Traveling 9496km in China

I was wondering how far is the accumulated distance we have covered in our China trip recently. I can simply guess thousands kilometers, although didnt bother to sum up all the trains, flights and bus distance. Until just now.

Ignore the timing calculation by Google, which is only true if you drive all the way non-stop. What matters is we have traveled for 9496 km, only a quarter side of China. Amazing. For breakdown: 4363km was by train, 718km by (long-distance) bus and the rest by plane.

Take this as a fresh intro of our big adventure. More stories to come.

The routes (less traveled ;))

2011 Revisited: Sapi Island, Sabah

Love is in the Air – Nov 2011

Was in Kota Kinabalu end of last year, with Az’s family. Yup, a family vacation as it seems, for a week. One of our destinations was Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park near KK coastline, where Sapi island, Mamutik island and Gaya island are located close to each other (as in, about 15 minutes by speed boat). We only had time for Sapi and Mamutik only. To measure its beauty especially underwater during snorkeling, I still prefer Perhentian Island in Terengganu, but perhaps people come to these Sabah islands for their own features. The parasailing was expensive, but it seems worth doing once in a lifetime if you want to feel floating some hundred meters above the sea. It was like flying! :) Scared a bit, but at least I can say I did once fly in the sky ^_^

Unlike the hassle to go to Perhentian or Redang island in Terengganu (unless you live in the towns nearby Kuala Besut or Merang), these islands in Sabah are very convenient to visit as the jetty is right at the KK city. Also, speed boat doesn’t take so long either, I guess in less than 30 minutes you’ll be surrounded by crystal green water.

Kota Kinabalu Welcomes you – jumping photo at the jetty area :)


Draft itinerary: China Silk Road

day 0 – arrive Chengdu at night
day 1 – Chengdu full day, take sleeper train to Lanzhou
day 2 – arrive Lanzhou, change train to Turpan
day 3 – arrive Turpan. 1.5 days in Turpan
day 4 – take evening train to Kuqa
day 5 – Kuqa full day, take midnight train to Kashgar
day 6 – Arrive Kashgar, visit old town
day 7 – Kashgar Id Kah mosque and around
day 8 – Kashgar – Yarkand – Karghilik
day 9 – Kashgar Sunday market and Animal market
day 10 – Go to Karakul Lake, overnight in Kyrgyz yurt
day 11 – Proceed to Tashkurgan, overnight there.
day 12 – Take bus back to Kashgar.
day 13 – Fly to Urumqi, visit museum, bazar
day 14 – Day trip to Nanshan pasture
day 15 – Go to Tianchi lake, maybe stay at Kazakh yurt there
day 16 – Back to Urumqi
day 17 – Fly back to Chengdu (flight back to Kuala Lumpur at midnight).

That was our itinerary after 100th time of revising :) Funny to announce that I initially purchased AirAsia ticket for Chengdu aiming to visit Xian, but after like 38th time revising, apparently Xian is nowhere to be seen in the itinerary now. Az wanted to put Lhasa, but it would be different path than Xinjiang. I wanted to put Kanas Lake and it’s like in the other edge of China when we’re heading to Kashgar. I once managed to put in Xining, Linxia and Xiahe and I realized I’m actually good at finding out new small places to stop by, and if it’s not because Az stopped me  I would have tried to cram all China in 17 days itinerary. Oh well. Finally we both agreed to stick to Silk road path for this trip. And it was before I added Kuqa in the trip.

While I’m doubting if I can get ready by 13 April with workloads killing me and I’m on my own new big project to finish before April, and at-work exam on 10 May afterward when we come back (how am I supposed to bring the thoughts and worries for exam all the way to China?? I know we’ll be spending time in a 24-hour train and are likely to die bored but the time is NOT meant for studying the exam notes! Ugh).

Last day in Delhi

Finally, after 2 weeks being in India, we have to realize that this wonderful journey has come to its end *sad*. Mr Bashir invited us to join him at his house for breakfast, and his resident apartment is located only a few blocks away from the shop office apartment (where we always had breakfast and dinner with the rest of the family, and other guests). And for the first time we personally met Mr Bashir’s wife, she’s a great lady and we both talked about many things, Mr Bashir gladly shared of how they both met (and later Az, delightedly wanted to share our stories as well =,=) and some valuable advice they gave us as newlyweds.

After saying (final) goodbye, we took auto-rickshaw to Metro station, and quickly went to Karol Bagh again to do a few last shopping! :P (Metro AIIMS change at Rajiv Chowk, then to Karol Bagh). On way back, we directly took auto-rickshaw for New Delhi Metro and from there you can get  Metro directly to the airport.

Here we are, fully dressed in Indian Kurta (bought at Karol Bagh!) and in fact, they were much cheaper than what I shopped earlier in Kashmir.


While waiting for our flight, we had to finish all rupees left by ordering this Domino’s Vegetarian pizza (tasteless in my opinion) .


Arrived in KL around 6am local time.