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Jiayuguan - Turpan, August 14th-15th 2012

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My night train from Jiayuguan to Turpan was delayed for almost 2 hours. The most thing I regretted was if only I knew, I could have absorbed more of my beloved Jiayuguan. The good thing was, being delayed means that I won't need to get off the train early in the morning with my sleepy head. Getting up early in the morning is a sacrifice for me. I was also glad that Jiayuguan Railway Station that night was spacious enough to provide me 2 empty seats: one for my backpack, one for my butts. I could stretch my legs as far as I could. When you have been on Chinese trains, you'll know how precious this is.

Nevertheless, I didn't know that there was something greater to be grateful for until I woke up the next morning.

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Oh, it's morning, I thought to myself. What a beautiful before-sunrise. G12, come here, please. (For safety sake, while in the train I never take out my 7D.)

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Ah, why does the train turn away from the sun?

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Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you, again. Chinese train windows are always shut closed. Most often the windows aren't clean which makes a clear picture extremely rare. From this point on, I gasped at the wonder of mountain deserts. Before, all these were only on my TV's frame. Now, they are on my camera's frame. How great Thou art!

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Let me assure you that under your bare eyes, the view is a thousand time more stunning than any of my pics.

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If my train had not been delayed, by the time I pass this area, it would be still dark.

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This is a close up of the mountain.

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And then there was a part when the mountain dunes spread in layers of colors.

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This is part of the line construction in the middle of the desert. How proud am I to be Chinese! But most of all, how proud am I that The One who scattered these sands with His hand and crafted the mountains with His breath calls me: "My child."

Posted by automidori 23:05 Archived in China Tagged train china turpan Comments (0)

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