China - The Nujiang ordeal

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by franki, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. franki

    franki NB Rider

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    This is my third trip to the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">province</st1:placeType> of <st1:placeName w:st="on">Yunnan</st1:placeName></st1:place> within 12 months. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Yunnan</st1:place></st1:State> provides the many diversity of landscape and cultures from different minorities which keeps drawing me back for more. Again, I am travelling with my buddy “Boundless Traveller” which I shall call him BT from then on.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    I patiently awaits my turn when the mechanic is working on BT's KTM 640 ADV.


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    A group of bikers from Yuxi decided to escort us to our next stop Chuxiong since we started off on a weekend.

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    We found a nice place for lunch and a nice spot to park our bikes too.


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    Chinese love to try get their lunch money before food arrives on the table:evil


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    Since it is a full day's ride to Chuxiong, we decided to have a light lunch:1drink
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  2. mcc66

    mcc66 Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to another great ride report Franki, thanks as always for posting.
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  3. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Very cool. :thumb

    I love seeing the landscapes of China, and you are also able to tell us about the people who live there.

    I'll be sure to follow this Ride Report with great interest. :deal
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  4. franki

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    This is some of the roads we ride on.


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    Riders in the field


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    One of the screws on my bike broke and I have to get it fixed. Paying is always a painful thing to do.
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  5. franki

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    There is a very old town 80km outside of Chuxiong call Heijing.


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    BT confirmed that 8x8 is better than his KTM


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    Folks in Heijing put green power in front of fossil power.



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    And it looks cuter than a hunk of metal too.


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    Lucky charms are being sold at a local hair salon. I did wonder why one need one when they go for a hair cut.
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  6. franki

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    Guest house is available and mostly inhabited by backpackers.


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    Carved wooden panel doors indicate Yunnan is a timber producing province.


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    Making art out of candy is a little kid's delight:clap



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    Old lady accepting needle works by the street stall


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    This shop owner believes luck is more important than brand loyalty.
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  7. franki

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    It rained in the morning but stopped when we get on the road. Weather god has been kind to us.


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    An old carpenter going to work


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    School is out


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    Sand stone mansion


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    Kid surrounded by sand stone:lol3
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  8. franki

    franki NB Rider

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    Thanks for your kind support from down under:rofl
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  9. franki

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    Stay cool, this is going to be a long one. I am leaving for Yunnan again in a few days. I hope I can post 1/4 of the trip before my departure.
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  10. franki

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    Shot a few monochrome pix for old time feel:D

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    Old stone mills used as a garden decoration gives a peaceful feeling



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    Corner of the garden



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    Stone mills



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  12. franki

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    Heijing Gate



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    Acient Google Earth:evil
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    We rode north to Dali with rain following us the whole day.

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    I think this is the only picture we took when we are both riding.



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    By the time we arrived Dali, rain has entered into my penniers. Lucky all my stuff were wrapped in plastic bags, so only need to dry out the boxes.



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    The rain stopped and I am in relax mode



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    Feeling hungry, we looked for food



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    Freshly made noodles are sold to folks to bring home for dinner



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    Char grilled 'Baridos'?



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    Dali people are mostly Bai tribe people.
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  14. franki

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    The rain starts again



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    This is the famous Foreigner Street filled with shops and hostels for backpackers.



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    Main strip of Dali Old Town



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    Market on a rainy day
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    Then we decided to visit our friend who owns a Bar/Restaurant to get some free food:1drink



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    Entrance



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    Cosy private room



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    Ohhh... the food is very good too. I love the Yunnan coffee. The place is called Tai Bai Lou on Foreigners Street.
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  16. pinglow

    pinglow Adventurer wannabe!

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    Hi Franki, I luv reading or should say appreciating some of your rr pics. Lovely little descriptions(sometimes funny) on many pics than long essays.:clap

    :lol3 Planning to plan for a ride to China from Singapore. Not renting so need some pointers if you have.

    Ride safe!:freaky
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  17. booty0

    booty0 Booger eater

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    I'm in.

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    Awesome pics franki!
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  18. Eggroll

    Eggroll Been here awhile

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    Frankie,
    Thank you for your hard work for posting all your wonderful
    pictures.
    I got to see China little bit at a time through your eyes
    and your camera while sitting comfortably at my home.
    I send your posts to my Chinese friends and families who
    have no interest in motorcycling but they all truly enjoyed and
    appreciated the pictures you took and the story you told.
    People, food, kids, living places, buildings,
    markets that you paid so much attentions to
    translated into a great journey of China
    for your fans like myself.
    Can't wait to see more!
    Luke from San Diego
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  19. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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  20. kres

    kres Arrrrrrrrr!

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    Wow. Hooked.
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