This summer Amelia and I were lucky enough to spend five weeks backpacking around western China.
This trip turned out to be the most adventurous trip we’ve been on by far, and certainly one of the most rewarding. Travelling was at times rough, with numerous horrific long distance bus journey’s, terrible food, and the ever present worry that local authorities will take a disliking to our presence (they didn’t, on the whole). The scenery however, the places we saw and many of the people we met, were quite simply, amazing and more than made up for this.
Over the next few weeks we will share some of our pictures, stories and newly-acquired knowledge for the benefit of other travellers, because quite frankly, there is little to-no information available in the English language about some of these areas, and if we had known some things beforehand, it could have made life much easier for us.
We started in Xinjiang, and eventually headed south-east through Gansu and Tibetan parts of Sichuan, before finishing off in Chengdu. Below is a rough map of the route we took.