Awesome Random

Anyone who has ever stepped foot in China will be able to tell of at least one experience where he/she had absolutely no clue of what was going on. Whether it is about having to improvise a speech at a local wedding or participating in a public group dance (both happened to us on this trip), those moments are what makes China so special. The conjunction of sheer cultural difference and China having been relatively closed to foreigners for so long contribute to create an environment where many Chinese people look at us as if we were from outer space and we in return tend to deem quite a few things as beyond absurd. Such a combination could be the recipe for many an awkward moment but with light hearts on both ends it is mostly the source of hilarious situations. People of China, we made you laugh with our attempts at speaking Chinese, our obsession for eating pudding after dinner and the look on our faces when presented with a plate of sea cucumbers. Here are, in return a few moments that put a smile on our faces during our three months amongst you.

Honestly, we did feel very sorry for this guy but he has no one but himself to blame.  On the way to the Shaolin Temple, Henan Province, China.

This little chap is either destined to be a comedy legend or an expert in barbecued mutton skewers.  Whichever it is, many people will enjoy his offering as we did (though after an hour it was clear he needed some new tricks). In Kashgar, Xinjiang Province, China.

Chinese creditors try out a new technique in getting their money back from even the deepest of pockets. In Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China.

Proctewr&Gamble's new lower tier market research program has been critisized by some as being too invasive. In Wuwei, Gansu Province, China.

Procter&Gamble’s new lower tier market research program has been critisized by some as being too invasive. In Wuwei, Gansu Province, China.

 

After cycling 1,500km through extremely challenging terrain, it was good for the Highway Agency to point out what we had seen for the last two weeks. In Xinjiang Province, China.

After cycling 1,500km through extremely challenging terrain, it was good for the Highway Agency to point out what we had seen for the last two weeks. In Xinjiang Province, China.

 

That's why they say "Never get high on your own supply..."

That’s why they say “Never get high on your own supply…”

 

Trying to blend in with the other outrageous cars around town BA Baracus insisted on including two number plates and camouflage with Chinese flags, making the new A-Team vehicle virtually invisible in the urban jungle.

Trying to blend in with the other outrageous cars around town BA Baracus insisted on including two number plates and camouflage with Chinese flags, making the new A-Team vehicle virtually invisible in the urban jungle.

 

Even grannies know the Gangnam dance. Sexy Ladies? In Chuzhou, Anhui Province, China.

101 reasons why giving a monk a blade is a bad idea. At the Shaolin Temple, Henan Province, China.

The best deterrent to grown men prone to screaming like a girl when visiting the dentist. In Wuwei, Gansu Province, China.

The best deterrent to grown men prone to screaming like a girl when visiting the dentist. In Wuwei, Gansu Province, China.

 

When we called to ask if we could have a sneaky-peak at the facilities we were sternly rebuffed. In Wuwei, Gansu Province, China.

When we called to ask if we could have a sneaky-peak at the facilities we were sternly rebuffed. In Wuwei, Gansu Province, China.

 

"Don't worry, pengyou, it´s safe up there, and we have your back!"

“Don’t worry, pengyou, it´s safe up there, and we have your back!”

 

With the Champs-Elysées in sight, Team Road of Smiles were lulled into believing they were almost home. In Hami, Xinjiang Province, China.

With the Champs-Elysées in sight, Team Road of Smiles were lulled into believing they were almost home. In Hami, Xinjiang Province, China.

 

In the middle of the desert, a mirage appeared. Thirsty, hungry, and baffled by too many intellectually challenged thoughts from Oli, Matthieu thought he had arrived back to the real Paris. In Aksu, Xinjiang Province, China.

In the middle of the desert, a mirage appeared. Thirsty, hungry, and baffled by too many intellectually challenged thoughts from Oli, Matthieu thought he had arrived back to the real Paris. In Aksu, Xinjiang Province, China.

 

The worst day of “fog” in China so far, so bad one needed to chew before breathing. In most of Henan Province, China.

We had no idea what this chap was saying in local dialect, but he definitely had a good point…and a catapult….so we agreed in earnest.  In the countryside, Anhui Province, China.

This is not a flash mob organised by an out of touch marketing team, but a sight that is common every evening in most towns in China. This is how the older generation keep in good shape though we can’t see it taking off back home. In Bozhou, Anhui Province, China.

The first time Oli has ever kissed a turtle head, though it probably won't be the last. In Fenyang, Anhui Province, China.

The first time Oli has ever kissed a turtle head, though it probably won’t be the last. In Fenyang, Anhui Province, China.

 

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After 2000km of cycling Oli was presented with a life-size replica of his hemorrhoids. In Anhui Province, China.

 

Avid smoking gamblers, Team Road of Smiles were glad to finally find a place to stay where they wouldn't be bothered.

Avid smoking gamblers, Team Road of Smiles were glad to finally find a place to stay where they wouldn’t be bothered.

 

After 2 months on the road, Team Road of Smiles is finally able to find decent kryptonite supply. In Shanshan, Xinjiang Province, China.

After 2 months on the road, Team Road of Smiles is finally able to find decent kryptonite supply. In Shanshan, Xinjiang Province, China.

 

The copywriting says it all. We've invested all our Snicker's fund. In Luoyang, Henan Province, China.

The copywriting says it all. We’ve invested all our Snicker’s fund. In Luoyang, Henan Province, China.

 

The cultural highlight of visiting Jiayuguan Fort. Using the Maochinegun, Gansu Province, China.

The cultural highlight of visiting Jiayuguan Fort. Using the Maochinegun, Gansu Province, China.

 

Sorry Mummy. Sorry Madame. Goulden. In Xi'an, Shaanxi, China

Sorry Mummy. Sorry Madame Goulden. In Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

 

A sign declaring "Tibet belongs to the Motherland China"....in Gansu Province, China.

A sign declaring “Tibet belongs to the Motherland China”….in Gansu Province, China.

It was kind, but totally unnecessary for the local Mayor to welcome us to his village with such fanfare. In Jiangsu Province, China.

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