Hi Lars,lars de wit schreef:Hello,
Can a person get a little too much adventure ?
Yes, he or she can ...
Let me tell you what happened at the border.
I arrived early, 1430 hours and was stopped by an official who asked me my passport.
Sofar my ideas to avoid chinese post and cycle directly to laos immigration.
So I went inside, filled in a departure form, handed over my passport, then trouble began.
' Where is your entry stamp?' the young immigration officer asked. ( on my expired tibetan A4 size paper visa but that I couldn't tell, I just showd them my passport with the cancelled chinese visa )
I said ' I do not know, I came from Kathmandu '
I arrived 18 august I said also.
The women opposite of him was more clever and she asked me where my tibetan visa was.
I said that I never had one, only the chinese visa but SHE saw immediately that that one was cancelled. She repeated for 7 times I better find my tibetan visa or I couldn't leave the country. I repeated for 7 times that no one ever gave me this paper visa.
A higher official arrived and after 2 hours of using the phone they found out my tibtan visa nr ( the called the customs at nepal border )
One official said something like I have to go to Kunming or fly back home !
At that point I got so angry that I jumped on my bike and tried to cycle through the gate but 3 officials came running after me, grabbed my steering wheel and shouted ' stop, stop !!
Which I had to.
Returning to the office this officer said this was my second mistake, a big one.
Yes I said but what can I do ?
I want, no, have to go to laos and you will not let me, I was desperete...
After another hour and with the help of a nice woman and again, many telephone calls with district chiefs and other high officials they adviced me to go to Jinghong, 240 km away up north again. Not glad at all I accepted but not before a paper which explained my problem and my request for a new visa ( I was afraid they just send me away so it wasn't their problem anymore so I rally want to make sure I didn't go to Jinghong for the cat his cunt hahaha )
That night I stayed at the border but woke up several times.
At 1 o clock I went out of bed to see if the border was guarded.
I walked to the gate and two gurads came immediately to me, no way to sneek out ...
Next day I took a bus to Jinghong, which is a nice city by the way.
After insane troubles at my hotel ( I had to pay immediately for my room, had no cash so i told them I had to go to the bank but this very unpleasant woman wouldn't give me my room key before I paid her !!!. I said, look, I am going to the bank right now BUT I WANT TO LOCK MY ROOM ! But she didn't ( want ) to listen ...)
Okay, after this nice problem I had another one, I went to the bank but the stupid machine refused my card, tried 6 banks but without luck...AHHHHH !!!!
I went for dinner with my last money ( I finally got my room key leaving my passport behind ), sat very sad at my table, waiting for my food. All negative thoughts ran through my mind, I was not happy at all.
And then God send me his sheppard, okay a guy from germany then.
He walked to my table and asked how I was doing.
' Bad, very bad I told him the truth and told him my whole story.
'Look' he said, ' maybe I can help you, I can talk fluent chinese, I live here for 15 years.
So we discussed a new strategy, just play open card with police here.
He said many times a fine can be discussed. Just show them all your papers, including my tibetan visa and play stupid ( which was my idea ;-)
I can come with you tomorrow, what do you say ?
I told him I was verry happy with that and we agreed to meet at 0900 hours next morning in front of the police station.
So we did.
3 hours later, 200 euro shorter but with a new 7 days valid chinese visa we left the station ... They only fined me for 4 days instead of 24 days ( 50 euro per day you have to know and I KNEW IT BEFORE I LEFT HOLLAND )
I thanked my german friend a thousand times, now I could cycle out of china, something that was in my mind for the last 2 or 3 months, finally it was possible !
Jesus, I never do it again like this but I can also say that I am one of the few who travelled from Kathmandu to Lhasa and then cycled ( most of the way ) to Laos !!!
So tomorrow I will take a bus back to the border, chasing Marco and Lisette, two dutch friends of me who are I think 2 days ahead of me know. They also go to Laos, Luang Prabang.
Ahhh, Luang Prabang, finally I can visit you again. I was here 3 years ago and I loved this place !
So, very, very happy I am again that I can cycle on, to new countries, with only valid visas from now on hahaha.
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