I'm heading to China in a couple of weeks to cycle from Laos to Kyrgyzstan. If anyone's done this route or parts of it before, I'd love to hear any advice you've got.
In particular: What maps did you use?
Did you take a tent or was it reasonably easy to find accommodation along the way?
Any trouble form the police?
I'm aware that it's illegal to cycle through Tibet, so I'm planning to skirt round it, although there seem to be plenty of accounts on the net from people who have cycled there. However there are other areas which I've read can be closed to independent foreign travellers, eg. the road east from Khotan / Hotan. Does anyone know where I can find up to date information about this?
Thanks in advance for your help.