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Jul 4, 2011 - 3 July - Yinchuan and Shapotou

After a couple of days in Pingliang again, on Sunday we travelled to Shapotou, on the edge of the Tengger Desert, and visited China's version of Disneyland. It wasn't really like Disneyland - it was a fun park on the banks of the Yellow River, where you could drift down the river on sheepskin rafts (full sheep skins inflated and tied under rafts), slide down the dunes on toboggans, ride camels or zip across the river on a huge flying fox or on a hang glider attached to wires. The sandboarding was not as good as in South America, the sand...

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May 8, 2008 - Into the sand sea....

Because our noses are pointy, our eyes wide open and we can't speak Mandarin we seem to draw a crowd of on lookers with almost everything we try to do. Please let us introduce you to the spectacle that is Meredith & Trevor in China: 1) Meredith & Trevor ordering food at a local restaurant - It is obvious that we are ready to order but cannot say exactly what we want. The entire restaurant staff begins to assemble around our table trying to decipher our mad pointing and broken attempts at Mandarin. Usually food is produced in front of us......

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Sep 23, 2005 - Pingliang

We have had a great day of driving. The roads were excellent even though the expressway promised by the Chinese guide did not materialise. We have travelled through beautiful hills which were largely cultivated - everything at less than a 45 degree slope is terraced. The sight made me feel that we are really in the main part of China now. We have started to head south. We saw many crops which are familiar at home including huge green cabbages, maize, apples and pears and others which are less familiar including red and green peppers by the...

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Sep 4, 2005 - Zhongwei and Lanzhou

Location - Zhongwei Weather - pleasant, only rain so far was first night of camping outside beijing. Zhongwei - first properly none tourist town - very curious chinese, very nice town, not many attractions, but nice night market - dinner cooked in front of you. Also very funky monastary - weird rooms full of heavenly music and weird and wonderful buddhas. Cellar had been turned into Hell, with ultraviolet light and screams - house of horrors chinese style, worth going just to check it out. Lanzhou - lots of shopping, not that badly polluted...

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Jun 22, 2005 - Back to Pingliang

Depart: Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China Arrive: Pingliang, Gansu Province, China Overnight: Pingliang Hotel - So for the second time, I said goodbye to Jen on this trip. She left at 5am to catch her flight to London via Beijing. This time, however, I don't think she'll be joining the trip for a 3rd time. She'll be going to Tallin in Estonia with her sister on Saturday. - It also where both trucks part - our truck to move onto Beijing, while the other goes to Hong Kong. We lose or fearless leader Russ, to other truck and gain "Veggie" Mike in...

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Jun 17, 2005 - World's largest staring squad on the way to Xi'an

Depart: Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China Arrive: Town near Pingliang, Gansu Province, China Overnight: Random Hotel - Pretty much a boring drive day. We went passed our planned stop-off destination of Pingliang by mid-afternoon and we decided to push on so that we could arrive in Xi'an a little earlier the next day. - The town we stopped in was of reasonable size, and we parked up somewhere on the high street while Russ and John scoured the place for hotel rooms. Within about 15 minutes, half the town had gathered outside the truck, with cars...

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Jun 16, 2005 - Lanzhou: Big city China

Depart: Xiahe, Gansu Province, China Arrive: Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China Overnight: Lanzhou Hotel - We left Xiahe, at an altitude of 3,000m, and headed back down towards Lanzhou, Gansu province's capital. We had 3 big drive days ahead of us to get to our final destination for this leg, Xi'an, home of the teracotta warriors. - After a reasonably uneventful drive, we arrived in Lanzhou in the late afternoon. Woah! Although we had been in China for 3 weeks - we were not prepared for this! The place was huge, with shopping malls abound and...

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