May 2009 I was interviewed by the local newspaper and Gansu TV at the first beacon tower of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall. The first steps along the Great Wall. One of the entrances to the Jiayuguan Fortress. A boy helping his mother take the bark off trees. Or perhaps he is not helping that much after all? Safety first. This shop in Jiayuguan had a lot of different green teas. Broken liquor bottles in front, and a gravestone behind. This guy was waiting for a lift. Looked like he would be waiting a long time. A monument at a shut down factory. The place was completely deserted. View of the kitchen where a lady made our lunch one day. This kindly guy offered to let us spend the night on the bunk beds. Medicine Chinese style consisting of herbs. This doctor practiced both Western and Chinese medicine, and let us stay at his office for the night. That saved us from spending the night in a sandstorm. Puppies for sale. Luckily it wasn't so hot this day. Locals playing billiard by the market square in Gaotai. This girl was afraid to start off, but soon she was running in and out shouting that she wasn't afraid any more. Sheep. Because of a sand storm, the sky was gray and visibility poor. A lizzard that relied completely on its camoflage. Probably the biggest watchtower along the Ming Dynasty Great Wall. I gave this old man a bottled drink that I had bought on the other side of the street. This car was clean before the rain brought down all the dust and sand from the skies. China Mobile. This is what remains after we have been at a local shop to stock up. This thorn tricked me. First I thought I had a stone in my shoe, but the pain came from the same spot all the time. It had gone straight through the sole of the shoe. It is not very comfortable to walk up and down the sand dunes when it is windy.