Dunhuang and Mogao Caves

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October 12th 2010
Published: October 19th 2010
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After several long driving days it was nice to have a couple of nights in Dunhang to relax (actually one more night would have been even better). We crossed from Xinjiang province into Gansu province and the difference is noticable in the food and the amount of development. Xinjiang is mostly Uighur and Islamic influence (lamb kebabs, pulled noodles, very little pork, etc). The food now is much more "authentic" Chinese where the default meat is normally pork and the dumplings are different. Also the city of Dunhuang is much larger and more modern than we expected.

We went to the Mogao Caves in the morning which were spectacular. The carved statues and paintings on the walls are really something to be seen, and they are very well preserved. No photos are allowed inside the caves so we can't really share our experience, but it was nice just to listen to the guide and learn the history and stories behind the paintings.

On our last night in Dunhuang we went to the night market for dinner. It was a bit of an adventure ordering from a completely Chinese menu, but we have our 'bible' that our guide wrote out,

Kebab and $0.75 beer.
which has some common dishes with chinese and english translation (we now take this everywhere with us).

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Market street

Sand dunes in the background.

19th October 2010

Bad time to check out your blog with the beautiful pictures of fabulous food while I'm stuck eating a Turkey-Bacon Club and a large double-double from Timmy's! Highlight of my lunchhour :) PS Sure do miss you guys

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