Jiayuguan Great Wall Hotel
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I slept pretty well in my tent last night although I woke once or twice because of the strong wind blowing outside that caused the tents to flap around a bit. Because of the winds, I put trousers on in the morning but when I actually went outside it wasn't that cold at all as the wind was quite warm. We packed up the tents and my group was in charge of breakfast. We just had croissants, yogurt and bananas for breakfast as ...
... is obviously more relaxed about security here. We have not encountered any police road checks and public places do not have the token display of 2 hard hats and riot shields.
*The highway is good - China is constantly improving its road network. No potholes in this section and beside the existing road a new carriageway is being built which will soon transform this route into a dual carriageway. Traffic volume is relatively light and consists mainly of large ...
... this cave complex was lost when they dammed the Yellow River in the 1950's and created the Liujaixia Reservoir. To reach the caves there is a 30 minute motor boat ride along the reservoir. A walkway leads you along the cliff to a small but deep valley. The sculptures are carved into the sandstone and cover the period from the 4th c to the 14th c. Many of the carvings are in small niches. The large Buddha can been seem from a distance along the ...
There is brilliant sunshine when we wake after a pleasantly cool night. The difference in daylight hours is noticeable - we are 18 degrees west of Beijing now, but on the same time zone so the sun is more than an hour behind the clock.
Today is a day for the desert. We set off westwards, accompanied by the bus driver's niece who is hitching a lift. Early on we can see the snowy Qilian Shan to the south and the Black Mountains to the north, but soon they are left ...
Waking up at 5.30 in the train is not so pleasant but we are rewarded by a beautiful sunrise over a flat desert backed by the snow-capped mountains of the 5-6,000 metre Qilian Shan. Jiayuguan is completely new city, built in the 1950s to service a new steel plant and the nearby satellite launch facility - sadly strictly off limits to us, but a lot of our fellow passengers disembark there.
Jiayuguan is the westernmost point of the Ming Great Wall - it is commemorated ...