WELDIYA (often transcribed as Woldia) is a moderately proportioned town set among green rolling hills 500km north of Addis Ababa along the main road to Mekele. It is best known locally for its Tuesday and Saturday markets, and elsewhere in Ethiopia as the childhood home of the billionaire Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi (probably the world’s richest person of African birth). Weldiya’s main significance to travellers, however, is as the junction town for the so-called “China Road” to Lalibela. Indeed, for many years an overnight stay in Weldiya was an almost mandatory prelude to an overland trip to Lalibela, and even today this is probably the most convenient place to break up the long road journey there from Addis Ababa.

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