Bei Dai He: Finally Online Again

Bei Dai He, 01/10/2005 at 23:00 We DID say that it would be a while before you’d see us online again, but that it should take six days until our next post was unforeseen. Below is a rundown of the events that have passed from day 11 through day 17.

Day 17: Golden Coast – Bei Dai He: Happy Birthday China

Bei Dai He, 01/10/2005 at 23:00 Day 17: Golden Coast – Bei Dai He: Happy Birthday China On the 1st of October 1949 the People’s Republic of China was declared, which makes today China’s 56th birthday. We celebrated with a short ride to beach resort Bei Dai He in good weather and spent all afternoon on the beach relaxing and …

Day 16: Xing An – Golden Coast, Ghost City at the Beach

Bei Dai He, 01/10/2005 at 23:00 Day 16: Xing An – Golden Coast, Ghost City at the Beach Yipiiiiiiieeee – dry all day ! We passed a few village markets and were followed by school kids by bike. Halfway throgh this ride we entered a wine district where we had lunch in yet another family restaurant. Very nice experience where …

Day 15: Zunhua – Xing An: 110 Kilometers in Mud and Rain

Bei Dai He, 01/10/2005 at 23:00 Day 15: Zunhua – Xing An: 110 Kilometers in Mud and Rain Immediately from the beginning of this ride we got into the rain. The dusty roads turned into small mud pools, and after the first major industrial area especially Jakob was covered in mud. At about 30 kilometers we had enough and tried …

Day 13: Huangyaguan: Cleaning Bikes and Walking the Wall

Bei Dai He, 01/10/2005 at 23:00 Day 13: Huangyaguan: Cleaning Bikes and Walking the Wall With the mud layers from the flood crossing between Chengde and Yingshouing still on the bikes, this day was perfect for a heavily needed cleaning job. Both bikes were washed completely, re-oiled and had the tires pumped to close to maximum – ready for a …

Day 12: Yingshouing – Huangyaguan: Back to the Wall

Bei Dai He, 01/10/2005 at 23:00 Day 12: Yingshouing – Huangyaguan: Back to the Wall Luckily we were allowed to leave Yingshouing to go in direction of Huangyaguan for another look at the wall. After escaping the industrial zone we found ourselves again in a postcard-like country-side and the cycling day was finished with a long descent down the misty …

Day 11: Chengde – Yingshouing, Ugliest City so far

Bei Dai He, 01/10/2005 at 23:00 Day 11: Chengde – Yingshouing, Ugliest City so far This morning we saw another extreme example of cultural differences in the restaurant at breakfast. 30-40 Chinese who all chewed their food and drank their drinks or rice pudding – all with their mouths open. The noise was quite incredible! Roads were in general very …

Day 10: Chengde: A Tibet Feeling

Chengde, 24/9/2005 at 17:00 Today we’ve been biking around Chengde looking at the temples, many of them being buddhist temples. Sometimes it has felt more like being in Tibet than in China. Other than that the city of Chengde is ugly and not very cozy. At the back of out hotel we just spotted yet another extremely poor neighbourhood. We …

A Week Away From Home…

Chengde, 23/9/2005 at 18:30 Before we start with this long story (we’ve been without internet for couple of days) the most important thing to mention is this: We’ve been on the Wall and it is TRULY GREAT! See below what happened from day 6 to day 9.