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High altitude desert line

The first Kumbum monastery.

I always look forward to living in the city Northwest desert style, it’s not September 10 this year and sign up with my family the way cattle and tourism network Northwest tour, embarked on a trip to the Northwest that I wanted.

Trip preparation: need to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, umbrellas, Sun protection clothing, food, mineral water, diarrhea medicine, photographic equipment.

Ready to arrive in Lanzhou, originally thought of Lanzhou hand-extended noodles of Lanzhou evening after eating a bowl of authentic results damned plane was eating a bowl of instant noodles of Lanzhou, but didn’t ruin my traveling nature. Early the next day the tour guide and the driver wait for us at the gate to the hotel early, we embarked on a trip to Xining.

Road Guide and we said this way elevation is slowly uplift of so also is can adapted came of, along the listening to guide said some local custom and culture also does not think car of time is long slowly of we has to has Xining city, to Xining city yihou results clouds clouds see with will rain has afternoon to huangzhong County yihou on rain has temperatures also became is low in 10 degrees following eat had lunch yihou see with peer of people are put jacket took has out, eat had lunch on began has I of Tower, Temple of Brigade

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1

Kumbum monastery

Kumbum monastery is located in huangzhong County, lushaerzhen in Xining, Qinghai province, in the southwest corner of the Lotus mountain, is the Tibetan Buddhist Gelug (commonly known as the yellow sect) founder Tsongkhapa’s birthplace, is the yellow sect, one of the six major monasteries in Tibetan areas, but also places of Qinghai province and national key cultural relics protection units. From the provincial capital Xining, 26 km from the city. First in the Kumbum monastery in Qinghai province, the Tibetan Buddhist temple, formerly known as the Temple of Ta er, named after the Temple of Tsongkhapa, the Grand Golden tiled Hall Memorial silver tower. Kumbum monastery from the date of establishment, slowly perfecting their own monastery of religious organizations, political organizations and temples of the temple economy, cultural life of the system. Which can show perfect is the monastery of Kumbum monastery organization fair. Temple is both a monk learned the good opportunities, as well as their entertaining good time. Tibetan language saying “gun Xian Bahrain”, meaning the sub-100,000 statues of Buddha Maitreya.

Kumbum monastery, founded in 1379, a history of more than 600 years ago, covers an area of more than 600 acres, the monastery building located in Lotus Hill on both sides of a ditch slope, the Hall is scattered, beauty, spectacular. Is located in Temple Center of big gold w Temple, green wall gold w, brilliant, is the Temple of main building, it and Kim w Temple (Dharma Temple), big mosque, Maitreya Temple, release land Temple, according to self-assessment Temple, monju bodhisattva Temple, big pulled let Palace (auspicious Palace), four by hospital (explicit cases by hospital, key cases by hospital, medical Ming by hospital, ten round by hospital) and butter sculpture hospital, performances dance hospital, living Buddha sites, Tathagata eight Tower, Bodhi Tower, door Tower, Shi Lunta, monk homes, building formed has patchwork, layout rigorous, style unique, Collection of Tibetan techniques in one grand complex. Temple statues of beautiful, vivid, transcendent divine. Vivid ghee flowers, gorgeous embroidered colorful murals and color is known as “Kumbum monastery ruin of art”, the Temple still has many Buddhist texts and history, literature, philosophy, medicine, legislation and other aspects of academic monographs. Annual Buddhist activities of “four”, it was bustling, tourist like tide.

Kumbum monastery in Qinghai province, and Mecca for the center of Buddhism and shamanism in Northwest China, the whole hillside Temple stacked masonry, winding down, well-proportioned, and magnificent, ancient trees in the temple, stupas stand, majestic scenery is extraordinary. Thar SI butter sculpture sculpture come to life, is well known for.

