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China
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Trip Date:2015-07-25 - 2015-08-25
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Countries visited:China
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For our sixth major trip in China we focussed on southern Gansu and the areas bordering it, i.e. eastern Qinghai and southern Ningxia.

At the beginning/end of the Silk Road, it's an area of historical exchange and mixed cultures with lots of muslims (both Hui and others) and lots of Tibetans.

It's also a part of China that is changing fast, as roads are being built, tunnels dug and new cities arise.

Apart from Xiahe and Langmusi, this fasinating area doesn't see that many (western) tourists. It is firmly on the map of Chinese tourists, though.

We flew to Xi'an, but the trip really started in Tianshui. We, that's me, my wife and our 11-year old daughter. We like to travel slow and independently, taking out lots of time for interacting with local people. Highlights of any trip are those pleasant, relaxed encounters.

We speak enough Chinese to get by and confuse the locals. Telling them we're just travelling, is usually part of the fun.

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Highlights:
- going on a two-day horse riding trek on the grasslands around Langmusi
- discovering Guide, a fascinating place being geared up for tourism
- admiring ancient artwork in Majishan (Gansu) and in Xumishan (Ningxia)
- visiting the Ganjia grasslands on a daytrip from Xiahe
- wandering around in the enormous Tibetan temples of Xiahe, Tongren and Langmusi
- suddenly finding ourselves caught up in a Tibetan festival on the outskirts of Tongren
- going really off-the-beaten track in southern Ningxia

Minusses:
- this is not the best area in China for sampling its wonderful cuisine
- rapid development of the area is met with mixed emotions, as traditions disappear fast

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