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Huffington Post: The Five Best Reasons To Visit China

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For those of you who were a little put off of China by our blog, Jane’s latest HuffPo article, The Five Best Reasons To Visit China, may help to change your mind.   ♥ [hr] Did you like this post? Please share it!

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Goodbye China, Hello Vietnam

9,742 so far. When we rolled our bikes off the elevator and into the hotel lobby this morning there were two guys there who were very interested in our set-up. They both spoke English and one of them asked us, “Where are you riding to today?” “Vietnam,” I replied. Since we were only 100 km […]

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A Ghost Town Is Born

9,639 km so far. Today was all about combatting boredom. The road was pretty much the same old road, the good ol’ G325, on which we’ve spent ample time during this southern section of our trip. The views were pretty much the same banana tree and rice paddy scenes, too. Radio Gaga We started out […]

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Revolution, Rock

9,559 so far. Roads, for the most part, have been really well built and well maintained in China. We have, so far, ridden 3,000 km of road in China, so I know a bit about that of which I speak. Sometimes though, inexplicably, the road turns to shit. This happened today. I wish we’d stopped […]

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No Room At The Inn

9,435 so far. After the late end to last night, we were slow getting going this morning. We only had about 80 km to ride, so what’s the rush? The way out of Leizhou was all dusty streets, packed with scooters, busses, and trucks. The busyness of this city, and the party atmosphere, is what […]

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A Sea Of Chaos

9,340 so far. Our push to Vietnam begins now. This morning we rode the 9 km from the hostel to the ferry terminal in Haikou, and there the waiting game began. We wove our way through people and traffic to the front of the line where walk-on passengers wait for the ferry to the mainland. […]

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Planning For Vietnam

9,239 km so far. Having made the decision last week that we would ride out the Spring Festival in Haikou, we are cooling our heels here for another day. We had been led to expect that Haikou becomes a tourist mad-house for the festival days. Instead, we have found the city half as busy as […]

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Nothing Doing

9,239 so far. We really didn’t do anything today. We walked to a big park, where lots of people were having fun, riding on amusement rides, and generally enjoying the holiday. The sun was out, and every ride in the park seemed to be emitting its own loud Chinese pop music. Relaxing. The grassy area […]

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Rocky Road, No Ice Cream

9,239 km so far. Yesterday afternoon’s road gave a hint of what would come today. We started out on the same bumpy chewed-up BMX course we’d gritted our teeth through for 20 km yesterday. Worst case scenario, this would last for about 90 km until we arrived in the outskirts of Haikou. Rattle Dem Bones […]

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A Horse Is A Horse

9,141 km so far. Welcome to the year of the horse. Or, as they say in Chinese: bang, bang, bangbang bangbangbangbang, bbbbb-bbbbb-bang. I Say Go, Pop, Bang I read that the government had been encouraging people to use fewer fireworks (think firecrackers rather than 4th of July fireworks) this year in an attempt to combat […]

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