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... China. The resulting statues and motifs still have their bright colours. It was a nice feeling to be under the peaceful smile of a 17 meter tall Buddha. Some of the biggest caves also had impressive wooden temples built at their entrances.
Our second day was dedicated, in theory, was to see the Hanging Monastery. This didn't go quite as planned because it's tough when you speak no Chinese and your hostel staff have just a handful of English words. We ...
... We learned a great deal from him and I think he enjoyed practicing his English on us. As it turns out Shanxi is one of the poorest provinces in this part of China. Although he believes China's economy is improving, he considers China a developing country and believes it is just a developing country because of the foolish practices of its people. According to him (and I believe him) different people in China are charged according ...
... with them all.
The depressing nature of it is that the phenomenon is rooted in fundamental notions of admiring Westerners solely on the basis of their being from the West; this from a society that had an extensive bureaucracy and two remarkable religious philosophies under its belt, while we, woad-drenched, sacrificed one another to indifferent celestial bodies. To quote the great Martin Philips, "We feel we must be others, and that this is more than that/If egos ...
Ever since reading 'The Orient Express' I have been enamoured with the idea of experiencing Asia and Europe by rail, idly staring at the landscape, meeting other train enthusiast travellers and perhaps even having an ingenious murder solved by a petite Belgium detective. And that's what I'm hoping to get out of my Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian journey from Beijing to Moscow.
So I'm traveling on the ...
... run after it in hopes that we could jump on. Score, we found the bus stop. Honestly I think I could write a better travel book than some people. All it said in our book was get on this bus and go to this stop then get that bus to that stop. Seriously, at what point did it say go round the corner to find the next bus stop. Rubbish! Anyway after only 1 and a half days of looking for the Yungan Caves we finally found them. With a whopping 300kuai entrance fee we ...