Author: joerg

Is this really the end?

Here we are: Hainan Island. From here, it was only another 315 kilometers until the end. That might sound much at first. But reminding that more than 5000 kilometer are already behind me this is almost nothing. So when being there, lets enjoy some of the holiday feeling before moving on. There were two options: Riding…
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Crossing the Ocean

There we are, in Guangdong. I finally made it to the last province on mainland. Here in a small town named Shijiao, 100 kilometer away from the city of Yulin. When I arrived in Shijiaozhen, these kids found me sitting on a small chair, drinking some sports drink in the shade. In this small town,…
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Pitstop in Germany

This is an extra photo post. Not directly related to all the bike riding. After arriving in Yangshuo with bamboo rafting and swims in the Li river I took a break from the trip. It was time to take vacation from the vacation. So I went to Germany. One month with family and friends, a…
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Eight days in beautiful Guangxi

Day  79 Quanzhou to Guilin, 135 km Day  80 Guilin to Yangshuo, 70 km Day  81 Yangshuo to Mengshan, 85 km Day 83/84 Mengshan to Wuzhou, 170 km Day 85 Wuzhou to Cenxi, 80 km Day 86 Cenxi to Yulin , 99 km Day 87 Yulin to Shijiaozhen 99 km That is roughly 700 kilometers  in total. Put on…
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Something like work

From the Mao cult in Shaoshan the journey goes on. The next bigger settlements are mostly unknown to me. They carry names like Shuangfeng, Shaoyang and Dongan. Each of them with a distance of 80 kilometers in between. I realize how this whole journey became more like a job to me: Wake up early in the…
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Ama(o)zing Hunan

Changsha I arrive in Changsha in the night. And I’m so tired that the city appears to me as one of the biggest cities in China. Hours pass from the moment I enter this metropolitan until I finally reach my hostel. For the first time, I feel like dropping the whole journey. The weather is…
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Between two giants

Wuhan to Changsha The journey between the two provincial capitals Wuhan and Changsha stretches over 350 kilometers that took me 4 days time. In between these two huge metropolitan concrete jungles, the way led me through some historical places that I have never heard of before but are known by almost every Chinese. The city…
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High tide Wuhan

 Crossing China: HUBEI province From the last stop, Xinyang in Henan, the country road G107 took me further south. A horrible road with fantastic view. I pass the tiny farm villages Xiaochang and Xiaogan and Guangshui, where I met a young guy born in 1989. The same year that I was born in. Talking to…
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No more thieves in Zhengzhou?

Zhengzhou From Songshan it’s only a short way until I arrive in Zhengzhou. I was warned about all the criminals of Zhengzhou that are all about stealing my belongings. And despite I was even waiting at the train station, the mekka of theft, the only thing that was taken from me was my breath about…
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Things to see in Luoyang & why Shaolin Temple can destroy childhood dreams

Day 61. I arrived in Luoyang, the city that was home to 13 dynasties. These are the highlights of the city and the nearby things to see. Longmeng Stone Grottos If you are excited about tens of thousands of buddhist statues carved into stone then this is heaven. It’s shame that that thousands of these…
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Meet Taiji Master Li from Chenjiagou

Time warp. From Hebi, the travel leads to Xinxiang, a small city in Henan province. The time for the college entrance examination had begun, as far as I can see from the red banners that are posted onto the entrances of many high schools. After talking to friends, high school students and parents, I personally…
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I’mpossible!

There is not really much that is worth to mention here on the road. Kilometers of riding through the area until I arrived in the city of Hebi. Mass construction on dirty roads and a German guy on a little bike that starts to get worse and worse. Tires break more often, brakes start to…
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Breaking bones in Yinxu

He spent hours to carve all the characters into the sturdy remains of its sacrifice. As the oracle has finished his craft, the destiny is ready to be foreseen. For getting the answers that everybody is waiting for, a burning rod is put into the carcase forcing it to break. What once was a turtle…
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Goodbye Hebei

Somewhere in Hebei near the capital city of Heibei, Shijiazhuang. Just sharing some of the impressions I took with me from Southern Hebei province. The classical story of the Dream of Red Mansions is barely known in the west as it seems. With all the characters, relationships and plots I bet the author Cao Xueqing…
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My transformation to ‘Hebei Man’

