You know, people always say a Tour agency normally puts tourists up in the best Hotel & let them eat the best yummiest food on their last night & day in a Tour package – which is very true indeed just like we’ve just had a very good cosy overnight stay, & now the BEST Intercontinental Breakfast (the best Hotel & Breakfast of our entire Silk Road Trip!!) here at Mirage Hotel – making all of us so satisfied & happy, especially when we’re also going back home Singapore today REALLY MISS HOME!!
And yes, it’s Mid-Autumn Festival (or Mooncake Festival) today – us having celebrated it just last night at Dong Fang Long (Eastern Dragon) with much laughters & cheers upon fun-loving Birthday Uncle’s Hokkien Songs entertainment hahaaa!!
Back inside the very lovely Hotel Lobby with a Sculptured Wall filled with World’s famous Landmarks such as The Pisa in Italty, Rialto Bridge in Venice, Pyramids & Sphinx in Eygpt, Colosseum in Rome, Great Wall of China etc - I like it so much!!!
My lady Tour mates all love what I’m wearing today – especially my Red hooded Bubble Dress which I bought at Kuitun, & my Orange leather suade Shoes from Dunhuang - they all agree I’m a good shopaholic buyer hahahaaaa
Pics with fellow Tour mates at Mirage Hotel Lobby while waiting to leave for Urumqi Airport :
Ha so many already prepacked Boxes of Fruits available here in Urumqi Airport – still remember Mom & Dad always tell me that there’re plentiful Fruits ready for Sales in most China Airports – which they always buy & bring back home whenever they travel to China since I was at a very age……………hmmmm such as the huge Chinese Pears & Peaches etc – all so fresh sweet juicy & I’m always the 1st one to pry open their Boxes hahaahha!!!
Huge beautiful looking Artillery Shell Melons :
Heehehehe this Box of yummy fresh Xinjiang Grapes cost only 40 Yuans (RMB) – specials from our Tour Guide’s recommendation (at another Airport Fruits Shop!!) - bought specially for Mom & Dad – though I wish I’ve more strength to hand carry more other Fruits home
Hey there’re even Xinjiang Nangs available here
Inflight Lunch time now aboard our domestic Flight from Urumqi to Chengdu - ho ho I really like this below huge pretty PINK Desserts Box - & there’s even a piece of Mooncake cos it’s Mid-Autumn Festival today
As usual besides enjoying the yummy Inflight meals (in this case the thick Black Pepper Roast Beef’s so delicious!!!), I often love looking out of my flight window (always ask for a Window seat ) at the lovely clouds & so beautiful sky……………………..
YES YES so funny cos we’re all (especially the ladies!!) so panicky cos we don wana end up paying huge Taxes upon our Overweight Luggages - I myself even start giving away my body lotions, hand cream etc to the Chinese Restaurant’s waitresses!! So much to their delights ahahahaaa cos they’re all nice imported goods!!!!
Worst of all, our Tour guide Siao Chen’s not here with us here in Chengdu as she’s remained in Urumqi (which happens to be her hometown too!!) - which means we’re totally left on our own DITCH right now!!!
Ohhhhhh what more should we do to save ourselves NOW but to prepare well to pay for the high overweight charges – at least for myself I know very well cos my Luggages are so heavy trust me errhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!
Just look at the huge amount of food left on our Dinner plates in the Restaurant cos………………..
But you know what?!?!? All our WORRIES of our Overweight Luggages issues are UNFOUNDED & UNNECESSARY cos we did a Whole Tour Group Check-in, & though almost all our individual Luggages were overweight, none of us was Taxed!!!! We’re so Lucky so Happy we’ve already very safely passed through all the Chinese Customs now just waiting to board our Flight home Singapore WHEW Whew!!!!!!! THANK God!!!
SILLY ME to be worrying much earlier but hey I couldn’t help it cos it’s after all my very 1st time travelling in China, & I”ve never really known & been through a Chinese Customs Checkpoint before!! Anyway………………….
Heheheeee my above Box of Huge Juicy Sweet Honey Peaches (or Shuimitaos) was bought just some 15 mins before boarding our International Flight back home Singapore – cos you’d be surprised there’re Fruits Stalls located just by the sides of Departure Gate A1 here at Urumqi Airport – which makes me in a real excited happy mood since I need not pay for any Overweight charges, & can now freely carry another Box of fresh Fruits home for beloved Mom & Dad
Hmmmm another lovely packed Mooncake for each & everyone of us aboard Flight CA403 - how sweet
Most of my Tour mates were fallen ill with diarrhea, flu, fever, sprained ankles & legs etc – one Uncle was hospitalised, one Auntie even had her throat stuck so badly with Fish bone (from the deadly full of Bones chinese freshwater Fish!), & had to be taken to Hospital to have it removed
Another lady even missed half her Silk Road of China Trip with us cos she was down with fatique & sickness, & had to stay back alone at Mirage Hotel in Urumqi (since Day 8), while we travelled up to Tianchi Tianshan, Kuitun, Kelamayi, Kanas, then back down to Kelamayi to Urumqi to meet her………………..
To better see how far we’ve travelled up & down along the Mysterious Silk Road of China – here’s a Map :
Well, for myself, I’m very thankful that I’ve been very blessed as I only suffered from slight Sore throat (in Kanas for like only 2 days!!)
This Mysterious Silk Road of China with Orient Deluxe Express Train Trip of mine is a most Cultural & Environmental experience of my life thus far. It was a Tough Trip as I’d to endure the extreme always-changing hot & cold weather, & especially the many Nasty Toilets
And the Train Ride wasn’t really easy, plus the local food wasn’t entirely to our Taste & Appetite (though some were really good & yummy!!), except for the very fresh crunchy vegetables which I ate & enjoyed the most daily Evidently, I lost 2kg (hahaha only 2kg wish I’ve lost more huh!! like my brother-in-law Ah Hia’s 5kg)!!
Personally I feel very lucky, especially compared to the people in the Rural places along the Silk Road of China. I’m indeed very blessed & I’ve gained & learned so much from this Trip to be more contented & apprecaitive towards Life, & to love & treasure people around me more……………….I enjoyed myself tremendously, & had a great wonderful most amazing Silk Road of China Trip!!
Most importantly, Dad has recovered very well from his Hemorrhoid (or Piles - the reason why Ah Hia & I had to replace Dad & Mom to go on this Trip!!) - making this Trip to the Silk Road possible for me. And for allowing me such a great opportunity to see Life in a different perspective.
And THANK U all my readers for travelling through this fantastic Silk Road of China Trip with me – you guys have been a great Bless!! I hope you enjoy my above last Slideshow of the Trip – & never forgetting to come visit me again when I bring you more beautiful Travelling Stories asap okie