We had a rest day in Lanzhou.
It is a big and modern city, in the middle of the Silk Road.
We gave our driver Jo and Jason, our guide, a day off and we explored the city by ourselves.
It was nice to get lost all on our own…. No, seriously, we did manage to take a rickety cable car up a scenic mountain, walk along a pedestrian street and even spent some rest time, at a modern tea house, packed with people eating sunflowers or watermelon seeds and playing cards.
We ate some locally made fried bread from a market stall, manned by a Hui woman, which was delicious.
I was able to buy fresh mulberries and we munched them, enjoying their sweetness.
We visited a Confucian Temple filled with local people, making offerings and praying.
We took many photos and admired the stone and wood carvings… And the devotion of the people.