Marg & Bill Lynn
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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China Tour 2013
Silk Road (New Orient Express Train),Yangtze River Cruise
by Sinorama Holidays

Turpan, 11 June 2013

Posted 2013-07-08

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From the train we saw some of the China oil fields.

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Leaving the train we snapped our attendant and our Tour director, Leo Liu.

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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.

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A typical lunch (our table in the foreground), and a view of Turpan from the bus. (Just a little town on the Silk Road!)

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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.

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A couple of warriors upended, and a huge thermometer displays the ground temperature, almost 60C.

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A sleeping camel, an oil well, and our Tour Director & local tour guide.

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A photo of some cliff openings, but I do not remember where.

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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.

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Dancers greeted us as we entered the restaurant for supper.
And to announce Andrew's contribution of a cooked lamb.

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

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