Category Archives: Silk Road

Bingling Temple Caves (Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves), China

The Bingling Temple Caves were about a 1-1/2 to 2 hour drive from Lanzhou, up through the mountains, on the edge of a lake created by the Liujiaxia Reservoir. This reservoir spared the caves from destruction during the Cultural Revolution.

Lanzhou in Gansu Province, China

A night-time arrival by plane in Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province (population of almost 3,000,000 people), at an altitude of over 5,000′ above sea level. It’s one of the largest cities in the northwest and crammed into a narrow valley

Yang Guan Pass, Ancient Pass and Military Museum, and West Thousand Buddha Caves, China

Two hours by road to Yang Guan Pass and along the way we saw some Great Wall remains out there in the desert. We’ve stood on The Great Wall outside of Beijing and now, almost 4,000 miles away, there was

Mogao Caves/Grottoes, Dunhuang, China

The Mogao Caves were 25km from Dunhuang and even though we had our own excellent guide, you still had to tour with a licensed Mogao guide within the fenced-off area. Photography was strictly forbidden everywhere within that area, and each

Train to Dunhuang, China

Dunhuang was the major stopping-off point for both incoming and outgoing trading caravans. This area had some of the tallest sand dunes in the world, and the wonderful Buddhist art at the Mogao Caves/Grottos There was no plane to Dunhuang

Gaochang, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves and Grape Valley, China

Astana Tombs are where the aristocrats and commoners of Gaochang were burried. Only three tombs are open to tourists and you walked down a flight of steps in a flat area that led to the burial chamber below. Since everything