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Cycling itinerary in Xinjiang

Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 3:50 am
by Jean-charles Midon
I will reach China from Kirghizstan soon and I was wondering why most of the cyclist take the northern road rather than the southern road ? As it is getting cold I'd take the southern road hoping that it would be a little warmer. Any advice ?

Re: Cycling itinerary in Xing Jiang

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:08 am
by bwv812
Pretty much everyone takes the Northern route for what I assume are a variety of reasons, including better infrastructure, more sights, larger population centers, etc. Apparently the roads were only fully paved a few years ago, and you used to need special permits to travel the eastern stretch, which undoubtedly also contributed to the lack of (Western) travelers. Anyway, I think it would be pretty cool to do the less-traveled southern route, but I would be somewhat surprised if it is materially warmer.

You can get a decent idea of the weather in different places along the road here:

Re: Cycling itinerary in Xing Jiang

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:29 am
by steven
I know these people had a great time: