Category Archives: Silk Road
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.
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
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
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