This is a gallery of photographs from my parents recent Silk Route holiday. Of the thousands of photographs they took in China, Kazakhistan, Uzbekistan and Russia, the ones below are semifinalists for a 2011 calendar I’m creating on Zazzle. Captions follow at the end of the post.
In the following descriptions, numbers written like this  represent the first two characters of the image file name. You can tell from the filename whether the photo was taken with Mum’s camera or Dad’s. I appended the “nn-” prefixes in order to keep them sorted.
 Summer palace in Beijing.  Also at Beijing summer palace, showing stone ship of Empress Cixi.  Forbidden City in Beijing.  View from hotel window at Luoyang.  Longmen Grottoes at Luoyang.  Fengxian Temple at Longmen Grottoes.  Tang Dynasty themed theatre restaurant show in Xian.  Terracotta warriors at Xian.  Brass chariot buried with terracotta warriors. ,  Mountains west of Xian.  Western end of the Great Wall, Jaiyuguan.  Also at Jaiyuguan, wax figures pointing to model of Great Wall.  Camel ride at edge of Gobi Desert, Dunhuang.  On the way to the Heavenly Lake near Urumchi. , ,  The Heavenly Lake.
Kazakhistan / Uzbekistan:
 Zenkov Cathedral at Almaty.  Fountain at Tashkent.  Tomb of Tamarlane, Mongol conqueror, at Samarkand.  Inside the tomb.  Statue of Ulugh Beg, astronomer and grandson of Tamarlane, with intellectual peers. , , ,  Scenes from the Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis and graveyard in Samarkand.  Inside the Samanid Mausoleum, Bukhara.  Bolo-Hauz mosque, Bukhara.  Phoenixes on the Nadir Divan-Beghi Madrasah in Bukhara.  Graves built on top of each other at the Pahlavon Mahmud mausoleum in Khiva.  Summer mosque in Kuhna Ark, palace of the khans of Khiva.
 Volgograd, grass of the steppes.  War memorial at Volgograd city centre.  Memorial to the Seige of Stalingrad (Volgograd).  Moscow, view of Red Square from St Basil’s Church.  Bell tower of Novodevichy Convent in Moscow.  View of Moscow.  Inside the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.  Chandelier in Hermitage Museum.  Canal and cathedral in St Petersburg.  Outside the Catherine Palace in Pushkin, near St Petersburg.  Inside the Catherine Palace.  Restaurant in Pushkin.  A member of the tour group, posing.  Inside Peter and Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg.