I apologize for my long absence from the blog. For friends living in China, I hope you had an enjoyable Golden Week holiday, celebrating the National Holidays with good cheer. If you were as crafty as I was, you’d extended it and reveled in an extensive vacation.
I was in Xinjiang, both north and south, hiking mountains and eating too much mutton. The above is a shot of a Kyrgyz nomad wading his horse into Lake Karakul, a spectacular site with undisturbed waters, riveting reflections and air so fresh, I wish I could bottle it and share with you.
For our southern trip of Xinjiang, we traveled part of the Silk Road from Kashgar, passing by Lake Karakul onto Tashkurgan County and landed at the Khunjerab Pass, also known as the Sino-Pakistan border. Altitude sickness got the better of me at over 3,000 meters, making me a miserable cow that evening. Below is a sweeping and stunning view of the Pamir Mountains.
I had also spent a good part of the second week in a 4×4 speeding up north to Lake Kanas, a beautiful nature reserve that borders with Russia and Kazakhstan. In spite of the endless hours traveling through no-man’s land and seeing more sheep and cows to last me for a lifetime, I realized I’ve barely covered half of Xinjiang, being 1/6 of China’s land mass.
You can view a selection of photos and travel commentary from my Xinjiang trip over here, which I will continue to update.
Meanwhile, we resume regular programming here at Shanghai Street Stories. I’ve missed you all.