Gansu and Xinjiang, China
I’ve ended up in Xinjiang a couple of times this year. The first trip was to the beautiful Nalati grasslands. For the second trip we followed the old Silk Road starting in western Gansu and finishing in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. The first stop was Dunhuang, home to the amazing Mogao Caves. Photography wasn’t allowed, but I can assure you that the thousand-year-old paintings were truly stunning. Indeed, as our guide kept repeating ‘So vivid! So fresh!’ Next stop in 2012? Kashgar, I hope.
Route travelled: Dunhuang, Liuyuan, Turpan, Urumqi
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