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Four years later, and here I am – back in Khorgas.

It took a lot of flying to get here:

  • Hanover – Istanbul
  • Istanbul – Beijing
  • Beijing – Karamay
  • Karamay – Yining

…and then a car ride to Khorgas.

Most of the time it looked somewhat like this:

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Blurry.

There was one exception though. I had booked one of the flights first class (because it was actually cheaper than paying for my extra luggage, don’t ask me why).

So I got to hang where the rich people hang:

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It seems as though once you’ve overpaid for your ticket you get all kinds of stuff for free. And you get to be by yourself.

Anyway, I was happy when I found out that they were still selling my book at the airport in Beijing:

book at the airport

Not only because it’s always nice to sell books.
But because I had been a bit worried about the Chinese authorities.
Here’s a video I made before I left, in which I try to explain the issue:

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But then of course everything turned out to be just fine.

I got a haircut in Yining:

haircut in Yining

Then I went and saw Big Brother Ma 马大哥 (whom I had previously been referring to as Mr. Ma 马先生):

Big Brother Ma

He had been storing my Caboose during the last four years. Four years! And she was still her old self: sturdy and pretty:

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All she needed was a little bit of work and a set of new tires (which I got for her from Germany, hence the extra luggage):

The Caboose

And she was ready to go.



  • booked

    老雷,怕被吸毒,怕被嫖娼,我第一次听说外国人的也怕这个,很悲哀,共产党把当你是外国人看待,要抓你,不给你签证过来就可以了吧

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  • booked

    被嫖娼,被吸毒,这视频有点沉重啊,共产党当你是个老外,如果要怕你不给你签证不就ok了

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  • Lee

    Love you 老雷, surprised to know that you are in China already, be safe, will keep a eye on you. safe safe safe

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  • Corinna

    Alles Gute!
    C.

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  • 飛天駱駝

    老雷,welcome back n have fun!

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  • WEI

    应该没有这么糟糕吧,其实我觉得你在中国会比想象的更自由一点,希望你一路顺利。见庙进去拜一拜,就会一路顺风。
    有个问题,你这一路上要带多少钱?

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  • Abraham

    Chris , I hope everything is gonna be cool !
    And be aware of the “BIG BROTHER IS WATHCING YOU ”
    Hope you can travel to Kaxgar as well .

    Sincerely ~
    Peace 🙂

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  • Jori

    Good to know you are travelling again! I wish you all the best und viel Glück!

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  • Philipå¼µ

    Good luck and safe travel… 一路順風⋯

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  • lyn

    老雷,怎么看到你书的英文版,中国好像没有。网上也没有

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