From the train we saw some of the China oil fields.|
|Leaving the train we snapped our attendant and our Tour director, Leo Liu.|
On the bus, I marvelled at the four lane highway through the desert,|
with a very wide median to minimize problems from blowing sand.
We stopped at a tourist information centre where our local guide
bought tickets for the day's excursions.
And a bit of rainbow appeared in the sky.
|A typical lunch (our table in the foreground), and a view of Turpan from the bus. (Just a little town on the Silk Road!)|
This visit is to the "Flaming Mountain", one of the locations
in the Classical Chinese novel "Journey to the West".|
Alice & Andrew, and Sew & Paul get memorialized.
|A couple of warriors upended, and a huge thermometer displays the ground temperature, almost 60C.|
|A sleeping camel, an oil well, and our Tour Director & local tour guide.|
|A photo of some cliff openings, but I do not remember where.|
On the way back we visited a local family in their open air house.
Not sure where they live in the very cold winter.|
They did a traditional dance, offered us some of their wine, and had raisins available for sale. We found them quite expensive,
at 200 Yuan ($35) for a kilogram (although we do not often buy a kilogram of raisins).
They said the tree near their entry was very old.
Dancers greeted us as we entered the restaurant for supper.|
And to announce Andrew's contribution of a cooked lamb.
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