Monthly Archives: May 2005

Artux city … in search of a friend

The centre of Artux city where new Chinese buildings dominated the skyline. The Chinese central government has been rapidly developing and beautifying the various cities in Xinjiang. We took a turn into the city in a bid to find a … Continue reading

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Salam? Ni-Hao??

Our first meeting with the Uygur community in China. We greeted with “Salam” as in all muslim populated countries but the Uygur surprisingly replied with “Ni-hao”! Haa … Here we met Homerjan outside his house. Sensing his friendliness, we approached … Continue reading

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The next day

Lazing on pastures before the Torugart Pass. We had to leave by 8am the next morning to avoid the military personnels from the Kyrgzs Customs. However, the Chinese border was not opened until 10am so we opted to stay away … Continue reading

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Crossing the Pass …

Queues of trucks loaded with scrap metal waiting outside the Kyrgzs Torugart Checkpoint. The Pamir mountains in the background. (Kyrgyzstan … 24.04.05 to 12.05.05) The Kyrgzs Torugart Checkpoint building behind the gate. We were actually inside the building after 8am … Continue reading

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Torugart Pass

This is an account of how we crossed the Torugart Pass at 3752m from Kyrgzstan to China. 10/May 68km from Ak-Beyit, we reached a caravan (wagon) site and were stopped in front of a “Militia Post” (Police checkpoint). Our passports … Continue reading

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Towards the Torugart Pass

  A Kamez truckload of scrap metal parts bound for Kashgar,China. Our host, Nurlan from Kara Bulun village drives twice monthly to Kashgar via the Torugart Pass. Even though the Pass is <200km away, Nurlan and his brother would take … Continue reading

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Down from the climb and up the ‘Bozyu’

The day began with yet another pass. In most part of Kyzyl-Bel Pass, there are asphalt road. On the rough under construction portion, we could do little but to get down & push. Many trucks have to move with extreme … Continue reading

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Kyrgyzstan … climbing the pass!!

Hello people! How’s life … wherever u are! We’ve reached and actually been in this country of many mountains for 13 days already. Cold, lots of uphills (that’s to say much downhill as well and still climbing on. The border … Continue reading

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Red hills, misty lakes, blue sky & goodbye Naryn

Heading away from the lake, we moved into the mountains & the land turned arid with bizarre colours. (Kyrgyzstan … 24.04.05 to 12.05.05) Out of nowhere, this eerie lake popped up into our view. Silence & stillness hanged about it. … Continue reading

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Before parting with Issyk-Kul

The sun shines high onto the deep blue lake, enhancing the colours of the earth. The perfect painting … (Kyrgyzstan … 24.04.05 to 12.05.05) If not for the vague outline of the mountain range far across the lake, I felt … Continue reading

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