China part 1 – จีนภาค 1

The maps under part 1 cover the distance from the Kyrgyz border to the Yellow River

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Day 125 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Halfday. Sunshine, tailwind and downhill = almost like a rest day…)

Distance:                   66.2 km
Traveling time            5.15 hours
Cycling time               3.35 hours
Average speed          18.5 km/h
Top speed                  38.5 km/h
Altitude gained            207 m
Altitude lost                 475 m

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Day 124 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Sunshine, cool temperatures in the morning and warmer as we got lower. We had a light headwind in the afternoon)

Distance:                 120.9 km
Traveling time            8.23 hours
Cycling time               6.25 hours
Average speed          18.8 km/h
Top speed                  49.0 km/h
Altitude gained            580 m
Altitude lost               1129 m

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Day 123 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Cold and rainy morning, only 8-9 degrees. It stopped raining after lunch and temperatures rose a little but the sky stayed cloudy. Light tailwind)

Distance:                 105.8 km
Traveling time            7.46 hours
Cycling time               5.10 hours
Average speed          20.5 km/h
Top speed                  50.8 km/h
Altitude gained            373 m
Altitude lost                 887 m


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Day 122 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Cold morning with sunshine. Cold and cloudy afternoon (12 degrees), headwind)

Distance:               97.0  km
Traveling time         7.15 hours
Cycling time            3.59 hours
Average speed      17.3  km/h
Top speed             24.5  km/h
Altitude gained       574  m
Altitude lost          1138  m

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Day 121 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Cool morning and cold afternoon (7 degrees), tailwind)

Distance:               62.1  km
Traveling time         9.19 hours
Cycling time            5.27 hours
Average speed      11.0  km/h
Top speed             41.0  km/h
Altitude gained     1416  m
Altitude lost            265  m

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Day 120 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Sunshine, light tailwind, nice temperature and slowly uphill)

Distance:               68.8  km
Traveling time         7.15 hours
Cycling time            3.59 hours
Average speed      17.3  km/h
Top speed             24.5  km/h
Altitude gained       802  m
Altitude lost              38  m

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Day 119 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Sunshine, light tailwind, moderate temperatures and no flat tyres. If all cycling days could be like this one…)

Distance:             142.6  km
Traveling time         8.36 hours
Cycling time            5.59 hours
Average speed      23.8  km/h
Top speed             45.5  km/h
Altitude gained       338  m
Altitude lost            450  m
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Day 118 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Tailwind and downhill, then headwind, a heavy rain shower and 12 degrees cold for 25 km before the headwind came back. )

Distance:             141.3  km
Traveling time         9.06 hours
Cycling time            5.42 hours
Average speed      24.8  km/h
Top speed             48.2  km/h
Altitude gained       570  m
Altitude lost            745  m

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Day 117 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Medium headwind, nice temperatures and gradually uphill all day)

Distance:              113.3  km
Traveling time         9.33 hours
Cycling time            5.49 hours
Average speed      19.3  km/h
Top speed             31.3  km/h
Altitude gained       448  m
Altitude lost              68  m

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Day 116 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Headwind all day and slowly uphill. Nice temperatures)

Distance:               88.0  km
Traveling time         9.24 hours
Cycling time            6.03 hours
Average speed      14.5  km/h
Top speed             23.0  km/h
Altitude gained       282  m
Altitude lost              52  m

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Day 115b (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(This is the track from the bus station in Hami to our hotel)

Distance:                 2.5  km
Traveling time         0.26 hours
Cycling time            0.13 hours
Average speed      11.3  km/h
Top speed             14.8  km/h
Altitude gained         16  m
Altitude lost                2  m

Day 115a (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(This is the track from the culvert to where we hitchhiked into Hami. Very strong headwind and a not functional pedal was a bad combination)

Distance:               17.4  km
Traveling time         1.44 hours
Cycling time            2.05 hours
Average speed      10.0  km/h
Top speed              13.3  km/h
Altitude gained       238  m
Altitude lost              35  m

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Day 114 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Misty morning with some headwind. No wind during early afternoon, but late in the afternoon a crosswind picked up quickly and within 10 minutes it grew so strong we could no longer stand upright and had to seek emergency shelter in a culvert)

Distance:               63.7  km
Traveling time         8.38 hours
Cycling time            3.56 hours
Average speed      16.2  km/h
Top speed              30.6  km/h
Altitude gained       381  m
Altitude lost            127  m

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Day 113 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Terribly hot in the Turpan depression during the early afternoon. Lowest point we reached was -47 meters below sea level)

Distance:               92.2  km
Traveling time         8.02 hours
Cycling time            5.16 hours
Average speed      17.5  km/h
Top speed              36.6  km/h
Altitude gained       578  m
Altitude lost            206  m

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Day 112 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Half day. Started by repairing a puncture on JE’s front wheel. Headwind when rolling into Turpan which is extremely hot.)

