Tuha Petroleum Hotel
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... my lack of sleep, it felt almost surreal.
By the time we got back to the entrance area, the sun was starting to get higher in the sky, and I could feel the heat coming on. We got some freshly-squeezed watermelon juice before moving onto our second stop of the day.
Ancient Karez water system
The next stop was a museum devoted to the Karez underground irrigation systems prevalent in the region. Turpan is hot and dry, with ...
... the road back to the bus stop, past vast vineyards on either side of the road. The trees which lined the road had grown together into a lovely shaded tunnel, so it was a pleasant stroll until a small truck stopped, with a Uyghur family inside and the driver motioned for me to get in, dropping me at the bus a little further on, with a big smile.
The Sugong Ta Minaret was the other ...
... it is a welcome one nonetheless.
Early afternoon, we stopped at Korlar to get some propane and do some shopping.
Again, I took the opportunity to greet people and speak the little Mandarin I know. It took a while to finally get a bush camp (as we failed to camp at the entrance of the Jiahoe City Ruins). We went down the road 600 metres and camped next to the tourist service centre ...
... animals. We wonder why Bactrian camels live in China and yet in Iran and the Stans just across the mountain range, we only saw Dactarian camels.
*Our circumnavigation of the lake complete, we join the impressive motorway that has been blasted through rocky geology and which heads east to Turpan.
*James does a sterling job of finding a suitable lunch stop - another roadside café. Once our order has been given, we do not have to wait long. Chinese food is ...
... all your supplies were in order and that the camels were well watered. As one observer noted, this was the place you would get your last Chinese meal. Modern Dunhuang sit in a very unique setting. It does not appear as one would imagine a desert city. Many of the streets are lined with green trees on both sides of the streets. But yet one may walk a short distance and there is a real full-blown desert that looks like it will go on forever right in the ...