Archive for the ‘Leisure’ Category

health points +10

day 9: 保定 (baoding) = 0km We stayed in today, in that green hotel room on Middle Sky Goose Road. […]

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

跆拳道 – Taekwondo

day 10: 保定 (baoding) = 0km Today I finally realized what 朱辉 had been talking about all this time: Taekwondo! […]

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Mary’s Eternal Lotus Pond

day 12: 保定 (baoding) = okm I went to what seems to be the main attraction of this city: the […]

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

bad news

day 13: 保定 (baoding) = 0km This is my room number in the basement hotel I am staying at. As […]

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

play day (the donkey shuffle)

day 14: 保定 (baoding) = 0km Today was a day of leisure, and today was the first time I ever […]

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

good news

day 20: 承安铺 (cheng’anpu) = okm My hotel room has orange curtains: I have spent a whole day in this […]

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

leather & art

day 22: 新乐 (xinle) = 0km Today saw me hanging out with my friend. He knew someone in the leather […]

Friday, November 30th, 2007


day 23: 新乐 (xinle) = 0km Today is December 1st. Where I am from, Christmas is on the evening of […]

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

living large in the dust

day 27: 石家庄 (shijiazhuang) = 0km I stayed in the city today. “Civilization”, as someone put it. But first, I […]

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007


day 35: 阳泉 (yangquan) = 0km At first it didn’t really look like I was going to shoot many pictures […]

Thursday, December 13th, 2007


day 36: 阳泉 (yangquan) = 0km I decided to stay for another day, because my friends, the 杨 (yang) brothers, […]

Friday, December 14th, 2007


day 40: 榆次 (yuci) = 0km Nothing happened today. I got up late and looked at the poster on the […]

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Santa’s beard

day 46: 平遥 (pingyao) = 0km Me and my fuzz are saying: “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” hoping all of you are well […]

Monday, December 24th, 2007

a smile

day 47: 平遥 (pingyao) = 0km We spent Christmas hanging out in the Old Town: Beautiful place. Beautiful smile: Of […]

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

lots of AAAA’s

day 48: 平遥 (pingyao) = 0km I found 平遥 to be a large rectangle that is bursting with history to […]

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007


day 49: 平遥 (pingyao) = 0km These are the shoes I’ve been wearing during the last couple of days: 50rmb. […]

Thursday, December 27th, 2007


day 50: 平遥 (pingyao) = 0km I took a break today: Fast food, slow day. Time to leave I guess. […]

Friday, December 28th, 2007

more than numbers

day 54: 静升 (jingsheng) = 0km Two zero zero eight. It’s the year of the Olympics alright. Most radio and […]

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

in the bunk

day 57: 南关 (nanguan) = 0km I look like shit today: Better take a day off to buy some medicine […]

Friday, January 4th, 2008


day 59: 霍州 (huozhou) = 0km I’m still not well. Always a bit dizzy. Maybe I should have stayed in […]

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

disaster movies

day 60: 霍州 (huozhou) = 0km When I woke up this morning and still had that dizzy feeling I decided […]

Monday, January 7th, 2008

washing my socks means polluting the water

day 67: 临汾(linfen) = 0km I’m hanging out in the city today, feeding off fast food and taking care of […]

Monday, January 14th, 2008

the most dirtiest?

day 68: 临汾(linfen) = 0km I just remembered something: a while ago I had read in a German publication that […]

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

time and the radiator

day 74: 曲沃 (quwo) = 0km Someone asked me which of all items I’m carrying was the single most useful. […]

Monday, January 21st, 2008

a shillyshally rat

day 76: 侯马 (houma) = 0km When I’m moving, I’m moving slow. And sometimes I’m not moving at all. It’s […]

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

oversized intruder

day 78: 新绛 (xinjiang) = 0km Usually I try to do a bit of research before I get to a […]

Friday, January 25th, 2008

on the flank

day 83: 孤峰山 (gufengshan) = 0km No people around: I got up around noon and explored the skiing resort I […]

