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... was a close contest for worst hair between said chap and moi.
Soft sandstone facilitated the stone carvings. There were three temples passed through en route to the actual grottoes. One general positive impression is the hoards of locals visiting this site and others, appreciating their history.
Some grottoes have decent paint cover. Photography was allowed in all but a handful of grottoes. In one cave, Mr Pompadour ...
... line somewhere so we headed back to the hotel since we had another busy day of touring ahead.
The next morning we checked out of our hotel and met Mary back in the lobby to hit the road again. We were headed for the ancient town of Pingyao where we would spend the next couple of nights, but along the way we had a couple of very interesting stops to make. Our first stop was at the Hanging Temple and the name really says it all for this amazing place. Built ...
... not doing it, because it doesn't work.
The queue at the monastery outdid the worst excesses of any grimy rock festival; it resembled more closely a scene out of a movie from the thriving peri- or post-apocalyptic genre, where the planet's masses rush the fleeing spacecraft/ship built to withstand inexplicable global flooding/giant magical rescue puffin. However, it moved at a steady and encouraging pace, and provided its own entertainment; firstly, in the ...
... quite a touristy type of thing to do, we all found it quite enjoyable and well worth it! Before I knew it I was saying goodbye to my friend and wishing her well on her next journey. I miss you Jessica! Come back to China! Oh wait, don't... It's quite dirty and cold here... How about I come visit you in your next city of landing instead?
To finish off October, I cunningly convinced my hubby to dress ...
... cleaner than Beijing, if full of dust from all the construction. But half the time i thought i saw birds they were flying plastic bags.
Oddly, the tourist areas are extremely well tended. Landscaped walking areas, multilingual brochures, nice museums with little videos or animations to fill in the history. But the city isn't exactly ready for tourists. The shopping street had very little by way of english, hardly any souvenirs, few restaurants we felt ...