150km south down the Silk Road lies Jiayuguan, another important historic oasis and administrative centre along the route, famous for its Han Dynasty Fort and restored sections of the ancient Great Wall.
The scenery along the journey into Jiayuguan was impressive. This area is also known for its wind turbines. I personally have always loved these things, I think they are like pieces of art. Not as big as I have seen before but impressive because of their vast numbers.
We have mentioned previously that the trains almost rival that of Japan in their efficiency. Unfortunately comments like that have a way of biting you on the butt. We booked the late train knowing we would arrive at 11.01 plenty of time before the hostel closed at 11.30...our train unfortunately broke down about two thirds into the journey and didn’t arrive until 12.30am!! Luckily we were able to contact the Silk Road Xiongguan International Hostel from the train and they patiently waited up for us. Unfortunately this hostel has seen its better days. Let’s just say... It was “ok” and it was cheap!
It was a pretty turquoise green lake that felt quite out of place in the middle of a desert.
Loaded up and ready, we boarded the train for Chongqing -22hours away!