Baotou, an emerging industrial city in the north of China, more precisely in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
With an estimated 2.5 million inhabitants it is the largest city around, even larger than the capital Hohhot.
The longest road is the steel street, named after the most important article of exportation. But very close and yet so distant there is a product, linked to this realm and people since time immemorial: the Cashmere.
Leaving the city at the Huang He northbound one enters the remoteness of a dry, mountainous area. It is here, where the oldest part of the Great Wall of China was built, mainly from earth, about 300 years BC.
A bleak landscape, that sees winters of minus 25°C or colder.