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Train to Kashgar

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Hi again, We’re 10 hours in and less than halfway there! See you on the other side! Silk Roaders

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07/27/14

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    [post_content] => Turpan is a pleasant surprise on the Silk Road. In addition to its great grapes, it is home to the tallest minaret in China, a 2200 year old mudtown city, an underground water conveyance system, and the second largest museum in Xinjiang featuring dinosaurs and mummies discovered in the region.

The Emin Minaret is a fairly recent construction as it was built in the late eighteenth century. Jiaohe, the city made up of mud, is fascinating for its simple yet durable structures that have lasted through the centuries and its Buddhist complexes.

The most amazing technological advance that I have seen on this trip has been the karez. The karez are underground man-made canals which transport water to populations in arid regions. These "underground rivers" are literally life-sustaining as they prevent water from evaporating in the heat. Villages can take water from these underground water refuges in the same way one would extract water from a well. Unfortunately, many of the karez have dried up in recent times due to global environmental problems and the fate of many villages is in jeopardy as their existence is intertwined with the karez system.

Another worthwhile stop in Turpan is the Turpan Museum. It is free and home to mummies found in the region as well as dinosaurs that have been unearthed in Xinjiang. The museum's contents are unlike anything featured in an American museum.

Overall, my favorite thing about Turpan was my interaction with Asenjan, a shopowner. People always trump places. In this case, I was lucky to stumble across a really friendly gentleman. I went in to buy water and an ice cream from his shop and I left after an hour of conversation with a huge bagful of grapes he wanted me to have. He is the friendliest man that I have met on the trip so far.
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Turpan

Tim Johnson,Silk Road 6-week

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Turpan is a pleasant surprise on the Silk Road. In addition to its great grapes, it is home to the tallest minaret in China, a 2200 year old mudtown city, an underground water conveyance system, and the second largest museum in Xinjiang featuring dinosaurs and mummies discovered in the region. The Emin Minaret is a […]

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07/24/14

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Tim Johnson

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1. Have been called tall.
2. Slept on a roof, in the rain.
3. Have not changed clothes in two weeks (and counting).
4. Eaten chicken gizzard.
5. Rode a camel.
6. Rode on a train.
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-Monica
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For the First Time I…

Monica Nelson,Silk Road 6-week

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For the first time I… 1. Have been called tall. 2. Slept on a roof, in the rain. 3. Have not changed clothes in two weeks (and counting). 4. Eaten chicken gizzard. 5. Rode a camel. 6. Rode on a train. 7. Played soccer at a bus station. 8. Used a squat toilet. 9. Bargained. […]

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07/23/14

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Tuyok!!

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Hi friends! Here are a few pictures from the last several days in our Tuyok Homestay. Enjoy! the I-Team

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07/21/14

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    [post_content] => The last two days in Tuyok have been an absolute change from all that preceded it. The pace of life is slow, particularly so because most people from the village, which consists entirely of Uyghur families, are observing the sun-up to sun-down fast of Ramadan.

The village is the hottest place we've visited so far and it is a testament to people's faith that they can go without food and water for close to seventeen hours each day for one month. These observant Muslims survive with only an Iftar dinner and an early breakfast.

Tuyok is known for its grape production and we sampled some of these fine red and green fruits yesterday. The town is filled with mud-brick drying houses and a sweet scent wafts through the breeze reminding how important grapes are to the fabric of the village. Looking down at the village from above much of the landscape resembles arid desert with the sole exception being the portion immediately in town. Here one finds a brief and glorious sea of green. This is where the grapes grow and the people live. The houses are made of mud-brick and the grape vines stretch across the inner courtyards which allows people to have shelter from the powerful rays of light.

In Tuyok, we have sampled arguably the best food of the trip. The food is markedly different from that which we've has prior to our arrival in Xinjiang and many students have stated that they would like the recipes. The first evening we tasted polo (rice pilaf). It featured rice, oil, carrots, delicious raisins, some more vegetables, and a dash of sheep meat on top. It was served with a side dish of crinkle-cut melon and onions. Yesterday we had lagman, which is made with homemade, freshly pulled and rolled noodles. It is quite extraordinary to see people making these noodles fresh and on the spot. Vegetables and meat are piled high atop the noodles and the taste is outstanding.

