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Event: Gobi Challenge
Date: 9 - 13 April 2013
Venue: Dunhuang, Gansu Province, China
Organizer: Xtraventure Training and Events Limited (XTE)                                       For Dunhuang tours, click here
 
Event Details
1. Overview
1.1 Location
The Gobi is a large desert region in Asia. It covers parts of northern and northwestern China, and of southern Mongolia. The race is based at the city of Dunhuang (敦煌). It was an important border post on the Silk Road and for the administration of the Chinese colonies in the Western Territories. The Dunhuang region was the site of very important Buddhist monastic complexes, the most famous of which was at the Mogao Grottoes, where today one can see a treasure trove of Buddhist art covering a span of more than a millennium.
 
1.2 The Race
The Gobi Challenge is a 3-day foot race, free style (walking or running), and with food
self-sufficiency over a distance of about 100 Km (68 miles). Each participant must carry his/her own backpack containing food, sleeping gear and other equipment.
 
2. Category
  • Youth (Under 21)
  • Open (21 or Above)
  • Senior (Over 35)
  • Master (Over 45)
  (calculation of age based on 10 April 2013)
  There are Men’s and Women’s sub-categories in each main category.
 
3. Itinerary
  • 9 April: Arrive in Dunhuang
    Transfer to start point, administrative and gear check, stay overnight at guest house
  • 10 April: Race Stage 1, with food self-sufficiency
  • 11 April: Race Stage 2, with food self-sufficiency
  • 12 April: Race Stage 3, with food self-sufficiency
    Transfer to Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel, prize presentation ceremony
  • 13 April: Transfer to the airport / return flight
Start Time and Distance for each Stage:
Stage
Date
Distance
Start Time
Time Limit
1
10 April
35km
10:00
10 hrs.
2
11 April
45km
08:00
13 hrs.
3
12 April
20km
08:00
8 hrs.
 
   
4. Race Accommodation
    i. Guest House on 9th April
        Location: Guest House at Yadan
 
    ii. Camping on 10th & 11th April during the Race
        Location: Race Campsites in Gobi Desert
        Tents will be provided by organizer. 6-8 persons per tent.
 
   iii. Hotel on 12th April
        Location: Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
        Address: Dunyuet Road, Dunhuang City 736200 Gansu, China
        Tel.: (86-937) 8882088
        Click here for more information about the Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
 
5. Registration Fee
Registration Fee: HK$4,500; or RMB3,700; or US$580 per person
Registration Deposit is HK$1,000 or RMB900 or US$100 and should be paid with registration form.
The balance is due 30 days before the race.
 
    Registration fee includes:
  • Transfers on arrival / departure from Dunhuang City;
  • Dinner on 9th April night;
  • Breakfast on 13th April morning;
  • Accommodation in guest house on 9th April;
  • Hotel accommodation in Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel on 12th April (twin-sharing room);
  • Prize presentation banquet on 12th April night;
  • Water for the duration of the race;
  • Technical support;
  • Medical assistance;
  • Ground support;
  • Gobi Challenge souvenir T-shirt.
 
    Registration fee does not include:
  • Return flight tickets to Dunhuang;
  • Cost of the visas (if necessary);
  • Customs taxes or other taxes if any;
  • Accommodation if you wish to arrive before the race or stay longer after the race and other personal costs;
  • Race food;
  • Personal racing equipment.
 
6. Travel to Dunhuang
Departing from Hong Kong (reference schedule):
8 April: HKG – Shanghai (Pudong) MU506 (20:25 – 22:30)
9 April: Shanghai (Pudong) – DunHuang MU2215 (07:50 – 13:50)
13 April: Dunhuang – Shanghai (Pudong) MU2216 (14:40 – 21:00)
14 April: Shanghai (Pudong) – HKG Any MU flight
Price: Lower Class Fare - HKD1,640 + Tax about HKD1,200 per person
 
Departing from Shanghai (reference schedule):
9 April: Shanghai (Pudong) – DunHuang MU2215 (07:50 – 13:50)
13 April: Dunhuang – Shanghai (Pudong) MU2216 (14:40 – 21:00)
 
Note: All participants must arrive at the Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel before 3:00 pm on 9 April.
 
7. Meeting Instruction
Location: Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
Address: Dunyuet Road, Dunhuang City 736200 Gansu, China
Tel.: (86-937) 8882088
Meeting Time: 3:00 pm on 9th April 2013
Click here for more information about the Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
 
Transport to the Meeting Location:
Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel is 3km from the city and 15km from the airport.
Bus No. 3 goes from the city to the Resort.
Taxi from city is about RMB10 and from airport is about RMB40.
 
8. Enquiry
Event Tour Agent:
Silk Road Travel Management Ltd (Licence no.: 352017)
Tel.: (+852) 2736 8828
Fax: (+852) 2736 8000
Email: travel@the-silk-road.com
Address: 16/F Chinachem Century Tower, 178 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
 
For local tours in Dunhuang, Half-day Mogao Caves / Half-day Desert Exploration / One Day Great Wall Ruins, Jade Gate Pass and Yadan National Geopark, click here.


* Event details are provided by Xtraventure Training and Events Limited (XTE)

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