Marg & Bill Lynn
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bienvenue! / Welcome!

China Tour 2013
Silk Road (New Orient Express Train),Yangtze River Cruise
by Sinorama Holidays

Dunhuang, 9, 10 June

Posted 2013-07-08

China 2013 China 2013 China 2013 China 2013
Leaving Jiayuguan we took some shots of our hotel before heading to the train.

China 2013 China 2013
River beds in the Gobi have had stone dams built to direct water under bridges, so there must be water sometimes.
The elevated right-of-way for the high speed train across the Gobi is nearing completion.
The infrastructure in this seemingly remote area is amazing.

China 2013 China 2013 China 2013 China 2013
Along the way we saw high voltage transmission lines similar to those from James Bay in Quebec.
And industry (coal mines?). And oases, farming in the middle of the Gobi!
The railway ties are concrete, even on the regular lines.

China 2013 China 2013 China 2013
China 2013 China 2013
Greenhouses, farm buildings, farm land, scrub bush, grape vines.

China 2013 China 2013 China 2013 China 2013
Lunch at a fancy hotel.

China 2013 China 2013 China 2013
Our hotel in Dunhuang had a fort-like exterior, but was quite lovely inside.

China 2013 China 2013 China 2013 China 2013 China 2013
Sand dunes and camel rides are the claim to fame in Dunhuang. Most of our gang took the ride, although they are not identifiable in the photos. Marg and I have ridden camels before, so we opted to walk around to Crescent Lake. Desert boots were recommended, but mine had holes in them and they filled with sand.

China 2013 China 2013
Crescent Lake and the adjacent pagoda was the walkers' destination.
I guess the lake must be spring fed to keep it full in all that sand.

China 2013 China 2013 China 2013 China 2013
Plaques describe the tenacity of the Poplar tree and the Mr. Zuo Willow.

China 2013
The sand dunes are visible from the sun deck of our hotel.

Mogao Caves (Caves of the thousand Buddha), 10 June 2013
China 2013 China 2013
Breakfast on the deck gave a last view of the sand dunes
before leaving to visit the Mogao caves.

China 2013 China 2013 China 2013
There was a small stream in the large river bed as we approached the entry to the caves.

China 2013 China 2013 China 2013
The caves are carved into the hillside, and contain thousands(?) of statues and paintings.
An excellent local guide explained it all to us, but photos were not permitted.

China 2013 China 2013 China 2013 China 2013
The major Buddha temple was under renovation, but there were photos and we did get to see the inside.
Amazing the way they carved holes into the side of the hill at various levels to carve out the huge Buddha.

China 2013 China 2013 China 2013
In town we had time to stroll around. One street was reserved for parking bicycles and scooters. Marg did some shopping in one of the stores. In the heat, we finally found a little shop to buy a sort of popsicle and sit for a bit (not shown).

China 2013 China 2013 China 2013
The local market included all sorts of fruit, vegetables, raisins, nuts, live fish and chickens, and many tourist trinkets.

China 2013 China 2013
There was a huge outdoor restaurant area, ready for the supper hour.
Our gang gathered at the appointed time, to get supper and board the train for Turpan.

Pages
Introduction
China Notes
Tour Notes
Beijing
Xi'an, Terra Cotta Warriors
The New Orient Express
Tianshui
Lanzhou
Jiayuguan & Jiuquan
Dunhuang
Turpan
Urumqi
Tianchi
Chongqing, Embark
Fengdu Ghost Town
Lesser Three Gorges
Three Gorges Dam, Disembark
Wuhan, Shanghai
Travel Mates
Ode to Leo Liu

Home