Saddling up to see China

A bike trip across the world's most populous country reveals a country of contrasts and contradictions, writes Fearghal O'Nuallain.

13th November, 2011
Fearghal O'Nuallain leaves Hami during his cycle across China.

I am awoken abruptly at 2am by six policemen bursting into my room and shining their flashlights in my face. They rifle through my stuff while I sit shivering in my boxer shorts, they then politely tell me that I must leave "for my own safety".

Begrudgingly, I put on my wet cycling clothes and carry my bike down three flights of stairs and back into the rainy night. I cycle the remaining 50km to...

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