meters to Kangding and wanted to get to town as early as possible. We […]
After four tough days of battling gale force winds, mountain after mountain, dirt roads, and almost running out of supplies we made it to Litang. Litang is a county of the traditional Kham Region of Eastern Tibet and has an interesting history. During the 1950’s, Litang was one of the main areas of Tibetan armed […]
Seven of the hardest days in of our lives complete as we cycled from Shangri-la to Litang on the X219 & S217 roads – if you can call them that. Nothing about this was easy Don’t get me wrong, we are all for hard days and dirt roads, but when you go down hill slower […]
Of course it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Shangri-la. Some of the old town still stood and there were some great markets for us to resupply at.
Our first full day off the bike was in Shangri la, but it wasn’t always known as Shangri la. It’s former name is Zhongdian but was renamed Shangri la because of a fictional novel written back in the 1930’s. The city changed names in 2001 in a desperate attempt to produce more tourism. The city […]
This is not a common site, but after Katie got blown off her bike twice it became apparant that walking over the pass made more sense
As we wondered around Gouangzhou with Zhou we saw a really neat area with a bunch of post-it notes stuck to the walls. Zhou explained to us that people write a wish for themselves, a friend, family member, or the world and stick it to the wall. There were an unbelievable amount of notes posted […]
After our train ride from Guangzhou to Kunming we jumped straight onto our bikes for a week long ride to Shangri-la. The roads varied from brand new, not yet open, just OK, and down right ridiculous but there were never any dull moments.
After spending 3 1/2 days in Gunangzhou with our Warmshowers hosts and meeting up with Zhou, Jared’s cycling buddy from 2009, we set off for Kunming. This was an adventure in itself. Our train was at 1pm, we said goodbye to David and Mary at 8am and headed for the train station.
Don’t ask me what any of this is called but it was all super delicious.
Chinese towns and cities are always interesting to enter. Sometimes there are lots of signs. Other times there is a 5km, 6 lane completely empty road Entering Chinese Towns, a photo by brakingboundaries on Flickr.
Some may think it’s the year of the horse but I beg to differ. It’s the year of the Eichten Monkey Business, a photo by brakingboundaries on Flickr.
The first morning with our WarmShowers hosts David and Mary proved to be an interesting time. They took us out to breakfast, or morning tea as they call it here, with Mary’s mother. This was another true Cantonese experience for the two of us. It started with the basics of Baoji or steamed dumplings, which […]
He has been the conversation of many of our trip tales. A vampire slaying angel that popped out of the darkness on the lowest day of the 2009 bike trip. He energized us with his constant happiness and made the last month of China really mean something. You can read more about Zhou in these […]
Looking to get your Chinese visa in Hong Kong. Here is how we did it.