January 2010 Highway leading in to Shenmu in Shaanxi. The traffic goes BOTH ways believe it or not. Coal anyone? Recycling station. This man is returning beer bottles. I have seen a lot of these power stations. A man collecting plastic bottles along a road. Girls waiting patiently to cross the road. I lost five out of six rounds in this drinking game… From the Blade monastery by Shenmu. Here the ice from the inner tent has dropped on the sleeping bag because of the a strong wind, and then melted. I liked the dog house a lot more than the dog. Drying my sleeping bag in the window of a small restaurant. This cat was sceptical to entering the house when I was around. Ready to start walking after a night in a house by the Great Wall. This man was a real charmer, and although we couldn't communicate a lot, we got on great. New years eve in a simple guesthouse. I celebrated with two Snickers bars and an M&M. I also called my girlfriend at midnight Chinese time. Closing in on the Yellow River at the border between Shaanxi, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia. A boat that might have carried me over to Shanxi if it had not been for the ice on the Yellow River. Ruddy Shelducks on the icy Yellow River. A typical bird species of water(!) in the deserts of Inner Asia. I found this Temple in the first floor of a large restored watchtower by Hequ. For some reason it felt like I was moved back to the Ming Dynasty period when I approached this watchtower. The nights have been very cold in China lately. I sometimes see dogs, cats and other animals that have not made it through the coldest nights. This was the first watchtower with brick archtowers I was able to walk in to. Surprisingly, the pigs can handle very low temperatures. Must be all the fat! These two stayed as close together as possible. A round watchtower. Playing on an icy lake. Here the Great Wall climbs along the edge of a ridge. The Yellow River flowing by to the right.