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Travel Blogs from Jiuquan
... guard up, but I think he understood and the whole process was done with smiles and in a good nature - I didn't want us ending up in a more sticky situation that I thought we already were. A smile goes a very long way and has helped us on many occasion already and really did here.
The next day we headed straight to the office to hand in our visas, which was a bit of process but were again we were helped by friendly and ...
... decided to stay in our hotel for food and this turned out to be a very amusing evening! First, I was given a note by a guy who had tried talking to me for 10minutes where all I could do was smile and say 'yinguar' (England in Chinese) to make him aware I didn't understand! He then wrote me a note, yes in Chinese, and gave it to me which also appeared to have a number on there. Ha ha. I translated on ...
... gorge below. We walked down to a reconstructed little village displaying various defence mechanisms, where we munched our packed lunch inside the chiefs roundhouse before walking over a rickety swing bride crossing the river. Back in the taxi and we motored on to Jiayuguan Fort. Built in 1372, the fort was christened the ‘Impregnable Defile Under Heaven’. Although the Chinese often controlled territory far beyond the Jiāyùguān area, this ...
We took a bus from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan, only about 4-5 hours long. The hotel that we originally wanted to stay at was full so we ended up across the street at a really dirty hotel!! There were cigarette butts on the floor of our room, hairs....just filthy! The problem is in China not all hotels are open to foreigners, so sometimes we are at their mercy. Luckily we only stayed for 1 night. We were able to see Jiayuguan Fort and the Great Wall all in a ...
... had us thrilled. We strolled along the top of the wall, then watched the sun change the shade of the wall to a picturesque orange. We slept next to the Great Wall of China, now not many people can say they have done that.
The following morning we woke to the Great Wall and were still pinching ourselves. Over the last couple of days we had got our first glimpses of the Great Wall, and we were over the moon. As we would be travelling east to Beijing, ...
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