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  Ted Parker & his talk is entitled ‘ Travels in China’  (part 1)


Ted presented an account of his holiday taken with his wife in a group booking with G W Travel.  They travelled across China mostly on the Trans-Siberian Train, touching on Mongolia and Tibet & crossing ‘Marco Polo’s Silk Road’.


 They enjoyed this journey feet in an air conditioned train with extra oxygen, which is the highest rail line in the world, experiencing deserts and arid mountainous stretches in this vast land.  Although they enjoyed the luxury of expensive hotels the hygiene and toilet facilities outside of hotels was poor & they saw much poverty in the rural life & animal welfare was substandard.


The highlights of the tour were Beijing and Kashgar.  Beijing station is six times larger than St Pancras and caters for many thousands every day.  The itinerary was enjoyable & very full, including seeing the Terracotta Warriors; attending  a theatre dance performance; visiting Temples and caves in the desert & camel rides in oasis areas. They also saw sledging on sand dunes; visited Dunwang market where they saw lots of weird and wonderful fish, fruit and vegetables. Included in the trip was a visit to Turpan , the lowest and driest place in China, which is 800m below sea level  & where it only rains once every 20years.  


They saw a 2000 year old village made of mud & an underground irrigation system used to water grapes. Their sightseeing included a visit to Kashgar market, the largest in the world & saw the largest statue of Chairman Mao in a Muslim region. As they travelled they saw many donkeys and scooters, a popular mode of travel, & many flocks of sheep and goats being herded along motorways.   On the journey they experienced 40deg C temperatures with 20% humidity & crossed four times zones.


Ted concluded with responses to questions. He will return to complete his talk later in the year.

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