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The Road Ahead- Part Two


This is the second in a series of posts regarding the upcoming Eurasian Cycling Trek for World Hunger I am about to embark on.  In case you don’t know about it, head over to www.theultimatetrek.com and read up!

This series is going to look at the road ahead, checking distances, weather patterns, border crossings, visas, and more.  In this post we’re headed to then 2nd stop on the trek; China.

Map of China

Distance- 2,100+ Miles (~3,400km) from Tianjin to the Kazakhstan border, probably in Khorgos.

Terrain- Extremely varied.  City, mountain, desert, highway.

Est. Time- 1 month

Route- Two routes under consideration, depending on the severity of this year’s winter season.

The first route is the northern route, arriving in Tianjin and heading up to Beijing to re-supply before heading west through Huhehaote.  Then onward to Yinchuan before heading into the vast expanse of western China.  At the Lanzhou intersection, head north towards Wulumuqi before reaching the Kazakhstan border.

The second route has me arriving in Qingdao and staying south going through Zhengzhou and Xi’an before meeting up in Lanzhou with the previous route.

Visa- I have read that I can manage to get a multiple-entry Chinese visa good for 30 days, though it is possible to write immigration and get up to 90 days with proper authorization.  We’ll see if that works.

Don’t forget to check out the website, and if you can spare a few coins for charity, donate to the Mercy Corps in the trek’s name.  Thank you. www.theultimatetrek.com