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... that the wall was constructed based on the geography and materials available in an area. Thus in this area, the wall was made of clay. There was also a great model that showed the wall and fort and how it provided a great defence as no one would have been able to cross through the valley. We got on the golf cart again and it drove us to a suspension bridge that crossed a river. They are building the area into a big ...
After leaving kashgar we travelled on to jiuquan along the yellow river. The we saw large groups of nomads in the area buying supplies and goods for their travels during the warm winter months.We noticed that the locals didn't really interact with the nomads unless to buy and sell things.One of the men theorized that the nomads had probably earned a bad stigma from genghis khan’s nomads.However the nomads seemed ...
... being an outsider here. Earlier this night, I smelled the most wonderful scent to ever enter my senses. After tracking down the scent to a small restaurant, I attempted to take a seat to order food. Before I was able to do this, however, I was shoed from the restaurant by a shrewd old woman who appeared to own the shop (or at least her husband did, for that matter). Although I was able to find a ...
... the 'throat' to reach Imperial China.
The fort was the garrison for the north western section of the wall and therefore the empire. It was from here that traders left to travel to the west and from here the immigrants were dispatched to Dunhuang.
The western section of the wall terminated at the fort. There are some incredible artifacts found along the wall. Due to the dry condition textiles, leather,fur and wooden ...
... that you can't tear an NZ$5 note which the family found fascinating. My gift to him! I learnt how to say penguin in Mandarin and surprisingly they are very similar. His dad took my picture which is getting to be the norm these days, now i know how the rich and infamous feel;-)
throughout the day as more and more people stop to stare, get their kids to come and look at the strange caucasian blonde women or just come up and say hello ...