Hitchhiking 4700km in 8 days 中國|八天四千七百公里路part1

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First day, 900 km

I felt like my travel just started from Beijing, the G6 highway, even though I am on the road already one and half months and traveled to three countries. We went to Inner Mongolia first, a place that made me lots of imaginations, like grasslands, horses or Mongolians with eagles on their arm. These romantic imaginations were hardly to see from the highway. We passed through Hohhot, a “green city" which used to be with green mountains in the north, but it became one of the cement jungles of China now. I also thought it would be hard to hitchhike in such an empty place like Inner Mongolia. 

While our first stop at a service area in Inner Mongolia, two guys took the initiative and walked to us and picked us up. After dropping us on the crossroads, we took risk of walking on highway to the next petrol station and I remember how windy it was there. That night we arrived at a police station beside a toll gate and we asked the policeman for hot water to cook instant noodles. “Don’t you know here’s a police station?" One of the police officers said. “That’s why we are here, it’s the most safe place." I replied. He smiled to me. Then, they recommended us a camping site beside a lake, which was located around hundred meters from there. In the morning, I saw a very beautiful lake called Lin He(臨河).


Second day, 900km

“How about we go to China directly, if the next driver we’ll stop is going there?" We had this joke at the border of Thailand and Laos. So we stopped a van and amazingly it was going to China, but we decided to stay. That day back in Wu Hai, Inner Mongolia, an empty van stopped for us. The driver had a nice moustache and he looked different from Han Chinese. He also had a strong accent. He was a Uyghur. 

“We are going Yin Chuang direction then heading west to Xin Jiang. Our destination is Kashgar." I explained our routes. 

Where are you going?" we asked

“Urumqi." he answered.

“Oh my, could you please take us with you? Please!" I was so excited. Probably we don’t need to hitchhike anymore. Just get to Xin Jiang with one car.

“Police won’t allow this." He pointed at back seat, there was only one seat. So he refused. We looked at each other few seconds and I knew he wanted to take us but I wouldn’t dare to resist China police. The Uyghur guy kindly told us that he met a group of people heading to Xin Jiang. Probably we gonna have a chance to meet them later. I was really disappointed to say goodbye to him. From there on, I looked forward to go to Xin Jiang, because he was so different from other people we have met before.

After that, we got a ride to Lan Zhou with a very talkative driver. I already forgot what we were talking about during 600km ride, but it was nonstop chatting. He was sharing his life experiences with all honesty during our ride. 300km before arriving in Lan Zhou, we actually should have changed the car which would go to west, but instead of going west, we were convinced by the driver to go to Lan Zhou. So at 9 p.m. We arrived Lan Zhou, the capital of ramen noodles.

第一天,900km

在踏上北京-拉薩G6高速公路時,才感覺到我的旅程真正開始,雖然那時已離家一個半月,走了三個國家。我們先前往內蒙古,是個讓我有最多想像的地方,但只在公路上好像無法真正體會那種有馬有草原和老鷹站在胳臂上的浪漫想像,路過呼和浩特這個北依大青山的青城,發現它已是又一個中國的水泥叢林大城市了。原以為空盪盪的內蒙會增加搭便車的難度,在第一站服務區時就有兩個人主動走向我們,然後就把我們撿走了,只記得一整個下午不時刮大風,又或冒險走在高速上,夜晚我們被載到收費站旁的警局,借了熱水泡麵,警察問:「難道你不知道這裡是警察局嗎?」「就是警察局才是最安全的地方呀。」我回答,他笑笑,最後警察建議我們到幾百公尺遠的一個烏漆麻黑的湖邊搭帳篷,隔天一早發現這裡是個美麗的湖,這裡叫做臨河。

第二天,750km

「如果攔到一台車直接到中國我們就去中國,如何?」在泰國和寮國的邊境時我們這樣開玩笑,雖然那時候還真的有台車去中國,不過我們留下來了。這次在內蒙古烏海有台空空的麵包車為我們停了下來,拉下窗戶的是個有鬍鬚、長相不太一樣還帶著老外腔的口音,是個維吾爾族人,「我們要往銀川方向然後往西去新疆再到喀什,請問你去哪呢?」我解釋著,「我要去烏魯木齊。」他回說,「什麼!天啊,拜託可以帶我們走嗎?」難道我們這麼好運,可以一車一路到新疆?我心裡澎湃激動著,他指指後面只有一個座位,「遇到警察不會通過的。」他拒絕了,但是我們又互相望了好久,看得出來他其實很想帶我們倆人走,我也不敢跟中國的公安抵抗,他好心說先前有遇到車隊往新疆去,搞不好可以碰上他們,只好失望的跟他道別,但我開始期待去新疆了,因為他跟我們先前遇到的所有人都不太一樣。
後來搭上一台往蘭州、話很多的先生,這段約600公里從白天開到黑夜聊什麼話題我大概都忘了,他最後語重心長的開始講人生遭遇所體悟的大道理,還極度推薦蘭州是個好地方,原本可以換車往西走,我被說服了就跟著向南多移動三百公里,於是,晚上九點多我們到了正宗蘭州拉麵發源地。

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