Archive for the ‘Xinjiang’ Category

the messenger

day 314: 星星峡 (xingxingxia) – [out with Teacher Xie] = 41,5km 2008-09-17.kml show on larger map You remember my dear […]

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

the nothingness

day 315: [out with Teacher Xie] – [the windy hill] = 42km 2008-09-18.kml show on larger map Wanna know why […]

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

50k – advanced formula

day 316: [the windy hill] – 骆驼圈子 (luotuojuanzi) = 50,8km View Larger Map My original working title for today’s post […]

Friday, September 19th, 2008

the light head

day 317: 骆驼圈子 (luotuojuanzi) – 大泉湾 (daquanwan) = 29,5km View Larger Map I got up feeling terrible. Light-headed. Dizzy. You […]

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

my escort

day 318: 大泉湾 (daquanwan) – 哈密 (hami) = 35,4km View Larger Map The weather was good today, and even though […]

Sunday, September 21st, 2008


day 319: 哈密 (hami) = 0km You know what I like to do once I get to a large city […]

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

the impossibility of nothing

day 320: 哈密 (hami) = 0km Okay, I couldn’t exactly allow myself to do nothing, even though that’s what I […]

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

are my eyes red?

day 321: 哈密 (hami) = 0km Remember I told you about the gruesome picture-link problem (“please close all the windows!”) […]

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008


day 322: 哈密 (hami) = 0km My friend Abdu (walking from Beijing to Bad Nenndorf) decided to take me out […]

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

getting ready to leave

day 323: 哈密 (hami) = 0km I fixed my caboose today: All three tires were screwed up and needed replacements. […]

Friday, September 26th, 2008

crude oil

day 324: 哈密 (hami) – 吐哈油田 (tuha oil city) = 12,6km View Larger Map The tires I had bought didn’t […]

Saturday, September 27th, 2008


day 325: 吐哈油田 (tuha oil city) – [a plain spot] = 25,2km 2008-09-28.kml show on larger map When I woke […]

Sunday, September 28th, 2008


day 326: [a plain spot] – 柳树泉 (liushuquan) = 35,8km View Larger Map Finally a decent night spent in the […]

Monday, September 29th, 2008

mixed signals

day 327: 柳树泉 (liushuquan) – 三道岭 (sandaoling) = 24,3km View Larger Map The last one of my three new tires […]

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

fire in the hole

day 328: 三道岭 (sandaoling) = 0km If you’ve read yesterday’s post, you know that I came here with basically no […]

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008


day 329: 三道岭 (sandaoling) = 0km How come my feet are so dirty? Well, we went to the place where […]

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

out with Uncle Shen

day 330: 三道岭 (sandaoling) – 梯子泉 (tiziquan) = 20,1km View Larger Map I got back on the long red line […]

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Mozart, please help me with your violins!

day 331: 梯子泉 (tiziquan) – 一碗泉 (yiwanquan) = 42km View Larger Map Oh, had I only known about my friend […]

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

blown away

day 332: 一碗泉 (yiwanquan) – 红山口 (hongshankou) = 47,6km View Larger Map When I got up and looked out of […]

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

oh, what a good thing!

day 333: 红山口 (hongshankou) – [刘/杨陕西补胎 – liu/yang‘s tire-repair] = 25,8km View Larger Map Note: 红山口 (hongshankou) – a crappy […]

Monday, October 6th, 2008

it’s all in the family

day 334: 刘/杨陕西补胎 (liu/yang‘s tire-repair) – 于陕西补胎 (yu‘s tire-repair) = 34,9km View Larger Map The night had been good. No […]

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

is this the end?

day 335: 于陕西补胎 (yu‘s tire-repair) – 七克台 (qiketai) = 38,7km View Larger Map The 于 (Yu) family I was staying […]

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

what will they say?

day 336: 七克台 (qiketai) – 鄯善 (shanshan) = 30,9km View Larger Map There are oilfields here in 鄯善 (shanshan): Guess […]

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

feet of steel

day 337: 鄯善 (shanshan) = 0km After one year of walking, my feet will be hard as steel, and I […]

Friday, October 10th, 2008

the problem with chopsticks

day 338: 鄯善 (shanshan) = 0km Here is something I should have done a long time ago: Stop using those […]