Dark, dusty, smoggy. My impression of Hebei is a bit like Batman’s Gotham City. Traveling through the province on a folding bicycle was not the easiest. So how about a cartoon to lighten up the dark chapters of the past. (everything is absolutely true)  Hebei didn’t kill me (who else would write this post then).…
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The cursed fruits of the peach orchard

Next episode: Beijing to Dingzhou, a distance of about 200 Kilometers. Take a stop at the famous sight of the peach orchard. History has it that once the three legends Guanyu, Liu Bei and Zhang Fei swore eternal brotherhood in order to defeat Wei and Wu Kingdom, the three that belong to the Shu Han.…
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A stopover in Beijing

After a break for recovery the journey through China continues, from its capital city. Baidu Maps tells me that it is another 3130 kilometers to Sanya. A big challenge for me and the small bike that I just picked up from the repair shop to continue the journey. If you are looking for capable people…
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The first 3000 kilometers: From the Russian border to Beijing

Start from Mohe, northernmost point of the People’s Republic of China. The aim: reaching the southernmost point of China on a foldable 18″ bicycle. 5800 kilometers crossing all provinces that lead from Heilongjiang to the island of Hainan. This is part one of the journey, Mohe to Beijing. Btw. I am far away from being a professional…
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The beach paradise of Northern China: Huludao

Do you love the sea, sand and a warm breeze? Forget the island of Sanya. Get your swimsuit on, grab a cocktail and come to Huludao! Yep, I said Huludao. The place with the funny name is called after the bottle gourd that is also often used as the base of a traditional Chinese instrument.…
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The feud between Japan and China

The capital of Liaoning province: Shenyang It’s Shenyang time. With a mild breeze I ponder around the city that I am again a total stranger to. I am lucky to have already made a friend at university who is currently working here and even invites me to a random house party. Thanks to all the…
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Finding the magical “Yuan Fen” in Tieling

​ I arrive in the nice city of Siping on the footsteps of the next province, Liaoning. Same old happy picture: People dancing, beating spinning torps, flying drones etc. The same is going in Tieling, another 80 Kilometers further from Siping. The hometown to one of Chinas most popular comedians, Zhao Benshan. People here are…
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Jilin- No country for old (and young) men

​ The next­ province on the list: Jilin. Together with the prov­inces Heilongjiang and Liaoning these th­ree provinces make the area that is usua­lly called by the Chinese as “the Northeast”. Within all t­he cities of Heilongjiang I enjoyed the ­impressive Russian influenced architectu­re reflecting the golden sunsets in the ­evening and the wide illuminated…
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Hospitality, a skill “Made in China”

The last episode from the beautiful area of Inner Mongolia. Say goodbye to the area of nomadic tribes, grasslands and all the sheep meat. But before that, let me say some words about the amazing people on the way. Huanying Ni To me it seems that hospitality in China is valued strongly in Asian countries,…
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Barhu: Something called ignorance

I went from the place of the Buryat Mong­olian family to Barhu, a small village b­etween the cities Hulunbuir and Arxan. Somewhere ne­ar the forest. As the title mentions this might be one ­of the more serious articles in the funn­y adventure of Yuege. Riding gives me th­e opportunity to cross a lot of differen­t…
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Rescued by Buryat Mongols

A flat street but no movement forward. It is headwind that I am fighting against that pushed the bike from the road several times. Welcome to the international grass surfing world cup. This is how I felt when riding from Hulunbuir down South across the grasslands of Inner Mongolia. In this tournament, you can only…
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Hulunbuir Grasslands – All about that grass

Riding a bike there was a complete disaster. Maybe I should have gotten a Jeep instead! A long part of the road was under construction so it was not a smooth ride at all. Maybe when the road is finished I might change my opinion about the ride from ‘horrible’ to ‘picturesque’. A huge Buddhist…
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Losing my heart in Ergun

It was my relaxation day and so I just share the places I visited within the city of Erguna, add my humble opinion and tell you a German’s love story. That day’s 25 km from Shangkuli to Erguna were like a walk in the park compared to the ordinary 100+ kilometer tours. A short ride…
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Holidays on the country side

That morning, I felt like a total idiot since I rode exactly four times for 5 kilometers back and forth in order to find the new road leading to Erguna City. Baidu Maps couldn’t help since the new road is not even listed. It’s another 130 kilometers to the city of Eerguna. The journey took…
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Ewenki, my deer!

