China


"Southwest Shaanxi Province is a fertile basin ringed by mountains and smattered with villages and towns with few big cities. Most of the time,..."

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"Exiting Shaanxi meant climbing into the mountains. At first, it was a daunting task as our experience in Shaanxi had been relatively flat..."

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"The trucks passing by are too numerous to count; it is easy to see that the Silk Road is still alive in this place. The expressway, in fact, is a testimony of this, part of the One Belt One Road initiative,..."

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"This regional summary is a weird one. To be completely honest, this region (or rather, this transition between regions) had more distractions and interruptions to our walk than it had actual walking, so bare with me..."

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"We anticipated this section to be the most challenging, but we had no idea of the kind of challenges it had in store for us..."

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"Having spent more time away from our trailers than we ever anticipated or intended to, we arrived back in Hami in a weird place. As a group, we had isolated ourselves before coming back and tensions were felt in every direction. We were not in a good place having left much unsaid; festering for the last two weeks..."

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"Our final section of China brought us from Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, to the massively vital trade hub of Khorgos, the port between China and Kazakhstan. When I say, “brought us from Urumqi to Khorgos,” it’s not that much of a stretch considering the number of times we were detained by police..."

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This is a guest blog by Conner Keeffe who walked with us through southern Gansu Province from Day 19 to Day 39. Conner is our friend from the states who has been a strong supporter of the walk, helping us organize the 'telling the story' portion of this adventure. For a fresh perspective on this expedition from Conner, read more here.


This is a guest blog by Marta Nowak (seriously, the name is not a pun). Although Marta only walked with us for a day, we spent a lot of time together, traveling around southern Xinjiang and leap-frogging our way through a few towns north of the Heavenly Mountains. This entry is from Marta's perspective during a layover day that ended up being a very eventful day of Yurt Building.

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