May 14, 2019

Gansu Part One

Gansu, a northwestern province not as well known to foreign visitors as places like Shanghai or Hainan, but it’s not without its charms.

The Loess Plateau—a landscape so alien you’ll feel like you’re on another planet.

A stone forest.

A village hidden from the outside world by the stone forest.

Villagers travel on the river with a raft made out of goat skin.

Tourists get a kick out of floating down the Yellow River on a goat skin raft.

Though the plateau has been devastated by deforestation and over-grazing, parts of it are still highly fertile, especially with the reforestation and rehabilitation efforts by the government.

The Tao River is a tributary of the Yellow River.

Its emerald water turns yellow as it passes through the plateau.

Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu.

Zhongshan Bridge, the first permanent bridge that crosses the Yellow River, built more than a hundred years ago.

Over twenty bridges have been built since then.

High-speed rail that connects Lanzhou to Xinjiang.

Awancang Wetland provides grazing ground for yaks.

Maqu Wetland.

Hequ horses. They can reach a speed of 800 m per second, or 30 miles per hour.

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