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

tea & cookies

day 339: 鄯善 (shanshan) = 0km The first time in 48 hours that I see the light of day – […]

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

desert caboose 1.1 (new & improved)

day 340: 鄯善 (shanshan) = 0km 罗先生 (Mr. Luo) had agreed to give the caboose a general makeover today: But […]

Monday, October 13th, 2008

speaking of which

day 341: 鄯善 (shanshan) – 连木沁 (lianmuqin) = 24,5km View Larger Map It’s always hard to leave a good place, […]

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008


day 342: 连木沁 (lianmuqin) – 吐峪沟 (tuyugou) = 28,8km View Larger Map  I stacked up on hot 馕 (nang) before […]

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008


day 343: 吐峪沟 (tuyugou) – 高昌故城 (gaochang city ruins) = 22,7km View Large Map I was in my room just […]

Thursday, October 16th, 2008


day 344: 高昌故城 (gaochang city ruins) – 吐鲁番 (turpan) = 47km View Larger Map I had no idea that today […]

Friday, October 17th, 2008

my light

day 345: 吐鲁番 (turpan) = 0km I had just poured a glass of tea and taken some pictures in the […]

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

down in a hole

day 346: 吐鲁番 (turpan) = 0km I went outside and bought a pair of gloves because it was getting cold: […]

Sunday, October 19th, 2008


day 347: 吐鲁番 (turpan) – [roadside gas-station] = 21,9km View Larger Map So there I was in another 风口 (wind […]

Monday, October 20th, 2008

the robot

day 348: [roadside gas-station] – 小草湖 (xiaocaohu) = 42,1km View Larger Map Last night I had prayed and asked Him […]

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

days to quietly walk and think

day 349: 小草湖 (xiaocaohu) – 达坂城 (dabancheng) = 37,2km View Larger Map … … … … … … … … […]

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008


day 350: 达坂城 (dabancheng) – 柴窝堡 (chaiwopu) = 39,1km View Larger Map  I’ve lost something out there. Somewhere along the […]

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

乌鲁木齐 – Ürümqi

day 351: 柴窝堡 (chaiwopu) – 乌鲁木齐 (Ürümqi) = 49,1km View Larger Map Again, I don’t know what to say. … […]

Friday, October 24th, 2008


day 352: 乌鲁木齐 (Ürümqi) = 11,9km View Larger Map My dear readers, my dear friends. This is going to be […]

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Prelude, Interlude, or Leisure?

Just how am I going to tag this post? First things first though: I took a cab to the airport […]

Thursday, August 26th, 2010


I am on a 30-day tourist visa now, but I might need a few extra days on top of that […]

Friday, August 27th, 2010

…is it safe to be here?

Some people might be wondering if it’s safe to be here in 乌鲁木齐 (Ürümqi) after the deadly riots a year […]

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

the beloved one

Let’s see if you remember this place: Not quite? Well, how about now: That’s right. “Hey, you’re the German guy […]

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

earthworm and anaconda

day 353: 乌鲁木齐 (Ürümqi) – 昌吉 (Changji) = 34,3km 2010-08-30.kmz on larger map So… I guess some of you already […]

Monday, August 30th, 2010


day 354: 昌吉 (Changji) = 0km I woke up and said hello to a fine day: I limped outside and […]

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

fearless vampire killers

day 355: 昌吉 (Changji) = 0km What was there to do? Stay in my castle of foot pain all day? […]

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

black kites & silly geese

day 356: 昌吉 (Changji) – 榆树沟 (Yushugou) = 16,6km 2010-09-02.kmz on larger map I eventually dragged my sorry ass out […]

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

he is I and I am him

day 357: 榆树沟 (Yushugou) – 呼图壁 (Hutubi) = 26,8km 2010-09-03.kmz on larger map I got up in the early morning […]

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

“achromaticity limpidity beef noodle additive”

day 358: 呼图壁 (Hutubi) = 0km I woke up feeling terrible. Maybe the cold had finally caught up with me? […]

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

tied down

day 359: 呼图壁 (Hutubi) = 0km Seeing that this was my summer vacation, I wasn’t very happy when I realized […]

