Travel: Motorcyclists set out to explore ancient Silk Road

(From Xinhua)

Two motorcyclists, one from Hungary and one from China, set out from here on Saturday to travel the Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes running East to West and connecting China to the Mediterranean Sea.

Motorbike riders start their journey to China along the silk load from Budapest, Hungary on May 07.

Motorbike riders start their journey to China along the silk load from Budapest, Hungary on May 07.

Adam Gbur, a Hungarian who teaches Chinese at the Budapest Business School, and Li Yude, a Chinese businessman who lives in Hungary, are long-time friends and have joined forces for the nearly 50,000 km trip, which they plan to cover in about four months.

Gbur obtained a PhD in China and is focused on the history of European and Chinese philosophy, which he hopes to bring to life with the trip through 31 countries that have ancient ties to China.

“My hobby is riding a motorcycle, and my work has a lot to do with China. So how do you merge your hobbies with your work? Riding a motorcycle to China on the Silk Road, right?” Gbur told Xinhua.

Li studied art and design at Tianjin University of Technology. He is a media expert with more than a passing interest in Chinese culture.

Both are motorcycle aficionados. Gbur has some 150,000 cycling km under his belt and Li has ridden over 300,000 km. The two cyclists plan to explore the countries along the route, learning about local customs and cultures as they go. Read More



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