Xinjiang, a beautiful and remote place, a sacred place for photography in my mind. After many months of preparation, during which a number of friends have expressed an interest to join, but finally left me and my brother, as well as Stev three embark on the journey of the free exercise of Xinjiang photography.
The trip that I bring a maximum of photographic equipment in recent years, vacation time, the two planes (EOS5 and EOS500n) 2 lens (EF70-200 f4L and the EF24 f2.8), there is one for this trip and the acquisition of a lightweight Getzo1128 carbon fiber tripod, plus more than 40 rolls of film, clothing and light as possible, but in the end still have to deal with 18 days of the trip and the low temperatures of minus 56, the last also bought a new back-packed full.
September 14 morning, we depart for Shenzhen, the Hualian Building, next to eat lunch, then take the airport bus to the Huangtian Airport, flying in 15:30 to take off through a short stop, Changsha at 22:00 (Xinjiang work schedules than in Hong Kong no later than two hours) arrived at Urumqi International Airport. Take a taxi from the airport into the city, drivers should be us 50 yuan, but also constantly want to re-solicit a guest. In order to facilitate the second day of the trip, we decided to stay long-distance bus station roller mouth of the Yangtze River next to hotels, three human 20 yuan / person, no toilet, beds fairly clean, but the appalling conditions in the public bathroom, hastily took a bath never ending sleep!
Mongolian warm friends
Check out on the 15th morning, immediately after getting up early in the morning to the coach station to inquire about the situation Urho Mo Guicheng train, bus stops where people coming and going a bustling parking lot full of a variety of bus stops, there are state-owned bus, there are private luxury bus, a question under the original 10 minutes after the shuttle had a group of passing through Urho immediately came to parking tickets or car, and asked to ask to go, but also being referred to refer to the last board on the one to the abundance of the shuttle, due to the driver not the car, and we can not find a map of the location and abundance, not at ease in the end had gone to the wrong car, on the bus immediately in front of a sitting Bit men ask questions. Conversation that he runs a Mongolian friend of Ming Jiaoba root it is a civil servant, is also an excellent dancer, and along the way he has been warmly refer to our response to local conditions and to answer our inquiries, and There he went to Beijing in his capacity as an amateur dancers participate in the national folk dance competition, but also won the national Top Ten grand prize.
Exit the bus station not long after 10 minutes after the bumpy dirt road onto highway, the direction of the Karamay embarked, the original estimate of up to Mo Guicheng around 17:00, in time for sunset shot, but the unexpected outbreak of to noon for lunch, the driver has left us open to the rest stops Bianba car repair, a repair actually repair more than two hours. After more than 4:00 on the bus and asked the driver, the driver said there was three hour drive by car shortly after the blowing out of the sand, but also sandwiched rain, arriving 19:00 Urho is more than can not think of our first day trip on the bubble empty, but to let in the Urho one night then we'll talk! Bargen band of our luggage and get off to the station next to the hotel hello price (standard room 40 yuan / person, because not many guests, we have to pay the price of three occupied two rooms), Before he left he invited us from the Boolean Tianjin return trip to his hometown spots to play, he can arrange local transportation for us is really a very warm friend.
Occupation of Mo Guicheng
Daybreak on the 16th morning, 8:00, board appointments the night before a good taxi (40 yuan back and forth inside the film pack into the scenic spots to wait for three hours) to Mogui Cheng. Mo Guicheng in the Urho more than 10 kilometers north of road, cars on the highway more than 10 minutes away from the scenic area of public ticket office. Due to the time still early, the conductor not to go to work, we saved the tickets for 20 yuan per person. Drivers, the car rolled into the scenic area, looking for the highest slopes of the next stop. Boarded the slope, the whole Mo Guicheng make your eyes, Mo Guicheng Yardang Landform is the wind made, in front of a block of earth and rock slope raised from the ground, and some, like Zuozuo towers, and some, like even the walls of cotton continued, the entire Mo Guicheng like a deserted ghost town, in addition to our three, do not see a person's ears sounded Guikulanghao like the wind. At this time, the clouds from the sky while revealing little bit of sunshine, and sometimes shining individual towers, sometimes the road according to the distance like a shiny silver ribbon, wearing edge in the castle between the stage at this time Mo Guicheng butter Like, in the light irradiation to create a continuously changing infinite results. When we have thoroughly enjoyed themselves to shoot, the first one filled with photography enthusiasts coaches before entering the city, and in front of the castle we stopped the car shadow faithful have to get off their occupation immediately around us, large and small towers, There are several direct attacks directed at our castle in the ranks, and we had to abandon the castle, and continue to allow drivers to give me a quiet location to find another.
Back to Urho town bought 12 o'clock train to the crossing Burqin tickets at the station next to the restaurant eating lunch while waiting for a train. Almost until 1:00 into the car before the car had been filled with passengers of different races in northern Xinjiang, the driver does not stop when you put all the highways and other vehicles to the car passengers were peremptorily to plug.