From the vibrant Persian metropolis to Uzbekistan in Central Asia. The once most important trade route in the world is still visible: The Silk Trail that had already connected Asia and Europe hundreds of years ago.
This stage will lead us from Samarkand, the rock town in Uzbekistan, over the Chinese Kashgar to Golmud to Tibetans, Uighurs and Mongols. Up and down we go from 720 meters above sea level up to 1300 meters through the heartland of Asia.
From the heights of Central China, Tibet being just around the corner, we travel over highs and lows to the earthquake-shaken country of Myanmar, home of Nobel Prize winner for peace, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Pagodas and golden temples let us dive into a distant and peaceful world. We are surprised by patient people, discover and enjoy the slowness and experience fascinating professions like sheetgold hammering people & cigar-makers.
After experiencing the exotic megacity of Bangkok, we drive through Thailand and Cambodia and end up in Ho-Chi-Minh City in Vietnam, a city populating millions. Jens Stubenrauch is the author of this stage.
From the metropolis Ho-Chi-Minh City we drive up north along the Vietnamese coast passing tropical villages and old coast towns, until we reach the subtropical city of Guangzhou in China. Christian Klemke directs this stage.
On this part of the journey, China presents its large cities! We travel from Guangzhou to the capitol of Peking, passing Huangyao and Guilin. Impressive limestone mountains characterize the South Chinese landscape. No matter where we go, it seems that there are always 100.000 tourists there before us.
From China to South Korea. We are only allowed a glimpse of the border to North Korea, we have no permission to enter the country. Tense atmosphere on the first part of the stage, which will relax once we have passed Seoul.