Let it be on the record that I loved this road trip I did through China back in 2014. It was amazing. I would be freezing to death up in the snow-capped mountains (milking a cow and drinking it for breakfast) one day and the next, did sand boarding and having BBQ in the desert with the sun setting behind and then sleep in a tent among sand dunes after.
Along the way we drove through the majestic mountains, stopped by the winding road so we could throw snowballs at each other. We held a newly born bird and stopped by the creek to have some watermelon (I can neither confirm nor deny it was also a toilet break at the very same site).
Then there were the rainbow ridges and rocks at Gansu Zhangye National Geopark.
By sheer chance we got to witnessed the unveiling of Thangka, which is part of the celebrations of Tibetan Shoton Festival. A considerable crowd follows along as the lamas carried the Thangka up the hill as we were told it would bring one good luck to touch the Thangka (we all did)!
This was only possible because my friend and his friends so kindly allowed me to crash their sort of graduation trip. They were also the same group of people who looked after me and made sure I did not freeze to death and puke my lungs out from altitude sickness or something. THANKS YOU GUYS.
So after more than 2 years, I have yet to sort through the hundreds and hundreds of photos from this trip. In the meantime, here is a really brief highlight of what we saw.
Write-up coming soon.