Leaving Chang Cheng Hotel after Breakfast in Jiayuguan before Boarding Deluxe Oriental Express Train & Having Chinese Lunch at Huanghe Restaurant, then Arriving at Liu Yuan Train Station in Dunhuang & Visiting the Gobi Desert along the Silk Road of China – Day 5
Filed Under (China, Cuisines, Dunhuang, Gansu, Jiayuguan, Silk Road, Travelling, World Souvenirs) by Janet on 19-08-2009
The Chinese Folk Dancing Troupe is here to welcome a new patch of Tourists arriving at Jiayuguan Train Station just as we arrive here – how wonderful to be able to watch it one more time before we leave beautiful Jiayuguan…………….
Every time we board the Deluxe Oriental Express Train & just before we go to bed inside our Train Cabin, we’ll be served by our most friendly Chinese Train Waitress/Attendant a Cup of HOT Water each (YES!! it’s really boiling HOT!!) - surprisingly ha since we get only very COLD freezing water in our Train Toilets! But of course we’ve Hot drinking water since we also dine inside the Train with Hot cooked food!!
Anyway, our 2 bunkmates have gone to play cards in the Train Entertainment Carriage straight after we left Jiayuguan, & my brother-in-law (Ah Hia) & I decide to sit by our Cabin Window – relax & enjoy the beautiful Train ride………….
Heheh see the “Gourd Hulu Bracelet” that I’m wearing on my right wrist below – all my Tour mates have now seen it & they all commented that I’m so smart in shopping & that I’ve such a most beautiful & unique buy!! Hahah YES it’s now my most precious Chinese jewelry!!
They all adore it & one real wealthy woman (whose family owns a Goldsmith Shop in Singapore!) loves it so much she’s now going to find one exactly same Bracelet as mine in our following Silk Road Tour!!
Aiya, if only she’d seen my Bracelet much earlier back in Jiayuguan, cos there’s actually a 2nd same piece in that Chang Cheng Hotel Shopping Arcade where I purchased it! Well, let’s wish her all the best of luck in finding the Hulu Bracelet!
It’s Lunch time now…………..
And inside Huanghe (Yellow River) Restaurant here aboard Deluxe Oriental Express Train, we see pretty Chinese Galligraphy Animal (such as this following Monkey carrying Peach fruit) Paper Cutting attached to the windows above our dining tables…………
See the following Belacan Shrimp Chilli Paste brought all the way from Singapore by our Tour mates – hahah Singaporeans love chillies alot & try to bring some whenever they travel overseas!! And lucky Chilli LOVER Me get to have some of these real delicious home-made Belacan now with my Chinese Lunch!! Yummy yummy!!
We’ll soon be arriving at Dunhuang in Jiuquan located in Gansu, China………….see the following Luggage Compartment (above my Upper Decker Bed) – it’s very small & not even good enough space for all our travelling luggages which we’ve to tuck under our Lower Deck Cabin beds………
Our Deluxe Oriental Express Train has now stopped at Liu Yuan Train Station…………….
The Gobi Desert (or “Shamo” meaning “Desert” or “Hanhia” meaning “Endless Sea” in Chinese) is a Rain Shadow desert formed by the Himalaya range blocking rain-carrying clouds from reaching it – occupying an arc of land area of 1,295,000 square km.
The climate of the Gobi Desert is one of great extremes, combined with rapid temperature changes throughout the year & even within 24 hours a day.
We’re now about to move on towards Dunhuang City as we bid Goodbye to the lovely Gobi Desert for the time being……………