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... Hei (Black) mountains of the Mazong range. The fort was built in 1372 and although the Chinese controlled landed beyond this area, Jiayguan was considered the last stronghold of imperial China. The fort wasn't really anything exciting to see as like most other things in this country, it has been reconstructed. Part of it was still under scaffolding. There was a photograph exhibit that was interesting which showed the ...
Friday 29 August 2014
*We continue our journey through Gansu province which is geographically a long narrow province sandwiched between the deserts of Inner Mongolia and the Qilian mountains of Qinghai. This area is known as the Hexi corridor. Strategically it has always been immensely significant, bordering as it does on Xinjiang province.
*In Gansu province there are Muslim minorities amongst the population but not to the extent of ...
... 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 objects have been recovered from the Han ...
... Aurel Stein's expedition reports and Yasushi Inoue's historical novel set in the 10th century. The reality is an elegant well-laid out modern city whose night life is renowned. Yet another excellent dinner is offered, at which we finish the melons and toast the birth of a grandchild to one of the party with a local red wine from the Mogao Industrial Company.
Then it is off to a national park, the Singing Sand Mountains, so called because the sand supposedly ...
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 ...
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