End: Dunhuang, Gansu, China
Distance: 79 km
Avg: 21.4 k/h
Max: 40 k/h
Total: 11,537 km
Total riding days: 136
Riding hours: 0730 - 1230
Where in the world?
No, it's Akesai (Aksay), Gansu. One of the most interesting places I've seen in western China.
The whole place has been knocked down (assuming, that is, that there was a place before) and replaced with a monumental avenue in Sino-Islamic (i.e. white tiles + pointy arches) style, crowned at the western end by a towering, Taj Mahal style mosque.
It looks particularly good in a sandstorm, when the sky turns custard-yellow just before the sand hits.
They have a nice statue of some geese, too.
The ride to Dunhuang was flat, downhill (you know what I mean), and easy.