Just read this news today as well. Am planning to ride though The Stans this spring/ summer. No idea what I'm in for :-)
I've got a crazy question concerning passage though China:
I plan to enter China from Pakistan though the Khunjerab Pass. Then its will take 5 expensive days ($1800 total) to ride the 591km to the Tourgat Pass in Kyrgyzstan.
What I'm wondering is this:
Is it possible to enter Tajikistan via China? Then, if this is possible, to enter and exit China on the same day in order to save lots of cash ($1,000?). Then, if that is possible, to get back into Kyrgyzstan via Taj?
What I saw on google maps was this, using the surprisingly good satellite images, was this:
The KKH become G314 in China. After entering in China, after ~180km along G314 into China there is a very distinct left (eastward) turn that is not labeled on google maps, but can be seen on the satellite images.
This un-named road is visibly in decent condition (I can even see a bus!) and leads quickly (50km or so) to the Taj border. Upon zooming in I could see what is clearly a border crossing of some size. I don't know the name, but the GPS coords are: 38.158317,74.822173
On the Taj side is another good highway, and this one IS labeled by Google Maps. Perhaps Google Maps missed the road which connects these two major highways in Taj and China?
So - and this is a wild idea - I was wondering if it is possible to only spend one day in China and enter Taj from China and this nameless (but visibly substantial) border. :/