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Qinghai China Help

Hi guys, I am currently in a place called Yushu, Qinghai, China. In 2 or 3 days I'm planning to cycle to Golmud to get a visa extension and hopefully hop on the Silk Road and cycle west. I'm just wondering if anyone has any information on the road to Golmud (how much food and water should I pack, road quality, etc.) or even the road west to Xinjiang. I'm quite inexperienced , no one in Yushu seems to know, and any information would be very very appreciated. All the best, Alex

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Hi Alex.

Hi Alex.

I have cycled from Dunhuang to Urumqi and then Kashgar in 2009. I can comment on the section from Dunhuang to Kashgar. let me know if you need more info on this section. its generally within every 100km, there will be a village for food/water/accomodation along G312

I presume you will be riding on s308 to Golmud. I know not much about this section, there are villages along the way looking Google map.

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Hey Albert, thanks for the

Hey Albert, thanks for the reply. How was the ride for you? I ask because I will either get a visa extension to do it or simply take a train to Urumqi/Kashgar to save time. Haven't decided yet...

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The ride out of Dunhuang to

The ride out of Dunhuang to Xinjiang is quite desolate, you are actually crossing Gobi desert. There are only a handful of cities between Dunhuang to Urumqi where you can get bicycle supplies if you need them. otherwise its only little village/township for water and basic food.

I have not been to Qinghai, but the scenery in Xinjiang at times is very similar to Patagonia, Argentina. I really missed the ride from Dunhuang to Kashgar. from Urumqi I did G216 and then G218 to Korla, from Korla I caught a bus on 314 to Kashgar. From Kashigar I rode all the way across central Asia to Iran. Are you doing this?

you will enjoy Xinjiang I think :)

Albert

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Wow thank you for such great

Wow thank you for such great information. Yeah I'm planning on something like this. I've ridden up through Yunnan and western Sichuan and while the scenery has been spectacular, it's been desolate and without bike shops. My next leg to Golmud is 750 kilometers on the Tibetan plateau. Had a mate pass through today on bus and said there's nothing out there except for 4,800 meter passes and consistent snowing. Not to mention the occasional stray Tibetan mastiff. A little hesitant these days. But yes I'm planning on making the route from dunhuang to Kashgar after Golmud and then through Central Asia. What time of the year did you do your trip?

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My experience in China is

My experience in China is that no matter where you are, you will always come to a village/settlement within 100km... I like desolate place, its peaceful and tranquil.

I am more afraid of human beings than animal to be honest... I used to hate snake but after my South America ride in 2015, I realise they are just another species trying to make a living like rest of us.

The ride through Central Asia is amazing, the hospitality of the people I will never forget - the people is extremely nice and friendly, people offer me food and drink while I am riding my bicycle, when I stop to have lunch or rest, people would gather and invite me to have dinner and sleep at their place, and it was only mid day! you will need to get ready for some pampering! but becareful with the formality in Uzbekistan and Turmenistan, especially the Police in Uzbekistan, there are more police than people in Uzbekistan.

I left Irkeshtam (bordering China and Kyrgyzstan) on 26th October, it was snowing and cold. but once you over the Pamirs into Ferghana Valley it is much warmer.