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We bicycle 3-1/2 months across China in 2011 to make Land of the Dragon!

China will play a major role in the economic, social and political trends of this century.

China has many of the largest modern cities in the world. The Bird's Nest Sports stadium in the capitol, Beijing, was built for the 2008 Olympics.
Because of all the new construction, China uses more coal, concrete and steel than any other country in the world.
Hong Kong was a British Colony until 1997. Now it is once again part of China.

This building is nicknamed Big Pants.

China has 22 provinces in light brown, 5 autonomous regions in dark brown, and 4 controlled municipalities in red. Our route is also shown in red.

China is surrounded by 14 other countries.


China stretches across five time zones yet the whole country is on the same time as the capitol, Beijing.


Our route is in red.

Southern China is hot and tropical with monson rains (about the same latitude as central Mexico).

Southwestern China has many mountains over 20,000 feet. Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world at 29,035 ft. is along the Chinese border with Nepal.

The Gobi Desert (5th largest in the world) and Taklamakan Desert stretch across northern China.

1.3 billion people live in China, more than any other country in the world.

92% of the people belong to the Han ethnic group.
China has 56 different ethnic groups, people who have their own customs, culture and traditions. We visit a number of ethnic groups to meet people with a wide range of lifestyles.
The Miao are the fifth largest ethnic group in China. They are called Hmong throughout the rest of southeast Asia.
A man from the Naxi ethnic group of Yunnan province. Less than half of Chinese now live in rural areas.
A Tibetan girl from Qinghai province dressed for a festival wearing an antique coral bead necklace.

Si Yue Ba Festival

Longji Rice Terraces


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