Far East

Our Silk Road trip is getting to its final stage with our solemn entry to the Far East through Mongolia. Next step will be the long-awaited China!

We are now forcibly mingling parts of the ancient Marco Polo‘s journey with stretches beyond that experience and related to other cultural frames. Still we do not know where this section will end …

OUR FAR EAST LOG (September – December 2016):

31/08:  Astana > Olgii (MGL) – 1851 km

  • by bus (running every 7-10 days), 9050 Tenge (approx. 13.80 €), bought at Astana’s bus station

03/09:  Olgii > Khotgor – 132 km

  • by hitchhiking

04/09: Khotgor >Üüreg Nuur (Lake) > Ulaangom – 40 km + 82 km

  • by taxi, 40 000 Tug (Mongolian tögrög) – approx. 16 € , paid to the driver
  • by van, 15 000 Tug (approx. 6 €), paid to the driver

05/09: Ulaangom > Tosontsengel – 542 km

  • by night bus, 40 000 Tug (approx. 16 €) , paid to the bus driver

07/09: Tosontsengel > Ulaanbaatar – 815 km

  • by night bus, 40 000 Tug (approx. 16 €) , paid to the bus driver

10/09: Ulaanbaatar > Khutul > Amarbayasgalant Khiid > Erdenet – 256km+80+114 km

  • by night train to Khutul, 7 500 Tug (approx. 3 €) , bought at the train station
  • by hitchhiking and shared car to Amarbayasgalant Khiid
  • by hitchhiking to Erdenet

11/09: Erdenet > Ulaanbaatar –  382 km

  • by night train, 7 500 Tug (approx. 3 €) , bought at the train station

14/09: Ulaanbaatar > Dalanzadgad –  577 km

  • by bus, 22 900 Tug (approx. 9 €) , bought at the bus station

15/09 – 17/09 : Dalanzadgad > Flaming Cliffs > Khongoryn Els > Yoliin Am > Dalanzadgad (91 km + 141 km + 169 km +47 km)

18/09: Dalanzadgad > Ulaanbaatar – 577 km

  • by bus, 22 900 Tug (approx. 9 €) , bought at the bus station

20/09: Ulaanbaatar > Ulan Ude (RUS) – 585 km

  • by bus, 65 000 Tug (approx. 26 €) , bought at the ticket office in the train station

20/09: Ulan Ude (RUS) > Chita – 647 km

  • by night train, 1 161.10 RUB + 200 RUB (approx. 18 €) , bought at the train station

21/09:  Chita > Blagoveshchensk – 1581 km

  • by night train, 1 541.10 RUB (approx. 20 €) , bought at the train station

23/09:  Blagoveshchensk > Birobidzan – 512 km

  • by night train, 1 300.10 RUB (approx. 18 €) , bought at the train station

24/09:  Birobidzan > Khabarovsk – 184 km

  • by marshrutka, 400 RUB (approx. 5 €) , paid to the driver

26/09:  Khabarovsk > Vladivostok – 753 km

  • by night train,  1355.10 RUB (approx. 18.82 €) , bought at the train station

28/09:  Vladivostok > Donghae (South Korea) > Sakaiminato (Japan) – 1140 km

  • by ferry boat,  14,777 RUB (approx. 205 €) + 760 RUB (approx. 10 €) port tax , bought at dbs office in Vladivostok

30/09:  Sakaiminato > Matsue – 28 Km

  • by hitchhiking

01/10: Matsue > Izumo > Matsue – 38 + 38 Km

  • by hitchhiking

02/10:  Matsue > Kyoto – 317 Km

  • by hitchhiking

05/10:  Kyoto > Tokyo – 452 Km

  • by hitchhiking

13/10: Tokyo > Yokohama > Kamakura – 43 + 27 Km

  • by train, 240 Yen (approx. 2.00 €), bought at Naka-Meguro metro station in Tokyo.
  • by train, 340 Yen (approx. 2.95 €), bought at Yokohama central station.

