September found me in China traveling 7000km across the country following the shadow of what some would call the Silk. This was final section for me after 6 years of trips which stretched from Shanghai to Istanbul and focused heavily on Central Asia. Starting in Shanghai then trip went through Xian, Lanzhou, Bingling Si, Xiahe, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Tuyog, Urumqi,  Kashgar and Khotan.  Compared to my previous two trips to China I couldn’t help but notice how quickly the country is developing and how much tourism was exploding, especially Chinese traveling at home. Everywhere I seemed to turn were tourists, so instead of getting frustrated that they were in my shot I decided to include them because quite frankly often they were more interesting and quirky than the sights. Sand dune sliding, inflatable goat skin rafting, archery, and the usual camel rides are some of the tourist activities in the series here.

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