Silk Road China : Gansu – Jiayuguan Hotel & Gansu Souvenir; The Luminous Cup Review – 葡萄美酒夜光杯!

The Most Attractive City in Western China – Jiayuguan When you are traveling silk road, one of the important stop is Jiayuguan. It boasts many historical relics and one of the important one is Jiayuguan Pass/Tower. During my stay in Jiayuguan, we stayed a night in Jiayuguan Hotel. Great Location Jiayuguan Hotel is located in the …

Xinjiang: Experience Uyghur Culture & Raisin Tasting at Uyghur village, Turpan.

Today we are visitng Uyghur Village in Turpan. Hoping to learn some of the Uyghur culture and lifestyle at their home. Who are the Uyghur? Uyghurs are one of the minority group in China out of the 56 groups.  However there are very big population of Uyghur in Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China. The Uyghur are …

Xinjiang :Grape Valley in the middle of Hot Desert Turpan! 吐鲁番葡萄沟

Grape Valley is located on the west side of Flaming Mountain. After visiting Flaming mountain in the early morning, next to visit is Grape Valley. When we were in Flaming Mountain, there is not a single tree found but once we drove away from Flaming Mountain, you see lush greenery which is total contrast from …

Silk Road China : World Largest Ruins in Xinjiang ! Lost Kingdom of Yar – Jiaohe / 交河故城

Unesco World Heritage Site Jiaohe Ruins is one of the important archaeological site in Yarnaz Valley, 10 km west of Turpan in Xinjiang China. The ruins are located along the Silk Road and best preserved ancient city in the world, a Unesco World Heritage Site.  If you are in Xinjiang, this would be the number …

Silk Road China Xinjiang : Karez Well at Turpan – 2000 Years Old Water System

Karez mean Well in Uyghur Language Karez Well in Turpan is one of the famous construction projects in ancient China. The reason of building Karez Well in Turpan was because of the local natural geographical conditions. The word Karez means “well” in the local Uyghur language. Why Built Karez Well in Turpan? The temperature in …

Silk Road China Xinjiang : Emin Minaret at Turpan – Uyghur Islamic Architecture

Turpan in Xinjiang is one of the important cities for Ancient Silk Road. Luckily it is still able to preserve several monuments of ancient Uyghur architecture. Emin Minaret is just one of them.  We were here in the morning and luckily the crowd was not too bad yet. Also known as  (Su Gong Ta / …

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

The Flaming Mountains of Turpan are located in the Tian Shan Mountain range in China’s Xinjiang province. These mountains lie to the east of the city of Turpan, which is located on the northeastern rim of the Taklamakan Desert. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Turpan Xinjiang. Beware of the burn …

Silk Road China : Sun Grand Hotel Dunhuang Review & Guazhou /瓜州 Melon Tasting in Gansu

Dunhuang Anyone who is doing Silk Road China will certainly stop at Dunhuang which is located in Gansu Province. This historical site is one of the most important site which you can’t miss. The China’s jewel such as Mingshashan Yueyaquan / Crescent Moon Lake and Mogao Caves are located in Dunhuang. This area is a …

Silk Road China : My Bullet Train Experience to Turpan Xinjiang

On the way to Liuyuan Station Today we needed to catch the bullet train from Liuyuan to Turpan Xinjiang.  We are crossing to another province in China -Xinjiang.  So our schedule was tight, we rushed our lunch at Dunhuang city then traveled about 1.5 hour to reach Liuyuan Station.  On the way to Liuyuan Station, …

Silk Road Gems : Mogao Caves of Dunhuang 敦煌莫高窟

The meaning of Mogao Caves / 莫高窟 – “None Higher” Mogao Caves also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes, it contain the world’s largest collection of Buddhist art. The Chinese name Mogaoku / 莫高窟 meaning “peerless caves” or “none higher”. Location of Mogao Caves Mogao Caves is situated at a strategic point along the Silk Road, …