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bei Hunshuitang, Yunnan (China)
During November 2012 we cycled through Southern China and Northern Vietnam. Distance approximately 1900 km, 23.500 altitude meter, 20 bicycling days. Great journey. This is about rural area, mountains, rice terraces and ethnic minorities, who can be identified by their own unique colourful costumes with distinctive designs.
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If you drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), I can send you the individual daily tracks. These all end with a hotel where you can spend the night. From that perspective, there is not really a need to bring your tent. A few of these tracks do need a bit more information:
[06 Yuangyang - 26 km after Xinjie 56 km]: the full track climbing, from 300 altitude meters to 1950.
[07 Xinjie - Jinping including 56 km truck 151 km]: this was the only day that we were not able to find accommodation after 95 km. Do we hitchhiked further by truck until reaching Jinping. If you do bring a tent, this is the track to use it, or find accommodation with a family earlier.
[08 Jinping - Xinjie2 92 km]: there are two ‘Xinjie’s’, this is number two. During this day, we could use a new highway that was not yet finished. When this highway is ready, I guess you will not be allowed to take it by bicycle, which means you need to take the ’old way’ which goes much higher. So you probably will not be able to reach the same destination as where this tracks ends.
[24 Hai Phong - Pha Lai 85 km]: this track was really busy and not fun at all. After searching Google Earth for ever during the evening, we did find a fantastic dyke along a river, that brought us to Hanoi the next day. I am convinced that you will be able to find this, or a similar dyke much earlier.
[25 Pha Lai - Hanoi 73 km]: and this is the day with the dyke just mentioned, so don’t hesitate when the tracks leads you of the main road through the dirt for a few hundred meters. You will reach this dyke just after a few minutes. Somewhere halfway, you will find the track leaving the dyke; here we visited a Buddhist temple just nearby.
Drop me an email afterwards whether this worked for you. Drop me an email as well if you have a GPS track in another part of the world from which you think we should cycle that one as well.
Jeffrey Sipma and Jose Lambermon