Turpan Oasis Hotel
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I might have expected the heat to be too strong to allow much life, but it seems the local environs have fertile soil and considerable ground water, creating the oasis that has existed here for centuries. The surrounding area has the remains of ancient cities, Buddhist caves and burial sites dating back to the first century BC. The evidence of the presence of Buddhism, Nestorian Christianity, Islam, ...
... 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 ...
*Early evening we head downtown to visit the local market. James wishes to buy some dried fruit to take back home and give as presents. Turpan is famous for its dried fruit. It's not just a case of buying raisins, currants or sultanas, but which grade, which size, which age... He buys 15 kilos to take home and pays the equivalent of £3 per 500 grams. Is a bag of Whitworths not cheaper?
*For the first time in a while we eat in a 'proper' ...
... even the bubonic plague was carried into Europe through the Silk Road) and we rarely acknowledge it. It certainly puts a different spin in my world. Next, I hope to be reporting to you from Kashgar. That was the city that the Southern Route turned to.
I may be out of commission for the next two days or so. I am planning on crossing the Chinese border with Kazakhstan on Sunday and to be honest, I don’t know what to expect. I have heard ...
... the east the living quarters. The walls that are built along the main street have no windows or doors to aid in defense. The people who settled this fortress town had been attacked many times as this area was a natural oasis in the desert.
The town construction is unusual as the builders dug down into the ground to create defensible buildings and a cooler environment.
The city ...