Rather, a trail of dirty articulated trucks rumbling much of the journey.
Wei did well.
Near accidents happened, but not because of her.
Truck drivers in China can be impatient and dangerous, to say it politely. We passed nasty scenes of flipped trailers and shattered glass, spilt cargo, rescue cranes and cops.
Once we reached the coast, past the endless industrial ports of Hebei province, their frantic container and gasoline truck tangles, the journey blossomed into sunbeams amid calm, tree-lined country roads.
Our reward the first day, as dusk approached, after some hours of motoring mayhem, was arriving at a deserted beach.
The perfect first-night for our van life in China
Somehow, with little driving experience, zero auto knowledge, hazardous highways and not knowing where we were going, we found the perfect first-night spot to begin our new van life across China.
And the next day, camping bliss blew us away on Golden Beach.