Kumbum monastery is Tsongkhapa luosangzhaba (1357-1419) was born. Tsongkhapa’s early studies in Xia Qiong Temple, 16 years old to go to Tibet for further education, reform of Buddhism in Tibet, founded the Gelug (yellow sect), becomes a master. After his birth, from cutting the umbilical cord blood of a white Zhan Tan tree grows, 100,000 pieces of leaves on the tree, each showing a statue of the lion’s roar of spontaneous combustion on Buddha (Sakyamuni), “Dagon” (100,000) name is derived. Tsongkhapa to Tibet after 6 years, its mother fragrance SAA looked forward, and let people take a bunch of gray hair and a letter to Tsong-kha-pa home well. Tsong-kha-pa received letter Hou, for learn Buddhist and is determined to not returned, to mother and sister the take to self-portrait and lion roar Buddha 1 site, and wrote said: “If can in I was born of locations with 100,000 lion roar Buddha and Linden (refers to Tsong-kha-pa was born at of that strains white Zhan Tan tree) for tire hid built a seat pagoda, on as and I met as”. The following year, Hongwu 12 years (1379), and saaqie support of the believers built, named “Lotus poly Tower.” After 180 years, the maintenance of this tower was rebuilt many times, but has not yet formed monasteries. Ming Jiajing 39 (1560), Shan Shi Renqin side built static 1 Zen zongzhejianzanyuta. 17 years after five years of Wanli (1577), and in building the Maitreya religion Palace on the South side of the tower. At this point, the Kumbum monastery begins to take shape. Ten years of Wanli (1582) suonanjiacuo the third Dalai Lama’s second visit to Qinghai, spring of the following year, the local shenzhongangsuo from Coka to Kumbum monastery. Sanshidalai Rinchen zongzhejianzan and local Shen Zhong, Sinai, Qi Jia Aung Zaw, Romben, Mina, Tibetan tribes indicates that the expansion of the Kumbum monastery, thanks to give an image of Buddha, and Temple rituals. Since then, the Kumbum monastery has developed rapidly, and has built his palace, pagoda sanshidalai Palace, the Temple of the nine palaces, To rely on, depend on, the Buddha Temple. Sishidalai instructions, 40 years of Wanli (1612) the first month, formally establish the College, opened the lecture method, marking the Kumbum monastery became formal monasteries of the Gelug.

High altitude desert line

Because it rained on the day we go and did not shoot a blue sky sense is a unfortunately.

Kumbum monastery

High altitude desert line

Listening to the tour guide said that results of the plateau is not longer a bodhi tree Kumbum monastery long legend of Bodhi tree is a miracle when he falls and pick up the dried leaf leaves above displays a statue of a lion does not know if it is true, unfortunately I was not picked up when not leaves. Because Kumbum monastery is in many places not to take pictures of the inside there are lots of great places are not to shoot only patted exterior landscape

High altitude desert line
High altitude desert line
High altitude desert line

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2

Qinghai Lake area

Left Kumbum monastery we to Qinghai Lake go has, car way driving in high-speed Shang turned Moon mountain of when outside also Xia up has hail, visibility is low, see missing outside of beautiful views but guide told we Moon mountain a beautiful of legend, is said to have Tang Fiona views 15 years, Princess Wencheng far married tubo songtsen-Gampo, Zhongyuan people first on into hid of road, Princess Wencheng along Tang Fan trail line to Tang and tubo of line, Will be able to see the hometown of the mirror broke into two halves became the Moon mountain which was the place where Princess Wencheng and pro teams transition, across the Moon mountain we formally entered the boundaries of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. Because the day we arrived after the Qinghai Lake, Qinghai Lake is cloudy not the blue. But very cold weather Guide says a weather one day maybe it will clear up tomorrow. Evening bonfire party at the hotel we are very fun. As soon as we finish eating in front of the hotel is the Qinghai Lake the Lake turned

High altitude desert line
High altitude desert line
High altitude desert line
High altitude desert line

Qinghai Lake area

High altitude desert line

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3

Chaka > Erlang in Qinghai Lake

The next morning we embarked on the road to Chaka, tour guides say emblem over the rubber in the Middle mountains and the Qaidam Basin. Cars on the Qinghai-Tibet Highway all the way to go, and grasslands on either side of the road there are many herdsmen in grazing is really a wind-blown grass for cattle and sheep … Listen to the tour guide said that this year is the Tibetan sheep, the Tibetans to turn around this time around Qinghai Lake the road really have turned Lake has also seen kowtowing to worship to many Tibetans in Lhasa Tibetan Tibetan heart of devotion to faith. Enjoying the scenery we came all the way rubber began over the rubber mount when we reached the rubber when the car stopped and the highest mountain we all get off the rubber rest mountain scenery is beautiful. Even rubber toilet is the beautiful scenery on the edge of the mountain, down the mountain scenery was not just the wind blowing the grass for cattle and sheep, it’s become next door to guide us over the rubber would have been in the Qaidam Basin. The scenery along the way is really beautiful dizzying feeling as if we see a beautiful watercolor painting.

Chaka

Just don’t feel we got Chaka area, listening to the tour guide said Chaka development

Attracts many mainland and Europe, America, Southeast Asia, Japan and Hong Kong, Macao tourists. In recent years, with the improvement process of mining, salt, Chaka Salt Lake area has developed into eco-tourism and industrial tours simultaneously 3 class a new scenic spots. Chaka is different from other salt lakes, Chaka is the solid-liquid coexisting brines of Lake, embedded in snow mountains grassland rather than the Gobi desert. Wide Salt Lake waters, sparkling silver wave. Sky clouds long and distant mountain, Mira, blue sky and white clouds, the snow-capped mountains reflected in the Lake, such as a poem or a painting. Around the pasture like a sheep like pearls scattered. Walking on the Lake, entering the world of salt.

