Gallery of Silk Route holiday photographs

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 [99] 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.


[01] Summer palace in Beijing. [02] Also at Beijing summer palace, showing stone ship of Empress Cixi. [03] Forbidden City in Beijing. [04] View from hotel window at Luoyang. [05] Longmen Grottoes at Luoyang. [06] Fengxian Temple at Longmen Grottoes. [07] Tang Dynasty themed theatre restaurant show in Xian. [08] Terracotta warriors at Xian. [09] Brass chariot buried with terracotta warriors. [10], [11] Mountains west of Xian. [12] Western end of the Great Wall, Jaiyuguan. [13] Also at Jaiyuguan, wax figures pointing to model of Great Wall. [14] Camel ride at edge of Gobi Desert, Dunhuang. [15] On the way to the Heavenly Lake near Urumchi. [16], [17], [18] The Heavenly Lake.

Kazakhistan / Uzbekistan:

[19] Zenkov Cathedral at Almaty. [20] Fountain at Tashkent. [21] Tomb of Tamarlane, Mongol conqueror, at Samarkand. [22] Inside the tomb. [23] Statue of Ulugh Beg, astronomer and grandson of Tamarlane, with intellectual peers. [24], [25], [26], [27] Scenes from the Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis and graveyard in Samarkand. [28] Inside the Samanid Mausoleum, Bukhara. [29] Bolo-Hauz mosque, Bukhara. [30] Phoenixes on the Nadir Divan-Beghi Madrasah in Bukhara. [31] Graves built on top of each other at the Pahlavon Mahmud mausoleum in Khiva. [32] Summer mosque in Kuhna Ark, palace of the khans of Khiva.


[33] Volgograd, grass of the steppes. [34] War memorial at Volgograd city centre. [35] Memorial to the Seige of Stalingrad (Volgograd). [36] Moscow, view of Red Square from St Basil’s Church. [37] Bell tower of Novodevichy Convent in Moscow. [38] View of Moscow. [39] Inside the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. [40] Chandelier in Hermitage Museum. [41] Canal and cathedral in St Petersburg. [42] Outside the Catherine Palace in Pushkin, near St Petersburg. [43] Inside the Catherine Palace. [44] Restaurant in Pushkin. [45] A member of the tour group, posing. [46] Inside Peter and Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg.

One Response to “Gallery of Silk Route holiday photographs”

  1. Arnie Says:

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