Jiayuguan Pass (嘉峪關): Last Frontier of Ming Dynasty

On the extreme western edge of China, along snow-capped Qilian mountain peaks, lines of sturdy soldiers were standing high in the Jiayuguan Fortress, carrying a goblet of fire, staring off the distance all day to guard their own territory.   Strategically located at the narrowest point of the Hexi Corridor on the Silk Road, this last major stronghold of Ming China is celebrated as the first and also the greatest pass under heaven, beyond which only faces boiling Gobi desert and vast terrains towards Central Asia.

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Zhangye Danxia (張掖丹霞) – China’s Rainbow Mountains

(17th June) It seems that when the Earth decided to create this spectacular rainbow landscape was in an exhilarating party. Even millions of years later, a dazzling riot of swirling orange, gold and brown still burst in front of our lens, just like a stunning painting on canvas. This “rainbow mountains” have been piquing visitors’ interest for the last few years, including those magnificently multi-coloured valleys, hills, and cliffs that stretch towards the horizon.

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Lanzhou (蘭州): A Golden City in the Centre

(14-16th June) Along the upper reaches of the Yellow River lie a key thoroughfare for ancient traders and explorers, from China to Persia, from the Middle East to Europe. Covering an area of 14,620 square kilometres along the Yellow River, it is strategically located at the southern end of the route leading through the Hexi Corridor across Central Asia.  This is where Qilian Mountain ranges extend southwards, where it paves a crucial gateway to Xian, the ancient capital.  This place, endowed by the natural protection of such unique environment, is Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu Province.

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