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

hats off to all writers of big fat books

day 360: 呼图壁 (Hutubi) = 0km Guess what, I am still in my hotel room: It’s spacious and comfortable, and […]

Monday, September 6th, 2010

ode to an eggplant

day 361: 呼图壁 (Hutubi) = 0km The medication doesn’t seem to help. Maybe I don’t have a cold at all. Could […]

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

sleeping with melons

day 361: 呼图壁 (Hutubi) – 大丰镇 (Dafengzhen) = 23,1km 2010-09-08 on larger map Bad health or not, it felt good […]

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

the good lunch

day 362: 大丰镇 (Dafengzhen) 玛纳斯 (Manas) = 36,5km 2010-09-09 on larger map I got up at six and started walking […]

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

green dots on photographs, taken from low earth orbit

day 363: 玛纳斯 (Manas) – 石河子 (Shihezi) = 19,4km 2010-09-10 on larger map Luckily for my feet, I didn’t have […]

Friday, September 10th, 2010

let’s all go to the lobby

day 364: 石河子 (Shihezi) = 0km 辉辉 (Huihui) invited me to his Taekwondo club today: I was going to show […]

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

the best dumplings ever

day 365: 石河子 (Shihezi) = 0km Wow… 365 days… a year… People were singing in the backyard of my hotel: […]

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

how the calabash got on my backpack

day 366: 石河子 (Shihezi) = 0km I did an interview with a local newspaper today. Since the reporters were very […]

Monday, September 13th, 2010

sexy time immemorial

day 367: 石河子 (Shihezi) = 0km My friends 辉辉 (Huihui), 祁师傅 (Master Qi) and 李娜 (Li Na) got me into […]

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

New Model Terracotta Army

day 368: 石河子 (Shihezi) = 0km Yesterday, I had promised 李娜 (Li Na) to take a picture of her: Hope […]

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

out with Huihui

day 369: 石河子 (Shihezi) – 沙湾 (Shawan) = 36,5km 2010-09-16 on larger map 辉辉 (Huihui) was obviously not going to […]

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

50k – godlike rampage

day 370: 沙湾 (Shawan) – 九公里 (Jiugongli) = 57,9km 2010-09-17 on larger map Who would have thought that this was […]

Friday, September 17th, 2010

miniature skyline

day 371: 九公里 (Jiugongli) – 奎屯 (Kuytun) = 6,3km 2010-09-18 on larger map When I woke up I realized that […]

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

police and thieves

day 372: 奎屯 (Kuytun) – 乌苏 (Usu) = 24 km 2010-09-19 on larger map I wasn’t going to walk today. […]

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

life is like…

day 373: 乌苏 (Usu) = 0 km a box of chocolates – sometimes you just pick an unpalatable one. … […]

Monday, September 20th, 2010

worlds away

day 374: 乌苏 (Usu) = 0 km What a bad night – hardly any sleep at all. I had done […]

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

quod erat demonstrandum

day 375: 乌苏 (Usu) = 0 km 王先生 (Mr. Wang) showed up in my room again this morning. I was […]

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

mountain people

day 376: [奎屯 (Kuytun)] = 0 km Since we had nothing better to do, 辉辉 (Huihui) and 雷晟 (Lei Cheng) […]

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

the pink train

day 377: [乌鲁木齐 (Ürümqi)] = 0 km My friends 王婵 (Wang Chan) and 丁波 (Ding Bo) from 奎屯 (Kuytun) invited […]

Friday, September 24th, 2010


day 378: [乌鲁木齐 (Ürümqi)] = 0 km I went back to the municipal police station to extend my visa. I […]

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

certificate of participation

day 379: [乌鲁木齐 (Ürümqi)] = 0 km Having been rejected by many a hotel the night before, I eventually managed […]

Sunday, September 26th, 2010


day 380: [乌鲁木齐 (Ürümqi)] = 0 km Here’s part two of my use of 关系 (guanxi – relations): Yesterday in […]

Monday, September 27th, 2010

her… …again

day 381: [昌吉 (Changji)] = 0 km Soundtrack: Black Uhuru – “Happiness” —total: 4927,5km

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

jade lake of heaven

day 382: [昌吉 (Changji)] = 0 km We went to a place called 天池 (Tianchi – Heaven Lake) today. It […]