We have had our first Uyghur lesson and are enjoying the hospitality of our Uyghur hosts. Turpan is our next stop and then on to Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital city.
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Desert Oasis

Tim Johnson,Silk Road 6-week

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The last two days in Tuyok have been an absolute change from all that preceded it. The pace of life is slow, particularly so because most people from the village, which consists entirely of Uyghur families, are observing the sun-up to sun-down fast of Ramadan. The village is the hottest place we’ve visited so far […]

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07/21/14

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Tim Johnson

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    [post_content] => "Time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana." A very sagely man named George uttered this phrase and it has been making the rounds ever since. As we hit the halfway point it is time to reflect on our Silk Road journey thus far. We have logged many miles and eaten a lot of noodles and bread. We have endured some long, tiring days--including ones with throw up and diarrhea--but the constants are that the students are a joy and are picking up valuable lessons about China, China's ethnic minorities, China's different religions, and about themselves.

Jon K. (Master of Smiles) and Henry have enlivened our journey with humor and interesting conversations. Gair is very well-spoken and is also our walking sports closet, providing us with sports equipment to tide us over while we wait for trains and buses. Natalie challenges the boys and also has enjoyed reading in front of her Tibetan homestay fire. Claire brings laughter and creativity with her steadfast scrapbooking and bracelet making. Evan and Andrew possess a funny wit and great spirit. Evan is currently sporting a stellar hat and Andrew, a great ultimate frisbee player, has an uncanny ability to convert any two standards of measure upon demand. Oliver, an East coaster by birth but a West coaster at heart, is the philosopher of the group and enjoys talking about films. John M. is the professor of the group and contributes thoughtful, incisive analysis on complicated issues. Wren is discovering the fantastic world of travel and she sees no end in sight to her adventures. Melanie asks great questions and spends as much time as possible with the local populations that we visit. Monica loves animals and actually took her host dog for a walk. She is also great at soccer. This is just a short summation of the extraordinary members of our team. I am sure that we will discover more and more as we journey to the west.

We have now entered Xinjiang, which we feel will be the most interesting portion of our trip. This part of China has less tourists and is astoundingly beautiful. We feel, thus, that the best is yet to come. Kashgar and Lake Karakul should wow our senses.

Thanks and keep following our posts! (Photo taken in our Tuyok Homestay, our first true Uyghur experience along the way.)
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Midpoint Reflections

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“Time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana.” A very sagely man named George uttered this phrase and it has been making the rounds ever since. As we hit the halfway point it is time to reflect on our Silk Road journey thus far. We have logged many miles and eaten a […]

