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    Advice: Drive to China

    Hello All,
    Due to reasons of adventure and boredom I am currently planning on attempting to drive from the UK to China. I just wondered if any of the many wise individuals may happen to have some tips, hints or advice on how to do this?
    Thank you

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    Get a TomTom!

    My uncle drove from the UK to India in the 70's and he said the best thing to do is just plan it all out and double check everything.

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    So don't wing it essentially? Plan it all out as much as humanely possible? I will take on board Cheers bud.

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    Haha, surprisingly enough, Google Maps is able to produce a route to the heart of India, but not to China, oh well; nothing will beat a good old map.

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    The problem you will face is the situation in Iraq / Iran / Afghanistan. Unless you want some excitement you'll have to go via the countries that used to be the former soviet union. I've driven around India and it's a bit mental. Are you doing it in a 4wd like a land rover?

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    Also, I know you would have probably thought of this but remember to buy a car that can drive on water (kind of like a boat). You don't want to get to dover and then realise you'd missed that out when you sink.

    Good luck

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    Get a Google map route to Tibet, then cross from there...also make sure you have your travel visas at the ready along with currency, and hotel/hostel bookings.

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    I intend to sell my newish car I have now and buy something older, maybe 7-8 year old fiesta/corsa. Will make it more interesting plus if I need to abandon it not a massive loss. Yeah Im going to go via soviet, don't fancy Afghan or Iran tbh!

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    OK.. there's all the proper advice and then there's me... a friend of the family called Mike Jones decided to canoe down Everest rather longer ago than I care to think about... the river is called the Dudh Khosi. He and his mates navigated to Nepal using a friend's sister's school atlas.

    If, as I suspect, you're young enough to be doing this without the hinderance of having to be sensible and having a family you have to support at home... just go for it and enjoy! Mike did.

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    If you have never seen it watch The Long Way Round with Ewan McGregor & Charlie Boorman it's a great documentary and covers the Eastern Block route by motorcycle.
    It covers in great detail the logistics involved in such an expedition.

    Not something I would undertake lightly, and your paperwork has to be watertight, I got myself into trouble once in Nepal with an expired visa got picked up and chucked into a Nepalese prison for a few days not nice...

    Good luck, safe journey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potato-Peeler View Post
    Hello All,
    Due to reasons of adventure and boredom I am currently planning on attempting to drive from the UK to China. I just wondered if any of the many wise individuals may happen to have some tips, hints or advice on how to do this?
    Thank you
    Don't?

    Seriously, I'd recommend a good atlas and some good old fashioned maps....

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    My advice would be to buy a more 'inernational' small car with an excellent reliability rating such as a Toyota or Honda. At least if you break down you will be able to get spares. I doubt if you will be able to get a new Fiesta radiator in Kajakstan or India.

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    Do not go in a classic mini. This is my only advice.

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    Thakyou for the advice people, I shall take it all in. Especially the ideas about the generic car choice and the visa

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