Travel Blogs from Jiuquan
... distance. The road climbs up the lower slopes of the Tibetan Plateau as we get closer to Lanzhou, one of the most polluted industrial towns in China. They seem to be strip mining the whole valley. Buddhist Stupas and graceful Chinese pavilions fight the power pylons for a hillside spot. Lanzhou is on the Yellow River,the river carries a heavy load of sandstone silt and definitely lives up to its name. We are caught up in the first traffic ...
... rare earth elements are found, as well as gas and oil, which explains the both the enormous amount of visible investment and the graves far from home. Remote it may be, but we don't get an impression of backwardness or primitiveness.
We stop for a photo opportunity at a Ming era beacon tower and are hit by the hot breeze coming off the sand. It is a relief to check in to the Dunhuang Electricity Hotel.
Dunhuang! The name is redolent of romance ...
... back we notice a zebra crossing a little way down the road and, ever safety conscious, decide to make the detour. We get a big fright half way across as a police car comes hurtling towards us with lights flashing and run like rabbits the rest of the way. When the police car turns the corner we are surprised by cheery waves coming from the occupants! The evening is spent uploading the last few days' entries in the comfortable hotel lobby as we have lacked internet since Linxia.
... of the Gobi Desert that the Grotto was closed to the public until just before we arrived. If the gusts are greater than about 30 mph it is too dangerous for anyone to climb around on the walkways. It was still windy when we got there but under the max limit.
After the Grotto and the Great Wall museum we drove for over 2.5 hours along the Gobi Desert to Dunhuang. The Gobi Desert is not a sandy desert, it is rocky and not ...
... have been a bit of a mystery!! The only thing that spoilt the experience were the people constantly talking. I took my lead from the feisty old duck next week and told some people to shut up as they were so bloody annoying. Funnily when I tried to leave when the opera had finished she grabbed me and made me sit down, but alas with my headache i couldn't hand the woman Sqwarking on stage! I definitely needed drugs tonight so treated myself to ...
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Downtown, Jiuquan | Hotelfrom $34