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Driving in China. by Mike82 on 6 June 2005 6:32pm
I'm just starting to find out information for an expidition I'm hoping to undertake in a couple of years. I want to drive through Euroupe, Kazakstan, Mongolia, China and India using a landrover. I have starting reading some travel books from the library and one of them says it is not possible to drive your own vehicle trough China. However this book is out of date and was published in 1999. Does anyone know if this is still the case? If so are there any ways around this (putting the landrover on a train etc), or should I be re-thinking my route. I havn't even starting looking at the logistics of the trip or started researching it yet. Any help/suggestions would be very welcome even if not dirrectly related to the problem mentioned. Cheers Mike.
Re: Driving in China. by julwis on 7 June 2005 12:27am
Ive got quite a few Chinese friends so Ill try and find out what I can. As for India, dont know too much about travelling there. I do know that its been known for foreigners driving on the roads there to be targetted by locals who go as far as to throw their kids under the wheels of vehicles. They do this simply to stop the vehicle then extort vast charges from the drivers to cover medical bills and whatever other finances they can. They target foreigners since they see them as being far wealthier than locals.
As for driving in Kazakhstan, the roads should be ok, though they maybe more sparse in Mongolia. Check out Long Way Round with Ewan Mcgregor and Charley Boorman for the conditions there. Their back up teams didnt have too many problems, except for one 4x4 overturning in Mongolia.
Re: Driving in China. by Mike82 on 8 June 2005 12:49am
Cheers for the reply julwis. I don't like the sound of the parents in India, thanks for the warning. Any information you could pass on from your Chinese friends would be brill. I've read the Long Way Round and found it very interesting. Also made me think the trip was possible (although a back up team like Ewan and Charleys' would put my mind at rest even further!).
Re: Driving in China. by beccles on 8 June 2005 11:41am
You've got to be careful when driving in China, especially if you want to go to a one of the cities such as shanghai or especially beijing, because nobody pays any attention to road safety or rules, so as you can imagine it can get fairly dangerous. On a trip to China I was once in a taxi in Beijing, we were on a busy motorway and the taxi driver just suddenly stopped the car and told us to get out because he had gone to far and couldnt turn around. There wasnt even a curb!

Re: Driving in China. by julwis on 12 June 2005 2:23pm
Ive asked some Chinese friends of mine, but none of them have actually driven in and out of the country so dont know what the regulations are. It seems that most people who travel long distance either go by train or fly. If I hear anymore then Ill post here again.
Re: Driving in China. by JensC on 18 June 2005 1:10am
Driving thru china should not be a big issue, they do have roads you know?

And if you want to follow the coast line, there should not be many problems... make a documentary, have even easier circumstances.. good luck!!

Re: Driving in China. by Dan H on 28 June 2005 11:47pm
Its not the roads etc, its access in the first place. China wont allow you to drive a vehicle without an approved guide, and they cost mega bucks and will tend to lead you to the tourist traps like you would not believe. Im planning a very similar route in July 2006.
Re: Driving in China. by julwis on 22 April 2006 11:41pm
How are your plans going for this trip? I recently found a full set of 1:250000 scale maps of China at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/china.html#detailed.html follow the topographical link. Ive not seen maps of this scale too often before.
Re: Driving in China. by tucsonmike on 23 April 2006 6:53pm
I bookmarked the site. I like those maps and may use them for my class.

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