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008


day 86: 临猗 (linyi) = 0km What a mess: I laid all my stuff out to dry in my hotel […]

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

the late bird

day 88: 运城 (yuncheng) = 0km I found myself in a car today, looking at downtown traffic rushing around me: […]

Monday, February 4th, 2008

salt lake city

day 89: 运城 (yuncheng) = 0km We went back to 关帝庙 (guandi temple) the next day, and this time, we […]

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

my firecrackers

day 90: 运城 (yuncheng) = 0km I got out of bed and spent some money on personal armament: 10.000 – […]

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

games (or: the boring German)

day 91: 运城 (yuncheng) = 0km The first sunrise and sunset in the Year of the Rat, and here are […]

Thursday, February 7th, 2008


day 92: 运城 (yuncheng) = 0km Most doors remain closed these days, no matter what: Lots of people are trying […]

Friday, February 8th, 2008


day 93: 运城 (yuncheng) = 0km I needed money. Somehow none of the local ATM’s seemed to be willing to […]

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

cakes, carousels, and captive canines

day 94: 运城 (yuncheng) = 0km We went out to the park to have some fun: Okay, I gotta admit […]

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

tattoo with blade

day 95: 运城 (yuncheng) = 0km It’s really about time I get going again – add some mileage to the […]

Monday, February 11th, 2008

funny faces

day 102: 风陵渡 (fenglingdu) = 0km I ran out of clean socks today. (Yes, even though I might look a […]

Monday, February 18th, 2008


day 104: 华阴 (huayin) = 0km The mountain is calling. My plan is to start the ascend in the midnight […]

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

cool mountaineers

day 105: 华阴 (huayin) = 0km I got to the foot of 华山 (mount hua) at around one in the […]

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

sharks & coupons

day 109: 渭南 (weinan) = 0km Yesterday had me going through some moments of undignified, intense stomach-unrest, so today I […]

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Muslims and water fountains

day 115: 西安 (Xi’an) = 0km The province of Shaanxi (陕西) belongs to the Chinese West. This also means I […]

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008


day 116: 西安 (Xi’an) = 0km I got an itchy rash on my foot, so I went to see the […]

Monday, March 3rd, 2008


day 117: 西安 (Xi’an) = 0km Wanna see my foot? I’m afraid there’s actually not that much to see, it’s […]

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

some words

day 118: 西安 (Xi’an) = 0km When I woke up this morning and felt my foot, I decided it was […]

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

it’s nothing, just a flight back

day 125: 咸阳 (xianyang) = 0km So I get on an airplane: …sit in an airplane: …and get off an […]

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

“witness a decline”

day 126: 咸阳 (xianyang) = 0km Not much to say: I’ll just leave the words to the Ramones then. Soundtrack: […]

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

my cave

day 127: 咸阳 (xianyang) = 0km Well, well, well, if it isn’t Christoph the Adventurer! I’m still in the same […]

Friday, March 14th, 2008

time can what time doesn’t

day 128: 咸阳 (xianyang) = 0km Time can only do one thing: it can pass. And it doesn’t seem to […]

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

just how old do I look?

day 133: 永寿 (yongshou) = 0km I left my stuff at the hotel and went out to ask someone for […]

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

speacial or what

day 135: 彬县 (binxian) = 0km Just like I had promised myself: I didn’t do any walking today. Instead I […]

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

1 good thing, 4 nice people, 1 bad thing, and a possible solution to a problem

day 141: 泾川 (jingchuan) = 0km I had a nice big fat 火龙果 (dragon fruit) for breakfast: Da most prettiest […]

Friday, March 28th, 2008

inner peace – no more walking

day 145: 平凉 (pingliang) = 0km Almost 2000km, some fantastic 5 months – and now I’m not going to walk […]

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

I am the fool

day 146: 平凉 (pingliang) = 0km My attempt at an April Fool’s joke was a day too late, and nobody […]

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

judging covers

day 147: 平凉 (pingliang) = 0km “You’ve never actually been to a place until you’ve walked there.” “It is only […]

