Sanya, Hainan Island
November 16, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014 After a day at sea and on route from Hong Kong to Vietnam, we docked for 2 days at Sanya, Hainan Island, China. Not much to this place really. It’s being marketed as the ‘Hawaii of China’, because of its tropical climate. In reality there wasn’t much to see. We headed into town to […]

Hong Kong
November 10, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014 After a long, tiring flight (these long hauls usually are) on Qatar Airlines from Brussels, via Doha – somehow we’d expected more of that airline… will have to try Emirates next – we arrived in Hong Kong. A pre-booked car was waiting for us at the airport and the pampering started […]

This post is about the government documentation we needed and obtained to bring our car and ourselves into China. China in General There apparently is no such thing as independent vehicle travel through China for western tourists like us. This was the case when we traveled through, in April/May, 2014; always good to check what […]

Èrliánhàotè (二连浩特)
May 14, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 We have internet – obviously 😉 The drive to the Chinese border town of Erenhot was fast and smooth: we were on the road by 8am and arrived around 1pm, just in time for lunch. We all relaxed and did some last organizing on the cars before our ‘last supper in […]

Jǐníng (济宁)
May 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 We had a leisurely morning, since we were waiting to hear news about Ivor. All went well in the end. Around 2:30pm we set off with Marijke and Coen to go and find remnants of the Great Wall, some 40kms north of Datong. We found a little village with 2 impressive […]

Dàtóng (大同)
May 11, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014 After our visit to the Hanging Monastery we drove to Dàtóng were we arrived before noon and checked in to our hotel. This was again a ‘Home Inn’, a chain we’ve come to like: nice, clean rooms, wifi… and you know what you get for your money. We spent the afternoon […]

Húnyuán (浑源)
May 10, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014 We woke up to find that it had been raining overnight. A little surprising, as we haven’t seen rain in a good while. Another long day of driving planned so everyone was ready to head north at just before the agreed 8am departure deadline. We drove on the expressway much of […]

Píngyáo (平遥)
May 8, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014 Another longish day of driving most of which were on the express-way to save some time and ease the pain a little. The afternoon activity was a guided visit to Zhangbi Underground Castle. The locals built 10kms of underground tunnels below their city as a defense against attackers that never came. […]

Hánchéng (韩城)
May 7, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 After a wonderful three day break in Xi’an it was time to continue the journey north. We got up and away early to try and beat the morning traffic, we were partly successful. The first stop was the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) about 30kms north east of Xi’an. A very […]

Xī’ān (西安)
May 3, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014 Another long drive on fast and free roads. First we had to back-track to Baoji along the same road as the previous day and then continued along the expressway to Xī’ān. In fact we actually stayed in Lintong which is located on the outskirts of Xī’ān as it is very near […]

Màijīshān (麦积山石窟)
May 2, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014 It was a long night. Stephen managed to get another tummy bug, and most of the night was spent awake and very near the toilet. These tummy bugs are getting a little annoying and we are not entirely sure what is causing them. No one else was struck with the same […]

Hànzhōng (汉中)
May 1, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014 Today was a big driving day for us and also the start of a three day holiday in China. We expected the roads to busy and they were. Fortunately much of the driving was on the expressway, and even better, there was no toll fee in effect. In fact there were […]

Chéngdū (成都)
April 29, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 We set off from Xiaojin around 8am as we had a long day’s drive ahead of us… none of us knew how long and challenging the day was about to get. It started innocently enough, as we were slowly gaining more and more altitude… and more. At first the surrounding mountain […]

Xiǎojīn (小金)
April 28, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014 It was a cold night as our hotel room did not have any central heating and the outside temperature must have been around 5ºC (40F), or maybe even lower. Fortunately our beds had electric blankets, which meant we were warm during the night. It has been many decades since we have […]

Tǎgōng (塔公)
April 27, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014 Just a short update as we are a little short on wifi. Drive from Lǐtáng was wonderful, although the road was under construction and the tunnel through the mountain was not complete. This forced us to take the high road over the mountain which clearly hadn’t been maintained for years. It […]

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