Inspired by the astonishes thrown up in our weekly A great little place I know sequence, we requested the authors and adventurers to share their best finding of the year
Dunhuang , Gansu Province, China
Peter Frankopan, historian and author
The nature of 2016 is not all destiny and gloomines. In Asia, things are changing rapidly as the Silk Roads rise again. In September, I was in north-west China, in Dunhuang, between the Gobi and the Taklamakan deserts, on the southern Silk Road. The city is an oasis, the last stop, exiting west, before roughly 1,000 km of sand, and near the Mogao caves, a Buddhist complex founded in the fourth century.
My favourite spot is in the desert, above crescent-shaped Yueyaquan lake. The excellent considers are at sunup from the highest level of a series of metal ladders pinned into the steep dunes. As you look down to the lake and city, you feel the heat and repression of the desert behind you. Ending to pate west required finding, commitment and gallantry. As brand-new connects are woven across Asia, it difficult not to feel awed by how easy it is to travel today and how difficult it formerly was. It is like the present working see the past, and brushing against the future.
Peter Frankopans The Silk Roads: A New History of the World issued by Bloomsbury . To order a imitation for 24.60 including UK p& p see legal guardians bookshop
Six Depot Roastery and Cafe , West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, US
Mark Vanhoenacker, pilot and writer