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

yellow bags and the Internet

day 148: 平凉 (pingliang) = 0km See this person’s yellow bag in the picture? I’m led to believe that, whatever […]

Friday, April 4th, 2008

a mountain left

day 149: 平凉 (pingliang) = 0km There was still a mountain left to climb. Me and my friend from destiny […]

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

other lives – 珂珂

day 150: 平凉 (pingliang) = 0km Talking about oneself can get pretty tiring… You guys remember 珂珂 (keke – a […]

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

boring, good

day 155: 隆德 (longde) = 0km Tent, shoes, sleeping bag: All these things needed some time to dry. So I […]

Friday, April 11th, 2008

eat up

day 158: 静宁 (jingning) = 0km My day revolved mainly around noodles: …and fruit: I’m not going to make much […]

Monday, April 14th, 2008


day 159: 静宁 (jingning) = 0km Yesterday and today. Two days of my long way home. I feel weary: Maybe […]

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

little things

day 164: 会宁 (huining) = 0 km A day in a little town. I wander around looking for decent chocolate: […]

Sunday, April 20th, 2008


day 165: 会宁 (huining) = 0 km See the white stuff on top of the fruit-stands? The snow is back, […]

Monday, April 21st, 2008


day 166: 会宁 (huining) = 0 km My hotel seems almost completely deserted during most of the day: There’s a […]

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

tea & literature

day 169: 搀口 (chankou) = 0km 搀口 seems to consist of only two building rows hugging the highway: I spent […]

Friday, April 25th, 2008

guess what I’m doin

day 174: 兰州 (Lanzhou) = 0km That’s right: Absolutely nothing! With all my clothes in the laundry, the only thing […]

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

new shoes new shoes new shoes new shoes new shoes new shoes new shoes new shoes new shoes

day 175: 兰州 (Lanzhou) = 0km Oh yeah, finally: New trekking poles: And NEW SHOES: They feel lighter than my […]

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

au bord de l’eau

day 176: 兰州 (Lanzhou) = 0km I took my new shoes for a little stroll downtown today: Walking without constant […]

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

what am I going to call this one?

day 177: 兰州 (Lanzhou) = 0km I’m not sure why, but it was already past four in the afternoon when […]

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

pure love

day 178: 兰州 (Lanzhou) = 0km My ticket was made out for May 5th at 08:10 in the morning, and […]

Sunday, May 4th, 2008


day 188: 兰州 (Lanzhou) = 0km In the People’s Republic of China, if you want to photograph cultural relics (like […]

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

last one with a zero

day 189: 兰州 (Lanzhou) = 0km The world is out there: And tomorrow is the day. Soundtrack: Black Uhuru – […]

Thursday, May 15th, 2008


day 196: 永登 (yongdeng) = 0km My hotel sucked – big time. I think the least I could have expected […]

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

the white yak, the majestic, and the worm

day 199: 天祝藏族自治县 (Tibetan self-governed township of Tianzhu) – = 0km A couple of friends took me out to the […]

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

two hundred by two hundred

day 200: 天祝藏族自治县 (Tibetan self-governed township of Tianzhu) – = 0km When I had come back from dinner late last […]

Monday, May 26th, 2008


day 207: 武威 (wuwei) = 0km What a nice hotel. There is a sparkling clean shower, a porcelain toilet, and […]

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

the singing and the dancing

day 208: 武威 (wuwei) = 0km Day 2 of my computer struggle. I took a break at noon and went […]

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

not every fight can be glorious

day 209: 武威 (wuwei) = 0km Hello, I am Chris and this is day number 3 I am spending with […]

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

spinning, circling

day 210: 武威 (wuwei) = 0km Day 4, and we’re slowly getting there: I went out and got some things […]

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

oh Sichuan…

day 211: 武威 (wuwei) = 0km I am still here, and now that my notebook is up and running again, […]

Friday, June 6th, 2008

yes, I’m done here

day 212: 武威 (wuwei) = 0km Again, my pictures need to go home: This is actually a shot from yesterday, […]