Distance:               68.0  km
Traveling time         4.52 hours
Cycling time            4.04 hours
Average speed      16.7  km/h
Top speed              28.4  km/h
Altitude gained       393  m
Altitude lost            401  m

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Day 111 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Cool morning, sunshine, once down in the Turpan depression it got extremely hot. Nice downhill. Two flat tyres today on JE’s bike. One on the rear and one on the front tyre)

Distance:             119.2  km
Traveling time       11.48 hours
Cycling time            6.33 hours
Average speed      18.2  km/h
Top speed              49.3  km/h
Altitude gained       879  m
Altitude lost          1803  m

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Day 110 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Sunny. Tailwind in the afternoon. Joakim got a flat tyre on his front wheel)

Distance:             155.0  km
Traveling time         9.18 hours
Cycling time            7.06 hours
Average speed      21.8  km/h
Top speed              51.5  km/h
Altitude gained       575  m
Altitude lost            676  m

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Day 109 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Very strong wind of 10 m/s from NE which meant headwind for us. We delayed the start until the wind was less strong. Halfday.)

Distance:               59.3  km
Traveling time         6.25 hours
Cycling time            3.53 hours
Average speed      15.3  km/h
Top speed              31.0  km/h
Altitude gained       351  m
Altitude lost            247  m

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Day 108 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Headwind during most of the day. The heat is back although not as hot as in Uzbekistan. We got four flat tyres)

Distance:             138.8  km
Traveling time       11.39 hours
Cycling time            6.52 hours
Average speed      20.2  km/h
Top speed              43.9  km/h
Altitude gained       364  m
Altitude lost            405  m

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Day 107 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(A nice tailwind during the afternoon and a forecast of headwind tomorrow made us change the plan to stop in Luntai in order to continue further)

Distance:             178.6  km
Traveling time       10.29 hours
Cycling time            7.30 hours
Average speed      23.8  km/h
Top speed              38.2  km/h
Altitude gained       454  m
Altitude lost            396  m

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Day 106 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Tailwind until last two hours. Got a flat rear wheel again. Had a nice average of 24.5 km/h until the flat tyre forced us to limp slowly to the next service station)

Distance:             167.7  km
Traveling time       10.58 hours
Cycling time            8.26 hours
Average speed      19.9  km/h
Top speed              39.6  km/h
Altitude gained       235  m
Altitude lost            427  m

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Day 105 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Half day, cloudy, 26 degrees, wind from NW which was tailwind for us. Got two flats on the rear wheel within 1 km)

Distance:               67.0  km
Traveling time         7.52 hours
Cycling time            3.17 hours
Average speed      20.4  km/h
Top speed              33.1  km/h
Altitude gained       206  m
Altitude lost            103  m

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Day 104 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(No wind except for light headwind during late afternoon, sunny and temperatures around 25-28. Ideal conditions)

Distance:              205.1  km
Traveling time       13.07 hours
Cycling time            9.35 hours
Average speed      21.4  km/h
Top speed              35.3  km/h
Altitude gained       370  m
Altitude lost            393  m

Day 103 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

(Strong crosswind, cool temperatures  20-22 degrees and some rain)

Distance:              111.9  km
Traveling time       10.48 hours
Cycling time            7.09 hours
Average speed      15.7  km/h
Top speed              27.0 km/h
Altitude gained       412  m
Altitude lost            455  m

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Day 102 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

Distance:              116.7  km
Traveling time        9.53 hours
Cycling time           6.33 hours
Average speed     17.8  km/h
Top speed             30.2  km/h
Altitude gained       324  m
Altitude lost            461  m

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Day 101 (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

Distance:              46.2  km
Traveling time        4.01 hours
Cycling time           2.27 hours
Average speed     18.9  km/h
Top speed             38.2  km/h
Altitude gained       232  m
Altitude lost            272  m

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Day 100d Chinese side (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

We cycled from the truck parking area to where we hitch hiked into Kashgar centre.

Distance:              10.2  km
Traveling time        1.03 hours
Cycling time           0.32 hours
Average speed     18.8  km/h
Top speed             34.9  km/h
Altitude gained         35  m
Altitude lost             142 m

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Day 100d Chinese side (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

All the border procedures and the long truck transport on a very bad road wore us down and we hitchhiked from the border control to a truck parking just outside Kashgar.  Cheat number 1 so far…..

Distance:              88.8  km
Traveling time        2.43 hours
Cycling time           N/A  hours
Average speed      N/A  km/h
Top speed              N/A  km/h
Altitude gained       334  m
Altitude lost          1105  m

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Day 100c Chinese side (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

First passport control is only a pre-check. The actual border control is done 140 km down the road and it is not allowed to travel independently between the pre-check and the actual passport control. This means that the area between the pre-check and the actual check is de-facto a noman’s land for foreigners and the border guards thus put travelers on trucks and shared taxis

Distance:            138.8  km
Traveling time        4.10 hours
Cycling time           N/A  hours
Average speed      N/A  km/h
Top speed              N/A  km/h
Altitude gained     1502  m
Altitude lost          2104  m

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Day 100b Chinese side (click on map to see details and altitude profiles)

From the border to the first chinese passport control

Distance:                3.7  km
Traveling time        0.11 hours
Cycling time           0.11 hours
Average speed     19.6  km/h
Top speed              36.7 km/h
Altitude gained           2  m
Altitude lost              57  m

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