Monthly Archives: September 2012

parting (for now)

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Today was our last day in this beautiful part of the world. We got on a plane: And flew over the desert and the mountains. Parts of the land looked like the ones I had walked through before: Then we reached Ürümqi. We came in low over the city: And we crossed the exact same […]


I was going to do the same thing in the air!

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The city wall of Hotan wasn’t very old: Only some parts of it were: It was weird to think that maybe this statue was older than the main gate of the city wall: (Note how tall the man on the right is compared to the other guy, lol.) One of the local specialties of this […]


dessert in the desert

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Yes, I know it’s a tacky title. Anyway… We took a train ride along the Southern rim of the Taklamakan desert today. From Kashgar to Hotan in a bit more than 9 hours: Cup noodles in the hard sleeper compartment of a train: Excellent! When we reached Hotan, it was already late: People were dancing […]


handprints

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There’s a livestock market here every sunday. Ok, some cows, some sheep, maybe a camel. No big deal, you would think. But certain travel guides have it listed as one of the BEST things to see in ALL of China. So we went to check it out: There were old dudes… …making money: Cows… …in […]


nine inch lakes

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Ever heard of Karakul – the “black lake” in the Pamir Mountains? We figured we were pretty close to it, so we hopped into a cab, stopped to buy some food and got on our way: It was about 200 km down Southwest on the Karakorum Highway: We passed red rocks: …tiny settlements: …high mountains: […]