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May
2018
Shanghai
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The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Days 23 and 24: Taking the Train to Shanghai and exploring China’s “Gate to the West”.   After taking the train from Yichang to Shanghai yesterday morning, we spent the last two days of our trip exploring China’s modern “gate to the west”. It actually took us some time […]

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May
2018
Surprises
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The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Day 23: On our way to Yichang, we change routes and go half the distance by car, and half the distance by bike.   Today, we made two spontaneous arrangements: The first one was a complete change of our original route. After cycling 10 km, Xiao Yang brought us […]

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May
2018
The Three Gorges By Boat
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The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Days 21 and 22: A day of Rest in Wushan, and a Boat Ride down the Yangzi from Wushan to Zigui. Today and yesterday, we discovered the Yangzi by boat: Yesterday we sat out to see the “Little three Gorges” of the Daning River. Cycling to Wuxi, we had […]

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Apr
2018
Heat
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The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Day 20: Cycling from Fengjie to Wushan, parallel to the Yangzi.   We struggled today! Even though we had already mastered two longer and harder stages during the last couple of days, the combination of the heat and a very long ascent made it hard to maintain the smile […]

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Apr
2018
What a stage!
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The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Day The toughest stage of the tour! 90 km,  lots of climbing. Sunny, and breathtaking landscape.   We have reached the mighty Yangzi, having a hot, tiring, but most beautiful ride. As opposed to the previous couple of stages when we often cycled impressive rocky river valleys, today we […]

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Apr
2018
Right through the Heart of the Chicken
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The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Day 18: A climb in the morning followed by a sweet 25 km downhill ride to Wuxi. Nice weather.   Step one: Take a map of the world, search for China, squeeze your eyes a little and let your imagination flow… now, what do you see? Yes! – A […]

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Apr
2018
Law Enforced Photoshooting
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The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Day 17: A long cycling stage from Pingli to Zhenping. 115 km.   Phew, we made it! After 115 beautiful but strenuous kilometres of cycling, we arrived in Zhenping before 5 pm. Tired and happy we sat sipping a well-deserved “dirty beer” in the lobby when the front office […]

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Apr
2018
Up for a tea plantation bike race?
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The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Day 16: Cycling from Ankang to Pingli. Nice weather, and quiet roads.   After one rather rainy day of rest in Ankang, weather got better again today as we swung back on our bikes to advance further South towards the Yangzi. On a very nice and quiet road we […]

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Apr
2018
High Heels Bike Wash
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The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Day 14: Cycling 60 km along the River Han to Xuanyang, then transfer by car for the rest of the way to Ankang.   Apart from cycling some pretty 60 km along the Han River from Shuhe to Xuanyang, today’s highlight surely was the bike washing in the morning. […]

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Apr
2018
Stop and Go
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The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Day 13: Cycling 97 km from Manchuan to Shuhe.   With over 90 km ahead of us we started early on the road to Shuhe, another old Merchant town lying at the banks of River Han, the longest feeder of the Yangzi. We first cycled a medium size road […]