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2001-2002, Hong Kong to Brussels overland

 

Some of the last pictures of our journey :
A colza field in France ( just South of Sancerre), Troopie & the Eiffel tower in Paris and our last border crossing (France-Belgium)

 

The project in 2 minutes reading
We had been living in Hong Kong for several years and had asked ourselves : "What do we do when we leave Hong Kong ?" Do we just pack our belongings and board a plane to fly to the next destination ? Twelve hours in a plane seat to be dropped into a different world ? On the 18th of January 2001, our Toyota Land Cruiser sailed from Antwerp in Belgium to Hong Kong where it safely arrived 5 weeks later. We had planned to start our journey soon after. However, there was some delay in obtaining all necessary permits to enter China and we were obliged to wait in HK for 5 weeks. On April 1st, we made it from Hong Kong across the border into mainland China and started our journey back to Belgium ! The road lead us through Pakistan, India, Nepal and Iran before reaching Turkey. There we changed our plans and decided to check the Middle East instead of returning straight to Europe. One thing led to another and we visited part of North Africa as well ! The trip turned out to be 14 months instead of 9 and 60,000 km instead of the 25,000 km planned ! The main purpose of the trip was to improve relations between East and West, of course, and to be able to tell our grandchildren a couple of terrifying stories (just kidding, Mum). We stayed in touch with family and friends by uploading this website from the road with a computer and a digital camera. 

The project in 2 weeks reading

 

Pre-journey pages

Choice of vehicle Vehicle specification Michelin XZY tyres The story of HZJ75000026452 (updated) Vehicle preparation Medical list Equipment list

 

Post-journey pages  (coming in February)





FAQ  The best and the worst of the trip


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The journey day by day



- ITALY  (15 to 25 April 2002)      (new)

- Naples's classical sites : Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum      (new)
- Ferrari and Alfa Romeo      (new)




- TUNISIA  (7 to 14 April 2002)

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- Roman mosaics in Tunisia




- LIBYA  (23 March to 7 April 2002)

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- Not always a picnic : entering Libya
- KM 165,417 (or 55,000 km since HK)
- Troopie goes to the Sahara


- EGYPT : from Luxor to the Libyan border (8 to 22 March 2002)

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- Luxor : treasures & tourists
- Cairo : pyramids & traffic
- Mediterranean Egypt : Alexandria & the coast


- EGYPT : from the Sinai to Luxor (19 February to 7 March 2002)

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- The Sinai peninsula
- The Western or Libyan Desert
- KM 160,417 (or 50,000 km since HK) 


- JORDAN  (26 January to 18 February 2002)  

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- Mosaics of Jordan  (heavy files)  
- The Nabataean city of Petra  
- The red jebels of Wadi Rum


- SYRIA  (12 to 26 January 2002)    

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- Syria's capital Damascus
- Aleppo, the city of Saint Simeon
- KM 155,417 (or 45,000 km since HK)
- A Roman city in the desert : Palmyra

- LEBANON (28 December 2001 to 11 January 2002)

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- Beirut, Lebanon's buzzing capital
- The Roman temples of Baalbek
- Vehicles in the Middle East


- TURKEY : Istanbul to the Lebanese border (30 November to 28 December 2001)

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- Istanbul   
- KM 150,417 (or 40,000 km since HK)    
- Turkey & traditional Ottoman architecture
- Cappadocia and troglodyte lifestyle !
- Konya and the whirling Dervishes
- Vehicles in Turkey


- TURKEY : Sanliurfa to Istanbul (5 to 30 November 2001)

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- Antalya, our home away from home
- A few classical sites : Bergamum, Ephesus & others
- Car & camping in Turkey  
- Armada Hotel Istanbul


- TURKEY : Dogubeyazit to Sanliurfa (26 October to 4 November 2001)

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- The ruined city of Ani
- KM 145,417 (or 35,000 km since HK) 
- The stone heads of Nemrut Dagi   



- IRAN : Esfahan to the Turkish border (10 to 26 October 2001)

