We arrive a round 2 am in hūhéhàotè (呼和浩特), which means the Blue City
in Mongolian. A reference to the blue sky arching over the grasslands
We head directly to our hotel for another couple of hours sleep…
Nonetheless on our sleeper train we could sleep some 31 hours.
Here most of our trip through China ends… The next couple of days we
head a three day train journey to the Inner Mongolia (內蒙古) province,
to the capital town of Hohhot (呼和浩特) – called the blue city in
The first leg goes from Kashgar to Turpan (吐魯番 – tǔlǔfān), a 22 hour
trip with only seats available. Loaded with lots of fruit, water and
instant noodles we board the train. Dreading the road ahead, since we
know we’ll arrive broken!
Luckily the people on the train are friendly and nice, so this makes