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Iain McQuirk
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Photographer, Traveller, Skier, Apple Junkie
Photographer, Traveller, Skier, Apple Junkie

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The Hanging Temple is a temple built into a cliff, 75 meters above the ground, near Mount Heng, Datong. Built more than 1,500 years ago, this temple is notable not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also because it is the only existing temple with the combination of three Chinese traditional religions: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. The structure is kept in place with oak crossbeams fitted into holes chiseled into the cliffs. The main supportive structure is hidden inside the bedrock. On December 2010, it was listed in Time magazine as the world's top ten most odd dangerous buildings.

#Hanging #temple #hangingtemple #mountheng #heng #datong #china #silkroad #odyssey #overland #odysseyoverland
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Hanging Temple 2014
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Lijiashan, a 550-year-old cave village, hugging a hillside set back from the Yellow River. Like most cave communities, it has electricity but no running water or sewage system, meaning locals are reliant on the muddy waters of the nearby Yellow River. The village's nine terraced levels are linked by stone stairways that date back to the Ming Dynasty. Inside, their owners sleep on large stone beds, known as kang; cool in the summer, but with cavities underneath so that fires can be lit inside them during the winter months.

#lijiashan #yellowriver #china #silkroad #odyssey #overland #odysseyoverland
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Lijiashan 2014
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The Revolutionary History Museum is probably one of the best of its kind in China. Within are held a comprehensive collection of historical literature, graphs and photos dating from the establishment of the United Front Against Japanese Invasion to the opening of the Seventh General Conference of the Chinese Communist Party. Unfortunately none of the artifacts here bear English explanations.

#revolutionary #museum #mao #yanan #china #silkroad #odyssey #overland #odysseyoverland
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Revolutionary Museum 2014
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Halfway across the Taklamakan Desert heading for Turpan. Long drive days 10 - 12 hours with temperatures nearly up in the forties centigrade. :)

#taklamakandesert #turpan #china #silkroad #odyssey #overland #odysseyoverland
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Taklamakan Desert 2014
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Finally in China! Kashgar, the old part of the town or behind the modern streets is fantastic. A friendly warm people, you can get anything hand made its incredible. 

#kashgar #china #silkroad #odyssey #overland #odysseyoverland 
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Kashgar 2014
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Crossing the Torugart Pass into China. An incredible journey, just blew my mind :)

#torugart #torugartpass #china #kyrgyzstan #silkroad #odyssey #overland #odysseyoverland
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Torugart Pass 2014
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Final night in Kyrgyzstan staying in yurts at Tash Rabat befor crossing the Torugart Pass into China

#tashrabat #kyrgyzstan #silkroad #odyssey #overland #odysseyoverland
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Tash Rabat 2014
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Spectacular scenery as we cross the Kalmak Ashuu pass, 3.400 meters. The three piss heads in our group spent the time playing cards completely oblivious to there surroundings. I have only contempt for people that waste there time and money on a lifetime adventure like this!

#kalmak #kalmakashuu #kyrgyzstan #silkroad #odyssey #overland #odysseyoverland
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Kalmak Ashuu 2014
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Diety Orgus, camping again with lots of rain, for a brief moment the sun lights up the mountain side.
#camp #dietyorgus #kyrgyzstan #silkroad #odyssey #overland #odysseyoverland
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Diety Orgus 2014
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Silk Factory at Margilan just outside Fergana. First time I’ve seen them spin and weave silk, interesting, a scarf costs around $20.

#silkfactory #margilan #uzbekistan #silkroad #odyssey #overland #odysseyoverland
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Silk Factory 2014
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