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Silk Road: Lanzhou to Dunhuang

March 30th 2013
The Silk Road has always fascinated me. A few years back I attended the Smithsonian's Folklife festival on the Washington Mall which featured the Silk Road cultures, mostly food, dance, and story telling, for each country along the Silk Road from Turkey to China. It was inspirational! It is difficult to date when long distance trade between the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, India and China ... read more
Asia » China » Gansu » Dunhuang

Chinese Flag For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. A... ... read more
4th May 2013

Magic shot this one. I was away camping when you did this part of your trip so only shared it in patches so glad to take time to enjoy it now. Dunhuang and Mogao Grottoes have always been on our wish list. I've been to 4 of the Top 5 Grotto sites in China and Mogao is said to be amazing. Tell me...were you able to take photos in the grottoes...or if forbidden did others do so? At Maiji Shan in Gansu it was forbidden but I noticed the Chinese tourists did so anyway without penalty. I was paranoid my camera would be confiscated so only took pics surreptitiously!
14th April 2015

What an incredible looking place with those dramatic dunes as a backdrop!
15th April 2015

That's where we rode the Bactrian camels...
I was hoping to inspire you as I have yet to see you riding a camel...and Bactrian camels are the easiest to ride.

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