Our first goal was to
get out of the city. This was not as easy as we expected because the urban
landscape reaches far beyond the city limits of Guangzhou. Since neither
of us speaks any Chinese, we were a bit tense on whether the cycling would
go as planned. On top of this, there are very few roadsigns. We went south
west and reached the town of Heshan as planned and were immediately the
talk of town. From Heshan we went to Zhaoqing,
a medium large city and somewhat accustomed to tourists (mostly from Hongkong).
Zhaoqing is a nice city to stay for a few days and visit the nearby national
park. Especially the townsquare where all residents come every night to
watch the music and light fountain is worth visiting. (around 20.00hrs)
From Zhaoqing we set out
to cycle to Mocun.
According to our map we had to take the largest road out of town which
we did, but nobody warned us that someone had build a new (even larger)
road after they drew our map! So, instead of arriving in Mocun we were
heading towards Deqing, a town we were supposed to visit in the middle
of our journey. We decided to end the day in Deqing as cycling back was
not a good option. Deqing is a quiet (boring) town on the border of the
Xi Jiang (Xi river). After a thorough study of the map we decided to change
our route and cycle part of our original route in a reversed order. The
route would still have the shape of an 8.