Xinjiang : Dabancheng Town : 达坂城的姑娘 – “The girl from Dabancheng” Town

Journey to Turpan – Urumqi via Dabancheng From our journey from Turpan to Urumqi, we passed by Dabancheng. This little town is famous for one of it folk songs called – “The girl from Dabancheng”/达坂城的姑娘.   This is  a Uyghur song which was sang for more than 70 years.  Originally it was in Uyghur language but …

China Silk Road : Xinjiang – Turpan Hotel Review : Maxirap le Grand Large Hotel & Xinjiang Food Review

Our first stop in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is Turpan. There are in total 5 autonomous regions in China (Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, Tibet, Ningxia, Xinjiang).  The other rest are called provinces, such as Gansu province which we traveled for the past few days. An autonomous region has its own local government, but has more legislative rights. Autonomous …

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 …

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 / …

An Oasis in Silk Road : 13 Things you need to know before visiting Echoing Sand Mountains & Crescent Moon Lake 鸣沙山月牙泉

Mingshashan Mountain / Echoing Sand Mountains & Yueyaguan / Cresent Moon Lake is located 6 km from Dunhuang city in Gansu, north-west China. This is one of the highlight if you are doing Silk Road China. The Chinese name for this oasis is called Yueyaguan/月牙泉 named in Qing Dynasty. If you look at the shape of …

Silk Road China : Zhangye City and Marco Polo and Zhangye Cuisine

Zhangye city/张掖 is one of the important city marked along Silk Road China. Situated at Gansu Province, Zhangye old name is “Ganzhou” from which name Gansu Province is derived. Zhangye was developed very early due to the superiority of the geographical and favorable environmental location. Zhangye is located geographically at the crossroad of Silk Road, …

Silk Road China – Top 10 things to see in Jiayuguan Great Wall, Gansu

Starting Point of the Ancient Great Wall Another important landmark in Silk Road China is Jiayuguan Fort, also known as Jiayuguan Great Wall. It is located 6 km from Jiayuguan City of Gansu Province.  It is the most magnificent and best-preserved pass among the total over one thousand passes along the Great Wall of China. …

Silk Road China – What to expect & prepare for this Amazing Race!

Ancient Silk Road Silk Road went along the northern borders of China, India and Persia and ended up in Eastern Europe. The Silk Road that I explored in June was Silk Road China which include two important provinces of China – Gansu & Xinjiang. The tour that I joined was with Chan Brothers, departing from …

Silk Road China – Wuwei 武威 – Flying Horse of Gansu 馬踏飛燕

This June holiday I was doing Silk Road with Chan’s brother for 2 weeks. The first Silk Road that I experienced was in Konya, Turkey, only part of the route and I was exposed to the 13 Century Caravanserai which is a roadside hotels for the ancient travelers. That was the first introductory for me …