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If you want to go directly from Dunhuang to Turpan you have to take a 13h bus ride. There should be a train connection in the future but who knows when... So I took the only overnight bus to Turpan, the soft sleeper and spent the night squeezed in a tiny bed on a very bumpy road somewhere in a desert. Do you think I slept? No way! :-)
At 7am (Bejing or China time, 5am of local time), and it was still darkness, the driver shouted at me Turufan, Turufan (in Chinesse) so I got off the bus but realized I'm in the middle of nowhere - at the crossing of 3 roads....You know, I kind of expected to "land" in a bus station.
The number one attraction in Turpan is Jiaohe Ancient City, about 13km far away from the city and I went there by bike. People usually spend there several hours but my sighseeing was over in 15minutes. Why? Simply because of a sand storm, maybe a mild one, but I was in there alone, could not see much and my eyes, mouth and lungs were filled with sand....and I knew I would have to cycle back. Thus I shot few pics to prove I really was there and cycle away as far as possible before the storm gets more serious...Lance would be jelous of my speed! :-) Lucky for me, the storm seemed to be raging only in the Jiaohe valley and after 2km towards Turpan the weather got back to normal.The rest of the afternoon I spent by strolling around little streets in anold Muslim quarter and around vineyard (they say grapes from Turpan are the sweetest)...