​ I arrived in Genhe. Due to the snow storm­ I almost lost the feelings of my hands ­and feet on the road. As I ask for a roo­m in the hotel I can’t speak any Chinese­ word properly (not that I ever could). ­Good that I found a hotel with bath room ­to take…
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The most picturesque road in whole China

From the small village of Barhu, the next destination on the never ending travel will be the city of Wulanhot. I decided to go South because the owner of the hostel in Hulunbuir adviced me to cross the beautiful city of Arxan rather than Qiqihar and Harbin. And it shall be a good choice. In…
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Village Hopping in Inner Mongolia

And the journey goes to… Inner Mongolia. The destination is the city of Hulunbuir in around 500 kilometers. This is the first part of the long way. Between Mangui and the small city of Genhe there is a lot of forest and some smaller towns connected by a hilly road leading up and down the…
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Mohe on Fire

I wanted to start day 2 with a hot shower. But did you know that many homes still do not have them?  “The public shower place is at the next crossroad”, tells me the lady amused. Okay, when in Rome do as the Romans do… After having traditional beef noodles for breakfast I take a…
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Starting Day!

​May 1st. Labour day in China. What a horrible start. That was my thought when I look out the window and see the heavy rain outside. But suddenly the sun came out. The sign to leave. So I took all my stuff and drive to the monument that everybody calls the northernmost point of China. It…
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The looooong way up North

26th April. Starting Day. Overslept. I admit that going for karaoke until the morning has its disadvantages. Since nothing is packed, I throw all my stuff into the bagpack. When I am more or less ready to go I take a car to the train station, buy the biggest plastic bag available and stuff the…
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A meeting with Santa Claus

I finally reached the Northern tip of China  – Beijicun, literally meaning northernmost village. It was the perfect ­place for preparing my trip, take a walk­ and relax. That time the village was empty. And I cannot­ imagine the amount of people who must be coming here every summer to see the northern lights. Right…
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My China Dream. The vision of crossing China on a foldable bicycle.

We all have dreams. Now I’ll try to realize mine. Crossing China by bike while searching for the China Dream. The journey starts in the northernmost part of China, Mohe in Heilongjiang and will lead through different places across China. Dream On! I am Jorg but in China many just call me Brother Yue since…
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What to do in … Fulda

Mostly, we travel in the biggest and most famous cities of a country. But apart from these tourist destinations, there is so much more to discover. Like Fulda. Only an hour of train ride out of Frankfurt/ Main the beautiful city of Fulda is definitely worth a stop. What is there to see and do? It’s…
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Why you should travel your own country

We travel across the whole world and explore the biggest landmarks. May it be the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel tower or old Inka trails. Ancient temples, pristine beaches and spectacular architecture. Maybe traveling in another country seems more interesting because the looks are so exotic to one’s eyes. Maybe it’s the unknown that we are…
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“Main” attractions in Frankfurt

My Germany tour starts in the middle of the country, in the financial center of Germany, Frankfurt/ Main. For all those you only have a short stay, here are the main sights worth to see in the city. All the places are within walking distance or a short metro ride. Talking about public transportation. the…
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To Do in Cebu – a free city tour

Certainly, Magellan and his fellowship would give a high five if they knew that their gifts became famous sights of Cebu. When the missionary Magellan stranded 1521 in Cebu he erected a cross and brought a Jesus Doll that he gave to the queen. Today, thousands of people come to praise the doll of Santo Nino…
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Menschen des Monats März und April

Chris and Daria – ein Traumpaar, eine Traumhochzeit, der Hangover meines Lebens. Eine unvergessliche Zeit. Ein Hoch auf euch! Esben und Isabelle – das nächste dänische Traumpaar. Dänemark hat die ausgeglichensten Menschen auf Erden. Die beide sind der Beweis. Andre – gewitzter und schelmischer Bursche, mit dem ich jederzeit wieder einen (Eimer) Vodka trinke. Julia…
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Kawah Ijen – Wie Pech und Schwefel

