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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 ...
... hotel. We are staying in a Jin Jiang Inn - perhaps the Chinese equivalent to a Premier Inn. They have a network of 1000 hotels in China and the formula is consistent throughout. No dirty thick pile carpets, no glass walled bathrooms, simple intuitive lighting systems, ample sized rooms, hot showers, minimal furniture and comfortable mattresses and pillows. If you are travelling in China, it might first be worth checking whether there is a Jin Jiang Inn in town.
The fortress at Jiayuguan was the defender of the empire from the Huns and just about everyone else. It was this pass that was closed when the Emperor wanted to shut down the Silk Road and it was through these gates that dissidents and criminals were expelled. The fort stands at the western end of the Hexi Corridor which is known as the Mouth of China, to enter China from the west you must enter through the pass and travel down the 'throat' ...
... where rare earth elements are found, as well as gas and oil, which explains the both the enormous amount of visible investment and the graves far from home. Remote it may be, but we don't get an impression of backwardness or primitiveness.
We stop for a photo opportunity at a Ming era beacon tower and are hit by the hot breeze coming off the sand. It is a relief to check in to the Dunhuang Electricity Hotel.
Dunhuang! The name is redolent of romance ...
... a zebra crossing a little way down the road and, ever safety conscious, decide to make the detour. We get a big fright half way across as a police car comes hurtling towards us with lights flashing, so run like rabbits the rest of the way. When the police car turns the corner we are surprised by cheery waves coming from the occupants! The evening is spent uploading the last few days' entries in the comfortable hotel lobby as we have lacked internet access since Linxia.