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By Bruce Connolly | | Updated:2017-10-11 07:39Snack stall Erdaoqiao Urumqi 1997. [Photo by Bruce Connolly/]It was a surreal feeling being alone, beside this lake in a stunning alpine setting and knowing the desert to be so close. This was something I later appreciated flying across Xinjiang heading back to Europe from Hong Kong, passing just north of the mountains and the lake.But it was time to head back along the safer horse trail to the bus park for Urumqi. In the evening, sitting at an outdoor cafe, writing up my diary, an ambition had been fulfilled – the “Journey to the Lake of Heaven” – but a new adventure was waiting, to one of the worlds lowest-lying towns south of the Heavenly Mountains.Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 78NextPrevious 1 2 3 4 5 6 78NextCartoonsChorusRoad map to a great modern socialist countryNew era in building moderately prosperous societyCartoon: The 19th CPC National CongressPhysical examinationWorld Food DayMost Viewed in 24 HoursFroum trendsExpat views on Chinas efforts to end povertyShould swimming be compulsory for college students?ColumnistsCorporate scams deal a big blow to Japans imageTrump should be shown the complexity of Chinas realityForumFeatured ContributorsXis emphasis on deepening ties with neighbors a positive signalJourney to the Lake of HeavenChina Daily Bureau ChiefsChongqing and Chengdu City Cluster on faster trackXi-Ma meeting brings historic opportunitiesStar BloggersThe past 5 years: Chinas global leadershipGetting stared at in China: Cultural curiosity, globalization and racismBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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