Our Phoenix rises from the Ashes

Yesterday we visited the workshop to see the ashes our Phoenix will rise from. The workshop is located in the north-east outskirts of Beijing and it is not so easy to get there. From where we live it takes us about 2,5 hours by subway and bus/taxi.

Since China celebrates the Chinese New Year (year of the horse) workers usually go home. It does not matter if ‘home’ is in Beijing or in Xinjiang or in Guangzhou. I guess this might be the biggest travel event in the world. About 1 billion people are traveling these days to go home. Bus stations and train stations are a chaos and it is nearly impossible to get a train ticket. Plane tickets are a lot more expansive than the rest of the year. And because people travel so far (some of them only see their families once or twice a year), they will want to stay a little longer. So many factories in China will close for two or three weeks around Chinese New Year.
Our mechanic will be back in two weeks and then the workshop opens again. Until then we have to be patient.

Because I want to understand the purpose of every screw and every cable on our bike I will want to be there as often as possible while our ChangJiang will be assembled. Since we are living so far away from the workshop, the owner (Jackie) agreed that I can live in the workshop until the bike is ready. This is gonna be another experience I am very curious about…

Here some pictures of what will be our ChangJiang 750:

ChangJiang Frame before restoration

ChangJiang Frame before restoration

Sidecar Box and Spare parts

Sidecar Box and Spare parts

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