Let’s rock 

The same day of visiting the matisi temple, we went to the rainbow rocks in the afternoon, multicolored rock formations, also know as Danxia rocks (张掖丹霞), which gained a bit of attention after six well-known formations in the South were inscribed as UNESCO world heritage sites. You will soon see, why these rocks clearly deserve…

Matisi Temples built in the mountains 

The next stop was Zhangye (张掖). We went there for 3 reasons: the Matisi Temples, the rainbow rocks and the Pinshan Hu Canyon. So the first stops was the Matisi Temples: carved into the cliffs sides in the foothills of the Grand Qilian mountains, the vulnerable Buddhist grottoes of matisi are a great visit during the…

Relaxing day in Wuwei

The next stop on the journey was Wuwei (武威). It stands at the strategic eastern end of the Hexi corridor, which is part of the silk road. From Wuwei, two millenia ago, the emperors of China launched their expedition army forces into unknown west, eventually leading them to Jiayuguan and beyond From the previous destination…

The Binglíngsì Caves 

The next trip was to the Binglíngsì Caves (炳灵寺)  in southern Gansu Province. Binglíngsì is one of the few Buddhist grottoes in China to have survived the tumultuous 20th century unscathed. Right next to the yellow river, you can see Buddhist sculptures, up to 1600 year old, carved in 183 niches. Only few tourists visit…

The Germans are coming

From Yinchuan I took the train to Lanzhou, Gansu Province.  In Lanzhou, I met my 2 German high-school friends Jan and Lucas. Xiao Li also accompanied my and so we formed a group of 4 people during the first day in Lanzhou. When Xiao Li and I arrived in Lanzhou in the early morning, the…

You always meet twice in life

I continued my journey to go from Ordos to Yinchuan, which is in another province called Ningxia. Ningxia Province is a province in the north of China, which is full of dry land, mountains and landscape. It is also home to the Hui Chinese, a Muslim ethnic minority in China. Ningxia was the borderline between…

The tomb of Genghis Khan

The only reason for visiting Ordos was the mausoleum of Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongolian empire, which became the biggest empire in the world until his death. If you carefully read my blog, you will figure out that most steps of my journey are connected via history. In Baotou, I visited the tomb…