Date registered: January 28, 2012
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It seems as though the instructions you have posted are for a car licence, not a motorcycle license. Problem is that the rules and regulations are different from province to province. So what one guy posts on gokunming or whatever might not hold true here in Sichuan. As far as i know, foreigners can obtain a chinese license here in Sichuan without holding a license in their own country. You must go to XiPu which is 3rd ringroadish north west. There they have the the Department of motor vehicle licensing (or some such similar name) and book to take your theory and practical test. Practical test is stupidly easy if you've spent more than a day on a motorcycle before. Theory test, well, to be honest i'm still not sure if they offer the this in English. I know they have the car license equivalent in English, but i haven't been able to get ant concrete information on the motorcycle test. Can anyone shed any light?
Kudos to you harry for trying to get legal, it will save you soooo much hassle on a long road trip like the one you mentioned. What kind of route are you looking at? I'm also planning a summer motorcycle trip that takes in the best of Sichuan, Qinghai, Yunnan and Hainan. Be interested to here your plans.
I've ride a 400cc and it's more than enough. Given the choices you mentioned, i'd prefer 250cc. Theres some pretty steep mountain roads out west and you'll be grateful for the extra power. I'd also recommend dual sport tyres. Chinese roads can be questionable at the best of time, but a nice paved road can all of a sudden turn into 100kilometers of dirt and gravel due to road works. Not to mention that the most fun i've had on bikes in China is taking the dirt tracks around the rural villages and chatting with the locals. I don't usually carry tools with me as my bike is a single cylinder. Most any Chinese mechanic (city or countryside. they are everywhere!) has the tools you'll need. It's also a good way to meet locals. With regards to police, the general consensus seems to be a simple ting bu dong, take of your helmet and the officer will often just wave you on. Please be aware that you do this at your own risk.
Sichuan is an amazing place to ride a motorcycle. Have fun and ride safe!
@wildkid to bring it back on topic, wechat and momo are great for meeting people. They have a cool feature where you can search your local area for other users of the same app and can connect this way. Great if you just moved to a new area and don't really know anybody.
I've had two burritos now at Ryan's place. The flavour's delicious and the portions are generous. The bean burrito I ordered was huge. And the side of guacamole, despite the price, was a big dollop of deliciousness. I can't vouch for the other dishes yet as i haven't tried them. But I will be trying them very soon. I hope Ryan's Mexican Cuisine is here to stay. Burrito and nachos with a beer and football on TV? sign me up!