June 2009 This donkey got a shock when I walked past, but it was very curious at the same time. From the desert to a green strip of land which got it's water from the Black River. We saw this little Buddha statue in a small restaurant. If you look closely, you can see there is money in front of the Buddha. Ten year old Liang Hong Jiao wants to be an English teacher when she grows up. Jon had just lit one of his Great Wall cigars when we met this guy. The Chinese use mirrors in a parabolic dish to heat their water. They also use cardboard boxes as chicken cages. Grasslands You can see how hundreds of years of erosion have affected The Wall. It is hard to conserve stretches like this. The boy stood still for a long time, looking at us eating noodles. A shepherd on the Great Wall in the evening sun. I wasn't the only one that thought it was hot this day! This charming lady was 82 years old and sat on the steps on her daughters shop. Electrical wiring on a wall. A man washing his birds nests one morning in Wuwei. Jon walking on top of the Great Wall. In sections with a lot of sand this is the fastest place to walk. The Great Wall engulfed by sand from the Tengger desert. I asked this 28 year old woman what her dream was, and she answered: To make money. She was already living her dream as the owner of the shop. There are a lot of viscous guard dogs around, but this one caused me no problem. Shepherds and their sheep taking refuge from the sun at noon. Perhaps we should start doing the same? The day Jon left the Great Wall, he gave me some of his water. Much appreciated when you are in a desert… This is (exactly) what it looked like when Jon and I parted at the wall. At the time the prospect of ten months alone along the Great Wall made me feel lonely. This young lady knew a little English. We talked for quite a while, and every time she said something I didn't understand she got really frustrated. Many places along the Great Wall, I have to take detours to get past dried up river beds. The peek in the background is the Great Wall.