Tonight we didn’t sleep very well. Maybe because of the altitude or the hard beds or because we were six people in one room, but in the morning we were highly compensated. The Pamir was lying in front of us in the dawn. What a chance to see the sunrise on such a majestic scenary! The soil was frozen and it was still very cold. The animals woke up and a bull ran around loudly mooing.
After breakfast we continued on the M41 facing the Pamir until we had to take the intersection to the Chinese border. It was easy to get out of Kirghizistan and the first Chinese customs was easy too. The real custom was about 100km further down. We stopped for lunch because there was a lunchtime break until 16:30 and got surprised by rain coming from a big thunderstorm in the mountains. At the main customs we waited for seven hours and went in total through nine checkpoints. We had to leave the cars at the customs because they have to be immatriculated in China. A bus picked us up and drove us to the hotel. We had another main checkpoint where we had to get off the bus. All passports were photographed and the serial numbers of our smartphones registered. There was one police man with a helbarde and two German sheep dogs. All policemen carried sticks or revolvers. The roads were full of cameras and we got klicked numerous times. When we reached the hotel, we were exhausted.