Rouqiang is the last town in Xinjiang before heading into the Qinghai Province. Still feeling utterly terrible, I decide to drive the three or so hours from Qiemo and have the afternoon off. There’s nothing much going on in Rouqiang. It’s a fairly empty place and you can saunter across the roads with no sign of traffic. The river is bone dry and full of rubbish. I film a guy fly tipping which he doesn’t like much.
None of my GPS maps showed any sign of a petrol station from Hotan to Ruoqiang. Something that stressed me out big time. I did however, record all of the coordinates myself so please find them listed below. There are a couple of big stretches where there’s no petrol anywhere so sometimes you have to fill up even if you did so an hour back. I’ll be doing the same for Qinghai. I hope it’s useful to someone who’s heading that way and having similar anxiety attacks.
GPS Coordinates South Silk Road & Qinghai
Hotan to Ruoqiang
1: Qira 36°59′59.23″N 80°48′05.51″E
2: Xianbai Bazha 36°53′11″N 81°30′34″E
3: Street 36°49′37.48″N 81°54′32.89″E
4: 37°03′54.36″N 82°41′27.78″E
5: 37°45′21″N 84°09′44.84″E
6: 38°14′24.46″N 85°19′18.24″E
7: Qiemo 38°08′36.86″N 85°31′29.68″E
8: 38°42′12.27″N 87°09′07.24″E
9: 38°41′39.98″N 87°23′32.45″E
10: 38°58′06.86″N 88°01′36.38″E
11: Ruoqiang 39°00′37.8″N 88°10′01.87″E
There are a number of gas stations just east of Ruoqiang