Start: Zhongdian, Yunnan, China
End: Waka, Sichuan province, China
Distance: 82 km
Avg: 15.4 k/h
Max: 48 k/h
Total: 9035 km
Total riding days: 99
Riding hours: 1055 - 1740
The ride goes north out of Zhongdian on the G214, out past the nearly-dry lake, up to a pass perhaps 250 metres above Zhongdian after 17 km, up in the sweet-smelling pine forests, and then a huge 2-step descent, the first through hulking desert-dry mountains and the second into a rivered valley-gorge with a few patches of green among the dead-brown.
Just before the bridge over the turquoise Yangtze/Jinshajiang, I turn up a rocky dirt road to the right, following the river's east bank. Warm down here, at about 2100 metres, compared to 3200 metres in Zhongdian.
Waka is a small village opposite Benzilan. Outside of holiday periods, a ferry is supposed to shuttle across the river between Waka and Benzilan. The road route is rough.
Your map might have Waka down as "Zhalantong". A handful of places to stay here in this Tibetan village.
This blog post is about cycling, biking, bicycling, and bike rides in Yunnan and Sichuan province, China.