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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 ...
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 ...
We arrived in a small town known as Jiuquan, which is just outside the Jiayuguan Pass, a pass of great importance to the emperor as it is one of the most heavily used links to the west. As such, I see a heavy military presence in this town to central to commerce. While it is nice to know I am less likely to have a repeat of the episode in Kabul with this heavy military force, I can’t help but to ...
Today is the last day of serious walking on the trip!
We walked 10+ km to visit Jiayuguan - an important border checkpoint in Ancient China.
After lunch, we hiked towards our final finishing line - at the foot of part of the Great Wall - and further hiked up!
We departed for Lanzhou the same evening on a sleeper train...
Just as we were departing, the sandstorms came in!! We count ourselves very lucky!!!
... 2640.6 miles
Cumulative altitude climbing: Lots
I decided that, despite what I had heard by way of rumour about the border being closed, they would be open for me and so I would just potter up at my leisure. If they had indeed shut it, it would probably only be for a few locals, rather than tourists. Given the number of Chinese trucks seen on the road from Osh to the Irkeshtam pass, I suspected my decision would be the correct one. It was.