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... to have the entire truck packed and in the road by 8 am. We began our day by driving into Zhangye to get a picture of the Marco Polo statue. Marco Polo supposedly lived in the town for one year. We then continued to drive through the Northern part of Gansu province to arrive near Jiayugan. Jiayugan is the symbolic end to the Great Wall. Here we went to visit the Jiayuguan Fort. The fort guards the pass between Qilian ...
... of the wall were used as building materials for other projects.
*The entry fee is a steep 120RMB per person. Some provincial authorities are dependent on tourism revenue and price accordingly. Interestingly, Beijing sights are much cheaper, presumably because tourist numbers are larger and there are more sights to see. Anyway SG decides to try and negotiate concessionary rates for AG since he is already in his 60th year. In China, traditionally your age is ...
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 ...
... this encounter reminded me of talk which I had heard back home, that the silk road was old news and that the Chinese people were growing weary of the heavy presence of foreigners in their homeland. I do hope that the route will stay open long enough for me to coordinate at least several more journeys, as I have made great promises to some powerful investors from the most distinguished Italian families.
... fields with no restrictions. It is sad because the area is quite beautiful.
Anyhow, Hei-Fen, met us at the airport and we jumped into the car and took off for Jiayuang to the hotel. After checking in we left to go see some of the local sites. The ancient White Fort at the beginning of the Gobi Desert was the first place she took us. This is the fort that is at the eastern end of the Great Wall and has a really great ...