|A real outpost|
Believe it or not, it did not stink as much
compared to some other bathrooms
we came across in this trip
Night is short but I saw one of the most beautiful sky because of zero light pollution and the sunrise at 3am is magical.
|I have seen nothing like this |
I have a feeling this one will be hard to top for the rest of my life.
Qi Qian is not a typical tourist stop and actually quite difficult to get to. As mentioned, it's a border town next to Russia. You have to have some connection to be able to come here. Our driver/guide was a soldier so that's how we got to go. Our host was a soldier too. He lives a humble life in Qi Qian after he retired from the army. Thank goodness he doesn't live in Qi Qian 365 days a year but retreats to the village, where his sons lives, and spend the unrelenting winter there instead. (Winter in Inner Mongolia can be as cold as negative 50 degrees Celcius!!!)
|This is the hut we (and the rest of the girls) spent the night.|
I can't say it is comfy but it is very clean.
|When our host was younger and in better health,|
he would go into the river and show his guests how to catch fish
(Both the Chinese and Russian soldiers respect him so he can fish)
|I wonder if this is the household of livestock they mentioned :P|
|The grandson of our host took us on a short hike|
There were SO MANY mosquitos!!!
Good thing I am always prepared...
I wore long sleeves, long pants, plus a hat
and literally drenched myself in mosquito repellent with DEET
|The host's wife cooked so many dishes for us!|
|she also made us plenty of bao for breakfast!|
|I really like the filling|
It has quite a strong herbal taste!
I wonder if it was dill