The Expo is having at least 350.000 visitors every day! No matter wet or dry. What an expo, unbelivable crowd and everything is in extra large!! Here are some of the impressions! This was the queue looks like from my visit in May at 8:30 in the morning at one of the entrance gate.
The world’s largest due to the length (2.3km), height (101m) isnt the most spectacular but it’s worth to peek. Arriving in Yichang, Hubei province before heading to the 3 Gorges Dam. Yichang is about 3.5 to 4 hours drive from Wuhan.
Backview of the dam
Arriving at the other valley and hike up to the peak
XiAn was pretty warm and dry in April. Shaanxi yellow earth mixed with air due to dry climate in April. Still it is described as the best time to visit, as Shaanxi is ussually either extremely hot or bitterly cold. Well, just like Wuhan so to say. XiAn has potential value of history and XiAn was China’s political capital. We spent 2-3 days there to see the most spectacular and essential sights. One of the top list around the city east of XiAn is the Terracotta Warriors.
A short visit to Huaqing hotspring on the way to the Terracota warriors. This park was once the favoured retreat of emperors anc concubines during the Tang dinasty. The most famous bather of all was Yang Guifei, a concubine often blamed for bringing the rebellion in 756.
Outside the city wall, XiAn famous landmark is the Big Goose Pagoda (Dayan ta). This pagoda dominates the surrounding modern buildings, restaurant and malls.
Eating at Muslim Quarter is a great deal. Many common dishes in XiAn are offered here. The famous of all is the Yangrou paomo, a soup dish with crumbling flat loaf bread and adding noodles, mutton and broth.
Arriving in Shenzen and taking bus to Lowu for ‚Border crossing‘
kinda impressed of the environment/ health protection activities. Seen this sign quiet often in some corners in the city…
When we came back from our holiday trip, which is now 1,5 weeks ago, temperatures where quite cold in Wuhan, around 0°C. It stayed like that for few days. Now the temperature has risen up to 23° the day before yesterday. Yesterday we accounted a thunderstorm as a result from this quick change in temperatures. I took the following picture shortly before the thunder and rain started.
Day 2: Arriving in Diqing airport, Shangri-La with approx. 100T population, altitude of 3,200m
Visiting Sumtseling monastery built by instructions of the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Inspired by Potala palace and perched on a hill is one of the largest Tibetan monasteries in eastern Tibet.
On the platform where I stand is the Yunnan province & the other side of the river is the Sichuan province.
The way the villagers dried their wheat etc for different purposes.
Arriving in Gyalthang’s traditional market and picture how the locals are busy in welcoming the Chinese New „Tiger“ Year 2010. It is amazing that the locals are still wearing traditional clothes & accesories in their daily life. This is showing their efforts in respecting & maintaining their worth culture.
Day 6: Driving down the hills to Lijiang. A town with 1 mio population. Take a walk in the huge & pretty old town.
Day 9: Fly out Shangri-La and returning to foggy Zero Celcius Wuhan with a stop over in Kunming.