Chinese Cycling Information

Chinese Cycling Information

Plans, Links, Pictures, Updates.  A living document if you will, living vicariously through both this site and other sites which we update.

The Plans

Notes: This plan is being continually updated and contains our comprehensive travel plan including map links, points of interest, routes, alternate routes, contacts and hosts, and any other information we gather.  By looking at this document, you know what we know, updated as we know it (per our internet connectivity)

THE ROUTE – kml file of our actual, shortened, and generally screwy route.

The Calendar

Notes: This Calendar should update as we move.  It contains approximate times for arrival into cities including who we’ll be staying with.

The Photos

Notes: none yet.  Look in your mail box.. maybe you got a post card.  Maybe. :)

The Route

Notes: These are PNGs of our route as shown by Google Maps.  Links to dynamic versions of these PNGs can be found within our SH-HK Plan document.  After we upload our actual route as tracked by our GPS we’ll post those here too.

Destination 1 (Shanghai to Hangzhoug):

  1. Full Pan Sat Image: d1-sat-o1
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d1-o1.png
  3. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d1-o2.png
  4. Detail Road Map (1): d1-d1.png
  5. Detail Road Map (2): d1-d2.png
  6. Detail Road Map (3): d1-d3.png
  7. Detail Road Map (4): d1-d4.png
  8. Detail Road Map (5): d1-d5.png
  9. Detail Road Map (6): d1-d6.png
  10. Detail Road Map (7): d1-d7.png
  11. Detail Road Map (8): d1-d8.png
  12. Detail Road Map (9): d1-d9.png
  13. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 2 (Hangzhou to Shaoxing):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d2-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d2-o2.png
  3. Partial Pan, Road Map (3): d2-o3.png
  4. Detail Road Map (1): d2-d1.png
  5. Detail Road Map (2): d2-d2.png
  6. Detail Road Map (3): d2-d3.png
  7. Detail Road Map (4): d2-d4.png
  8. Detail Road Map (5): d2-d5.png
  9. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 3 (Shaoxing to Tiantai Mountain):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d3-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): hd3-o2.png
  3. Partial Pan, Road Map (3): d3-o3.png
  4. Detail Road Map (1): d3-d1.png
  5. Detail Road Map (2): d3-d2.png
  6. Detail Road Map (3): d3-d3.png
  7. Detail Road Map (4): d3-d4.png
  8. Detail Road Map (5): d3-d5.png
  9. Detail Road Map (6): d3-d6.png
  10. Detail Road Map (7): d3-d7.png
  11. Detail Road Map (8): d3-d8.png
  12. Detail Road Map (9): d3-d9.png
  13. Detail Road Map (10): d3-d10.png
  14. Detail Road Map (11): d3-d11.png
  15. Detail Road Map (12): d3-d12.png
  16. Detail Road Map (13): d3-d13.png
  17. Detail Road Map (14): d3-d14.png
  18. Detail Road Map (15): d3-d15.png
  19. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 4 (Tiantai Mountain to Wenzhou):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d4-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d4-o2.png
  3. Partial Pan, Road Map (3): d4-o3.png
  4. Partial Pan, Road Map (4): d4-o4.png
  5. Detail Road Map (1): d4-d1.png
  6. Detail Road Map (2): d4-d2.png
  7. Detail Road Map (3): d4-d3.png
  8. Detail Road Map (4): d4-d4.png
  9. Detail Road Map (5): d4-d5.png
  10. Detail Road Map (6): d4-d6.png
  11. Detail Road Map (7): d4-d7.png
  12. Detail Road Map (8): d4-d8.png
  13. Detail Road Map (9): d4-d9.png
  14. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 5 (Wenzhou to Taimu Mountain):

