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Travel Blogs from Lanzhou
... our room.
The only challenge of the day was learning of Josie's background on how she found her way into an orphanage. According to the records, she was left/found on a corner block (outside) in April - approximately 7 days after her birth. I am in awe of the monstronsity and pure evil of this act. And it hurt my feelings so deeply that I had to take a moment out while we were at the notary's office. I ...
This day was going to give us some well-deserved rest between 2 busy days. We visited the Silk Road city of Lanzhou, China's geographic centre and Gansu’s provincial capital on the banks of the mighty and aptly named Yellow River (Huang He). Apparently 2 of Lanzhou’s specialties are skin-raft rides down the river and beef noodle soup. We happened to see a group of people perform the former, drifting down the Yellow River on a flimsy raft supported ...
... than the United States (and I was sure it was much larger!). The population as of 2009 was 1,330,141,295. The cities are way overcrowded and people live in tall, high rise apartments with small square footage - sometimes with several families living together to save money. Many dialects are spoken but standard Chinese and Mandarin are primary languages. China is a communist state.
Again the ...
... to be up early tomorrow, and on our way for a four hour drive to Chengdu. We'll be there for three nights, at a hotel we've been warned is not the best. This is where we'll see the pandas, on Tuesday according to the schedule.
We've since found that it's Visa, Mastercard etc which are not always accepted. Chinese cards only in some places.
Smoking is widespread here and acceptable at mealtimes. We've seen men smoking and eating ...
of McDonald s, it was sooo good in a few towns that we stopped in
there was one, it was a great relief after our first stop in a town
when all we found was ducks heads, pig's snouts and chicken feet....I
was slightly worried that it really would be chip and coke diet in China, turns out that because we had our guides we managed to get
some egg fried rice at most of the these little restaurants!! Food in
China was well only really ...