A Message From Carl Reviews
Nov 02, 2007
Not everyone gets to live a dream life. Some fortunate individuals have the opportunity to do exactly what they want. Sometimes it’s given to them but often it only happens with a lot of hard work, planning and support from friends, family and kind strangers they meet along the way. Over the past four years in China I have had a rare opportunity to see some of China’s beautiful countryside and meet many great people - some of whom I owe my life to.
The adventure of motorcycling and the art of photography are the two greatest compelling forces which have led me across many bridges, through violent storms and into unbelievable sunsets. All together, the experience of living in Chengdu with the ability to travel so efficiently and cheaply in a time of great development has literally blurred for me the line between dream and reality.
As roads improve and tourism develops the countryside is changing at an amazing pace. If you are at all interested in travel and adventure, right now western China has to be one of the greatest places to be. The Tibet and Qinghai plateaus offer over 2700kms of the world’s highest and most rugged mountains. The Taklamakan desert is second largest in the world and of course home to many ancient and lost cultures of the Silk Road. But there ain’t no such thing as free cheese and all of this comes at a price.
As an avid motorcyclist, the most common thing you hear in China is: “Riding motorcycles is too dangerous. You should drive a car.” It’s true that being fully exposed on a motorcycle and not living in a steel cage is a risk, but no cage has been built that can protect you from your own stupidity. Indeed, often the roads are difficult and dangerous while sometimes the weather will try to kill you. To some it seems stupid that anyone would put themselves against the dangers of the world and their own limitations to take some pictures but safety brings little rewards. In taking risks there is less margin for error and therefore more necessity for developing skills. I don’t want a life if it’s not full of challenges, overcoming, and occasional tragedy.
From the mountains, to the rivers, to the grasslands and to the deserts; the following pictures are only a few from my experiences in China over the past four years. Thanks for taking the time to look and I hope you see something new, not only in these pictures, but in your future.
Big Wheels Keep on’ Turnin’,
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Expatriate writer Warren Rodwell has been in China since 2002, and teaches university postgraduates in Chengdu. Many of his feature stories, reviews & photographs have been published online or in hardcopy media form. Warren also narrates documentaries and administers various websites as part of his efforts to promote Chengdu & Sichuan culture(s) more globally.
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