China - 2009 Solo in Western Sichuan

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by franki, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. franki

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    This is a be lated RR. Thought I post it for you interested inmates to read over the Easter holiday.:deal

    I never tried to stay in China during the National Day holidays (golden week). The traffic is just horrible. Now that the holiday is over and it is the best season to visit western Sichuan. I picked up my bike in Chongqing, where I last left her there. Jialing factory took care of her and did some much need maintence work and sorted out some error code from the ECU. It took me less than a day to get to Chengdu to visit some biker friends that I haven't seen since the last big earthquake. Then I turn to Dujiangyian to start my journey of the earthquakezone, checking out the centre of the earthquake near Yingshiu and Wenchuan area. Heading north up the highland into the Tibetan region.

    As usual, I will let my phoyos do most of the talking:

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    When you have friends in China and you go visit them. This is what you will get. And lots of it.



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    That was lunch and this is dinner. Chongqing chilli hotpot is very famous and super spicy. I cried my eyes out that night and my biker friends now accepted me as true Chongqing brothers:huh



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    Chongqing biking scene is becoming international. Here is their first foreign member, Michael Blair, an American.



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    Again, a group photo to remember the good times we had.
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    I was very hungry when I get to Chengdu. Streight into the restaurant where my friends are waiting to stuff my face. I only remembered to take the camera out when I am full. Only chilli is left on the plate.:1drink



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    I visited the old town area and they have this wheelbarrel that carrys tourist around for fun. But this is kind of a taxi in the old days. Never thought Santa is watching...



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    This lamb cartoon figure is more popular in China than Mickey:eek1



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    Rickshawman at rest
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    In the western world folks socialise in pubs or bars. In Chengdu, folks socialise in tea house.




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    I love old style buildings



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    No wonder that chicken soup taste so good - secret unvialed.



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    Again, that was lunch and this is dinner:freaky Traveller's warning: don't come to China if you are on a diet:D
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  4. Aventurero

    Aventurero BE HAPPY AND THANKFULL

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    GREAT ! NOW i'M HUNGRY AGAIN!!!:lol3
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    While having dinner, I was told that another group of riders wants to meet with us. So we set off from the restaurant to another restaurant....I was served with a big bow of beef broth, the most famous dish from their menu:huh I was ordered to taste it, hmmm, yummy.:lol3



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    There we sat around the table, chatting and sipping beef broth:rofl




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    A visit to the South Bridge in Dujiangyian



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    This bridge was badlt damaged during the big shake and has undergone extensive repair to its former glory




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    It is the landmark of Dujiangyian



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    My cute little camera assistant for that evening.



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    Seems everyone is having a big meal that night.
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    Chinese garden a picture within a picture



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    This is what I called dedication to gardening - how long it takes to weave the roots of a tree to look like a flower vase?



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    How about making it into a living fence:eek1



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    The park was full of tourist a week ago and now almost empty.



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    Sense of autumn in the air
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  7. franki

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    Dujiangyian is a famous place for its hydro-graphic design done over 1000 years ago. One must come see yourself to believe it.



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    The river bank



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    The rope bridge



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    The "Fish Snout" that devide one river into 2.
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    Scars of the big shake



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    This Jingo tree is over 1000 years old



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    These cast iron pole were driven down to the river bed to mark the depth which the dreging should be done. No more, no less.



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    Dragon foundtain
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    The Quake Zone


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    The next 160km of dusty roads marked my visit to the big earthquake area happened 2008.5.12 where over 80,000 people lost their lives. I can see land slides all over the place.



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    One half of the mountain collaped into the vally blocking the river, thus creating many lakes just like this one. A new bridge was built to cross over to the other side.



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    The old bridge and a new one under construction.



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    This is the entrance to the centre of the quake where the mountain you are looking at moved 2.5km within 6 sec.:huh



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    Most of the people who did not die during the quake left the place for good. A handful who stayed can't make a living as farmers anymore. There only thing they can sell is the greenish rocks that blew out deep inside the mountain to visitors.
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    This sign gave a brief introduction of what happened.



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    One of the boulder landed in the middle of the road that is too big to be moved became the landmark monument and the road now goes around it.



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    Two years after the quake, they are still digging the ruins of Yingshiu




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    Seems like a never ending job to remove the collaped buildings
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    The roads have been repaired but the mountains are still dangerous. The workers are using very basic tools to clear the rocks that may fall onto the roads. Looks like it will take a life time to do it but Chinese people are persistence.:clap




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    Another 60km down the road, the scenary gets better and my mood lightens.



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    Village by the river




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    The acient city of Zongpan



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    The general that guards the city of Zongpan




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    Outside the city gate
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    Keep climbing up north, I reached the grassland of Ruo Er Gai where it is over 3000m above sealevel. Its cold up there in Oct. even when the sun is shinning.


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    Little farm house in the middle of nowhere



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    Tibetan ladies from the village. They all wear masks due to the strong UV on highland.




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    Every village has a temple




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    It is usually the biggest and best built building in the village.
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    One smokey after



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    Old lady praying while walking around the pagoda




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    A young man taking an interest in my bike.




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    Young girl turning the preyer wheels
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    Take one look at the size of his gold ring, I know he is a powerful man in the village. I just hope he does not want to trade his yaks with my bike.:evil




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    This cute young girl is very curious about me and asked me many questions.




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    Yes mum, I will go get that Yak butter for you right away. I know you have told me days ago but.....:rofl




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    Future inmate
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  16. M1tch

    M1tch Been here awhile

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    great RR, love the photos, and stunned at the earthquake photos. never get anything like that here (i hope.)
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  17. aldntn

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    Franki, another great one!
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  18. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt! Supporter

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    Very nice!

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    Great stuff. I love the China RRs! :clap
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  20. mcc66

    mcc66 Been here awhile

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    Franki, another fantastic ride report with outstanding photos. Earthquake photos were interesting to see. As always looking forward to reading and seeing more. Food photos are great:dg .
    Thanks again for sharing.:clap
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    Michael:thumb
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