In here, can took small train in-depth Lake in the sightseeing, can watch modern large mining salt ship mining salt Shi spray water swallow beads of magnificent scene, can appreciate Salt Lake Sunrise and sunset of gorgeous picture, can through clear surplus of Lake, ornamental shape different, and is growth of lifelike of flower flower salt spent, search Lake end of world of mystery, also can taste to tide Hou Lake Shang left of rolling salt Tao wonders. Chaka, with its production, tour suited to both domestic and international tourism industry and enjoys a high reputation in Qinghai-Tibet plateau scenery tour, and Tal monastery and Qinghai Lake, mengda tianchi par, known as “Qinghai four scenes”, as well as by the national geography magazine as “55 place will go to a person’s life.” Into scenic yihou see of is salt carved not know is not what reasons sculpture are became is black small train also bad has only himself into to has door has many rent shoes sets of can rent a in, not know is tea card Salt Lake to of people many of reasons feel near shore of Salt Lake are has began black has and no sky of border of feel only to inside go only will somewhat that feel I feel we really of is should good to protection Salt Lake otherwise yihou again to on really of no Salt Lake of that feel has. In Salt Lake are best advised to rent a shoe to wear his shoes go down into the Salt Lake. There is a to protect their camera, cell phone and other items accidentally fell into the well.

Qinghai Lake in Erlang

Play Chaka the morning we tea County Erlang lunch afternoon visiting the Qinghai Lake area or over the rubber into Qinghai Lake, cars on the road have also been encountered in yak-yaks crossing the many cars were stopped across the street. Due to we to of when had has rape open of when has highway on both sides only see scattered of is rape but also is was chanted saw rape called car open slow points took out phone to took of way appreciate with beauty we on came to has scenic of big door listening to guide said we II lang sword scenic is belongs to Qinghai Lake development more early of scenic has due to we to of when is off-season scenic inside people does not more we boat to has Qinghai Lake Center of small island above we also really of is lucky morning out hotel of when also is clouds clouds to afternoon tour Qinghai Lake of when days on clears up has really of is District of feel too beauty has feel on like a star sapphire mosaic in ground Shang distance of Clouds and seem to converge and Lake in the mountain really is a lifetime unforgettable. But a bit too strong I feel that area’s business climate we live in front of the hotel in the evening the undeveloped Lake look good.

Visit Qinghai Lake, Qinghai Lake we reluctantly left the evening in this beautiful place. Back to Xining, Xining city, because of late haven’t seen city our hotel is not far from the snack Street, Xining Mo Jia Jie arrived we turned to snack Street. Food mostly dominated by beef and mutton barbecue more because I do not love love mutton barbecue is not in a hurry turn a few laps back, but I’m not at street to buy the yogurt really are delicious milk taste is very strong, and very heavy. After that I came back from the always miss the taste of yogurt, there’s a chance, we must try again.

We stayed one night in Xining the next morning we boarded the rail car attached to the Gansu from Qinghai in this beautiful place. But from Qinghai, Gansu train above the landscape is also very well have been able to see in qilian mountain and the Centre of the CAO Dian Zi had flocks of sheep and cattle, let me it was exciting all the way.

DAY

4

Zhangye danxia national geopark

Train Zhangye guide took us all the way to the station waiting for our car to take us all the way to near the scenic spot had finished lunch recess he can go to Zhangye danxia landform of danxiashan had heard, like use words to express, there are only two words shaken. Its imposing grandeur, spectacle spectacular, unique styling, the color of beauty, the nature of gods, it was amazing. She has not only Dan’s strange, dangerous, but more beautiful in color. Within a radius of more than 10 square kilometers, everywhere there are red, yellow, Orange, green, white, gray, gray black, white and other bright colors, decorated gorgeous countless valleys, hills. Danxia landform in Zhangye interlaced with her bedding lines, colorful hues, brilliant magnificence of the drawing, a colorful fairy-tale world. Afternoon on to scenic has a in on was beautiful of views to shock has Zhangye seemed is God of color disc in Sun of against Xia alone more beauty has unfortunately time limited, we from scenic out of when just sunset that views more beautiful has so recommends to to of small partners are best is evening of when to that when photography will more beautiful also has recommends beauty are wear bright of clothes or silk towel such and views more distribution photography more looks

Zhangye danxia national geopark

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5

Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan

Leaving we were visiting Jiayuguan city of Zhangye as we drive takes 4 hours to Jiayuguan city of the evening when we lived in Jiayuguan Jiuquan steel hotel in the evening to listen to the Guide says Jiayuguan city was only one went on to become the county seat of Jiayuguan city, not many people in the urban area as a whole.

