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Horses near the Tian Chi
When you enter the Tian Chi, Heavenly lakes, you notice the tourist yurts all around you at the beginning of the park. They look very luxerious and I even think some have even satelite television. These yurts are typical meant for the Chinese tourists. We go to yurts that are near the lake itself. But before you may enter "Heaven" you must pay Y90 entrance, so even "Heaven" has its price which I think is a rather good deal ;-) To get to our yurts is a logistical nightmare; meaning we got out of the bus, entered a minivan that took us to the highest point where the cable car runs, from there you'll have to take an electrical car that will bring you to the beginning of the lake. That's where all the Chinese tourist eventually come and make photos. We on the other hand took up the task to do a hike along the lake that went up and down for more than half an hour.
Now it's blue


But it is all worth it, the view is magnificent although not entirely heavenly. We did climb some mountain tops from where the view was even more stunning. Even our stay in "Heaven" must end and we're off to Urumchi. Urumchi is a very boring city. I was already warned by several people and guidebooks don't stay more than 1 day in Urumchi. Unfortunately I had to stay 3 because of the National Holiday. It gave me time to meet Max & Jan Chambers whom I met in Kashgar and we had a very good meal at the Vine Coffeehouse, which is managed by two women from Curacao. I even got some good tips about some festivities in Urumchi for National Day from one of the Curacau women.

National Day in Urumchi is nice, there are a lot of festivities in town but it also means a lot of people go on holiday themselves so there were not that many people to watch the festivities. The best thing I saw was in the park where all the local clubs made some perfomances, eg gymnast for 70+ club, tai-chi club, dance club with butterflies for 70+, but also some real folklore clubs and a lot of cha-cha. It must be very popular as there were like 5 different groups doing the cha-cha. Although I'm not the greatest dancer on earth but the performances hurt my eye.

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Horses near the Tian Chi
Horses near the Tian Chi
Now its blue
Now it's blue
Now its green
Now it's green
Now its golden
Now it's golden
Up one of the riverbanks that fill…
Up one of the riverbanks that fil…
The heavenly lake
The heavenly lake
Another picture of the Tian Chi
Another picture of the Tian Chi
The cable cars
The cable cars
Man writing graffiti on the street
Man writing graffiti on the street
Chinese graffiti
Chinese graffiti
Folklore perfomance during nationa…
Folklore perfomance during nation…
Folklore perfomance during nationa…
Folklore perfomance during nation…
The drum club
The drum club
they also need to know how to jump
they also need to know how to jump
another performance during nationa…
another performance during nation…
A Chinese Segway ;-)
A Chinese Segway ;-)
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