14/10:  Kamakura > Hakone > Odewara > Tomizu – 45 + 7 + 5 Km

  • by hitchhiking
  • by train, 310 Yen (approx. 2.70 €), bought at Hakone-Yumoto train station.
  • by train, 160 Yen (approx. .140 €), bought at Hakone-Yumoto train station.

15/10:  Tomizu > Nara – 410 Km

  • by hitchhiking

16/10:  Nara > Osaka – 31 Km

  • by hitchhiking

18/10:  Osaka > Kobe (Maiko) > Awaji > Takamatsu  – 69 + 7 + 134 km

  • by train, 840 Yen  (approx. 7.20 €), bought at Chibune train station
  • by bus, 410 Yen (approx. 3.50 €), paid to the driver
  • by hitchhiking

19/10:  Takamatsu > Naoshima > Takamatsu – 19 + 19 Km

  • by boat, 990 Yen (return ticket, approx. 8.60 €), bought at Takamatsu port

20/10:  Takamatsu > Hiroshima – 210 Km

  • by hitchhiking

22/10:  Hiroshima > Miyajimaguchi > Miyajima > Miyajimaguchi > Fukuoka – 21 + 6 + 6 + 264  Km

  • by tram, 260 Yen (approx. 2.30 €), paid at Miyajimaguchi station
  • by ferry, 180 Yen (360 return) (approx.1.60 €), bought at Miyajimaguchi terminal
  • by hitchhiking

24/10:  Fukuoka > Busan (South Korea) – 215 Km

  • by Camellia ferry, 54,000 Won + 800 Yen port taxes (approx. 43 € + 7.15 €), bought online here

26/10:  Busan > Gyeongju  – 85 km

  • by bus, 5800 Won  (approx. 4.70 €), bought at Busan bus station

27/10:  Gyeongju >Daegu – 85 Km

  • by bus, 5500 Won (approx. 4.50 €), bought at Gyeongju bus station

28/10:  Daegu > Jeonju – 173 Km

  • by bus, 11900 Won (approx. 9.60 €), bought at Daegu bus station

29/10:  Jeonju > Daejeon > Andong – 80 + 188 Km

  • by bus, 5900 Won (approx. 4.80 €), bought at Jeonju bus station
  • by bus, 15000 Won (approx. 12.20 €), bought at Daejeon bus station

30/10:  Andong  > Hanoe > Andong – 25 + 25 Km

  • by bus n.46, 1800 Won (approx. 1.50 €), paid to the driver
  • by bus n.46, 1800 Won (approx. 1.50 €), paid to the driver

31/10:  Andong – Seoul – 250 Km

  • by bus, 16500 Won (approx. 13.40 €), bought at Andong bus station

02/11:  Seoul > DMZ  (JSA) > Seoul – 44 + 44 Km

  • by tour (viptravel tour), 130000 Won (approx. 105 €), reserved by email and paid to the organizer

04/11:  Seoul  > Incheon – 37 Km

  • by metro, 1900 Won (approx. 1.5 €), bought at the metro station in Seoul

04/11:  Incheon > Qinhuangdao (China) – 675 Km

  • by boat, 119300 Won (approx. 96 €), bought via Qinin Ferry at Incheon port terminal

05/11:  Qinhuangdao  > Beijing – 290 Km

  • by train, 43.5 Yuan, (approx. 6 €), bought at Qinhuangdao Train Station

07/11: Beijing > Miyun > Gubeikou (Great Wall) > Miyun > Beijing – 77 Km + 56 km + 56 km + 77km

  • by bus n. 980 to Miyun, 15 Yuan, (approx. 2 €), paid to the driver
  • by bus n. 25 to Gubeikou,  11 Yuan, (approx. 1.5 €), paid to the driver
  • by bus n. 25 Gubeikou,  11 Yuan, (approx. 1.5 €), paid to the driver
  • by bus n. 980 to Beijing, 15 Yuan, (approx. 2 €), paid to the driver

09/11:  Beijing > Taiyuan > Pingyao –  476 + 96 Km

  • by train, 75 Yuan (approx. 10 €), bought at Beijing West Railway Station
  • by train, 28 Yuan (approx. 3.75 €), bought at Taiyuan Railway Station

