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Apr
2018
Newly Built Old Towns
Posted by: Karl /20
The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Day 12: Cycling 95 km from Shanyang to Manchuan.   On a slightly misty day, we cycled inside a rather steep valley, following a mountain river downstream. The road was smooth and quiet, and cycling was easy, so we reached Manchuan comfortably early in the afternoon. Just as we […]
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21

Apr
2018
The People’s Square
Posted by: Karl /20
The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Day 11: Cycling from Shangluo to Shanyang, 62 km. Nice walk through the hills around Shangluo in the afternoon.   This morning, we had a very straight-forward mountain stage ahead of us: 28 km up, 34 km down, finito. Despite the easy stage we decided to start early enough […]
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20

Apr
2018
Lemon Bombs
Posted by: Karl /20
The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Day 10: Short stage from Luonan to Shangluo, 43 km, cloudy. Tea tasting in the afternoon.   This was the easiest stage of our tour, no doubt about that. We reached Shangluo by noon, after riding on a slightly descending, scenic and rather quiet winding road for most of […]
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Apr
2018
The Yin and Yang of Cycling
Posted by: Karl /80
The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Day 9: Cycling 115 km from Huashan to Luonan.   The terms Yin and Yang, today mostly used in a rather metaphorical way, originate in a very simple depiction: Yin was used to describe the shady side of the mountain, Yang for the sunny side. The elevation profile of […]
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Apr
2018
Mountain of People, Sea of People
Posted by: Karl /30
The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Day 8: Climbing Mt. Hua – Countless steps, countless people, beautiful weather. “Mountain of People, Sea of People” ren shan ren hai (人山人海) is a Chinese proverb which describes a dense and big crowd of people. It’s not hard to imagine that this is a very common expression in […]
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17

Apr
2018
Through the Wei River Valley
Posted by: Karl /50
The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, day 7: Cycling 106 km through the Wei river valley, from Lintong to Mt. Hua. The River valley is said to be the cradle of Chinese civilisation. Archeologic findings suggest that the Han Chinese culture stems from the fertile flatlands between River Wei and the Yellow river. Opposed to […]
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16

Apr
2018
Many Faces of China
Posted by: Karl /60
Three Gorges of the Yangzi, day 5: Cycling 30 km from Xi’an to Lintong, and then to the Terracotta Warriors and back. Today we started our cycling trip! Xiao Yang, our driver, loaded his little truck with our bags and off we went into the direction of Lintong. Although we were happy to be on […]
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15

Apr
2018
Walls of China
Posted by: Karl /60
The Three Gorges of the Yangzi – Days 3 and 4: On two nice and sunny days, we climbed two walls – one near Beijing, and one in Xi’an. On our last day in Beijing, we packed our things early and set out to the Great Wall 70 km North of the capital. The Great […]
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Apr
2018
An unexpected visit to the Railway Museum
Posted by: Karl /50
The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, Day 2: Exploring Beijing on a rainy day. We did sightseeing in the rain. As predicted, the weather was not great today but we made the most of it and managed to have a good and enjoyable day of sightseeing in Beijing. We saw the retirees at the Temple […]
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Apr
2018
Beijing Blue Sky
Posted by: Karl /40
The Three Gorges of the Yangzi, day 1: First stroll through the Chinese Capital, flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. It’s spring in Chinese capital as we start our tour to the Three Gorges of the Yangzi! While the trees back home are still waiting to wake up from their winter sleep, Beijing’s […]
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