Because Hetian has just a small, regional airport, we had to first fly this morning from Hetian north across the Taklamakan Desert to Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang Province, and then take another flight to Chengdu. Chengdu is western China’s gateway for international flights, and so tomorrow morning, we will fly to Kathmandu, to begin our ten day visit to Nepal.
We didn’t arrive in Chengdu until early evening, so we decided to stay at the Holiday Inn Express, just twenty minutes from the airport, rather than traveling to the downtown, which would have taken us quite a while in rush hour traffic.
We said goodbye to Jason at the airport, having given our bikes to Joe, our driver, to be brought to the Chengdu Holiday Inn in about four days, when he arrives from Hetian. They will then be held there for us until we get back from Nepal. We took a cab to the hotel, then another cab to have dinner nearby. We have to get up really early the next morning for our flight to Kathmandu, so we repacked our bags so we can take less with us to Nepal, and went to sleep.