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Dec 4, 2012 - The Buddhism in China

Chinese Buddhism with a history of about 2,000 years has been playing important role in forming the outlook of the Chinese people in terms of philosophy, politics, aesthetics, literature, and so on. Buddhism was first introduced to China from India in the early part of the Eastern Hart Dynasty and it flourished after the 4th century. Chinese Buddhism integrated the ideas of Confucianism, Daoism and other indigenous philosophical systems, and what was initially a foreign religion came to be a significant part of Chinese civilization wilt its...

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Nov 30, 2012 - Urumqi-Northwest China

After finishing my Beijing Xian tour, I travel to next destination-Urumqi. It is the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, lies in a large flat valley near the middle of the Tianshan, or Celestial Mountains.It used to be a dust-filled town, with streets that became a quagmire in the thaw that followed the savage winter. Now it is protected from the wind by belts of trees around the outskirts, has paved roads, flower gardens at the intersection of the streets, and shade trees to protect pedestrians from the furnace like sun. Even so,...

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Nov 29, 2012 - Turpan, China

The 112-mite journey southeast from Urumqi to the oasis of Turpan takes half a day by road. Turpan was an important town, for it once stood on the "Silk Road" where the northern and southern routes separated. The northern route skirted the northern foothills of the Tianshan mountains, and wound its way to Tashkent, through Central Asia, to Southern Europe. The southern route skirted the southern foothills on the other side of the Tianshan range, and led to Kashi, then through the Pamir range to India. It was along the southern route that...

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Jun 23, 2012 - Chinese and Russian carry on luggage

Sorry to anyone who missed me or thought I'd gone missing. I've been internetless with plenty of other mishaps and adventures in between! I left Guangzhou for the long flight to Ashgabat via Urumqi in Western China. I ended up sitting in the plane for 2 hours as they attempted to repair it, not a good start. Finally it was decided to change planes. The reason this became evident was because this plane actually flew from Urumqi to Moscow. Changing planes though was no easy feat. Just about every Chinese passenger had these boxes of fruit....

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Jul 5, 2011 - Karakoram Highway- Qalatumal Village (4020m) Tashgorkan

An amazing drive, the amazing sand mountains, an amazing hike and a "Yurt" stay at the bottom of the Muzthagh Ata (7400m). A fantastic week, all thanks to a great guide Tudajim! Une route fantastique, des vues sur les montagnes de sable incroyables et une rando superbe jusquau camp de base du Muzthagh Ata, pour redescendre dans un village (3000m) et rester dans un yurt pour deux jours. Magnifique semaine, probablement grace a un super guide, Tudajim!

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Jul 2, 2011 - Kashgar

At the cross road of the North and Southern Taklamakan routes, Kashgar is a major stop on the Silk Road... China seems so far... Beirut is now closer than Beijing and the statue of Mao on the main square is the powerful reminder that we are still in China. Here Uighur, Kyrgyzs, Tajiks and Kazakhs are giving a complete different picture of China. This is due to change very soon, considering the major investments made, the establishment of a special economic zone and the increasing number of chinese Han sent to the area.

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Jun 11, 2011 - 11 June - Turpan

We've arrived in Turpan, supposed to be one of the hottest places on earth. The Turpan Basin is situated between the northern and the southern Tian Shan mountains and is the lowest basin in China. Turpan is an oasis town and was crucial in providing a staging post and market place for traders on the silk road. This morning we visited the Gaochang ruins which date from the 1st century BC - 15th century AD. The temperature was around 45 degrees celsius in the sun but with very low humidity - it was hot! My umbrella was put to good use as a...

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Jun 10, 2011 - 9 June Heavenly Lake

On 8 June we left Urumqi for 2 days at Heavenly Lake, a couple of hours drive north. Heavenly Lake is set in the Tian Shan mountains and we stayed in communal yurts with local Kazak herders. It was a beautiful setting with the lovely deep blue waters of the lake surrounded by mountains, and so peaceful with no traffic or noisy jet skis and boats on the lake. I wonder how long till this changes. Our host "mum" looked after us well, cooking meals on an open fire with very few utensils. Meals were mainly rice or pasta with spicy vegetables...

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Jun 7, 2011 - 7 June - Urumqi

We've just arrived in Urumqi in western China, after a 25 hour train trip. The route skirted the northern edge of the Taklamakan Desert and I was surprised to see irrigated areas next to the train track. But most of the scenery was dry and dusty, with a lot of motorway construction and what looked like mineral extraction going on. As we booked our seats late we were all spread out through a couple of carriages, and only the top bunks were available. Our compartment mates were a Chinese couple - she slept most of the time and he went next...

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Jun 5, 2011 - 5 June Kashgar

Well, latest update on Juan and Asima is that Juan wasn't able to get her going again but managed to get towed to the Kyrgyzstan border late Friday. Unfortunately, the border is closed for the weekend and also on Monday as it is a public holiday here. So he is stuck at the border until Tuesday. He has been able to arrange with the Chinese government to transport the truck from the border to Kashgar where hopefully it will be possible to repair it. Al has made arrangements for us to leave Kashgar tomorrow (Monday) by train to Urumqi (25 hr...

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Jun 4, 2011 - May 31 - Trip to Kashgar

Back in the land of internet (in China now), and have we had some fun and games over the last few days! We left Bishkek on Tuesday heading towards China via Kochkor and the 3,552m Torugart pass. The trip to Kochkor was uneventful, as was our homestay with the same family we stayed with a few days earlier. Early on Wednesday 1 June we set off on the 625km trip to the Chinese border, intending to bush camp on the way to break the journey. The scenery was again magnificent with snow capped mountains all around (part of the Tien Shan mountain...

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Jul 7, 2010 - Silk Road -- Urumqi

We took a flight to Urumqi from Kashgar. In Urumqi, we were greeted by our guide for the day, Alim. He brought us to this Uyghur restaurant with delicious food! We sipped pomegranate juice and ate all sorts of specialties. I am back to vegetarian, so I couldn't try everything, but the eggplant was particularly good! After everyone had finished eating, Andrew gave his first of three lectures on this trip. We learned all about the "mummies" -- or, actually, desiccated corpses -- found in the desert of the Tarim Basin. His lecture focused on...

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