Day 9: Simatai – Chengde: Bad Day on the bikes

Chengde, 23/9/2005 at 18:30 Day 9: Simatai – Chengde: Bad Day on the bikes We got up at 5:15 am to get away early and be before darkness in Chengde. We started and found out that Jolanda had a flat tire. People get up early in China because already at this time of the day we had a lot of …

Day 8: Simatai Eastern Great Wall on foot

Chengde, 23/9/2005 at 18:30 Day 8: Simatai Eastern Great Wall on foot Visiting the people of Jinshanling had been a bad experience so we decided to stay another day in Simatai. This time we walked the Eastern part of the Wall at Simatai. This part is not for the faint-hearted. This rough section of the Wall is largely unrestored and …

Day 7: Simatai-Jinshanling on foot on the WALL

Chengde, 23/9/2005 at 18:30 Day 7: Simatai-Jinshanling on foot on the WALL After having slept on beds like planks we got up early to get to the Wall. We wanted to be there before the tourists on day trips coming from Beijing. The village where we slept was close to the wall, so actually we were up the Wall so …

Day 6: Miyun-Simatai by bike

Chengde, 23/9/2005 at 18:30 Day 6: Miyun-Simatai by bike Having gone all the way from Beijing on the major roads the day before it was a pleasure to go to Simatai primarily on country roads. We had almost no traffic and went through many small farmer villages with houses falling apart between the hands of the very poor farmers. We …

Day 5: Beijing – Miyun: First Day on the Bikes

Miyun, 19/9/2005 at 20:15 For the first time on our holidy we went for a long ride on the bikes: from Beijing to Miyun ! Everybody looked a lot at us: Two Europeans in tight cycling outfits. We even kept our jackets on because it was a cloudy day and a bit chilly at times. The first part of our …