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

Urumqi, 12 June 2013

Posted 2013-07-08

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Leaving our hotel in Turpan for the bus trip to Urumqi, we snapped the breakfast buffet and the lobby.
We stopped at a bank for currency and noted yet another broad street with service lanes, wide sidewalks and bushes for separation.

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En route to Urumqi we visited the ruins of Gaochang, an ancient buried city built on an island in the river for protection from enemies.

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After walking around the ruins in the heat, Andrew treated us to watermelon.

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As we left, we noted folks washing their cars in the river.

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We visited an ancient irrigation system, which provides water for local agriculture via a series of
collector wells and trenches. The model of the tunnel digger indicates the back breaking work involved.

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On the bus, we hit a traffic jam waiting for the toll booth.
Toll roads are common, but the tolls are collected manually.
Another view of the right-of-way being built for the high speed train.
And some of the thousands of wind turbines that dot China.
In this area, I guess no one says "Not in my back yard".

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Our dinner table as we were ready to leave.
There was always much more food than we could eat.

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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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