Just Chillin’ at the Karez museum
Finally one for the French archers. At last, Azincourt has been avenged!
Said balls being gently malaxed by expert hands before the happy ending (in the deep frier)
There’s nothing quite like freshly baked bread and a chef that doesn’t put his fingers all over your food. In Luoyang, Henan.
Rou Jia Mou – the end result
Bread noodle soup served with a side of bread and some bread for dessert – in Huaxian, Shaanxi.
As the Great Philosopher Laozi once said “A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar” – Drinking frog’s spawn in Tongguan
Lollipop made of sticky rice, sugar and rose-flower jam. Tasty. In Xi’an’s muslim quarter, with Ellie, Oli’s Chinese teacher and tour guide extraordinaire.
The result is a standard but tasty peanut brittle
Totally innocent peanuts are mixed with caramel and smashed with a sledge-hammer. In Xi’an’s muslim quarter.
Chefs pulling the noodles – In Xi’an’s muslim quarter.
“No veggie burgers?” – In Xi’an’s muslim quarter.
Collection of various pickles and spices. Xi’an is indeed the Gate to the West. – In Xi’an’s muslim quarter.
DIY street food – In Xi’an’s muslim quarter.
Giant chocolate cookies? Bullet-proof jackets? Paul Gascoigne’s liver? – In Xi’an’s muslim quarter.
Ok, it does not look good. But it could be, right? Well, it’s not. Probably made of sweet potato and filled with an unidentified dark paste (red bean). Avoid. Bad. – In Xi’an muslim quarter.
This must have been a stunning view (background)
Oli discovered that cycling shoulder to shoulder with a diesel engine proved more effective than some of Bear Grylls’ more suspect anti-hypothermia techniques
The centre square of a newly built village in Gansu pays tribute to the emblems of China: Mao, The Great Wall, The Forbidden City. We pointed out to the Mayor that the Louis Vuitton boutique was missing to which he agreed to amend
Las Vegas, Shaanxi, China
Cycling behind Matthieu in a badly ventilated tunnel after a lunch of Mutton soup almost proved too much
T’ai chi ch’uan with Master Zhang has proven to be an excellent way to avoid cycler’s cramp in the evening
Embracing Chinese cultural heritage in Xi’an
Mind your head? Zombie crossing?
Watch out for the tree…and the house? (we have seen this sign post literally five times a day since leaving Shanghai)
The Lord works in mysterious ways…Beautiful church discovered in the middle of a right s-hole.
For some this would be hell, for us this is home
Muslim Quarter, Xi’an
Hans dark beer – the slow maturation in 1-year-old Tronçais oak barrels gives this beer delicate coffee and caramels notes. That or they just mixed basic Tsingtao with instant coffee, we are not exactly sure.
It is called “roasted” porridge and it will be trendy one day.
The House of the Rising Sun
Travelling across Tibetan autonomous districts makes finding our way to the local pub a little more difficult.
Someone else has obviously missed a few turns.
Pint of lager and a bacon sandwich, anyone?
“Mr Frodo, how far is it to Mordor?”
The 3000m-high club. Care to join?
Ground control to Major Wang, commencing countdown, engines on.
Our Logistics Director has missed a turn… again. He was duly whipped with sheep tripes.
One of these two chaps has never seen a camera before.
Mr Jones departs for the yearly village fair with his ex-girlfriends at the back.
Mrs. Wang makes the best boiling water in the whole Wild West.
Who would have thought wind farms could work solely on mutton soup fuel?
Matthieu obviously zipping up his jacket for wind protection.
Sheep in classic 4-4-2 “skewer” formation.
At the Hell’s Angels Gansu chapter meeting
Xi’an’s city wall. The longest Xi’an city wall in the world
Full moon party in Xi’an (in bed at 10pm)
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a 7th century building that actually looks like it’s from the 7th century
Our wonderful hosts in Xi’an: Ellie, Mandy and Anthony.
More than 2,000 soldiers have already been re-assembled since the discovery of the site in 1974
Each soldier (out of an alledged number of 8,000!) is different and modelled on real-life imperial soldiers.
Only the tallest men of the time were recruited in the emperor’s army, which explains why the terracotta warriors are all rather tall, even compared to modern Chinese standards!
The terracotta army also contains over 600 chariot and cavalry horses.
How far? Really??
Everybody was Kung-Fu fighting….
A poo with a (not very) nice view
This chappie was a 22 year old student cycling from Jinan to Xi’an….in jeans
This chappie was cycling a loop from Chengdu-Chengdu via six provinces in China. Jia You Comrade!!
“I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.” –Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000
Sichuan cycling dude
Coal mining town near Sanmenxia
Testing the new North Face gear
Mmmmm, where’s your bathroom?
Matthieu hosts a debate on the relevance of Confucian teachings in modern Chinese culture
KTV with the Wuhantang Clan, 50 Yuan and Kanye Far-East
The national icon of China…..what’s it called again?
There may be trouble ahead….Baozi hunting in Luoyang
Handy chizel work from around the 5th century (give or take ten centuries)
Very wet but very impressive (talking about the carvings)
Team Road of Smiles blending in with their environment at Longmen Caves
Like Swiss Cheese but a bit harder and with Buddhas hiding inside
Millionaire Kong’s Palace….a 17th century NeverLand
Stealth Camping #BearGrylls #Ray Mears #Frederic Lopez
Locals providing moral support on a 30% gradient
Armed with a catapult Mr Chen asks Oli if he was from out of town…
Miss China and the two runners-up
Jin Hao 金浩 pre-operation with his Ayi (carer). Both were simply amazing.
Oli & Matthieu instruct the Doctor’s on the safety procedures pre-op
Looking to adopt….but maybe not just yet
Mena and friend
Miss China and the two runners-up
Dance monkey, dance
Jin Hao 金浩 after surgery with his Ayi (Carer) who is just the best
11 month old orphan, Jin Hao 金浩 before surgery
The sweet soy milk definitely smoothes it out
A typical lower tier town that we have been travelling through.
The Great Philosopher Laozi
Local cobbler at work on his Converse
The GPS said cross the bridge…
Resourceful little blighters
Beautifully carved wooden coffins retailing at around £500
This was the scene at almost every village we passed through if we stopped.
Matthieu navigates through the fields of Sesame
A welcome alternative road to the heavily polluted S303
Chinese style sweet donuts. They insisted we did not pay.
If anyone can say this town’s name five times in a row we’ll send you 1,000 Mao
Not even mentioned on Wikipedia
Lovely lady making “meat-in-bread”, a bit like a naan bread burger
A goat shepherd who stole the smile of the week award