7000m in 8 days

Not long after Lugu Lake, we joined the direct 100km mountain road to Lijiang. After a few kilometres, a few people told us we should turn back, as the road ahead was closed. As we didn’t want to go along the busier and longer route round the mountains, we stubbornly carried on. So, some of…

Lu Gu Hu

Back on our bikes after a couple of weeks off, we decided to head up to Lugu Lake, on the border between Sichuan and Yunnan. The Lugu Lake area is populated by the Mosuo people, one of the few matrilineal societies in the world. Traditionally, when women get married, they retain their name and home….

Reunited

Very happy to be reunited with our bikes and getting back on the road.

China by train

Our first stop on our way to Chengdu were the 1500 year old Buddhist caves at Dunhuang. Over 1000 caves were carved out of the cliff over the course of about 500 years, at a time when this little desert oasis was a bustling silk road trading post. Next stop, Xiahe, a Tibetan town up…

Another long train journey

As we have limited time on our Chinese visa, and with winter fast approaching in the north, we decided to catch a train south to Chengdu, taking in a few sights along the way, before getting back on our bikes. We had been advised to arrive at the train station at least two hours before…

Kashgar

We cycled the last 10km or so into Kashgar as night was falling. It was mental. The cars and buses and mopeds and three-wheelers fight for space on the roads, cycle lanes and pavements. As soon as we found the old town, though, all was calm. The old town feels like a film set with…

Goodbye Central Asia

A video of our final few days of cycling in Central Asia, starting in Osh, Kyrgyzstan at an altitude of 1000m, climbing a series of mountain passes up to 3,800m before reaching the Chinese border (which turned out to be closed for the weekend).

Held up at the border

We arrived nice and early on Saturday morning to cross the border into China…only to be told ‘come back in 2 days’ (it turns out this border is closed at weekends) So we made ourselves at home in one of the containers and settled in for 48 hours of eating, sleeping, playing cards and learning…