Dispatch from the Silk Road #2 :
Two friends of mine, both teachers in Shanghai, invited me on a bicycle tour of China's largest Province, Qinghai. Qinghai Province is the most western you can go in China before you enter the Autonomous Region of Tibet.
The providence is part of the Tibetan Plateau which is home to Tibetans, Muslim Chinese, and Han Chinese, averages 9,000 feet above sea level, has China's largest lake, and is where one of the longest rivers in the world, the Yellow River, originates.
Enough with the geography lesson......here's some pics with captions from our tour :
One of my favorite experiences during the tour was the hoots, hollers, and thumbs up as we cycled past people on motor bikes, farm equipment, cars, or from the mountainsides. People would give a smile, a loud HELLO! in English or my new favorite Chinese word 加油 (Jiayou). It translates to "add oil" or "lubricate". But it was explained to me as being similar to "Allez Allez !". Next time you are climbing up a steep grade be sure to give your comrades a good Jiayou Jiayou! yell of encouragement.