Gansu

I finally started to feel like I was getting into the “real” China entering this province – no immediate change in scenery, but passing under (literally) the Great Wall was a big moment.

Miscellaneous roadsigns along the way:

Do Drunken Driving Harsh weather sign 3000km marker No littering Lane descriptions on the expressway 2000km marker

A combination of super-smooth brand-new expressway, strong tailwinds and flat terrain resulted in my longest ever day:

269km on the speedo

Street food is a great way of eating in China, all manner of little stalls and things, sometimes mounted on the back of tricycles, sometimes little carts, sometimes a little more permanent. My favourite was the one with the hand-operated bellows, fanning the fire, where you ate directly off the hotplate.

Dodgy mutton pockets... Choose your skewer Kebabs and beer Watch out for the fire Keep clear of the sparks Lanzhou Market

Doing the tourist thing, at the Jiayuguan Fort – note the tourist groups in matching red caps – and a section of the Great Wall, completely alone, wandering along it.

Jiayuguan Fort Jiayuguan Fort Jiayuguan Fort Jiayuguan Fort Jiayuguan Fort Jiayuguan Fort Jiayuguan Fort Jiayuguan Fort Jiayuguan Fort Jiayuguan Fort Overhanging Great Wall Overhanging Great Wall Overhanging Great Wall Overhanging Great Wall

A few shots from the road – note the pollution on the way out of Lanzhou, and some remaining parts of the Great Wall – no tourists, just anbandoned mud structures in the middle of fields. Pollution starting to get heavier from the factories now too

Gansu scenery Old Great Wall sections High altitude farming Lanzhou pollution Terraced farming Polluting factories Polluting factories