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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi July 7th 2016

Octobre 2015, " Bon, on est d'accord, on ne connait pas vraiment notre itinéraire, mais une chose est sûre, on n'ira pas en Chine hein?" , " Oui, oui, ça ne me dis rien, et puis c'est vraiment trop compliqué la paperasse dans ce pays!" Juillet 2016: Après un mois à traverser la Chine du Sud Est à l'extrême Ouest, après avoir parcouru la Grande Muraille, après avoir traversé le désert de Gobi, après avoir mangé plus de nouilles en un mois que c'est 24 dernière années, nous pouvons le crier haut et fort: " LA CHINE EST EXTRAORDINAIRE"! Vous nous auriez vu lors de notre arrivée, sans argent, sans internet, sans carte, sans dictionnaire et sans aucun vocabulaire pour se faire comprendre à la frontière la plus perdu du Sud du pays... et bien vous ... read more
Tianshan Natural Park
Gobi Desert

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi September 30th 2015

Discover the "Beautiful Pasture" Are you tired of having holidays near the sea? Or do you refuse to travel to most visited places just only because you are a nonconformist? If yes, then this blog about magnificent Urumqi city is just for you! Urumqi is a capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China... The population is about 3,112, 559...blah...blah...blah...and other information that can be found in Wikipedia... The only catchy information for me from the Internet is that Urumqi is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the city farthest from any ocean or sea. The most exciting place for me in Urumqi is HongShan Park. The park is named HongShan, which means Red Hill, because there is a hill in the center of the city with a red brick pagoda calleb Zhen ... read more
HongShan Park
Zhen Long Ta

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi June 12th 2014

Urumqi We have arrived in Urumqi, the largest city in Northwest China (5+ M). The drive down the new road could have been pretty much anywhere in the world, except for the new cities and power plants being built everywhere. There is a huge mall next door with all the most expensive stores, and a block away are the traditional hole in the wall shops. The contrasts are amazing. It is getting hot again We are expecting 100+ tomorrow in Turpan.... read more

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi September 3rd 2013

My last day in Urumqi was spent wandering around the city. On the onset, Urumqi looks like any other Chinese city. A city that has been pumping up development, especially in the last few years and is relatively young. According to wikipedia it used to be a major part of the silk route and since the 1990's has been developed economically and is a transport node. It is the gateway into China from the West. More than anything else, Urumqi's unique location and its influence on the city, can be understood by taking a closer look at its demography. As I mentioned in a post before this,'The other side of China', there is a 75.3 % population of the Han chinese, 12% Uighers and others, Mongols, Kazhaks, Uzbeks, Russians, Tibetian, Manchu among others make the rest. ... read more
Walking under the vines

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi August 31st 2013

When this trip was first mentioned I had no idea what I was getting into. The landscape, the people, the food, the languages, everything is so unexpected and mixed up. Prepare to be surprised. The 5 hour flight from Shanghai to Urumqi crosses some of the most exquisite topography. If you are lucky to be flying there on a clear day, as we were, on the later half of the flight, you could see glimpses of the Tibetan plateau and the rugged mountains of the Tian Shan change into the forbidding Taklamakan (In Hindi one could translate that as bald man's house :P) desert. The significance of this region on the silk route suddenly rings loud and clear. This was the buffer zone between Europe and China. The traders, merchants and travelers all trans versed this ... read more
Raisins and more raisins !
Afghani bread/nan

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi July 21st 2013

I could have stayed longer in Urumuqi eating amazing sweet Uyghur pastries, devouring more meat dishes, strolling through the Uyghur area a bit more, taking more pictures of the lively streets and enjoying the comfort of Becky’s home… But Becky had to go back to work in Beijing and I had to get back on the road. And what a road! To go south, I had 2 choices: I could either take the smooth road through Turpan (expressway) or what looked like the shorter way through the mountains on a smaller road. Because we had already visited Turpan, I chose the road through the Tian Shan Mountains. Becky’s Mom had warned me it would go up and down and the riding would probably be difficult (like many people from the city, she has never taken this ... read more
Entering the Tian Shan
Road 216
after a few hours of riding I met these gentlemen from Urumuqi

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi July 17th 2013

I arrived in Urumuqi very early on July 1 and Becky met me at the train station. No need to say how great it felt to see her smile again and hold her hand after a month on the road. I often try to imagine how different this journey would be if we were traveling together, both riding a bike. Riding a bicycle through the mountains and the desert has been tough, challenging, exhausting both physically and mentally. Could she keep up? Will we travel this way together someday? The big step for me in Urumuqi was to meet Becky’s Mom. I think it went well and we talked a lot from the very first day. She is a nice and caring lady who spoiled us with great food of all kinds. She baked bread for ... read more
Becky and her Mom
Grand Bazaar
Uyghur neighborhood

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi June 14th 2013

This finds me still in Urumqi, 4thday since arriving, fully recovered and rearing to go. Held up a little due to a lack of organisation, awww perhaps I’ll go for a little wander after the race, without delving more into the practicalities especially the language barrier. The people are no problem they are very tolerant even friendly, China would be one of the safest countries in the world to travel, man, woman or child, deepest depths of the night, its meaningful communication that’s the problem. One really needs to have the contacts lined up, whether that be private guides or other travel help, or in my case now that I have meaningful contact, getting them to pass me on down the line. I found Beijing and Shanghai easy enough to get around as English was a ... read more
morning street market
sword play on temple steps
liked post frame

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi June 11th 2013

After a murderous 8 hour bus ride, three bus loads of us arrived at the Urumqi airport, all seemingly making their connecting flights as they were still sitting on the ground held up by high winds. I hailed a taxi, flashed a bit of envelope the travel lady had written the name of the hotel on for me and hoped for the best. Except for a bit of the after match blues the next morning, I was happy to have come to Urumqi. The Hotel is perfectly situated, near lots of easy cheap food, with smiling helpful people when Ferangi starts to glaze over. So its been pretty much, sleep and eat, do the washing and eat, play with photos and eat, go to the supermarket and eat, do my exercise regime so that it doesn't ... read more
photo op
overview camp1
10 mins to start

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi January 2nd 2013

As soon as my plane touched down in Urumqi, I was on the go again! Rhonda and Kelsey wanted to go bowling. So I ran home, took a shower, and headed back out. I didn't get any pictures of bowling, but the highlight of our outing was a walk in Hongshan Park right next to where we bowled. Ice sculptures were being carved - ever so many of them - and they were beautiful!... read more
Blocks of ice for sculpting
Looking down the path
In an ice castle!

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