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Soeren(R)

09.10.2005, 12:51
 

News 36 Oasis of Turpan - NEW Photos

At first let me inform you that there are new photos from News 35 from Urumchi, Bogda Shan mountains and the trainride:

Trainride: http://www.vamos-fugir.de/Fotos/05_...rain_and_urumchi_china/index.htm


Bogda-Shan:
http://www.vamos-fugir.de/Fotos/05_...a_shan_mountains_china/index.htm


In the Bogda Shan mountains during hiking we also found some interesting signs for hiker:

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Before I write about our trip here I would like to give you a view into a supermarket:
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We were in a restaurant in Urumchi some days ago and Anja ate a very delicious chicken leg...
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You can also see the plate full of red pepper. It is very spicy but we like it very much.

O.k. now we are in the oasis of Turpan 150km southeast of Urumchi and still in the province Xinjang. The oasis here is a really nice and interesting place full of the culture of the Uyghur. It lays in 154 meter altidude BELOW see level. We came by bus yesterday. We rented bicycles today in the morning and our first trip was to the impressive irrigation system. In summer time it can get very hot: up to 45C. And it is also a very dry area. So some hundred years ago they built the irrigation system with tunnels and wells, very impressive.
After it we went with our bikes outside of the city (10km) to the ruins of the ancient city of Jiaohe. It should be about 2000 years old.
In the afternoon we rode a little bit in the suburbs and enjoyed the life at the streets and the grape plantations. You can find a lot of grapes here and they are collecting them right now. So there are a lot of shelters for drying the grapes to make raisins. Interesting.
Then we visited a mosque with a 44m high minaret.
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Also take a look at the other photos (http://www.vamos-fugir.de/Fotos/05_10_09_tupan_china/index.htm). We will go back to Urumchi tomorrow and from there we take a night train 500km southeast to Dunhuang where we want to visit the desert.

Anja and Soeren

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