  1. Partial Pan, Sat Map (1): d5-sat-d1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Sat Map (2): d5-sat-d2.png
  3. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d5-o1.png
  4. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d5-o2.png
  5. Partial Pan, Road Map (3): d5-o3.png
  6. Detail Road Map (1):  d5-d1.png
  7. Detail Road Map (2): d5-d2.png
  8. Detail Road Map (3): d5-d3.png
  9. Detail Road Map (4): d5-d4.png
  10. Detail Road Map (5): d5-d5.png
  11. Detail Road Map (6): d5-d6.png
  12. Detail Road Map (7): d5-d7.png
  13. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 6 (Taimu Mountain to Ningde):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d6-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d6-o2.png
  3. Detail Road Map (1): d6-d1.png
  4. Detail Road Map (2): d6-d2.png
  5. Detail Road Map (3): d6-d3.png
  6. Detail Road Map (4): d6-d4.png
  7. Detail Road Map (5): d6-d5.png
  8. Detail Road Map (6): d6-d6.png
  9. Detail Road Map (7): d6-d7.png
  10. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 7 (Ningde to Tantouzhen):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d7-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d7-o2.png
  3. Detail Road Map (1): d7-d1.png
  4. Detail Road Map (2): d7-d2.png
  5. Detail Road Map (3): d7-d3.png
  6. Detail Road Map (4): d7-d4.png
  7. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 8 (Tantouzhen to Jiangkouzhen):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d8-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d8-o2.png
  3. Detail Road Map (1): d8-d1.png
  4. Detail Road Map (2): d8-d2.png
  5. Detail Road Map (3): d8-d3.png
  6. Detail Road Map (4): d8-d4.png
  7. Detail Road Map (5): d8-d5.png
  8. Detail Road Map (6): d8-d6.png
  9. Detail Road Map (7): d8-d7.png
  10. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 9 (Jiangkouzhen to Chongwu):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d9-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d9-o2.png
  3. Detail Road Map (1): d9-d1.png
  4. Detail Road Map (2): d9-d2.png
  5. Detail Road Map (3): d9-d3.png
  6. Detail Road Map (4): d9-d4.png
  7. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 10 (Chongwu to Quanzhou):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d10-o1.png
  2. Detail Road Map (1): d10-d1.png
  3. Detail Road Map (2): d10-d2.png
  4. Detail Road Map (3): d10-d3.png
  5. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 11 (Quanzhou to Xiamen):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d11-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d11-o2.png
  3. Detail Road Map (1): d11-d1.png
  4. Detail Road Map (2): d11-d2.png
  5. Detail Road Map (3): d11-d3.png
  6. Detail Road Map (4): d11-d4.png
  7. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 12 (Xiamen to Jiuzhen):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d12-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d12-o2.png
  3. Detail Road Map (1): d12-d1.png
  4. Detail Road Map (2): d12-d2.png
  5. Detail Road Map (3): d12-d3.png
  6. Detail Road Map (4): d12-d4.png
  7. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 13 (Jiuzhen to Qiaodong):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d13-o1.png
  2. Detail Road Map (1): d13-d1.png
  3. Detail Road Map (2): d13-d2.png
  4. Detail Road Map (3): d13-d3.png
  5. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 14 (Qiaodong to Longdong):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d14-o1.png
  2. Detail Road Map (1): d14-d1.png
  3. Detail Road Map (2): d14-d2.png
  4. Detail Road Map (3): d14-d3.png
  5. Detail Road Map (4): d14-d4.png
  6. Detail Road Map (5): d14-d5.png
  7. Detail Road Map (6): d14-d6.png
  8. Detail Road Map (7): d14-d7.png
  9. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 15 (Longdong to Shenzhen):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d15-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d15-o2.png
  3. Partial Pan, Road Map (3): d15-o3.png
  4. Detail Road Map (1): d15-d1.png
  5. Detail Road Map (2): d15-d2.png
  6. Detail Road Map (3): d15-d3.png
  7. Detail Road Map (4): d15-d4.png
  8. Detail Road Map (5): d15-d5.png
  9. Detail Road Map (6): d15-d5b.png
  10. Detail Road Map (7): d15-d6.png
  11. Detail Road Map (8): d15-d7.png
  12. Detail Road Map (9): d15-d8.png
  13. Detail Road Map (10): d15-d9.png
  14. Detail Road Map (11): d15-d10.png
  15. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 16 (Shenzhen to Hong Kong):

