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... the trip caused by a small accident and the get a blow out on one of the truck tryes. No problem we make Liujiaxia without having to stop. Liujiaxia is a true central Asian Chinese town set in a gorge along the Yellow River. No western tourists here..no wifi either! Up early and off to visit Bingling Si, a series of Buddhist caves containing 694 statues and 82 clay sculptures. The biggest of which is the reclining Maitreya, future, Buddha. ...
... rare earth elements are found, as well as gas and oil, which explains the both the enormous amount of visible investment and the graves far from home. Remote it may be, but we don't get an impression of backwardness or primitiveness.
We stop for a photo opportunity at a Ming era beacon tower and are hit by the hot breeze coming off the sand. It is a relief to check in to the Dunhuang Electricity Hotel.
Dunhuang! The name is redolent of romance ...
... new ski run (yes, really) close to completion. On the other side are mountains which would have posed a formidable barrier for any marauding barbarians. The return path descends by a different route, beautifully built from stone but with the usual uneven treads. At the bottom we meet a life sized plastic camel caravan followed by a series of stone statues of important people in the history of the Silk Road. Everyone chooses their favourite statue to be photographed ...
... Fen was very knowledgeable and I found this to be a really great treat.
We also went to the Yulin grottos, the caves built into the side of a huge riverbank that dates back to the beginning of Buddhism in China. The wall painting and statuary was out of this world. We were not allowed to take photos but I will find some internet links to pass on to you so you can see what we saw.
At the Grotto the wind was blowing ...
... to redress the balance and that was the delighful Penfold! His dry and sarcastic humour (mirror of mine) can always be relied upon to cheer you up and give you a giggle ;-) Hopefully if he comes to visit i can keep him safe from mum, as we are close and i love her but not that much!! Will get him into lots of trouble given the chance ;-)
N.B. For Gary, debs and lynette be careful what you pray for as you might just get it (remember to be VERY specific!!h
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