Sightseeing Turpan


July 4th Unlike the hazy, cloudy day that greeted us yesterday in  Turpan, today, as I draw the curtains across and peep  outside, blue skies smile back. I can see the bazaar from here – but despite it being 8AM, the shops and the market, restaurants are all shut. I puzzle over this. In Chengdu, […]

August 9, 2011

Turpan Arrives


July 2nd and 3rd As the train chugs into Gansu Province, the landscape changes. Green gives way to brown. Gansu in Chinese means “dry,” and the  province is doing well to stick to that name. For hours together I watch an endless panorama of nothingness pass through. These are not the sandy desert dunes that […]

August 7, 2011