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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Monday, 3 June 2013

The Silk Road: Lanzhou/Dun Huang - 2013

“Seeing it once is better than being told 100 times…” - Zhou Chongguo'

Day 04: 25 May 2013

(Old painting of Lanzhou city)

Lanzhou is the capital city of Northwest China's Gansu province with a large Muslim population. A prefecture-level city, it is a key regional transportation hub allowing areas further west to maintain railroad connections to the eastern half of the country.

(The Xiguan Mosque - modern and strategic) 
(A welcoming committee of Imams and scholars)

After breakfast we visited the largest mosque in Lanzhou, the Xiguan Mosque which was recently renovated according to traditional Arabic style. The Mosque was first built in Wanli Period, Ming Dynasty. The existing constructions were rebuilt in 1990. It is a domical architecture of Arabic Islam style, solemn and forceful, which is one of the grandest mosques in China.

(Praying behind a pillar)
(Photo shots around Xiguan Mosque)

The mosque covers an area of 467 square meters. The prayer hall is a building combining the Chinese classical and Arabic architectural style. Every year, the mosque will receive hundreds of foreign Muslim scholars. When we arrived we were greeted with a warm welcome by the imam and the young scholars. After a brief orientation, we performed our prayers in the mosque.

(The main prayer hall)
(Gentlemen group photo)

After lunch the group visited the Nanguan Mosque. Again we were given a warm welcome by the imam and the community there. It was recorded that the Nanguan Mosque is one of the six most famous mosques in Lanzhou. It was first built in the Hongwu Period of Ming Dynasty.

(The main entrance of Nanguan Mosque)
(Getting to know the muslim community)
(The intricate mimbar)
(An imam taking a rest after prayer)

The prayer hall is a four-floor building of Arabic architectural style. The first floor is used as the teaching room, show hall and living room. The second and the third floor are the prayer halls, which can hold thousands of jemaah. The fourth floor is the green onion dome with a 1.5 meters high crescent moon steel.

(A large clock structure) 
(A few of the many water wheels)

Visits to Lanzhou also include a visit to Water Wheels Park which stretches about 50 km along the Yellow River which runs across Lanzhou city. In the park, two huge waterwheels with striking appearances stand uprightly on the bank of the Yellow River. They are modeled on the antique waterwheel, having quadrate buckets and a diameter of 16.5 meters. In high water periods, they are driven by flowing water from the river; in low water periods, they are driven by water gathered by cofferdam.

(Two huge water wheels)
(Two tired cowboys taking a short rest)

Because of the the two waterwheels and an advantaged position, the Waterwheel Tea House attracts a lot of tourists. Tourists can experience crossing the river on a sheepskin raft, which is the most primeval ferrying tool in the northwest region of the Yellow River. A visit to the Waterwheel Garden will provide an insight into the irrigation tools of ancient times.

We had a very early dinner as we need to rush to Lanzhou Train Station to catch the 17.55 train to Dun Huang.

(My train ticket)
(Scenes in the train)

The overnight train has 6 berths per cabin and complete with toilets facilities at the end of each coach. The train journey took us almost 14 hours across barren desserts and Wind Farms.

(Wind farm in the desert).

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