Today is the day. Container arrived around 2pm. How am I supposed to feel? I am confused. I am so tired. I haven't been sleeping well. My brain can't stop working...how I wished there is a switch...I wanted so much to switch it off after 10., so I can stay fresh the next day.
The next day? Me and my children and my maid will be dusting, washing, brushing, moving...O...I need a man...a man that can carry heavy stuff. This was the routine for us, for the past few weeks.
Mom called. Checking on progress. Papa has been busy. Can't visit us yet. Told her not to worry, I can handle it...mom. Can I?
Mom called. Checking if I need more stuff? Papa wanted to buy something for us. No mom...we are moving to a smaller house. The amount is a little too much for us now. She gave me vouchers...asked me to buy whatever...for memory...for the children...for us. O mom. O papa. O brothers. I love you.
Thank you children. Mommy love you. My great helpers...three little great helpers!
The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel 敦煌山荘 中國甘肅省敦煌市敦月路(86 937) 888 2088 www.dunhuangshanzhuang.com email: email@example.com This magnificent hotel is clearly a winning choice with its unique architecture design and outstanding location against the backdrop of the Mingsha Sand Dune. Guests with an appetite for Chinese history will not be disappointed with the hotel's prominent framework that showcase the spirit of Tang Dynasty with large rooftops, ornate furniture, a garden courtyard, and long corridors. Boasting 271 tastefully appointed guestrooms, each unit is decorated simply and furnished with Chinese decor. Guests are minutes away from a myriad of sightseeing attractions such as the Mogao Grottoes, Crescent Moon Lake, Yumenguan and Yangguan Passes, and White Horse Pagoda. Head to Feng Yi Ting restaurant to sample an outstanding selection of Chinese and international cuisine. The rooftop snack bar is another great venue to unwind with a drink while enjoying the fantastic view of Gobi desert. http://www.facebook.com/SilkRoadCulture http://www.facebook.com/CultureHotel http://m.weibo.cn/d/dhsz?jumpfrom=weibocom
Castle Suite - 2 en-suite rooms with a living hall. We felt warmth and so at home with the welcome cookies placed in the living hall, each room with 2 welcome handmade camels and welcome notes too. Daily room service came with 4 bottles of mineral water, nescafe and chinese tea sachets, also standard amenities including razors. Friendly staff, excellent service!
14.63km 10-15 mins from airport ¥40-60
free wifi *facebook and gmail are blocked in China
town 10 mins. It is well connected to town by bus, every 15 mins @ ¥2, taxi outside (¥10 in day, ¥15 at night) and free shuttle bus (every one hour from 7pm to 10pm*for low season).
dance/show at 21:30 *available during peak season
sand dunes are not to be missed in the Starry Lounge, especially at dawn and dusk
walking distance of a new Buddhist monastery *雷音寺，免费的景点, 西天经书和众佛的所在地
complementary bicycle rentals
buffet breakfast was good but not excellent
there is a new restaurant near to the front entrance. Would recommend the bread and lamb
Mogao Caves (莫高窟) A UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with exquisite Buddhist art and manuscripts.
¥30 yuan taxi ride from town to Digital Mall, ¥3 by bus
English tours at 9am and 1pm
Adult @ ¥160 (¥60 2 movies + ¥80 Mogao Caves + ¥20 English guide) shuttle bus included (from Digital Mall to caves site)
Child @ ¥30 2 movies, foc Mogao Caves and English guide
impressive movies not to be missed!
Sand Dunes/Mingshashan—Yueyaquan National Park (沙丘)
¥1 by bus or 15 mins walk or just grab a bicycle from hotel
¥120 admission (child @ ¥60)
¥100 per person for a 1.5 hour camel ride (top up ¥20 for a child sharing the same camel)
¥15 for shoe covers (optional)
¥15 board slide *slow and disappointing or ¥25 tube slide *apparently this is fast and smooth? (once you get to the top you may opt to slide down from the summit)
Yumenguan (玉门关, (80 km west from Dunhuang). Ruins of the gate which used to mark the western most point in ancient China. One-day bus tours also covering remainings of the Great Wall from the Han dynasty and Yadan National Geological Park with impressive rock formations in the desert area.
Can be booked at Dunhuang Hotel(敦煌宾馆) around ¥400 (NOT to be mistaken with The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel 敦煌山荘)or take a day tour to the park in a minivan @ ¥60, from town.
We took an offer by a taxi driver @ ¥320. Headed for the most delicious beef noodle soup at 12 noon, returned around 8pm.
Admission to Yumenguan and Great Wall @ ¥40 (child @ ¥20)
Admission to Yadan @ ¥50 (child @ ¥25) + ¥70/person for tour bus
wear proper shoes/sneakers, bring mask and lots of water
Shazhou Night Market (downtown) (敦煌夜市) A must for foods and souvenirs!
