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This slide show covers HOG-HONG KONG'S Silk Road motorcycle tour. We believe this was the first motorcycle tour along the entire length of the Silk Road. We invite you to read the accompanying magazine article: IF MARCO POLO ROAD A HARLEY. All photos taken by Hans Kemp.
The tour started in Langzhou, China and ended in Urumqi, China, not far from the Russian border. A lot of the SILK ROAD is dead straight, dead flat, and dead empty as depicted in this photo. The Silk road skirts two deserts, the Gobi and Taklamankin.
The Flaming Mountains of Turpan. Not every photo in this slide show will have a caption. If a photo does have a caption the image will display for a longer duration. You can stop a slide from advancing by hovering your cursor over it.
Another view of the Flaming Mountains. They glow deep red in late afternoon sunlight.
The Great Wall by some measurements is over 5,500 miles in length. This is a photo of the well-preseved western end of the Great Wall in Jiayuguan
Uyghers are the main population group throughout the western region of the Great Wall. They are a Turkic ethnic group who practice Islam.
We garnered a lot of attention wherever we went. Few people along this route ever saw a Harely, or even a real-live Westerner for that matter.
Pete Small surrounded by a crowd of curious Uyghers.
The Tian Shan mountains in the background are permanently snow-capped, amazing because they are surrounded by desert.
One of the oldest sections of the Great Wall. In many places the Great Wall has completely eroded away because it was made of rammed-earth, not bricks.
Hotel staff in Turpan welcoming our convoy.
Whenever we stopped, within seconds we were inundated by curious locals.
The western end of the Great Wall.
Group photo in an eroded break in the Great Wall.
Group photo of all the participants of this epic motorcycle tour. THE END.
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