China - The Great Northwest

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by franki, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. franki

    franki NB Rider

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    The 3.14 trouble in Tibet, 5.12 earthquake in Szechuan, the terrarist attack in Xinjiang and the Beijing olympic really turned my 2008 China travel plan upside down. Coming back from the earthquake zone just one day before the great shake, I counted my luck and gathered bombs don't fall in the same place twice, I started to plan my trip to discover the great northwest.

    I left my bike in Zigong, Southern Szechuan in May and went back to start my journey up north in June. Due to work commitment, I have to split my quest to the northwest into 3 stages. Here is my track record.

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  2. franki

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    God must have wanted to test my willingness to take on this long trip. Rain poured on me for 2 days as I rode up from Zigong to Mianyang.

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    There are very few dishes of Szechuan food that is without chilli, hot stuff:huh

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    Chatting with local bikers over ice tea. No beer due to riding:freaky

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    Large river clams for midnight snack, everyone?

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    Or some fresh water snails...?

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    Whos got the last laugh?

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    Home coming, collected the bike from this dealer 8 months ago.
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  3. franki

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    Battles were fought over hundreds of years over the control of this pass

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    Now a place for tourists to come remember history

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    Sure was a strategic place to hold before human invented airplane

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    Cliff and chair lift
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  4. franki

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    Signs of earthquake damage to historic site

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    Rushing river and the road to Guangnan

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    Temp. housing for the earthquake victums

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    The only house that still stands in this village

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    The others have turned into rubble.

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    Tire kicking in Guangnan

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    Temple on the clidd

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    Tent city blocking the road

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    Road closed due to earth quake damages

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    Farm house

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    Mingyue Gorge

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    Huge rocks cracked from earth quake

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    Cliff hanging plank walk. This is how Szechuan people get in and out of Szechuan 80 years ago.

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    This is one of the road that links Szechuan with outside world.

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    Resting area of the cliff hanging plank walk
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  5. King Frolic

    King Frolic Been here awhile

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    Great adventure, beutifull pictures. :clap

    When will the people be able to move back to their houses?
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  6. franki

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    Stay tuned, its a long one.:deal

    This is a tough question to answer. I will try my best:
    It has been over 6 months after the quake. Most villages with road access have received pre-fabricated housing to stay in, some remote village people still lived in tents. With winter on the door step, soon all victums will have pre-fab housing to live in. Some towns completely disappeared from the face of the earth will either be relocated to other towns or wait for government to build a new one for them in 2-3 years.:cry
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  7. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    WoW ! Fantastic pictures and report. At least we know when a Hurricane is coming and can run. Earthquakes, shame on you if in the wrong place at the right time.
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  8. olebiker

    olebiker Old buzzard bait

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    What make and model bike is that? I also wondered why you have the colored lights on the front? Looks like a police bike or something. Wonderful pics.
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  9. franki

    franki NB Rider

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    That is why I consider myself very lucky.:D
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  10. franki

    franki NB Rider

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    It is a JH600 by Jialing.
    The look is my China urban survival kit:evil
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  11. olebiker

    olebiker Old buzzard bait

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    They wouldn't let you ride with those lights on here.
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  12. franki

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    Met a one arm biker on my way to Shanxi province. Not only he does long distance touring, he also works on repair bikes himself. :clap He modified his throttle to the left hand side. It really fooled a bike theft when he tried to ride the bike off while the owner stood on one side with a smile on his face. :rofl

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    This temple is over a thousand years old

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    I arrived late in Baoji and the bikers there are all waiting for me at the dinner table:dg

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    Hot pot is very inviting

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    There are many ways of making noodles in China. Here in Baoji the preferred kind is pulled noodle made fresh in front of the guest. The girl in photo is starting to pull the noodle into long thin wide noodle.

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    It gets longer and thinner as she swing it.:puke1

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    She started to dance with it as it gets too long just to handle the noodle in front. How graceful, how amazing that the noodle came out evenly thin and wide.:lol3

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    When finished, the noodles were dropped into the hot pot to be cooked for a few minutes. Then everyone went for it with their chopsticks. It you don't have good chopstick skill, you don't get any food.:ddog The noodle taste very very good.:thumb

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    I was put through the whole process of eating like the local farmer. They usually eat their noodle outside their house by the front door, squatting down.

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    With little knowledge of local table manor, I tried my best to entertain my host.

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    More noodles were pulled as we finished one pot after another. I could hardly walk after this big dinner.:gerg
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  13. franki

    franki NB Rider

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    They won't let me ride with these lights in China also, but, hey, its the wild wild east...:super
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  14. Guy Jinbaiquerre

    Guy Jinbaiquerre Monorail Conductor

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    I'm subscribed, keep it coming... :lurk
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  15. olebiker

    olebiker Old buzzard bait

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    Ok now you have my attention. Plus the countryside is wonderful.
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  16. ABQTJ

    ABQTJ Been here awhile

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    fantastic pics! Can't wait for more.
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  17. franki

    franki NB Rider

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    I went to visit the tomb of Wu Ze Tian (武则天) A.D. 624-705. She was the first female who had the throne in China. She ordered a plaque with no words to be placed by her tomb and said let history be the judge. The plaque above was carved with judgements from Emperors many generations after.
    More info here: http://www.indiana.edu/~ealc100/Group12/wuzetian_adi.html

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    The only road leads to her tomb. Notice the two hills in front is in the shape of female breast and the hill behind is her head. This is how she wanted people to see when they come to visit her tomb.:eek1

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    Yeah, sure I will guard your tomb diligently:fitz
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  18. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Supporter

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    Excellent report so far... thank you! :lurk
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  19. bigdamo

    bigdamo Been here awhile

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    Fantastic looking forward to the rest of the report.
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  20. DRDANTDC

    DRDANTDC Adventurer

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    I was wondering the same thing, beautiful Country!!
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