Hi, im planning an overland tour from North Europe to the Far East next Sept/Oct. Im not sure if I´d be comfortable going through Iran & Pakistan (though I´d absolutely love to go to India where Ive spent some holidays before!) And then Myanmar would most likely be off-limits anyway, so I´d have to freight the bike to Singapore or something... Thats why Im thinking about the nothern route around the Himalayas. Getting your own bike into China (as well as interprovincial travel inside China), you hear very different stories. A few people have mentioned a specific border station with Kazakhstan, where they claim they´ve made it across. Some also mention that it could be possible to cross the border, if you had arranged a guide to meet up with you. This must cost a considerable amount per day, anyone have any experiences using such guide when going into China? I figure you´d need at least 2 weeks to go through that enormous country, possibly more its hard to say because I havent been there before. IF I made it into China (from Kazakhstan or possibly Mongolia), then my plan would be to continue southeast to Laos. Ive been there before, (on trips from Thailand), but at the moment Im not so sure if crossing from China into Laos would also be a problem or not. I´ve only crossed into Laos from Cambodia and Thailand. Im thinking about contacting the Chinese embassy here in Finland, asking them about this, and if it might be possible to maybe get some letter from them in chinese, explaining what Im doing at the border. I speak absolutely no chinese, so that is one problem. I shouldnt be on a hurry on this trip, I can use 4-6 months if needed, though my general plan would be to go to Thailand in about 30-45 days, then stay in the region the rest of the time. Surely that might change if I, for example, got into China, because Im sure it would be such a huge experience. Any experiences, comments or suggestions would be warmly welcomed.