Not As Described

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14th September 2017 It’s tiring work this sitting on your backside in a coach for 6 or 7 hours with nothing to do but watch the scenery going past (and catch up with listening to podcasts). We’re still heading west …

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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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Deal Of The Trip

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12th September 2017 It’s another early morning train arrival – though fortunately the last of our trip – and so we are bleary eyed as we pull in to Kuqa (Kucha) and manoeuvre the bags out of the train. As …

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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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Dunes And Caves

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9th & 10th September 2017 It’s 240 miles from Jiayaguan to our next destination of Dunhuang and the good news is that we don’t have the hassle and discomfort of an overnight train. The bad news is that we are …

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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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Bingling Ding Dong

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7th September 2017 We’re heading on again today. After our fascinating detour to Xiahe, we have an(other) overnight train taking us further northwest along one of the main Silk Road branches. First though, it is back on the bus for …

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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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Terracotta Warriors

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4th Sept. 2017 Why? It’s not the first time we’ve visited an ancient site and been left with a question (and I suspect that it won’t be the last). Today we visited the museum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum, …

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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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