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... of Forestry. The sky is overcast, and I am glad to wear a sweater. As usual we upset meteorologists, for even a few drops of rain fall here in the Gobi during our visit. We take our time visiting the place, Xiao Wu and Sisi both know some poems about this place - proving that Chinese identify surpasses borders and politics. We walk over the city walls, look at the desert outside the gate toward the West, enjoy a performance by boys of ...
... with Dave and Graham. If they would have accepted my analysis re the main character in Waiting for Godot was Vladimir, we could have been at 12 right [out of 15]. I smelled rice wine. My dumb bottle had leaked but was in a plastic bag.
Saw the first Bactrian-- or two-humped--camels. I am very tired. The corn is rather stubby in this neck of the woods. You would fit right in, Trav. Whack!
We are on our way to the Zhangye Danxia Rainbow ...
... the mountains trying to get the best angle on our photos as well as stopping for a beer (something that I had done last time I visited the Great Wall and hope to make a tradition).
The last place on our day's itinerary was the "First Beacon" which is where the wall reaches a steep canyon and stops - a location that is seen by some as its western limit. The last beacon refers to a tower, part of which still remains, that would have contained a signal fire and been ...
... really can't blame the heavy skies on the Chinese restorers...
Other sights in the vicinity were the 'Overhanging Great Wall' and 'First Beacon Platform of the Great Wall' - this was the very end of the Great Wall of China, marking the boundary of what was once China proper: although Chinese powers often controlled areas west of here, they were viewed as the wild west populated by barbarians, ...
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 ...