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

back to the deep place

day 383: [昌吉 (Changji)] = 0 km Today, we got in a car and went to 吐鲁番 (Turpan) in the […]

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

word cascades

day 384: [昌吉 (Changji)] = 0 km We took a trip to the mountains south of 昌吉 (Changji) today. It […]

Friday, October 1st, 2010

the world needs more John Muirs

day 385: [喀纳斯 (Kanas)] = 0 km This morning, we got on a plane to one of the most remote […]

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010


day 386: [喀纳斯 (Kanas)] = 0 km There is a shuttle bus network to take individual visitors and travel groups […]

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

stuff to do

day 387: [昌吉 (Changji)] = 0 km There’s an end to everything … even the sweetest summer vacation. So, upon […]

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Xinjiang wins

I arrived at Ürümqi airport (乌鲁木齐) late at night. People were there, waiting for their loved ones: A kind soul […]

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

eeny, meeny, miny, moe

Uncle Shen (申叔叔) and I went to get a train ticket today: We stopped at a roadside stall that was […]

Monday, August 6th, 2012

hiding it

Around 10 in the morning, I said goodbye to Uncle Shen and climbed on the train to Kuytun (奎屯). We […]

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

secrets from the road

day 388: 乌苏 (Usu) – 四棵树 (Sikeshu) = 40,7km 2012-08-08 show on larger map Lei Sheng (雷盛) and I left […]

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012


day 389: 四棵树 (Sikeshu) – 托托 (Tuotuo) = 63,6km 2012-08-09 show on larger map I woke up to a good […]

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

regiment 91

Day 390: 托托 (Tuotuo) = 0km When I woke up, it took me a while until I was able to […]

Friday, August 10th, 2012


Day 391: 托托 (Tuotuo) = 0km It was nice to just hang out and read until night time: The next […]

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

yes my laptop is pink shut up

Day 392: 托托 (Tuotuo) = 0km I decided to stay one more day in the land of leisure and melons. […]

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

pimp my truck

Day 392: 托托 (Tuotuo) – 精河火车站 (Jinghe Train Station) = 49,6km 2012-08-13 show on larger map I eventually had to […]

Monday, August 13th, 2012

a friend coming in from afar…

Day 393: 精河火车站 (Jinghe Train Station) – 八家户饮食城 (Food court of Bajiahu) = 29,1km 2012-08-14 show on larger map When […]

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012


Day 394: 八家户饮食城 (Food court of Bajiahu) – 83团 (Regiment 83) = 21km 2012-08-15 show on larger map A perfect […]

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012


Day 395: 83团 (Regiment 83) = 0km My first day of rest was good. I did some laundry: All the […]

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

missing it

Day 396: 83团 (Regiment 83) = 0km I didn’t leave. I walked around the village until I found some old […]

Friday, August 17th, 2012


Day 397: 83团 (Regiment 83) = 0km A knock on the door breaks my laziness. Someone is standing there, offering […]

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

patting the melon

Day 398: 83团 (Regiment 83) = 0km The way ahead was just too scary. So I stayed in and hung […]

Sunday, August 19th, 2012


Day 399: 83团 (Regiment 83) – 五台 (Wutai) = 43,2km 2012-08-20 show on larger map At about 9 in the […]

Monday, August 20th, 2012

friend with wings

Day 400: 五台 (Wutai) – 四台 (Sitai) = 34,2km 2012-08-21 show on larger map I woke up at night only […]

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

café latte

Day 401: 四台 (Sitai) – 赛里木湖 (Sayram Lake) = 29,4km 2012-08-22 show on larger map When I left 四台 (Sitai), […]

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

dirty pearl

Day 402: 赛里木湖 (Sayram Lake) = 0km I was going to stay in my yurt all day: But there was […]

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012


Day 403: 赛里木湖 (Sayram Lake) – 龙陵山庄 (Longling Hotel) = 27,4km 2012-08-24 auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen Said good-bye to […]

Friday, August 24th, 2012

the rolling of the clouds

Day 404: 龙陵山庄 (Longling Hotel) = 0km When I peaked outside my window, it was rainy, and I was glad […]

