Travel Blogs from Jiuquan
... metal gates. The farms are scattered through the fields or grouped along roads, white walled with tiled lintels over metal gates. At the end of the valley we pass through a series of long tunnels and emerge into a different landscape the rice paddies are still here in the small steep valleys but the top of the hillsides are now grazing land. Plenty of green after days of brown. Surrounded by sandstone foothills with snow capped mountains ...
... we are in the Gobi desert. It is not totally desolate because the flat, yellow brown sandy soil has occasional scrubby plants, and dry shallow watercourses witness to the centimetre or so of rain that falls each year.
We pass wind farms, one with well over 1000 turbines, but they do not by any means dominate the landscape. Several parallel lines of pylons march silently beside us. Frank answers questions about the figures from Chinese history who were ...
... deity with a characteristic fierce dark scowling face: he is also a protagonist in the 600 year old novel 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'. History is brought to life through wax models showing how life would have been for the garrison commander and his household, and we see from a plaque listing all the generals ever stationed here that this is how matters remained well into the 1900s.
The views from the fort provide an interesting 20th century ...
... fields with no restrictions. It is sad because the area is quite beautiful.
Anyhow, Hei-Fen, met us at the airport and we jumped into the car and took off for Jiayuang to the hotel. After checking in we left to go see some of the local sites. The ancient White Fort at the beginning of the Gobi Desert was the first place she took us. This is the fort that is at the eastern end of the Great Wall and has a really great ...
... able to have a sense if just how **** and depressing life must have been being stationed at such a place. Seriously unless you were gay or into your horse life would be very very boring ;-( Was cool going over the suspension bridge and doing my usual naugtines of bouncing up and down and swaying it so that evryone else on the bridge would feel it too ;-) Looked stable enough to me! Oh so my OCD for rocks kicked in again and I will be bringing two such speciments ...
Other places to stay in Jiuquan
Downtown, Jiuquan | Hotelfrom $34