21 september I left China and heading Vietnam as I heard so much positive about. Almost 2 month more than 3600 km through had been both high and lows.
- Their surveillance systems and controls are hard to understand. On several occasions, I had the police as a companion behind as I cycled, and at one point in Chaqiliq, also known as Ruoqiang in Xinjiang region they forced me to ta a flight to Ürümqi without any really good explanation.
- Has later understood that the authorities do not want foreigners to see the conditions and how the Muslims are treated in this region.
- Most Chinese’s English skills are very low and communication and making themselves understandable
- Difficulty to find hotelroom because many hotels does not allowed to receive foreigners.
- Most of the road signs are in Chinese and very difficult to understand.
- Problems with the Internet, many social media and Google are blocked. You will have to use a VPN tunnel client.
- Issue to withdraw cash from ATMs. Only a few works, ex. Bank Of China.
- Most of the Chinese people are friendly and generous. Several times they invited me for lunch, coffee, beer
- The roads are very good
- China is an beautiful country, especially in mountain areas.
- I like the food, very tasty and wholesome I think, and also quite cheap
- Yunnan Valley is more than beautiful. Imagine that in spring it must be indescribably beautiful with all flowers and flowering trees
To get the most out of a China trip, it is an advantage if you speak a few words and phrases in Chinese or that you are traveling or cycling in a group with a Chinese guide.
In spite of the problems, I would not like this cycling trip to be undone. I have learned and seen a lot.