Adventures in China on a £15 folding bike: A Cycle Tour by Tom Bruce

By Tom Bruce

Around the global bike owner, Tom Bruce, travelled to China with paintings yet evidently couldn't stay for a month and not using a motorcycle. He bought Valentino, an historic rusty folding motorbike, for a value of £15 from Ebay. After a brief makeover, Valentino used to be able to visit China so was once crammed right into a suitcase and let out at the urban of Wuhan and the 3 Gorges of the Yangtze River.

This brief e-book includes elements. the 1st half includes the tale of a cycle journey alongside the Yangtze River, the place Tom cycled one hundred sixty miles at the historical motorbike, climbed excessive mountain passes, ate with locals and travelled through motorbike, teach and boat. the second one contains 5 biking microadventures, exploring the parks, lakes and town middle of the large urban of Wuhan, that Tom had by no means heard of earlier than vacationing there.

This booklet presents a superb perception into chinese language existence in either rural and concrete components and comprises over 50 pictures of the trips.

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Turan, south of the Syr Daraya, was by then firmly in the hands of the Persian kings and was divided into three satrapies: Khorezm, Soghd on the Zarafshan and Bactria on and south of the middle Oxus. The Greeks under Alexander arrived here before the collapse of the Achaemenid Empire in 329 BC. The leader of the Soghdians, Spitamenes, was defeated, and Alexander entered Marakanda, his capital, the Samarkand of today. From here he made contact with the ruler of Khorezm and sent his troops further north and north-east, to the Syr Darya as far as Khodzhend.

To name but the principal ones, they were, in the north, Turfan, Karashahr, Kucha, Aksu and Kashgar. In the south, the easternmost one was Tun-huang, with its Buddhist monastery, then Miran, Charklik, Niya, Keriya, Khotan and Yarkend. From Khotan there was a caravan track across the Karakorum Range into Ladakh and from there to Kashmir. Both main branches met in Kashgar only to split again. One road went due south towards the Kilik and Mintaka passes and from there to Kashmir. This was probably the road taken by Fa Sien in AD 399.

Tilla Kari had acquired a bulbous dome which it never had, the Gur Emir had got back its gleaming interior of shining gold, which, perhaps, it had when it was new. Only Khiva was a disaster. Some clever person had had the idea to make it into a museum city. So people had been resettled, rubble removed, crumbling walls restored, peeling tilework replaced. Gone were the camels loaded with brushwood, donkeys, stray cats and mangy dogs. There were workmen in overalls instead of playing children. The bearded old men in their leather boots and quilted khalats were gone.

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