We arrived at the hotel after you put down the luggage turned into urban areas do not many people in the urban area as a whole and where there is no traffic jam problem and we came to the city’s street name I really forget anyway little urban taxi is ten dollars ask drivers to know Northwest drivers are very friendly lol. Northwest barbecue mutton and beef all the way but a whole sheep hang in there you don’t where to where he’ll cut you like only so much our southern barbecue in a bunch is very practical for you to fill in the Northwest.

Morning tour of Jiayuguan Jiayu pass not far from the town is 10 minutes ‘ drive to the, in fact I feel Jiayuguan travel half an hour on the line does not take too long to feel on the line, but

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6

Dunhuang city
> Silk Road Dunhuang hotel > Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Moon Spring

Dunhuang city

Left Ka Yu shut we on drove to Dunhuang has we in journey in the also in Guazhou of small melon assessment buy has a melon eat, short of rest zhihou we and began starting has,, we had has Jiuquan yihou see outside of views really of is increasingly desolate has completely is Gobi desert has barren and in Gobi desert see sky completely see not to horizon has sky on with a lid cover in ground Shang as, we to of when is lucky weather sunny also privilege see has Mirage to not guide said I also really of thought is distance of city does. To Dunhuang go of this a road I views Gobi scenery also see has different form of Gobi desert has black Gobi, white Gobi, middle we also passing has a Gobi desert Shang of reservoir towers reservoir I saw near reservoir of on both sides Gobi desert are species full has crops side Shang was live, guide said in Gobi desert above only has water of place is oasis only will has town including Dunhuang is desert inside of OASIS.

All things grow without water.

Silk Road Dunhuang hotel

Dunhuang, we get the evening when we lived in the most artistic Hotel Dunhuang Dunhuang mountain villa. Pattern throughout the Hotel looks really like a movie inside the Dragon Inn the Inn even the room is very unique. Each room decorated antique, all flying the flag covered the entire Dunhuang city, is flying the flag, Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel top floor there was a ghost house can be seen during the day when the Mingsha Mountain, at night you can eat Western food above the ghost house stars not to mention more comfortable. Evening we also enjoy local roasted whole lamb. People who love to eat meat can eat great Northwest is the Bohemian was really large eating meat and drinking and Northwest bold character is like. We also turned the shoal night market, night market sells a wide variety of gadgets have a some kind of “Aladdin” inside “the Aladdin” wear that pointy shoes.

Other of shop also has other of features small stuff but here sold of fruit really of is delicious especially Apple and red and big a bite down water King, also has local produced of a small grape acid sour sweet of also no nuclear than we mainland produced of delicious too more has, also has Dunhuang local of features donkey meat also is delicious whole Dunhuang also is unlikely to out hotel playing a taxi also on 10 block money on to hotel has.

The next morning we headed to the Mogao grottoes and Yadan demon city, Mogao grottoes daily limit of 6000 people are brought to book after the Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel morning breakfast was great too, if lucky enough to live here, you must back up and really taste breakfast is very rich and very unique.

After breakfast visiting the Mogao grottoes, us figures show centers on both ends of the Mogao grottoes frescoes of the film is the kind of ball scene from a film in the second paragraph of which filmmakers can lay on the Chair look pretty good and you can learn some knowledge of the Mogao grottoes.

Movies after reading our guide to visiting the cave because there are special lecture contents of the mural is not so obscure.

Due to the Mogao grottoes area management is also very good, overall, it’s still worth a visit.

After the Mogao Caves we headed to Yadan Yadan Devil Devil city city is on the brink of Lop Nur Lake area so this way is also next door to see any green vegetation. After the devil city sits on the scenic spots in the car on the way to see many pillars of the wind, there are pillars in various forms like a Peacock and the Sphinx. Black sand beneath my feet and wind erosion with columns with magnificent, especially the last one pillar of the attractions in the West Sea fleet is like a ship as a warship stopped silhouetted against the sunset in the desert alone how awesome it was. Particularly waiting for us out of the area in the backdrop of the setting Sun Devil city really is a river of the yen as a whole feel.

Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Moon Spring

The next day we went to Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Moon Spring Crescent in the middle of the Mingsha Mountain pools springs to getting up at 5 in the morning riding the camel to Sunrise but unfortunately the cloud on the day he didn’t see me would like to see the sunrise.

However feeling quite cool riding a camel, we climbed the Sand Hill experienced a handful of sand sliding, sliding a face but I really heard the voice of the Mingsha Mountain sand ring for sliding, the overall feeling is good. That was a little short on the Mingsha Mountain, no free time.

Went to Mingsha must for shoe covers or sand into the shoe is too much trouble.

Mingsha Mountain played a return by car from liuyuan Lanzhou morning afternoon ending a wonderful 8 days of travel.

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7

~THE END~