Southern Silk Road Part 04: GPS Coordinates for Filling Stations

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.

The river bed at Ruoqiang

For most trucks, this is the last decent stopping point before Qinghai

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

PDF Download here: GPS Coordinates for Filling Stations on the South Silk Road

1: Qira 36°59′59.23″N 80°48′05.51″E
36.999786 80.80153
2: Xianbai Bazha 36°53′11″N 81°30′34″E
36.886389 81.509721
3: Street 36°49′37.48″N 81°54′32.89″E
36.827078 81.909135
4: 37°03′54.36″N 82°41′27.78″E
37.065099 82.691049
5: 37°45′21″N 84°09′44.84″E
37.75611 84.162456
6: 38°14′24.46″N 85°19′18.24″E
38.240128 85.321734
7: Qiemo 38°08′36.86″N 85°31′29.68″E
38.143572 85.524911
8: 38°42′12.27″N 87°09′07.24″E
38.703408 87.152012
9: 38°41′39.98″N 87°23′32.45″E
38.694439 87.392348
10: 38°58′06.86″N 88°01′36.38″E
38.968571 88.026772
11: Ruoqiang 39°00′37.8″N 88°10′01.87″E
39.0105 88.167186

There are a number of gas stations just east of Ruoqiang
39°00′50.67″N 88°14′43.67″E
39.014074 88.245465
39°00′29.23″N 88°18′22.64″E
39.008119 88.306289

 

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15 replies

      • Hiya Suan > Thanks for that. I read a blog about by a biker couple who argued the whole time they were on the South Silk Road, especially when the guy ran out of gas. His gf went nuts as they had just driven past a petrol station earlier. I hope my GPS helps someone else out sometime and thanks for your kind words mate.

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    • Oh wow > Xinjiang next year. If you happen to come over to Beijing then drop by for some tea. No no no dont drive ha ha. Definitely go straight to Kashgar and go early before the mountain roads close

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