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... Most streetlights had solar panels. Most trees are planted in ditches which can be flooded by irrigation - we are still in the desert. The Jiayuguang gate requires an entry fee. It consists not only of a single Chinese gate, but of a series of gates, and of a large (now empty) square, which used to house the old town of Jiayuguang. The walls, towers and gates have been completely restored. A series of pictures of about 100 years ago and ...
... Petulant, dumb as ever, asked if she could warm her hand. I told her there had been several comments about how stupid she had been last night and naturally I did not tell her of whom I spoke. That took care of her for the night as she sought consolation with drinking buddies. Kristen would have to be a poor KTV performer, worrying that Oz is the greatest per capita polluter in the world and a practititioner of meditation.
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... crowd of locals who were more interested in the western mercenary soldiers than the fortress itself. We were able to walk the circumference of the walls and browse some of the reconstructed buildings (the barracks, the general's house etc) in its interior before taking a taxi up to the next location - the Overhanging Wall.
Taking its name from its precarious location, the Overhanging Wall is a largely reconstructed section of wall that runs north of the fortress ...
... big barn of a 'tourist centre', realising that they would need to be charging the silly entry fees to fund all this unnecessary nonsense, which has nothing to do with the fort itself. Rant, rant, rant!! I didn't even get to appreciate what my guide book describes as 'one of the classic images of western China' with the fort guarding 'the pass between the snowcapped Qilian Shan peaks and the Hei Shan'. ...
... is provided by western adventurers and archaeologists who visited China in the early 20C.
*The quality of the restoration work is variable and by Western standards, perhaps a bit too perfect. But at least there is now a conscious effort to protect places of cultural importance, not only for the benefit of the Chinese but also for the rest of the world. This has not always been the case. During the Sino / Japanese war and the Cultural Revolution for instance, ...
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