Proper Coffee!

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16th September 2017 After a week of moving on westward every day through the desert, it is good to finally stay in a city hotel for a few nights. Kashgar is a place we had heard of on the Silk …

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History Rebuilt

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15th September 2017 With the interesting change of itinerary yesterday we find that we have time on our hands, having missed out on the camel ride this morning returning from the non-existent desert camp. The local agent is still on …

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Kizil Caves

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13th September 2017 With the time difference between Beijing and local times, we have a leisurely start to the day and are still one of the first to breakfast. As we leave the hotel to start our day’s sightseeing I …

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Ruins And More Ruins

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11th September 2017 We have a long day today as we do not catch our train until nearly 11pm but, luckily, we do not have to check out of our hotel until 2pm Beijing time. Local time is 2 hours …

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A Day Of Two Halves

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8th September 2017 At least our overnight train was a soft sleeper and so we were in four berth cabins with doors. The train was much more comfortable than the previous one from Xi’an and I was woken by the …

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Monks And Nomads

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5th and 6th September 2017 Having spent the night bumping along on the rail line between Xi’an and Lanzhou, we clamber out of our berths at 5:30am ready to disembark and find some breakfast. I was glad I had donned …

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Xi’an Day Tour

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3rd September 2017 So our Silk Road Tour begins and, fittingly, today we visit the Shaanxi History Museum to learn about this epic road from China to Turkey, which is actually a number of different trade routes. Over the next …

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Walking Tour Around Lijiang

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31st August 2017 The next day began with more wandering around the streets as we headed for the Black Dragon Pool Park, which is the water source for the Old Town. The park was built in 1737 and is a …

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On To Lijiang

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30th August 2017 Today we head north to Lijiang taking in sights and scenery en-route, though fortunately it is as shorter drive than the one to Dali. The first stop is a visit the small town of Xizhou to admire …

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Stone Forest

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27th August 2017 On our way to visit the Stone Forest we had an added bonus to our itinerary, which was lunch at a famous duck restaurant, however being Sunday and also very popular this meant that we had to …

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