  1. Full Island Satellite View: d16-sat-o1.png
  2. Full Island Terrain View: d16-ter-o1.png
  3. Full Island Road Map: d16-o1.png
  4. Partial Terrain View (1): d16-ter-d1.png
  5. Partial Terrain View (2): d16-ter-d2.png
  6. Partial Terrain View (3): d16-ter-d3.png
  7. Partial Terrain View (4): d16-ter-d4.png
  8. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Other Important Links:

John’s CS Profile

Dan’s CS Profile

On the Road & Website Migration.

In preparation for a month on the road I’m migrating my webposts to something which is accessible online. While I still have one month to prepare for this reality, I will be blogging from the new site in the mean time in order to break in the new system and work out all the kinks. The neat part is I’ve also migrated all of my previous blog entries, and some of the comments onto the new site (minus those found in these posts.) Hopefully by the end of the month I’ll have all of these posts migrated as well, as well as the new podcast address up and working.
That new site is the root of this one. Simply
http://www.thecalifornias.org
*modified from theCalifornias to JohnMizell.com
The Chair Pagoda of Hohhot


Q) Why did you move away from Blogger in the first place?
A) Blogger is unreliable in China. When we first arrived it was blocked, then it was allowed again, and now it’s blocked again. So rather than mess with email posts and frustration with media uploads I moved to the computer based iWeb platform. It worked well enough, minus a couple of SNAFUs I enjoyed using it.
Q) Why are you changing sites again?
A) As noted in the message above, I want to be able to update my site while on the road. I cannot do that using iWeb, so I must migrate to a new system.
Q) What system are you using? Where is it?
A) I’m using a server-side client called WordPress. It’s a blogging platform that is widely used and supported. While I only have about 2 weeks expierence working with it, it seems like a robust program that may in fact replace my use of iWeb in the future. However, only time will tell.
Q) How did you get to be so awesome?
A) Practice.
If you’ve got any other questions, or see an errors I don’t seem to be fixing, let me know.
(Photo: A Pagoda of Chairs I constructed as part of my children’s English lesson)

Next Step

A Letter:

In the last month I have been working to secure a six-month job with Aston Schools teaching English. In the last week I was told my Chinese visa was just about secured, I bought my plane ticket, and I found out that my traveling partner was a 100% “go.” So I concluded there was little more that would change my new direction.

I have taken a job in Hohhot (alternately spelled Huhehaote). The city is the capitol of China’s Inner Mongolia with a population of about 2.5 million and densities ranging between 400-26,000/sq mi. The weather and rain fall is fairly mild and many of the images I’ve seen make it look like the American Southwest. While ‘briskly’ cold (current temp is some -20′ C) during the early winter months, it would seem that it warms up quite quickly as it’s only at 3,500 feet. My friend, Dan Tuttle, whom I’ll be traveling and working with, is a close friend from school and has spent a good deal of time in China studying already and knows a great deal of the language. He assures me I’ll learn something of the language, which is nice to think about. However, while in China I hope to enhance my teaching skills and my language skills, understanding more of the language is a large priority with perhaps learning more about the cultural expectations in business as an unlikely second. Who knows what will really come across my plate. In any case it should be a neat way to explore another corner of the world while being paid (meagerly) to do it.

While I’m in CA now, I’ll head back to Arizona after the new year in order to make sure the house is ready to be without me for six-months and to move out. Then I will return to CA where I leave. The job will start March 1st, so I will be departing LAX February 18th, and will be returning (barring any changes) September 8th about ten days after my contract is over.

I think that’s my plan for now, though after I apply for The Great Race things may change. :) Very Good.
John Mizell

I’ve attached a couple of websites for more information about the program and the area.

Weather Averages for the city:
http://www.fwcc.org/neimong.htm#hohhot

Wikipedia Article for the city:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hohhot

Aston Schools Website:
http://www.astonschool.com/