ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Day Trippin'
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-10-2015, 08:53 PM   #1
galenernest OP
n00b
 
galenernest's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2015
Location: Beijing
Oddometer: 9
Some mountains NW of Beijing -- afternoon ride

Hi everyone,


I got out for an afternoon and explored some mountain roads just outside the 6th Ring road. I just looked on Baidu maps to find some mountains close to where I live and decided to check this place out.

VIDEO:



There's a cluster of more or less derelict villages on these mountains linked by fire roads, mostly paved. Villages with names such as da gong cun (大工村) and temples, one called da jue temple (大觉寺)on a mountain called da jue mountain (大觉山) and another place, though the name doesn't make any sense to me, called hui xin shi (回心石)

I think I'll go back and explore some more. There are what seem to be a labyrinth of paved fire roads and dirt/gravel trails. The only traffic I came across was old folks walking the roads and one other motorcycle. No cars! Maybe that had to do with the closed gates? There were a few signs in Chinese that seemed to say something about fire trucks only, no other vehicles... My Chinese isn't that great, and no one was there to stop me... :nana

Here's the route I took to get out to the area... I took a picture of my computer screen so that I wouldn't get too lost on the way out... Note: don't rely on Baidu maps for the roads once in the area... most of the roads I went on yesterday weren't on the map. Google maps is even worse. I think it's nice because it's so close to Beijing... no need to use the expressway, only took about a half our to get there from where I live (near wudaokou).


Here's some shots from my helmet cam to give you an idea what the roads look like (set to snap a picture every 20 seconds):














Lots of switchbacks like this one (if you like switchbacks):




Of course, I snapped a few pics of my bike, too!







Once off the mountain, I rode through this depressing rubble of what was once a village, some people still wandering around and trying to live there:







Finally back into the city, I'll leave this photo so you guys can guess what the black car decided to do... :angry7:



I shot a short video while riding, I'l hopefully get that uploaded soon...

Anyone live around Beijing? Send me a PM and we can ride together!!!

Also, check out my YouTube videos (link in signature...)

Cheers!
__________________
join my adventure on Youtube

Galen Galen! Moto

galenernest screwed with this post 02-16-2015 at 06:06 AM
galenernest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2015, 04:23 PM   #2
Rango
Phaneropter
 
Rango's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2012
Location: Kingdom of Belgium
Oddometer: 1,200
Cool. Nice roads.
Some of them reminded me of the cycling event at the Olympics.
__________________
Moriunt omnes pauci vivunt
Rango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2015, 05:01 PM   #3
S/W
Gnarly Adventurer
 
S/W's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2003
Location: Massachusetts
Oddometer: 395
oh!

I wasn't expecting a totally empty road!!
S/W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2015, 05:31 PM   #4
galenernest OP
n00b
 
galenernest's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2015
Location: Beijing
Oddometer: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by S/W View Post
I wasn't expecting a totally empty road!!
I know, right? You here "Beijing," and you think 20 million people... I need to go back and check it out further, I was totally shocked to find the roads nearly to myself!
__________________
join my adventure on Youtube

Galen Galen! Moto
galenernest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2015, 02:47 AM   #5
bdesj
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Reno, NV
Oddometer: 175
Wow, that does look pretty neat. Any idea what killed the semiabandoned town?
__________________
I swear there aint no heaven and I pray there aint no hell.
bdesj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2015, 03:36 AM   #6
galenernest OP
n00b
 
galenernest's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2015
Location: Beijing
Oddometer: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by bdesj View Post
Wow, that does look pretty neat. Any idea what killed the semiabandoned town?
I don't know that town's story specifically, but I bet it's the same story for most of the dead villages: for more than a decade, China's young people have been moving, on a huge scale, from the countryside into the big cities. They leave behind all these little villages, and this is their fate.

That's it in a nutshell, anyway...
__________________
join my adventure on Youtube

Galen Galen! Moto
galenernest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2015, 06:07 AM   #7
galenernest OP
n00b
 
galenernest's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2015
Location: Beijing
Oddometer: 9
Just a bump because I got my video uploaded to Youtube:

__________________
join my adventure on Youtube

Galen Galen! Moto
galenernest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2015, 07:48 AM   #8
swimmer
armchair asshole
 
swimmer's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: tucson, AZ, It's a dry hate.
Oddometer: 4,706
What happen to the first post?
swimmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2015, 07:09 PM   #9
galenernest OP
n00b
 
galenernest's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2015
Location: Beijing
Oddometer: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by swimmer View Post
What happen to the first post?
It disappeared yesterday, but it appears to have returned! I don't know what happened, that was odd. I edited the post, I don't know maybe a moderator had to approve the edits? A moderator had to approve the original post, so maybe that's what happened?

I'm kinda new here, really don't know!
__________________
join my adventure on Youtube

Galen Galen! Moto
galenernest is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 05:00 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2015