Category Archives: China: Xinjiang

Crossing the Khunjerab Pass

We wanted to try negotiating with the Chinese authorities on cycling across the Khunjerab Pass from Tashkurgan, 126km away. From cyclists we have met so far, all of them told of the same story – the only way to cross … Continue reading

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Sichuan food, Japanese girl … in little Tashkurgan

Outside “ChongQing” restaurant with 2 new Szechuan friends. Song, the 18yr old boy from ChongQing met us while we were riding around the city and brought us back to his restaurant where he’s an apprentice. There, we met Chef Chen … Continue reading

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Back on the KKH … to Tashkurgan

On our way back to the KKH, we visited YuSanJiang again at his meteological office. This time, we are able to witness water and temperature recordings. A Kyrgzs colleague (pic) taking water sample from the river below the office. (Xinjiang,China … Continue reading

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“Xia-Ban-Di” Dam

The valley that would be flooded after the completion of the dam in 7 years time. Work has barely started now, with the arrival of some engineers from Urumqi Water Works and other Geologists. There were only around 100 workers … Continue reading

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Looking for a DAM

We heard so much from our brick factory friends about the beauty of the little known valley just beyond their site. From our map, it shows a possible road connecting there to ShaChe (a town en route to Tibet). It … Continue reading

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Tajiks in China

The snow cladded Pamir mountains bordering China and Tajikistan. The PLA guys have to travel there for their high mountain patrols. This picture was taken just opposite the military base. (Xinjiang,China … 12.05.05 to 05.06.05) The KKH, totally ripped off, … Continue reading

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A BRICK factory in the mountains

The beautiful erected entrance and powerful message across the board caught our attention while cycling in the narrow valley towards Tashkurgan. However, it was a work site behind this entrance (that is irrelevant to the entrance) that drew our attention … Continue reading

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3900m a.s.l. on the KKH

The 1st cycle-tourists we meet on the KKH so far, Robert and Dagmar are from Bern, Switzerland where they started. From there, they have crossed Uzbekistan, riden 6-mths in India, Pakistan and were heading to Kashgar at the time of … Continue reading

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Road works Contractors on KKH

Stunning landscape on the KKH. The serenity after the previous day of snowing was remarkable, simply mind-blowing! (Xinjiang,China … 12.05.05 to 05.06.05) On the well paved KKH, in the mountains! The paved KKH road ended in Bulunkur. We approached the … Continue reading

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3km from Kunlun rock quarry …

Back on the road after 3 days in the quarry. This stretch of uphill ride was one of the most stunning along the Chinese KKH with the snow cladded mountains so near to us. We looked liked ants infront of … Continue reading

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