In early March, world-record holding driver Rainer Zietlow began his long trip to China with a new, partly camouflaged Touareg at the Bratislava factory in Slovakia. The route is about 16,000 kilometers long and spans eleven countries. Bratislava is where the SUV has been built since 2002 and Beijing is where this latest version will celebrate its world premiere on March 23. Here, you can read Rainer Zietlow's diary entries, following the first legs of his trip. Starting on Monday, Rainer will file a daily report from the road.