达记酱驴肉黄面馆 (地址：敦煌市，天润国际大酒店西侧（西域路中段） Daji donkey meat and yellow noodles (near to Tianrun International Hotel and across the street of Soluxe Shazhou Hotel). Thumbs up for the donkey meat. Do share the yellow noodles, the portion is big!
Tried the lamb which came with a big bowl of complementary soup! So tender and unbelievably delicious! Excellent food and reasonably priced. The owner and staff were very friendly too. We enjoyed them all...except the bread...hehee
Ar Er roasted lamb chops at Shazhou Night Market offered hearty meals...be it dry or soupy., it was slurpy! hmmmm...satisfied and inexpensive!
伊清斋 ( 地址：敦煌市清真寺南侧)
Famous for its lamb, other dishes were not as great. A little pricey.
XI'AN 顺达宾馆Shunda Hotel (Xianyang International Airport) very close to airport - 5 mins
Booking number1261338374 pay at hotel ¥198 (tax inc) 2 twin rooms, booked via ctrip 200m west of Xianyang International Airport Haihang Base (Xianyang Guoji Jichang Haihang Jidi)（咸阳国际机场海航基地向西200米(边方新村B3)） Chiana: +86 Xian: 029 Tel：029-33123395 hp: +86 153 53139983 em: firstname.lastname@example.org.
displaying 2,000 life-like terracotta warriors (there are believed to be around 8,000 in total), 100 or so chariots, and 30,000 weapons.
The Eighth Wonder of the World and a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 1987.
Admission @ ¥150 (child foc), shuttle bus @ ¥5/person
A box of 15cm high Terracotta warriors @ ¥5-10 (if you're lucky) or ¥15-25 (more likely). We missed the chance of collecting a box of warriors from here, but managed to get them at Muslim Quarter at ¥15.
Food and Souvenir Hunting at Muslim Quarter: Huimin Street (回民街; Huímínjiē). Amazingly busy here! A must must visit!
Specialties: Bbq/Yang Rou Pao Mo 羊肉泡馍/Biang Biang Mian /Rou Jia Mo 肉夹馍 (beef burger). Night views of: drum tower 鼓楼 , bell tower 钟楼 and City Wall 西安城墙
*Toilets of the attraction sites were surprisingly clean and well maintained! Good job China! Spare info for Xi'an
Terminal 3: After leaving the baggage claim area,please proceed to Exit 314 and make your way to the Ground Transportation Center (GTC). Then cut across the hall and leave the building through Exits G08 or G09 to arrive at the taxi stands.
Taxi Service Complaints: 029-33544000 15877483436 029-96716
Xian city center and XIY is around CNY120 - 150 taxi in green.
Xian Railway Station ⇔ Terracotta Army Tourism Bus
It is very easy to find the special Tourism Bus 5 (Bus no. 306) running from Xian Railway Station to Terracotta Army Museum. If you stand facing Xian Railway Station, The Bus 5(306) parks at the parking lot on your right or east side. You don’t have to buy the bus ticket in advance. Just jump on the bus and later a bus guide will come to you and collect the money – RMB 7 per person. Basic Information on the Bus Bus Line: Tourism Bus 5 (306) First Bus: 07:00; Last Bus 19:00 Line Length: 42 Km Drive Time: 0ne Hour Bus Stops: Totally 12 stop on routeBus Stop No.01: Xian Railway Station Bus Stop No 08: Huanqing Hotspring Bus Stop No 12: Terracotta Army Be sure to get off at the last destination – Terracotta Army Museum since the Bus 5 (306) is scheduled to stop at several tourist attractions including Huaqing Hotspring, Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum. You don’t need to get off at these stops. The very last stop (the 12th stop ) of this bus is the Terracotta Warriors. Just stay on the bus until you get to the last stop. Remember where you get off the bus terminal. After finishing your visiting the museum, come to the same parking lot and take the exact bus No 5 (306) since there are some other “fake” bus 306 which eagerly push you to take their buses. Basic information about Terracotta Warriors and Soldiers Museum Located 30km east of Xian, the Army of Terra-Cotta Warriors are undoubtedly the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century. The museum is composed of three pits: Pit 1, Pit 2 and Pit3. Pit 1 is most impressive and the hightlight of the museum. Pits 2 and 3, though interesting, are not as impressive as the pit 1. If you don’t have sufficient time, PIT 2 and PIT 3 can be avoided. The movie -360 degrees, the background film, is in English and very cool, which takes about 15 minutes long. It gives some background to what you see with your own eyes. It is worth the 15 minutes. The film ticket is included in your entrance fee. Terracotta Army, not Qin Shihuang Mausoleum If you take Bus 5(306) from Xian Railway Station to Terracotta Army Museum, don’t get off at Qin Shihuang’ Mausoleum. Qin Shihuang’s Mausolem is not much worth visiting since it is just a mound, not excavated yet.