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

sheep wars

Day 405: 龙陵山庄 (Longling Hotel) = 0km Today, the sky was blue again. I decided to wander around in the […]

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Eiffel Tower bridge

Day 406: 龙陵山庄 (Longling Hotel) – 果子沟牧场 (Guozigou pasture) = 38km 2012-08-27 show on larger map Take a look at […]

Monday, August 27th, 2012

look closer

Day 407: 果子沟牧场 (Guozigou pasture) – 芦草沟 = 14,9km 2012-08-28 show on larger map Sometimes we have to look a […]

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

look down look up

Day 408: 芦草沟 (Lucaogou) – 66团 (Regiment 66) = 50,7km 2012-08-29 show on larger map I wasn’t going to walk […]

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

pig head

Day 409: 66团 (Regiment 66) = 0km After yesterday’s 50k, I didn’t feel like walking anymore. So I spent a […]

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

who wants to stay in Stalin street?

Day 410: 66团 (Regiment 66) – 伊宁 (Yining) = 29,9km 2012-08-31 show on larger map When I stepped out into […]

Friday, August 31st, 2012

what teahouse?

Day 411: 伊宁 (Yining) = 0km You know how guide books often tend to say retarded things like dive into, […]

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

night markets

Day 412: 伊宁 (Yining) = 0km This is my friend Dario: He decided to accompany me on the last leg […]

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

corn snake

Day 413: 伊宁 (Yining) – 66团 (Regiment 66) = 26,6km 2012-09-03 show on larger map Today we started to walk. […]

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

new old things

Day 414: 66团 (Regiment 66) – 霍城 (Huocheng) = 30km View 2012-09-04 in a larger map When the sun came […]

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

how we became approved

Day 415: 霍城 (Huocheng) – 清水河 (Qingshuihe) = 23,7km View 2012-09-05 in a larger map We left the town of […]

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

master of the wind

Day 416: 清水河 (Qingshuihe) – 霍尔果斯 (Khorgas) = 31,4km View 2012-09-06 in a larger map Today was going to be […]

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

the feeling of home

Day 417: [伊宁 (Yining)] = 0km Same old story: my visa was about to run out. I needed an extension […]

Friday, September 7th, 2012

back to the yurt

Day 418: [奎屯 (Kuytun)] = 0km Early in the morning, we hopped in a cab: The driver was apparently an […]

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

planes, trains and automobiles

Day 419: [奎屯 (Kuytun)] = 0km We only had half a day, but 雷晟 (Lei Sheng) made sure we didn’t […]

Sunday, September 9th, 2012


Day 420: [乌鲁木齐 (Ürümqi)] = 0km First thing in the morning: Go to the central police station and grab a […]

Monday, September 10th, 2012

where did my hair dresser go?

Day 420: [乌鲁木齐 (Ürümqi)] = 0km The visa application had been accepted. All we could do was wait. So we […]

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Germans looking at dancers

Day 421: [乌鲁木齐 (Ürümqi)] = 0km My visa wasn’t ready yet. No big deal, just one more day of waiting. […]

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

last interview in the ü

Day 422: [乌鲁木齐 (Ürümqi)] = 0km I finally got my visa extension today. Yay! :) And these guys made an […]

Thursday, September 13th, 2012


Day 422: [喀什 (Kashgar)] = 0km Today we left 乌鲁木齐 (Ürümqi) and hopped on an airplane: It was going to […]

Friday, September 14th, 2012

nine inch lakes

Day 423: [喀什 (Kashgar)] = 0km Ever heard of Karakul – the “black lake” in the Pamir Mountains? We figured […]

Saturday, September 15th, 2012


Day 424: [喀什 (Kashgar)] = 0km There’s a livestock market here every sunday. Ok, some cows, some sheep, maybe a […]

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

dessert in the desert

Day 425: [和田 (Hotan)] = 0km Yes, I know it’s a tacky title. Anyway… We took a train ride along […]

Monday, September 17th, 2012

I was going to do the same thing in the air!

Day 426: [和田 (Hotan)] = 0km The city wall of 和田 (Hotan) wasn’t very old: Only some parts of it […]

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

parting (for now)

Day 427: [乌鲁木齐 (Ürümqi)] = 0km Today was our last day in this beautiful part of the world. We got […]

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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