After a stay in a hotel we boarded the train early this morning for our trip
to Jiauguguan. This gave us an opportunity to view the
countryside as we travelled through the Gobi desert (Andrew
says Gobi means Desert in Chinese, so kind of redundant,
but for us it has always been the Gobi desert).|
The Gobi is not sand like the Sahara, rather a greyish look, but with frequent areas of industrial development and occasional green oases.
River beds were generally empty, but flooding can apparently occur from time to time.
|Tour Director Leo and Bill at breakfast on the train.|
|Our destination in Jiayuguan was the fort near the western end of the Great Wall.|
Group photo (David and Siunie abent - they followed by bike), and David, Paul, Sew, Siunie|
From the clothing, the day started cool, but soon outerwear came off.
|Within the fort we saw the exterior of Wenchang Hall.|
|While we were there, a performance of the local opera company was in progress.|
|The fort, built of stone, covers a large area. The Snowy Mountains are visible on the horizon.|
Jacqueline, Cecilia & local guide, roof detail, curved roof.|
|An accommodation within the fort has typical furnishings.|
|A summary of the history, and a map of the current visitor site.|
A reconstruction of the Great Wall, and a piece of the original wall.|
In western China the wall was not as impressive as in the east.
Following the visit to the fort we travelled by bus to
Jiuquan, where General Qubing poured wine into the local
so his troops could celebrate victory with him. Andrew & Alice got snapped with the local guide, and Alice with a golden statue.
|We then checked into another lovely hotel and went out for supper.|
Xi'an, Terra Cotta Warriors
The New Orient Express
Jiayuguan & Jiuquan
Fengdu Ghost Town
Lesser Three Gorges
Three Gorges Dam, Disembark
Ode to Leo Liu