We were near here when we met Mr Zhao. Follow the link to a lovely little blog post from a tourist in Dunhuang.

The surprising Mr Zhao

He was short and wiry and wrinkled, wearing loose clothes and a cloth cap. He looked like a peasant grandfather, the kindly type who smile a lot. As it turned out, Mr Zhao was nothing like I initially assumed.

2,000 years ago in the desert of Western China…

Yumen Scenic Area is in the desert about 90km (55mi) northwest of Dunhuang and was my favourite spot in the area. The remnants of wall still visible are over 2,000 years old; I was astounded by how much remains after centuries of erosion.