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07/18/14

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The Instructors

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For the past two days, the Dragons Silk Road squad has been on the move traversing the arid Chinese mainland on our quest for Xinjiang and its sprawling capital: Urumqi. 8:16pm - Enroute to train station via bus I am currently writing this paragraph on an extremely bumpy bus ride from our hostel here in Dunhuang to the train station where we will board an overnight hard sleeper train to Turpan. Our boarding time? 12:51AM. So I should have plenty of time to write this yak. Our time here in Dunhuang has been well spent but first let me pick up our trans-Chinese epic where my colleague and friend Andrew left off just as we were departing from the rural tibetan village of Vuku. Like Andrew said, we embarked on our journey to Zhangye at around 6:00AM, leaving our generous Tibetan hosts. What Andrew did not tell you is that since the final whistle of the World Cup Final at around 5:30AM till almost midnight our group was traveling exclusively by bus all the way to our hostel in Zhangye. We weathered our way through sickness, bus stops, and less than ideal sleeping conditions for almost 18 hours (a 21 hour day for those of us who watched the game). Despite our struggles, we all stood (or should I say sat?) strong the entire way. Thankfully, our reward was well worth it; one needs little explanation for why taking a shower for the first time after living in a mud hut for a week is truly priceless. My god this bus is bumpy! Sorry to get distracted from the story but the iPad is literally flying in my face every 30 seconds. Anyways, the free morning after our long travel day was VERY relaxing. That afternoon we had an opportunity to conduct student led activities until our overnight train left at around midnight. We went to see the largest sleeping Buddha statue in all of china, a Chinese supermarket, and even treated ourselves to some KFC. Yum! The day before, amidst our bus odyssey, I had accidentally snapped my permanent retainer while eating a plum. So, the day after (just before we got KFC) I was lucky enough to go to a Chinese dentist to get the retainer completely removed. George and I found our way to the dentist fairly easily and within 45 minutes I was happily eating Kentucky fried chicken. The price of my drop in request? 30 kuai. Just under six bucks. And I'll tell you what, I thought he did a pretty good job! Ok, apologies, too bumpy for typing. I will pause here and return when we arrive at the train station. 10:10PM - Dunhuang Train Station (waiting for midnight train) Ok I'm back. we are now in the Train station and off that bus, phew! The evening after our student led day was frankly pretty uneventful. At midnight we boarded the hard sleeper train and when we awoke, we found ourselves in an entirely different geological region of China: desert. The city of Dunhuang is an oasis and surprisingly a popular Chinese tourist site. We arrived at our hostel in time for lunch and spent the afternoon eating watermelon in the hot desert sun. Later in the day, when it cooled down a bit, the whole group (minus two sickly members) went to partake in the primary tourist attraction in the area: sand dune activities. We got our tickets and ditched the fluorescent orange booties to begin hiking up the monumental sand dunes for possibly the most fun activity of them all. Once summited, the sand dunes became our sledding slope. For 15 kuai we could use wooden sleds to slide our way down at truly thrilling speeds (in actuality, one could likely outrun the sled); nevertheless our dune adventure was most certainly a highlight of the trip despite sand finding its way into EVERYTHING. Ok ill be honest, I am pretty tired right now and I am having a hard time being enthusiastic about writing this yak so this will be brief. The day after the dunes in Dunhuang we visited a small farmhouse to relax and eat lunch (including some wonderful melon). We then quickly returned to the hostel to grab our bags and leave for the train station where I began writing this yak. And that wraps up what the dragons Silk Road group has been up to the past three days. We spend a couple days in Turpan when we get there tomorrow morning, maybe I will write another yak then. 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On the Road Again

Gair Pearson,Silk Road 6-week

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For the past two days, the Dragons Silk Road squad has been on the move traversing the arid Chinese mainland on our quest for Xinjiang and its sprawling capital: Urumqi. 8:16pm – Enroute to train station via bus I am currently writing this paragraph on an extremely bumpy bus ride from our hostel here in […]

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07/18/14

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Gair Pearson

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Dajia Hao!! The Silk Road is undergoing a transition phase, one of many along the near 5000 km journey west. Beginning in Han Beijing and Xian (with a strong intoduction to Hui minority Islam spruced in at china's oldest Mosque) , we moved into our Tibetan portion of the trip, wrapping a Kora around Labrang Monastery and delving deep into our Tibetan Homestays where we visited several Buddhist Harvest festivals and explored contemporary development issues in the area Now, all has changed!!! We've come out of the verdant mountains of the Tibetan Plateau and after heading N by NW through Zhangye, visiting China's largest reclined Buddha and Marco Polo's home city for over a year. From there , the barren landscape of Gansu awaited us! We're now situated on the edge of the Gobi, and excited to move into our Uyghur minority studies in Xinjiang, beginning with the Turpan/Tuyoq oasis on the border of the Tarim Basin. Much to come!! Sincerely, The Silk Road [post_title] => Desert Transitions: Zhangye to Dunhuang [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => desert-transitions-zhangye-dunhuang [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-02-02 13:37:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-02-02 20:37:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=105945 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 154 [name] => Silk Road 6-week [slug] => silk-road [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 154 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 254 [count] => 81 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 8.1 [cat_ID] => 154 [category_count] => 81 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Silk Road 6-week [category_nicename] => silk-road [category_parent] => 254 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2014/silk-road/ ) ) [category_links] => Silk Road 6-week )
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Desert Transitions: Zhangye to Dunhuang

The I-Team,Silk Road 6-week

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Dajia Hao!! The Silk Road is undergoing a transition phase, one of many along the near 5000 km journey west. Beginning in Han Beijing and Xian (with a strong intoduction to Hui minority Islam spruced in at china’s oldest Mosque) , we moved into our Tibetan portion of the trip, wrapping a Kora around Labrang […]

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07/17/14

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The I-Team

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Silk Road 6-week

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