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Snow-peaked Mountains from the train

Video of Jasmen climbing

the dunes behind Charlie's hostel


Crescent Moon Lake

Oasis in the Desert Along the Silk Road

Video of Jasmen walking up

the Crescent Lake Dunes

Video of Crescent Lake Dunes

Mogao Grottoes

A system of Buddhist cave temples that were an integral aspect of the Silk Road history and lore from the 4th to the 14th centuries. The grottoes contain mural stories that were created over a span of 1000 years.

There was a sand storm the day we were there.

It is strictly forbidden to take photos inside the grottoes. These five pictures are "borrowed" from: Chinatravelguide.com

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Mogao Grottoes


Here is a video slideshow with soft koto music that a youtube user uploaded.


Camel Ride

in the Desert

1 Chinese guide, 1 Chinese, 1 Brit, 1 Brazilian, 1 Columbian, 1 Filipina and 1 American

Sweet Shadow Kiss

in the Desert

Our Brazilian Friend



Sunset in the Desert Video

Sunrise in the Desert

The Campsite


Jasmen and the Columbian



Back at Charlie's Hostel

near Cresent Lake


Fading Face in the Desert Dusk