Captions for the Silk Road Galleries

Index to Gallery One  -  Beijing to Al La Shenko on the Kazakhstan border.

 

 

1   Beijing - centre of city

2  Restored old Beijing

3 Crispy Duck restaurant- carving chef

4 "

5 "

6 Beijing street

- 12 "

13 Tianenmen Square

-19 "

20

-34 in the Imperial City - the Forbidden city

35 A Hutong - the old alleyway streets of Beijing

36

37 streets

38 An odd restaurant washroom

39

-46 Street life

47

-52 A Hutong 

53

-57 An artist's house in the hutong

58

-67 A lake, restautrants and street life in the hutong

68 Forbidden city at night

69

-72 A courtyard restaurant - making noodles

73 The Birdsnest stadium

74

-76 Fruit farms outside the city

77 Taxi bikes at the Ming Tombs near the Great Wall

-89 at the Ming Tombs

90 The Great Wall and

-93 Rooftop restaurant overlooking the Great Wall

94 Disneyland never made it in China (An abandoned project)

96 Birdsnest at dusk and other olympic buildings

98 Streets at night

102

-108 Laotze Tea house with a show

109  Sunday at the Temple of Heaven everyone relaxes and 

-131 plays, sings, dances etc

132 a tranquil setting in the park

133

-136 The station and the train - The Shangri La Express

137

-148 Leaving Beijing, villages, yards, cotton growing, cooperative agriculture

149

-151 Heng Shui and a bottle painting craft workshop.

152

-157 The countryside and villages till Luoyang station

158

-160 Luoyang and the Six Horses Museum - a dynastic tomb site

161

-165 Luoyang and beggars

166  

-174 The Longmen Buddhist Caves and the Wei He river 

175 Red earth agricultural landscape

176 

-177 Populist advertising

178 

-189 Shaolin Temple and monastery - martial arts demonstrations 

190 Forest of pagodas - the graves of the righteous monks

191

-207 Xi'an station, street life and market

208

-211 In a Chinese Mosque

212

-222 Xi'an street life

223 The bell tower in the city centre

225

-229 Xi'an city walls - our rickshaw driver

230 Kite seller

231 Huang He river a tributary of the Yellow river

232 He found the Terracotta Warriors and doesn't like his picture taken

233

-237 Terracotta Warriors museum near Xi'an

-239 Streets

-241 A spectacular Tang Dynasty recreated entertainment

242 A new supermarket

243 Bell tower

- 245 and walls at night

246 Xi'an station waiting rooms

247 on the rails

248 early snow

249

- 264 Lan Zhou Streets, regional museum and station

266 Yellow river

267 Corn drying on village house

-269 Successful cooperative farms

-276 More early snow and the Qinlan mountains

- 286 Landscape dryer with burial sites and kilns around villages

288 Remnants of the Great Wall

290

- 293 Agriculture irrigated - wealthier cooperatives

294 New Dunhuang station and 

297 nearby new road

298 Early on coach across Gobi desert to Oasis

- 304 Buddhist cave statues

305 

- 325 the Oasis and a walk to the edge of the desert

(Cave shrines by the dry river)

326 Irrigated cotton growing

327

- 337 The Dunhuang dunes and the Crescent lake oasis

338

-340 A  dunes restaurant with local folk displays

341

- 345 Dunhuang town and the station (12 km from the town)

346

- 349 Across the Gobi

350 Rare Gobi Saiga antelope

351

- 359 Dry villages, irrigated cotton, windfarms - desert

360

- 368 Turpan station- early drive to Turpan Tourist Service Centre

and raisin drying buildings - a grape growing area

-382 Irrigated village and vinyards

383 - 389 Jiahoe ancient city ruins - and nearby desert

390

- 409 Village life, a raisin grower's house (including bread oven)

413 Turpan

437 The streets and a local market

438 The Raisin growers' trading company

430

-440 Drying chillies

441 New road

- 449 The landscape on the way to Urumqi ( a change in armosphere!)

450 

- 453 Urumqi, a Uighur town almost at the border with Kasakhstan

454 Local school outing

- 455

-486 A taxi ride and 2 mile walk through Urumqi

487 A train boards

488 Past desert and salt lake to the border at Al La Shenko

 

Index to Gallery Two  -  Druzhba on the China/Kazakhstan border via Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russia to Moscow.

