China - Yes again...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by franki, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. franki

    franki NB Rider

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    The KLR650 I used for the Americana tour.


    I spent almost 6 months doing the SF to TDF tour and stayed home for 2 months before the travel bug started to be unbearable again. What to do? I saw a 3 weeks gap that I can escape but my bike in China has been sitting idol for almost a years now. Getting it back on the road means certain amount of work. Then the 7.2 scale earthquake and the continues downpour in Sichuan made any travel plan unattractive. Just as I was pondering my options, a friend in Yunnan suggested that I can use his bike. How generous. So I hopped on a plane to Kunming and changed to a bus to get to Chuxiong. It was nice to see old friends again.


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    The red bike in the garage will be my ride for the next 2 weeks.


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    This old lady now 74 has been mending my torn clothes since 2009 and each time I return to this town, I go visit her.


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    Street food is the best way to experience local culture - Sweet purple sticky rice cake
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  2. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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  3. RDT953

    RDT953 Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to reading all about this new adventure. Wish I could join you.
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  4. Naked Rider

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    Sounds great! I've always wanted to go to China. The Huashan trail and some of those monasteries are on my bucket list.

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  5. TBR

    TBR One Life ~ Live It...

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    Enjoy the ride and hope you have really nice weather without rain, heat and humidity. I'll be over in Sichuan / Yunnan later this year..... great fantastic riding in the area as you know very well anyways.
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  6. franki

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    More food photos for you food junkies:evil


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    Summer arrived in Chuxiong


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    On lotus pond


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    Cotton candy seller


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    My cell phone rang and I was called back to have dinner


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    Westerners meet up for a drink, Chinese meet up to have a banquet.:lol3
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  7. franki

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    I picked up the borrowed bike and head for Dali the next day. It was raining the whole morning and I have decided not to take the country road as it is in very bad condition. Riding on the highway was not as easy as I thought. The Chinese brand tires are ok on dry road but dame slippery on wet road. I started to slide whenever I get over 100kmh. I even stopped to make sure my tire pressure is correct or not. After 2 sliding incidents, I have decided to ride below 100kmh so I can make it to Dali alive. On a straight downhill slope a car in front of me slightly touch its brake to slowdown and ended up sliding uncontrolablly, I slowed down as I watch the car lost traction, hit the road side barrier and jumped over the barrier landed on its left side in the ditch. I pulled over to the side carefully, ran on foot back to check if the driver is alright. He climb out from the window unhurt. After making sure he knows how to call highway patrol for help, I took off. I am worried lightening do strike twice.:huh


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    The rain stopped as I pulled into the old city of Dali


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    My lunch, omelet with 5 flowers - yummy


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    It rained again while I was enjoying my lunch


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    Mime display for the tourists


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    Old city gate


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    God of Fortune
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  8. franki

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    Old shop signs


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    Chinese traditional hair pin


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    Grilled cheese is a kind of snack for the Bai tribe- Rushan


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    Silversmith
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  9. franki

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    Old house


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  10. franki

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    Straw sandels


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    Custom jewelry


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    Road signs


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    Private party
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  11. franki

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    City dwellers


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    Customers waiting the opening of a popular pub:freaky


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    Old Chinese opera stage


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    The famous Foreigner Street
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  12. Ks-Rydr

    Ks-Rydr from the land of Toto

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    :thumb It is great seeing another RR by you Franki... I'm in ! :lurk .
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  13. Kennon

    Kennon Been here awhile

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    Great seeing a ride report Franki haven't seen anything come up in a while on MCM.
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  14. franki

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    Glad that you noticed I am back:lol3
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  15. franki

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    I spent too much time riding. So I have to cut down on my surfing hours.:evil
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  16. franki

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    Restaurants & Bars are nicely decorated with native produce


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    There is still a touch of "laybackness" in Dali


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    After dinner stroll near the city gate


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    Good night Dali
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  17. franki

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    Moving on to Lijiang direction. I have little interests in Lijiang city, too touristic and noisy. But I like the surrounding small villages near Lijiang. That is where I am heading.


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    I found a small hotel owned by a Taiwanese


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    Sun deck


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    The rooms


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    This is a restaurant


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    Even the village dog is very friendly
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  18. franki

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    Village entrance


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    Quiet village road


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    Drift wood decor


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    The Owner, Mars is a Taiwanese who moved to Yunnan 10 years ago and settling down nicely.
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  19. Macsporran

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    great report, one day i will get to china
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  20. franki

    franki NB Rider

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    Jade Lake is small but can be a great place for wild camping


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    A little red dot in the green


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    The Chinese knew where to find a good place to rest. :rofl


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    The Jade Village


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    Unspoiled by tourist, the village is great for a walking tour.
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