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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 ...
... defensive wall straddling across 15 of China's modern day provinces. Today about 8000 km remain visible. In 1984, after Deng Xiao Ping visited Jiayuguan, he called for the Chinese to be proud of their country and rebuild the Great Wall. Since then, and throughout the country, renovation projects have been initiated. This is well catalogued at a permanent exhibition at the Jiayuguan fort where there are photos illustrating before and after restoration. Much of the ...
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.
... out without anyone checking our room.
After much thanking for our new best friend, and of course payment for the taxi driver, they departed and we were left to tip-toe through the echoing, communist grander building to our room, during which we found that each floor of the hotel, had a chamber maid on duty at a desk at the end of the massive corridor, even in the middle of the night.
The room was standard enough, but we were excited to ...