Turpan… just another tourist spot… :(
A 90km ride to Turpan was supposed to be easy. Because Shanshan is some 700m altitude and Turpan is below sea level. But the last night i was in shanshan, i ate too much. Uighur food is so similar to our malay food… i ate some very delicious rice with chicken curry. Ate too much and it was late at night. The next morning i didnt feel good, but i rode to Turpan anyway. After 50km cycling, i stopped by a shop to have a cold drink. Right after i finished the ice tea, i vomited few times. I didnt feel good then, and the next 40km ride to Turpan was very slow and tough under the hot sun for me. I couldnt stop since there was nothing in between and it was very hot. So i need to get to Turpan fast to get a good rest and shelter from the strong fierce sun.
I went to a famous Afghan style tower, Emin Minaret, 3km west of Turpan city, also another sad case. They told me i need to pay 300 yuan to get in. Uhh… 300 yuan just for few minutes to be inside that building. Forget it, i rather go to Afghanistan to see those towers… at least theyre the real ones! So i just spent most of my time in Turpan recovering from my sickness. Eat as much as i can, try to get healthy again before another 200km tough climb to Urumqi. Well, im not fasting now actually. I decided to continue riding because i plan to celebrate Eid Ul-Fitr in Kyrgyzstan, wanna check out how the Kyrgyz muslims celebrate Hari Raya. Will pay back the fast after im done with Russia… maybe ill do it during winter in Kyrgyzstan.