Monthly Archives: February 2008

Xi’an

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The first thing in the morning – lazy cats on the roof: They were bathing in the sunlight while I was leaning over a dirty sink brushing my teeth. When I got on the highway to Xi’an though, the sun was shining upon me too, I had a can of cool herbal tea in my […]


different degrees of deluxe

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I was going to walk to Xi’an today, but in the end I didn’t make it. By far. Instead my mind got corrupted by the lifestyles of the rich and infamous: This is Huaqingchi 华清池, the legendary hot springs resort of the emperors. This place has apparently been in use for more than five thousand […]


old friends better than merry warriors

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When I woke up in my PLA bed, I noticed something was going on outside: Morning music – now that’s something different to a regular hotel. I decided it was time for me to get going as well, because it would be a long day. … Ok, where do I start on this one? Too […]


simple?

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Another night of the elevator-symphony had gone by, and so there I was, not suffering anymore, and on the road again. I guess it’s too easy to forget about real misery unless it’s in your face: Where do they come from, all the unwanted and lost? – Every place in the world seems to have […]


sharks & coupons

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Yesterday had me going through some moments of undignified, intense stomach-unrest, so today I was going to stay in. I got a room on the 6th floor in a hotel with an elevator. Well here’s the thing: The elevator was right next to my room. I could hear it whenever it moved; up and down, […]


weather conditions are subject to change

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I told you it had been pretty hot the last two days, and also that I was staying in a hotel with no heating last night. Because it had been so hot. Well, it wasn’t so hot at all when I woke up and stepped outside to have a look: Not that bad? Okay, how […]


stones to pebbles

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Today might have been even hotter than the day before; I’m not wearing my long johns and my sweater anyways, and I’m definitely not cold. Anyways, warm or not, it seemed like it was going to be another boring day on the road at first: Somewhere after the railway tracks I came across a couple […]


heat in the working unit

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Not much happened today, except for one thing: temperatures were rising, and it definitely got a bit warm on the road: At some point, I came through a large working unit 单位 (a kind of government-owned company from the socialist era): This one was so big it basically formed a village by itself, complete with […]


cool mountaineers

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I got to the foot of Huashan at around one in the morning. There was a little shop that was still open: I bought a drink and asked the friendly lady there about the situation up on the trails, and she said it shouldn’t be a problem at all, so I was very optimistic when […]


noodles

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The mountain is calling. My plan is to start the ascend in the midnight hour to be able to take in the sunrise on the East Peak in the morning. So for now, I’m trying to rest up. I had a good serving of Lanzhou lamian 兰州拉面: And here’s how they’re made: Wish me luck […]


the Yellow River hop

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I finally crossed the Yellow River and made it into the province of Shaanxi 陕西 today. Yay!! The last steps through public traffic before the river were hasty and confused though: But then I got to the bridge: What a sublime feeling to be crossing these massive waters… The Yellow River 黄河. Slowly winding its […]


funny faces

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I ran out of clean socks today. (Yes, even though I might look a bit weird by now, but I still change my socks everyday.) Anyways, this was also a nice excuse to hang around in my hotel room, kick back and do nothing except ordering food. I would pick up the phone and call […]


visiting the fat lady

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You see the blue stream on the map? That’s the famous Yellow River. I am so close to it, but alas! I can’t see it just yet, because it has pulled back too far into its bed: The road I was walking on today looked the same for hours and hours: No people, no cars […]


love locks

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This is my friend Chang Haiqiang 常海强: Awesome guy; fixed me up with a nice place to stay and fed me home-cooked chicken wings for breakfast. The dude has done just about everything everywhere, from motorbike maintenance in the South to running a restaurant in the capital. He knows everyone in the little settlement that’s […]


afraid of heights

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There is an aeroplane on a square in a public park in Yongji: Obviously, this is a nice place to play with friends when you’re about 10 years old: I’m 26, so I didn’t play. Instead I was going to climb yet another pagoda, one that seemed to be leaning slightly to the right: The […]


spring again

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There’s a photographer (I forget his name) who has published a book about things people sit on in China. I think that is an interesting subject indeed, and I am a bit jealous that I didn’t think of it first: There’s not necessarily a deeper meaning to this – most chairs are still just chairs […]


sneakers

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Someone had left his sneakers outside, on a wall next to the road: My boots didn’t care much though. They just carried my aching body away: The mountains to the left, the flat land to the right, stomping the concrete highway, so we walked, my boots and I: Some kids were shooting pool, and I […]


like to want to try to do sth.

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Oh, so good to be on the road again! Or so I thought… It seemed like the Chairman himself was going to hail me off when I was about to leave the city: Everything was quiet, almost all shops and restaurants remaining closed during the holiday season: I seemed to find a kid around every […]


tattoo with blade

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It’s really about time I get going again – add some mileage to the track. The thing is: I’m not supposed to stay in a single place too long, otherwise I’m afraid I won’t make it home before I’m thirty. Yuncheng was good though, lots of friendly people; but in the end, I didn’t succeed […]


cakes, carousels, and captive canines

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We went out to the park to have some fun: Okay, I gotta admit it – I didn’t take any of the rides, I had enough fun just taking pictures. For example, I snapped a shot of these little dudes riding the plastic bubble: little dude (singing): “Foreigner, I hate you, I hate you!” me […]