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Cycling the Silk Road: 10,000 km from Beijing to Tehran

William Hsu & Charles Stevens
Tuesday, 4 Sep 2018
6:30pm Drinks Reception, 7:30pm Talk and Film Clips
The Haven, 29/F, Wyndham Place , 40-44 Wyndham Street, Central
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In May 2016, Hong Kong-born William Hsu and Charles Stevens set out on a 114 day long supported expedition to cycle the Silk Road from Beijing to Tehran, a journey of 10,000 km. This talk and short film highlights the preparation required for the trip, its many trials and tribulations as well as its joys and unexpected surprises. William and Charles also give their insights into the atavistic cultures, rich histories and beautiful regions they encountered along the way.

Two friends from school with limited prior cycling experience, they aimed to traverse a route which is considered the longest, hardest, hottest and coldest in the world.  It was a successful attempt to become the youngest  people to ever complete a route which fewer people have cycled than have summited Everest.  From mornings spent building yurts in Mongolia, to long days cycling through sandstorms in the Gobi Desert and evenings swimming in the mountains in between Tajikistan and Afghanistan, they experienced nothing but warmth and hospitality in some of the most isolated parts on the planet.

Having volunteered at the financially struggling orphanage community of Ayenyah, Ghana, they wanted to undertake a journey sizeable enough to raise the £30,000 needed to help keep this school operational.  Upon their return, Cycling UK awarded William and Charles their Volunteers of the Year Award and Arthur Moss Medallion. 

William Hsu is from Hong Kong and was brought up in the UK.  Educated at Radley College, he is now studying International Development and Economics at the University of Bath, having found a passion for the subject after travelling in Africa and Asia.  He went on to cycle extensively around the USA and continues to enjoy sports including rowing, cycling, skiing and scuba diving.

Charles Stevens was educated at Radley College and is now about to begin his third year as an undergraduate studying history at the University of Saint Andrews.  In June 2018, he initiated The New Silk Road Project, a Jeep supported expedition to document the land-based component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, compiling the most geographically comprehensive and authoritative set of interviews on the topic to date.  He also contributes to online and print based publications, including Geographical Magazine.

Members, guests and others are most welcome to attend this talk, which is HK$150 for Members and HK$200 for guests and others including a glass of red or white wine. This event is free of charge for Student Members.

 The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to Jacada Travel for its generous assistance with this talk. 

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