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- KM 140,417 (or 30,000 km since HK)
- An Iranian tradition : teahouses
- The Caspian Sea & a caviar processing factory
- Vehicles in Iran
- Car & camping in Iran


- IRAN : From the border to Esfahan (17 September to 9 October 2001)

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- Bam, Shiraz & Yazd
- The ancient city of Persepolis
- Esfahan, half of the world
- An old caravanserai in Esfahan, the Abbasi Hotel


- PAKISTAN : Lahore to the Iranian border (29 August to 17 September 2001)

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- Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan
- South Punjab : Multan & Bahawalpur
- KM 135,417 (or 25,000 km since HK)
- Pakistani truck decorations


- INDIA : Delhi to Amritsar via Ladakh (5 July to 27 August 2001) 

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- Ladakh, abode of the Gods
- Ladakh & the highest motorable roads in the world
- KM 130,417 (or 20,000 km since HK)
- Driving in India !  
- Vehicles in India 
- Car & camping in India


- INDIA : Rajasthan (18 July to 3 August 2001)  

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- Udaipur, la romantique
- The Maharana's collection of cars 
- Jaisalmer, the Golden city 
- The painted houses of Shekhawati 
- Staying in forts, palaces and havelis
- Samode Palace


- INDIA : Calcutta to Jaipur (7 to 18 July 2001) 

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- Calcutta, the City of Joy
- KM 125,417 (or 15,000 km since HK)
- Varanasi, the holiest city in India
- Khajuraho
- Visit to the Royal Enfield Bullet factory


- INDIA : Kathmandu to Calcutta (25 June to 7 July 2001)   

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- Darjeeling, Queen of the Hills 
- Sikkim, the abode of the Gods
- The Elgin Group of Hotels 



- NEPAL : Royal Bardia National Park to Kathmandu (3 to 24 June 2001)

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- The Royal family of Nepal 
- The city of Kathmandu  
- The city of Bhaktapur  
- The city of Patan
- The valley of Kathmandu 
- Erotic wood carvings  
- Nepalese people
- Car & camping in Nepal 
- Vehicles in Nepal  


- INDIA : Amritsar to Royal Bardia National Park (Nepal) (20 to 30 May 2001)  


- Royal Bardia National Park  


- PAKISTAN : Sost to Lahore (13 to 19 May 2001)

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- Karimabad & Baltit Fort
- The Chilas Petroglyphs
- KM 120,000 (or 10,000 km since HK)



- THE KARAKORAM HIGHWAY : Kashgar to Pakistan (8 to 12 May 2001)

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- Stay with a Kyrghyz family
- The Khunjerab Pass




- CHINA : Hotan to Kashgar (1 to 8 May 2001)

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- The Kashgar Sunday market
- Listening posts of the Great Game
- Driving in China, part 2 !
- Vehicles in China
- Car & camping


- CHINA : Turpan to Hotan (23 to 30 April 2001)

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- The Kuche Mountain road : DAY 1 
- The Kuche Mountain road : DAY 2  
- The Hotan Sunday market  
- Jade, silk and carpet factories in Hotan


- CHINA : Xiahe to Turpan (14 to 23 April 2001)

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- The Dunhuang Silk Road Hotel 
- Dunhuang Devil City 
- Buddhist caves : The MOGAO caves 
- The Turpan Oasis Hotel
- The western tip of the Great Wall of China 


- CHINA : Xi'an to Xiahe (Labrang Monastery) (10 to 14 April 2001)

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- Labrang monastery 
- Buddhist caves : The BINGLING SI caves 




- CHINA : Guangzhou to Xian (2 to 8 April 2001)

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- Xi'an, city of the Terracotta Warriors
- The best hotel in Xi'an
- Buddhist caves : The LONGMEN caves 
- Driving in China !  


- CHINA : Hong Kong to Guangzhou (1 April 2001)

- HONG KONG : ready to go... 

- 17 March 2001 (Hong Kong)

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- Our trip to Beijing
- Beijing 4wd and other vehicles
- One Beijing delicacy



- 25 February 2001 (Hong Kong)

- January 2001 (Belgium)

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- A Troopie photo shoot by Nicolas Poels