Freitag, 3. April 2015

Car trip to Lanzhou

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On 27.9.2010 it started, with Andreas and Thomas together, I threw myself into this new adventure at the edge of Tibet, it was very exhausting and a little too cool, because the weather was not the best this fall and farmers have grumbled because they could not bring dry their harvest. You can find all my adventures in the same blog,“ mountains, temples, Tankhas and ferry crossing Dublin Holyhead.
From Lanzhou, the large city on the Yellow River it comes to the northwest a piece on the silk road. We drive on crumbling sections of the Great Wall of China along and visit the largest reclining Buddha in a traditional temple hall of the Qing Dynasty. On the tripwe equip the bustling metropolis Province Wuwei a visit. This stage is still very much influenced by the Muslim Hui minority, we have also roam the edges of the erstwhile Tibet, with its characteristic prayer flags and stupa. I remember also my last ferry crossing Cairnryan Larne.
A detour takes us into the caves of Matisi, this former monastery on the Silk Road is home to a variety of wall paintings and Buddha sculptures that were sponsored by merchants and caravan leaders and protect the trade route. The system is not so big such as the Cave Grottoes in Dunhuang, but also less frequented by tourists and you can calmly take his tour of the caves on stele ladders and stairs and enjoy the wonderful views of the nearby foothills of the Shan Qinlin.
In Zhangye, we have the opportunity to admire the largest reclining Buddha like in the BBC report. Zhangye but also stands otherwise with charm, good restaurants and excellent Tea and was an important trading centre on the ancient Silk Road for centuries. Then we turn towards Tibet and at first welcomed us passports Tibetan prayer flags and Manistones large pile of stones, in which the Tibetan incantation“ omani patme hum" were engraved.
The shepherds have built their rectangular, black tents in the summer camps and large herds of sheep and yaks grazing in the green plateaus, while all around the eternally snow -covered summits shine. Almost 4000 meters to overcome the well-paved road in the air, but we have been well used in the past week, to the height, so we have no fear of altitude sickness.

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