If nature is beautiful, the people will be as well

From Lake Kanas, I took the bus to Buerjin (布尔津), which is something like the hub to transfer if you want to get to any place in the north of Xinjiang Province. So I decided to stay there for another night and take the first bus the next morning to get to my next destination:…

Kanas Lake, what a beauty 

My next destination was Lake Kanas (喀纳斯湖), in the very north of Xinjiang, next to the boarders to Russia (50km), Mongolia (55km) and Kazakhstan (20km). The Lake is pretty far away from Ürümqi so I decided to make a stop in Buerjin, sleep there for one night and take the first bus to Lake Kanas…

Ürümqi, it’s all about friends

The last stop with my German friends was Ürümqi, the capital of Xinjiang.  The 190km journey from Turpan to Xinjiang was already very interesting, since we got our tickets at the ticket window, which said “the party members’ window”. We still got tickets, even though we didn’t bring our party membership certificate… Interesting. At the…

Turpan, hottest place in China 

Turpan (Tulufan, 吐鲁番)is Chinas death valley. At 154m below sea level, it’s the second-lowest depression in the world and the hottest place in China. In July and August, the time when we visited the place, temperatures soar above 40°C, forcing the local population and visiting tourists into a state of semi-torpor. Despite the heat, the…

Hami, the sweetest melons on earth 

After an awesome stay in Dunhuang, we decided to leave Gansu Province and enter Xinjiang Province. The bus ride (414km) was passing by the endless desert, there was no house, no people anywhere nearby. The only thing we saw were some wild camels and horses.  Our wonderful host in Dunhuang recommended us to take some milk-beers…

Welcome to the Gobi desert! 

The next stop on the silk road was Dunhuang, an oasis in the Gobi desert. There were lots of things to do and to discover in and near Dunhuang.  We had an absolute fantastic stay in Dunhuang! First if all we had a 6 people’s room alone for us three, we had a fantastic host,…

Climbing the Wall, Part 4

The next stop was Jiayuguan (嘉峪关).  We mainly visited that stop on the silk road in order to see the impressive Jiayuguan Fort. Before we went to the Fort, we had some breakfast get enough energy to start with. That day we were in football mood, probably because of the quite successful German participancy of…