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