Saturday, May 30, 2009

Silk Road ~ # 1

Silk road ~~ journey along the ancient trade route between China and the western world - from Xi'an to Kashgar (XinJiang).

I just returned from the Silk Road Trip :)
(My dream had come true !)

22 of us, backpackers flied to Xinjiang, follow the route of ancient people (of course, our route is not difficult as like the past) to Silk Road China and ended the journey in Xi'an.

Our first itinerary was to Xinjiang Province.
A little bit background on Xinjiang : Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is one-sixth of China's total territory and the largest province in China. Xinjiang borders Tibet, Qinghai, Gansu, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Xinjiang is home to 47 ethnic groups including the Uygur, the major ethnic group in Xinjiang.

We went to Tianshan Tianchi on the day 3 and spend 2 night there.

The postcard of Heavenly Lake (Tianchi)

The postcard of The Tianshan Mountains

4 of us climbed up to a hill , and we got this whole scenery captured ~~ snowy capped mountain and crystal clear blue lake.

We stayed 2 night here ~~ in Mongolian / Kazakh yurt.
(About 6 - 7 people can sleep in one yurt)

The temperature went down to negative 2-3 Celsius at night time (huh !! freezing cool !!!)

(Inside the yurt) ~~ Such colorful carpet and fabric attach.

So much warm inside the yurt, I covered myself with warm blanket while writing my journal.

The Kazakh people rent us the yurt and cooked for us the delicious kazakh food too ~ they are friendly & kind.

P.S. While you are visiting Xinjiang, it is important to be aware of the time zone being used. Although officially run on Beijing time, Xinjiang people also use there own system. If Beijing time is used it means that the sun doesn't raise until 9am and it is still light at midnight in the summer months. When making travel arrangements, be sure which time zone or system is being used or you could get caught out.

1 comment:

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

OH MY, this is dreamy and so wonderful! I could get lost in these beautiful photographs! TFS :)