Ride a Bike to Tibet

Posted on Thursday, November 26th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

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I have fallen in Love with Tibet.  For a long time I have wanted to ride a bike there, so in the summer of 2009 I decided to do it!  I wasn’t at all disappointed.  It was more beautiful than I could have imagined. Most of Tibet is bitterly cold, the climate very harsh. Local people are very strong because they have survived these conditions through many generations.  There is also a part that is always warm, south of Yangze, called Jiangnan where they have lots of sunshine.

The road we took is called Qingcang highway.  This is the highest road on the earth above sea level. We started from Ge’ermu City in Qinghai province, cycling through four mountain ranges; The Kunlun mountains (4700m), the Fenghuo mountains (4800m), the Tanggula mountains (5150m) and the Nianqing Tanggula mountains.  We passed three large rivers; the Tongtain, Tuotuo and Qingmaer.  Twelve days later, after passing through the Tibetan northern grasslands, we arrived in Lhasa the capitol of Tibet.  Qinghai Tibet highway is 1160 kilometres long, 80% of goods consumed there are imported on this highway. The average elevation of this entire road is above 4000m. Riding a bike along this road gave me the greatest feeling of freedom.  Everywhere you can see surging rivers, snow capped mountains, and animals running free in the wild.

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