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The temptations of China

Posted in China by folkestonejack on November 10, 2012

The temptations of China have proved too much to resist. I am heading back to China’s far west with FarRail Tours to re-visit the open cast coal mine at Sandaoling in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. I may regret the decision when I start to relive the long trek, but for now I am raring to get out there and start snapping with my camera.

The original plan was to move on from Sandaoling to the steel mill at Beitai but this part of the trip had to be dropped after our permit was withdrawn – understandably many people are nervous at this time with the National Congress underway at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The level of paranoia in Beijing itself seems to have reached almost absurd levels with the media reporting that taxi drivers have been instructed to remove window cranks and to keep an eye out for passengers carrying ping-pong balls which may contain reactionary messages. In some ways it may be good to be almost as far away from Beijing as it is possible to get in China!

As the great firewall of China currently blocks access to within the country my posts from the trip will appear here when I return to the UK.

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