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.

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 …

Impressions from Beijing

Today we’ve already been in Beijing for a few days and it’s time to move on. However, first it’s time to try to give you a taste of all that we’ve seen in the last couple of days. On Saturday we had breakfast where we enjoyed the so-called Moon cakes. They’re supposed to be very delicious, but the one we …