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The Drive From Turpan to Kumul (Hāmì)

Pitstops Along the Highway

Pitstops Along the Highway

Kumul, Xinjiang, China | 09 May 2013

A ramshackle restaurant along the highway from Turpan to Kumul (Hāmì). A cardboard door labelled ‘male’ beside it provides feeble cover to a toilet. A straightforward advertisement highlighted in blue for ‘Xinjiang wires and cables’ has been painted onto the brick wall.

The Gleeful Melon Farmer's Son

The Gleeful Melon Farmer’s Son

Kumul, Xinjiang, China | 09 May 2013

The farmer’s happy young son who clutched onto anything given to him with glee, including dusty rocks from the ground and the melons which he got to see everyday.

The Colour of a Polaroid

The Colour of a Polaroid

Kumul, Xinjiang, China | 09 May 2013

In a bid to support the locals, Ablajan stopped to purchase melons from some farmers along the way. The sun-baked face of the farmer’s wife cracks into a quiet smile, with eyes fixated on the polaroids of her family which are slowly developing into colour.

Kebabs and Naan for Lunch

Kebabs and Naan for Lunch

Kumul, Xinjiang, China | 09 May 2013

A typical Uygur meal of mutton kebabs and wheat naan at a casual restaurant along the way. The menu is written in both Uygur, a Turkic language, and simplified Chinese, which the people are required to learn by law.

A Day of Leisurely Driving

A Day of Leisurely Driving

Kumul, Xinjiang, China | 09 May 2013

We spent ten hours driving at a leisurely pace from Turpan to Aktash (Báishítou), before spending the night in Kumul (Hāmì) town. There is a small Kyrgyz population here, but these yurts were empty and set up just for tourists to see.

Gourmet Grass

Gourmet Grass

Kumul, Xinjiang, China | 09 May 2013

Just a picture of an animal that looks to be really enjoying its food.

Munching on Melons at Sunset

Munching on Melons at Sunset

Kumul, Xinjiang, China | 09 May 2013

Close to dusk, Ablajan took a portable knife out of his bag and sliced the juicy melons he had purchased earlier. The sun doesn’t set until late, and we watched the land bathe in sunlight while munching on melons.

Crusing Towards Kumul at Dusk

Crusing Towards Kumul at Dusk

Kumul, Xinjiang, China | 09 May 2013

Still on the road as the sun sets swiftly behind the mountains, cruising steadily towards the small town of Kumul (Hāmì) to spend the night in. The shadows only served to heighten the vast emptiness of the desert landscape.

Journey Jot

Journey Jot

Jots from a $1 travel notebook.

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