The Road to Everest

Great Tour of China Pre-Start Report 2
Apr 25, 2006,

Tuesday 25 April 2006
Kunlun Hotel, Beijing

This morning a coach arrived to take all crews to the Golden Port race circuit to collect their vehicles. With the ever reliable Jingers on hand, all cars started without so much as a flat battery or tyre in sight.

After calibrating their trips, the participants all had their first chance to navigate through the Chinese traffic and into Beijing. Everyone returned safely to the hotel to reload and sort their vehicles, although some crews were slightly delayed ¨C with one couple taking a wrong turn and requiring the help of a taxi to find their way home. As far as navigation is concerned, things can only get better.

Tonight we enjoyed a fantastic Emperor¡¯s Banquet at the Fangshan Restaurant, another of Beijing¡¯s best venues, before heading back to the hotel for an early night. Plenty of sleep is in order for the start of the event at the foot of the Great Wall tomorrow morning.

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Day 30: Thursday 25 May 2006
Zhaoqing – Splendid China, Shenzhen

On this our final day of the Great Tour of China 2006, we made a short journey mainly on expressway from Zhaoqing to the Splendid China Cultural Park in Shenzhen for the ceremonial finish.

May 26, 2006
Day 29: Wednesday 24 May 2006
Guilin - Zhaoqing

We left Gulin on smooth fast roads with wonderful views of the ‘eggbox’ type hills. These are hills of limestone which have eroded into shape over centuries covered in native vegetation and resembling very large teeth.

May 25, 2006
Day 28: Tuesday 23 May 2006
Kaili - Guilin

The agenda today was another long driving day to Guilin along a mixture of road surfaces: smooth main roads, bumpy secondary roads and some roads still under construction.

May 24, 2006
Day 27: Monday 22 May 2006
Huangguoshu Falls - Kaili

Before negotiating another day on the road, everyone spent a couple of hours today visiting China’s most scenic falls at Huangguoshu. Set against lush, local vegetation, the falls make up in beauty for what they lack in size.

May 23, 2006
Day 26: Sunday 21 May 2006
Kunming – Huangguoshu Falls

This morning we took the northern road from Kunming on a mix of main highway, dual carriageway and back roads. The first town we passed through was Quiyang en route to Honggu, a large town with coal mining and steel production as it’s main industries.

May 23, 2006