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

good kiwis

day 220: 山丹 (shandan) = 0km There was once a foreigner who lived in 山丹 (shandan): He was here in […]

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

life unrecorded

day 225: 张掖 (zhangye) = 0km I stayed in my room all day. Had to, all my clothes were in […]

Friday, June 20th, 2008

trolley trouble

day 226: 张掖 (zhangye) = 0km Remember my water problem? (what’s first) I figured with the large arid spaces that […]

Saturday, June 21st, 2008


day 227: 张掖 (zhangye) = 0km After two days of digging through the markets and the back alley shops, I […]

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Herr K. and the corridors

day 228: 张掖 (zhangye) = 0km 王先生 (Mr. Wang) and I had laid out a master-plan for the construction of […]

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

manners or bust

day 229: 张掖 (zhangye) = 0km Of course my postal scam got immediately busted: … I got criticized, and I […]

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Buddhist caves

day 230: 张掖 (zhangye) = 0km The caboose was almost ready to go: It only needed some minor adjustments and […]

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

food court

day 234: 南华 (nanhua) = 0km I already whined to you about my sore legs. Besides, those of you who […]

Sunday, June 29th, 2008


day 241: 嘉峪关 (jiayuguan) = 0km I had to get up at six and run outside if I wanted to […]

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

when known becomes unknown

day 242: 嘉峪关 (jiayuguan) = 0km I had been to this place before, in the summer of 2006, although that […]

Monday, July 7th, 2008

straw hats and watermelons

day 254: 玉门 (yumen) = 0km We eventually took the train back to 玉门 (yumen), the place where I had […]

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Cucumber II

day 255: 玉门 (yumen) = 0km I still didn’t think much of the idea of my little brother walking through […]

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

the fruit basket

day 260: 安西 (anxi) = 0km I think some of you have been with me long enough to know what […]

Friday, July 25th, 2008


day 261: 安西 (anxi) = 0km We were still hanging out, and even though we knew that we needed to […]

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

whey yuh a seh!

day 262: 安西 (anxi) = 0km Yaga yaga, coo pon dat bwoy: A fe mi bredda: Ya nuh see? No […]

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

pull back the curtains

day 266: 敦煌 (dunhuang) = 0km Hey, check it out: I think we’re in the desert! Robozwerg says: “Whaaat?” Soundtrack: […]

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

please please swallow!

day 267: 敦煌 (dunhuang) = 0km I wanted the GPS-track that I had lost a couple of days ago (the […]

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Indiana Jones

day 268: 敦煌 (dunhuang) = 0km My friend Steven from Canada had come to the motherland, so he decided to […]

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

cucumbers for sale

day 269: 敦煌 (dunhuang) = 0km It was about time to get rid of the broken cucumber, so we went […]

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

sightseeing overkill

day 270: 敦煌 (dunhuang) = 0km There were going to be some serious changes during the next couple of days, […]

Monday, August 4th, 2008


day 271: 敦煌 (dunhuang) = 0km There’s a pagoda in the city, it’s called 白马塔 (White Horse Pagoda): Having spent […]

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008


day 302: 敦煌 (dunhuang) = 0km I arrived in the late afternoon: 敦煌 (dunhuang) had me back. Soundtrack: Ignite – […]

Friday, September 5th, 2008

how to lose weight

day 303: 敦煌 (dunhuang) = 0km “Hey!” the receptionist had smiled at me when I arrived at the hotel, “looks […]

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

“please close all the windows!”

day 304: 敦煌 (dunhuang) = 0km I woke up and I couldn’t really see anything outside: Sandstorm, again (little miss […]

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

the boss’s big butt

day 309: 柳园 (liuyuan) = 0km This is the last place on this trip that I have been to before. […]

Friday, September 12th, 2008

walking from Beijing to Bad Nenndorf

day 313: 星星峡 (xingxingxia) = 0km I found some good things in 星星峡 (xingxingxia). First I found food, then I […]

Tuesday, September 16th, 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

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

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

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 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

“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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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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