7th August 2018
Shanghai is reached, the bicycle is having a rest and I have a picture of ‘China’ impressed on me like the tread on a tyre. So, what comes next?
As in India, its time to temper the image that’s built up by looking back in from the edge with some trips to historical border lands.
The first trip is done: Manchuria, using china’s ever expanding high-speed train network to travel to the border of North Korea and the former Japanese and Russian borderlands. Thoughts to follow.
Second, riding out into the sparse steppe of Mongolia on horseback – the antidote to urbanising China? (This will take me out of contact again for a few weeks).
Then the far west: the central Asian oasis towns of western China.
Until then here is a photo update – 25 snaps from the deserts of Ningxia and Inner Mongolia to the sea at Shanghai.