Travel Blogs from Jiuquan
The fortress at Jiayuguan was the defender of the empire from the Huns and just about everyone else. It was this pass that was closed when the Emperor wanted to shut down the Silk Road and it was through these gates that dissidents and criminals were expelled. The fort stands at the western end of the Hexi Corridor which is known as the Mouth of China, to enter China from the west you must enter through the pass and travel down the 'throat' ...
... There is a lot of work being done to create a 4 lane highway, lots of people and machines working in then wind! It was cool, probably in the low 60's which is cool for the people here.
We stayed one night in Dunhuang then we were to catch the train to Turpan. Before leaving for the train we went to another grotto and then to an area that is the location of the giant sand dunes of the Gobi Desert. The oasis of ...
Slightly more sedate start to the day as we went all posh and hired ourselves a driver for the day. Luckily his English spoke and even more so written was good and so much better than my **** Manadarin. I have been smart enough to pleco or translate what i need into chinese characters and add them to my notes for future reference.
Our first port if call was the First tower which was an out post in as per usual the **** end of no where. Very cool history Nd ...
... next to the ecopark which looks like western houses so one can only assume that this is where the very very wealthy reside. Had high tea and still people walking around the park started at the two odd women!
Before the opera we splurged out for a fine dining experience of dumpling, roulette soup and two beers which costs the equivalent of $5NZ!!! Well what can we say about the opera..we had the entire military corp gawping at us (not ...
... phone battery! We hailed a cab and after a comedy of errors got dripped of at a hotel which was just across the road from the initial one. We walked right in and got a room which was a third of the price of the room across the street. This is the cheapest place we have stayed and has the best and hotted shower thus far and joy of joys has a dresser with a mirror with a socket in front of it so i can finally do my hair!!!! No more looking like a crazy homeless ...
Other places to stay in Jiuquan
Downtown, Jiuquan | Hotelfrom $34