Location: Boten Border Crossing

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At the Boten Border Crossing that links Laos to China, I was damn kan cheong (Cantonese for extremely nervous) just thinking about the fact that I was about to step into the country that holds the largest population in the world. The country of my ancestral heritage. Where the Chinese come from.

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The Mohan Port is famed for being a bicycle-friendly immigration office to access China and so a lot of adventure tours and independent cyclists can be spotted here. I was uber-excited to get to China. I had all my travel documents and a three-month visa ready. As far as I had planned, I was gonna be spending at least two months here.

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Then, things got real. The immigration counters were jam-packed. Oceans of people were pushing to get in line and a majority of them were speaking loudly — almost like they were spitting words in my face. I also saw some people actually spitting. Well, at least the officers were decent and kindly let me pass.

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I was so proud to know that I held the Malaysian flag outside the China immigration, after a 30 over days journey on a bike.