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Sep 142011
 

Very strange city, the speed limit is 40 aaaaand all the cars obey it. Taxis are like snails there, but still its better then chaotic traffic, like its every where else..
The first day we went to hospital to drug me up a little bit.
The second day we went to Singing Sands Mountains where we rode some dune buggies, shot some arrows, did some tube sliding down the sand dunes, climbed a high dune to watch the sunset and then jumped it down.
The third day we visited Mogoa caves where we saw some impressive art work. There are 500 caves with statues and paintings. The first cave was made 1500 years ago and the others where made in 1000 year time (no photos allowed thou). So quite impressive.

Sep 142011
 

It took us almost 4 days to get to the next destination. During these days we had first a 7 hour bus. Then a 12 hour bus. An in the end a 24 hour bus, almost twice as long as it should have been. During the last ride our bus drives wanted to be the smartest ones and decided to not stand in the cue, but take the newly made rode which ended after 5 minutes and we met some angry road workers who chased the bus for 1 km running with their shovels in the air and cursing. While fleeing from them we had to take a way from the rode and buy doing that we got a flat tire.. So an awesome ride all in all.. : D

In the time between the bus rides we explored the city..

Aug 262011
 

Four more days with Abdul wahab Tours

We returned to Abdul and got another great tour. This time we were heading to Hotan to ride on camels through on of world biggest desserts.
The journey started with 10 hour drive from Kashgar to Hotan with 3 stops between. We had Musa as our driver and Ty as our guide. As we all had big luggage with as the day started with a problem fitting everything in the car. When that was solved we started the journey. The first nice surprise was that our driver spoke English as well. The first stop was at a knife making village, where we looked at some of the hand made knives. The second stop was Yarkand where we looked at some tombs. And at the third stop we saw a nice mosque. By the time we reached Hotan it was evening and we ended it with a dinner with Musa and Ty eating polo (a local rice and carrot dish) nearby our hotel.

Next day we went around Hotan. First we visited a silk factory and witnessed the production of hand make silk. Then we went to a carpet factory and saw the hard work that is done to make a hand made carpet. There were even hand made carpets that would only fit in a big hall. The question is who can afford then? It takes 2 month to make a small carpet. In the afternoon we went to Sunday market where we had lots of fun. Starting with me buying house boots and being absorbed by 40 people while trying them on. Then we found the sitting blankets and decided to buy 2 each and make a Xin Jiang room when we return to Nanjing. And the highlight was when Fredrik bought traditional cloth and wore them immediately.

Now when the sun started to get weaker we could go with camels out in the dessert. Let me just tell that camels are gorgeous animals. After 2 hours riding we fond a place to built the tents and finished the evening with melons, fire and looking at the stars. This night I saw more shooting stars then in my entire life before.

Aug 262011
 

We had one extra day in Kashgar so we visited a tomb. It was more beautiful then I expected it to bee. So the day again was a success.
Later in the evening Fredrik finally decided to by a hand made carpet, that he was talking about for days. He chose an awesome camel carpet. And it was a bargain – 700 RMB.
Need to mention that the fast food burger places staff lack in managing the orders. We had to go to them 4 times till we finely got all of our orders, listened while the boss yelled ar the staff, an in the end the food didnt stop coming and we got more things that we didnt order and smiling send them back. We weren’t angry with the staff, I guess we are just getting used to it : )

Aug 262011
 

We booked a 4 day tour with a driver to go around. First we went to Opal Village Market and then continued to the Karakul lake which is located 3600 m up in the mountains. There we went on a horse ride and visited the local Kyrgyz people in their Yurts. We enjoyed the amazing scenery for hours and still couldn’t get enough. It was getting colder and colder and we all had some problems with the altitude. Our heads hurt a lot so we decided for an early evening. The Yurt was super cold and the prognosis was to -10 during the night. Waking up in the morning we were surprised that the blankets had done a good job and we were warm all night long.
Next day we went to Tashkurgan and had an epic walk through wetland and rivers to reach a local Tajic family who gave as some traditional yogurt. Tasty but super sour.
The third day we headed to Hunjirab – 4800 m. There we reached Pakistan border and where with in foot in China and with the other one in Pakistan. The breathing got harder but the view was amazing. On the way back we stopped a lot to enjoy the amazing landscape. Then we headed to Oytagh.
On the last day we went up to Oytagh glacier and trecked for 4 hours. The air was super thin so it was quite exhausting but worth every sweat.
I need to mention that we used Abdul wahab Tours and were surely satisfied with everything. If you come to Kashgar I totally recommend him, just be sure to find the real Abdul, because there are many fake Abdul in the city.
P.S. He soon will change the agencies name, so there are no misunderstandings.

Aug 262011
 

After the long journey we were super happy to reach the hostel which was located in the middle of the old town. After having a walk around we realized that there was not much left of the old town. Everything was a construction site. They were tearing down the old traditional houses and rebuilding everything. Still we could experience the traditional living on the streets. We were there at Ramadan, so no food or water during day. In the evening we found out that the hostel had his 3 year birthday today, so all the guest got some cake, fruits and bear.
We also visited the towns Mosque and I had to wear a head cover.
Then we visited the Sunday market and animal marker, both are big things in Kashgar.
We all felt bit tired, so we took it easy.

Aug 262011
 

It was taff but we managed.
In the end the 25 h train journey turn out to be 32 h journey, where the last 7 h we went by bus. We start to think that the weather gods dont like us. First the tsunami in Shanghai and now an earthquake near Kashgar. Thats why our train journey ended few hours before the destination. So when most of the people started to leave the train we started to ask questions. We got lucky that a girl nearby spoke a bit English and she also was heading to Kashgar, so we followed her.. As we understood they needed to check the rails after the earthquake.
I need to add that the hard sleeper train was great, we where woried that it will be horrible, but no. And now sitting on the bus we are longing for the train ;(

Aug 262011
 

Because of the tsunami in Shanghai 2 of our flight got canceled, but we for two night on two different hotels. Thank god they were good, so because we werent in a rush it was perfect, we could rest and fill up our energy levels.
Urumqi has a location that is the furthest from the ocean in the world and also the second lowest point in the world. The city itself is grey, so we went to Turpan from where we could visit 2000 year old city ruins, the flaming mountains and experience a little bit of the desert heat..

Aug 262011
 

From the perfect climate in Bali to the super humid Bangkok. In the short time we where there we took a tucktuck and drove around the city to see the most amazing temples. In between Fredrik ordered some shirts to be sown for him. And then… And then finely we reached one of the main Bangkok attractions for us – the hotel where Hangover 2 was filmed. And it wad awesome. 55 floor and the preparty could begin!