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Tagged With: Silk Road

TRAVEL The Book To Look … (No. 32)

This guy is good! I have read three of his books: Siberia, Chiba – and this one: „Shadow of the Silk Road“, published 2006. Author Colin Thubron (*1939) is an Englishman and travels on foot, by bus, taxi, train or or whatever moves in his direction. He sleeps where he stops when the night falls, … Weiterlesen »

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DESERTS I Got A Strange Message … (No. 44)

Very few foreigners travel there. It’s too dangerous, politically and climatically. The Taklamakan is by far the most dangerous desert on the globe – when the Black Hurrican, the „Kara Buran“, rages. Then the day turns to the darkest night you ever encountered, the temperature falls by up to 20 degrees, the force of the … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL A Conversation Piece (No. 33)

I can at least name five countries who claim to own the largest reclining Buddha, for instance Sri Lanka, Nepal and Myanmar. And then you happen to travel along the Silk Road in Northern China, pass the city of Yongchang and find yourself in the town of Zhangye (by the way: the birthplace of the … Weiterlesen »

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BEAUTY In Praise of … Dunhuang (No. 31)

Uff, it’s very far away, on the legendary Silk Road in Western China, in the north western Gansu province. They call in Dunhuang, „The City of Sands“, and you better believe it! But there is this centuries old oasis with a monastery, containing a fabulous collection of scriptures, surrounded by singing dunes (look at the … Weiterlesen »

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