 

1 The Station at Druzhba, the border guards become friendly, our 

train, the Golden Eagle, arrives

 

15-17 Small stations and stops in rural Kasakhstan

 

17 - 37 Rural Kazakhstan, shepherds on horseback

 

38, 39 Almaty Station

 

40 - 45 Almaty, the apple (comes from Kazakhstan) and street life

 

46 - 52 The 28 Panfilov Heroes Memorial Park, newlyweds and the wooden

orthodox church, built without nails

 

53, 54 Bus and red squirrel in the town

 

55 - 58 Rural life

 

59 - 67 Overnight towards Uzbekistan

 

68 Uzbekistan border

 

69 Asian Myna bird - quite common

 

70 Uzbekistan rural life

 

76,77 Welcome on the station at Tashkent

 

77 - 81 Tashkent street life

 

82, 83 power cut in the restaurant (staff unfazed)

 

84 - 88 Khast Imam Mosque

 

89 Tame cranes

 

90 - 93 Trams and Train Museum 

 

94 - 96 Museum of Applied Arts

 

98 - 102 Samarkand Station

 

103 Taxi buses

 

104-112 Timur's (Tamberlaine) mausoleum and surrounding streets

 

113-123 The Registan square with pilgrims, restoration builders and shops

 

125 Our train Manager and Andy, a train tour provider on sabbatical

 

126 A yurt (in an unusual place under a flyover)

 

127-150 A bazaar market in Samarkand near the Registan

 

151-155 The observatory of Uleg Beg, grandson of Tamberlaine. View from.

 

156 A map of the Silk Road at the observatory

 

157 A funeral at the Shahi Zinda Necropolis (?)

 

158- 162 A Silk carpet factory

 

163- 164 Bukhara station

 

165- 170 Street life, Bukhara

 

171- 172 A woman prays to have children at

 

174 The Ismail Samani mausoleum (10th century)

 

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175 A flag celebrates 17 years of Uzbek independence

 

176- 178 Street life

 

179 - 183 The Ark - The Emir's palace, treasury, and prison, 11th century

 

184 - 191 Mir Arab Madrassa, surrounding streets, students (lifting sack)

and dome market place

 

192 Bukhara on a wet day

 

193 -201 The Emir's palace, and a suzanne shop

 

202- 207 Street life Bukhara

 

208- 213 Duck pond restaurant - folk dance show and Andy's birthday

 

214- 215 The engine and driver of the Trans Siberian Express

 

216- 217 Andy continues to celebrate while we cross the border to Turkmenistan

 

218- 221 Water provided by a railway wagon - early morning visits to the well

 

222- 232 Rural Turkmenistan

 

233- 243 Passing urban areas

 

244 Iranian mountains distant

 

245 A desert mausoleum

 

246- 247 Cotton growing in irrigated areas

 

248- 250 The Iran border - passing by without crossing

 

251, 252 Desert dust, pipeline construction

 

253, 254 Evening rural on route to Ashgabat

 

255- 268 Ashgabat at night - the monument town built by the despot Turkmenbashi who died 2006

 

269 One of Turkmenbashi's many gold statues

 

270- 277 Mary Museum, related to Merv, the ancient Silk Road town nearby

We are watched by secret service

 

278 Dishes galore

 

279- 281 Urban life, Mary and on the way to Merv

 

282 Some of what is left of Merv

 

283- 293 Merv and some camels and cattle drovers among the old walls

 

294 A market near Merv

 

295 Mud balls?

 

296 Local hornet/wasp

 

297- 303 A local house near Merv with folk entertainment

 

304- 306 Friendly local children

 

307- 309 On the road to Mary, melons, police and cotton

 

310 Another new mosque

 

311 Another gold statue

 

312- 320 A market in Mary

 

321 A Mary bus

 

322- 324 Evening and overnight to Urgench in Uzbekistan again.

 

326 Uzbek police

 

327- 364 The ancient city (C500bc) of Khiva and the surrounding streets and people outside the city walls

 

365, 366 She makes bread in a traditional oven, gold teeth are fashionable

 

367 Woodcarvers workshop

 

368 - 371 Streetlife and weddings (lots take place in the old city)

 

372 - 375 The Khan's summer palace with tranquil courtyards

 

376. 377 Urgench station

 

378- 387 Early morning as we set out across the oil rich desert between the Aral and Caspian seas.

 

388- 402 Overnight and a birthday party for Corrine

 

403- 405 We cross into Russia overnight via Astrakhan and arrive at the Volga

 

406- 414 Entering Volgograd

 

415- 425 Volgograd station and environs

 

426 Lenin

 

427- 430 Street life

 

431 Mother Russia, an 86 metre statue at the top of the Stalingrad Memorial

 

432- 441 The Stalingrad memorial and changing of the guard in the mausoleum

 

442- 447 The Stalingrad Museum near the Volga (The flour mill left standing as a monument)

 

448- 457 On the way to Moscow - Rural Russia, Dachas and forests

 

458 Moscow Station - our tour guide, Anna

 

459- 461 Station and environs

 

462 Moscow street

 

463 Saint Basil's cathedral

 

465 Yeltsin's new cathedral

 

466 She poses in front of it for her friend

 

467- 469 Across the river Moscow and the Peter the Great Statue

 

470, 471 Moscow

 

472 A convent

 

473 A grave monument to cosmonauts

 

474 Views of Moscow from the viewpoint near the university

 

476 Moscow film studios

 

477 Metro station

 

478- 490 Moscow at night, Red Sqaure and St Basil's and Kremlin and GUM

 

490- 497 Kremlin and environs

 

498, 499 Leaving Moscow