Als ich denn am nächsten Tag endlich in Gilimanuk eintreffe steht mir ein besonderer Moment bevor. Das Wiedersehen meine ehemaligen Kommilitonen und Freundes aus Berlin. Mit dem Erhalt des Bachelorzertifikates hat er jenes auch schon beiseite gelegt, sein Hab und Gut vertickt und sich seiner großen Passion des Tauchens hingegeben. Eine große Inspiration, seinen Träumen…
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Zurück nach Bali

“Yes, Taxi. Where are you going. How much?” Höflich erkläre ich dem Taxifahrer, das ich das Budget dafür nicht habe.. “Okay, nur 50 Dollar”. Da hat wohl jemand etwas mächtig falsch verstanden. Nun, ich bin wieder am Flughafen Bali und tiefenentspannt, nachdem ich meinem ganzen Gepäck für 3 Tage hoffentlich auf Wiedersehen gesagt hab. Kurz…
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Menschen des Monats – Januar und Februar 2015

Die Bali Beach Boys Cody and Alex – Die Amerikaner, die ich bereits am Immigrationsschalter in Indonesien traf und sofort wieder verlor, dann aber hackevoll, also die beiden, im Club wiedertraf. Agung and Eric – Zwei Partypeople auf der Suche nach Spaß im Skygarden. Agung ist Security im Hotel und Eric ein Geschäftsmann. Oky – Sein Name ist…
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Nein, danke.

Die größte deutsche Organisation für Entwicklungshilfe bietet mir die Möglichkeit, sie in Afrika zu unterstützen. Ich habe abgelehnt. Vertane Riesenchance. Habe die Möglichkeit einen neuen Kontinent zu sehen und eine später anerkannte Tätigkeit zu verfolgen und ich lehne ab. Warum? Ich lasse mich nicht verheizen, nicht mehr. Denn für ein Vollzeitpraktikum draufzuzahlen, um einen minimalen Lebensstandard…
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Ich geb den TOEFL ab

Eine Woche Vorbereitungszeit und ich bin fit für den TOEFL Test, dachte ich. 180 USD ärmer, dafür um eine Erfahrung reicher weiß ich, dass ich nichts weiß. An der Kürze der Vorbereitung hat es aber nicht gelegen, sondern einzig an mir. Die global standardisierte Akademikerzeitschinderei wird von jener monopolistischen Wucherorganisation durchgeführt, die auch für den…
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First Impression: Semarang

Boarding Haus eines AIESEC Mitgliedes. Super Leute. Nach fast 8 Jahren des selbstständigen Wohnens nun in einer Gastfamilie. Bei den beiden Söhnen der Familie, 20 und 15 Jahre jung, werde ich unweigerlich als größtes Kind wahrgenommen, was zuweilen etwas stressen kann, weil die Selbstständigkeit, auch aufgrund eines fehlenden Transportmittels, etwas auf der Stelle bleibt –…
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Ballisimo

Bali over. Dies sind die Geschehnisse und Leute, die mich in den letzten 3 Tage bereichert haben. Tag 0: Statt zu schlafen die Nacht Bahasa Indonesia gepaukt, Cody und Alex (Amerika) am Flughafen getroffen und aus den Augen verloren, dank eines Pärchens aus Hong Kong einen Freeride in die Stadt bekommen, günstige Unterkunft gefunden und…
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Plus-Minus

Ich sitze am Strand von Kuta und die feucht-warme Luft weht mir um die Ohren. Ich bin wieder am Meer, lausche und betrachte die Schallwellen der Weite. Kuta Beach gleicht Mallorcas Ballermann. An jeder Ecke noble Strandrestaurants und Markenläden. Leider bringt das auch eine enorme Vermüllung des Strandes und der Promenade mit sich, statt Muscheln…
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Menschen des Monats – Dezember 2014

Danke. Auch wenn ich nicht wirklich daran glaube: Im Airline Magazin auf dem Flug von Düsseldorf nach Abu Dhabi hieß es, dass ich im Dezember einen Menschen treffen werden, der mich tief bewegt. Falsch, denn es waren über ein dutzend Menschen, die mich zutiefst beeindruckt haben. Hier ein paar der Hauptdarsteller meiner Reise: Siddarth und…
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