After the 2 weeks in the “Stans” we have now crossed the border from Kirgistan to China. The border city in China is Kashgar. From ancient times a very important city on the silk road.
We spend 3 long days in Kashgar to take care of all the practicalities like import of the car, chines number plates and drivers licenses. Very bureaucratic. Very suspicious. Very time consuming.
On August 2. we started the journey towards Lhasa on the Xinjiang – Tibet Highway. Which is the highest road in the world. We expect to drive 3250 km to reach Lhasa. With many mountain passes above 5000 m!
After 4 days on the road we are already impressed and overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscape. Mountains which constantly changes from grey and brownish solid rocks to sand stones and then to soft shapes with green and yellow colors. It is magnificent.
Pictures from the “Old City” rebuild by Beijing and our new driving license and plate.
From Kashgar to Ali
Dramatic gain of altitude from 1.700 m in Kasghar to 4.400 in Ali and several passes above 5.000 m. Ali is the capitol of the region Ngari.
On our way to Zanda we drowe through the amazing Clay Forest – groups of cylindrical topography shaped by clayaccumulations.
Zanda is a small one street town build up alongside Thöling Monastery, once Ngari’s most important monastic complex a part of the Guge Kingdom. The ancient Guge kingdom was an important stop on the trade route between India and Tibet (Silk Route).
While we where in Zanda we visited the Citadel of Tsaparang build in the 9th century with a summer palace at the mountain top and a winter palace hidden in the caves. It is estimatet, that more than 10.000 people lived in the caves.