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... motorcycles I see 2 bicycles. Proof that the bicycle is becoming extinct in China. I remember pictures and stories of bicycle traffic jams, but those days are over. Plenty of uniforms in the street. That has become extinct in the West, but still exists here. Which reminds me that yesterday night we passed a small store. It looked like a minimarket, but sold mainly fruit. As we walked in, four ladies in uniform converged on me, smiling and ...
... Jason with his tent, suggesting the tent bag was like a condom. There's some cultural reserve getting him to laugh at bawdy statements but he does.
Had a couple of javas [limited effect] and then pan fried sliced bread for toast. The packing went well and we were off at the appointed 0800 time. Dave was fretting re his small backpack and his Ipod; take care of your stuff, geezer!
I defended Ghengis Khan and Tamerlane. Sure, if you fought them, you paid ...
... to conclude a day of Wall watching.
It hindsight it would have been possible to cram all of Jiayuguan's sights into a single day, however we decided to spread things out a little. Our following day was spent in the countryside to the east of the city, with hired taxis taking us to two important locations. The first of these was Wall-related and which we had only heard about from a passing comment in Lonely Planet - which mentioned a place called Yemawan Bao Yizhi ...
... and I imagined the 1372 fort, originally called 'the Impregnable Defile Under Heaven', would make it so for me, too. Ah,how wrong I was.
The 5-hour train ride across from Dunhuang had rattled through the flat barren Hexi Corridor, with the distant mountains barely visible under the overcast sky. The most notable feature was the rows of windmills : China is better known for ...
... poetry of the time as the end of civilisation and the start of barbarian territory and exile. The Hexi corridor is at its narrowest here, just 9 kilometres between the Qilian Mountains to the south and the Mazong Shan to the north. In the earlier Tang era however, when China's reach extended west of the Pamirs, a system of walls and forts was built well beyond the Hexi corridor into the Taklamakan Desert and ended in the Lop Nor marshes. Their remains were surveyed ...