Be sure that you 'blckle up'!!
We went to the night market in Dunhuang for dinner. While the city felt very small and quiet, the market was extremely busy!
A couple of us (including Cliff and Louise pictured) chose this place for dinner. They gave you a bowl and you picked out vegetables and other stuff for your meal and then the lady in the back of the photo weighed it (you paid by weight) and then cooked everything in a broth and gave you back a big bowl of soup. It was really good!
No jamming in the fire exit!
Gino decided that we all needed to experience Chinese karaoke (here it's known as KTV), so we found this place. It was a little over the top on the decorating....
After finally deciding that they could accommodate us (there was no one else there, so I'm not sure why that was a problem), they gave us this room where we waited and waited before they decided to share with us that their karaoke system wasn't working.
So we went to another place, this time decorated with xmas decorations (it's currently July). Apart from the decor, this place was a success and singing happened. Mostly it turned into a singalong with everyone, because Claire (our Chinese guide) was the only one who would get up to sing on her own....
Brendan likes to buy melons and then we all have to help him eat them. Here's a giant cantaloupe he bought for probably about 50 cents. It was really tasty and grown locally. Watermelon are also grown in this area.
The major sites to visit in Dunhuang are the Singing Sands Mountain, Crescent Moon Lake, and Mogao Caves. On the way to visit the mountain and lake, I had to wait for a line of camels to pass.
That's the sand mountain in the distance.
No rain in sight, but we saw a cool rainbow!
Most of the Chinese tourists rent these crazy orange booties to wear over their shoes so they don't get sand in their shoes. They look really funny!
Some more ever impressive translations....
Crescent Moon Lake is an oasis that's been here a long time.
I decided to go on a camel ride. Here's my camel. I found it easier and more comfortable to ride than a horse. It's easier to get on too - you do that while it's sitting down. It's a little exciting when the camel stands up though - and when he/she sits back down at the end....
My view during the ride....
Hi Mom and Dad! I'm riding a camel!
Not much out there but sand and camels.
Near the top of a hill was a camel parking lot. They wanted us to get off the camel, and then pay more money to climb up the sand hill to then sled back down. I was not a good tourist and skipped that part.
Some of the Chinese tourists look ridiculous with so many clothes on. I don't know how they avoid heat stroke - it had to be close to 100 degrees out.
A cool 'sand castle'