Turpan Oasis Hotel
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... taking a $500.00 US plus flight.
Once our water was dumped and Shannon's bag stored we entered the museums by just showing our passports. Usually foreigners get charged more to visit a site and here we were paying nothing.
This was another good museum, a credit to our hosts. Most of the descriptions were in English which was a real boost [my Mardarin and Uighur language skills somewhat suspect]. There were a few pamphlets in English for the scrapbook as ...
... A group of 8 left [Shannon, Ahmed, Phil and the bros]. It would have been nice to have a conversation with Tom but at a large table that was not in the cards.
The lunch was quite good but massive [45Y]. The rice dish and the later main were in large dishes. There were also a lamb and veggies/broccoli/green beans/spicy veggies dishes. There is not much spicing in most of the Uighur cooking. Dinner at the night market may be pushed back an ...
... of a Chinese flag.
It was time for the final push to Turpan. Yap App was back in his element as we headed below sea level into the Turpan Basin, one of the lowest and hottest places on earth. We were spared the heat in late Sept. Had fun with Dave as he claimed we were dropping in altitude when going uphill.
After about 11.75 hours we saw our first traffic light of the day. Many parts of Turpan looked like other Chinese towns: construction cranes, row upon row ...
... children, etc. etc. The closest one wants to take a picture with me. He tells me he worked here in the summer and now goes home to near Beijing. He is married but has no children yet. I ask him about the end of the one child policy. He replies that if the first child is a girl, you can apply for a permit to get a second child. But it costs 30.000 yuan - very expensive. I know that the one-child policy has already been abandoned in several regions in China. ...
... 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 ...