Kuytun, China
Date: Lodging: Distance: Total:
02/04/1999 Orient International Hotel 463 KM 14881 KM

Most of Chinas 1.3 billion population do not live in the west.

Fantastic road and awesome scenery

Tianshan Mountains

Enjoying the desert

Paige, all alone, in the desert

2 April 1999 - We left Yining early and drove until 1 p.m. when our translator Mr. Yuan suggested we stop for lunch, which we rarely do. In a roadside 'restaurant' for lack of a better description (strip of 10-15 food stalls lining both sides of the highway/road), we ate noodles with stir-fried lamb and vegetables. Bread, about the same size as a small pizza but a much tougher consistency and loose-leaf tea concluded our meal. Parked just off the road, the yellow Millennium Mercedes drew a crowd of young children and tire-kicking old men.


  Dust devils (Jim)
  Great Drives: The western China highway (Jim)
  Western China - Part 2 (Paige)
  Western China - Part 1 (Paige)