Xining to Zhangye on the G227 – Day 47 on the Silk Road by MGB
19 May 2017 | Transport
Most of the way across China we’ve followed the ‘highways,’ toll roads where you can cover lots of kms without interruption. About 40km out of Xining heading towards Zhangye the highway ends and we follow the often twisting and turning G227 for most of the day’s 336km...
Xian in China – cycling the city wall
18 May 2017 | Transport
◄ It may not be totally original, like the Pingyao City Walls, but the City Walls of Xian stretch for 14km and you can rent bicycles and ride a circuit. They cost 200 RMB (about US$30) refundable deposit and 45 RMB (about US$6.50) for two hours
Maijishan & La Shao – Days 44 & 45 on the Silk Road by MGB
16 May 2017 | Places
It’s wonderful that you can still find places that a. amaze you and b. you’ve never heard of before. Both of these Buddhist sites in Gansu Province in China amazed me, La Shao I had never heard of until a day before my visit
▲ Maijishan I had heard of, although onl...
Share Bicycles in China
10 May 2017 | Transport
I’ve been riding bikes in Shanghai and Beijing, on my MGB Silk Road trip across Asia. On my first visits to China there were lots of bicycles. Over the years the numbers went down and down, part fashion (people wanted cars) and part government policy (cars were tomorr...
32 Days along the Silk Road by MGB – On the Road – Part 2
5 May 2017 | Transport
◄ Most of our driving in China has been on ‘Highways’, the extensive network of toll roads which have popped up in the last couple of decades. They’re fast, generally well maintained and for the first week or so after we crossed the border from Laos often remarkably e...