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We are back online! We had an amazing experience in the dry and high altitude mountain town of Xiahe in Gansu province. This place was very different from the China we'd already got to know and was damn cold too with a morning temperature of zero degrees (we saw a bit of snow too). Going here was our compromise for not going to Lhasa in Tibet and it certainly ...
... is 8404. We are now accustomed to the Chinese habit of prefixing all rooms with an 8 or 9 - two particularly auspicious numbers in Chinese culture. It no doubt makes rooms with bad numbers (such as 4 ) sellable. 4, sounding like the word 'death' in Chinese is considered to be very bad luck. Having a hotel room with a lucky number is especially important for business people.
*We head into town for a light lunch. Chinese of course. ...
... different Buddha statues gazing from within the dimly lit temples.
*Imagine also the pervasive scent wafting from the large incense burners, the smell of yak
butter candles providing the only light inside the temples, the jingling sound of the bell as the larger prayer wheels are turned by monks, pilgrims and local worshippers alike. And you will realise why today is so captivating.
*Our guide, probably in his twenties, has ...
... flowing at the base of the gorge is a vivid orange brown colour. At 1900 m we cross over the Yellow River - it is already a very respectable size considering we are still in the province of its source. James informs us that at its widest, the bridges over the Yellow River are 15 km long. Everything about China seems to be on a different scale.
*In the villages we pass through, domestic architecture is a combination of Chinese and Tibetan styles. The roofs ...
This morning we hit the road again and the temperature has definitely cooled down. I wore a tank top and shorts but on the bus I had to add a sweater and throw a blanket over my legs. I thought it might just have been on the bus but when we stopped for a bathroom break it was quite cool outside. Since they did construction all night at the building next door, I didn't sleep well so I ...
Other places to stay in Xiahe
No.77 Renmin West Street, Xiahe | Hotelfrom $41
- Wonderful hotel
- many tour groups come here