“Gobi Desert and Last Days of Silk Road Trip” Clairedonze’s photos around Jiayuguan and Dunhuang


A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to Jiayuguan and Dunhuang, China by TravelPod blogger Clairedonze titled “Gobi Desert and Last Days of Silk Road Trip”. TravelPod is a company of TripAdvisor™. Clairedonze’s travel blog entry: “After Qinghai we left for the Gobi Desert and the city of Jiayuguan. Our first stop was Jiayuguan Fortress which is at the very end of the Great Wall. It acted as a border check station for any travelers going into or out of China. It was also attacked a few times by invaders. And they had all sorts of dangerous activities for us to try!! Refer to pictures for details. Jiayuguan as a city though sucked. It was a pretty big city, but it was like there weren’t enough people to fill the city so it always felt deserted. And it seemed like our hotel was embarrassed to have Westerners staying there because they always hustled us away from the front doors if we loitered too long and they wouldn’t let us sit in the chairs in the lobby. It was fairly awful. We also got to visit the Hanging Great Wall, which is the farthest most Western end of the Great Wall. The area surrounding it reminded us of Mordor. We had fun climbing around on the mountains. From Jiayuguan we then went to Dunhuang which is really famous for its Buddhist Grottoes, and therefore it is quite the tourist attraction, and therefore, they have lots of western style restaurants!!! I had french toast for almost every meal… Anyway. We went to the Mogao Grottoes which has the