Tuman River Hotel
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* bread filled with spinach
* meat pies filled with mutton
* locally churned ice cream
* a pancake with sugar on the outside that was rolled up mutton meat
* locally grown green grapes
* a fancy coiled dessert that tasted a bit like pretzel
* a bar that was a mix of peanuts, honey, and raisins
We got to the famous yellow mosque but decided not to go inside. We continued walking through the fascinating old part of town looking at the ...
... Silk Route (and written a novel based on the Silk Route) has not previously travelled the Silk Route!
Ancient caravans carrying goods to trade in western Asia and Europe had three different routes to choose to cross the vast expanse of very hostile desert after heading west from China’s ancient capital of Xi’an. These three routes merged at Kashgar, making it one of the most important trading centres of the world during the heyday of the Silk Route between the ...
... Korea. After a quick break at the hotel to charge the camera battery (which had just run out of juice) we took a taxi to the Sunday market. This was a huge sprawling market selling intricate knives, wolf skins, ornate tea sets and everything else from fabrics to fridges. After getting a feel for the market we took a taxi to a restaurant for dinner, which turned out to be in the style of a Turkish palace with an extremely ornate wood ...
... and tall staircases to other hidden parts of the monastery. We could have spent all day exploring in and around the monastery, however we (Mahala) had to prioritise given the shopping that (Mahala) wanted to be done back in Lhasa centre. The centre was a tourist shopping paradise with much of the town laid out with souvenir shops and local markets which saw us breaking the budget once again to get those 'much needed’ items.
Unfortunately most of ...
... away and waited another stifling hour in the sunshine before being handed a laminated vehicle registration card and a laminated driving license. We had all expected to take a test, which none of us were too worried about passing given the quality of driving in China was poor to say the least - so we thought we would manage ok. However, the only test that required passing was sitting around in the sunshine for hours!
Our little 8 hour round trip deposited us back at ...