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Old 05-15-2011, 11:13 PM   #181
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Hello ,Frederic

Hello ,Frederic,Now you are working in China? The bike had pulled over was stolen, it's not your fault !This is a great trip !You are the real adventurer !
I in zhengzhou , If you come here, we can have a drink !
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Old 05-20-2011, 03:23 PM   #182
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Just read 14 pages....to find out the story never got finished. Too bad, liked the writing style and interesting tidbits of humor. Hope all is well with the author...and life's events finds him in more interesting pursuits.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:15 PM   #183
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Always sucks when a ride report peters out and I think it gets harder as time goes on when you are the author as everything isn't as fresh and you've got new things in your life. Would have been an interesting story for sure, but oh well.
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:02 AM   #184
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Funny I was just thinking about this thread the other day.

Good to see you are back!

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Old 07-08-2011, 09:12 AM   #185
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:56 AM   #186
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Funny I was just thinking about this thread the other day.

Good to see you are back!

Well you should read more carefully.

This hasn't been updated in AGES.
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:29 AM   #187
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What, you thought I gave up ??
Never!

I was working like a mule last months but I am now getting back on the report !
Next article due to come in some hours : Episode 8 - Urumqi, Censorship and Horror.

It is a pleasure to be back here!

Cheers,

Fred, writing from Paris.


I knew I stayed subscribed for a reason!

Welcome back!
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:56 PM   #188
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Well you should read more carefully.

This hasn't been updated in AGES.
Well if you consider 4 hours ages I guess that's the case. Read more carefully...

Good to see you back Frederic! I was concerned that you were languishing in a jail cell somewhere..
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Old 07-08-2011, 01:01 PM   #189
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:43 PM   #190
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What an epic ride man. I just stumble on your RR today and I am glad I did. Keep it coming

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Old 07-08-2011, 04:12 PM   #191
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Wow what an amazing story, thank you for sharing it with us. An actual adventure, not a bunch of guys towing their motorcycles on a trailer then hopping on to ride for a few miles while a photographer takes photos of them lol.
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:52 AM   #192
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Don’t tell my Mom I rode 17,000kms from China to her house in Normandy, France with a stolen Yamaha XT250X prototype crossing the middle east on the way.

Episode 8: Urumqi, Censorship and Horror

Alright sexy boys,


This is going to be a shocking article. First, let's get back on tracks :


I started the trip 1st of July 2009 and at this point of the report its been more than one month and a half on the road. Incredible China, amazing travel, gorgeous sights.






I am now in Western China and I am entering the Xinjiang Province, the largest of all Chinese province: 1.6 million km².
Xinjiang borders Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, has abundant oil reserves and is China's largest natural gas-producing region. It is dry and dusty, hot and sandy (and must be extremely cold in the winter).






I am now alone on the motorcycle, a Yamaha XT250X, a prototype for the Japanese market (does not exist in Europe or North-America).
As soon as I entered Xinjiang province, things were smelling bad:
  • I could not make any calls with my phone, it seemed like they were blocked.
  • I then tried to use Internet in the first city I crossed, Internet was blocked. Yes, the WHOLE internet access to Xinjiang was closed by the Chinese government.
    Think about all the companies there, all the World of Warcraft addicts, how could they possibly survive ? It was going to be bankrupt for the firsts and obligation to get a social life for the WoW addicts.




More seriously, there was huge riots of the Uyghur minority. I will not get into details and will let you get your own information about that if you are interested.


Some estimations speak of hundred of dead people (Han and Uyghur), other of thousands.


So, I reached the city of Urumqi.
Wikipedia time :
"With an urban population of over 2.5 million people, Ürümqi, whose name means "beautiful pasture" in the Mongolian language of the Dzungar people, is the largest city in China's western interior."
"Ürümqi has earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the most remote city from any sea in the world. It is about 1,400 miles (2,500 km) from the nearest coastline as Ürümqi is the closest major city to the Eurasian pole of inaccessibility"


And these were wrong times to be there, army checkpoints everywhere, people scared, windows shattered.
I saw videos filmed by local people, scenes of murder. Cruelty and anger were at peak level. Han Chinese (the "normal" Chinese person as you imagine it, is a Han) and Uyghur Chinese (people from the Uyghur minority) were killing each other with sticks, bricks, axes, list goes on...


Feelings of hate and revenge were flooding the city, Han were attacking Uyghur parts of the city as revenge of first murders by some Uyghur, Uyghur were also making raids, etc.
I am not going to get on any side of this.


My personal opinion is that the 2 ethnies were put in situations where this was bound to happen by government decisions. The big responsible for me is the Chinese government (I hope that the forum is not hosted on any chinese server).


Here are some videos, just to show you the kind of horror that hapenned there :














As you obviously remember, my camera was drowned in Episode 4 – Floods, Vultures and Tibetans. I was using the one of my Chinese friend Leo, who was riding with me on the back of the Yamaha but before entering Xinjiang he went an other way, traveling on his own and getting back home.
So I did not have any camera for this part of the trip. I bought a new one in Urumqi, so you will have pictures for the next article.


For the next article, I will be reaching the border between China and Kazakhstan. Vehicles with Chinese plates are not supposed to leave China, learn how I did it in the next article.


Next episode: Episode 9 - Going from one world to another one. Leaving China and entering Kazakhstan.



Frederic Shiffer.
Writing from the City of Light, Paris.
8th of July 2011.
You forgot that it borders Ti bbet and has quite a few mountain ranges with averages heights of 3000 mtrs + and yes they monitor certain words etc and you have probably got this site blocked in China.doesn't mattter not many Chinese watch this site.

Both ti bbet and Xi jiang are rather touchy with certain people.

Alot of people wonder why they can't freely just ride through these areas.Go figure.

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Old 07-09-2011, 04:56 AM   #193
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Welcome back and thanks for the update ........ must of been scar times. Were you ever in danger?

Hope the next installment won't be in a few months.
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:14 AM   #194
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Hey Frederic,

Thanks for taking the time to continue writing the story! There is a reason I stayed subscribed:-)

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Old 07-13-2011, 01:01 AM   #195
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