10/11:  Pingyao > Wang Family Courtyard > Pingyao –  50 + 50 Km

  • by bus, 17 + 17|Yuan (approx. 5.50 €), bought at Pingyao bus station

10/11:  Pingyao > Xian –  500 Km

  • by train, 66 Yuan (approx. 8.80 €), bought at Pingyao Railway Station

12/11:  Xian > Terracotta Warriors Museum > Xian  –  37 + 37 Km

  • by bus, 7 + 10 |Yuan (approx. 2.25 €), paid to the driver

12/11:  Xian > Chengdu –  716 Km

  • by train, 112 Yuan (approx. 14.90 €), bought at Xian train station

14/11:  Chengdu > Leshan > Chengdu –  146 + 146 Km

  • by train, 51 + 51 Yuan (approx. 13.60 €), bought at Chengdu South Railway Station

15/11:  Chengdu > Huaihua – 950 Km

  • by train to Huaihua, 119 Yuan (approx. 16 €), bought at Chengdu East Railway Station

16/11: Huaihua > Zhangjiajie > Zhangjiajie Forest Park – 296 + 27 Km

  • by train to Zhangjiajie, 15.5 Yuan (approx. 2.10 €), bought at Huaihua Railway Station
  • by local bus, 12 Yuan (approx. 1.60 €), paid to the driver

17/11:  Zhangjiajie Forest Park > Zhangjiajie > Fenghuang – 27 + 226 Km

  • by local bus, 12 Yuan (approx. 1.60 €), paid to the driver
  • by bus to Fenghuang, 80 Yuan (approx. 10.80 €), bought at Fenguang Bus Station

18/11:  Fenghuang > Huaihua > Heping – 81 + 280 Km

  • by bus to Huaihua, 40 Yuan (approx. 5.40 €), bought at Fenghuang Bus Station
  • by bus to Huaihua, 121 Yuan (approx. 17 €), bought at Huaihua Bus Station

19/11:  Heping > Ping’an > Dazhai > Heping > Guilin – 18 + 12 + 25 + 76 Km

  • by bus to Ping’an, 15 Yuan (approx. 2 €), paid to the driver
  • on foot to Dazhai
  • by bus to Heping, 15 Yuan (approx. 2 €), paid to the driver
  • by bus to Guilin, 26 Yuan (approx. 3.50 €), paid to the driver

20/11:  Guilin > Yangshuo – 73 Km

  • by bus, 26 Yuan (approx. 3.50 €), bought at Guilin bus station

20/11:  Yangshuo > Dragon Bridge > Yulong – 15 + 15 Km

  • by bike, 20 Yuan (approx. 2.70 €) daily rent, rented at Yangshuo Backpacker Youth Hostel

21/11:  Yanghshuo > Xing Ping > Yangshuo – 60 Km

  • by bike, 20 Yuan (approx. 2.70 €) daily rent, rented at Yangshuo Backpacker Youth Hostel

22/11:  Yangshuo > Guilin > Qionghai – 73 + 905 Km

  • by bus, 25 Yuan (approx. 3.30 €), paid to the driver
  • by bus, 300 Yuan (approx. 40.50 €), bought at Gulin Bus Station (included boat from Hai´an to Haikou)

23/11:  Qionghai > Bo’ao – 19 Km

  • by bus, 6 Yuan (approx. 0.80 €), paid to the driver

25/11: Bo’ao > Qionghai > Haikou > Guangzhou – 19 + 96 + 588 Km

  • by bus, 6 Yuan (approx. 0.80 €), paid to the driver
  • by bus, 26 Yuan (approx. 3.50 €), bought at Qionghai Bus Station
  • by night train, 139 Yuan (approx. 19 €), bought at Haikou Railway Station

27/11: Guangzhou > Zhuhai – 128 Km

  • by bus, 63 Yuan (approx. 8.60 €), bought at Guangzhou Bus Station

28/11: Zhuhai > Macau – 5 Km

  • crossing the border on foot

30/11: Macau > Hong Kong International Airport  – 64 Km

  • by boat, TurboJET,  HKD 254 (approx. 31 €), bought on line

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