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Bing-Cha-Cha: A Mystifying Passage between Yunnan and Tibet
Of all the routes leading into Tibet, Bing-Cha-Cha is the most mysterious. It’s a route that takes you from Bing Zhong Luo in Yunnan province to Cha Wa Long in Tibet, and finally to Cha Yu. Due to its complicated geological structure and dangerous landscape, this path is currently a paradise for but a few adventurers and experienced outdoor enthusiasts. Let us delve into this world by looking at the photographs taken of the team led by Zhou Shao-he, an experienced biker and outdoor explorer.
About Zhou Shao-he
Name: Zhou Shao-he (nicknamed “Dino”)
- 2002 - present: 12 years as leader of outdoor sports
- 2008 - 2012: Ran the “Shenyang Brothers Outdoor Club” for 4 years.
- 2006: Biked the “13,178 km long-distance bike ride” alone, passing through 14 provinces and 204 counties. During which time, he conquered the southern Sichuan-Tibet route and the Qinghai-Tibet route. At his fastest, he went up to 98 kph (61 mph) downhill. Twenty-two news media outlets covered his story, with Liaoning Satellite using it in a feature film on environmental protection. The name of the movie was “Dino on the Move”.
- September, 2008: Biked the world’s highest road: the “Highway 219, Xinjiang-Tibet route”. It took 40 days.
- March, 2012: Starting from Aksu City, Xinjiang, he biked the “Taklamakan Desert route” all the way to Yecheng. From Yecheng, he started on the Xinjiang-Tibet route again, challenging the “Highway 219” route for the second time.
- May 2012: Took the northern Sichuan-Tibet route. It was a 13-day ride which ended in Yushu.
- May 5, 2013: Finished the high-elevation “Mt. Taibai”, a cross-country ride with mountainous terrain.
- September 2014: Took a road bike across Tibet’s Bing-Cha-Cha route.
Introduction of the bike route:
《丙察察线》：云南丙中洛乡 经由 察瓦龙乡到达 西藏察隅县，全长207公里，线路虽短，但是自然环境恶劣、人口稀少，大量骑行路段属无人区域，公路及周边设施及其简陋。察瓦龙 至 察隅 简易公路为典型的乡村砂土石路，沿途食宿困难、补给不便，号称「最短、最烂、最新」的进藏公路！道路艰险，其中以 察瓦龙 前后的路段最艰难。但此路线将于明年起策划铺设柏油道路，故未来将不复见如此壮丽、自然具挑战性的《丙察察线》了。
“Bing-Cha-Cha Route”: Starting from Yunnan’s Bingzhongluo, then going through Chawalong village, and ending in Tibet’s Chayu county, this ride totals 207 kilometers (128 miles). Yet despite the route’s short length, it has a harsh environment and few inhabitants. A large number of the bike paths cross through uninhabited territory, with extremely rundown public roads and facilities. From Chawalong to Chayu, the most common public roads are the rural dirt roads. Accommodations along the way are a challenge, and supplies are difficult to come by. It has been called the “shortest, worst, and newest” route into Tibet. The way is hazardous, with the roads before and after Chawalong being the most demanding. But seeing as there are plans next year to pave the path over with asphalt, the breathtaking, yet challenging Bing-Cha-Cha route of today will soon disappear, never to be seen again.
“Bing-Cha-Cha” passes through the Three Parallel Rivers National Park, with elevations ranging from a few hundred meters to five thousand meters, which cover a variety of different landforms and climates. Compared to the more established routes into Tibet, Bing-Cha-Cha has received less influence from the outside world, and villages along the route seem much more pristine. Travel along the route encompasses the basic, key features of Tibet’s natural scenery and places of cultural interest. Along the way, you can marvel at Bingzhongluo, the Nu River’s first bend, Shimenguan, Hada Waterfall, Tongtian Waterfall, Yuli precipice and other spectacular and magnificent scenery. You can also experience firsthand the customs and practices of many different ethnic groups.
每年通车时间为五到十月，其余时间大雪封山无法通过。其中七月底到九月是雨季，因坍方泥石流等造成路况极差，因此《丙察察线》全年能通行的时间实际不足四个月。这条连接着滇西 与 藏东南 的简易道路，沙砾、坑洼、乱石、塌方、流沙、滚石路段散落全程，这条不是路的路，正是被国内所有越野者封为「最艰难的进藏路」的《丙察察线》。
Every year from May to December, Bing-Cha-Cha is open to traffic. The rest of the time it is closed off due to big snows. From July to September, it’s the rainy season, with landslides and mudslides making road conditions terrible. As a result, in any given year, “Bing-Cha-Cha” is really only suitable for travel for four months. Connecting western Yunnan-Tibet with northeastern Tibet, the entirety of this simple path is covered with sand, potholes, stones, landslides, quicksand, and falling rocks. A road that cannot be called a road exactly, “Bing-Cha-Cha” is known by all Chinese off-road bikers as “the most difficult path into Tibet”.
本次骑行文字纪录为骑行队长 - 恐龙以第一人称进行纪录。
The records of this bike journey are told in the first person by Dino.
Thank you particularly to the many Taiwanese bike part companies who gave their support for this bike team, and who also gave us the chance to film this documentary and thus preserve the memory of this journey. It will surely be something we can all look back on for the rest of our lives.