Motorcycle Trips by A Group of Chinese Motorcycle Lovers

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    A group of motorcycle lovers in China come together with the same passion about cycling, freedom and nature. They aim to promote the cycling culture with their joyful motortrips around the world.

    We will keep updating their wonderful motortrips in this thread with photos and videos. Any suggestions or comments are welcome.

    Motorcycle Trip Around Qinghai Lake-Episode 1

    Last month, a group of motorcycle riders in China finished their 360km motorcycle trip around Qinghai Lake. The Qinghai Lake is the largest lake in China, and it is known as one of the China’s most Great Lakes.
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    They started their trip from Xining, which has served as a stopover of the Silk Road from the 16th century. Xining is the capital city of Qinghai province in western China, and the largest city on the Tibetan Plateau.
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    Motorcycle Trip Around Qinghai Lake-Episode 2

    At the beginning, the journey was very comfortable with good road conditions, sunny day and beautiful scenery all the way. Actually, they have been looking forward to the trip around Qinghai Lake for many years, and they were so excited that they could not help to sing songs loudly when looked at the sunset and felt the wind's touch. Escaping the hustle and bustle of the cities, it not only refreshed and relaxed the brain but freed the spirit at the same time, though it was very tired and exhausted after riding all day.
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    However, the journey was not always easy, especially for the journey around Qinghai Lake. For the next few days, they have suffered heavy rain, hail and windy day. Beside that, the road conditions were not always satisfactory, stunning mountain roads with many curves were very common.
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    Motorcycle Trip Around Qinghai Lake-Episode 3

    Luckily, they have finished the trip around Qinghai Lake after these hardships. And the rainbow always came after the rain.

    The trip was not easy at all, but it was worth of it. They have experienced the ups and downs of the roads, western China’s unique climate, herds of sheep and cows in the grassland, charming sunrises and sunsets and other amazing things during this motorcycle trip.

    The trip would end but the precious friendship and the valuable memory last forever.
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    We will keep sharing the crazy and wonderful motorcycle trip by a group of motorcycle lovers in China. :beer

    To be continued.
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    23 Days of Silk Road Motorcycle Trip over 8000km---Episode 1

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    The Silk Road was the world's most significant trade route that connected East and West and it has a long history for more than two thousand years.
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    China Silk Road stretches more than 4,000 km on the gigantic regions of northwester China, an almost dizzying agglomeration of desert, grassland, raging river and colossal mountains. The trip along the Silk Road is becoming popular nowadays and the best time to visit will be from June to August. More than 20 motorcycle lovers started their special Silk Road Motorcycle Trip in August, 2020 with their best partners and proper riding gears.
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    23 Days of Silk Road Motorcycle Trip over 8000km---Episode 2

    Cities along the Silk Road are enormous treasure troves of history, culture, architecture and the arts. The scenery and sights along the Silk Road are spectacular and intriguing. There are well-known Mogao Caves (Mogao Grottoes) in Dunhuang, the Mars Camp whose landscape resembles Mars in Lenghu town, Chaka Salt Lake known as "Mirror of the Sky" in Ulan County and more.
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    23 Days of Silk Road Motorcycle Trip over 8000km---Episode 3

    Though they have made researches and prepared well beforehand, during 28 days of motortrip along the Silk Road, they still faced some challenges, such as the changeable weather in western China, sudden animal crossing the road, unexpected failures with the motorcycles, etc. They never gave up or changed their mind, but encouraged and helped each other to finish the whole trip with their beloved motorcycles.
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    Changeable Weather In Western China
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    More than 2, 000 years ago in Xihan Dynasty, Zhangqian opened the north-south road to the western region, namely the famous Silk Road with the command of Emperor Han Wudi.

    More than 1, 400 years ago in Tan Dynasty, Xuanzang made a historic pilgrimage to India along the Silk Road to obtain Buddhist sutras.

    In 2020, Fufeng brothers started their motortrips along the Silk Road with great respect to them, and created their unique and wonderful motortrips.

