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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi August 7th 2010

KASHGAR 7/6/10: We got up around 7:00am, we packed up checked out and caught a bus to the bus station. We bought tickets to Kashgar and left at 12:00 midday. The bus was a sleeper bus, I don't know why they call them a sleeper buses, just because they have beds doesn't mean you sleep, in fact, in all the sleeper bus we have been in we have not slept once. What made it worse was they didn't turn the AC on because they were to much of a tight arse. All the bus companies are owned by tight Chinese bosses that don't want to fork out extra fuel for air conditioning. It ended up being 35C in a bus that didn’t have any opening windows because the AC was supposed to be on at ll ... read more
Jacinta in the bus
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Wind farm

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi August 1st 2010

FOLLOWING THE SILK ROAD 1/8/10: We had to wake up early to sort out tickets to Urumqi. We both had a shitty sleep and still couldn’t believe we had to pay that much for a room, especially since it had no AC. It was 7:30 by the time we made it to the ticketing area. We weren’t even sure it was going to be open. When we walked into the building our jaws dropped to the ground. There must have been 20 ticketing booths with lines more the 40m long. Jacinta had suddenly realized that she should have gotten out of bed earlier. We lined up in the number one isle and waited and waited, we finally got to the ticket booth and they told us we were in the wrong land, f#$& f#$^. We weren’t ... read more
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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi July 20th 2010

¿Por qué escribir un blog? Esta es la pregunta que lleva rondando en mi cabeza desde hace meses...y hablando con la gente, principalmente viajeros, uno llega a obtener diferentes respuestas. La mayoría parece que lo considera una manera cómoda y rápida de mantener el contacto con las personas que están esperando sus noticias en la distancia; siempre es menos costoso escribir tu historia una sola vez y ni siquiera tener que mandársela a la gente que escribir emails personalizados. Además, sinceramente hablando, creo que pocos de nosotros leemos los emails infinitos de todos los que viven en diferentes rincones del mundo, sea por pereza, por falta de interés, por el exceso de información, de fotos, o simplemente de "palabras" o porque, sin siquiera darnos cuenta, nos recuerdan las cosas que nosotros hemos querido pero hemos dejado ... read more

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi July 2nd 2010

Ürümqi and Turpan On this trip in China I also went to Xinjiang Province for a few days. Xinjiang Province is in the far west of China and is largely an inhospitable place with large deserts and high mountains. I have several reasons for visiting this part of China. One is sightseeing of course. I have for many years had a wish to visit the city Turpan not far from Ürümqi. But I also have another reason for visiting Xinjiang. I have a colleague, named Zulhayat, who is from China and her former hometown is Ürümqi, the capital of Xinjiang Province. One of the things I am going to do on this trip is to visit her relatives. When I arrived in Ürümqi I went to a public telephone to place a call to a telephone ... read more
Grape vines in Turpan
Emin Mosque
Emin Minaret

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi April 5th 2010

Travelling from sight to sight; variety, beauty, adventure and other delectable contrasts to life in the daily grind; the raison d'être of one’s touristic existence can captivate and beguile in both the positive and negative sense. However, there are times when one takes a break from the extravagant exaggerated and ornate that one can experience a humbler more earthy existential. Oftentimes it is difficult to predict the merit or location of such places; those in-between, out-of -the-way, travel-hub type destinations the guidebooks may pay no heed; a shrug of the shoulders; or furnish with a sneer. For ultimately the appeal of these places is the specific reflection of a state of mind and the location aligning, the precise ingredients of the mix thus non-predictable and non-replicable. Places in which I have personally experienced this phenomena are ... read more
Tea time!
"Uyghur" Grace
Kiva in a Yurt

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi November 9th 2009

To tell you the truth, I am in actual fact not writing this blog in Urumqi. This would be impossible for me to do since the Chinese government has cut all internet connections to the outside world, all international phone calls and any other means of communicating beyond the province of Xinjiang. Why? Well Xinjiang like Tibet is rather sensitive and like Tibet it has a rather restive native population who from time to time shatter Beijing's dream of a glorious unified motherland where all nationalities live in peace side by side with one common goal in mind, which is to help China in its path towards development and progress. That is the theory, the practice is rather different, and in August there were some serious riots in Xinjiang and in Urumqi in particular between the ... read more
Train from Lhasa to Golmud
Train from Lhasa to Golmud
Train from Lhasa to Golmud

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi May 20th 2009

I was pleasantly surprised that the train journey only took about 40 hours, rather than the 44 I was expecting. This time I had a “hard sleeper” with a middle bunk - in the hard sleeper compartments they cram the bunks in three deep. So the train ride from Beijing to Urumqi was much more comfortable than the one from Guilin to Beijing had been. Still the beds were very small (almost exactly the same width as my hips) and being on the middle bunk there was nowhere save to put my day-pack in which I keep all my valuables such as my computer, money, and passport. So at night I slept with it like a hard, blue, smelly, teddy bear. There was space for my big backpack of course so that was alright. On my ... read more
Train ride
Train ride
Train ride

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi April 30th 2009

Welcome to Xinjiang! Although officially part of Mainland China, located on the far North West part (border with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan & Pakistan), it is one of the most diverse & "exotic" province I got to visit in China so far, LOVE IT! All the ingredients were there to make this trip unforgettable from the snow covered mountain to the desert and breathtaking red mountain/ sand dunes/canyon, to the ethnic diversity encountered along the way (Kazak, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Uighur & Chinese Han to mention only a few) and well...the fact that I finally got to follow the steps of many before me along the silk road!! Add to this that one of my best friend Chanh who has been based the past six years in Shanghai too was part of the first part of the adventure, ... read more
our 'home'
Horse riding on the snow...
by the road, motobikes and snow covered mountain on the background...

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi October 9th 2008

We left Bishkek for Almaty early in the morning by minibus and found the border crossing back into Kazakhstan refreshingly easy. We then had a day in Almaty doing some last minute Central Asian shopping before getting to Almaty station in good time for our midnight train to Urumqi. We attempted to board the train but were made to wait, the reason unclear although the gaurd was busy selling his cases of smuggled chinese beer to the Kazakhs! Kind of sums up Central Asia........ We arrived at the border the next afternoon, after we'd settled into a relaxing game of chess expecting a couple of hours either side with passport control, customs and the small matter of a track gauge change. Time seemed to stop...... Five hours later we had made it out of Kazakhstan. Then ... read more
Almaty to Urumqi Train
The begining of the border fiasco
Lucy on the Train

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Urumqi August 25th 2008

Follow me to my journey to Ürümqi. Xinjiang, China's largest province is predominantly Islamic. Ürümqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region is a big city. Situated 186km west of Turpan, 900 meters above sea level; being the furthest away from the ocean. Mostly Han chinese but also consists of other minority groups like Uyghur, Hui muslims, Kazakhs, Mongols. The Uyghur people speak Turkish, Uighur & are muslims. The famous landmark in Ürümqi is The Bazaar, Hong Shan (Red Mountain). Get more info : ... read more
Hong Shan (Red Mountain)
Local dancers performance

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