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China : Xīnjiāng Wéiwú’ěr Zìzhìqū

54.1 km (33.6 miles) SE of Tianshuihai, Xīnjiāng, China
Approx. altitude: 4950 m (16239 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 35°S 100°W

Accuracy: 16.0 km (9.9 mi)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: 从汇交点向北和向西望的景观 / North view and West view #3: 沿途肃杀的环境 /The chill environment along the way #4: 沿途肃杀的环境 /The chill environment along the way #5: Rest stop at Plateau Inn #6: GPS显示 / GPS show #7: Watch  the Olympic opening ceremony of the TV at inn

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#1: General view of the confluence spot

(visited by Wang Jun, Li Hong Wen, Zhang Rui Lin, Li Xiao Li and Han Yong Cai)

09-Aug-2008 -- 这是个有纪念意义的日子,此次西行,按通俗的叫法是:“避运”,昨晚在死人沟里看的奥运开幕式。说好听点我们是为了在“314”之后拉动西藏旅游业才大胆地来“避运”的呀。其实感觉这一路都更加安全了。

昨天傍晚赶到了著名的死人沟,在一家回族人家开的小客店歇脚,看着奥运开幕式吃了最简单的面条,女主人是虔诚回教徒,在我们看开幕式期间她还要去到另一間屋做祈祷。在死人沟这样的地方迎接奥运也是很有意义的,虽然我们离开了北京,在这儿几乎是离北京最远的地方,与底层的百姓和同是在这儿过路的大车司机一起看的奥运开幕式,说明全国百姓还是很关注奥运的。

今天一早上路就逼近了这一点,从天气来说,进入新疆后与西藏大有不同。这里的天气让人感觉环境更肃杀些,与西藏相比是另有一番味道的。在此点拍照做下印迹。

English Narrative

09-Aug-2008 -- There is a memorable day, this trip to west of China, according to popular saying, is: "Avoid misery". Last night we watched the Olympic opening ceremony on TV at the "Death Valley". We came to Tibet for the purpose of supporting the tourism industry in Tibet ,. As you know, after the the "314" event the tourism industry of Tibet were suffered a lot. In fact, we felt much safer on the way here.

Yesterday evening we finally arrived at the famous "Dead Valley", Stayed in a small Muslim family inn , there we were watching the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games at same time enjoyed a simple noodle dinner. The hostess of the inn is a devout Muslim, when we watched the opening ceremony she went to another house to pray. It was very meaningful to celebrate the OlympicGames in this "Death Valley". Although we left Beijing, here is almost the farthest place away from Beijing, well, we were watching the Games with the local people and the truck drivers we just met at this small inn. Sounds like everybody in China cares about Olympics.

Today we started early to reach this point, since we entered Xinjiang area the weather changed a lot, it was quite different from Tibet, much colder. At this point we took some photos.


 All pictures
#1: General view of the confluence spot
#2: 从汇交点向北和向西望的景观 / North view and West view
#3: 沿途肃杀的环境 /The chill environment along the way
#4: 沿途肃杀的环境 /The chill environment along the way
#5: Rest stop at Plateau Inn
#6: GPS显示 / GPS show
#7: Watch the Olympic opening ceremony of the TV at inn
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