china- the journey will never stop
its about time for me to see what i have reading about china.
its enigma , i don’t know chines and there is many chines that will not understand me so its another challenge above all the challenges that i need to climb in the next 3 or 4 months.
the border crossing to china was really impressing after the small and funny border crossing in central Asia, this guys are serious and they check everything in my bags searching for something that i don’t have.
after some kilometers i got to a small village that its bigger then most of the cities in Tajikistan and happy to see that they got everything that i need and i taught that this is how it suppose to be , after all i am in the country that everything is made.
i still need to get used for the chines letters everywhere and to eat with a chop stick (my beard don’t like it…).
the night before getting to the city of kashgar i slept next to a village and before going to sleep a police came and told me (with the hands and with a translate friend on there phone) that is not allowed for tourist to sleep in this tent. i told them that i am not sleeping in this village i am sleeping in my tent and with some smiles and videos from my computer they went after taking photos with me and share some tea with me.
i was very excited to be in the famous city kashgar in west china, the city close to the mountains and the desert.
actually most of the people are uygor and they look like the people in central Asia ,everyone her is Muslims and i was happy to have a slow introduction to china.
i think that if i was landing in Beijing or in hong Kong it will be much harder to start.
in the first day in kashgar had the “good” meeting with the local pickpockets and they took my wallet with some money and my credit card….
i was lucky to meet a good friends that that i meet them on the road and now we meet again in the hostel so they help me and after couple of days in the city we went to cycle in one of the most famous roads in the world:the Karakorum highway.
we were 5: Aziza and Jorma (amazing couple on the Honey moon from Holland), Tobi and Holger from Germany and yours truly.
the road was amazing i think its the only place that you can see camels grassing with yaks in the world.
the landscapes were amazing we had almost everything in front of our eyes:snow mountain picks,desert dunes and turquoise lakes.
very fast we figure out that in china we will see things that we didn’t see before :
in one break when we was seating and eating came 2 funny looking guys on a motor bike and ask us if we can help them with the flat tire.
i went to see how we going to pump it but i was confused because i didn’t see a valve (where i put my pump) we all help them to put the tire out and then we were witnessed for a magic,
instead of a normal tube they had a rope inside the tire…
and they asked use to pump it!?
anyway,we put another fixed tube and we continue to cycle.
i was happy to be with this friends and share with them wisdom of the road and funny stories from everywhere in the world.this is not one day friends this is more that that.
this part was also a breakup from the high mountains and after 5 days i was sad to let them go but that the thing in our journey:another mountains to cross another desert to cross.
the journey will never stop.
right now i am back in kashgar and i look to the east to see my future and its long long way. a good way described how big is china: kashgar to Beijing is the same distance as kashgar to Israel, i am closer to Jerusalem then to hong Kong…
this is how big is this red giant.
soon i will get my credit card back and i will be reach again (with kilometers of a journey not money) again.
i have a big desert to cross the vast and hot Taklamakan and its longer then its name…
the journey will never stop.
love you all
roei “jinji” sadan