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WeiHeYuan, Gansu Birding

WeiHeYuan, Gansu Birding

When:  July 2016      Weather:   Cool 20C

Nikon P900   Leica M240

We were in the small town of Dingxi, about 100km from the main city of Lanzhou in Gansu Province, doing some teaching and supervising surgery and found that we had some time to visit a nature sanctuary called Wei He Park or Wei He Yuan.   238 more words

Bird Watching

China 01 - Silk Road 08 - Circus in the Desert

The sand makes a soft moaning sound when it shifts, ancients believed it to be the trapped souls of those that perished in the dunes. … 369 more words

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China 01 - Silk Road 07 - Ancient Grottoes #2

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Near to Dunhuang is the UNESCO protected Mogao Caves. Started by a Buddhist monk some 1000 years ago after he came across the oasis here, it grew to over 700 intensely painted and carved shrines hacked into the cliff face. 398 more words

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China 01 - Silk Road 06 - Into the Desert

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The bus continues out into the far desert along a rough road. We arrive at the Yan Dan desert area not long before sunset and as a series of thunderclouds roll through. 56 more words

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China 01 - Silk Road 05 -The Outer Limits

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I’ve arrived in Dunhuang, remote outpost of the ancient Chinese empire beyond the wall (ignore that city of several hundred thousand just over there). 354 more words

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China 1 – Silk Road 04 - The End of the Line

Some of it is still left at least…

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Jiayaguan sits out in the desert or Western Gansu and was either greeted with jubilation or tredidation by the Silk Road caravans. 317 more words

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China 1 – Silk Road 03 – Rainbow Rocks

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Not far from Zhangye is an area of desert known as the Danxia Rainbow Rocks. No prizes for guessing the origin of that name … take hundreds of metres deep of tightly packed rock layers, paint each a different colour, then bend, shape and sculpt it all into a fantastical landscape. 27 more words

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