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Someone had lost his pig:


Can’t see?

Take a closer look:

dead pig

Eagle-eye Chris never lets a dead pig go unnoticed!

I was so happy I would finally make it to the city today:

– new shoes!

– chocolate!

– a shower!

– broadband!

– a laundry!

The road was long and winding though:


And then the city appeared in tiny steps, little by little, first some suburbs:

outskirts of Lanzhou

Then some more countryside:

walking person

…and some more of the in-between:


Then, after another curve, there it was:

into Lanzhou

The city.

The last time I had come to Lanzhou was two years ago – by train.

I remember thinking: compared to Beijing, this place seems like some hinterland.

This time, coming in on foot from the countryside, I felt totally different.

Even though in some places it seemed as if raw nature was trying to creep in…


…but the city still seemed absolutely HUGE to me:

construction workers

After a while, I found a place that I had been to before:

construction site in 2006

…only it had changed quite a bit:

construction done in 2008

I walked into a beautiful glaring evening:

sunset in Lanzhou

…and then wandered from hotel to hotel, trying to find the one perfect place to rest my ill-treated body for the next five days:


After a while, I found one.

Welcome lazy days!!

  • Fiona

    sounds good, except the poor piggy..


  • Hermann

    Glückwunsch. Viel Spaß.


  • Martin T.

    Ja, ist ja fast wie bei uns: 1.Mai&Himmelfahrt&Freitag&Samstag&Sonntag.
    Genieß es, Christopher!


  • jule

    armes schwein!!! ๐Ÿ™
    schön, dass du es endlich geschafft hast und die zeit der schmerzenden füße hoffentlich ein ende hat!
    filmreifer sonnenuntergang… ๐Ÿ™‚
    beste grüße aus dem gewittrigen erding!


  • Barry

    Echte Schweinerei, wo die überall ihre toten Tiere entsorgen.
    Und von wegen eagle-eyed, in 5 Jahren wirst Du die Zeitung nur noch mit ausgestreckten Armen lesen können. Datt is dann die Kehrseite von die Medallje.
    Lass es bloß langsam angehen mit den neuen Stiefeln. Neue Ausrüstung gleich im "Ernstfall" benutzen kann ganz schön nach hinten los gehen. Aber beim aktuellen Zustand Deiner Füße kann es eigentlich nur besser werden.
    Genieße deine Pausentage.


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  • Christoph

    Fiona: Poor poor piggy…
    Hermann: Dank dir!
    Martin T.: Habt ihr gutes Wetter?
    jule: ๐Ÿ™‚
    Barry: Wahre Worte. Ich bleibe die nächste Zeit langsam wie eine Schnecke.
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  • Lin

    Hi, I attented your presentation of slide Feb. 26 2014 at Pisa, It was very interesing and I was very exiting, because I was from Lanzhou! It was pity that I could not talk to you more not knowing your this experience before. You are a hero!


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