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Sunday, 19th of July. It is cloudy and it looks like it will rain soon. Only reason we came to Lanzhou is that we are going to visit Bingling Si grottoes on the Yellow River.

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Saturday 18th of July. The thin crescent of the Moon is directly above our heads surrounded by blue sky when we are getting to the bus for today's journey. It is getting thinner and promises it will cover the Sun in a few days.

We are leaving Xiahe, nice small town we nearly were not allowed in. We are heading to Lanzhou, ugly industrial town. We would have nothing to look forward to, fortunately we are going through amazing country side and we will visit couple of strange mosques (well, they are not strange in China).

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Autumn in Westonbirt Arboretum

Added: October 18, 2009

Tags: autumn garden

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What better place to visit during Autumn than some garden or arboretum? Our friends Andrew and Zuzka took us yesterday to Westonbirt Arboretum 30km from Bristol. Thank you for that, I really enjoyed our time there.

Some trees started to change colours, but most of them were still green. I have never seen so crowded park, there had to be at least 1000 cars in car park. But because it is huge, crowd spread evenly and we needed to wait only a few minutes at most to take photo we wanted. The other people had been less lucky with us. I had to repeat many photos dozen times and that took some time :-)

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On Friday 17 of July it is cloudy again. Our plan is to visit Labrang Monastery and another grasslands area. All are nearby and we will return to Xiahe in the evening. It is good to stay for at least 2 days at one place. Checking in and out is not my favourite ritual, but that's how we usually travel.

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