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A Town in China with Roman Empire Descendants

At the edge of the Gobi Desert, Liqian, a remote town, YongChang county in China inhabits descendants of the ancient Romans with striking Caucasian features of blond hair, green eyes and that typical roman nose.

It isn’t a surprise that these Chinese look astonishingly Central Asian, this area of China was part of the  Silk Road, a 7,000-kilometer trade route that linked Asia and Europe more than 2000-2500 years ago.

What was surprising however, Chinese archeologists in 1990s found remnants of an ancient Roman fortification in this village.

The villagers practise a game similar to the ancient Roman bull fighting and also worship bulls. DNA testing in 2005 confirmed that some of the villagers have 50% Caucasian origins which lead to the conclusion they are descendants of the ancient Roman army. This however has detractors apprehensive due to the county being part of the Silk Route, where the Asians and Europeans intermingle.

Liqan Roman descendants

Cai Junnian has yellow wavy hair, a hooked nose and green eyes. A DNA test in 2005 confirmed he is of 56 percent European origin.  Image by Natalie Behring

“Mr Cai said his great-grandfather told him that there were Roman tombs in the Qilian mountains a day and a half’s walk away, but he had never connected them to the unusual appearance he inherited from his father. “People thought I had a skin problem,” he said.”

China roman map

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Travel Lust loves Autumn

autumn leaves

Autumn is my favorite season. My Travel Lust during this period turns on high. The temperature changes,  some of the trees start changing color and beautiful harvest fruits and greens come in abundance.

While walking one late afternoon, after a huge rain fall, I was stopped in my tracks looking at the ground filled with colored leaves.  This is such a welcome sight!

Soon I’m off for a quick visit back to China again for the second time in 2 months!

See you when I get back.

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Food in East China : All manner of Dumplings

I must admit, I hate dumplings, not fond of them at all.

China dumpling 1

Chinese Ingot Dumplings

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Food in East China : Famous Air Dried Chinese Ham

China jin hua ham 3

For you gourmets out there, When you talk about Ham, you would either regard the hipsters choice of Spanish Iberian Ham or Italian Culatello  Prosciutto. Surprising to the rest of you Hipsters, I bet you don’t know China has its version of great Prosciutto.

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Amazing opening at the Beijing 2008 Olympics

8th August 2008

Watched the Beijing Olympics at home.
You may ask if I was tempted to visit Beijing for the Olympics?
No, I did not. Had predicted that visiting Beijing, China was going to be one sore disappointing trip.
For most of the suckers who paid tons of money visiting the place, bet you are going to have mega restrictions on EVERYTHING.

Mark my words, visitors are going to have a tough time there, you probably be restricted in visiting major sites, meet up with tons of road blocks and checks etc etc.

When you have China officials restricting tourist visas and blacklisting protesters visiting China, you should have just stayed home and watched the Olympics from the comforts of your couch.

Maybe Beijing officials took the suggestion of Singapore who did the same when Singapore had the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks. Beijing had their very own ‘Protest Zone’ and impossible to get protest permits for foreigners. Very similar to Singapore government’s handling of the WTO.

That’s enough of politics from me.

Meanwhile enjoy these amazing photos from the New York Times.

fireworks at birdnest

Photo: Doug Kanter for The New York Times

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Phil Walter/Getty Images

Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Shiho Fukada for The New York Times

Photo: Shiho Fukada for The New York Times

Shiho Fukada for The New York Times

Photo: Shiho Fukada for The New York Times

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times