The Gobi Desert Around Dunhuang Grottoes

The lakes disappeared for more than 300 years from the Gobi Desert around Dunhuang Grottoes in Gansu Province in China’s northwest have reappeared recently.

COMMENTS FROM MINDS

Eric
Global warming and rising sea levels or melting snow ?? 🤔🤔🤔 or a strange quirk of nature. 😁

soxfan1957
It’s the shifting sands of time.

All Things Chinese
There are many causes and below are some of them:

– The effort made by the local government who kept planting trees in the desert area;
– The global warming effect;
– The shifting sands of time;
– The collective mental influence;
– A karmic consequence on a national scale …

Eric
Lets plant more trees. 👍

All Things Chinese
A good idea. On the other hand, if the karmic consequence is positive, the trees will grow as fast as lush by themselves as people would like to see. The entire cosmos is nothing but consciousness.

Eric
Then let’s manifest more tress, 😊👌

All Things Chinese
You can burn incenses on lunar January 9 for 24 hours, along with a presentation of fresh fruits and cakes and recitation of two special mantras accompanied by hand seal gestures, to submit your karmic credit application for one wish of the year. 😉

The wildlife returns to the desert region outside the Dunhuang Grottes along the ancient Silk Road recently after disappeared for 300 years.

soxfan1957
What are the chances you can make that 1 wish come true on Jan. 24th.?

All Things Chinese
The chance to make your wish come true is very high but not necessarily on the date you expect – all depends on your karmic credit.

It’s just like financial management. You save all your money to buy one big item that you desperately want and ask a financial planner to help you achieve that goal.

Ultimately, you only get what you deserve. There is no free lunch in this universe and all rewards you receive are earned through your own hard work.

A reverse trend eventually has occurred in the desert along the ancient Silk Road with waterways and the entire is eco-system making a magnificent comeback.

COMMENTS FROM MINDS

soxfan1957
When Marco Polo travelled the Silk Road was there more water? Unfortunately, all my knowledge about deserts come from movies.

All Things Chinese
The Silk Road wasn’t so bleak by then otherwise it would be hard for the caravans to survive and wouldn’t attract so many monks and artists settling there creating brilliant Dunhuang Grottoes.

The change for worse and now for better were and are both caused by man and Nature.

The expansion of the primitive nomadic tribes (Mongols and other Tatars), who did not care and know-how to maintain hydraulic systems, towards the south; and the circle of qi movement on earth.

Around the turn of the 21st century, the qi has reached the southern extremity and began to return to the north. A new circle thus starts.

A Tang dynasty temple by a crescent pond outside Dunhuang city.

The pond was much bigger and the landscape lusher during the last Chinese dynasty Ming. Yet in the past 300 years, the underground water source dried out and the pond kept shrunk in size.

The good news is, the trend began to reverse eventually.

COMMENTS FROM MINDS

Eric
It is interesting that this could be because of global warming. Which shows the earth is constantly changing and all this may just be nature creating a change. Although I do hope we can clean up the air. 😊

All Things Chinese
There is a correlation between our mind and our environment.

If people’s mind is filthy the air won’t be cleaned up.

When the guys – who are proud of lying, cheating and stealing and set up an entire training course to teach others to do so – keep dominating the earth, there is a little hope for the environment to turn better.

A Buddhist pagoda in Dunhuang, an oasis in the Gobi desert, along the ancient Silk Road.

COMMENTS FROM GOOGLE PLUS

Aquil A Rahman:
Would that be the Gobi Desert?

All Things Chinese:
It is. It’s the most distant land from any ocean on the earth. Definitely worth visiting

Aquil A Rahman:
lol, how about gas stations, are there enough along the way?

I saw a video on youtube about these elusive nomads that roam the desert.

In fact, it is interesting that the Gers that the Mongolians use for their homes, they must be able to find food and water wherever they move or migrate.

It’s really incredible how some things look so incredible to the onlooker, yet the actual inhabitants have lived their ways for maybe thousands of years without much change before the arrival of technology.

They must live very frugal lives there, less than 200,000 population.

All Things Chinese:
You may not believe it, when I walked on the farmland outside the tiny Dunhuang city, I thought I was in the outskirts of South Yangtze River: there are streams everywhere, and the trees in the farmlands with crowns that are so close to the ground and nearly as wide as their height – the landscape is just breathtaking.

Of course, when you return to the city, the dust on the ground and on the furniture reminds you that you are in the middle of the desert.

Our group bordered a large van. It was a cloudy day shortly before Chinese New Year. Along the way, I only saw undulating desert plains and lush oasis in a far distance from time to time and troops of camels that were like paper cuts stuck on the horizon without motion. Apart from that, nothing else.

It should be a five to six-hour journey, but we took 8 hours because we were caught in a sandstorm.

By then the sun popped out, and the windows in all four sides were surrounded by dancing dots in an eerie orange colour.

The local driver could see nothing but kept driving, slowly and explained to us it would be more dangerous if the vehicle stopped moving.

We were urged to close the windows yet sands still managed to squeeze in and get into our mouths. So we were warned not to speak and cover our mouth with a scarf.

I believe it is a scene you may only see in hell.

At the time I felt quite excited and loved the experience. Later I learned even the local hosts were scared and had we had in a smaller vehicle we could be in real trouble.

When we arrived at Dunhuang, I witnessed a city covered completely in the dust like a freshly unearthed Pompeya.

But next morning was a big sunny day, and the desert quietly gleaming in gold under the sun, as if what we experienced the previous day was just from our dream.

Aquil A Rahman:
That sounds like a real adventure …..scary too.

I wonder what would have happened if you stopped moving?

I know at sea, it is also dangerous for a ship to stop moving. The force of the ocean takes over.

I have absolutely no idea how I will ever visit China, but it has become much more than just a dream.

I just received some pictures from my friend in Hong Kong.

I try not to think too much about her. She’s not coming back to America. …but we became good friends. She taught me to Juggle.

I didn’t really want to, but now I juggle all the time.

She’s the reason I finally thought about visiting China.

I would love to just pop up in Hong Kong one day and surprise her.

But for now, it’s just a dream.

All Things Chinese:
According to our local hosts, a static vehicle would be easier to be toppled or buried in the storm. They said it is not uncommon to find a pile of rusted vehicle frames in the desert that were supposedly buried in an earlier sandstorm and exposed by a later sandstorm.

When a vehicle is covered by sands, it looks just like one of the countless sand dunes in an undulating desert plain. It’s pretty easy for a person or a small vehicle to disappear without a trace in the desert.

Tekhelet75:
Silk Road tourism being improved. Waiting for improved bullet train lines to Xinjiang or other areas where the ancient Silk Road traversed. By plane is easy but bullet train would be more meaningful I guess. Besides, China high-speed rail is world-class very smooth and pleasant.

All Things Chinese:
But that won’t be half the fun as by vehicles. You can’t have intimate contact with the landscape along the way by bullet train or flight. Tell you what, I’d prefer to ride on a camel to travel in the desert — I actually tried, but apparently the camel did like me, so I gave up.

Tekhelet75:
Travelling from the main China cities deeper into China’s west. By camel would take months.

All Things Chinese:
No, just for a short distance in the desert… I don’t think I have the guts to join a caravan travelling from Xi’an to Afghanistan;-(

A caravan troop in the Gobi Desert, outside Dunhuang City, where you can drive 8 hours without spotting a single soul.

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