17 December 2014

ENCHOING SOUND MOUNTAIN(鸣沙山)

We enjoyed the wonderful spectacle of the Echoing-Sand Mountain at Dunhuang, Gansu Province.  The mountain is five kilometers (about three miles) away from the city of Dunhuang.  It so claims that the mountain echoes to the sound of sand as you slide down its slopes.  The sand has many colors ranging from red to yellow, green, black and white. On days when a strong wind blows, the fast shifting sand roars; but when the wind is little more than a light breeze, the sand produces gentle, dulcet sounds akin to music.  We traveled the sand by camels and we did not experiment the mountain echoing as so claim.


It was blasting hot and to avoid sunburn we had put on heavy sunscreen and cover from head to toe.  We rode on the camels to go round the desert for 45 minutes.
 
The camels are docile and obedient animals.  When they were ordered to sit and wait for further instructions, they took a light nap.  The camels with their herdsman works from 4am till 11pm during the summer months.

The splendid environment consisting of golden sand, a wondrous mountain and a beautiful sunset.

14 December 2014

LUMINOUS CUP(夜光杯)

Our meals served were more on meat and buns as we traveled further in.  We had noodles besides rice as their staple food is noodles.

Bun to go with fried minced mutton with green peppers, chillie and onions.  An interesting dish

Spicy and sweet sour fish

Wild flower buds stir fry, not used to the taste

Body warming mutton soup with red dates and lotus seeds

Common dish - potatoe salad with szechuan peppers

La Mien in spicy broth

Vegetable beancurd soup

After lunch we visited the Luminous Cup Factory.  “Alcohol Spring” in Chinese history, the Suzhou region in Gansu province is a famous historically and culturally important city along the Silk Road.

The Jiuquan Luminous Cup is a renowned and costly alcohol-drinking vessel made of jade, so named because it sparkles when filled with alcohol and placed under the moonlight.

Since ancient times, the Qilian Mountains of Gansu have produced a beautiful jade of brilliant white, green, black and yellow colors.  Local artisans grind and polish it into wine cups either of a pure color or of mixed colours. They come in various shapes, including wine cups with stems, flat-bottomed cups, and cups with cut designs, all marked by their simple and elegant style.  They are all the more cherished because they stand in sudden contact with extreme heat or cold.

Folk art are on display and we can see their fine workmanship curved from stone and jade

11 December 2014

HANGING WALL

The Hanging Wall lies on the side of the Black hill, which is 8 km away north from the fort of Jiayu Gateway, Gansu Province as part of the Jiayu Gateway defense system where the Great Wall ends.  Built in the year of Jiajing 18th, Ming Dynasty with the original length of 1.5 km.  Now there are only 750 meters remains with an inclination of 45 degrees.
From the distance, it seems that the wall has just been suspended on the back and is trying its best to break up the strains. The Great Wall winds its way thousands of kilo miles from east to west, passing many mountains. Gateways were built in the strategic places and soldiers garrisoned there to guard against enemy's invasion.


It was a pity that we do not has the time to climb to the top due to lack of time.  I would very much like to take up the challenge to compare the one in Beijing.

07 December 2014

GREAT WALL OF CHINA MUSEUM(长成博物馆)

The Great Wall of China Museum exhibits the story of the people who built, defended and lived alongside the Great Wall of China. It charts the Great Wall’s remarkable transformation from its ancient origins as a defensive barrier, to its modern status as the most celebrated symbol of China and one of the great wonders of the world.