    Let's look forward to the next trip!
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    Looks like some riding. I would like to do some of that.
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    Yes, they are fantastic riding around Qinghai Lake and Silk Road with those beautiful scenery and unique climate. Please prepare well for the motortrip gears beforehand. Looking forward to your wonderful motortrip in China.
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    Motorcycle Trip Through the Frozen Regions of Tibet, The place to touch the clouds---Episode 1

    On April 20,2020, a group of motorcycle lovers, the Fufeng brothers got together in Dali, starting the most difficult route to enter Tibet. Before entering Tibet, everyone had a different mood. Some people had been to Tibet many times, but it was their first time to ride a motorcycle during the whole trip. All of them were ready for this most difficult motorcycle trip, though there would be difficulties and hardships.

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    29 Motorcyclists Began Their Wonderful Motorcycle Trips


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    Riding in China would be Epic. However you need escort and approval from Big brother.
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    Yes, riding in China will be a great and wonderful experience, but it will take more time and effort to prepare than other motortrips.

    Actually, every country has its own unique rules and laws for motorcyclists to comply to. So does China.

    China is one of the strictest countries for foreign registered motorcycles to start their motorcycle trip. If you plan your motortrip through different provinces, you must get motor travel permits from each of them. Finding a local guide will be great help, and he or she will take care of all documents and driving license so that you could ride legally and freely across China. Lastly, local fixers will help as well when there is something wrong with the motorcycles.

    Hope you could experience the true spirit of adventure motorcycling in China.
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    Motorcycle Trip Through the Frozen Regions of Tibet, The place to touch the clouds---Episode 2

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    Beautiful and unique scenery in Dali, Cangshan and Erhai Lake in their motorcycle rides. It was really a wonderful journey with the gentle wind and warm sum on their face.
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    On the way they also met other cyclists from other places, even if their destination was different, it was an important harvest of the journey.
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    Can a foreiner rent a motorcycle in China? And any idea what might be involved?
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    Yes you can, but you need a Chinese driver's license. No foreign or international license will do. Some tour companies will do all the paperwork for you for a temporary DL, but those tours cost a lot of $$$.
    With a tour company, you can use any international CC. Locally, you need WeChat pay or AliPay which are hard to set up for a foreigner.
    I have some friends who have ridden here for years w/o the proper endorsements on their DL, and just say "I don't understand" in Chinese when they are stopped for any reason. I wouldn't recommend that to a tourist, though. The Chinese police, if you ever see one, are the nicest people in the world and they are not armed. They are there just to help you. But like anywhere else, don't f with them.....:)

    If you have the time and some local help, you can get the DL for almost no money and buy a bike for less than the rental and sell it back when you leave. I know that this is a lot of work, but it'll make your trip cost a fraction of a guided tour.

    If any one of you want to start your trip from Chongqing or even Chengdu, I will help you with all these things. (at Chengdu, I would need to be reimbursed for the train ticket. Chongqing is better, because my wife (who is too powerful for me) can make "things happen"
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    Thank you for your sharing here. :wingsLook forward to your motortrip in China later.
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    Motorcycle Trip Through the Frozen Regions of Tibet, The place to touch the clouds---Episode 3
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    Next few days, they continued their journey to snowy plateau, going north along the Nu River.

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    The Nu river, flowing from the Tibetan plateau, was turbulent.
    They rode our motorcycle, along with the sound of the river, all the way forward.

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    The stretch of mountains and winding roads seemed endless, giving their wonderful cycling riding experience.
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    Great info, Thanks.
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    Amazing riding and scenery. Congratulations on having a competent, like minded group to make your rides with.

    I have long considered riding some long distance rides in China, but my geographical savvy in central and western China is pretty limited.

    This type of trip is on my bucket list...
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    China, like so many other places, can be magical and really only properly appreciated on a motorcycle. In a car, people usually are glued to their phones and the road and scenery go unappreciated.
    If anyone wants to go and ride in China about a year from now, let me know. Maybe we can do a group tour.
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    We will keep sharing their wonderful motortrips. Please stay tuned.
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